Peaks of the Balkans

Peaks of the Balkans is a regional hiking trail that combines together local hiking trails across Albania, Kosovo, and Montenegro into one regional trail of 192 km. The world’s newest transnational hiking experience the Peaks of the Balkans Trail is a winner in the prestigious global awards

The amazing thing about this trail is that it draws on a common cultural and historical past to create a destination worth hiking while you are visiting Southern Balkans.

The premise of the route was to offer a culturally immersive adventure travel and sustainable tourism product that could also help support local families in remote mountain areas.

Although most of the trail is marked, still some sections need some maintenance in order to keep the overall good trail condition. But what lacks in some sections it is made up of the amazing local hospitality and authenticity of experiences delivered by local guesthouse owners, guides, and porters.

Another element that will draw your attention is the colorful landscape, high mountains, glacial lakes, amazing flowers, and fewer tourists than you might have thought.

Peaks of the Balkans is one of the best hiking trails for adventurers.

Peaks of the Balkans

Peaks of the Balkans

Frequently asked questions

The Peaks of the Balkans is a stunning 200 km long hiking trail that winds through the borderlands of Albania, Kosovo, and Montenegro, showcasing the region's incredible natural beauty.

Most hikers complete the trail in 10-14 days, though this can vary depending on your pace and how much time you spend exploring each area.

The best time to hike the Peaks of the Balkans is typically from June to September, when the weather is most favorable.

While it's possible to hike the trail without a guide, many people prefer to hire one, particularly if they are unfamiliar with the region or not experienced in backcountry navigation.

There are a variety of accommodation options available along the trail, including guest houses, mountain huts, and hotels in the towns along the route.

Essential items for the trek include sturdy hiking boots, warm and waterproof clothing, a good quality backpack, a water bottle, sun protection, a map or GPS device and sleeping bag. Be sure to also bring any personal medication or first aid supplies you may need.

Yes a cross - border permit is required from the local border police station of each country. So you need to notify the respective police station in Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo beforehand.

The region is home to a variety of wildlife, including bears, wolves, lynx, and a diverse range of bird species. Remember to respect wildlife and keep a safe distance.

The trek can be challenging and may not be suitable for young children. However, older children with hiking experience may enjoy the adventure.

Hikers are encouraged to follow Leave No Trace principles, including disposing of waste properly, staying on the trail, respecting wildlife, and being considerate of other visitors.

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