Peaks of the Balkans FAQ
What is Peaks of the Balkans
Peaks of the Balkans is a mega trail that goes through Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania. The original trail is 10 days of hike, however different hikers and companies offer different versions.
How do I cross the border
To cross the border you need to get permits from Kosovo Police, MOntenegrin Police and the Albanian Police. The procedure with Kosovo and Albania can be finished through e-mail. However for the Montenegrin Police you need to pay a fee and have a contact in the country. The e-mails for Kosovo and Albania police are as follows: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, see the form attached bellow.
Is there a Peaks of the Balkans map
Yes there is a map for Peaks of the Balkans and you can find it in Amazon. Also there are numerous books published for Peaks of the Balkans. The latest one you can purchase from Balkan Natural Adventure, a local company in Kosovo. You can have the book by mail or buy it directly in Prishtina or Peja Kosovo.
What is the best time to hike
Best time to hike Peaks of the Balkans is June to September. However October and mid may may be possible. In th winter there are only some parts of the hike that are open and where you can find accomodiation. Click here for full article
Do I need a guide
You do not neccessary need a guide but it is reccomended. There are numerous companies that offer both guided and selfguided tours. To hike with a guide you can check the list of guides in our web site: Guides
Where do you sleep during the tour
The sleeping arrangements are in guest houses, shared rooms with shower and food. Cleat sheets and towels. Most of the guest houses are clean and proper. In some places you can find hotels and private rooms. The most advanced location is the city of Peja Kosovo and the most remote is Doberdol.
These are some of the links and phone numbers of guest house owners. Peaksofthebalkans.info has updated these information at the best of their knowledge but no guarantees can be given. You book at your own responsibility.
Do I have to carry my own luggage
No you do not neccessary have to carry your luggage. You can have a horsman doing it with you. You can book this through an agency.
You do not need a guide neccessary, especially if you are experienced hiker. However the guide is always good to have to for safety get deeper in local traditions to understand and feel more comfortable. The guide is not there only to show the way but also help you deal with accomodiation, explain and help you about other things. Learn more by checking our web site with more information about Peaks of the Balkans.
Border permits are basically a procedure of informing the border authorities about you passing the border in the mountains. The border permits are provided by different companies in Kosovo and Albania at a reasonable price. To make the permits yourself is a bit complicated as you need to make a payment in post in Montenegro and pick up the paper at the police station.