Maja Jezercë, the highest peak of Prokletije (the Accursed mountains), is also known as the “Queen of the Alps”. With an elevation of 2694 m/alt. Amazing views during the path!
There are several ways of climbing this mountain. The most popular one is starting from Fusha e Gjes’ in Valbona Valley to Maja Jezercë.
How to get to Valbona Valley National Park
Valbona Valley is 22 km from the city called Bajram Curri. Reaching Bajram Curri from Tirana takes around four hours. The bus station in Tirana is in front of the Asllan Rusi Sports Center.
Another way to reach Bajram Curri is from Prishtina, Kosovo. First, you go from Prishtina Main Bus Station to Gjakova Bus station, and then from Gjakova, take the bus to Bajram Curri.
Where to sleep and eat
Valbona Valley is a charming destination that offers a variety of accommodation options. Among these, the Guesthouses stand out for their affordability, traditional charm, and warm atmosphere. With delicious food on offer, staying in one of these guesthouses is an experience not to be missed.
During the summer months, Valbona Valley is a popular spot for tourists, and the Guesthouses quickly fill up. To avoid disappointment, booking your accommodation well in advance is wise. By doing so, you can secure your spot in one of these cozy and welcoming guesthouses, ensuring that your stay in Valbona Valley is memorable.
About the Valbona to Maja Jezercë hike
Reaching the summit of Maja Jezerce is an unforgettable adventure, but it’s not for the faint-hearted. With a total ascent and descent time of around 10 hours (14 hours during winter), starting hiking early in the morning is crucial to avoid running out of daylight. As you make your way up the mountain, be prepared for rocky terrain and ensure you bring a helmet for added protection.
During certain times of the year, crampons and an ice axe may also be necessary, particularly in areas affected by snowfall. While Maja Jezerce can be climbed year-round, it’s important to be mindful of the conditions and avoid dangerous routes.
The journey to the summit begins in Fusha e Gjes, Valbona Valley, passing through the small village of Rrogam before reaching the last water source at the “Te Simoni” bar during the spring. From there, follow the trail and keep an eye out for a small sign indicating the left path to the village of Theth (Valbone – Theth), or the right path to Maja Jezerce.
On the ascent, you’ll encounter a fixed rope near the summit, which can provide an added boost of confidence as you make your way to the top. However, be sure not to confuse the trail with another peak near Jezerca, known as Popluka Peak. With proper preparation and attention to detail, the summit of Maja Jezerce can be an unforgettable highlight of your hiking journey.
Points of interest:
Starting point: Fusha e Gjes’, Valbona
Starting altitude: 949 m/alt
Highest altitude: 2’694 m/alt
Elevation gain: 1’745 m/alt
Here is the summer trail (without snow):
Here is the winter trail (with snow):
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[…] The trail is well marked and many tourists are doing it every day. But, you need to make sure you will not mix the signs. Some tourists, in a part of the trail, mix the signs and follow the path to a peak. You need to take the left to go to Theth. If you follow the right path, you reach the highest peak of the Accursed mountains – Maja Jezerce 2694 m/alt: […]
did you do it without a guide? So the path is well marked and with a good GPS, can it be done? some very complicated step? regards
I am a hiking guide :).
Yes, it is possible with a good GPS, but the trail is not very well signed.
Is it possible to do the hike without any gear in the end of May? My girlfriend and I are looking for an adventurous hike. We are both in good shape and up for a challenge but it should be safe. What is the average temperature during this time of the year (May)? And do you know a place to stay overnight near cafe Te Simoni, without a tent? We would like to do (1st day) Theth to Te Simoni (close to there) and (2nd day) go to the top and hike back to Valbona to stay in a guesthouse over there.
Hi Robin, no, during May, the Maja Jezerce peak has a lot of snow, and I wouldn’t prefer it.
[…] is a fantastic outdoor destination near the highest peak of the Accursed Mountains (Prokletije), Maja Jezercë. The easiest way to go to the lakes is from Vusanje in Montenegro. But, if you want an off-trail […]