Luboten as seen from Kosovo
|Elevation||2,498 m (8,196 ft)|
|Location||Kosovo[a] and Republic of Macedonia|
Luboten (Albanian: Luboten, Serbian: Ljuboten, Macedonian: Љуботен (help·info)) is a peak of the Šar Mountains located at the border between Kosovo[a] and the Republic of Macedonia. Its height is 2,498 m (8,196 ft).
Ljuboten peak although not being the highest peak of the range, is certainly the most attractive and bewildering peak of the Sar Mountains. It is somewhat isolated from the rest of the mountains making it stand out as far as Skopje and Pristina. It in turn it may be called the 'Matterhorn' of the Sar Mountains. Depending from the part of the day, Luboten is best viewed from its northern face in Kosovo or southern face in Macedonia.
Kosovo contains the majority of Luboten, the north side, north-west, east side and south east. At the Macedonian side of the peak are located several interesting places: a mountain house called "Ljuboten", Shija Ljubotenska (English: Ljuboten's Neck), Kozja Karpa (Goat's Rock), Shiljast Kamen (Pointed Rock), and Rogacevski Korita.
Luboten is a favorite destination of many mountain climbers from Europe. Its terrain is rich with pastures, but there are also rocky outcroppings. Štrbačko Lake in Kosovo and few sheepfolds are near the peak. In wintertime there is usually over a meter of snow on the ground at Luboten. Štrbačko Lake being the most northern lake ion the Sar Mountains is visited often by Luboten climbers in Kosovo.
The mountain house at Luboten is located in the foothills of the peak and is connected with a road to Vratnica, Republic of Macedonia. It takes two or three hours to walk from Vratnica to the Luboten mountain house. Not more than half hour is necessary if you drive a vehicle. This house is open from March till November and offers room and board for 80–100 people.
Every year at Ilinden (2 August), the national holiday of Macedonia, more than 200 people enjoy the untouched nature of Ljuboten and the Sharr Mountains.
Notes and references
|a.||^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 108 out of 193 United Nations member states.|
- Ljuboten.com (in Macedonian Language)
- Ljuboten @ Vratnica.net (in Macedonian language)
- Cyber VRATNICA Internet Site
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