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A TREK THROUGH THE BALKANS

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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

  1. Day 1

    We depart London Gatwick and fly to Tirana in Albania. On arrival we transfer from Tirana to Kruje, for our first nights’ accommodation. Kruje is a tourist village on a hill overlooking Tirana.

  2. Day 2

    We travel from Kruje to Valbone by bus which takes around one hour, we travel to Fierza at the head of a spectacular flooded gorge, and from here we take a two hour ferry ride down the gorge.

  3. Day 3

    Today we climb the first of our summits at Maja e Rosit (2524m) on the Albania / Montenegro border, where the majestic view of the Valbonë Valley takes the breath away. This will be a demanding walk involving 1600m of ascent. 18km, ascent / descent 1590m, 9.5hrs.

  4. Day 4

    We begin with a transit walk from Valbone and then ascend through the woods to reach the village of Theth and head uphill to a high pass (Qafa el Valbone). 17km, ascent 940m descent 1140m, 7hrs 45mins.

  5. Day 5

    An easy walk in the valley below Theth where we see a “tower of refuge” and an impressive waterfall. 17km, ascent / descent 1000m, 7hrs.

  6. Day 6

    Today we start in Albania, and finish our day in Montenegro. We start with a steep ascent as we leave the village of Theth, and then further to a high pass (Qafa e Pejes) between spectacular limestone peaks. From this point we are in the beautiful and wild area of the Prokletije National Park We make a long but gentle ascent to the Montenegro border and continue to the village of Vusanje, our next centre for the following two nights. 22km, ascent, 1487m descent 1268m, 9hrs.

  7. Day 7

    After a night in a small but well equipped hut, serving great food 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 a broad field of limestone, past an Ice Cave to a col at 2032m and thence to the summit, if conditions allow. 17.6km, ascent / descent 1326m, 8hrs.

  8. Day 8

    We have an easier day to recuperate, and start with a transfer by bus from Vusanje, to the village below in Andrejevica. We take a (relatively) short walk to Katun Stavan. 12km, ascent 905m descent 198m, 4hrs.

  9. Day 9

    We embark on a long but relatively gentle transit walk, at altitude, along good quality tracks through alpine meadows and upland pastures from Tresnjevik hill (1750) and pass through Krivi, before arriving at our hut in the Komovi Mountains. 22km, ascent 896m, decent 943m, 5hrs 45mins.

  10. Day 10

    Today we walk from our accommodation in the Komovi Mountains to Vranjak and are treated to great views as we take a track over Tresnjevik Hill at 1678. Our accommodation for the night is a group of shepherds huts. 22km, ascent 454m, decent 504m, 5hrs 45mins.

  11. Day 11

    Today is a much easier day, and will allow us to relax and recover with some less strenuous walks taking us to the peaks of Troglava (2072m), and Zekova Glava (2117m). The views never disappoint, rewarding you with yet further impressive mountain panoramas. 14.5km, ascent / descent 842m, 6hrs.

  12. Day 12

    We leave Vranjak and walk to a wonderful view point above Lake Biogradska, we have a long ascent to Lake Biogradska car park from where we will take a private transfer to Njegusi village travelling through spectacular gorges. 19km, ascent 450 / descent 1089m, 6hrs.

  13. Day 13

    We take a loop hike to Jezerski summit at 1657m where the mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic Njegos; a famous Montenegrin prince-bishop, poet and philosopher is located. Climbing the 461 steps to the mausoleum from the road is a feat in itself! We descend back to Njegusi village. 20.5km, ascent / descent 1000m, 6hrs.

  14. Day 14

    The final day’s walking is anything but an anti-climax. The amazing views of Kotor fiord and the town itself soon come into sight and after a morning descending an old military road you will arrive at the ramparts of Kotor. Kotor offers the opportunities of some sightseeing among the Old Town with its Venetian influenced architecture or perhaps a dip in the fiord itself. Our final night is in comfortable en-suite accommodation, where we can enjoy the luxury of all modern day comforts.

  15. Day 15

    We travel by road to Dubrovnik, Croatia, where we will take our international flight back to London Gatwick.

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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