The Best of the Via Dinarica

13 days
4.6 / 5 from 17 reviews
Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Activity Rating - Challenging
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Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Walking & Trekking
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Stunning mountainous landscapes in Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro

Discover a network of old shepherd trails as we traverse through high alpine mountains, taking in vibrant forests and glacial lakes. The Via Dinarica trail spans nearly 2000km across Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia, Albania and Macedonia. This epic route cannot be completed in two weeks, so we explore the southern part of the Via Dinarica. The mountains encircling Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro offer some of the most remote and wild scenery. Picturesque mountain villages are inhabited by agricultural communities, where farming practices and traditional shepherd life have been preserved for generations. We enjoy breathtaking views as we cross remote borders with time to soak up the traditional shepherd mountain life along the way. With a slew of awards - Via Dinarica was National Geographic Traveller's "Best of the World" destination for 2017 - this is guaranteed to amaze and challenge the keen trekker.


  • Traditional shepherd hospitality
  • Cross remote borders 
  • Wild mountain scenery
  • Picturesque mountain villages

Key information

  • 5 nights hotels, 4 nights guesthouses, 3 nights shepherd mountain huts
  • 10 days point-to-point trekking
  • Altitude maximum 2300m, average 1930m
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Countries visited: Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 10 lunches and 12 dinners
  • All accommodation (please see accommodation section)
  • Transfer for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Days of Walking & Trekking

Anything from 6-9 hours per day


Low altitude; uneven trails (can be very rocky in parts), some cross-country routes. Sustained steep ascents/descents (sometimes with gravel slopes) 

Day by day breakdown
Day 27.0km/4.0miles
Day 316.0km/10.0miles
Day 415.0km/9.0miles
Day 513.0km/8.0miles
Day 615.0km/9.0miles
Day 722.0km/14.0miles
Day 816.0km/10.0miles
Day 922.0km/14.0miles
Day 1012.0km/7.0miles
Day 1111.0km/7.0miles
Day 125.0km/3.0miles

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  • Day 1

    Start Tirana, Albania

    The tour starts at our centrally located hotel in Tirana, Albania's trendy capital (approx. 30 minutes drive from the airport). The group flight arrives in the evening. Our leader will hold a briefing in the morning to discuss the upcoming trip and answer any questions.

    Hotel Kruja or similar

  • Day 2

    Drive to Komani Lake; scenic ferry journey, followed by a walk to Tropoje Village

    This morning we drive (approx. 4 hrs) to Komani Lake. We then have a 2 hour ferry journey through the gorge to Fierza. The boat journey allows us to take in the spectacular scenery whilst we wind our way between high cliffs and towering peaks. It is described as one of the world's great boat journeys. Three hydroelectric power plants have been built here at the lake, which produces approx. 70% of Albania's electricity. Upon arrival in Fierza, we'll visit the 200 year old Mic Sokoli tower, which is significant in northern Albanian history and culture. We'll then walk for 2 hours to our guesthouse in Tropoje.

    Aste Guesthouse or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Through Tropoje Valley, following the river to Sylbice

    We walk up through Tropoje Valley and follow the river, taking several breaks along the way to enjoy the beautiful alpine scenery. Lunch will be a picnic in the valley. In the afternoon we reach our alpine huts in Sylbice Alpine Pasture, which is where we stay for the night. The huts belong to a local family and we'll enjoy the homemade food and traditional hospitality, which has remained unchanged in this area for decades.

    Max. altitude 1620m.

    Sylbica Huts

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Cross the border into Kosovo; trek through alpine pastures to Belegu

    Today we cross the border into Kosovo and trek through green alpine pastures to Belegu. We start walking at 1650m, eventually reaching Ali Cela Pass at 2227m, where we have stunning views of the glacial lakes in Albania. We then start descending to Belegu. For lunch, we'll enjoy another picnic en route, and dinner will be taken at Belugu shepherd huts, where we'll be staying this evening. Our host built this hut in the pine forest and plays the cifteli, a traditional musical instrument, so we'll enjoy some folk songs from the area.

    Max. altitude 2300m.

    Belegu Huts

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Walk along ridges to the shepherd village of Milisevac

    Today's trail is carpeted with a dazzling array of wildflowers as we ascend from deep valleys to green mountain pastures, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views as we walk along ridges to the shepherd village of Milisevac run by a delightful family. Today’s route takes us off the tourist map and follows trails known by our local guide, we are unlikely to pass fellow trekkers as our paths takes us away from the Peaks of the Balkans trail. The halfway point of today's walk is the remote village of Prilep where we will enjoy local hospitality and have our lunch. 

    Max. altitude 2018m.

    Milishevc hut, Lojza hut

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Trek to Lumbardhi ridge; descend to Rugova Camp Hotel and continue to Reka e Allages

    Today's landscape is truly untouched and wild starting at 1600m we hike up to 2150m over 6km. This area is renowned for its hospitality, with delicious cheese and homemade raki available to try. We first ascend to Lumbardhi ridge and then descend through forest (sometimes the trail may be muddy) to Rugova Camp Hotel. From here we take a ride in 4x4’s to our guesthouse in Reka e Allages to avoid walking along the tarmac road.

    Max. altitude 2127m.

    Reka e Allages Ariu Guesthouse 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    To Boge via Mt Hajla (2403m)

    An exciting day today as we trek to Boge via Mt Hajla (2403m). Hajla is a mountain situated on the border of Montenegro and Kosovo and belongs to the north-eastern part of the Prokletije mountain range (or the Accursed Mountains). It is the highest peak in this range. Many consider Hajla to be one of the most beautiful peaks in the area. Those who live in this area still rely on stock-breeding and forestry, where shepherds still migrate to their summer huts and high settlements using the trails on which we walk on. Lunch will be a picnic en route and tonight we stay in a mountain hotel in Boge.

    Max. altitude 2123m.

    Hotel Magra Austria

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Kuqishte; trek to Babino Polje, Montenegro

    We have a 30 minute transfer to Kuqishte, the start point of today's trek. We begin with an ascent on a good path, which leads us through lofty pine trees. From here, we have a steady climb to a valley full of dramatic rock formations and lakes. This is our highest point of today, with expansive views of the Accursed Mountains to the south. Depending on visibility, we may be able to see Babino Polje in Montenegro. We cross the border into Montenegro from here, with a delightful descent through a high alpine meadow, until we reach the sheep pastures above the Babino Polje Valley. 

    Max. Altitude 2276m.

    Triangle Woodhouse

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Trek to Hrid Lake in Prokletije National Park; continue to Plav

    Today we trek to Hrid Lake, starting with a trail through woodland. Hrid Lake can easily be circled, with its western part offering enjoyable views. The lake is recognised as a strict nature reserve within the Prokletije National Park. If the weather is good we can enjoy a quick refreshing swim at this tranquil spot. We then continue along a series of hills to Plav. Today’s walk is one of the longest and we cover a variety of terrain. In Plav there is a supermarket so there is an opportunity to purchase snacks and ice-cream. 

    Max. altitude 2046m.

    Hotel Lake View or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Transfer to Gradec; trek to Vuthaj via Bor Peak (2106m)

    We have a beautiful and exciting trek today, as we are going to summit Bor (2106m). This morning we start with a transfer to reach the start point of the trek, we begin driving on a tarmac road before turning off onto a gravel road where it gets progressively bumpier the higher we go. The trail starts in the beech forest and then it opens out into meadows covered in wildflowers. We then climb Bor (a steep ascent), from the top there are stunning panoramic views of the Guisinje Valley, Plav and the surrounding mountains of Kosovo and Albania. The next part of the trek follows a nice path as we gradually descend to the village of Vuthaj.

    Max. altitude 2106m.

    Rosi or Dudushi Guesthouse Vuthaj

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Trek to the glacial lakes of Jezerca

    This morning we will be transported with our luggage by 4x4’s to the Zastan huts. From the old police border office, we climb up to the Jezerca lakes, passing through dense forest. It is important to carry enough water for the day on this day as there are limited water sources along this route. From the lakes, we continue through forest along a trail all the way to Rossi Pass. We then descend into the village of Valbona. 

    Max. altitude 2000m

    Hotel Margjeka or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Drive to Prizren and onto Rubik; short afternoon walk.

    This morning we leave the Valbona Valley and drive into Kosovo, we stop at the Old Town of Prizren. Here we will have a guided tour of the city including The League of Prizren, Sinan Pasha Mosque and the old town centre. After the tour, we will have lunch in Prizren before continuing our drive to the small village of Rubik (approx. 2 hours). Upon arrival in Rubik we will check into our hotel. In the late afternoon, we will take a short walk through the village. 

    Eco Hotel Marubi

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 13

    Drive to Tirana; free afternoon

    After breakfast, we transfer back to Tirana. When we arrive in the capital we will have a short orientation tour, the rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the city. We transfer to the airport late afternoon in time for the group flight in the evening. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info



No visa required for most nationalities, including UK passport holders, most other EU nationalities, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand.


No visa required for British passport holders.


No visa required for most nationalities, including UK passport holders, most other EU nationalities, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand.



There are no specific health risks.


There are no specific health risks.


There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 10 lunches and 12 dinners included.

It wasn't until the collapse of the socialist republics in the early 1990s that the world got its first glimpse of the Balkans. This region has retained its subsistence culture and show very little signs of changing. You can expect your food to have been reared/grown not too far from your plate. Dairy products, especially milk, cheese and yoghurt are present in almost every meal. Breakfasts consist of cereals, bread and jam, eggs and cheese, tea and coffee. Picnics are provided on the trek and usually consist of bread, meats and local cheeses. For dinner, simple grilled meats, usually beef, chicken or lamb, are commonly served with potatoes or rice, and locally-grown vegetables and salads. Pies and other pastry-based dishes are also a staple in this region.

If you follow a vegan diet you should expect that the variety of food may be limited whilst on this trip. This diet is relatively uncommon in this region and we cannot guarantee that the hotels, shepherd huts and guesthouses will provide meals that have the necessary variety.

Water is provided, but very often this is from local wells or mountain streams and is not chlorinated. If you are concerned about drinking untreated water, we suggest you bring a supply of water treatment tablets or a SteriPEN. 

SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.


In the mountainous, temperatures are mostly elevation dependent. The weather can be unpredictable in the mountains so you should bring appropriate clothing for both sunny and cooler days. Stormy weather cannot be ruled out. Daytime temperatures in the lower valleys will vary between 15ºC and 30ºC. In the summer, the days are generally hot with clear skies and little rain. Temperatures can drop in the evenings. The higher we are, the cooler the temperature.

Weather chart for Kosovo

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 5 (Challenging)

This trek is suitable for keen trekkers who are prepared to put in some physical preparation. For the most part, our walks follow good shepherd trails yet the terrain can be very rocky in parts, winding through high alpine mountains. At times we will encounter some trails which are not well maintained and can be a little overgrown. We will encounter sustained steep ascents/descents (sometimes with gravel slopes) and you should be confident in your ability to deal with heights. Walking hours stated are given as approximates only.

Accommodation is basic. Facilities are limited at the shepherd huts and usually consist of sharing the floor space in a large room (not too dissimilar to a Scottish bothy or a French gite). Rooms at the guesthouses are mixed-sex dormitory style. In a couple of the properties there is only one shower, so the group will need to factor this in when deciding when to take a shower. 

Due to certain areas still being relatively undeveloped, some of the drives will be on windy and quite bumpy roads. Some roads are full of potholes and of a much lower standard to what we are used to in much of Europe. Still, we are always rewarded with spectacular wild scenery throughout.

Luggage is transferred by horses at times during the trek. Please bring soft bags rather than hard suitcases.

Download our Fitness Training Guide for more information on our Activity Levels.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Hotels, guesthouses, shepherd huts

5 nights hotels, 4 nights guesthouses, 3 nights shepherd mountain huts.

We'll experience wonderful hospitality whilst staying at the shepherd huts and family-run guesthouses. At the huts, all group members share the sleeping space between two or more rooms. They are not too dissimilar to a Scottish mountain bothy or a French gite, whereby you sleep on mattresses on the floor. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag for the huts. Facilities are limited and basic but the warm hospitality more than makes up for it. Please note that charging facilities can be limited. At the guesthouses, rooms are welcoming but simple. We stay in dormitory rooms for between 4 and 6 people. It may be necessary for male and female group members to share. Our guesthouse in Tropojë belonged to our local partner's grandfather and has been lovingly renovated into a guesthouse. There are 4 twin rooms and one quadruple room here; all bathrooms are ensuite except for one of the twin rooms where it is separate.

Our hotel in Boge is a nice welcome after a few nights in more basic accommodation, there is a swimming pool here so you may wish to bring your costume. 

Please note that a single supplement is available (hotels only). Single rooms are not available at the shepherd huts or guesthouses. Also, at some of the guesthouses there is only one shower, so you have to be sparing with the hot water and be prepared to wait.  

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed September 2019
    Cynthia Felice

    Solitary hiking in the Balkans

    This was a wonderful exploration of the mountains of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro with knowledgable guides who led us across hillsides and on established trails. The meadows were lovely and the peaks were stunning. It was hot in Tirana but comfortable in the mountains, with only one afternoon of rain on the trail. Even in mid-August there weren't many other people hiking or at the guesthouses/alpine huts. The proprietors were very hospitable, serving traditional meals with locally grown ingredients such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, bread and feta-like cheese. We had a great group of 16, five couples, all experienced hikers who were friendly, considerate and responsible. Given the group size, pace differences, and terrain, it was helpful to have two guides, one who led and the other who stayed at the back of the group. Two members of the group who wanted a rest day were able to catch a ride to the next accommodation with the luggage transport vehicle.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The hospitality extended by local owners of the guesthouses/alpine huts and the luncheon in Prilep.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    All of the guesthouses provided blankets so bring a sleeping sheet, not a sleeping bag. Some but not all guesthouses provided towels (another useful thing to pack). Fruit is limited and usually not included in packed lunches; bring dried fruit if this matters to you. Herbal tea was the common hot beverage, with Turkish coffee often available on request. There was always hot water if you want to bring your own tea or coffee crystals. Bring medicine for stomach flu and lots of hand sanitizer lotion. Half of our group got a stomach flu on the same day (including one guide) and the next day another person and the other guide got sick. We were unable to determine any specific cause; treating the drinking water didn’t make a difference. Fortunately people only missed a day of hiking.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    For future trips I suggest that Exodus consider either hiring a professional tour guide for a 2-4 hour tour of Prizren or dropping the side trip and adding another hiking day. The tour of the mosque and museum were interesting, but content was thin and the side trip involved a lot of driving.
  • Reviewed August 2019
    james tyerman


    This a wonderful trip and I very much enjoyed it. Scenery was lovely, everyone was friendly and it was a real experience.We had a great group .You do need to be fit but the trek is not inherently difficult just long and tiring at times over different terrains. The guides were very good and were always concerned that we felt safe and were enjoying ourselves. However, we were a full group of 16 with 2 guides.With some walks 14 miles long I would NOT go on this trip unless there were 2 exodus guides (this does NOT include the local guide).You need a guide at the back for those who are not so fast.Fast walkers should be able to walk fast but the slower ones aren't going to to be able to catch up. I am not a fast walker and I found the pace too fast at times.There were not enough water breaks or rest stops. For me that made no sense. One day we left the guesthouse at 9am and arrived at the next one at 3pm. We then had 17 hours at the guesthouse in a wood with nowhere to go yet the scenery had been breathtaking !! It was not the guides fault they were being pushed to go faster. Of the 18 people , 14 (including the guides) fell ill over a period of 2 to 3 days. All stomach issues. Whether you drank the water or not or were vegan made no difference.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had 2 guides - in my view a nwcessity. Adnam and Khrisum.Both very helpful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    See above. In summer it can be very hot.Bedding is provided. Take pillow case and sleeping bag liner- forget the sleeping bag. Have long trousers - first full day of hiking we went through lots of nettles. Have plenty of snacks to supplement packed lunches. Walk at your own pace .There is nothing to do at the guesthouses if you arrive early. Remember to look at the scenery.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We had a great group which really gelled together. The trip should be re-configured as the last day is really a transfer(60KM) and then wander around Tirana until you go to the airport at 6pm.The so-called first day is simply an evening flight. If the configuration doesn't change then go a day earlier as we did. The trip is well worth doing but it could have been better and there is no excuse for the poor trip notes towards the end of the holiday.
  • Reviewed August 2019
    Paul Bacon

    Fantastic trip through unspoilt landscapes

    A challenging trek through unspoilt mountains with fantastic hospitality from the locals along the way

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Trekking in the middle of nowhere, with little sign of tourism. The hospitality in the huts was great

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Dont take a sleeping bag, you dont need to as blankets are provided even in the huts. The heat can really make some of the days tough, although you can refill water along the way as you will be drinking alot! Take insect repellent as we all got bit alot during the trek

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Do this trek now before it gets more commercialized. There are plans to build a ski resort and building work is already underway for extra accommodation, so the area could be alot different and busier in years to come. The fact you meet very few people on the trek is what makes it special
  • Reviewed July 2019
    Sarah Wellburn

    Splendid mountains

    A reasonably strenuous walk through extremely beautiful mountain scenery in a relatively little known area, often delightfully off the beaten track. Still lovely wildflowers in mid-late July this year.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Departing on Day 11 from established walking routes to pick our way cross-country between valleys, over high places with the most-inspiring mountain views: Feeling for a few hours as free and alive and happy as I can..

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    All the shepherds huts and guest houses are very clean and provide mattresses with quilts and pillows. It would be probably suffice to take some thermals for the occasional cold night rather than lugging a sleeping bag with you, by mid/late July at least. The water was absolutely fine for drinking throughout the trip, be it on walks or in the overnight stays. Since during the first section of the trip no fruit was provided, dried fruit (apple, apricots, etc) would be good to bring as a supplement to the packed lunches or for snacking. Beware that the hotel pool cited at Boge may be closed. In mid-late July there were horseflies - don’t forget your anthisan cream.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I had a great experience of these mountains; thank you to those who led me through them and shared their own passion for them. Beautiful trip from start to finish.
  • Reviewed July 2019
    John Eley

    Peaks of the Balkans

    A challenging trek through unspoilt mountain scenery criss-crossing Albania, Kosovo & Montenegro staying in Mountain Guest huts and the occasional hotel. The local hospitality was tremendous.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking through alpine meadows carpeted with an amazing variety of flowers. The trek up to the glacial lakes lakes of Jezerca & on over the coll - the surronding peakes were stunning. The spontanious rakki party at the Sylbice hut was typical of the local hospitality

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had two guides / leaders throughout - Deni & Dorien. Both were caring, helpful & keen to impart local knowledge. Although Deni was the notional leader he was younger than Dorien, who was also his employer! Keeping the large (16) diverse group together proved difficult and unfortunately limited the information flow en route. On the occasions when Dorien lead & set the pace the group was far less spread out. However there was a significant pace difference across the group which would have tested most leaders.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trek passes through very few centres of population 7shops are a rarety. Food is what is availble / grown locally. Fruit in particular is limited and not generally included in packed lunches. Stock up when the opportunity arises!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I appreciate that the spread of flight times makes the last day difficult to organise. Nevertheless I feel more could have been organised for those on the group flight given its late departure
  • Reviewed July 2019

    Challenging and wonderful trip

    It's a great trip, if you like to go to remote places where you hardly meet other tourists this is the place to be. The scenery is beautiful and every day was different. The walks are challenging as described in the trip notes. The guides were great and everything was well organised.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The last big day from Montenegro back to Albania crossing the pass was a long and hard day but the views were excellent.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    They did a very good job, very helpful, friendly and skilful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take insect repellent with you.
  • Reviewed June 2019
    Sue Turner

    A wonderful trip

    Would definitely recommend this holiday. I have never seen so many flowers and the scenery generally was amazing. It was a tough trek, but the trip notes make this very clear - so there were no surprises. We were made to feel very welcome at the huts and guesthouses, and it was lovely to spend time in such a remote region. The guides were really helpful and had worked very hard to put the trip together. Altogether a great experience.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Swimming in the mountain lakes was pretty special.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both our guides were excellent, and worked really hard to ensure we had a good time.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take plenty of insect repellent, and a sandwich box would also be helpful.
  • Reviewed June 2019
    melanie port

    Fantastic - and challenging!

    This is basically a nine day continuous hike - trekking at least 88 miles over those nine days, up over 8000 metres, and down a lot more. There is no rest day in the middle. The speed is fast, with few sitting-down rest stops (just quick water/snack breaks standing up). Most days involve a fast steep ascent, and 7-8 hours of trekking. The views of mountains, alpine meadows, and flowers are unbelievable. There are very few people, as a lot of the route is taken on local tracks. Highly recommended, but only for the very fit.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The final day of trekking (day 11) when we lunched by the Jerveca Lakes; criss crossed the borders between Montenegro and Albania; scrambled up rocks and across snow; coped with the very long steep scree downhill; ate wild strawberries; delighted, as always in the incredible views and fantastic flowers; found bear scat - all with the backdrop of the Accursed Mountains.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bleard Y was a very good leader of people. He was friendly, supportive, on time with departures, good information in the briefings, good sense of humour. Very interesting person because of his Albanian military profession.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Agree on one person to collect all tips on day 2 (when you have recovered from the short overnight on day 1, but before you leave the guesthouse on the morning of day 3). That person should then consult with the group leader ON ARRIVAL into each guesthouse/hut, to find out what to tip the guesthouse for that night, and the driver/horsemen/local guide the following day. No need for a sleeping bag - just an inner sleeping bag. No need for sterilising tablets etc as good water is readily available. Get very few leks. If vegetarian, bring own interesting food. Bring Vit C tablets/dried fruit.
  • Reviewed June 2019
    Hazel Baughan


    Super well organised, fabulous walks, stunning scenery, great guides and all round awesome trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The last day trekking going over the big pass after a long and steep climb.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was brilliant, very friendly, very knowledgeable and supportive throughout

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take insect repellent!!!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    First few days we finished quite early so would either make the walks slightly longer or have extended breaks as weather was fine.
  • Reviewed September 2018

    The Trip of a Lifetime

    A Synopsis of this amazing trip. . . After a long drive, a beautiful ferry journey, and a short 2-hour hike on the first day, we hiked every day, 11 days without respite; a daily trek of 8-14 miles climbing a total of 32,000 feet. The stunning views were worth every step; rolling green hills littered with vibrant wildflowers, sometimes dotted with grazing sheep and cows, jagged cliffs and enormous mountain peaks outspreading around us as far as the eye could see. We had the wilderness to ourselves. Besides an occasional shepherd or odd hiker (we saw perhaps 10 hikers in 11 days), the mountains were our private domain. Most nights we stayed in shepherd’s hut or rustic guest houses, and the living conditions were sometimes trying. The huts had limited electricity, cold water that was delivered directly from the mountain, one toilet, sometimes shower, shared by 17 people, and tight sleeping arrangements on the floor or bunk with separate rooms or buildings for men and women. Getting clean, sorting belongings for daily living, and dealing with basic needs was an ongoing struggle. Without proper sanitation, many of us including me and my husband, contracted food borne illnesses. It was pretty awful and the food was never enjoyable after the days of sickness. These huts were the shepherd’s family homes and we were invited guests. Besides cooking for us, they still shouldered their unending work, including the herding and milking of their animals which, in awe and wonder, we watched the procession. This was the real deal. Like a step back in time, we experienced a way of life that has endured for centuries. And here lies the paradox of discomfort: the rough living conditions were the price we paid for the utter joy of hiking in pristine and remote wilderness in almost complete isolation. True authenticity, by definition, cannot be faked. One must take the good with the bad. The Via Dinarica mega trail is still new and the region has a long way to go in their efforts to develop an infrastructure along the way. We have been blessed to be here in its infancy; it will never be as wild and unique as right now.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    At our first hut, watching the shepherd and his wife strategically herd the hundred sheep into their paddock for the night, the wife snatching the ewes at the entrance gate, one by one, to swiftly milk them before they joined their brethren. Wonderful and hilarious all at once. A scene I will never forget.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Two leaders; very knowledgeable of the area. Very good.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you train for endurance and cardio you'll be fine. I got fitter and stronger as the days went on and never felt like it was "too hard". Bring hand sanitizer.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was our 6th Exodus trip and this was the best yet. Unforgettable.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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