Peaks of the Balkans Trail

  • Accursed Mountains  - © Vlatko Bulatović
  • Accursed Mountains  - © Vlatko Bulatović
  • Accursed Mountains  - © Vlatko Bulatović
  • Grebaja valley - © Vlatko Bulatović
  • Karanfili  - © Vlatko Bulatović
  • Karanfili in background - © Vlatko Bulatović
  • Maja Jezerce  - © Vlatko Bulatović

Key information: Peaks of the Balkans Trail

  • Explore a relatively undiscovered corner of Europe, wandering across borders that just decades ago would have been impassable: peace at last reigns in one of the world's most discordant areas.
  • Thrilling walking in tough, wild mountains, enjoying an unspoilt environment and timeless villages.  
  • This is a tough walk in high, remote mountains, on which you will have to be self-sufficient. Come prepared. 

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating92
  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest15
  • Human interest12
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating92

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 192km
  • 10 days
  • Maximum Altitude: around 2,000m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

Karanfili in background - © Vlatko Bulatović


The Peaks of the Balkans Trail is a recently-opened 192km (120 mile) trail, its planning co-ordinated by the German Agency for International Co-operation. It winds through an area of superb and typically sheers and spiky limestone peaks and cliffs which separate lonely valley communities, passing through Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro, once a dangerous and tense region and a historic tinderbox but now a quiet backwater, through three national parks and Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim areas. 

You can stay in inns and homes, so no heavy backpacking is needed. 


Also see an excellent article by Tim Neville in the New York Times. And a comment from Walkopedia Community member Murray: 

Hi Team - I suggest the following as an outstanding walk: The Albanian Alps many options but here are two: 1) The Valbona and Thethi valley hikes, and the connecting pass between them 2) The Peaks of the Balkans circuit thru the Albanian Alps (thru Albania, Kosovo & Montenegro) 

See also our Accursed Mountains (Albanian Alps) page.

Our friends the Oranginas walking group from the Netherlands used Vlatko Bulatović ( to guide them, and were very happy.

This page is at an early stage of development. Please help us by making suggestions and sending photos! Thank you!

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Your comments on this walk, your experiences and suggestions, and your photos are very welcome. Where appropriate, you will be credited for your contribution.

Accursed Mountains  - © Vlatko Bulatović

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