Taljanka, Grbaje, and Karanfil – best view in seven countries

It was not a wise decision by the designers of the Peaks of the Balkans program not to include the Taljanka, Grbaje, and Karanfil Peaks. This destination has been a source of delight, for many who have explored it and then told us about it. The hike forms a beautiful loop encompassing two prominent peaks, Karanfil and Taljanka, offering breathtaking vistas of the Gerbaja valley.

Many claim that this valley boasts the most magnificent views once found in Yugoslavia. Although Yugoslavia has since dissolved into seven distinct countries, if this claim holds true, then this location offers the best views spanning seven nations, nestled on the border between Albania and Montenegro.

Balkan Natural Adventure strongly recommends taking advantage of a transfer service to embark on this hike. You can arrange for a transfer from Babino Polje to the hike’s starting point and then another transfer to Vuthaj/Vusanje. While this may involve some additional travel by car, it is undeniably worth the experience.

If you’re commencing your journey in Montenegro, you can start from a guest house conveniently located near the trail. After completing the hike, you can arrange for a transfer to Vusanje/Vuthaj or Babino Polje.

To get to the start of the trail, you can take a public bus from Podgorica or from Peja in Kosovo to Vusanje/Vuthaj, providing easy access to the region. From there, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the charming town of Plav, with its picturesque lake and the numerous hidden gems that grace this enchanting corner of Montenegro, the smallest country in the Balkans.

Alternatively, you can opt for a different route outside the Peaks of the Balkans program, hiking towards Lepushe in Northern Albania, which lies to the west of Theth. In any case, this location is a must-visit in the region.

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