Hike the mountains between Montenegro and Albania
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.
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.