Prokletije translates as the Accursed Mountains. This impenetrable mountain range is located at the border between Montenegro and Albania. Only since the border restrictions were eased, a bit more then a decade ago , it is possible to explore this amazing European wildernis. Join us on this 2-day expedition to the summit of Maja Jezerce (2694m).
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The trip starts in the Montenegrin town of Gusinje, that you can reach by public transport from Podgorica and other places in Montenegro. The local Dedushaj family runs a charming guesthouse a bit out of town. From the terrace you have a wonderful view into the valley of Ropojana and the Dinaric summits that surround it. Tomorrow we will be "up there".
At the dinner you be welcomed by the guide. You will receive a short but necessary safety instruction.
The trail enters the valley that connects Montenegro with Albania. A scenic and easy trail for the first 2 hours. As we turn left the trail gets steeper and we climb to the Jezerce saddle. In front of us we catch the first glimpse of our target: Maja Jezerce. But before we get there we have to descend a bit to reach the bivouac where we pitch the tents for tonight. In total we cover 11 km (+1100m - 500m) in approximately 6 hours.
After an early breakfast we start our attempt for the summit. It's "only" 3,5 kilometer and on each kilometer we gain 300 meters of altitude. It sounds easy, but it's not. The wild & rocky terrain makes Maja Jezerce quite a challenge, even for the more experienced hikers among us. To make life easier, we can leave our heavy gear at the basecamp.
After approximately 5 hours we are back at the basecamp, pack our stuff and prepare for the final descend of 2 more hours. The transport awaits us there and less then 1 hour later we are back at the guesthouse.
Let's say cheers to a great short adventure!
After a good recovery sleep and a breakfast, time has come to say goodbye.
The lodge is not easy to find and there is no public transport to the village, so we collect you with a van at 15:00 from the main busstation in Gusinje. You will recognice your driver and guide by the Skyhook sign.
The hiking is noth physically and technically quite challenging. If you suffer fear of heights, better not subscribe for this trip. Keep in mind that on day 1 you hike with a tent, a sleeping bag, warm clothes and food o your back. All together you carry appr. 12-14 kg. On the most technical section, to the summit, you can travel mich lighter.
The first and third night you are accmodated in a nice wooden lodge on shared rooms (2-4 persons per room, couples will get a private room) with private bathroom.
During the trekking you will sleep in a tent in the mountains.
At the lodge you will be pampered by mother the cook. She prepares lovely traditional Albanian / Montenegrin fusion food. Coffee and tea are included at breakfast. Drinks at the dinner are paid seperately (cash only).
The guys form the guesthouse will supply us with 2 lunchpacks, 1 breakfast and an easy to prepare dinner that we take to the mountains and heat on the fire. At the bivouac there are no other drinks available besised tea and water that we bring along.
It is recommended to bring additionally your own energy bars, candies and cookies.
We do not allow more then 15 persons per group.
You need to be minimum 18 years old.
During the hikes we cross the border into Albania. Since we do not use the official road border crossings we need to aannounce this to the local police to acquire the documents and permits to cross th eborder legally. Without a border permit you cannot join this trip. Processing the permit takes uo to 10 days.