Walking in the Balkan Borderlands
Montenegro & Albania & Croatia & Kosovo, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £895 (land only) - from €1,120 (land only) - from $1,565 (land only)
We don't Balk when it comes to developing new itineraries!
Which is why we've been at the forefront of creating classic treks for 30 years. New for 2014, this all inclusive trek takes you into the heart of a hidden Europe.
- A one week walking holiday in the heart of the Balkan Mountains
- Trek the Accursed Mountains of Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania
- Visit the UNESCO listed Monastery of Peja and the Bay of Kotor
- Experience friendly rural guesthouses and Albanian hospitality
- Relax with a cruise on Lake Skadar, home to rare birdlife
Trekking the Prokljetije or Accursed Mountains, this new and unique walking holiday crosses several international frontiers in the wild borderlands of Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro. Originally designated a Peace Park area after the most recent Balkan wars, a new hiking trail called the "Peaks of the Balkans" weaves through this mountainous area by way of high passes and remote valleys. KE's Balkan Borderlands trek takes in the very best parts of this trail and finishes with a flourish in UNESCO-protected Kotor Bay. Cross-border permits are required to follow the route; together with the stunning scenery and friendliness of the local people, this makes for a very special walking holiday. Taking a short transfer from the Kosovan capital of Pristina we begin our adventure trekking holiday in the historic city of Peja (Pec). Located in the foothills of the Rugova Mountains, this enchanting city features well-preserved Ottoman-era architecture and friendly locals. With a morning visit to the monastery ‘Patriarchate of Pec', we then commence our trek into a real hidden corner of Europe. Passing through traditional villages and over the Jelenak Pass (2272m), we cross from Kosovo into Montenegro and continue our Balkan adventure following the old trade routes of the ‘Accursed Mountains'. As we cross into the wild and rugged frontier of Albania, we are welcomed by the highland hospitality of our village guesthouse stay. Continuing our walk through pasturelands and over a rocky mountain pass (1800m), we take in refreshment with the last of our Albania hosts and transfer to overnight in the Montenegrin town of Virpazar on the shores of Lake Skadar. After a morning boat ride on glistening Lake of Skadar we finish this Balkan walking adventure with 2 days of exploration of the Bay of Kotor. Offering a glimpse into ancient and traditional cultures of the Balkans, this unique trekking holiday won't disappoint.
Is this holiday for you?
This is a low-level trekking holiday (maximum elevation is below 2300 metres) with no camping. Generally we are following trails between valleys and villages that have been used by shepherds and local people. However, some of the paths are not very well-defined and the going underfoot can be more difficult on occasion, with no obvious path to follow and steep or overgrown terrain. For June departures, there may well be some latey-lying snow patches to cross. Please note that there are some steep ascents and descents, and the walking is in a remote area. You should ensure you are physically prepared for the trek and able to walk for approximately 6 - 8 hours each day and for several days continuously.