Experiencing Local Tradition – Food and Hospitality
Of course, the highlight of this trip is our trekking from Kosovo to Albania. The dramatic mountains of those two countries will leave you speechless.
Mountain GuideUta IbrahimiKosovo
Mountain Guide for the hiking trips in the mountains, City Guide for Prishtina.
Breakfast in hotels and guesthouses, two dinners in Prishtina, three dinners in guesthouses.
All nights accommodation in hotels of the cities and in guest houses of villages.
All the transportation from the first day arriving at the airport to all days in cities and villages until the last day back to the airport.
Our tour begins in Prishtina with a visit to the town and enjoying the nightlife on the first day. On the second day, after a day of relaxation in the city, early in the morning, we will begin to drive to Junik, then to the starting point of the Gjeravica hike.
The northern part of Albania has beautiful trails, we are going to hike Doberdol and Qerrem. Before heading back to Prishtina we will be hiking and exploring beautiful Valbona Valley, National Park. While hiking, you’re likely to see many hardworking guesthouse owners, have conversations with them, and have the feeling of hospitality so far which makes it a very unique and unforgettable experience. The stunning scenery is what earns this trail a spot in the top hiking trails in Northern Albania.
Day one: Prishtina City Tour
This day is reserved for a lovely city tour. Prishtina is known for good social and nightlife and for creating an atmosphere a visitor isn’t likely to forget. With Kosovo’s population being predominantly young, youth has become the city’s biggest attraction.
During this city tour, we will be visiting several of the beautiful mosques the city has to offer, as well as the grand Mother Teresa Cathedral. We will pay homage to the Newborn monument, which was created in honor of our independence as a new country in 2008. Also, we will stroll down the pedestrian-only promenade, where we can shop, stop for a coffee, and view the Skenderbeg monument. We will walk through the green market, which is always hustling and bustling with locals shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as household items. After the city tour, we will finish the day with a traditional dinner at Restaurant Tiffany.
Day two: Hiking Gjeravica
This day is reserved for the most beautiful hike in Kosovo.
The Gjeravica trail offers one of the best hikes in the Kosovan highlands; at the same time, it is the highest mountain peak of Kosovo with an altitude of (2656m). The way to the peak is blessed with many glacial lakes of big and small scales.
Gjeravica serves the divine purpose of offering you the chance to swim and feel as if you were flying, mainly because of its clean, high altitude (2,330)m formation of a lake, which mirrors the picturesque 360° panorama that surrounds this lake which originates from the Erenik River. At the top of Gjeravica, you can catch sight of Albania, Montenegro, and Kosovo in one magnificent gaze. Gjeravica peak stands out like a queen standing proud at its high throne. It has breath-taking views and not so hard to climb even for beginners; it is between rocks and dominated by the color green all the way.
Of course, the highlight of this trip is our trekking from Kosovo to Albania.
Day three: Hiking from Doberdol-Qerem
On this day we are hiking in the most beautiful part of Northern Albania.
Doberdol to Qerrem, from the wide landscape we are entering on steep and rocky terrain. Our hike will take around 6-8 hours. Our accommodation for the night will be in a guesthouse in Qerrem. The place where we will stay is owned by a very nice family. They cook traditional food, and we will spend a lovely evening talking together around the table, eating home-cooked food, and drinking rakia.
Day four: Hiking Qerem -Valbona
After eating breakfast in Qerrem, we start hiking to Valbona Valley National Park. It’s about a 4-6 hours walk. The altitude in Valbona Valley is 850 meters.
River and its surrounding areas with mountainous terrain, alpine landscapes, glacial springs, various rock formations, waterfalls, and the Valbona Valley with its dense coniferous and deciduous forest. It is characterized by its very remote areas which have a largely preserved ecosystem all of which is primarily untouched with pristine quality. This vast pristine ecosystem is the centrepiece of what has been referred to as the Albanian Miracle of the Alps.
On the way to the waterfall, you’re likely to see many hardworking guesthouse owners, have conversations with them, and have the feeling of hospitality so far which makes it a very unique and unforgettable experience. The stunning scenery is what earns this trail a spot in the top hiking trails in the Northern Albania.
Day four: Valbona -Prishtina
This day is reserved for exploring beautiful Valbona. Healthy climate, clean air, and water, organic foods are other things on the long list of the amazing things that Valbona has to offer. On the way to the waterfall, you’re likely to see many hardworking guesthouse owners, have conversations with them, and have the feeling of hospitality so far which makes it a very unique and unforgettable experience.
Hotels and Guest Houses
Kosovo and Albania
Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions, and forecasts, road conditions, etc. For further details about the itinerary, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- People: 15-20
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Duration: 4 nights/5 days
- When to do: All year