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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 a good physical condition and mountain equipment.

10 Days
Al, Ks & M.
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 do you want to start and when 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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DEPARTURES 2020

Open Groups

* Feel free to contact us for other departure dates.

   

HOLIDAY INFORMATION

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
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
Airline Tickets (Confirmation and Itinerary)
Passport

To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, 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.

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-litre 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)

Albania has a high number of climatic regions for so small an area. Generally, experiences a Mediterranean climate with summer temperatures at 25ºC on average in the day, and the warmest months are July and August where temperatures can rise to 30ºC and above.

Kosovo has a largely Continental climate, although Pristina is considered an Oceanic climate. Generally, summers are long and dry, and winters are mild and rainy, with occasional heavy snowfall in the mountains. It can get surprisingly hot in summer, between May and August, with temperatures sometimes reaching as high as 32°C (90°F). The warmest month is July, with an average high temperature of 26°C (79°F). Winters are cold and snowfall is common. The coldest month is January, with an average low temperature of -5°C (23°F).

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)
Time zone: GMT +1
Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50 Hz, two-pin round plugs.

Montenegro Emergency numbers

92 (Police); 94 (Medical emergency)
United States Consulate, Podgorica: +382 (0) 20 410 500
Canadian Embassy, Belgrade, Serbia (also responsible for Montenegro): +381 (0)11 306 3000
Australian Embassy, Belgrade, Serbia (also responsible for Montenegro): +381 (0)11 330 3400
British Consulate, Podgorica: +382 (0) 81 205 460
Podgorica International Airport: +382 0 20 444 244

Albania Emergency numbers

129 (Police); 127 (Ambulance)
Embassy of United States, Tirana: +355 (0) 4 224 7285
British Embassy, Tirana: +355 (0) 4 223 4973
Consulate of Canada to the Republic of Albania, Tirana: +355 (0) 4 225 7274
Tirana International Airport: +355 42 381 800

Kosovo Emergency numbers

112 (Police); 94 (Ambulance)
British Embassy, Pristina: +383 (0) 38 254 700
U.S. Embassy, Pristina: +383 (0) 38 59 59 3000
German Embassy, Pristina: +383 (0) 38 254 500
Pristina International Airport: +383 (0) 38 501 502 12 14
Western Balkans - Lonely Planet
The Accursed Mountains - Robert Carver
Broken April - Ismail Kadare
High Albania - Edith Durham