Albania·August - September

Peaks of The Balkans

Nestled in Eastern Europe, immerse yourself in the legendary beauty and unique history found within the stunning Peaks of the Balkans!

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Overview

Winner of multiple prestigious global awards, and the worlds newest transnational hiking experience, the Peaks of the Balkans Trek is a unique adventure experience fit for those looking for new and exciting challenge around the globe. Where once lay a tightly controlled national border, now makes way for a stunning 192km trail through Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro that is ready to welcome you. Join Endeavours Adventures as you take to the trail and discover what makes this place so special. Trek alongside waterfalls, venture through the infamous Accursed mountains, uncover hidden caves, crystal clear mountain-lakes and a vast array of wildlife. With no day the same, our ten day challenge begins with a boat ride through Blini Park, before hiking into the mountains to take on peaks of up to 2300m in height, skip between borders and wind through valleys, before reaching our final destination in Kosovo and celebrating the teams success. SIGN UP OPTIONS Standard - £250 Registration Fee | £1495 Fundraising Target Option 1 - £125 Registration Fee | £1800 Fundraising Target Option 2 - £250 Registration Fee | £950 Fundraising Target Payment Plans Available: 1) 2x Payments - 50% Deposit | 50% on 8th January 2) 4x Payments - £50 now | 3x £66.67 payments on a monthly basis (+£5 admin fee)

Schedule

Discover more about your 10 day adventure with us by reading the itinerary below...

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DAY 1 - WELCOME TO THE BALKANS

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO THE BALKANS! ARRIVE IN ALBANIA - SHKODER CITY TOUR & ACCLIMATISE

Arriving at Tirana International Airport, you will meet and greet with your guide, before transferring 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 the sights of the city, including the legendary Rozafa castle and main high street.

Drive: 2hrs 30min 

Included

Airport Transfer

Dinner

City Tour

Castle Tour

Not Included

Flights

Lunch

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DAY 2 - ADVENTURE BEGINS - KOMANI LAKE BOAT RIDE AND HIKE VALBONA RIVER

We start our morning with a two-hour drive to Komani Lake, the Thailand of Europe famed for its beautiful mountains and rivers. Here we board our boat for the transfer across the lake to “Blini Park” - Shala River. 

Along the boat ride you can admire the immensity of your surroundings and the myriad shades of blue as we venture towards the start of the trek. Isolated from high peaks, the blue water of Shala River offers adventurers a panorama of those that resemble Thailand's and cannot be found anywhere else in Europe. 

After the scenic boat ride, we will have a short warm-up hike beside Valbona River for 4km before reaching our guesthouse and settling in for the night, and the adventure that lays ahead.

Drive: 3hrs 30min 

Difficulty: Easy

Walking: 2hrs; 4-5Km. 

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Luggage Transfer

Boat Ride

Accommodation - Guesthouse

Guide

Transfer

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Valbona

DAY 3 - THE VALBONA PASS

Today we hike from Valbona to Theth via the spectacular Valbona Pass, with the trail beginning with a climb towards higher ground where we venture into, and across the pass itself. 

After several hours hiking uphill, we reach the top of the pass and stop for a break to admire the views of both Thethi and Valbona in either direction. 

We continue walking down to a mountain cafe for lunch. After which we will make our way down into the valley and stay in a local guest house. 

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

Time: 6-7hrs 

Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging 

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Guide

Luggage Transfer

Accommodation - Guesthouse

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Thethi

DAY 4 - THETHI NATIONAL PARK TO NDERLYSE AND BLUE EYE

Day 4 begins with a cup of hot mountain tea and a hearty breakfast, before we set out on one of the most historical days of the trail. 

Today sees us head through rolling terrain alongside traditional Albanian homes, and the church-house of Thethi that stands in the midst of the plain-solid, shingle-roofed building with a bell tower. 

As we walk walk through Thethi National Park, the snowy peak of Bosh, Radohime and Kakia mountains in the distance give us a taste of the unmatched mountain scenery to come in the days ahead. Whilst the village of Theth that we stay in offers one of the most picturesque and unique adventure experiences in Europe. 

Preserved by the residents, the village still has the kulla and other buildings dating back to the middle ages. Today is a shorter (about 4 hours) walk starting from the guesthouse and visiting 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

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Accommodation - Guesthouse

Guide

Luggage Transfer

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DAY 5 - THETH TO VUSANJE AND PROKLETIKE NATIONAL PARK

Today’s hike into Prokletije National Park is certain to be a memorable one, offering 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 day equally allows us a glance into the region’s past when it was a forbidden zone during the Communist era, with a border military post, bunkers, and the border crossing pyramid sign still remaining. 

We will have a picnic lunch in lush Alpine meadows carpeted with wildflowers and full of butterflies, before heading down to our guesthouse for the evening.

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

Time: 8-9hrs Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging 

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Accommodation - Guesthouse

Guide

Luggage Transfer

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DAY 6 - KARANFILI'S MASSIF

Our trek starts out with a gradual uphill pass through the forest to Vallushnica Peak, the first peak for today's hike. 

Next the trail passes across the ridge of Karanfili's Massif, a stunning group of mountains in the heart of the Albanian Alps. After which we begin the final ascent to Taljanka Peak, 2056m, for a picnic lunch. 

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

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

Time: 6-7hrs; Transport: 50min  

Difficulty: Moderate 

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Accommodation - Guesthouse

Guide

Luggage Transfer

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DAY 7 - BABINO VALLEY VIA HRID LAKE TO DOBERDOL

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 after many days hiking. After which we continue to walk towards Doberdol pasture, crossing the green border from Montenegro to Albania on route.

Following the trail, we pass by the infamous Three-border point (Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro), stopping for a photo in three countries at once, before we continue towards our overnight guesthouse in Doberdol. 

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

Time: 7-8hrs

Transport: 30min

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate 

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

4x4 Transfer

Accommodation - Guesthouse

Guide

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DAY 8 - FINAL TREK DAY - DOBERDOL TO MT GJERAVICA SUMMIT - TRANSFER TO HISTORIC PRIZEN

The last day of the trek, hiking from Doberdol to Gropa Erenikut via the highest mountain in Kosovo, Mt Gjeravica (2656m) then transfering to Prizren. 

Gjeravica is the highest peak in Kosovo and is a tough, but beautiful climb filled with wonder and natural beauty on route, including two glacial lakes, Heart Lake and Big Lake of Gjeravica, whilst those who reach the summit can take a picture with the flag and sign the visitor book of Mt Gjeravica firmly placed at the top of the mountain 

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 

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Accommodation - Guesthouses

Guide

Luggage Transfer

City Transfer

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DAY 9 - PRIZREN TO TIRANA

A day of rest and exploration to help recover from the challenge. After breakfast, we will have a cultural tour to discover the city of Prizren, looking into it's rich Ottoman and Byzantium history. Then, after lunch we drive to Tirana, the Albanian capital, to settle into our hotel, before heading into the city to unwind with a celebratory meal and drinks. 

Included

Breakfast

City Transfer

Prizren Tour

Not Included

Lunch

Dinner

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DAY 10 - FREE MORNING AND TRANSFER TO AIRPORT

Before heading off to the airport, the team will have a free and relaxing morning in Tirana to explore the city's coffee shops or museums. After lunch, our adventure ends with a private transfer to the Airport, ending our exciting trek in the heart of the Balkans. 


Included

Breakfast

Airport Transfer

Not Included

Lunch

Flights

What's Included

What's Included

Professional and English Speaking Guide

All Internal Transfers

Luggage Transport During Trek

Emergency Plans

24/7 Emergency Number

In Country Rep

All Meals Mentioned in Itinerary

Flights

Travel Insurance

All Meals Not Mentioned in Itinerary

Sign Up Options

Registration Fee - The Peaks of The Balkans Trek

Registration Fee - The Peaks of The Balkans Trek

Our standard registration option - Pay £250 now / in instalments and then fundraise £1495 for your charity

Flexi Payment Option 1 - Lower Registration | Higher Fundraising Target

Flexi Payment Option 1 - Lower Registration | Higher Fundraising Target

Pay a lower registration fee (£125), but have to reach a higher fundraising target (£1800)

Flexi Payment Option 2 - Higher Registration | Lower Fundraising Target

Flexi Payment Option 2 - Higher Registration | Lower Fundraising Target

Our higher registration sign up option - Pay £600 registration and have to fundraise £950

Add Ons

EXTENSION TRIP - BALKANS CITY TOUR

EXTENSION TRIP - BALKANS CITY TOUR

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PRICE$759.22/pp

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Peaks of The Balkans

Albania· August - September· 9 nights

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