Peak of the Balkans


The Challenge

Albania, Montenegro & Kosovo

                              12 Days

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 Climb the peaks listed as being the highest in Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo. A trek for brave experienced people. The effort made will be rewarded by unreal landscapes in a natural and incredibly surprising setting as only nature can offer. A discovery trek that will also allow you to meet a population of mountain people from one of the oldest tribes in Europe, the Illyrians. Add to that a little Ottoman culture and let your emotions run wild.

In brief:

Experienced English-speaking guide
Maximum 10 / 12  persons
1 hiking: Theth (day 2)
7 treks with an average of about 8:30 hours of walking and nearly 114 km to cover
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3 visits: Shkodra (day 1); Gjakova & Prizren (day 9) & Kruja or Podgorica (evening 11)
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Outdoor activity: No
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12 days / 11 nights
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Luggage: Backpack or equivalent max. 15 to 20kg
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3* or 4* hotels and guesthouses
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Tirana or Podgorica airport – See notes (1)
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From mid-May to October/November
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Portage: A small backpack is needed for your daytime equipment
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Luggage transfer by mules and/or vans from one accommodation to the next one


  • A discovery trek for a unique experience
  • On the paths of the Peaks of Balkan summits
  • Climbing the most famous peaks
  • 3 countries: Albania – Montenegro and Kosovo
  • Meeting with a warm population
  • Visit of exceptional places
  • Pivate transfers
Day 1

Tirana or Podgorica airport – Shkodra

Welcome by an English-speaking guide at the airport of “Mother Theresa” of Tirana or by a driver for groups arriving at Podgorica airport. Transfer to Shkodra, the former capital of Illyria.

Depending on the arrival time of the group in Shkodra. Visit of the Rozafa citadel, dating from the Middle Ages and built on Illyrian foundations. From its summit, a 360° view allows you to admire the surrounding mountains and plains, but also the largest lake in the region, home to one of the largest bird reserves in Europe.

Visit of Shkodra, a high place of democracy and Albanian culture. This city rich in history and architecture was partially rebuilt in 1979 following an earthquake.

Visit of Saint Stephen’s Cathedral. Destroyed during an earthquake in 1905, then partially destroyed during a bombing in 1913, transformed into a sports palace following the “Albanian cultural revolution during communism, again partially destroyed in 1967, it hosts the Communist Congress of Albanian Women in 1973 to finally be reopened in 1990 and welcome Pope John Paul II in 1993.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

Shkodra - Theth

Hiking: ~ 4:30 hours
Maximal ascent: ~ 250 m.
Maximal descend: ~ 500 m.
Distance: ~ 15 km
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Travel to Theth.

It will be possible to walk around the village to admire its cultural sites such as its small church, the Nikoll Koceku tower or its ethnographic museum (*).

A day of relaxation in this small village at the bottom of a valley. Land of legends, myths and traditions, the Kanun law was the moral code that served as jurisprudence based on the concept of honor. Finding for some of them pre-Christian origins, this way of life reflected the austere reality of these mountain people whose traces are still visible today. Surrounded by mountains, some of which reach more than 2000 meters, Theth owes its development to nature lovers.

After lunch, head for the hamlet of Nderlysaj via a place of rare beauty listed as an Albanian heritage site, the Grunas Falls, whose last waterfall is 30 meters high. The walk continues along the Grunas Canyon. Over time, the water has carved its bed into the limestone rock to form a gorge about 2 km long, 60 meters high and between 2 and 40 meters wide, where icy, clear water flows.

Stroll along the river to reach the famous natural swimming pools of Nderlysaj where a lunch break will be organized.

It is necessary to take the road again to reach the hamlet of Kaprre and its Blue Eye. Formed by erosion, it is about 100 m² and has a depth of up to 5 meters.

Day 3

Theth – Peja Pass – Mt Arapi - Theth

Hiking: ~ 10:00 hours
Ascent maximum: ~ 1450 m.
Maximal descend: ~ 1450 m.
Distance: ~ 22 km
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From the top of its peak, Mount Arapi dominates the entire region. Nicknamed the Matterhorn of the Cursed Mountains, the ascent of its majestic shape remains a challenge, even for the most experienced.

It is also a meeting place for mountaineers because its steep walls are extremely popular for professional climbers, especially the 800-metre high one facing south. Speleologists are also on hand to explore the caves, the longest has been measured over 2580 meters with heights sometimes exceeding 340 meters.

Its ascent will give an insight into what awaits travelers in the Cursed Mountains.

Dinner and night in a guesthouse.

Day 4

Theth – Valbona

Hiking: ~ 7:00 hours
Ascent maximum: ~ 1050 m.
Maximal descend: ~ 850 m.
Distance: ~ 14.5 km
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The itinerary invites you to climb the famous Valbona Pass (1759 meters) and will follow the old road used by mules to reach the Shala to Nikaj region.

The route will offer a magnificent glimpse of Mother Nature’s jewels. Sailing between forests, slopes, torrents and neighboring peaks (Jezerces – 2692 m., Radohimes – 2568 m.) it will go through the top of the Valbona pass to offer a splendid view of the Theth and Valbona valleys.

Dinner and night in a guesthouse.

Day 5

Valbona – Mt Roshit - Valbona

Hiking: ~ 8:30 hours
Ascent maximum: ~ 1600 m.
Descent minimum: ~ 1600m.
Distance: ~ 10km
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Certainly considered the most interesting summit to clearly see the extent and grandeur of the Accursed Mountains, Mt Roshit, is located in Montenegro and culminates at an altitude of 2522 meters.

Starting by following the Kukaj River and following the pastures and wooded areas, the trail begins to climb along the canyon near Mt Thatë (2405 m.), then continues on a steep slope to end in rocky terrain. From that moment on, the horizon no longer has its limits, and suffering will give place to wonders.

From the summit, it is possible to see the magnificent landscapes of Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo.

Descent on Valbona.

Dinner and night in a guesthouse.

Day 6

Valbona – Mt Kollatës - Valbona

Hiking: ~ 10:00 hours
Ascent maximum: ~ 1630m.
Descent minimum: ~ 1630m.
Distance: ~ 17km
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Mt Kolatës, located on the border between Montenegro and Albania, has the particularity of having 3 peaks (e Keq Kolatës 2535 m., E Mire Kolatës 2528 m. and in the center Maja e Kolatës 2556 m.). As interesting as Mt Arapi, this ascent cannot leave anyone indifferent.

The route will pass through mountain pastures to reach the rocky part that must be climbed without failure. At the top, the admiration that the Kolatës brothers would arouse would quickly give way to wonder and respect.

Back to Valbona.

Dinner and night in a guesthouse.

Day 7

Valbona – Çerem - Dobërdol

Hiking: ~ 6:00 hours
Ascent maximum: ~ 950 m.
Descent minimum: ~ 300 m.
Distance: ~ 16 km
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Transfer to Çerem.

This stage gives you a glimpse of the majestic beauty of the Accursed Mountains. The route crosses green forests that, in season, are full of blueberries. Climb via Montenegro to the Aljucit Pass (1920 metres) which allows a return to Albania.

The route will cross the Gashi Nature Reserve, declared a UNESCO Heritage, which takes its name from the river that crosses it. Fauna and flora are characterized by the significant presence of endemic species due to the isolation of the area, variations in altitude and the absence of humans.

Descent to the Balqin mountain pastures and then to the Bodërboll pastures. This hamlet seems to be at the end of the world, being connected only by tracks not accessible to cars.

Dinner and night in a guesthouse.

Day 8

Dobërdoll – Mt Gjeravica – Gropa e Erenikut - Gjakova

Hiking: ~ 8:00 hours
Ascent maximum: ~ 875 m.
Descent minimum: ~ 845 m.
Distance: ~ 12 km
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Departure from the Dobërboll mountain pastures to reach Kosovo. It is a journey at a height that will offer an unobstructed view of the mountainous landscapes. Winding through forests and pastures, the path passes near glacial lakes that are home to a very rare species of salamander.

The ascent of Mt. Gjeravica is not as simple as it seems. Although it does not present any particular difficulty, it climbs to reach 2653 meters from Kosovo’s highest peak.

Then slow descent to Gropa e Erenikut, located in the middle of the mountain pastures and where it will be possible to regain some strength.

Direction to Gjakova

Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 9

Gjakova – Prizren - Brod

A day of resting and culture.

Gjakova, a place of culture and learning in Kosovo. Visit of its historical center and the largest bazaar in the Balkans, Çarshia e Madhe.

Direction Prizren, splendor and symbol of Albanian history. Travel to the Shadervan and its fountain, a large main square that once housed the bazaar. Walk to admire the Kuklibeu mosque built around 1534, Hasan Sheu’s Ottoman house dating from the 18th century, the old stone bridge overlooking the river that cuts Prizren in half and the hammam built in the 16th century by Mehmet Pasha considered one of the most important in the Balkans.

Visit to the house of the “Prizren League”, officially the “League for the Defense of the Rights of the Albanian Nation” founded on 10 June 1878 and offering regional autonomy. It was quickly rejected by the Ottomans.

Direction Brod.

Dinner and overnight in hotel at Brod

Day 10

<em>Brod – Great Rudoka – Brod - Prizren</em>

Hiking: ~ 8:30 hours
Ascent maximum: ~ 1500 m.
Descent minimum: ~ 2670 m.
Distance: ~ 22 km
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The itinerary will follow one of the routes of the High Scardus, which is a transnational product made for the discovery of mountains, valleys, inhabitants, villages, fauna and flora that border and occupy Albania, North of Macedonia and Kosovo. The name Scardus mean  ̏colorful˝.

This long journey offers exceptional views of this complex that will leave an indelible mark on your memory.

Ascent of the highest peak in Kosovo, the Great Rudoka (Maja e Njeriut) with a summit which reaches 2.658 meters. The trail follows a torrent and mountain pastures. After 4 km hiking, a wonderful waterfall named Celepino, one of the hidden gem of the Shar mountains, offers a moment of admirable relaxation. The trail continues climbing uphill on a meadow terrain and proposes open views on surroundings peaks. Finally, at the very top, a 360° view shows sceneries of the Shar mountains located in Kosovo and North of Macedonia.

Descent will lead the group towards another path which will pass-by the lake Shutman, one of the largest mountain lakes in the Shar mountains in Kosovo. The lake lies on an elevation of 2070 meters above the sea.

A good rest will be needed at Brod, before going back to Prizren.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 11

Prizren – Lac Koman – Kruja or Podgorica

It is time to reach Fierze in Albania. Travel by ferry to Koman. This navigation of about 2h30 to 3h00 allows you to discover unique landscapes resulting from the erosion created by the Drin River in the Albanian Alps, it is simply an incredible experience.

Then the bus will continue its journey to Kruja. Visit of its bazaar and depending on the time of day, visit of the castle.

Direction Podgorica for those arrived from Montenegro and free visit.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 12


6* Night in a 3* hotel (local standard) – Days 1, 4 to 6, 8 & 10 1* Night in a 4* hotel (local standard) – Day 11
1* Night in a 5* hotel (local standard) – Day 9 3* Nights in a guesthouse – Days 2 , 3 & 7
11* Breakfasts 10* Lunches or picnics and dinners
Transportation including luggage transfers English-speaking guide
All the visits mentioned in this program except for the afternoon in Tirana (if any) or Podgorica (day 11) left free. (*) Free option: Visit of the ethnographic museum of Theth (Plan between 1 and 2 €)
Note: Bottled still water of 0.5l is included, per person, at each meal Experienced English-speaking guide for the duration of the stay (except for those returning to Montenegro day 14)
Accommodation in hotels (double room and local standard) or guesthouses (double room or shared room). Meals (breakfasts, lunches or baskets, dinners) and drinks (table water)
All luggage transport (1x backpack or equivalent of 15 kg maximum per person) by horses, vans or 4×4 between stages
All personal expenses Costs related to specific requests or those not mentioned above
Meals and drinks other than table water were served during meals Lunch and dinner day 11
Visit day 11 (if any) The plane ticket
Accommodation in single rooms Travel insurance
  • For safety reasons and in case of force majeure, the guide has full authority to adapt or even cancel an itinerary. This is all the more valid depending on the evolution of the weather or for medical reasons.
  • As the guide is responsible for all the people in his care and for the cohesion of the group, he can at any time adapt the pace of the walk, the effort, the itinerary… in order to avoid the isolation of one or more participants.
  • The guide has a duty to ensure that the environment in which the group operates is respected.
  • In order to respect the rules and laws in force in the countries crossed, Savatours can call on the support of local partners licensed in these countries (guides, transport, equipment, logistics, etc.). We have ensured that these companies share the same values as those established by Savatours.
  • The distances and walking times are given as an indication.


A valid passport (at least 6 months from the start of the stay) is required. A copy of each participant’s passport will be requested at least one month before the departure date of the trek in order to obtain the border crossing authorizations from the competent authorities.


International travel insurance is strongly recommended to cover the consequences of incidents that may occur while travelling, travelling and staying abroad. It is the traveler’s responsibility to check with his travel agent or insurer before departure.

  • This discovery trek includes walks over long distances in the wild. It is not recommended for children under 15 years of age.
  • It is advisable to be in good health and physical condition.
  • Avoid drinking tap water or spring water, unless your guide allows it.
  • Respect the environment in which you operate. He’ll give it back to you.

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