Lake of Karanikola

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Lake of Karanikola


4 to 5 hours



Uphill climbing

1000 meters

Best period

Late May to early November

Shar Mountain, Lake of Karanikola

Embark on a scenic journey to explore the natural wonders of Shar Mountain National Park, highlighted by a visit to the enchanting Karanikola Lake—the third largest glacial lake in the region. Nestled at the base of the Karanikola and Scarpa peaks, this pristine lake lies beneath the ridge that marks the administrative border between Macedonia and Kosovo, offering a truly unique setting for exploration.

The hiking tour to Karanikola Lake presents an opportunity for discovery and adventure, with the option to extend the experience by ascending several neighboring peaks or retracing your steps through the picturesque valley to the captivating area of Leshnica. It’s no coincidence that Leshnica is designated as part of the strictly protected zones within the national park, owing to its exceptional natural beauty and biodiversity.

As we traverse the trail, we’ll be greeted by a landscape adorned with numerous mountain rivers and streams, providing a habitat for local endemic species. The views that unfold before you are quintessentially characteristic of the majestic mountains of the Western Balkans—awe-inspiring and unforgettable.

The journey typically commences from the village of Veshala, accessible via an asphalt road that winds its way through the scenic countryside. Depending on your preferences, you have the opportunity to indulge in a traditional lunch served in local households, savoring the flavors of the region, or visit a shepherd’s farm to immerse yourself in the authentic rural lifestyle.

Prepare to be captivated by the beauty of Karanikola Lake and the surrounding landscape, as you embark on a hiking tour that promises to be both invigorating and unforgettable.

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Difficulty of the tour:

Duration of the tour:

4 to 5 hours

Length of the tour:

9 km

Uphill climbing:

1000 meters

Required fitness:

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Everybody has to know that the right clothing and equipment is essential for a successful mountain trip. There will be some items and travel clothes which you will want to pack for the journey which will not be required on the tour in the mountains, so these may be left at your hotel and collected at the end, a light fold away small bag is useful for these items.

The following list is a combination of suggestion, advice and our experience of what you will need. For additional information’s do not hesitate to contact us.

This is what we think essential for safety and basic comfort.

  • Compass
  • Map
Sun protection
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses
Clothing – warm weather
  • Wicking T – shirt (synthetic or wool)
  • Wicking underwear
  • Quick – drying pants or shorts
  • Long – sleeve shirt (protecting from sun, bugs)
  • Rainwear (jackets, pants – waterproof and breathable)
  • Sun – shielding hat
  • Bandana or Buff
Clothing cool weather
  • Wicking long – sleeve T – shirt
  • Wicking long underwear
  • Hat, cap, skullcap, balaclava or headband
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Rainwear (jackets, pants – waterproof and breathable)
  • Fleece jacket or vest, and pants
  • Hiking Boots suited to terrain and conditions
  • Trekking socks (synthetic or wool) plus spares
  • Gaiters (for snow conditions)
  • Backpack 30 – 45 liters
  • Trekking poles
  • Energy food and beverages
  • Water bottle or camelback
  • Nylon cord (5 meters)
  • First aid kit
  • Knife or multi – tool, duct tape strips
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Camera
  • Wet wipes and toilet rolls
  • Small Ziploc plastic boxes
  • Notebook & Pencil
  • Money belt