Maja e Popluks

Published by detlefpalm Pro , 18 June 2012, 22h05.

Region: World » Albanien
Date of the hike:19 July 2011
Hiking grading: T3 - Difficult Mountain hike
Geo-Tags: AL 
Time: 6:00
Height gain: 821 m 2693 ft.
Height loss: 821 m 2693 ft.
Route:6.3 kilometers
Access to start point:The hike(s) start at Thethi, which is worth a longer stay. Thethi has become a "boom" tourist destination, and every Lonely-Planet readers seems to make it here. There are many local inns that offer multi-bed rooms and full board. The usual approach is from Koplik (between Shkodra and the border to Montenegro). There is a tarmac road up to Boge, for the remaining stretch a high-clearance vehicle is advisable. It is also possible to hike from Boge to Thethi.
Accommodation:Wild camping at Gropa e Bukura, bed and breakfeast in Thethi

Nobody seems to know Maja e Popluks (2569 Meter). This is so because Maja e Jezerce is right next to it, and all eyes and attention seems to be on the highest summit entirely in Albania. Would Maja e Popluks stand alone, it would be an extraordinary mountain, with excellent views to most peaks of the Albania Alps and beyond. As it is, it offers also the most impressive views of Jezerce itself. Because of its height, most visitors would find it difficult to climb it in one day from Thethi, and also we decided to spend the night at Gropa e Bukura (the beautiful hole). 

The trail description starts at Gropa e Bukura (see separate trail description)

  - see separate trail- The main difficulty when climbing Maja e Popluks is route-finding. We climbed in July, and had to cross a few snowfields, so poles or an ice axe would come handy. The summit of Popluks is not visible until having hiked for an hour or more, until then one only sees false summits. We took a slighty different route back, but either should be fine. offers a third route, perhaps a little easier but longer.

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