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A TREK THROUGH THE BALKANS

Hike the mountains between Albania and Montenegro

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. 




WALKING GRADES


Hard mountain walking in the Alps every day with long ascents and descents, and scrambling. A good head for heights is essential. Distances will probably not exceed 12 miles, but ascents and descents will normally be between 1000 and 1500m. Expect long… and exhilarating days!




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  • Accommodation

    The accommodation will be in a mixture of local guest houses, small hotels, and mountain huts in both private twin rooms and dormitories.

    Hotel Panorama, Kruja

    On our first night we stay in the Hotel Panorama, situated centrally in Kruja, which offers 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.

    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.

    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.

  • What's Included
    • Return flights from Gatwick to Tirana returning Dubrovnik to Gatwick (British Airways)
    • Airport transfers
    • Accommodation in local guest houses, small hotels and mountain huts
    • Meals on a full board basis
    • All local transport costs.

  • 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.  

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Return flights from Gatwick to Tirana returning Dubrovnik to Gatwick (British Airways)
    • Airport transfers by road c.45 minutes

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    Planning a holiday for a group? For a quote or to simply enquire about the possibility of booking this holiday for your Walking Group please fill out the enquiry form below and our dedicated Private Group Department will get in touch with you shortly to discuss your options.

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