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Peaks of the Balkans

Peaks of Balkan trek is the best way to experience Kosovo, Montenegro & Albania’s unforgettable combination of natural beauty and cultural richness. Moreover, the “Peaks of the Balkans” guide leads through one of the most remote and wild mountainous regions of the Western Balkans. By using shepherd paths and footways, the trail winds through high alpine mountains up to 2300 m above sea level.

Peaks of the Balkans trail is a 192-km cross-border trekking trail through the Accursed Mountains of Albania, Kosovo, and Montenegro. Considering the region’s turbulent history and once tightly controlled borders, especially during the communist period, it was impossible to move across these places. No longer. Nowadays, the trek has become very popular and people around the world are coming to visit this very remote area.

Peaks of the Balkans trail is a must-do for any hiker.

The level of difficulty ranges from easy to moderate + but requires good physical condition and mountain equipment.

10 Days
Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro
Trek
Guided
2-8
Chalet
Guided
Moderate +
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Peaks of the Balkans is a circular trekking trail through three countries of Western Balkans. The itinerary below starts from Albania, however, when booking, you can choose where to start and where to end up.

Trip Highlights
  • The Peaks of the Balkans trail goes in three different countries;
  • Trek in some of the most remote areas in the Balkans;
  • Take in phenomenal mountain views from Albania, Kosovo, and Montenegro;
  • Taste regional food and enjoy distinct culture in the remote villages of Albania.
What's Included

Accommodation (hotel & guesthouse) and meals as written in the daily itinerary; group airport transfer and other transports required by the itinerary; all entrance fees; skilled tour leader.

Peaks of the Balkans Itinerary

 

Day 1: Meet your fellow travellers in Shkoder and drive to Thethi National Park.

Meet and greet with the guide in Tirana, followed by a transfer to Shkodra, one of the oldest inhabited cities in Albania with a 2500-year-old history. It seems the city existed since the beginning of the time. After a lunch break, we continue the drive towards Theth, passing through the beautiful Valley of Boga, gate to the Albanian Alps.

Further, we will stop at Qafe Thore – the diagonal Pass, to enjoy the spectacular mountainous landscape unfolding in front of us. After that, we will switch to a local van and drive downhill to a nice guesthouse in the village where we will stay overnight and enjoy a tasty homemade meal. The afternoon is free to walk and warm up into Thethi National Park. Most importantly, we will start and finish the Peaks of the Balkans trail in Theth. Dinner included.

Driving: 3.5 hours.

 

Day 2: Hike the spectacular "Valbona Pass".

 

Today our trailheads towards spectacular Valbona Pass. It's not a particularly hard walk and is one that is attempted by many first-time mountain walkers. For the next couple of hours, the trail climbs slightly more steeply towards higher ground and we walk over a pass known as Valbona Pass. After several hours of hiking uphill, we stop at the Zefi’s housing for a hot mountain tea.

Resuming our hike for another 45-min, we continue ascending to the Valbona col (1792m) where we have outstanding views of the Albanian Alps and the Valley of Valbona.

Well rested, we continue walking down (45 min) to the Simoni cafè for lunch. After lunch, we make our way down to the valley. Of course, we can choose whether to independently continue our walking down on the main wide dried up riverbed road or take a bus to avoid it. All meals included.

Trek: 16.8 km, 7-8 hours, elevation gain: 1150m; elevation loss: 1100m.

Although we try to do our very best to carry out the schedule written above, this itinerary of Peaks of the Balkans trail is subject to change for some reasons beyond our control. This is an 10-day trip, however, we can make it shorter or even longer.

Peaks of the Balkans Trail

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2021 Departure Dates

Open Groups: June - October

 

JUN 26 - JUL 5
Available

JUL 7 - JUL 17
Guaranteed

AUG 7 - AUG 16
Guaranteed

SEP 11 - SEP 20
Available

OCT 12 - OCT 21
Available

 

Don't see the dates you're looking for?
Feel free to contact us for other departure dates.

GEAR LIST

The following checklist has been created to help you choose your clothing and gear for this trip. Try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Feel free to give us a call at 00383-49-601-007 if you have any questions regarding the gear list.

REQUIRED

  • Good walking shoes
  • Day pack (20L – 35L)
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Fleece Gloves
  • Fleece Hat
  • Fleece Jacket or Sweater
  • Underwear
  • Rain jacket
  • Warm fleece jacket or jumper
  • Rain pants
  • Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)
  • Trekking trousers
  • Warm fleece jacket or jumper
  • Anti-bacterial hand gel
  • Personal First Aid Kit/Medications (Lightweight)
  • 2 x 1-liter water bottle
  • Insect spray
  • Water purification tablets
  • (Water is provided, but very often this is from local wells or mountain streams and is not chlorinated. If you are concerned about drinking untreated water, we suggest you bring a supply of water treatment tablets.)

OPTIONAL

  • Flashlight or Headlamp
  • Trekking Poles
  • Shorts
  • Trainers or sandals
  • Bandana
  • Liner Socks (Synthetic)
  • Shoes for Travel and Free Time
  • Casual Clothing for Travel and Town Wear (Lightweight, Easily Washable)
  • Spare laces
  • Luggage Tags and Locks
  • Pen-knife
  • Camera and Accessories
  • Ear Plugs
  • Reading and Writing Materials
  • Small Binoculars
  • Whistle
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

 


HOLIDAY INFORMATION

What's Included
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Group airport transfers
  • All accommodation
  • Meals from lunch day 1 to breakfast day 10
  • All land transport required by the itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • Luggage transport
What's not included
  • Airline tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips for local staff
  • Alcoholic beverages or soft drinks
  • Items of a personal sort
  • Airport transfers other than group transfers
Consider as you book up

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Airline Tickets (Confirmation and Itinerary) & Passport

The unit of currency in Albania is the Lek (ALL). However, the Euro is accepted. The unit of currency in Kosovo and Montenegro is the Euro. Note: Buying Lek is possible only in Albania

ATM Availability (While Trekking)

  • Peje
  • Plav
  • Bajram Curri (17Km away from Valbona)

LOCAL TIME: Time zone: GMT +1

ELECTRICITY: Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50 Hz, two-pin round plugs.

BOOKS

  • Western Balkans - Lonely Planet
  • The Accursed Mountains - Robert Carver
  • Broken April - Ismail Kadare
  • High Albania - Edith Durham