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Trail Running In Kosovo & Albania

Astounding landscapes, pure nature, no crowds and some of the best trails in the Balkans. The Accursed Mountains of Albania and Kosovo feature the most enviable alpine trail running trips in the world. Offering flexibility for a variety of abilities, the 4-6 day trip is filled with adventure, accomplishment and exceptional post-run relaxation. With daily trail running excursions led by professional guides, you’ve never experienced a runner’s high quite like this.

You’ll walk through flowery fields and rough rocks, by little lakes hanging on the hills, and on narrow ridges. After all that, you’ll reach where you’re staying to enjoy albanian hospitality – family-run guesthouses. During the tour, our experienced guides will happily share what they know, helping you get better at running, learn trail tricks, boost your fitness, and take care of your health and happiness.

4-6 Days
Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro
Trail Running
Guided
2-6
Guesthouses
Guided
Moderate +
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The cross-country trail running in the Accursed Mountains is magical. It is the perfect combination of wilderness trails, peak fall colors with snow dusting the high peaks, the family-run guesthouses and traditional home-cooked meals.

Over the four days we’ll run through borderlands that will leave runners breathless, both from the terrain and the beauty of the accursed mountains of Kosovo, Albania, and Montenegro. With daily runs between 20-45 kilometer, there are trails to match your motivation and ability.

TRAIL RUNNING GUIDED TOUR


DAY 1
Meet your fellow runners in Prishtina and drive to Rugova Valley

Meet and greet with the guide in Prishtina, followed by a transfer towards Kuqishte, passing through the beautiful Canyon of Rugova. If you arrive earlier in the day, the guide is happy to recommend a short walk in the area to warm up or some other activities like Via Ferrata in the Rugova canyon.

We meet again in the evening for an orientation and a review of the trip itinerary and gear list. We enjoy a family-style dinner, then get a good sleep to be well-rested for tomorrow’s run. Dinner included.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meals: Dinner
Drive: 2hr.


 

DAY 2
Cross-border running from Kosovo to Montenegro

After morning, we get ready for one full-spectacular run through the spectacular Peaks of the Balkans cross-border trail from Kosovo to Montenegro. We pass two amazing glacial lakes and reach a pass of around 2200, then we run in border ridge between the two countries. We run through Babino Polje village in Montenegro, passing the beautiful Hrid Lake and end up in Plav town.

Run: 38km; Elevation gain/loss: +1,750m / -2,235m; 6-7hr
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast, Packet lunch, Dinner


 

DAY 3
Spectacular run from Plav town to Vuthaj village through Bori peak

Our day starts as usually —hot coffee and breakfast! Today's run starts from the city of Plav (968 m), climbs up to Bor Peak (2106 m), and finishes at the village of Vuthaj (Vusanje, 1022 m). We'll warm up in a dirt road then we reach the spectacular Bori ridge for the amazing views of the Albanian Alps in front. Your skilled guides will prepare some coffee & tea at lunch time then get ready for running down to the nex hut. All meals included.

Run: 27.4km; Elevation gain/loss: +1,150m / -1,085m; 4-5hr
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast, Packet lunch, Dinner


 

DAY 4
A dramatic trail running into Albanian Alps: From Vuthaj via Jezerca lake to Valbona Valley

Get ready to experience a day like no other, filled with awe-inspiring sights and beautiful scenery in the most amazing part of the Albanian Alps. After enjoying a fresh breakfast and a cup of coffee, we start running from our guesthouse towards the Jezeca lakes up in 1800m alt. We'll spend some time at the lakes and perhaps take a swim then the guide will prepare some coffee and tea for an amazing rest.

After spending some great time at the lakes, it is time to run up to another pass in a very amazing trail with spectacular views of the Alps. Once we arrive at Shelega pass, around 2100m, the highest for today, we run down enjoying the views of the Valbona Valley in front.

Run: 24.5km; Elevation gain/loss: +1,390m / -1,440m; 5-6hr
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast, Packet lunch, Dinner


 

DAY 5
Along the Peaks of the Balkans trail: From Valbona Valley, via Cerem to Doberdol pasture

Today we run along the Peaks of the Balkans trail following the old 4x4 to Cerem then the trail in the forest to reach Doberdol Pasture. Of course, from Valbona to Cerem we can take also the challenging trail via Prejsllopi pass which is more challenging but much more amazing, a dramatic trail.

On the way, we will stop for lunch to a local family. Overnight in Doberdol pasture. An amazing valley to spend a night.

Run: 35km; Elevation gain/loss: +1,560m / -820m; 6-7hr
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast, Packet lunch, Dinner


 

DAY 6
From Doberdol via the Three-Border-Peak to Gjeravica summit, the highest peak in Kosovo

Our triumphant run to the highest summit in Kosovo, is a perfect way to cap off six days running in the Accursed Mountains of Albania & Kosovo. We'll warm up first to reach the three border summit then run on the ridge to reach the Heart lake then up to the summit of Gjeravica, 2656m alt. The final destination to end up the tour is Junik town.

We will celebrate this tour with a very delicious dinner then drive to Prishtina/Prizren.

Run: 26km; Elevation gain/loss: +980m / -1,200m; 6-7hr
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast, Packet lunch, Dinner


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Customized tour

We can adapt the trail based on your requests: as many days as you want to run, transport, luggage transport as well as transport from and to Tirana, Podgorica or other cities.

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GEAR LIST


The following checklist has been created to help you choose your clothing and gear for this trip. Try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Feel free to give us a call at 00383-49-601-007 if you have any questions regarding the gear list.

REQUIRED

- Good running shoes
- Race pack
- Running Poles
- Sunhat, Sunglasses, Sun cream
- Ear Plugs
- Personal cup for drinks
- Hydration bladder/buttles, min 1.5l
- Wind/Rain jacket
- Emergency whistle
- Anti-bacterial hand gel
- Personal First Aid Kit/Medications (Lightweight)
- Primary headlamp
- Spare batteries for headlamp
- Red/white blinking light
- Water purification tablets

OPTIONAL

- Backup headlamp/torch lamp
- Trainers or sandals
- Bandana
- Emergency blanket
- Liner Socks (Synthetic)
- Shoes for Travel and Free Time
- Casual Clothing for Travel and Town Wear (Lightweight, Easily Washable)
- Spare laces
- Luggage Tags and Locks
- Pen-knife
- Camera and Accessories
- Reading and Writing Materials
- Small Binoculars
- Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

 


HOLIDAY INFORMATION

What's Included in the price

- English-speaking trail running guide
- Private accommodation during the run
- All food
- All land transport required by the itinerary
- Border permits
- Luggage transport

Not Included

- Hotels before or after the run
- Alcoholic beverages or soft drink
- Items of a personal sort
- Tips for the guide and local staff
- Other transport not required by the itinerary
- Airline tickets and travel insurance


CONSIDER AS YOU BOOK UP

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Airline Tickets (Confirmation and Itinerary) & Passport

The unit of currency in Albania is the Lek (ALL). However, the Euro is accepted. The unit of currency in Kosovo and Montenegro is the Euro. Note: Buying Lek is possible only in Albania

ATM Availability (While Trekking)

  • Peje
  • Plav
  • Bajram Curri (17Km away from Valbona)

LOCAL TIME: Time zone: GMT +1

ELECTRICITY: Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50 Hz, two-pin round plugs.

 

BOOKS

  • Western Balkans - Lonely Planet
  • The Accursed Mountains - Robert Carver
  • Kosovo: Gillian Gloyer - Bradt
  • Albania: Gillian Gloyer - Bradt
  • Broken April - Ismail Kadare
  • High Albania - Edith Durham

 

Visas


Albania
No visa is required for most nationalities, including UK passport holders, most other EU nationalities, US, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand.

Montenegro
Check out if you need a visa to enter Montenegro.

Kosovo
No visa is required for most nationalities, including UK passport holders, most other EU nationalities, US, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand.

Vaccinations

Kosovo - Albania - Montenegro

There are no specific health risks.