Hike the mountains between Montenegro and Albania
Guided Walking Holidays - A Trek through the Balkans
The natural beauty of the Balkans takes you back to the Alps of over 50 years ago. Signposts are rare but your local guide knows the paths intimately. This is a continuous walk through three very different mountain areas in the countries of Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo where we take in the best parts of these countries with some additional summits being conquered. We start on the shores of Kotor Bay and make our way along ancient trading routes to the summits of the Albanian Alps. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays.
We begin in Kotor, with time to hike the city walls, or perhaps take a dip in the fjord before we commence our epic trek.
Our base for the next two nights is Njegusi village, from where we take on the first of our summits in the Lovcen National Park with a loop hike to the Jezerski summit at 1657m where the mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic Njegos, a famous Montenegrin prince-bishop, poet and philosopher is located.
Continuing on through Montenegro, we walk through the Biogradska ancient forest to our base in Katun Vranjak, where we can tackle the peaks of Troglava (2072m), Kekova (2117m) or Crna Glava (2139m), and visit Pesica Lake. From Katun Stavna, we climb to the summit of Kom i Kucki. At 2487m the highest peak in the Komovi Mountains.
From the hamlet of Vusanje, we will attempt to climb the highest peak of the tour, Maja e Kollate. At 2552m this is a demanding climb; initially through forest then across limestone pavement, past an Ice Cave to a col at 2032m and, if conditions allow, on to the summit. The following day we walk on over the Albania border to Thethi. After exploring the village, we trek over Qafa e Valbonës and descend to Villa Gjecaj on the edge of Valbona.
From the village of Valbona we climb our final summit of Maja e Rosit (2524m), where the majestic view of the Valbonë Valley will take your breath away. This will be a demanding walk involving 1600m of ascent, but we will be ready, and well trained by this point. Our final stop is the historic city of Kruje, where we’ll have time to reflect on our rewarding and spectacular journey.