Guided Walking Holidays - A Trek through the Balkans. A two week epic trek through the rugged terrain of the mountains between Albania and Montenegro. We start on the shores of Kotor Bay and make our way along ancient trading routes to wild terrain, alpine meadows and oak and pine forests and to soaring summits of the Albanian Alps. Call 01707 818 409 for more info about this walking holiday.
The natural beauty of the Balkans takes you back to the Alps of over 50 years ago. Signposts are rare but your local guide knows the paths intimately. We start on the shores of Kotor Bay and make our way along ancient trading routes to wild terrain, alpine meadows and oak and pine forests and to soaring summits of the Albanian Alps. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays. We begin in Kotor, with time to explore the Old Town with its Venetian influenced architecture or perhaps take a dip in the fiord before we commence our epic trek. Our base for the next two nights is Njegusi village, from where we take on the first of our summits in the Lovcen National Park with a loop hike to the Jezerski summit at 1657m where the mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic Njegos, a famous Montenegrin prince-bishop, poet and philosopher is located. Continuing on through Montenegro, we walk through the Biogradska ancient forest to our base in Katun Vranjak, where we can tackle the peaks of Troglava (2072m), Kekova (2117m) or Crna Glava (2139m), and visit Pesica Lake. From Katun Stavna, we climb to the summit of Kom i Kucki. At 2487m the highest peak in the Komovi Mountains. The rewards are a great sense of achievement and some magnificent views. From the hamlet of Vusanje, we will attempt to climb the highest peak of the tour, Maja e Kollate. At 2552m this is a demanding climb; through forest initially then across limestone pavement, past an Ice Cave to a col at 2032m and thence to the summit if conditions allow. The following day we walk on over the Albania border and Qafa e Pejes to Thethi. After exploring the village surroundings, we trek over Qafa e Valbonës and descend to the Villa Gjecaj on the edge of Valbona. From the village of Valbona we climb our final summit of Maja e Rosit (2524m), where the majestic view of the Valbonë Valley takes the breath away. This will be a demanding walk involving 1600m of ascent, but we will be ready, and well trained by this point to tackle any summits that come our way! Our final stop is the historic city of Kruje, where we’ll have time to reflect on a rewarding and spectacular journey.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
With a 70 year history of specialising in guided small group walking holidays, Ramblers Holidays offer over 250 inspiring guided walking and activity holidays in the UK, Europe, and worldwide. The nature of their holidays not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but travelling in a small group also reduces the environmental impact. Ramblers Holidays has a passion for travel and discovery and they are dedicated to making exploring the world on foot a fantastic and positive experience for everyone; for you as the traveller and the locals whose country, culture and lifestyle you’ve come to enjoy.
From their early pioneering holidays into the wild and mountain landscapes of Europe, they have continued with their passion for travel by creating discovery walking holidays to an increasing range of destinations. Their ethos is about seeing the world on foot, offering everything from lowland ambles to high mountain trekking, from short sightseeing walks to challenging long distance trails, from adventurous activity holidays to strolling between the museums of renaissance Italy.
Travelling in small groups, un-insulated from the world you’re visiting by a coach window, allows you to get a very direct and personal experience of your destination and to discover the essence of the place you are visiting. You’ll get to see not only the big ‘must see’ highlights but also the less discovered places, you’ll get a feel for the history and culture that’s shaped the country as you see it today and you’ll taste the food the way the locals do it. Ramblers most immersive holidays are their Experiential tours which take you beyond the trodden path and allow you to get under the skin of your chosen destination. Seek solace amongst the mountains on a mindfulness, yoga and meditation retreat, learn the art of cooking a perfect tagine in Morocco, watch a stunning sunset as you chase the ‘Big Five’ across Kruger National park or tread amongst tranquil temples of worship in Indonesia.
Ramblers Holidays’ company mission is to generate funds for walking charities. So, unlike most tour operators they are run as a not-for-profit. All of their profits not required for the running of the business are channelled back into charitable causes, both home and away. In the UK, through the Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust, they support the Ramblers and other smaller outdoors charities. They also offer direct financial support to walking groups through The Walking Partnership. In order to aid their sustainable tourism ethos, they run a staff-managed initiative called Heart and Sole which directly supports communities in the destinations they visit.
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