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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.
  • Product Code 23500
  • Holiday Type Hutting Holidays
  • Grade Grade 8
  • Holiday Duration 14 Nights

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. We start on the shores of Kotor Bay and make our way along ancient trading routes to wild terrain, alpine meadows and oak and pine forests and to soaring summits of the Albanian Alps. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays. 

We begin in Kotor, with time to explore the Old Town with its Venetian influenced architecture or perhaps take a dip in the fiord 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. The rewards are a great sense of achievement and some magnificent views.

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; through forest initially then across limestone pavement, past an Ice Cave to a col at 2032m and thence to the summit if conditions allow. The following day we walk on over the Albania border and Qafa e Pejes to Thethi. After exploring the village surroundings, we trek over Qafa e Valbonës and descend to the 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 takes the breath away. This will be a demanding walk involving 1600m of ascent, but we will be ready, and well trained by this point to tackle any summits that come our way!

Our final stop is the historic city of Kruje, where we’ll have time to reflect on a rewarding and spectacular journey.

Holiday Highlights

  • Trekking though unspoilt wild terrain in some of the world’s youngest countries with our local guide and your tour leader.
  • Spectacular views from mountain summits.
  • One of the world’s classic boat trips along the lake of Komani, a narrow flooded gorge.  
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Dubrovnik returning Tirana to Gatwick (British Airways) or vice versa.
      Airport transfers
      Accommodation in local guest houses, small hotels and mountain huts
      Meals on a full board basis
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 8

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Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Dubrovnik returning fromTirana to Gatwick (British Airways) or vice versa.
  • Airport transfers by road 2 hours

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Hotel Panorama, Kruja

Hotel Panorama is a hotel situated centrally in Kruja , near the Rinas Tirana Airport offering its guests the atmosphere of a grand hotel with modern amenities, including a lift to all levels. Some of the rooms have balconies where you can relax and enjoy the amazing views across the town and the surrounding mountainous countryside. There is a restaurant and bar as well as free WiFi and air conditioning throughout the hotel.

Kadmi Chalets, Njegusi

In Njegusi we stay in the Kadmi Chalets, another spot that serves as an ideal base for accessing the trails into the mountains. The chalets are basic but adequate, coming with free Wi-Fi, a TV, private bathrooms and some with mountain views. The chalet area has an emphasis on local culture and produce. The restaurant has a large outdoor section as well as indoor, perfect for enjoying the mountains when the weather is fine. Here you can enjoy local specialities such as smoked ham and cheese.

Katun Stavna, Komovi

In Komovi we stay in Katun Stavna, a group of well-appointed wooden chalets in the Alpine style. They sit nestled high in the mountains with a panorama of forests, valleys and peaks to enjoy. Gaze up at mount Komovi, only 2km away as you rest after a days hiking. These chalets add to the experience of getting away from it all in the peaceful mountains, and are set right on the trails. Each chalet has a living room, terrace on the top floor, bathroom and a wood stove. Beds are mostly placed in the attic. The restaurant serves excellent local and national cuisine.

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