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Self – Guided Peaks of the Balkans tour in 10 days

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Duration

10 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people

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Overview

Number of PersonsPrice / Person
Group 8+930 €
Group 2-7 pax1163€
Solo Traveler2210 €

The Peaks of the Balkans are a collection of beautiful and spectacular mountains shared between Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. In 10 days, you will cross the border multiple times, go from one extraordinary landscape to the other and experience life away from civilization. An adventure exploring some of the most beautiful mountain peaks in the world!

Important Information

* All participants are responsible for having their own health/travel insurance.

* Single Supplement: To guarantee tour departure even for one participant you require a single supplement of 523 Euros. If other participants join this tour, you will be refunded 50% of the single supplement amount and your room occupancy will be still private. You organize small groups up to 8 pax. Please contact us if you are a larger group of participants for a quotation

* This tour requires some hiking experience and good physical condition.

* The accommodation is based in traditional and simple homestay/guesthouse/lodge- style or shepherd’s hut with basic bathroom amenities. Each room typically accommodates two to five travelers, and it might be necessary for male and female groups to share a room, unless you book a private room. Private rooms are possible on 40 Euros extra charge per night per room based on availability.

* Each accommodation offers a selection of limited food options available to pack before embarking on the next hike. These options include bread, cheese, yogurt, meat, vegetables, and honey. For each meal you can pay in cash at the guest house directly (please make sure to have cash with you as the credit/debit card payments are not possible in the Alps). One meal cost about 12 -15 euros.

* Suitable age 12+.

* The company reserves the right to run this tour under the same conditions with the inverse itinerary.

* Mule or horse caravan, to carry heavy luggage, is available on request with an extra charge of 100 Euros per horse/mule/day. A horse can carry between 30 – 35 kg.

* Choose Balkans reserves the rights to add other participants in and during the tour program. If you are interested in a private tour, please contact us for a quotation.

* Tour’s schedule or itinerary may be affected/adopted due to; weather, Acts of God, labour strikes, bank holidays, site temporary closure/renovation or other external forces outside the Company’s control.

* On request this tour may also depart from other cities of Albania or neighboring countries such as Kosovo, Montenegro or N. Macedonia. Please contact us for more information on the extra costs.

* Please note that Choose Balkans needs to receive the net (full) quoted amount. Transaction and payment fees are on the sender (you in this case). We will notify you with a print screen of the amount received at our account as soon as we receive your down payment.

* Please note that Credit/Debit card payments are possible at our office in Tirana and apply a 5% bank commission.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tamarë
  • Ujevara e Sllapit
  • Lëpushë
  • Maja e Berizhdolit
  • Talijanka peak
  • Vuthaj
  • Arapi Peak
  • Theth
  • The Old Church of Theth
  • ‘’Lock in’’ Tour in Theth
  • Blue Eye
  • Valbona Pass
  • Valbona Valley National Park
  • Cerem
  • Doberdol
  • Gjeravica peak
  • Gropat e Erenikut
  • Gjakova
  • Old Bazaar in Gjakova

Itinerary

Day 1 Tirana (Albania) – Shkoder – Tamarë – Lëpushë
Day 1 Tirana (Albania) – Shkoder – Tamarë – Lëpushë

Your tour starts very early in the morning from Tirana at 6:00 am. You will drive towards Tamarë in North Albania and pass the city of Shkoder. From Tamarë, you will begin your hiking adventure of the Peaks of the Balkans. The Peaks of the Balkans are part of the Dinaric Alps that start all the way in Slovenia and end in the southeast of Albania. The Albanian Alps are even the highest section of the Dinaric Alps. You will get to explore them in the days to come.

Later that day, you will arrive in the small village of Lëpushë, known for its stunning nature and for us a great resting point after an exciting first day. The name Lëpushë refers to the yellow flower that you can find there in the spring season. Before ending this day, you will have some time left to walk and explore the area, in the far-reaching meadow landscapes. In the North of Albania, they are known for many delicious bio-dishes with products from the region. Their culinary is unique, tasty and can only be found in these areas. You will have the chance to try these during the tour. Overnight in a guest house in Lëpushë.

Day 2 Lëpushë – Maja e Berizhdolit – Lëpushë
Day 2 Lëpushë – Maja e Berizhdolit – Lëpushë

Today you will hike to Maja e Berizhdolit (1977 meters above sea level) in the Albanian Alps, also called the Accursed Mountains. This is a beautiful trek that passes water springs and has a rewarding view from the top. The spectacular rocky formation of mountains is covered in snow on one side while the other side has almost no vegetation. It will be a maximum hike of 6 hours, including breaks surrounded by these mountains. After soaking in the spectacular sight, you will head back to Lëpushë. Overnight in a guest house in Lëpushë.

Distance: 10km
Elevation gain: 900 m
Technical difficulty: Moderate
Time: 5-6 h
Trail type: Loop

Day 3 Lëpushë – Talijanka peak – Vuthaj (Montenegro)
Day 3 Lëpushë – Talijanka peak – Vuthaj (Montenegro)

Your destination for today is Vuthaj, but first you will hike to the Talijanka peak. Here you will cross the border from Albania to Montenegro. Mount Talijanka itself is located in Grbaje Valley in Montenegro. This valley is U-shaped and surrounded by the grey sharp mountain peaks. The Talijanka peak is considered to be one of the most beautiful of the Balkan Peaks. The view of dramatic grey extraordinary-shaped mountains is a sight that even the professional hiker will be amazed by. From this peak, you can also see Lake Plav in Montenegro. You will take a minivan for the last 40 minutes to Vuthaj in Montenegro. In Vuthaj you will have the opportunity to visit the Ali Pasha springs, which is about a 40 – minute walk from the guest house, or you can reminisce on the spectacular views you have seen today. Overnight in a guest house in Vuthaj.

Distance: 12 km
Elevation gain: 1100 m
Technical difficulty: Difficult
Time: 6h hike
Trail type: one way

Day 4 Vuthaj – Arapi Peak - Theth (Albania)
Day 4 Vuthaj – Arapi Peak - Theth (Albania)

From Vuthaj, you will head towards Theth and cross the border back to Albania. During this trek, you will visit a hidden water place which is difficult to find by yourself if you don’t know the exact location. You will also pass by one of the highest peaks of the Balkans, the Arapi peak (2217m above sea level), and multiple shepherd’s huts in the Albanian Alps. These shepherd’s huts show the way of life away from civilization. In Theth, you will visit the Old Church and the “Lock in” Toyour (symbol of Theth). The stories behind these buildings take up centuries full of history. Overnight in a guest house in Theth.
Distance: 21 km
Elevation gain:1150m
Technical difficulty: Moderate
Time: 8h
Trail type: one way

Day 5 Theth – Blue Eye – Theth
Day 5 Theth – Blue Eye – Theth

A famous saying in Albania is “one who has seen Theth, has a reason to live’’ (Gjergj Fishta) and today you will see another beautiful phenomenon that supports his saying. Your hiking tour of Theth continues to the natural wonder so-called the “Blue Eye of Theth”. The hike takes 4 hours to get there and 3.5 hours back to Theth. The Blue Eye is formed by the erosion of the rocks by the water that descends from melting snow of the Albanian Alps. The pool of blue water gets its water from a small waterfall, which makes the picture complete. You will not be able to take your eyes off this iridescent glow of green and blue colours of this marvel of nature, inviting you to dive in. Overnight in a guesthouse in Theth.
Distance: 18 km
Elevation gain:1150m
Technical difficulty: Moderate
Time: 8h
Trail type: one way

Day 6 Theth – Valbona Pass – Valbona
Day 6 Theth – Valbona Pass – Valbona

Get ready for the highlight of this trip. Trekking from Theth to Valbona will be an intense day as the walk takes about 6 to 8 hours (about 1050m elevation) in a remote terrain, nevertheless unquestionably worthy! The Valbona pass offers a spectacular view of the Peaks of the Balkans and “Accursed Mountains”. When reaching the top of the Valbona Pass, you will experience a serious shot of adrenaline. From here you will be able to see at both sides of the valleys. This top viewpoint is perfect for a short break and the possibility to capture amazing pictures of the Albanian Alps.
From Valbona Pass we will star our decent to the next destination, Valbona Valley, another picturesque village surrounded by high mountains. After reaching the village, we will walk towards the traditional guesthouse. Overnight in Valbona.

Distance: 12.16 km
Elevation gain: 1050m
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Time: 6 -8h
Trail type: one way

Day 7 Valbona – Cerem
Day 7 Valbona – Cerem

Your next destination on our Peaks of the Balkans tour is Cerem. Before you begin our trekking of today, you will have to use transport to the starting point. On our hike, you will pass through forests and meadows. You will arrive in an area that looks like a canyon and the only place that still has snow, even during the summer. You will have the option to hike to the highest peak of Montenegro, Zla Kolate peak, which will add another 3 hours of hiking (10 hours in total). Another magnificent element that you cross during our hike is a stone surface on the side of a mountain that looks like the face of a miserable old man. You will also pass a cave with an extremely cold wind along the trail of which no one knows the exit. So, all in all, there is definitely enough extraordinary things to see during the hike, besides the mountains. You will arrive at the shepherd’s huts in Cerem, which is located high in the mountains, 1300m above sea level. There is no connection to civilization from here, because they have no Wi-Fi and no electricity. However, the delicious food and hospitality of the people make up for the basic facilities. Overnight in a shepherd’s hut in Cerem.
Distance: 20km
Elevation gain: 541 m
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Time: 7h30min
Trail type: one way

Day 8 Cerem – Doberdol
Day 8 Cerem – Doberdol

From Cerem, you will hike towards Doberdol following a mule track. On our way, you will cross the border to Montenegro for about two hours. The hike brings us through pine forests and you can find all kinds of berries, such as blueberries, blackberries and raspberries (depending on the season). You will also pass the only National Reserve in Albania, which has brown bears and the last population of approximately 40 lynxes in the Balkans. It is a beautiful trail with the highest point being 2100 meters above sea level. You will have a chance to enjoy a nice coffee or other drink at some of the shepherd’s hut villages. These villages are only populated during the summer by shepherds. Doberdol, our destination for today, is about 1800m above sea level and this is where you will have another overnight in a shepherd’s hut. The village is beautiful and you can choose from different food options made from ingredients out of the region. The beds, howevr, are definitely not hotel beds, just matrasses and the conditions are basic. Yet again, the locals are very welcoming, the food is delicious and it will be a great once-in-a-lifetime experience. Overnight in a shepherd’s hut in Doberdol.
Distance: 15 km
Elevation gain: 1025 m
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Time: 6h30min
Trail type: one way

Day 9 Doberdol – Gjeravica (Kosovo) – Gropat e Erenikut – Gjakova
Day 9 Doberdol – Gjeravica (Kosovo) – Gropat e Erenikut – Gjakova

Today you will head towards civilization, but not before you hike to the highest peak of Kosovo, Gjeravica. It is also the second highest peak of the Accursed Mountains (Albanian Alps). From the top, you will see the Accursed Mountains on one side and the Sharr Mountains on the other. You will have the opportunity to swim in three different lakes, formed by the alpine and glacier waters. One of the lakes really stands out as it is heart-shaped. You will arrive in Gropat e Erenikut in Kosovo. From Gropat e Erenikut onward, you will have to go by 4x4 wheel drive to Gjakova. Overnight in a hotel in Gjakova
Distance: 14 km
Elevation gain: 700 m
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Time: 6h
Trail type: one way

Day 10 Gjakova – Tirana (Albania)
Day 10 Gjakova – Tirana (Albania)

After you have had the chance to recharge from the Peaks of the Balkans hikes, you will have a short city tour of Gjakova. The city has the oldest and largest bazaar of Kosovo. Even though, it got destroyed during the first Balkan wars, the Second World War and the Kosovo war, the bazaar got rebuilt again to its old state and is a nice place to enjoy a meal or to take a look at the stores that sell traditional clothing and items. We will also visit the clock tower and the Hadum mosque. The latter was built in the 16th century and somehow managed to survive the wars. Nowadays it shows the beginning of Islamic architecture in the Balkans, covered in stunning arabesque decorations. The transfer back to Tirana (Albania) remarks the end of this fairy trail.

Included/Excluded

  • Breakfast included for all overnights
  • Accommodation for 9 nights in traditional and simple homestay/guesthouse//lodge- style or shepherd’s hut with basic bathroom amenities.
  • Local transport provided by the company
  • Cross Border Pass
  • Transport by 4x4 wheel drive from Gropat e Erenikut to Gjakova
  • Tourist taxes
  • Choose Balkans Assistance
  • Lunches, Dinners, Drinks & Snacks
  • One meal cost about 12-15 euros
  • Souvenirs
  • Personal spending
  • Everything that is not mentioned in the included

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