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8 Days
Tirana
Peaks of the Balkans

Peaks of the Balkans & Accursed Mountains

For an ultimate hiking adventure join us on this Cross-Border, guided tour of the Peaks of the Balkans and the 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 Europe.

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brianpozun
August 14, 2019

star rating  I was a bit hesitant traveling by myself to Albania but when I met Andi (the owner) online, everything just felt right.
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August 14, 2019

star rating  Absolutely peerless day trip to Montenegro. The communication and attention to detail, friendliness and above local and historical knowledge were all a joy to be a part of. It's a... read more

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January 1, 2022
Tour Details

The Peaks of the Balkans trail offers its visitors the chance to get lost in the wild paradise of Albania, Kosovo, and Montenegro. If you have always wanted to hike through steep canyons and go back in time at the heart of the Albanian Alps and the Accursed Mountains this tour will give you the chance. The tour combines the amazing wild nature with the generosity of welcoming locals and Sheppard’s. You will be welcomed as a guest 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

Complementaries

  • Proper Hiking Shoes or Boots.
  • Backpack (suitable for luggage for 8 days)
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Hygienic Bottle for water & water purification tablets
  • Hiking Poles
  • Hat & Sun Cream
  • Extra Clothes & Underwear
What to Expect

During the whole trip, you will have a professional tour guide by your side. 

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

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

This 8 day intensive tour along the Accursed Mountains requires a good physical shape. Please find at the bottom of the program a list of the gear that is necessary for the tour. 

 

 

  • Hiking in some of the most remote parts of the Balkans
  • A border cross itinerary that passes through three countries.
  • Stunning views of the 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.
Itinerary

First DayTirana – Koman Lake - Valbona

We will leave Tirana at 5:00 am to drive toward the Koman Lake where the ferry departs at 9:00 am to the other side of the lake, Fierza. Since 1985, this manmade lake is the only way how locals who live in the surroundings are connected to the modern world.
Driving from Fierza to Valbona will take around 45 minutes, passing through Bajram Curri, the municipality of the area. Lunch break in Valbona and hiking in Kukaj, a very remote area in Valbona Valley where we will have the opportunity to observe the local lifestyle.

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

The day starts early. We leave the Valbona Valley to head toward a more remote village, hidden in between the mountains. Cerem is well known for its blackberries.
The trail meanders along with the pine forests in a very remote area. After a few hours of a hike, we will reach the highest peak of the trail 2030m. Could there be a better place for a picnic lunch?
We continue our trip by entering the Montenegrian border and hiking for a few kilometers along the  Zla Kolata, 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.

Trail lenght: 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 shepherd’s summer camp, where they bring their cattle for 4-5 months per year.
Today’s hike is relatively easy and leads us mainly through forests. We leave the rocky massif of Kollata and make our way through the forest for a few hours. We are briefly crossing the border to Montenegro, to return again to the Albanian side, walking on the side of a former military base. Picnic lunch and coffee break in a remote cafe.
On 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)

Our next destination will be Malishevc. Located in Kosovo, it is known for its amazing nature and natural spring lakes. The fourth-day trail takes around 7-8 hours of walking on a 13 kilometers path.
The trip offers spectacular views of the wildest parts of the mountains of Albania and Kosovo.
Picnic lunch on the way and overnight in Kosovo.

Trail lenght: 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 short and passes 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 will also spend the night.
Trail lenght: 11.4 Km
Elevation Gain: 570 m
Elevation Loss: 750 m

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

After leaving the guesthouse, we walk to the Lake of Hrid, known also as the “The Lake of Good Luck”, for a cold and refreshing morning shower. According to an old legend, swimming in its icy cold waters brings good luck in marriage. To be proved! Most of the time, today’s view of the Albanian Alps is very scenic.
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.
Trail length: 21 Km
Elevation Gain: 710 m
Elevation Loss: 1150 m

Seventh DayReturn to 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, where back then was the military border between Communist Albania and 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 Theth.

Trail length: 20 Km
Elevation Gain: 1050 m
Elevation Loss: 1100m

Eighth Day Traveling from Theth to Tirana

After breakfast at the guesthouse, the Gurnas Waterfall will be the next attraction. Around 45 minutes walk from the center of the village we 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 to Tirana in the evening.

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The Water Situation

Along the trip, we will have access to fresh spring water. If you know from the past that you have a sensitive stomach we recommend bringing bottled water to avoid any Upset Stomach symptoms. If you have a history of that, bringing some medicine might come in handy. 
Feel free to ask the guide where you can buy bottled water. 
 

The Bags / Luggage Situation

We highly recommend packing only the most necessary items on a backpack that you will need to carry and leaving the rest of the bags either with us or at the Hotel. We can safely store it for you and deliver it back in Tirana or Shkoder. Please inform us ahead if you will need to leave bags with us. 

Accomodation on the Peaks of the Balkans Trail

Accomodation

Fancy, woden cabins with a fantastic view

Located in the center of Valbona this complex of wooden cabins provides one of the most comfortable stays in Valbona. In addition, a restaurant on-site, specializing in Traditional Cuisine will make your stay unforgettable. 

Guesthouse in Theth
Comfortable stay in a Typical House of the North

Traditional Guesthouse in Theth

What started with the Old house of the family is now one of the best guesthouses in Theth. In addition, comfortable, clean rooms and delicious, local food cooked by the family will be the best combination with the epicness of the village. 

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