THE PEAKS OF THE BALKANS TREK

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The Peaks of The Balkans Trek





ABOUT THE CHALLENGE


The world's newest transnational hiking experience! 

The Peaks of the Balkans trek is a winner of multiple prestigious global awards, offering a truly unique and immersive adventure travel experience. 

Join our 10-day challenge where you will venture from the ancient town of Shkodra, crossing the beautiful Komani Lake and into the legendary Valbona Pass. From this, we trek through three countries, across rugged mountains, past isolated lakes and waterfalls and through vast open National Park as you conquer the Balkans and arrive in Kosovo and celebrate your success.

All our challenges are inclusive of accommodation, guides, food and in country transport. 



CHALLENGE ITINERARY

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. Depending on the time you will arrive, we will do a short city tour in Shkoder visiting some of the most interesting sights of the city. 

Drive: 2hrs 30min 

Accommodation: Hotel 

Meals: Dinner 

We take a two-hour drive to Komani Lake in the morning and board our boat for the transfer across the lake to the “Blini Park” - Shala River, known as a Thailand of Albania. 

Admire the immensity of the river and the myriad shades of blue. Isolated from high peaks, the blue water of Shala River offers adventurers a panorama of those that resemble Thailand's. 

After the scenic boating, we will have a short warming-up walk beside Valbona River. 

Drive: 3hrs 30min 

Accommodation: Guesthouse 

Difficulty: Easy

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Walking: 2hrs; 4-5Km. 

Today we hike from Valbona to Theth via the spectacular Valbona Pass.  

The trail climbs slightly more steeply towards higher ground and we walk over the pass. After several hours hiking uphill, we reach the top of the pass where we stop for a brake. The views from here are stunning from both sites with both Thethi and Valbona visable. We continue walking down (45 min) to a mountain cafe for lunch. 

After lunch, we make our way down to the valley and stay in a local guest house. 

Trek: 16Km; Uphill: 790m, Downhill: 1100m; 

Time: 6-7hrs 

Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging 

Accommodation

Guesthouse Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Luggage transport: Horse 

Starts the day with a cup of hot mountain tea and a hearty breakfast, we set out today on the trail as it wanders through rolling terrain, past traditional homes, and the church-house of Thethi that stands in the midst of the plain–a solid, shingle-roofed building, with a bell tower. 

As we walk slowly into Thethi National Park, the snowy peak of Bosh, Radohime and Kakia give us a taste of the unmatched mountain scenery to come. The village of Theth is one of the most picturesque places in Northern Albania. Preserved by the residents, the village has still the kulla and other buildings dating back in middle ages.

After the past few days of relatively challenging trekking, today is shorter (about 4 hours). 

We will start walking from the guesthouse and visit the local beauty spots in and around the village, such as the stone-‐build Catholic Church, the blood feud tower ‘Kulla e Ngujimit’, the waterfall, the Grunasi Canyon, bathtubs of Nderlysa, and the Blue Eye Lake before we turn back.

Trek: 10Km; Uphill: 450m, Downhill: 350m; 

Time: 5-6hrs 

Difficulty: Easy

AccommodationGuesthouse 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Today’s hike into Prokletije National Park is certain to be a memorable one. This is a relatively long day that crosses the border between Albania and Montenegro. 

The first 4-5km, we take a 4x4 transport to Okol village, the starting point of the trail. 

The path then passes along the craggiest part of the Prokletije/Bjeshkёt e Namuna/Alpet Shqipёtare Mountains. Almost the entire hike is surrounded by steep mountains with stunning views. This itinerary allows us a glance into the region’s past when it was a forbidden zone during the Communist era. A border military post, some bunkers, and the border crossing pyramid sign still remains by the crossing. 

We will have a picnic lunch in lush Alpine meadows carpeted with wildflowers and full of butterflies. 

Trek: 17Km; Uphill: 1200m, Downhill: 1100m

Time: 8-9hrs 

Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging 

Accommodation: Guesthouse 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Luggage transport: Horse 

Our trek starts out with a gradual uphill passing through the forest and ultimately arriving at Vallushnica Peak, the first peak for today's hike. 

Next the trail passes across the ridge of Karanfili's Massif before the final ascent to Taljanka Peak, 2056m. Finding the perfect spot for a picnic lunch, we take time to soak in all of the beauty of this special spot. 

After lunch, we’ll descent down to the Valley and then take a transfer back to Vusanje. 

Trek: 11.5Km; Uphill: 550m, Downhill: 890m; 

Time: 6-7hrs; 

Transport: 50min  

Difficulty: Moderate 

Accommodation: Guesthouse 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s hike starts first with a short transfer to Babino Polje, the starting point of the trail. The hike is relatively easy and leads us up to Hrid Lake, an amazing place to rest and swim. 

Next, we continue to walk towards Doberdol pasture, crossing the green border from Montenegro to Albania.

Following the trail, we pass by the Three-border point (Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro).  

Trek: 12Km; Uphill: 950m, Downhill: 850m; 

Time: 7-8hrs

Transport: 30min. 

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate 

Accommodation: Guesthouse 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Luggage transport: Horse

The last day of the trek is from Doberdol via Gjeravica Summit 2656m to Gropa Erenikut then to Prizren. 

Gjeravica is the highest peak in Kosovo and is a tough, but beautiful climb filled with wonder. On the trail, there are two glacial lakes, Heart Lake and Big Lake of Gjeravica, and the flag and visitor book of Mt Gjeravica firmly placed at the top of the mountain which the team can sign and take photos next to. 

After we finish the trek, we will go to the Grand Hotel Gjeravica for a delicious lunch then a two-hour drive to Prizren, a historic city in Kosovo with a vibrant culture, food and drinks.

Trek: 13Km; Uphill: 950m, Downhill: 800m; Time: 7-8hrs; 

Transport: 2hrs 30min. 

Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging 

Accommodation: Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Luggage transport: Horse 

After breakfast, we will have a cultural tour to get more familiar with the city of Prizren. Then, after lunch we drive to Tirana and settle into our hotel, before heading into the city to explore its rich and diverse history, food and drinks. 

Breakfast included. 

Accommodation: Hotel, Tirana

Before heading off to the airport, everybody can have a free and relaxing morning in Tirana.

After lunch time, our adventure ends with a private transfer to the Airport, ending our exciting trek in the heart of the Balkans. 

Group Airport transfer is included.

WHAT'S INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED?

  • All meals as specified in itinerary 
  • Professional, English and Albanian speaking local guides 
  • All entrance fees
  • Transport in country
  • All accommodation 
  • Travel Insurance
  • All meals not specified 
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Flights to and from Albania
  • Vaccinations (if required)
  • Visa's (If required)

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Had the most incredible time - the challenge itself was super rewarding, culturally amazing and met a very cool group of people! 

Incredible experience great group great views and challenge good level of difficulty. 


The whole experience was incredible and well organised. 

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