Peak Ljuboten

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Peak Ljuboten


6 to 9 hours



Uphill climbing

1400 meters

Best period

Late May to early November

Peak Ljuboten, Shar Mountain

At a towering height of 2498 meters, Ljuboten Peak stands as a proud emblem of the Macedonian mountains, encapsulating everything that makes hiking in the Western Balkans so extraordinary. This iconic summit is not just a destination—it’s a journey that promises to immerse you in the essence of this rugged landscape.

The adventure typically commences from the charming village of Staro Selo, nestled at an altitude of 900 meters—the official starting point of the renowned High Scardus Trail. This multi-day cross-border hiking tour is hailed as one of the most breathtaking journeys in Europe, weaving its way through the picturesque vistas of the Macedonian, Kosovo and Albanian mountains.

But it’s the panoramas from the summit of Ljuboten that truly defy description. To truly appreciate their magnificence, they must be experienced firsthand. As you gaze out upon the expansive vistas, you’ll be captivated by the sheer beauty that unfolds before you—a tapestry of rugged peaks, verdant valleys, and endless skies.

And let’s not forget the culinary delights that await you at the mountain hut Ljuboten—the oldest in Macedonia. Here, amidst the rustic charm of the mountains, you’ll savor the flavors of traditional Macedonian cuisine, a feast for both the body and the soul.

Climbing Ljuboten Peak isn’t just about reaching the summit—it’s a journey of discovery, a deep dive into local culture and tradition, and an exploration of the rich natural heritage that defines this region. It’s a hiking experience unlike any other—one that will leave an indelible mark on your heart and soul.

But the adventure doesn’t end there. Depending on your preferences, the tour can be tailored to suit your desires. Whether you opt for 4×4 transport to the Ljuboten hut, extend your journey to neighboring peaks such as Livadica or Piribeg, or even embark on a weekend tour of Shar Planina, the choice is yours. Our experienced guides are here to tailor the service to your preferences, ensuring an unforgettable journey through the wonders of the Western Balkans.

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Difficulty of the tour:

Duration of the tour:

6 to 9 hours

Length of the tour:

20 km

Uphill climbing:

1400 meters

Required fitness:

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Have Any Question?

Just contact us if you need more information about the tour.


Everybody has to know that the right clothing and equipment is essential for a successful mountain trip. There will be some items and travel clothes which you will want to pack for the journey which will not be required on the tour in the mountains, so these may be left at your hotel and collected at the end, a light fold away small bag is useful for these items.

The following list is a combination of suggestion, advice and our experience of what you will need. For additional information’s do not hesitate to contact us.

This is what we think essential for safety and basic comfort.

  • Compass
  • Map
Sun protection
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses
Clothing – warm weather
  • Wicking T – shirt (synthetic or wool)
  • Wicking underwear
  • Quick – drying pants or shorts
  • Long – sleeve shirt (protecting from sun, bugs)
  • Rainwear (jackets, pants – waterproof and breathable)
  • Sun – shielding hat
  • Bandana or Buff
Clothing cool weather
  • Wicking long – sleeve T – shirt
  • Wicking long underwear
  • Hat, cap, skullcap, balaclava or headband
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Rainwear (jackets, pants – waterproof and breathable)
  • Fleece jacket or vest, and pants
  • Hiking Boots suited to terrain and conditions
  • Trekking socks (synthetic or wool) plus spares
  • Gaiters (for snow conditions)
  • Backpack 30 – 45 liters
  • Trekking poles
  • Energy food and beverages
  • Water bottle or camelback
  • Nylon cord (5 meters)
  • First aid kit
  • Knife or multi – tool, duct tape strips
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Camera
  • Wet wipes and toilet rolls
  • Small Ziploc plastic boxes
  • Notebook & Pencil
  • Money belt