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Snowshoeing in Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania

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from €1388 10 days
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  • Tour Type
    Private, Group
  • Activity
    Holidays
  • Group Size
    16
  • Activity Level
    Moderate, Challenging
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Tour Code
    SAKM

The Mountains encircling southern Montenegro, eastern Kosovo and northern Albania are perfect for winter activities and deep snow exploration. Our local guides who work as ski instructors in Montenegro and Kosovo will guide you through some of the most scenic and untouched winter routes in the Balkan. This is your chance to get away from the crowds and experience the beauty and rugged landscape of the Alps.

Highlights
  • Breathtaking views of Valbona Valley and Haile Mountain
  • Little-known snowshoe routes
  • Experienced local guides
  • Pristine destinations
What's included
  • Accommodation in a 3 or 4 star hotel and a guesthouse for 9 nights
  • Bed and breakfast services for 9 nights
  • Lunch for 7 days and dinner for 9 days
  • English speaking guide for 10 days
  • Local assistant guide
  • Entrance into museums and to view religious objects
  • Snowshoe rentals
  • Assistance of Sondor Travel
    Map
    Day 1. Podgorica Airport – Kolašin
    Arrive in Podgorica Airport and meet the group. We will then be transferred to Kolašin, a small town in Northern Montenegro. Kolasin is located at the altitude of 954 m and offers excellent snowshoeing opportunities during the winter season. Kolašin is one of the main Winter Attractions in Montenegro due to its snow activities and easy accessibility during the winter period. Located at the foot of Bjelasica and Sinjajevina mountains, it offers very good conditions for winter activities including skiing, snowshoeing, and other winter activities. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
     
    Day 2. Kolašin – Rozaje
    In the morning morning we will explore the area around Kolašin as we snowshoe from Kolašin (954 m) to Bojiste at an altitude of 1200 m and back. This 8 kilometer walk will take us around five hours. The total altitude change is +/- 200m. In the afternoon we will leave the hotel in Kolašin and will drive the 2.5 hours toward the city of Rožaje where we will spend the night.
    Day 3. Rožaje – Hajle
    Although Rožaje is an amazing winter adventure destination in and of itself, we will skip to the best part, the "Grope" Mountain Cabin. After a 6-7 hour hike from Rožaje at an altitude of 1045 m up the Haile Mountain, we will arrive at the 1900m mountain cabin where we will spend the night. The ground floor of the cabin is used as a living room and is decorated in a traditional style, while the second floor can accommodate up to 40 people.
    Day 4. Hajle – Pejë
    After a wonderful evening and morning in Grope Mountain Cabin, we will snowshoe back down to the city of Rožaje and drive the 1.5 hours toward the city of Peja in Kosovo. We will reach Peja in the afternoon and be accommodated in the city centre.
    Day 5. Pejë – Bogë
    We will be transferred to the village of Bogë and from there will drive through Rugova Gorge which is about 25 km in length and about 1,000 meters deep. Rugova gorge is considered one of the longest and deepest canyons in Europe. Boga is known for its outstanding natural beauties and fascinating pastoral landscape. The snow conditions are amazing as well. The snow season is so long that every once in a while it even extends until July. The snow depth ranges from 30 cm up to 2m in less accessible areas. We will return in the afternoon and spend the night in the village of Boge.
    Day 6. Bogë – Deçan – Koshare – Tropojë
    From Bogë we drive back toward Albania where we will cross the border by snowshoe. Before the border however, we will visit the UNESCO-protected Monastery of Decani. This 14th century monastery is one of the largest and most beautifully preserved medieval churches in the Balkans. It stores many mural frescos, some dating back to when the monastery itself was built. After lunch in the village of Koshare near the border we will start snowshoeing across the border. In the afternoon we will reach the small village of Tropoja on the Albanian side. There we will stay in the quaint Aste Guesthouse. This is a small guesthouse so the rooms will be shared.
    Day 7. Tropojë – Valbonë
    We will be transferred from the village to Valbona National Park. The peaks surrounding Valbona Valley range from 2500 m and up so the view will be marvelous.  Our snowshoeing trails will  take us through the small village of Kukaj and up toward the left side of White Circle mountain. On a clear day, the breathtaking Jezerca Mountain Peak, the highest in Northern Albania, will be visible. We will make a loop near the ridge of White Circle and return to the village of Kukaj. We will spend the night in Valbonë.
    Day 8. Valbonë
    Another beautiful day spent in Valbona Valley. Depending on the snow conditions we will either snowshoe toward Grykat E Hapta Mountain range or through the forest on the right side of the valley. The snowshoeing trails will take us between the snow covered beech and pine forests which are a perfect background on a clear winter day.
    Day 9. Valbonë – Bajram Curri – Prizren – Kruje
    In the morning we will leave the valley and travel to the city of Prizren in Kosovo. Prizren is a city of outstanding history known for it’s Ottoman architecture, beautiful mosques and impressive churches. After the visit and lunch in Prizren we will resume driving toward the city of Kruja in Albania where we will spend the night.
    Day 10. Krujë – Tiranë – Tirana Airport
    Today before our departure to Tirana Airport we will visit Kruja bazaar and the ethnographic museum. Kruja was the most important town for the Albanians during the 15th century and it still preserves it’s ottoman look, especially in the bazaar area. We will then transfer to the airport where our tour will conclude.

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    Day1
    Day 1. Podgorica Airport – Kolašin
    Arrive in Podgorica Airport and meet the group. We will then be transferred to Kolašin, a small town in Northern Montenegro. Kolasin is located at the altitude of 954 m and offers excellent snowshoeing opportunities during the winter season. Kolašin is one of the main Winter Attractions in Montenegro due to its snow activities and easy accessibility during the winter period. Located at the foot of Bjelasica and Sinjajevina mountains, it offers very good conditions for winter activities including skiing, snowshoeing, and other winter activities. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
     
    Day2
    Day 2. Kolašin – Rozaje
    In the morning morning we will explore the area around Kolašin as we snowshoe from Kolašin (954 m) to Bojiste at an altitude of 1200 m and back. This 8 kilometer walk will take us around five hours. The total altitude change is +/- 200m. In the afternoon we will leave the hotel in Kolašin and will drive the 2.5 hours toward the city of Rožaje where we will spend the night.
    Day3
    Day 3. Rožaje – Hajle
    Although Rožaje is an amazing winter adventure destination in and of itself, we will skip to the best part, the "Grope" Mountain Cabin. After a 6-7 hour hike from Rožaje at an altitude of 1045 m up the Haile Mountain, we will arrive at the 1900m mountain cabin where we will spend the night. The ground floor of the cabin is used as a living room and is decorated in a traditional style, while the second floor can accommodate up to 40 people.
    Day4
    Day 4. Hajle – Pejë
    After a wonderful evening and morning in Grope Mountain Cabin, we will snowshoe back down to the city of Rožaje and drive the 1.5 hours toward the city of Peja in Kosovo. We will reach Peja in the afternoon and be accommodated in the city centre.
    Day5
    Day 5. Pejë – Bogë
    We will be transferred to the village of Bogë and from there will drive through Rugova Gorge which is about 25 km in length and about 1,000 meters deep. Rugova gorge is considered one of the longest and deepest canyons in Europe. Boga is known for its outstanding natural beauties and fascinating pastoral landscape. The snow conditions are amazing as well. The snow season is so long that every once in a while it even extends until July. The snow depth ranges from 30 cm up to 2m in less accessible areas. We will return in the afternoon and spend the night in the village of Boge.
    Day6
    Day 6. Bogë – Deçan – Koshare – Tropojë
    From Bogë we drive back toward Albania where we will cross the border by snowshoe. Before the border however, we will visit the UNESCO-protected Monastery of Decani. This 14th century monastery is one of the largest and most beautifully preserved medieval churches in the Balkans. It stores many mural frescos, some dating back to when the monastery itself was built. After lunch in the village of Koshare near the border we will start snowshoeing across the border. In the afternoon we will reach the small village of Tropoja on the Albanian side. There we will stay in the quaint Aste Guesthouse. This is a small guesthouse so the rooms will be shared.
    Day7
    Day 7. Tropojë – Valbonë
    We will be transferred from the village to Valbona National Park. The peaks surrounding Valbona Valley range from 2500 m and up so the view will be marvelous.  Our snowshoeing trails will  take us through the small village of Kukaj and up toward the left side of White Circle mountain. On a clear day, the breathtaking Jezerca Mountain Peak, the highest in Northern Albania, will be visible. We will make a loop near the ridge of White Circle and return to the village of Kukaj. We will spend the night in Valbonë.
    Day8
    Day 8. Valbonë
    Another beautiful day spent in Valbona Valley. Depending on the snow conditions we will either snowshoe toward Grykat E Hapta Mountain range or through the forest on the right side of the valley. The snowshoeing trails will take us between the snow covered beech and pine forests which are a perfect background on a clear winter day.
    Day9
    Day 9. Valbonë – Bajram Curri – Prizren – Kruje
    In the morning we will leave the valley and travel to the city of Prizren in Kosovo. Prizren is a city of outstanding history known for it’s Ottoman architecture, beautiful mosques and impressive churches. After the visit and lunch in Prizren we will resume driving toward the city of Kruja in Albania where we will spend the night.
    Day10
    Day 10. Krujë – Tiranë – Tirana Airport
    Today before our departure to Tirana Airport we will visit Kruja bazaar and the ethnographic museum. Kruja was the most important town for the Albanians during the 15th century and it still preserves it’s ottoman look, especially in the bazaar area. We will then transfer to the airport where our tour will conclude.

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