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Koritnik from Pashtrik.jpg
Mount Koritnik on the left from Pashtrik
Highest point
Elevation2,396 m (7,861 ft) [1]
Coordinates42°5′0″N 20°34′0″E / 42.08333°N 20.56667°E / 42.08333; 20.56667Coordinates: 42°5′0″N 20°34′0″E / 42.08333°N 20.56667°E / 42.08333; 20.56667
LocationKukës, Albania
Parent rangeKorab Mountains[2]
Age of rockTriassic[3]
Mountain typeLimestone

Koritnik (Albanian: Maja e Koritnikut) is a wooded, limestone mountain, located in northeastern Albania and southwest Kosovo[a] between the cities of Kukës and Prizren.[4] The mountain is entirely surrounded by branches of the White Drin river. The highest point of Koritnik massif, Maja e Pikëllimës reaches an elevation of 2,393 metres (7,851 ft) above the Adriatic. Gryka e Vanavës (English: Vanave Gorge) separates the mountain from Gjallica. The gorge is 3.5 km (2.2 mi) long, 30 m (100 ft) wide, and about 300 m (980 ft) deep.[5]

The massif falls within the Balkan mixed forests terrestrial ecoregion of the Palearctic temperate broadleaf and mixed forests biome. The slopes of the mountain meadows are mostly covered with coniferous forests. The Koritnik mountain because of its high pastures contains a population of 60 chamois.

Koritnik falls within the Korab-Koritnik Nature Park, forming the European Green Belt. It has been recognised as an Important Plant Area of international importance by Plantlife.[6]

Snow on the peak
View from the mountain
Forests of Koritnik

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a.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008. Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 98 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 113 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.


  1. ^ "TREGUES SIPAS QARQEVE INDICATORS BY PREFECTURES" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  3. ^ Kosovo: Sehenswürdigkeiten und Schönheiten (Dr. Dragan Ćukić ed.). Uros Maksimovic. 31 December 1970. pp. 11–12.
  4. ^ Quaternary Glaciations - Extent and Chronology: Part I: Europe. Elsevier. 8 June 2004. p. 383. ISBN 9780080540146.
  5. ^ "Kanioni i Vanave". akzm.gov.al (in Albanian). Archived from the original on 2019-03-07. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  6. ^ IUCN, World Wide Fund for Nature, Plantlife. "Important Plant Areas of the south and east Mediterranean region" (PDF). portals.iucn.org. p. 75.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)