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Trekking the Via Dinarica – An Exploratory Adventure!

Trip Length 22 days

From $7,995

  • Journey through six countries, from Slovenia to Albania, on this once-in-a-lifetime 128-mile trek in the Western Balkans—MTS at its pioneering best!
  • See why Outside Magazine hailed the Via Dinarica “the best new trail in the world” as you cross fairytale meadows and pristine rivers, and summit some of the Balkan's highest peaks
  • Experience high mountain living as we overnight in shepherds shelters and remote highland villages, and be part of a unifying cultural adventure

Spanning more than 1,200 miles, the Via Dinarica is a long-distance trekking path that connects multiple countries and regions, highlighting a spectacular landscape and promising an epic adventure. This ambitious, 22-day journey will take you through the beautiful countryside of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania. Our route will follow some of the region's higher elevations and offers breathtaking views of the limestone peaks, the Adriatic Sea, old growth forests and glacier-fed lakes. The Dinaric Alps, situated in the Western Balkans, are one of Europe’s least-explored mountain ranges and the gateway to both culture and authentic adventure. This multi-country trek trip will challenge you, and stay with you forever.


Is This Trip For You?

Our Via Dinarica trip includes a strenuous 128-mile hike, with up to 6,000-feet of elevation gain/loss per day, and requires previous multi-day trekking experience in the mountains. It is exploratory in nature, in areas with little to no tourism, and is intended as one of Mountain Travel Sobek’s authentic pioneering trips. The mountain accommodations are quite primitive with no privacy, and pit toilets. As with any exploratory adventure we ask our travelers to come with a very high tolerance for extremely basic conditions, which are not always comfortable.

Anne Wood, Director of Europe Programs

Day 1: Welcome to Ljubljana!

Upon your arrival at the Ljubljana airport, your trip leader will meet you outside of customs and escort you to our hotel in Bled. In the evening, you'll get to meet the rest of the group at a welcome dinner.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Savica

Day 2: Triglav National Park and Bled Castle

This morning, we'll take a panoramic cable car ride to Vogel mountain, situated above Lake Bohinj in Triglav National Park. Upon arrival at 4,920 feet altitude, we’ll hike to Sija peak (6,170') and have a picnic lunch. As we go, we'll take in the beautiful colors and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, the hills around Bohinj, and especially Triglav, Slovenia’s highest peak and the symbol of the park. In the afternoon, we'll return to the shores of Lake Bohinj and transfer to lake Bled, where we'll take a walk along the lake and visit the medieval castle of Bled. The oldest castle in Slovenia, it has a history dating back to 1004 and is set high on a precipice overlooking the town and the lake.

(Hiking time/distance: 4 to 5 hours moderate hiking; 4.5 miles; 1,640’ gain / 1,700’ loss.) ­

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Savica

Day 3: Northern Velebit National Park

We'll depart early for Northern Velebit National Park, one of the most beautiful areas of the Croatian Dinaric Alps. Our destination is the Zavizan mountain hut, the highest meteorological station in Croatia and our lodging for the night. From its terrace, we can enjoy the views to the islands of the Northern Adriatic, situated almost 500-feet below us. From the hut, we'll take short hike, and in the afternoon, there's an optional hike to a botanical garden where we can learn about the rich flora of Northern Velebit. That evening, we'll enjoy a mountaineer's dinner in the hut before turning in for the night.

(Hiking time/distance: 1 to 2 hours easy hiking; 2.5 miles; 1,080’ gain / 160’ loss.​)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Zavižan Mountain Hut

Day 4: First stage of the Premuzić Trail

Today, we'll start our hut-to-hut hike of the Velebit Mountain. After a half-hour walk from Zavizan, we'll embark on the famous Premuzić Trail, a 35½-mile-long route that follows the main ridge of Velebit Mountain. While hiking this first stage of the trail, we'll pass through Rozanski Kukovi, a strict nature reserve that protects many endemic and rare plant species, as well as a rich fauna, including the three big predators of Croatia: bears, wolves, and lynx.

(Hiking time/distance: 6 to 7 hours hiking; 10 miles; 2,420’ gain / 3,075’ loss.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Alan Mountain Hut

Day 5: Premuzić Trail – Satorina Peak

We'll continue our trek on the Premuzić Trail and discover the beauty of the northern part of Central Velebit. On the way, we'll hike to the highest peak of Central Velebit, Satorina Peak (5,320'), with views of the islands of Northern Dalmatia opening up below us. Our destination is the Kugina Kuca mountain hut, our lodging for the night.

(Hiking time/distance: 7 hours challenging hiking; 13½ miles; 1,410’ gain / 2,035’ loss.​) ­

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Kugina Kuca Mountain Hut

Day 6: Premuzić Trail Hike – Central Velebit

After a mountaineering breakfast, we'll embark on the last section of the Premuzić Trail, with views of high limestone rock towers overlooking the green valleys of Central Velebit. The trail ends at Baske Ostarije, a mountain pass and village marking the border between Central and South Velebit. From there, we'll transfer to Starigrad Paklenica, a town situated on the Croatian Adriatic coast. We'll drive along the well­-known Adriatic Magistrala, a scenic road that winds along the Croatian coast and offers many beautiful views of the bays and islands below.

(Hiking time/distance: 7 hours moderate hiking; 10 miles; 1,740’ gain / 3,120’ loss.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Vicko

Day 7: Mostar and Blidinje Nature Park

We'll wake up early and transfer to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and the beautiful city of Mostar. There, we'll tour the Old City and see the photogenic Old Bridge. The bridge is locally known as Stari Most, and the town was named after the bridgekeepers, or "mostari." After a tasty lunch on the banks of the Neretva River, we'll continue our journey to Blidinje Nature Park, from where we'll continue the Bosnian part of your Via Dinarica Adventure.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hajdučke Vrleti

Day 8: Blidinje Nature Park and Hike to Vilinac Peak

We'll start the Bosnian part of our Via Dinarica Adventure with Blidinje Nature Park, from where we'll start hiking over Cvrsnica mountain. The first bit of trail takes us on a very gentle ascent through a thick beech forest. As the elevation rises, we'll climb above the tree line until we reach Veliki Vilinac peak (6,950'), where we'll be treated to magnificent, 360-­degree panoramas. From there, we'll walk another 15 minutes to the hut where we'll spend our first night in Bosnian mountains.

(Hiking time/distance: 6 to 7 hours hiking; 8.5 miles; 3,775’ gain / 1,150’ loss.​)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Vilinac Mountain Hut

Day 9: Hajducka Vrata Hike to Diva Grabovica Valley

Wake early to catch the beautiful sunrise from Vilinac Hut—definitely one of the best in Bosnia. After breakfast, we'll hike east toward Drinaca Peak (6,686') and Hajducka Vrata, a natural arch more than thirteen feet wide. This is a natural phenomenon that's very typical for karst and limestone, and while there are many natural arches of this kind in this area, this is one is the biggest. From here, we'll start a long but rewarding hike, descending more than 4,920 feet into the valley of Diva Grabovica. At day’s end, we’ll be transferred to Sarajevo, where we'll stay for the next two nights.

(Hiking time/distance: 5 to 6 hours challenging hiking; 6½ miles; 1,040’ gain / 6,045’ loss.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Ada

Day 10: Sarajevo and Bjelasnica Mountain Hike

This morning, we'll enjoy an easy walking tour of Sarajevo's major historical, cultural, and war sites. Afterwards, you can choose to explore the city at your own pace, or you can join your leader for a hike in the Bjelasnica Mountains. On this hike, we'll see a traditional-style Bosnian Mosque in the village of Umoljani and seven watermills used for centuries as energy to grind wheat into flour. We'll hug the ridge until the peak of Rakitnica opens up before us, then continue to the cascades of Studeni Potok. Walking upstream, we'll hit Studeni Fields and the serpent­like formations of Studeni Stream, then continue uphill to Obalj peak, (6,220'), which offers some of the most spectacular views of Rakitnica. From here, we'll descend to Lukomir, Bosnia's highest village at 4,820 feet, for a late lunch, after which we'll transfer back to our hotel in Sarajevo.

(Hiking time/distance: 4 to 5 hours hiking; 4 miles; 1,475’ gain / 1,050’ loss.) ­

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Ada

Day 11: Sutjeska National Park

In the morning, we'll transfer to our hotel in Sutjeska National Park before continuing to the tranquil lake of Donje Bare. After lunch, we'll hike through a beech forest and open mountainous terrain to the summit of Ugljesin Peak (6,095') for one of the best panoramic views of the peaks of the Zelengora and the rock face wall of Volujak. We'll continue the stunning circuit back to Gornje Bare Lake via the Tovarnica Ridge, with Bosnia's highest peaks a constant companion on the horizon. We'll then transfer back to our hotel in the Tjentiste Valley before an early dinner.

(Hiking time/distance: 4 to 5 hours hiking; 5 miles; 1,825’ gain / 2,020’ loss.​)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Mladost

Day 12: Maglic Mountain, BiH's Highest Peak

Gear up for a full and challenging day of mountain hiking. Today's trek is tough but worth it, as we climb Bosnia's highest peak, Maglic Mountain (7,828'). The ascent itself will take approximately four hours over maintained mountain trails with steep cliffs. (Please note it is not recommended for anyone suffering from vertigo.) Each step takes us higher above the surrounding peaks until we reach the summit. Here, we'll have lunch and enjoy breathtaking views over Montenegro and Trnovacko Lake. On the way back down, we'll get an up-close view of the lake's emerald waters as we make our way to the village of Prijevor, where we'll meet our transfer to the hotel in Tjentiste.

(Hiking time/distance: 9 hours challenging hiking; 9½ miles; 4,255’ gain / 4,190’ loss.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Mladost

Day 13: Tara Canyon Rafting and Durmitor National Park

After yesterday's challenging hike, today we'll give our legs a rest. But there will be no shortage of adventure as we raft our way through the deepest river canyon in Europe. After leaving our hotel, we can sit back and enjoy the spectacular views as we follow the Drina River, until we reach the place where the Piva and Tara Canyons join. There, we'll put in for a journey on the Tara River, which sits more than 3,000 feet down in the canyon with stunning wilderness all around. After enjoying an early dinner on the Tara River, we'll continue on to the town of Zabljak on the edge of Durmitor National Park.

(Rafting time: 3 to 4 hours of rafting class II-­IV rapids)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Soa

Day 14: Bobotov Kuk, Montenegro's Highest Summit

Today, we'll climb Montenegro’s highest peak, Bobotov Kuk, which sits 8,277 feet above sea level. Starting relatively high at 6,230 feet, we'll hike up the grassy slope of Surutka toward Zupci, a magnificent massif with 14 sharp, rocky "teeth." After circling Zupci, we'll arrive at the glacial lake Zeleni Vir and then begin a steep and rocky ascent toward Bobotov Kuk. The views expand with every step until we reach the summit—the highest point in Montenegro—from where on a clear day you can see all the way to the Adriatic Sea. We'll enjoy lunch here, and then descend via the Velika Previja pass. After hiking over grassy meadows, we'll take a short ride back to Zabljak for a well­-deserved rest.

(Hiking time/distance: 6 to 7 hours challenging hiking; 6 miles; 2,974’ gain / 3,558’ loss.​)

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  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Soa

Day 15: Zabljak to Theth National Park

Today we'll say goodbye to Montenegro and cross over into Albania, and perhaps the most challenging phase of our journey. Our destination for the evening is a family-run guesthouse in the remote village of Theth in Theth National Park. This will be the starting place for tomorrow's hike into the Albanian Alps—known by some as the Accursed Mountains. (Don't let the name fool you; the range is known for its stunning, unspoiled beauty.) For the next few days, we'll trek from one remote shepherds' village to another on paths that are rough and inaccessible in the wintertime but that provide breathtaking views during the summer months.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Villa Gjecaj

Day 16: Theth to Valbona

Today we'll hike from Theth to Valbona along an old mule trail that is the only direct connection between the two valleys. This scenic hike begins in the Valley of Theth (2,460') then climbs steeply upward through beech woods and grassy meadows towards Valbona Pass (5,770'). At the top, we'll be rewarded with a picnic lunch and breathtaking views of both Theth and Valbona National Parks. From Valbona, we'll transfer to the small village of Kukaj for dinner and a stay in a family-run guesthouse.

(Hiking time/distance: 8 hours challenging hiking; 11 miles; 4,505’ gain / 3,430’ loss.​)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tahir's Guesthouse

Day 17: The Beautiful Hamlet of Cerem

After breakfast, our luggage will again be loaded inot transport jeeps, and with some equipment loaded onto mules, and we'll leave on foot towards the Valley of Valbona on the "Lugu i Persllopit" trail. ​We'll make our way through a green gorge and past shepherd's huts along a trail of rare beauty, with spectacular vistas of the surrounding mountains. Our destination is the remote hamlet of Cerem, where we'll rest up from a long day of hiking with a traditional, home-cooked dinner at our guesthouse.

(Hiking time/distance: 8 hours challenging hiking; 9 miles; 3,585’ gain / 4,450’ loss.​)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Kujtim's Guesthouse

Day 18: The Shepherd Village of Doberdol

This morning, we'll continue our hike on undulating terrain against a backdrop of beautiful alpine scenery. We'll make our way on a steep forest path through grassy clearings then continue a gravel road till we reach the Montenegrin border.​ We'll take a break for a picnic lunch at the picturesque hamlet of Balqin, which is used by shepherds during the summer season. ​On the last leg of the walk, we'll enter the Gashi Valley and reach the shepherd village of Doberdol, located in the middle of vast alpine pastures.​

In the afternoon, we can relax in this pristine setting of sparkling lakes and colorful wildflowers. Later that evening, we'll be treated to a traditional homemade dinner and spend the night in a mountain hut.

(Hiking time/distance: 6 hours hiking; 9½ miles; 4,315’ gain / 2,200’ loss.​)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sali Vatnika's Mountain Hut

Day 19: Gjeravica to Gjakova – “The Peak of Tre Kujfit”

We'll leave Doberdol and start climbing slowly and carefully to the ridge in front of us. When we reach the top, we'll be treated to stunning views, including the massifs of Gjeravica (the highest peak of Kosovo), Kollata (the highest peak of Montenegro), and Jezerca. ​An additional climb leads to the peak of Tre Kujfit, or "Three Borders," which marks the border between Albania, Montenegro, and Kosovo. We'll then start descending slowly through beautiful alpine meadows and small glacial lakes till we reach Junik, where our walk will end.​ Next, transfer to the town of Gjakova and spend the night in a very nice, traditional mountain hotel.

(Hiking time/distance: 8 hours challenging hiking; 11 miles; 4,605’ gain / 3,130’ loss.​)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Carshia e Jupave

Day 20: Monasteries of Prizren

This morning, we'll drive to the lower valley to visit one of Kosovo’s beautiful Orthodox monasteries, the 14th-century St. Nicolas Monastery of Decan. ​We'll then continue on to the historic city of Prizren in Kosovo, where we'll spend the evening in an Ottoman-style neighborhood and enjoy dinner in a traditional restaurant.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Prizreni

Day 21: Farewell in Tirana

For our final day together, we'll transfer from Prizren to Tirana, Albania's capital. You'll have a chance to stroll through the charming, cosmopolitan city before we meet for a final farewell dinner with the group—and toast the completion of our epic hiking journey!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sar'Otel Hotel

Day 22: Depart from Tirana

After breakfast, we’ll have a 30-minute transfer to Tirana International Airport.

  • Breakfast

Jul 01 - 22, 2018

pricing

2018 Prices
$7,995 (2 – 15)
$600 single supplement (single rooms only available on 11 nights)

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Alan Mountain Hut — Alan, Croatia

Another stop on our tour of mountain huts, the Alan Mountain Hut is a rustic wooden cabin with dormitory style accommodations. There is no electric lighting, and water for washing up is located next to the house; however, there is a fully equipped kitchen for us to prepare our meals. While the accommodations may be basic, there are amazing views from the mountain hut, with vistas of the sea and surrounding mountain peaks spread out before you.

Hajdučke Vrleti — Blidinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hajdučke Vrleti is a three-star hotel known for its memorable architecture and décor, as well as its beautiful natural surroundings. Guest rooms are simple and comfortable, with hardwood floors and low-slung beds, but it's the common areas that really shine, with rocks, bricks, and rustic wood that creates a unique setting. The restaurant is decorated with antiques and serves traditional Blidinje specialties that win raves from the guests. The friendly staff is super helpful and makes guests feel right at home.

Hotel Ada — Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hotel Ada is located In the heart of Sarajevo's old city, just five-minute walk from Baščaršija (the famous Pigeon Square)—home to a pseudo-Ottoman-style wooden fountain and many pigeons! The hotel is cheerfully decorated, and offers comfort and tranquility for its guests.

Hotel Carshia e Jupave — Gjakovo, Kosovo

The Hotel Çarshia e Jupave is a charming, four-star property located in the center of Gjakovë's Old Bazaar, an area that is now mostly made up of bars and restaurants. Combining the traditions of the past with modern conveniences, the hotel's exterior is designed to resemble a traditional Albanian fortress home, or "kulla." The interiors utilize traditional elements such as stone and wood, with colorful rooms and stylish design. At night, the hotel is lit for maximum dramatic effect. The hotel is family owned and operated, with a friendly staff that makes guests feel right at home.

Hotel Mladost — Tjentiste, Sutjeska National Park, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Located in National Park Sutjeska, Hotel Mladost has a beautiful and serene natural setting, with amazing views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Although the lodge is located in an older building that was formerly a youth camp, it has been renovated and the rooms are clean, bright, and cheerful. Each room has a private bath, and Wi-Fi is available in the common areas. The onsite restaurant serves local cuisine, and in summer you can dine on a scenic outdoor terrace. One of the most outstanding features of the hotel (apart from its location) is the enormous swimming pool.

Hotel Prizreni — Prizren, Kosovo

The Hotel Prizreni is a lovely bed and breakfast ideally located just 150 feet from the Old Town of Prizren. Some rooms have views of a nearby mosque (which could potentially give you a unique wake-up with their early morning call to prayer). The welcoming staff gets high marks for taking great care of their guests, including keeping the place spotlessly clean, and the rooms are spacious and comfortable with a strong Wi-Fi connection. All rooms include air conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, a minibar, and a work desk.

Hotel Savica — Bled, Slovenia

Hotel Savica is a three-star hotel in the heart of Bled. The clean and cheerful rooms are modern and minimalist, with a private bath, air conditioning, a minibar, and an in-room safe. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout. Hotel guests can use the thermal pools of the Živa Wellness Centre for free and get discounted admission to the saunas. In addition to its exceptionally family-friendly environment, the hotel prides itself on its eco-friendly practices that have earned them an Eco-daisy environmental certificate.

Hotel Soa — Zabljak

The four-star Hotel Soa provides a surprising oasis for visitors to Durmitor National Park, with lots of services and amenities and attractive, modern design. Rooms are decorated in light woods with sleek, minimalist furniture, and come with a private bath, flat-screen satellite TV, and beautiful views of the park. The restaurant offers service in a stylish dining room or on a spacious terrace with panoramic views. The friendly and helpful staff can help you with whatever you need, and laundry service is available if you need to freshen up your clothes.

Hotel Vicko — Starigrad Paklenica, Croatia

The family-owned and -operated Hotel Vicko is a three-star hotel with a superb seaside location in Starigrad Paklenica. Guests are welcomed with a cocktail and get free use of beach chairs, beach umbrellas, and beach towels to help them enjoy their stay. Restaurant Vicko serves classic Croatian breakfast with hot and cold dishes from Slavonia, Zagorje, Istria, Lika and Dalmatia. All of the 58 rooms have a private bathroom, air conditioning, phone, satellite TV, and a safe, with views of either a park or the sea.

Kugina Kuca Mountain Hut — Kugina Kuca, Croatia

The Kugina Kuca mountain hut is a former forest hut located at the end of a dirt road, and surrounded by trees. The accommodations are shared, like they are for all the mountain huts and family-run guesthouses on the route, and the house has a water cistern and shared bathroom facilities.

Kujtim's Guesthouse — Cerem, Albania

All of the Albanian family-run guesthouses on the Via Dinarica trip were established to provide simple and comfortable accommodations for people walking the peaks of the Via Dinarica. You’ll find shared multi-bed rooms with a shared bathroom, and a warm, friendly vibe. Each guest house can be found in a scenic location along the route.

Sali Vatnika's Mountain Hut — Doberdol, Albania

Sali Vatnika's mountain hut is a rustic, stone-walled shepherd hut located in a lush Albanian valley, surrounded by undulating Balkan peaks. The accommodations are shared, and there is a toilet and shower. Sip your morning coffee as mists cling to the hills above, and gear up for the next few amazing days of the trek.

Sar'Otel Hotel — Tirana, Albania

With an ideal location in the center of Tirana, the four-star Sar'Otel is a short walk to Skenderberg Square and many bars and restaurants. Following a total reconstruction of the hotel in 2012, the bright and modern rooms have private baths, flat-screen TVs, and air conditioning. Most rooms also offer a balcony. Although it's not heated, there's a lovely, indoor swimming pool, and a sauna and hammam are available at an additional cost. The breakfast buffet has vegetarian and gluten-free items available upon request, and you can enjoy a snack in the bar or the Garden Terrace.

Tahir's Guesthouse — Kukaj, Albania

All of the Albanian family-run guesthouses on the Via Dinarica trip were established to provide simple and comfortable accommodations for people walking the peaks of the Via Dinarica. You’ll find shared multi-bed rooms with a shared bathroom, and a warm, friendly vibe. Each guest house can be found in a scenic location along the route.

Vilinac Mountain Hut — Cvrsnica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Originally built in 1939, the previous incarnation of Vilinac Mountain Hut was destroyed during the war. But it was rebuilt less than five years ago, and now it's managed by a mountain skiing club. The small building has a kitchen and dining room on the ground floor, with dormitory-style beds in the attic. Although drinking water is piped in to the lodge, the toilet is outdoors. Accommodations are very basic, but the views of the surrounding Balkan mountain peaks as well as the Prenj range are unforgettable, letting you truly appreciate how far from civilization you are.

Villa Gjecaj — Theth Valley, Albania

Located within Theth National Park in the Village of Theth, the family-owned and operated Villa Gjecaj comprises a charming stone house constructed in 1922, plus a modern building that was added just a few years ago. Villa Gjecaj offers a secluded and tranquil setting in a unspoiled valley, providing an authentic experience in beautiful surroundings. The simply-furnished rooms have either a private or shared bath, and common areas include a restaurant that serves traditional Albanian dishes cooked by the lady of the house, Mrs. Lula. Laundry service can be arranged for an additional cost.

Zavižan Mountain Hut — Zavižan, Croatia

The Zavižan Mountain hut is a modest but serviceable two-story building built in the early 1950s by the Croatian Mountaineering Association. The ground floor has a communal kitchen and a 40-seat dining room, and there's also a lovely outdoor terrace for dining al fresco. The dormitory-style accommodations include rooms with two, four, and eight beds. The hut has electricity and telephone; however, the water cistern has limited capacity and is used sparingly. The hut also serves as a high-altitude weather station, and the caretakers are also meteorologists.

"This was an incredible journey through the heart of the Dinaric Alps hiking long demanding days in countryside encompassing stunning and unusual limestone geology, deciduous forests, meadows of wildflowers, mountain passes, peak climbs and lakes. There were wonderful vistas of the Adriatic Sea, experiences of staying in local villages and high country shepherds life, sampling regional cuisine and wine and learning about the individual histories and cultures of each country enroute .The city visits and tours were fascinating. We had a wonderful day of whitewater rafting. Our main guide Lorenc, was an excellent and experienced mountain guide/ rescuer who supported us with expertise guiding, knowledge, history and enthusiasm and a love of the Balkan people, their cultures and countryside. A must-see for serious fit open-minded trekkers." Julia Paterson

"Via Dinarica took us to a magical world of varying mountain landscapes amid ancient cultures in a region that has survived many traumas and whose people welcomed us warmly." Marilyn Langlois

  • Journey through six countries, from Slovenia to Albania, on this once-in-a-lifetime 128-mile trek in the Western Balkans—MTS at its pioneering best!
  • See why Outside Magazine hailed the Via Dinarica “the best new trail in the world” as you cross fairytale meadows and pristine rivers, and summit some of the Balkan's highest peaks
  • Experience high mountain living as we overnight in shepherds shelters and remote highland villages, and be part of a unifying cultural adventure

Spanning more than 1,200 miles, the Via Dinarica is a long-distance trekking path that connects multiple countries and regions, highlighting a spectacular landscape and promising an epic adventure. This ambitious, 22-day journey will take you through the beautiful countryside of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania. Our route will follow some of the region's higher elevations and offers breathtaking views of the limestone peaks, the Adriatic Sea, old growth forests and glacier-fed lakes. The Dinaric Alps, situated in the Western Balkans, are one of Europe’s least-explored mountain ranges and the gateway to both culture and authentic adventure. This multi-country trek trip will challenge you, and stay with you forever.


Is This Trip For You?

Our Via Dinarica trip includes a strenuous 128-mile hike, with up to 6,000-feet of elevation gain/loss per day, and requires previous multi-day trekking experience in the mountains. It is exploratory in nature, in areas with little to no tourism, and is intended as one of Mountain Travel Sobek’s authentic pioneering trips. The mountain accommodations are quite primitive with no privacy, and pit toilets. As with any exploratory adventure we ask our travelers to come with a very high tolerance for extremely basic conditions, which are not always comfortable.

Anne Wood, Director of Europe Programs

reviews

"This was an incredible journey through the heart of the Dinaric Alps hiking long demanding days in countryside encompassing stunning and unusual limestone geology, deciduous forests, meadows of wildflowers, mountain passes, peak climbs and lakes. There were wonderful vistas of the Adriatic Sea, experiences of staying in local villages and high country shepherds life, sampling regional cuisine and wine and learning about the individual histories and cultures of each country enroute .The city visits and tours were fascinating. We had a wonderful day of whitewater rafting. Our main guide Lorenc, was an excellent and experienced mountain guide/ rescuer who supported us with expertise guiding, knowledge, history and enthusiasm and a love of the Balkan people, their cultures and countryside. A must-see for serious fit open-minded trekkers." Julia Paterson

"Via Dinarica took us to a magical world of varying mountain landscapes amid ancient cultures in a region that has survived many traumas and whose people welcomed us warmly." Marilyn Langlois

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Ljubljana!

Upon your arrival at the Ljubljana airport, your trip leader will meet you outside of customs and escort you to our hotel in Bled. In the evening, you'll get to meet the rest of the group at a welcome dinner.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Savica

Day 2: Triglav National Park and Bled Castle

This morning, we'll take a panoramic cable car ride to Vogel mountain, situated above Lake Bohinj in Triglav National Park. Upon arrival at 4,920 feet altitude, we’ll hike to Sija peak (6,170') and have a picnic lunch. As we go, we'll take in the beautiful colors and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, the hills around Bohinj, and especially Triglav, Slovenia’s highest peak and the symbol of the park. In the afternoon, we'll return to the shores of Lake Bohinj and transfer to lake Bled, where we'll take a walk along the lake and visit the medieval castle of Bled. The oldest castle in Slovenia, it has a history dating back to 1004 and is set high on a precipice overlooking the town and the lake.

(Hiking time/distance: 4 to 5 hours moderate hiking; 4.5 miles; 1,640’ gain / 1,700’ loss.) ­

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Savica

Day 3: Northern Velebit National Park

We'll depart early for Northern Velebit National Park, one of the most beautiful areas of the Croatian Dinaric Alps. Our destination is the Zavizan mountain hut, the highest meteorological station in Croatia and our lodging for the night. From its terrace, we can enjoy the views to the islands of the Northern Adriatic, situated almost 500-feet below us. From the hut, we'll take short hike, and in the afternoon, there's an optional hike to a botanical garden where we can learn about the rich flora of Northern Velebit. That evening, we'll enjoy a mountaineer's dinner in the hut before turning in for the night.

(Hiking time/distance: 1 to 2 hours easy hiking; 2.5 miles; 1,080’ gain / 160’ loss.​)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Zavižan Mountain Hut

Day 4: First stage of the Premuzić Trail

Today, we'll start our hut-to-hut hike of the Velebit Mountain. After a half-hour walk from Zavizan, we'll embark on the famous Premuzić Trail, a 35½-mile-long route that follows the main ridge of Velebit Mountain. While hiking this first stage of the trail, we'll pass through Rozanski Kukovi, a strict nature reserve that protects many endemic and rare plant species, as well as a rich fauna, including the three big predators of Croatia: bears, wolves, and lynx.

(Hiking time/distance: 6 to 7 hours hiking; 10 miles; 2,420’ gain / 3,075’ loss.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Alan Mountain Hut

Day 5: Premuzić Trail – Satorina Peak

We'll continue our trek on the Premuzić Trail and discover the beauty of the northern part of Central Velebit. On the way, we'll hike to the highest peak of Central Velebit, Satorina Peak (5,320'), with views of the islands of Northern Dalmatia opening up below us. Our destination is the Kugina Kuca mountain hut, our lodging for the night.

(Hiking time/distance: 7 hours challenging hiking; 13½ miles; 1,410’ gain / 2,035’ loss.​) ­

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Kugina Kuca Mountain Hut

Day 6: Premuzić Trail Hike – Central Velebit

After a mountaineering breakfast, we'll embark on the last section of the Premuzić Trail, with views of high limestone rock towers overlooking the green valleys of Central Velebit. The trail ends at Baske Ostarije, a mountain pass and village marking the border between Central and South Velebit. From there, we'll transfer to Starigrad Paklenica, a town situated on the Croatian Adriatic coast. We'll drive along the well­-known Adriatic Magistrala, a scenic road that winds along the Croatian coast and offers many beautiful views of the bays and islands below.

(Hiking time/distance: 7 hours moderate hiking; 10 miles; 1,740’ gain / 3,120’ loss.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Vicko

Day 7: Mostar and Blidinje Nature Park

We'll wake up early and transfer to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and the beautiful city of Mostar. There, we'll tour the Old City and see the photogenic Old Bridge. The bridge is locally known as Stari Most, and the town was named after the bridgekeepers, or "mostari." After a tasty lunch on the banks of the Neretva River, we'll continue our journey to Blidinje Nature Park, from where we'll continue the Bosnian part of your Via Dinarica Adventure.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hajdučke Vrleti

Day 8: Blidinje Nature Park and Hike to Vilinac Peak

We'll start the Bosnian part of our Via Dinarica Adventure with Blidinje Nature Park, from where we'll start hiking over Cvrsnica mountain. The first bit of trail takes us on a very gentle ascent through a thick beech forest. As the elevation rises, we'll climb above the tree line until we reach Veliki Vilinac peak (6,950'), where we'll be treated to magnificent, 360-­degree panoramas. From there, we'll walk another 15 minutes to the hut where we'll spend our first night in Bosnian mountains.

(Hiking time/distance: 6 to 7 hours hiking; 8.5 miles; 3,775’ gain / 1,150’ loss.​)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Vilinac Mountain Hut

Day 9: Hajducka Vrata Hike to Diva Grabovica Valley

Wake early to catch the beautiful sunrise from Vilinac Hut—definitely one of the best in Bosnia. After breakfast, we'll hike east toward Drinaca Peak (6,686') and Hajducka Vrata, a natural arch more than thirteen feet wide. This is a natural phenomenon that's very typical for karst and limestone, and while there are many natural arches of this kind in this area, this is one is the biggest. From here, we'll start a long but rewarding hike, descending more than 4,920 feet into the valley of Diva Grabovica. At day’s end, we’ll be transferred to Sarajevo, where we'll stay for the next two nights.

(Hiking time/distance: 5 to 6 hours challenging hiking; 6½ miles; 1,040’ gain / 6,045’ loss.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Ada

Day 10: Sarajevo and Bjelasnica Mountain Hike

This morning, we'll enjoy an easy walking tour of Sarajevo's major historical, cultural, and war sites. Afterwards, you can choose to explore the city at your own pace, or you can join your leader for a hike in the Bjelasnica Mountains. On this hike, we'll see a traditional-style Bosnian Mosque in the village of Umoljani and seven watermills used for centuries as energy to grind wheat into flour. We'll hug the ridge until the peak of Rakitnica opens up before us, then continue to the cascades of Studeni Potok. Walking upstream, we'll hit Studeni Fields and the serpent­like formations of Studeni Stream, then continue uphill to Obalj peak, (6,220'), which offers some of the most spectacular views of Rakitnica. From here, we'll descend to Lukomir, Bosnia's highest village at 4,820 feet, for a late lunch, after which we'll transfer back to our hotel in Sarajevo.

(Hiking time/distance: 4 to 5 hours hiking; 4 miles; 1,475’ gain / 1,050’ loss.) ­

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Ada

Day 11: Sutjeska National Park

In the morning, we'll transfer to our hotel in Sutjeska National Park before continuing to the tranquil lake of Donje Bare. After lunch, we'll hike through a beech forest and open mountainous terrain to the summit of Ugljesin Peak (6,095') for one of the best panoramic views of the peaks of the Zelengora and the rock face wall of Volujak. We'll continue the stunning circuit back to Gornje Bare Lake via the Tovarnica Ridge, with Bosnia's highest peaks a constant companion on the horizon. We'll then transfer back to our hotel in the Tjentiste Valley before an early dinner.

(Hiking time/distance: 4 to 5 hours hiking; 5 miles; 1,825’ gain / 2,020’ loss.​)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Mladost

Day 12: Maglic Mountain, BiH's Highest Peak

Gear up for a full and challenging day of mountain hiking. Today's trek is tough but worth it, as we climb Bosnia's highest peak, Maglic Mountain (7,828'). The ascent itself will take approximately four hours over maintained mountain trails with steep cliffs. (Please note it is not recommended for anyone suffering from vertigo.) Each step takes us higher above the surrounding peaks until we reach the summit. Here, we'll have lunch and enjoy breathtaking views over Montenegro and Trnovacko Lake. On the way back down, we'll get an up-close view of the lake's emerald waters as we make our way to the village of Prijevor, where we'll meet our transfer to the hotel in Tjentiste.

(Hiking time/distance: 9 hours challenging hiking; 9½ miles; 4,255’ gain / 4,190’ loss.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Mladost

Day 13: Tara Canyon Rafting and Durmitor National Park

After yesterday's challenging hike, today we'll give our legs a rest. But there will be no shortage of adventure as we raft our way through the deepest river canyon in Europe. After leaving our hotel, we can sit back and enjoy the spectacular views as we follow the Drina River, until we reach the place where the Piva and Tara Canyons join. There, we'll put in for a journey on the Tara River, which sits more than 3,000 feet down in the canyon with stunning wilderness all around. After enjoying an early dinner on the Tara River, we'll continue on to the town of Zabljak on the edge of Durmitor National Park.

(Rafting time: 3 to 4 hours of rafting class II-­IV rapids)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Soa

Day 14: Bobotov Kuk, Montenegro's Highest Summit

Today, we'll climb Montenegro’s highest peak, Bobotov Kuk, which sits 8,277 feet above sea level. Starting relatively high at 6,230 feet, we'll hike up the grassy slope of Surutka toward Zupci, a magnificent massif with 14 sharp, rocky "teeth." After circling Zupci, we'll arrive at the glacial lake Zeleni Vir and then begin a steep and rocky ascent toward Bobotov Kuk. The views expand with every step until we reach the summit—the highest point in Montenegro—from where on a clear day you can see all the way to the Adriatic Sea. We'll enjoy lunch here, and then descend via the Velika Previja pass. After hiking over grassy meadows, we'll take a short ride back to Zabljak for a well­-deserved rest.

(Hiking time/distance: 6 to 7 hours challenging hiking; 6 miles; 2,974’ gain / 3,558’ loss.​)

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  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Soa

Day 15: Zabljak to Theth National Park

Today we'll say goodbye to Montenegro and cross over into Albania, and perhaps the most challenging phase of our journey. Our destination for the evening is a family-run guesthouse in the remote village of Theth in Theth National Park. This will be the starting place for tomorrow's hike into the Albanian Alps—known by some as the Accursed Mountains. (Don't let the name fool you; the range is known for its stunning, unspoiled beauty.) For the next few days, we'll trek from one remote shepherds' village to another on paths that are rough and inaccessible in the wintertime but that provide breathtaking views during the summer months.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Villa Gjecaj

Day 16: Theth to Valbona

Today we'll hike from Theth to Valbona along an old mule trail that is the only direct connection between the two valleys. This scenic hike begins in the Valley of Theth (2,460') then climbs steeply upward through beech woods and grassy meadows towards Valbona Pass (5,770'). At the top, we'll be rewarded with a picnic lunch and breathtaking views of both Theth and Valbona National Parks. From Valbona, we'll transfer to the small village of Kukaj for dinner and a stay in a family-run guesthouse.

(Hiking time/distance: 8 hours challenging hiking; 11 miles; 4,505’ gain / 3,430’ loss.​)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tahir's Guesthouse

Day 17: The Beautiful Hamlet of Cerem

After breakfast, our luggage will again be loaded inot transport jeeps, and with some equipment loaded onto mules, and we'll leave on foot towards the Valley of Valbona on the "Lugu i Persllopit" trail. ​We'll make our way through a green gorge and past shepherd's huts along a trail of rare beauty, with spectacular vistas of the surrounding mountains. Our destination is the remote hamlet of Cerem, where we'll rest up from a long day of hiking with a traditional, home-cooked dinner at our guesthouse.

(Hiking time/distance: 8 hours challenging hiking; 9 miles; 3,585’ gain / 4,450’ loss.​)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Kujtim's Guesthouse

Day 18: The Shepherd Village of Doberdol

This morning, we'll continue our hike on undulating terrain against a backdrop of beautiful alpine scenery. We'll make our way on a steep forest path through grassy clearings then continue a gravel road till we reach the Montenegrin border.​ We'll take a break for a picnic lunch at the picturesque hamlet of Balqin, which is used by shepherds during the summer season. ​On the last leg of the walk, we'll enter the Gashi Valley and reach the shepherd village of Doberdol, located in the middle of vast alpine pastures.​

In the afternoon, we can relax in this pristine setting of sparkling lakes and colorful wildflowers. Later that evening, we'll be treated to a traditional homemade dinner and spend the night in a mountain hut.

(Hiking time/distance: 6 hours hiking; 9½ miles; 4,315’ gain / 2,200’ loss.​)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sali Vatnika's Mountain Hut

Day 19: Gjeravica to Gjakova – “The Peak of Tre Kujfit”

We'll leave Doberdol and start climbing slowly and carefully to the ridge in front of us. When we reach the top, we'll be treated to stunning views, including the massifs of Gjeravica (the highest peak of Kosovo), Kollata (the highest peak of Montenegro), and Jezerca. ​An additional climb leads to the peak of Tre Kujfit, or "Three Borders," which marks the border between Albania, Montenegro, and Kosovo. We'll then start descending slowly through beautiful alpine meadows and small glacial lakes till we reach Junik, where our walk will end.​ Next, transfer to the town of Gjakova and spend the night in a very nice, traditional mountain hotel.

(Hiking time/distance: 8 hours challenging hiking; 11 miles; 4,605’ gain / 3,130’ loss.​)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Carshia e Jupave

Day 20: Monasteries of Prizren

This morning, we'll drive to the lower valley to visit one of Kosovo’s beautiful Orthodox monasteries, the 14th-century St. Nicolas Monastery of Decan. ​We'll then continue on to the historic city of Prizren in Kosovo, where we'll spend the evening in an Ottoman-style neighborhood and enjoy dinner in a traditional restaurant.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Prizreni

Day 21: Farewell in Tirana

For our final day together, we'll transfer from Prizren to Tirana, Albania's capital. You'll have a chance to stroll through the charming, cosmopolitan city before we meet for a final farewell dinner with the group—and toast the completion of our epic hiking journey!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sar'Otel Hotel

Day 22: Depart from Tirana

After breakfast, we’ll have a 30-minute transfer to Tirana International Airport.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Alan Mountain Hut — Alan, Croatia

Another stop on our tour of mountain huts, the Alan Mountain Hut is a rustic wooden cabin with dormitory style accommodations. There is no electric lighting, and water for washing up is located next to the house; however, there is a fully equipped kitchen for us to prepare our meals. While the accommodations may be basic, there are amazing views from the mountain hut, with vistas of the sea and surrounding mountain peaks spread out before you.

Hajdučke Vrleti — Blidinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hajdučke Vrleti is a three-star hotel known for its memorable architecture and décor, as well as its beautiful natural surroundings. Guest rooms are simple and comfortable, with hardwood floors and low-slung beds, but it's the common areas that really shine, with rocks, bricks, and rustic wood that creates a unique setting. The restaurant is decorated with antiques and serves traditional Blidinje specialties that win raves from the guests. The friendly staff is super helpful and makes guests feel right at home.

Hotel Ada — Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hotel Ada is located In the heart of Sarajevo's old city, just five-minute walk from Baščaršija (the famous Pigeon Square)—home to a pseudo-Ottoman-style wooden fountain and many pigeons! The hotel is cheerfully decorated, and offers comfort and tranquility for its guests.

Hotel Carshia e Jupave — Gjakovo, Kosovo

The Hotel Çarshia e Jupave is a charming, four-star property located in the center of Gjakovë's Old Bazaar, an area that is now mostly made up of bars and restaurants. Combining the traditions of the past with modern conveniences, the hotel's exterior is designed to resemble a traditional Albanian fortress home, or "kulla." The interiors utilize traditional elements such as stone and wood, with colorful rooms and stylish design. At night, the hotel is lit for maximum dramatic effect. The hotel is family owned and operated, with a friendly staff that makes guests feel right at home.

Hotel Mladost — Tjentiste, Sutjeska National Park, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Located in National Park Sutjeska, Hotel Mladost has a beautiful and serene natural setting, with amazing views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Although the lodge is located in an older building that was formerly a youth camp, it has been renovated and the rooms are clean, bright, and cheerful. Each room has a private bath, and Wi-Fi is available in the common areas. The onsite restaurant serves local cuisine, and in summer you can dine on a scenic outdoor terrace. One of the most outstanding features of the hotel (apart from its location) is the enormous swimming pool.

Hotel Prizreni — Prizren, Kosovo

The Hotel Prizreni is a lovely bed and breakfast ideally located just 150 feet from the Old Town of Prizren. Some rooms have views of a nearby mosque (which could potentially give you a unique wake-up with their early morning call to prayer). The welcoming staff gets high marks for taking great care of their guests, including keeping the place spotlessly clean, and the rooms are spacious and comfortable with a strong Wi-Fi connection. All rooms include air conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, a minibar, and a work desk.

Hotel Savica — Bled, Slovenia

Hotel Savica is a three-star hotel in the heart of Bled. The clean and cheerful rooms are modern and minimalist, with a private bath, air conditioning, a minibar, and an in-room safe. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout. Hotel guests can use the thermal pools of the Živa Wellness Centre for free and get discounted admission to the saunas. In addition to its exceptionally family-friendly environment, the hotel prides itself on its eco-friendly practices that have earned them an Eco-daisy environmental certificate.

Hotel Soa — Zabljak

The four-star Hotel Soa provides a surprising oasis for visitors to Durmitor National Park, with lots of services and amenities and attractive, modern design. Rooms are decorated in light woods with sleek, minimalist furniture, and come with a private bath, flat-screen satellite TV, and beautiful views of the park. The restaurant offers service in a stylish dining room or on a spacious terrace with panoramic views. The friendly and helpful staff can help you with whatever you need, and laundry service is available if you need to freshen up your clothes.

Hotel Vicko — Starigrad Paklenica, Croatia

The family-owned and -operated Hotel Vicko is a three-star hotel with a superb seaside location in Starigrad Paklenica. Guests are welcomed with a cocktail and get free use of beach chairs, beach umbrellas, and beach towels to help them enjoy their stay. Restaurant Vicko serves classic Croatian breakfast with hot and cold dishes from Slavonia, Zagorje, Istria, Lika and Dalmatia. All of the 58 rooms have a private bathroom, air conditioning, phone, satellite TV, and a safe, with views of either a park or the sea.

Kugina Kuca Mountain Hut — Kugina Kuca, Croatia

The Kugina Kuca mountain hut is a former forest hut located at the end of a dirt road, and surrounded by trees. The accommodations are shared, like they are for all the mountain huts and family-run guesthouses on the route, and the house has a water cistern and shared bathroom facilities.

Kujtim's Guesthouse — Cerem, Albania

All of the Albanian family-run guesthouses on the Via Dinarica trip were established to provide simple and comfortable accommodations for people walking the peaks of the Via Dinarica. You’ll find shared multi-bed rooms with a shared bathroom, and a warm, friendly vibe. Each guest house can be found in a scenic location along the route.

Sali Vatnika's Mountain Hut — Doberdol, Albania

Sali Vatnika's mountain hut is a rustic, stone-walled shepherd hut located in a lush Albanian valley, surrounded by undulating Balkan peaks. The accommodations are shared, and there is a toilet and shower. Sip your morning coffee as mists cling to the hills above, and gear up for the next few amazing days of the trek.

Sar'Otel Hotel — Tirana, Albania

With an ideal location in the center of Tirana, the four-star Sar'Otel is a short walk to Skenderberg Square and many bars and restaurants. Following a total reconstruction of the hotel in 2012, the bright and modern rooms have private baths, flat-screen TVs, and air conditioning. Most rooms also offer a balcony. Although it's not heated, there's a lovely, indoor swimming pool, and a sauna and hammam are available at an additional cost. The breakfast buffet has vegetarian and gluten-free items available upon request, and you can enjoy a snack in the bar or the Garden Terrace.

Tahir's Guesthouse — Kukaj, Albania

All of the Albanian family-run guesthouses on the Via Dinarica trip were established to provide simple and comfortable accommodations for people walking the peaks of the Via Dinarica. You’ll find shared multi-bed rooms with a shared bathroom, and a warm, friendly vibe. Each guest house can be found in a scenic location along the route.

Vilinac Mountain Hut — Cvrsnica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Originally built in 1939, the previous incarnation of Vilinac Mountain Hut was destroyed during the war. But it was rebuilt less than five years ago, and now it's managed by a mountain skiing club. The small building has a kitchen and dining room on the ground floor, with dormitory-style beds in the attic. Although drinking water is piped in to the lodge, the toilet is outdoors. Accommodations are very basic, but the views of the surrounding Balkan mountain peaks as well as the Prenj range are unforgettable, letting you truly appreciate how far from civilization you are.

Villa Gjecaj — Theth Valley, Albania

Located within Theth National Park in the Village of Theth, the family-owned and operated Villa Gjecaj comprises a charming stone house constructed in 1922, plus a modern building that was added just a few years ago. Villa Gjecaj offers a secluded and tranquil setting in a unspoiled valley, providing an authentic experience in beautiful surroundings. The simply-furnished rooms have either a private or shared bath, and common areas include a restaurant that serves traditional Albanian dishes cooked by the lady of the house, Mrs. Lula. Laundry service can be arranged for an additional cost.

Zavižan Mountain Hut — Zavižan, Croatia

The Zavižan Mountain hut is a modest but serviceable two-story building built in the early 1950s by the Croatian Mountaineering Association. The ground floor has a communal kitchen and a 40-seat dining room, and there's also a lovely outdoor terrace for dining al fresco. The dormitory-style accommodations include rooms with two, four, and eight beds. The hut has electricity and telephone; however, the water cistern has limited capacity and is used sparingly. The hut also serves as a high-altitude weather station, and the caretakers are also meteorologists.

Dates and Pricing

Jul 01 - 22, 2018

pricing

2018 Prices
$7,995 (2 – 15)
$600 single supplement (single rooms only available on 11 nights)

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