In order to create income for local population, stop abandonment of the mountain region of Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania and to bring these parts of the region closer together, the national and local tourism organization and hiking clubs joined forces with the German Development Cooperation to develop “The Peaks of the Balkans” regions as one destination for mountain tourism. With the development of a transnational hiking trail, one of only few in the world, a common base for further development was set up.
The transnational ”Peaks of the Balkans” leads through one of the remote and wild mountainous region of Western Balkans. By using shepherd paths and footways, the trail winds through high alpine mountains up to 2300 meters above the sea level and leads through mountains scenery, with a diversity of breathtaking landscapes, varying from green valley to crystal-clear mountain lakes, waterfalls, river, and remote picturesque mountains village, in which time seems to have stopped. All in all a “hidden treasure” for nature lover and hikers. Until twenty years ago, the region had been almost inaccessible for visitors, which make it an authentic cultural experience and adventure to hike across the three mountains Albania, Kosovo, and Montenegro.
The world’s newest transnational hiking experience the Peaks of the Balkans Trail is a winner in the prestigious global awards. The 192-kilometer signposted Trail winds through the remote and unspoiled mountainous regions of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro in the Southern end of the Dinaric Alps in South East Europe.
The Trail was born of a passion to preserve the cultural, natural, and spiritual heritage of these communities, linking them together to create a rare journey for both local inhabitants and for visitors.