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VIA DINARICA – ALBANIA TO KOSOVO

The Guardian, and National Geographic Traveler‘s “Best of the World” destination for 2017.

Experience Via Dinarica highlights of the Accursed Mountains from Albania via Montenegro to Kosovo. This 6-day trip includes an amazing journey through some of the finest scenery of Europe’s most unexplored mountain ranges. Each country offers a vast range of activities, from adventure to relaxation, on both land and water.

Dinarica trail takes us to the most spectacular mountain scenery, picturesque waterfall, and incredible views of the Accursed Mountains. You’ll leave civilization far behind as you trek for instance, to Cerem and Doberdol, the most remote areas in Albania.

8 Days
Albania, Kosovo
Trek
Guided
2-8
Guesthouses
Guided
Moderate
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Starting in Tirana, Albania's capital, and ending in Prishtina, Kosovo's capital, the Via Dinarica trail offers a fantastic trek through the Accursed Mountains of both countries. Along the way, you'll see stunning scenery like valleys, waterfalls, and high mountains. The journey is full of adventure and beauty, giving you a chance to explore the rich history and culture of these regions. It's an amazing experience that combines nature and culture in one unforgettable trip mostly designed for friends and families who do not need to hike long but experience a lot.

VIA DINARICA TRAIL ITINERARY


DAY 1
Welcome to Albania! Drive to Theth

Meet and greet with the guide in Tirana city, followed by a transfer towards Theth, passing through the beautiful Valley of Boga, gate to the Albanian Alps.

We will stop at Qafe Thore – the diagonal Pass, to enjoy the spectacular mountainous landscape unfolding in front of us. We will switch to a local van and drive downhill to a nice guesthouse in the village where we will stay overnight and enjoy a tasty homemade meal.

In the afternoon, we will have a short walk into Thethi National Park.

Driving: 4hr. Dinner included.


 

DAY 2
Hike the spectacular "Valbona Pass"

Today our trail heads towards spectacular Valbona Pass. It's not a particularly hard walk and is one that is attempted by many first-time mountain walkers. For the next couple of hours, the trail climbs slightly more steeply towards higher ground and we walk over a pass known as Valbona Pass.
After several hours hiking uphill, we stop at the Zefi’s housing for a hot mountain tea. Resuming our hike for another 45-min, we continue ascending to the Valbona col (1792m) where we have outstanding views of the Albanian Alps and the Valley of Valbona.

Well rested, we continue walking down (45 min) to the Simoni cafè for lunch. After lunch, we make our way down to the valley. Of course, we can choose whether to independently continue our walking down on the main wide dried up riverbed road or take a bus to avoid it.

The valley is known for its rare natural beauties, high mountains, biodiversity, and natural monuments. The views and landscapes are very stunning, particularly on clear summer nights.

Trek: 13 Km; Elevation gain/loss: +1,040m / -945m; Time: 6-7hr


 

DAY 3
Hike up the epic and remote “Prejsllopi Pass” trail. Overnight in Cerem

After a hearty breakfast and a cup of hot mountain tea with honey, we will start ascending the steep zig-zag trail to the epic and remote Prejsllopi Pass. Having several hours of hiking, we'll reach the highest point of our trip today (2000m). As we hike a series of switchbacks over a pass that offers outstanding views of the snow-capped peaks of the Alps Range in every direction.

After crossing the border and thrusting in Montenegro, we will stop for lunch at Bori Pass, a flat spot with grass, a meadow for many shepherds from Cerem and Vuthaj. In the same vein, we continue trekking another 45 minutes toward the shepherd's hut where we'll enjoy a final coffee and mountain tea. Henceforward we can see the village of Cerem where we'll stay tonight after another 2 hours of further hiking downhill to reach our destination. Enjoy a hot shower, a cold beer, and celebrate the end of an exceptional trek. All meals are included.

Trek: 13.5km; Elevation gain/loss: +1,150m / -870m; Time: 7-8hr


 

DAY 4
Trek from Cerem to Doberdol, a vast alpine pasture

Enjoy waking up with a hot coffee & tea, then settle in for a hearty breakfast, snap a few last-minute photographs, then prepare for another beautiful trek.

Today’s hike is a very easy walk mostly into the forest. We briefly cross the Montenegro border and return to Albania until we reach the ruins of the old military border post. Further on we take a picnic break at the hamlet of Balqin, which is used by the shepherds during the summer season. After a hearty lunch and coffee break, we continue to walk along a mostly flat, scenic trail through patches of beech forest. We finally reach Doberdol pasture. All meals included.

Trek: 15.6 Km; Elevation gain/loss: +1,025m / -440m; Time: 6-7hr


 

DAY 5
Hike to the Three Border Point. Overnight in Prizren

After an early breakfast, today's hike begins through bilberry-covered meadows of Dobërdol. In the direction of the mountain ridge, which forms the border between the three countries. The Via Dinarica Albania trail ends up in the magical Triple peak 2266m, with a view of the Albanian Alps behind where we walked days before. After a photo break, we descend slowly through a beautiful alpine meadow to Zalli Rupes field which marks the end of our trek. We will take a transfer towards the historic town of Prizren.

Trek: 7Km; Elevation gain/loss: +630m / -800m; Time: 3-4hr


 

DAY 6
A lovely day in Kosovo

We have most of the morning at leisure to relax and enjoy the morning coffee and breakfast. Then, we go to Prishtina, the capital city of Kosovo. We will take off a scenic drive towards Prevalla Pass, in the middle of the Sharri Mountains. And so on, we will stop to enjoy a coffee in the fresh air of three different climates. Besides Via Dinarica Albania trek is Scardus Trail another mega-hiking trail.

The afternoon is provided to have a short city tour to see some of the most important sights in the city. After a short amble, we will have a very delicious dinner in a lovely traditional restaurant.

Driving: 2 hours. Accommodation in hotel; all meals included.


 

Day 7: Depart for home.

After breakfast, our adventure ends with a private transfer to the airport, ending our exciting trek in the heart of the Balkans.


 

 

Balkans tour Via Dinarica

* Feel free to contact us for other deparute dates.

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 Hiking shoes
- Day pack (20L – 35L)
- Trekking Poles
- Sunhat, Sunglasses, Sun cream
- Ear Plugs
- Fleece Hat
- Rain jacket
- Warm fleece jacket or jumper
- Rain pants
- Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)
- Trekking trousers
- Anti-bacterial hand gel
- Personal First Aid Kit/Medications (Lightweight)
- 2 x 1-liter water bottle
- Insect spray
- Water purification tablets
(Water is provided, but very often this is from local wells or mountain streams and is not chlorinated. If you are concerned about drinking untreated water, we suggest you bring a supply of water treatment tablets.)

OPTIONAL

  • Flashlight or Headlamp
    - Shorts
    - Trainers or sandals
    - Bandana
    - 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
    - Whistle
    - Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

 


HOLIDAY INFORMATION

What's Included in the price

- English-speaking local guide
- Transport from Tirana to Theth
- Airport transfer to Prishtina
- Private accommodation during the trek
- All food during the hike
- All land transport required by the itinerary
- Border permits
- Luggage transport

Not Included

- Hotels before or after the trek
- 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.