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OVERVIEW

What to expect

ITINERARY

What you will do

COSTS

Ways to pay

ESSENTIAL INFO

All you need to know

The challenge

  • Snowshoeing on ancient trade routes, now forming part of the Via Dinarica Trail (1,930km from Slovenia to Macedonia)
  • Trek to Bistra Summit (2,651m), the second highest peak in Kosovo
  • Trek to up the ridge of Mount Ošljak, one of the longest mountain ridges in the Balkans
  • Pass through forest trails and hidden villages from Valbona
  • Gaze upon Albania’s wild Accursed Mountains

Both Albania and Kosovo are countries with unspoiled landscapes, and offering a chance to encounter pristine nature without contamination or deforestation. The slow pace of a traditional way of life is a great escape and winter is the perfect time to get out and challenge yourself in the fresh, crisp air. 

The paths are well-trodden including ancient trade routes and forest trails. As you walk in the mountains, the landscapes open up and the vistas will be beautiful with only the sounds of nature all around. You'll tackle the second highest mountain in Kosovo, Bistra Peak (2,651m), and encounter one of the longest mountain ridges in the Balkans.

From the  Valbona valley, in the eastern part of the Albanian Alps, you'll follow trails taking you to high ridges with spectacular views of the Accursed Mountains. The final challenge is to climb the Rrogami Spike with stunning photographic opportunities over the Grykat e Hapta (2,625m) jagged ridge line and valley below.

The journey

Balkans Winter Challenge

Gallery

Balkans Winter Challenge Albania

Balkans Winter Challenge Albania

Balkans Winter Challenge Albania Kosovo border

Balkans Winter Challenge Albania Kosovo border

Balkans Winter Challenge trekking Sharr mountains

Balkans Winter Challenge trekking Sharr mountains

Balkans Winter Challenge hikers on summit

Balkans Winter Challenge hikers on summit

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