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Guidebook to the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, a 192km trek through Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo. The route, which can comfortably be completed in less than a fortnight, is waymarked and covers terrain between 670m and 2300m in altitude, taking in remote valleys, dramatic mountain passes, stunning scenery and villages untouched by time.
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A guidebook to the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, a circular route through the wild and rugged borderlands of Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo. Launched in 2013 to promote sustainable local tourism and transcend political borders, the 192km trail winds its way through the spectacular scenery of the Prokletije mountains (the southernmost range of the Dinaric Alps), taking in high passes, sweeping valleys and striking limestone peaks. It can be completed in around two weeks: the walking itself is not difficult though the route passes through some remote areas and demands a moderate level of fitness. Welcoming guesthouses and homestays offer accommodation and delicious local cuisine on route, though camping is also a possibility.
The guide presents the trail in 10 daily stages and also includes suggestions for excursions to bag neighbouring peaks and visit local sites of interest. Comprehensive route description is accompanied by mapping and colour photos. You will find everything you need to plan a successful trip: guidance on how to get to the route, advice on when to go, where to start your trek and what to take, and information on cross-border permits. Appendices include accommodation listings, useful contacts and an English-Albanian-Montenegrin glossary.
The trail has opened up this little-known corner of Europe to trekkers. Yet, despite increasing visitor numbers, the region remains underdeveloped and unspoilt, with traditional mountain villages that feel like somewhere time forgot nestled in dramatic alpine landscapes. Promising spectacular scenery and genuine hospitality, the Peaks of the Balkans Trail invites you to discover the magic of the magnificent mountains of the Balkans.
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|Geography and geology|
|National parks and nature reserves|
|Wildlife and plants|
|When to hike|
|Getting there and around|
|Accommodation and food|
|Phones, internet and electricity|
|Local tour operators|
|Where to start/finish|
|Variations, transfers and highlights|
|Safety in the mountains and what to do in an emergency|
|Using this guide|
|The Peaks of the Balkans Trail|
|Stage 1 Theth (Albania) – Valbona (Albania)|
|Stage 2 Valbona (Albania) – Çeremi (Albania) via the Prosllopit Pass|
|Stage 3 Çeremi (Albania) – Dobërdol (Albania)|
|Stage 4 Dobërdol (Albania) – Milishevc (Kosovo)|
|Stage 5 Milishevc (Kosovo) – Rekё e Allagёs (Kosovo)|
|Stage 6 Rekё e Allagёs (Kosovo) – Drelaj or Restaurant Te Liqeni (Kosovo)|
|Stage 7 Restaurant Te Liqeni (Kosovo) – Babino polje (Montenegro)|
|Stage 8 Babino polje (Montenegro) – Plav (Montenegro)|
|Stage 9 Plav (Montenegro) – Vusanje (Montenegro)|
|Stage 10 Vusanje (Montenegro) – Theth (Albania)|
|Appendix A Useful contacts|
|Appendix B Accommodation|
|Appendix C Further reading|
|Appendix D Language and glossary|
|Appendix E History timeline|