Peaks of the Balkans
Get ready to explore one of the last remaining hiking heavens in Europe. Walk between 3 countries, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, and discover the magic of the Accursed Mountains. But do not get scared by the name. This is one of the most hospitable areas in the world.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Tough
Group Size Medium Group
Join an amazing adventure. Travel through time in one of the in one of the most beautiful areas in Europe, still not spoiled by modern civilization.
Hike through the trails which for centuries served as main routes to connect the villages in this remote area in the Balkans.
You will not just hike between 3 countries, you will hike through traditions, culture, hospitality and amazing food, grown locally.
Don’t be scared by the name though, the Accursed Mountains. In contrast, here you will find some of the most welcoming people.
Together with our experienced guides, you will hike through the trails of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. All of them as different, but at the same time, as similar to one another.
Before you get excited, keep in mind that this is not a hike for everyone. Some of the trails are challenging, and the average daily walk are around 18Km (approx. 11miles).
However, every day will offer magnificent and dramatic views, as well as delicious food and vegetables which actually taste like vegetables.
With our set departures, you can get to know new people, fans of adventure travels. It’s like traveling to many countries at once. However, if you would like to do this as a private tour, say you are a group of friends, do not hesitate to contact us.
The price shown on this website, is based on a minimum of 8 participants. In case you would like a single room, (only in hotels), an overcharge of 80€ will apply.
Looking forward to having you on our tour 🙂
This price does include the following:
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners & dining (as stated in the itinerary with B, L or D)
- All accommodation including based on shared twin rooms where hotels or shared up to 6 rooms where guesthouses
- All transportation as per itinerary, based on private and public transportation
- Professional english speaking guide
- Mule or horses to carry the luggage where hiking
The does not include the following:
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Visa fees and entry clearing fees
- Single room accommodations
- Any drinks of snacks
- Flight tickets from or to any destination
- Guide tipping
- Anything else not mentioned in the “Included” section
Welcome in Albania
Welcome to Albania! Upon arrival, we will have a 2 hour transfer the the city of Prizren, in Kosovo, where we will spend the night. Overnight in a middle class hotel. Traditional dinner.
The warm up to Doberdoll
We will have an early morning breakfast, followed by a short transfer to the town of Decan, where we will have a chance to see the monastery. After, we will start hiking towards the Albanian border and the plain of Doberdoll. We will stop on the way to have our picnic lunch. In the afternoon, we will arrive at Doberdoll, where will sleep in a shepherd’s hut.
The Cerem meadows
Today breakfast, won’t be served as usual. Instead we will have to make our own, as well as the lunch pack. After that we will start to hike towards the Cerem Village.
Upon arrival you will have time to relax, and have a traditional dinner.
The Valbona Valley awaits
Today, luckily, breakfast will be served. Also, some extra food will be on the table, so each of you can prepare you own lunch pack. Off we go to the village of Valbona, spot for many hiking trails. On the way we will climb near the Roshi peaks, and will start our descent towards the valley.
Traditional food will be our treat of the day 😉
The Village of Theth
This day is one of the most remarkable ones. Not for the challenging trail, but because the pass through Valbona and Theth is a classic. Moreover, the Village of Theth is one of the best preserved villages. Usual morning routine, breakfast and lunch pack preparation. We will start an early morning hike, in order to have time in Thethi to explore the village, the Church and the Blood Feud Tower.
Traditional dinner in the guesthouse.
Today we will face a challenging one. After an early breakfast, we will head towards the Peja pass. After the steep climb, we will continue a ”smoother” descent towards the town of Plav, in Montenegro. Back to modern days with a hotel that is waiting for us. We will be having a traditional dinner at the hotel.
Back to Albania
Today we are heading back to the untouched lands of the Accursed Mountains. We will head towards the village of Vermosh. First, we will start with a local van transfer that will take us just before the border. After, we will continue walking to the village of Vermosh. We will have traditional dinner at the guesthouse.
Let's have some Albanian culture
Today we will travel towards one of the oldest cities in Albania, also considered as the cradle of the Albanian culture. But first, we have some hiking to do. Our luggage will be loaded in a local van, and we will walk from Vermosh to the Village of Lepush, where the van will be waiting to take us to Shkoder.
From now on, only hotels 😉
Tell the difference
Today, will be a pretty relaxed day. We will travel towards the capital of Albania, Tirana. Far from the Accursed Mountains, not only geographically, Tirana has turned in a vibrant city, where old meets new. On the way, we will stop for lunch in the city of Kruja, where we can visit the old bazaar.
We will have dinner in a traditional restaurant in Tirana and after, free time to explore the city by night.
Time to say goodbye
Today is your last day. Time permitting we might have a tour. To get to the airport, you will be provided with a local buss ticket which will take you to the airport. If departure very early morning or late evening, will have an extra charge.
First day, we will sleep in a middle class hotel in the historic center of Prizren, Kosovo. Rooms will be shared, unless differently specified.
The second day, will be the hardest accommodation day. We will spend the night in a shepherd’s hut. The conditions are not ideal and during the night you might feel cold. We suggest you to bring sleeping bags. No shower option and toilets outside.
The third night is in Cerem. In this village, electricity is an issue, so prepare to have power cuts, or no power at all. Shared rooms with up to 6 people per room. Toilets and showers might be shared.
The fourth day we will be in Valbona. Lovely guesthouses and no power cuts. Comfortable night. Shared rooms with up to 6 people per room. Toilets and showers might be shared.
The fifth day is also a good day. Accommodation in Theth are same standards as in Valbona Valley, so, no problems here as well. Shared rooms with up to 6 people per room. Toilets and showers might be shared.
Sixth day we will get back to a middle class hotel in Plav, Montenegro. Shared twin rooms unless otherwise specified.
Seventh day we will go back to guesthouses. This time in Vermosh. The standards are more or less the same as in the village of Theth. Shared rooms with up to 6 people per room. Toilets and showers might be shared.
Eighth day we will be in Shkoder, so middle class hotel expected. Shared twin rooms unless otherwise specified.
Ninth day we will be in the capital. Again, middle class hotel expected. Shared twin rooms unless otherwise specified.
Tenth day. Well, today you got to sleep in your own bed 🙂
Hiking boots are a must. The trails do not allow hiking sandals.
This is a personal choice. If you are used to hike with poles, than it’s a good idea to bring them with you.
Considered the time of the year in which we do these kind of tours, the weather is perfect. However, in the mountains the weather might change instantly, so it’s always a good idea to bring along some water proof jacket.