Maja Jezercë as seen from Maja Trojan
|Elevation||2,694 m (8,839 ft) |
|Prominence||2,036 m (6,680 ft) |
|Translation||Lake Peak (Albanian)|
|Location||Shkodër County, Albania|
|Parent range||Prokletije, Dinaric Alps|
|First ascent||1929 by Sleeman, Elmslie and Ellwood|
|Easiest route||North slope|
Location and surroundings
The mountain peak in Albania, which is just five kilometres from the border with Montenegro, lies between the valleys of the Valbona to the east and the Shala in the west. In part, the whole floor between the valley of Shala, Valbona and Ropojana and Maja Roshit (2,522 metres) is known as Jezerca, in addition to the peak, Jezerca borders other peaks such as the Maja e Popljuces (2,569 metres) and the Maja e Ali (2,471 metres) in the west, the Maja Rrogamit (2,478 metres) to the east, Maja Kolajet (2,498 metres), Maja Malësores (2,490 metres) and Maja Bojs (2,461 metres) in the northwest and the Maja Kokervhake (2,508 metres ) and Maja Etheve (2,393 metres) in the north.
Topology and geography
Jezerca is a large rocky peak of dolomitic limestone. There is almost no vegetation there. North, east and west of the mountain top is in great cirque from that in the glacial periods when glaciers were more extensive than today. Today the northern cirque is called Buni i Jezercës at a height of 1980 metres and 2,100 metres in height around 400 metres. Because it is located in the wettest region of Europe with around 6 metres (240 in) of rainfall equivalent believed to fall on the western slopes, snowfall is so large that only in dry years do even the less exposed sections melt away.
The Albanian name, Maja Jezercë, is derived from the Slavic word, probably more specifically from Serbian jezero ("lake"), and Albanian word maja ("top" or "peak"), meaning "peak of Jezero". In Slavic, including Serbian Jezerski Vrh means "lake peak". The toponym refers to the cirque lakes in the lower part of the Buni i Jezercës on the northern side of the mountain. During the Communist era in Albania it had been given the name of Maja e Rinisë (Mountain of Youth), which never stuck.
We got to the top at 8.45. Arrived there we found a recently built cairn – no doubt made by the Italian survey party we had been told about in Thethi.— Cyril Montague Sleeman, The Mountains of Albania
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