Peaks of the Balkans in winter conditions
The Peaks of the Balkans in winter is almost impossible to do for an average or even a trained hiker. This would be an endeavor for hardship adventurists. However there are options which can provide a piece of this experience covered with snow.
The main obstacle for Winter Peaks of the Balkans is he lack of accommodation in some of the villages. Those effected mostly by winter are Doberdol, Milishevc and Babino Polje. In the other places accommodation is either available or it can be arranged.
The other obstacle is distance. Fifteen kilometers in summer is OK, however if you add the snow, the short period of daylight, and larger possibility of complications then these trails become to long for none professional hikers.
The third and maybe the determining condition, the risk of evalange and the possibility of getting help on time. During summer most of the parts of the Peaks of the Balkans are reachable by a better 4×4 or a horse in few hours. In winter search and rescue would have to walk, as helicopter aid is dependent on army support.
What is possible for Peaks of the Balkans in Winter
There are many things that are possible to snowshoe or ski track. In Kosovo the Hajla peak is possible and beautiful. Some parts of the hike Liqenat – Babino Polje offer good conditions for hike. While if you want to see Doberdol from Maja Aruçit you can do it if you sacrifice some enmities and go there from Gacaferi Pastures.
In Albania one can reach Theth and Valbona and reach some of the hikes there and enjoy the unspoiled snow around these two villages. The hike Valbone Theth is not doable due to high avalanche risk.
In Montenegro the Plav region always offers a large number of options, especially in direction of Babino Polje and some good hikes between Plav and Vusanje.
Outside Peaks of the Balkans but still in the region
There are many other tours that provide good conditions for ski touring. The Sharr Mountains that lay between Kosovo, North Macedonia and Albania are perfect for winter tours. These mountains are rounder but higher thus keeping the snow longer. Villages like Brezovica, Radomira, Prevalla, Brod, Dragash and others. Click here for an offer
These tours can be organised in reaching the highest peak of North Macedonia and Albania, Korab which is a wonderful trophy.