Adventure along via Dinarica

Establishment of Regional Network of Professional Guides for Adventure Tourism: Adventure along Via Dinarica

Tourism is an important sector in western Balkan because of its contribution to the economy of these countries, providing a huge employment opportunity. The region has experienced an enormous growth in tourism in recent years, both in tourist arrivals and tourism receipts...

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General Information about Via Dinarica

Via Dinarica is a mega trail (about 1930 km) that connects Western Balkan countries from Slovenia to Albania (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Hercegovina, Monetegro, Albania) recently and Kosovo and North Macedonia. It includes three trails: White Trail, Blue Trail and Green Trail. White Trail is the main trail that follows the natural flow of the highest peaks of the Dinaric Alps. It includes the highest peaks in each respective countries. Although there are various activities along this head trail, such as mountain biking and rafting, its main function is as a hiking trail, etc. It is 1260, 8 km long and the duration of walking is aproximatly 528 hours and 27 min. The highest peak of this trail is Maja e Jezercës (2694 m) in Albania, while the lowest peak is Predjama system (188 m) in Slovenia. About 51,8 km of this trail are climbing and 51,7 km are descent. This trail has high level of difficulty, becouse of being slope and requests a high resistance. The best period of the year to follow this trail is from May to November, because of the absence of snow. The Blue Trail veers towards the coastline and the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. The mountains may be smaller in this part but no less attractive and challenging. It includes some of the best coastal and hinterland hiking in Europe, always accompanied by the fresh smell of medicinal herbs and the breeze of the Mediterranean. The Green Trail is exactly as a green carpet. It goes through conifer forest that meander through some of the lower mountains of the Dinaric Alps. The Green Trail is made for two-wheeled trailblazers with hundreds of kilometres of well-maintained bike trails. Hiking and walking, coupled with the rich wildlife of this eastern front, make it a great option for soft adventure. Green and Blue Trail are still under development. Activities here include world-class hiking, cycling, skiing, kayaking, rafting, and nearly anything else you can imagine on both land and water. When the day is done and the equipment put away, there is an option for rural tourism in this region as well. It is unique for its traditional lifestyle and cuisine. The final goal of Via Dinarica was, and is, to make connections between cities and rural communities in the region, raise awareness about good business practices and environmental protection, and to assist a blossoming tourism offer across the Peninsula, which relies on nature, traditional products, and its unique cultural heritage.

Via Dinarica in Albania

Albanian Alps are the highest peak of White Trail Via Dinarica. Albanian Alps have many glacial and karstic landforms such as glacial cirques and lakes, making the area very attractive for the hikers and climbers. The high mountain peaks, mountain passes, and river Valleys are ideal for hiking and exploring the beauty of the alpine landscape. Blloku i Jezercës is the highest part of Albanian Alps. The surrounding peaks are more than 2000 m high such as Maja Kokërdhok-Maja e Etheve, Maja e Jezercës, Maja e Ragamit, Maja e Valit, Maja e Radohinës (2570 m), Maja e Shnikut (2554 m), Maja e Prozhmit (2452 m), Maja e Langojve (2446 m), Maja e Liqenit (2450 m), Maja e Hekurave (2561 m), Maja e Dhive (2332 m). The highest peaks are intertwined with deep valleys such as Vermoshi Valley, Cemi Valley, Kiri Valley, Thethi Valley, Valbona Valley, Nikaj-Mërturit, Dobërdolit, etc.

WHITE TRAIL

White Trail is the main trail that follows the natural flow of the highest peaks of the Dinaric Alps. It includes the highest peaks in each respective countries. Although there are various activities along this head trail, such as mountain biking and rafting, it’s main function is as a hiking trail, etc. It is 1260, 8 km long and the duration of walking is approximately 528 hours and 27 min. Via Dinarica, White Trail in Albania is 107.5 km long and lasts 43 hours. The highest peak of this trail is Maja e Jezercës (2694 m) in Albania, while the lowest peak is Predjama system (188 m) in Slovenia. About 51, 8 km of this trail are climbing (4.6 km are in Albania part) 51, 7 km are descent (4 km in Albania part). This trail has high level of difficulty, because of being slope and requests a high resistance. The best period of the year to follow this trail is from May to November, because of the absence of snow.

BLUE TRAIL

The Blue Trail veers towards the coastline and the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. The mountains may be smaller in this part but no less attractive and challenging. It includes some of the best coastal and hinterland hiking in Europe, always accompanied by the fresh smell of medicinal herbs and the breeze of the Mediterranean.

GREEN TRAIL

The Green Trail is exactly as a green carpet. It goes through conifer forest that meander through some of the lower mountains of the Dinaric Alps. The Green Trail is made for two-wheeled trailblazers with hundreds of kilometres of well-maintained bike trails. Hiking and walking, coupled with the rich wildlife of this eastern front, make it a great option for soft adventure.