Tue 02 Feb - Sun 07 Feb 2021

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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Tue 02 Feb 2021

Fly to Tirana; transfer to Prevalla (Kosovo) 180 km/3hrs

At the airport you’ll meet the rest of the team and start your journey to Albania. On arrival at Mother Theresa International airport at Tirana, you’ll be met by the local charity challenge leader and transferred to Prevalla in Kosovo. The border crossings are fairly informal, but make sure you have your passport handy. Once at the hotel, you’ll have a briefing and your first group dinner. (D)

Accommodation: Hotel 

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Day 2, Wed 03 Feb 2021

Walk to Bistra Summit (2,651m) approx. 10km/5hrs

Just a short walk from your hotel is the start of today’s hike along a 600-year-old trade route which connected Skopje in Macedonia and Prizren in Kosovo. The route leads up into alpine meadows and along a dramatic ridge line, known as The Edge, before reaching Bistra Peak (2,651m), the second highest peak in Kosovo. Along your path, you’ll cross the source of the Lumbardhi River which runs through the heart of Prizren. The views at the top over Kosovo and Macedonia are amazing, looking over to Ošljak peak (2,212km), Sharr mountains ridge  and below you should see Jazhinca Lake. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Hotel 

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Day 3, Thu 04 Feb 2021

Snowshoeing on Mount OĊĦljak (approx. 11 km; 4hrs); transfer to Valbona (120km/3hrs)

To start the walk today you'll pass through a forest, which takes about 1 hour, before reaching a meadow hill through which you'll steadily climb to reach the long ridge. The ridge of this mountain is very beautiful and is one of the longest in the Balkans. Weather permitting, the views here are stunning with the Sharr mountain range to your left, the city of Prizren and Pashtrik peak (1,986m) in front of you. To the right side, you will see the Black peak (2,536m) and Pashallore peak (2,092m) in the distance. Returning the same way, after lunch you'll say farewell to Kosovo and take a bus transfer to Valbona in Albania, your base for the next 3 nights. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse

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Day 4, Fri 05 Feb 2021

Snowshoeing around Mount Rosi (2,524m) approx. 15km/5-6hrs

After breakfast, your snowshoeing takes you on a forest trail leading to an area underneath the rocky dome of Mount Rosi, known locally as “Buni i Brahimit”. With good visibility, the views are magnificent and you can even see the snowy dome of Jezerca, the highest peak (2,695m) of the Accursed Mountains. On your return, you'll stop for a delicious homemade lunch with a shepherd’s family in the hamlet of Kukaj and then continue down to the valley for a well-earned rest. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse

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Day 5, Sat 06 Feb 2021

Conquering Kinji Rrogamit "The Rrogami Spike"(1,860m) (8.2km/5-6hrs)

On your final day you'll walk as much of the Kinji Rrogamit, 'The Rrogami Spike', as weather conditions allow. The mountain range in front of the hotel is the target and the trail starts with a steady climb towards the peak on a narrow snow-covered forestry road. On reaching a high plateau, the views towards the Grykat e Hapta (2,625m) jagged ridge line are amazing and, once here, you'll stop for a picnic lunch before descending and completing your circular walk. In the afternoon there will be time for a well-deserved rest or you can explore the local area. You'll have a celebration dinner tonight to reward your achievements. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Hotel or guesthouse

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Day 6, Sun 07 Feb 2021

Transfer to Tirana airport (4hrs/190km); fly to London

This morning there may be some free time before you transfer to Tirana to take your flight to London. (B)
(Please note: you will need to purchase your own lunch today.)

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Important information

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

The itinerary is there as a guide and may change due to unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, the strength of the group, and so on. We will do our very best to keep to the set itinerary; however, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, your expedition leader will have the final say.

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