Name = Ljuboten
Photo = Ljuboten.jpg
Caption = Luboteni/Ljuboten as seen from Kosovo
Elevation = 2498m
Location =KOS, MKD
Ljuboten ( _mk. audio|Mk-Ljuboten.ogg|Љуботен; _sq. Luboteni) is a peak of the
Šar Mountainslocated at the border between Republic of Macedoniaand Kosovo. Its height is 2498 meters.
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.
Ljuboten is a favorite destination of many
mountain climbers from Europe. Its terrain is rich with pastures, but there are also rocky outcroppings. Livadicko Ezero ("Livadica Lake") in Kosovo and Metohija and few sheepfolds are near the peak. In wintertime there is usually over a meter of snow on the ground at Ljuboten.
The mountain house at Ljuboten is located in the foothills of the peak and is connected with a road to
Vratnica. It takes two or three hours to walk from Vratnica to the Ljuboten 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(2nd of August), the national holiday of Macedonia, more than 200 people enjoy the untouched nature of Ljuboten and the Šar Mountains.
The peak has been nicknamed "Big Duke" by the
U.S.soldiers serving in the KFOR mission in Kosovo. The mountain looms over Camp Bondsteel, the main U.S. base in Kosovo and Metohija, and is an iconic image to the troops serving there.
* [http://vratnica.net/content/view/32/58/ Ljuboten @ Vratnica.net (in Macedonian language)]
* [http://www.vratnica.5u.com Cyber VRATNICA Internet Site]
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