A Hiking & Cultural Adventure through Montenegro and Albania including trekking on a new international peace trail in the Dinaric Alps.
Come to a Europe that few people know. Montenegro and Albania are wild, mountainous and home to still-untouched forests, rugged rivers and a rich tapestry of culture. The high peaks of the mountains fall to verdant valleys and eventually to the azure waters, steep cliffs and pebbled beaches of the Adriatic coastline. With an intense history of centuries of Ottoman occupation we find a colorful and intriguing mix of European and Eastern cultures and religion.
Our Peaks of the Balkans trekking and cultural adventure takes us to the border triangle area of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro where a new International Peace Park has been established. Along our way we meet with various local leaders who join us as special guests to enrich our understanding and appreciation for this part of the world. At the heart of this grand adventure is a difficult and extremely rewarding trek in the Dinaric Alps. Luggage is transported by local pack animals during the trek through this area of spectacular mountain scenery that is home to rare flora and fauna. Rugged peaks rise from alpine lakes and lush green meadows, piercing a cobalt sky. The trek is bookmarked on each side by visits to fascinating areas in Montenegro (including a day of lake kayaking) and Albania.
People have lived for centuries in the mountains where we trek, surviving as shepherds and farmers. Famous for their hospitality, and challenged by a changing world, this trip promotes sustainable, nature-based tourism that gives hope and real economic benefit to the local population. During our trek, we spend each night in rustic inns or guest houses that have been established along the route and provide simple accommodations in shared rooms with two to six beds. The local innkeepers provide our meals, prepared from locally-sourced and traditional foods.
The trail and peace park concept is a nominee for the 2013 World Tourism Awards, and with this new project, border-crossing procedures for hikers have been simplified and a mountain security system has been established. Our local guides are trained according to international standards. This is truly a cutting-edge adventure and we invite you to join us to support the people of this magnificent and intriguing corner of the world.
This trip combines perfectly with our Albania Discovery kayaking trip making for a fantastic journey of immersion in the southern Balkans.