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  • The accursed mountains
    Peaks of the Balkans Trail

    Our team the Balkan Natural Adventure organises on demand trips to the Accursed Mountains, including The Peaks of the Balkans Trail. We will adjust your itinerary based on your travel plans. In order to include all three countries: Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro, you should plan for 6 to 15 days of hiking. The best season is between June and September, while you can start your trip from any of the three countries. We offer support also for self-guided tours. Open dates for solo and small groups, available. Contact us with your question: virtyt@bnadventure.com. Watch the video or read what Financial Times has said after traveling with us in the Peaks of the Balkans trail : Watch the amazing video made during a trip by Financial Times. “This remote and mysterious mountain range, much of it accessible only by foot, offers more than beauty. It hosts shepherds and goatherds and ancient pastoral traditions that have yet to be destroyed by mechanisation. In its isolated villages, traces still survive of a centuries-old code of conduct that combines extremes of punishment and generosity”, Martin Fletcher the Financial Times, a tour run by Balkan Natural Adventure. Search Google to read the full story “The […]

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  • Hikers in Gjeravica
    Gjeravica Kosovo’s highest

    Climb Gjeravica during a weekend and take a trophy home. This hike is recommended for everyone especially those who want to take it slower and use a full day without transport to climb Gjeravica Kosovo’s Highest mountain. It is also good for larger groups of people who would like to be organised and enjoy socialising. The hike is some 8 hours long and includes a visit in the source of the Ereniku River, that starts in two glacial lakes. Each one of them is suitable for swimming and fishing. Large trouts live inside these lakes. This is a wonderful hiking trip with the trophy of the Kosovo’s highest mountain, in your been there done that list.  You will start in the town of Junik, where you will have a pick up with a 4×4 vehicle which will take you to the accommodation in Gropa e Erenikut. there you can enjoy the hotel or rent one of the villas with support for cooking and preparations. The Hotel Gjeravica is a wonderful place to stay. The next day in the morning you will start the ascent to the peak, going through wide meadows and the glacial lakes. Most of the trail gains […]

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  • Mustafe Nikci
    Guest house to Guest house

    Guest House Ari and Guest house Shqiponja are to first sleepovers if you hike the awarded Peaks of the Balkans Trail. You can try this one segment while you are staying in the country and experience mountains, climb Hajla, and enjoy the hospitality of the Kosovo families. On Friday afternoon you will arrive in Peja, to meet with BN Adventure where you will be briefed about your trip and take a 4×4 ride to reach your first guest house in the village of Reka e Allages. You will be provided with a GPS which will help you navigate to Drelaj village for all those who want to make a self-guided trip. After a 40 minutes ride you will reach the house of Mustafe and Fetije Nikci, to be hosted at their home. Their guest house is one of the starting points of the famous Peaks of the Balkans trip. You will be served dinner. In the morning, after breakfast, you will start your hike with lunch packs prepared at the guest house. You will pass by the Hajla Mountain. Those in good shape can climb the mountain (2400 meters) before continuing to the next guest house, to be hosted by […]

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  • Weekend in Valbona

    Weekend in Valbona is a nice escape from both Tirana and Prishtina, or a good addition to your balkan travel. Valbona valley has become a touristic hiking destination offering one of the starting points for Peaks of the Balkans trail or just a base to do hikes around the village. The daily tours include hike to the village of Kukaj, a climb in Kollata through Qafa e Perslopit, or even a climb to the highest peak in Accursed Mountains Maja Jezerce. For visitors with families there are nice hikes in the village and one can continue the trip with Komani Lake ferry. After a mere three hour drive from Prishtina, you can find yourself in the heart of Albania’s Valbona Valley — one of Europe’s wildest and most remote national parks. Nestled in the Accursed Mountains (often referred to as the Albanian Alps), the park is home to a few guesthouses from which we can base our exploration. Spend a weekend hiking the nearby forests and swimming in Albania’s cleanest river, or take one of Albania’s most iconic hikes to the remote village of Theth where you can experience true Albanian mountain hospitality. There are a wealth of options that we can offer for as many days as […]

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  • Camping in Hajla weekend

    Camping There are two options for spending the night: One is the mountain huts which offer only basic accommodation: Roof, water, outdoor toilet, cooking facilities. However it is very attractive and the huts are built to fit the mountain. Second option is camping in tents which you can bring or one rent from Balkan Natural Adventure at a reasonable price. For the camping trip the water facilities of the hut can be used. In both cases there is the possibility of building a fire in the night and share a glass of wine or beer after dinner. The hike For this hiking trip one needs a four wheel drive (can be rented for 50 EUR in Peja) to get to the impressive village of Pepiq in over 1000 meters altitude. The village with very few modern buildings is mostly frozen on time, as a lot of Balkan villages are. The walk from the village starts with an easy hiking trail which offers open views of the mountains, and the city of Peja, up to the Kosovo plain. The easy path will take you at the beginning of the Hajla Mountain, one of the highest peaks in accursed mountains,  at the […]

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  • Liqunat Lake, Rugova Kosovo
    Hiking in Lake Liqunat

    This hike to Lake Liqunat in Rugova Mountains will take you to the magnificent region of Kosovo next to the Montenegrin border. You will see two glacial lakes, valleys, and the saw-toothed peaks of the Accursed Mountains as far as the eye can see. After a 40 minute ride from Peja, the hiking trail begins from a picturesque restaurant and continues along a path known for its abundant supply of wild blueberries and mushrooms depending on the season. We will stop for a short break at the first of the two lakes, where in the summer you can even go for a dip in its chilly waters. From here, the group can either decide to continue on to the second lake or rest and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The full trip is recommended only for participants over the age of 15. The best thing about this trail is that one can choose from three different points where to end the hike and still enjoy beautiful views. Or you can just take a lot of time to walk slowly and do all the trail for a long time if your are not in the best shape. This trail is also part […]

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  • Via Ferrata
    Via Ferrata Mat and Ari

    Via Ferrata Ari is the most advanced adventure product in Kosovo. Though its full of adrenaline no previous training is needed. Some 90 per cent of our clients are firs timers. But still, your heart will race as you make the vertical climb through metallic scales high above Rugova Canyon. You will bereaching some unmatched views of the surrounding mountains. Its a must do when you visit Kosovo. Discover ancient caves used over the years by monks, villagers, or soldiers (depending on who you ask) and now provide shelter for native birds and other wildlife. Italian for “iron road,” via ferrata is a climbing method in which climbers navigate a series of steel ropes and stairs while always firmly secured to the rock. Built with support from Italian experts from the Dolomites using state-of- the art techniques and equipment, Via Ferrata Ari is as safe as it is memorable. The via ferrata ascent and hike back down generally takes approximately 2-3 hours. Need to work your way up to Ari? Start with Via Ferrata Mat (2 hrs), our newest route, which takes a more leisurely path horizontal to the river and offers similarly rewarding views of the canyon. The technical difficulty of both routes is […]

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  • Downhill biking Kosovo
    Downhill biking

    Experience Rugova’s ultimate adrenaline rush atop our top-of- the-line mountain bikes as you feel the wind in your hair and the trees whiz by. The journey begins with a transfer by 4×4 Land Rover, delivering you and your bike to the trailhead at the top of Milisevc Mountain. The descent on your bike will take you over 26 kilometers of off-road mountain trails towards Decan. Along the way, you will experience some breathtaking views of some of the major peaks of the Accursed Mountains – including Marijash and Gjeravica – as well as some of the region’s most beautiful wooded valleys. In Decan, you can pause your journey for lunch or to visit the UNESCO-protected Decan Monastery (long pants required). Round out the day with a leisurely 15 kilometer ride on the village roads back to Peja. Our guide is an experienced mountain biker and member of the Cycling Association of Peja, while the bike – should you choose to ride ours – is a 2016 Cross Euphoria with Shimano Rock Shock fork and 30 speed Shimano Deore/Simano DLX gear system. Upon request, we can also organize different variations of this trip, including a shorter route from Boge in the Sharr Mountains, which can also include […]

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  • Zip Line Kosovo
    Zip Line Kosovo

    Fly like an eagle with the longest Zip Line in the region, 700 meters in less then a minute will give you the best view above the Rugova Canyon. This is the only major Zip Line in Kosovo and it has been certified by an international organisation. The Zip Line utilises US made equipment, and professional trained staff. If you are in Kosovo this is one of the must activities at a price of 10 euro.

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  • Temple visit – religious patrimony

    Religious patrimony of Kosovo is unique. The country is a mix of religions, cultures and temples. While the orthodox churches are considered as the most beautiful of their kind, mosques compete with architecture designed by best of their time including Sinan, who has designed the larges mosque of Istanbul. A visit in Kosovo is worth maybe just for this. Western Kosovo is home to Patriarch in Peja (1346-1463), Monastery of Decan (1335), Hadumi Mosque (1594) in Gjakova with best acoustics of their time enabled by small pin-halls, Qashi Mosque in Peja (1462), and Sinan Pasha Mosque in Prizren (1615). On your way you can also satisfy your curiosity with the biggest Shia monument in the region the newly constructed Teke in Junik, or the very modest Qoku Mosque, considered as the first one build in Kosovo. The mix of cultures and religions in such a small place is quite a unique experience. What makes Kosovo even more interesting is that the country has been hit by wars way to often and people of this part of the world have succeeded to save these monuments that talk of peace and war. Balkan Natural Adventure in this two day travel will provide […]

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