PEAKS OF THE BALKANS FOR 5 DAYS
Are you looking for a 5 days Peaks of the Balkans trek? If so, here we present the highlights of Peaks of Balkans that you should not miss. Similarly, we will offer a 5 day-itinerary trip that you should consider. Normally, to do the whole trail takes around 10 days, however, there is a possibility to take a shortcut.
Before you plan to trek this trail, think about where to start and where to end up. The following places are probably the most required trail to hike. So, do not miss them!
Peaks of the Balkans 5-days Itinerary
Thethi National Park
The village of Theth is one of the most picturesque and the most virgin places in Northern Albania. Preserved by the wild nature and very bad roads, the village itself has still the Kulla and other buildings dating back to the middle ages. Theth and Valbona are still mysterious for many people in the world. This is the best one-day trip in the Albania Alps and includes all major destinations including the "Lock-in Tower", Waterfall of Grunas & canyon, bathtubs of Nderlysa, and the Blue Eye.
Located at the root of the border with Montenegro and Kosovo, this wonderfully unspoiled conservation area is home to a few families in summer. A steep hundred-meter climb at the head of the valley brings you out at the base of the beautiful meadows of the Dobërdol Valley. Here, there are horses, sheep, cows, and ponies everywhere in summer as the traditional farming families bring their animals up from the lowlands to graze and the human population swells to up to hundreds of people.
Gjeravica Summit, 2656M
Rightly people call it the heart of Kosovo. Gjeravica seems almost from all parts of Kosovo, like a giant mountain that stands alone and fearless, as the highest peak in Kosovo. It is the highest peak in Kosovo and the second-highest of the Accursed Mountains with an altitude of 2656m.
It is located in the Western part of Kosovo, near its border with Albania and Montenegro. There are a lot of options to climb the peak; from Gropa Ereniku valley, Vokshi village, Doberdol Albania, and from Belegu Mountain.
Kelmend, the Northmost part of Albania
One of the largest settlements of Malesia e Madhe, Kelmend is home to some 6,000 residents stretched in an area of 353 km and boasts some of the most impressive landscapes in the Albanian Alps. This valley represents the northernmost part of Albania. It is situated 95 km from the city of Shkodra and is in the region called Kelmendi. Its name comes from the Latin word “climens” which means wise, simple, and good.
The unspoiled villages have many treasures to explore and culture to inspire and move. There are eight villages in the region: Tamarë, Nikç, 15 km east of Tamarë, which is rich in caves, springs, waterfalls, and beautiful scenery; Selcë, a waterfall and interesting mountain trails with many caves to be explored; Lepushë, Vermosh, one of the remotest villages and Kozhnja, Vukël, which have not been developed touristically yet.
Babino Polje is a small place in Montenegro – close to the Albania and Kosovo border. It has about 150 permanent inhabitants. In the heart of the original landscape, the village surrounded by the impressive panorama of the mountains, the picturesque nature, which reveals its beauty through numerous mountain pastures, shimmering lakes, and crystal-clear water sources.
Vuthaj is a small town in Montenegro, located southwest of the town of Plav, below the town of Gusinje. The village is Albanian-inhabited, one of three Kelmendi settlements. The majority of families hail from the nearby village Vukël in Kelmend across the border in Albania. The Albanians are native inhabitants in this region and Muslim by religion.
Vuthaj valley is rich with green pasture, large, well-watered fields, and large, well-built kulas, with high, shingled roofs. In the middle stands a small mosque, with a wooden minaret.