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Dajti

Dajti
Mali i Dajtit.jpg
Dajt as seen from the east.
Highest point
Elevation 1,613 m (5,292 ft)
Coordinates 41°21′57″N 19°55′32″E / 41.36583°N 19.92556°E / 41.36583; 19.92556
Geography
Location Tirana, Albania
Parent range Skanderbeg Mountains
Geology
Age of rock Triassic
Mountain type Karst[1]

Dajti (Albanian: Mali i Dajtit) standing at 1,613 m (5,292 ft) above sea level, is the hausberg of Tirana, Albania. The Dajti belongs to the Skanderbeg range. In winter, the mountain is often covered with snow, and it is a popular retreat to the local population of Tirana that rarely sees snow falls. Its slopes have forests of pines, oak and beech, while its interior contains canyons, waterfalls, caves, a lake, and an ancient castle.

The Dajti National Park was declared a national park in 1966, and has an expanded area of about 29,384 hectares since 2006.[2] The area is under shared jurisdiction between the Albanian Agency of Protected Areas (AKZM), and Tirana Municipality Parks and Recreation Agency (APR). In 2017, a new Dajti Mt National Park tourist information center was opened, and is located near the TV and Radio towers along SH47 in Fushe Dajt.

The mountain can be reached through a narrow asphalted mountain road onto an area known as Fusha e Dajtit. This was the location of a summer camp but now is the site of many restaurants and radio and TV transmitters. From this small area there is an excellent view of Tirana and its plain. This is the reason this place has been named as the Balcony of Tirana.

From June 2005, hikers and visitors of the mountain can use an Austrian built gondola lift from the eastern outskirts of Tirana to Fusha e Dajtit (Plain of Dajti) at 1050 meters altitude.[3] On the summit of Mount Dajti there exist several transmitters of radio and television.

Lately, traces of prehistoric settlements and fortifications from later periods have been discovered in the area.

A serious environmental problem on the mountain is, how to deal with garbage. This is partially caused by restaurants and hotels that leave rubbish everywhere since there are few garbage bins in the region.[citation needed] Another major problem on the mountain is deforestation. For this responsible are the Ministry of the Environment, the Municipality of the region, the foresters (rangers) and the people who live in the area. Water pollution of the lake and air pollution caused by cars crossing the mountain roads are also problematic.

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