Albania/Montenegro (2,694 m) – Tallest Peak in the Dinaric Alps
Maja Jezerce is the tallest mountain in southeastern Europe and one of the highest between the Alps and Greece. It stands at the center of a great cluster of peaks that dominate the nations of Albania, Greece and western Serbia. Its name means “lake peak” for the sparkling blue lakes that dot the area around the mountain.
The Mountains on the Albanian-Montenegran frontier have long been home to the Malesori people, and Maja Jezerce appears in the local legends of the region. During the postwar years, the Communists renamed it the Maja e Rinise, but this name was rejected after the collapse of the Warsaw Pact. The mountain was first scaled in 1929 by back-to-back teams from Italy and Britain.
Maja Jezerce is located thirty miles east of Podgorica in Montenegro and eighty miles north of Tirana. The peak is located on the Albanian side, but the mountain is more easily accessible from Gusinje in Montenegro. Maja Jezerce is part of Thethi National Park.