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Peaks of the Balkans Guided Tour 8 Days guided Trip from Albania

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8 Days
Peaks of the Balkans

Peaks of the Balkans & Accursed Mountains

For ultimate hiking, Adventure joins us in this Cross – Border, guided tour of Peaks of the Balkans and Accursed Mountains along the Albanian Alps, Kosovo, and Montenegro. During the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, you would be welcomed by generous and welcoming people to stay at their simple guesthouses and shepherd’s huts. With a total length of 105 Km walking distance in 8 Days, the Peaks of the Balkans Itinerary is one of the most “glorious” trails of Balkan and southeast of Europe.

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Tour Details

This Peaks of the Balkans trail offers to its participants the chance to get lost in the wildest paradise of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. If you have ever wonder to sail through the steep canyons, when waters runs throw, hiking back in the time in the heart of Alps and Accursed Mountains this tour brings it nearer to you. The tour combines the amazing wild nature with the generosity of welcoming locals and Sheppard’s. You will be welcomed to step as a visitor but leave as a Local!

Departure & Return Location

  • Hotel Pick Up in Tirana
  • Departures from other cities available on request 

Departure Time

05:00 am

Price Includes

  • All Transportation throughout the tour
  • 7 Nights of Accommodations in guesthouse (quadruple rooms)
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All Meals from Lunch of First Day - Breakfast of Last Day

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee (Tips)
  • Coffee, Soft & Alcoholic Drinks
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Private Room Supplement


  • Proper Hiking Shoes or Boots.
  • Backpack (enough for packing stuffs for 8 days)
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Hygienic Bottle for water & water purification tablets (sometimes we drink from the sin
  • Hiking Poles
  • Hat & Sun Cream
  • Extra Clothes & Underwear
What to Expect

During all the Peaks of the Balkan trail and Accursed Mountains you will have a proffetional guide assistance. 

In this tour you will experience the best wild life and Nature of  North Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. 

The hiking trail starts in Valbona (Albania) and will ends in Theth (Albania). All the nights are planed in traditional guesthouses (shared rooms). For private rooms please Contact Us

This 8 days intensive tour along the Accursed Mountains  requires a good physical shape. Please find in the bottom of the program the gears list that are necessary for the tour. 



  • Hiking in some of the most remote parts of Peaks of the Balkans
  • A border cross itinerary that pass through three countries.
  • Stunning views of Majestic Alps, Glacial Lakes and Pristine forests in Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro
  • Live among the locals. Stay and share the meals with local people in the guesthouse and shepherds huts.
  • Learn more about the local traditions, social rules and the famous "Albanian Kanun". An introduction to the Blood Feuds and how everything was regulated.
  • Amazing, simple cuisine and fresh local food.

First DayTirana – Koman Lake - Valbona

We will leave Tirana at 5:00 am to drive toward the Koman Lake when the ferry departs at 9:00 am to the other side of the lake, Fierza. From the 1985 this manmade lake is the only way how locals who lives in the surroundings get in touch with modern world.
Driving from Fierza to Valbona will needs around 45 minutes, passing through Bajram Curri, the municipally of the area. Lunch break in Valbona and hiking in Kukaj, a very remote area in Valbona Valley surroundings when we will see how the people do their living.

Second Day Hiking from Valbona to Cerem through "Lugu i Persllopit"

The day starts early, to continue further in this Via Dinarica itinerary. We leave the Valbona Valley to head toward a more remote village, hidden in between the mountains. Cerem is well known among the accursed mountains for its blackberries.
The trail meanders along with the pine forests in a very remote area. In a few hours of a hike, we will reach the highest peak of the trail 2030m. Could it be a better place for a picnic lunch?
We continue our trip by entering the Montenegrian border and hiking for a few kilometers in the sides of Zla Kolata. At the same time, this rocky doom is the highest peak of Montenegro. Re-entering the Albanian border and through the Bori Pass, we will reach the village of Cerem where we will spend the night.

The Lenght of Trail: 13 Km
Elevation Gain: 1090 m
Elevation Loss: 870 m

Third Day Hiking from Cerem to Doberdol, the heart of Accursed Mountains

Located in-between high peaks Doberdol has been for centuries a Sheppard summer camp. It is where they bring their cattle for 4-5 months per year.
Today’s hike is relatively easier, mainly in the forests. We leave the rocky massif of Kollata and make our way in the forest for a few hours. We are briefly crossing the border to Montenegro, to return again in the Albanian side, walking on the side of a former military base. Picnic lunch and coffee break in a remote Bar.
In the next kilometers to Doberdol, the terrain is mainly flat and through the patches of the beech forest.
Dinner and Overnight in a basic guesthouse in Doberdol.

The Lenght of Trail: 15 Km
Elevation Gain: 790 m
Elevation Loss: 440 m

Fourth Day Cross border hike from Doberdol to Malishevc (Kosovo)

In addition, the next destination will be Malishevc. Located in the Kosovo territory, it is known for its amazing nature and natural spring lakes. The fourth-day trail takes around 7-8 hours of walk-in a 13 kilometers long path.
The trip offers spectacular views into the wields parts of Balkans Peaks and Accursed Mountains of Albanian and Kosovo.
Picnic lunch in the way and overnight in Kosovo.

The Lenght of Trail: 13 Km
Elevation Gain: 920 m
Elevation Loss: 980 m

Fifth Day Hiking from Malishevc to Babino Polje (Montenegro)

Hiking from Kosovo to Montenegro we walk through plenty of history and legends, very common for this region. The trek of this day is relatively shorter and passing through an area with plenty of glacial lakes and water streams. After the lunch break, the last station for the day will be the village of Babino Polje where we also spend the night.
The Lenght of Trail: 11.4 Km
Elevation Gain: 570 m
Elevation Loss: 750 m

Sixth Day Babino Polje - Plave (Montenegro) - Vusanje, (Montenegro)

After leaving the guesthouse, we walk for a cold and refreshing morning shower in the cold lake of Hrid Jezero, known also as the “The Lake of Good Luck”. According to an old legend, swimming in its icy cold waters brings good luck in marriage. To be proved! Most of the time, the view of today’s is very scenic with an amazing view of the Albanian Alps.
Afternoon break near the Lake of Plav. The next destination for the day will be a local transfer to Vusanje.
Accommodation in a traditional guesthouse in Vusanje and dinner.
The Lenght of Trail: 21 Km
Elevation Gain: 710 m
Elevation Loss: 1150 m

Seventh DayThe return in Albania. Trail from Vusanje to Theth

Today’s hike is around 20 kilometers long with an uphill of 1050 meters. We will walk in between the steep mountains were back in the days was the military border between Communist Albania and Former Yugoslavia. We will face plenty of concrete Bunkers, the most common Albanian souvenir from the past.
The view is breathtaking. Below our feet will be Theth, a village with a lot of history and culture. Its symbol, the “Lock in Tower” is a live proof of the past and history. Overnight in Theht.

The Lenght of Trail: 20 Km
Elevation Gain: 1050 m
Elevation Loss: 1100m

Eighth Day Traveling from Theth to Tirana

After the breakfast at the Guesthouse, the Gurnas Waterfall is the next attraction. Around 45 minutes walk from the center of village the round to their pass through most of the village into a soft hilly terrain.
Leaving Theth behind and driving for around 3 hours we will reach Shkoder, the biggest city of the Albanian North. Free time in Shkoder and return in Tirana in the evening.


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