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near Çekrezë, Elbasan (Albania)
To say it upfront: this is not a shortcut from Gramsh to Berat. The trail leads from Gramsh to the village of Sotire, then to the village of Dardhë, on to the trailhead for climbing Tomorri Mountain (Cuka Partizan), and on to the asphalt road near Berat.
Sotire is in Gramsh Region and Dardhë in Berat Region. Typically, rural roads connecting villages of different regions go through no-man's-land and are in poor repair.
Before we undertook this route, we enquired with people from Gramsh whether there was a road from Sotire to Dhardë, and they maintained there was none. In Gramsh itself, we asked the furgon drivers. They said a furgon (minibus) goes up to Sotire, and a Pajero taxi to the next village when so requested by the three families living there. They had heard about the road continuing to the reservoirs, but there the knowledge ends. They offered their cellphone numbers in case we would get stuck, and re-assured us that tractors are in the area, who would pull us out of misery if needed.
We had seen a track on google earth and gave it a try. We rate the middle part of the trail as very difficult. We didn't encounter a massive problem, but the trail was in perfectly dry conditon. Just a little rain may get you stuck for a while. The track is not used by lorries, and can be overgrown and narrow, with little escape to either side.
In summary: the trail from the bridge across the Devoll river to Sotire is easy. From Sotire to Dardhë is very difficult. From Dardhë to the trailhead is moderate (you can skip this if you don't intend to climb the mountain). From Dardhë to Berat it is easy.
Calculate about 2.5 hours from Gramsh to the trailhead, and 1 hour from the trailhead to the asphalt road near Berat
If you have time, you may do an excursion from Sotire to the waterfall, as described by Endrit Shima under trail number 2874563 (http://de.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=2874563).
For climbing Tomorri, see trail number 3293303 (http://de.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=3293303)
ersion forces the way into a diversion, which might be impossible if the dam has high water