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

Maja Jezerce 2694 Albania

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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