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For very experienced hikers with a high level of fitness. Navigation skills required. Strenuous itineraries include steep accents and descent over rough and varied terrain in higher mountain regions and may include some exposed areas, fixed ropes and scrambling.  The itinerary may include hut to hut walks on some or all days and require carrying your own belongings/backpack along route.

These trips may be in expedition style and may require 8-10 hours of hard trekking per day (25+ km of walking).

Rugova Gorge and Accursed Mountains, Kosovo
Moderate to Strenuous

The Rugova Gorge and Accursed Mountains self-guided walking holiday in Kosovo is a unique opportunity to visit one of the last hidden treasures of the European continent. Spectacular views, mountain lakes and rich history that is still being made. In this trip you will have the opportunity to visit the Rugova Gorge, Liqunat Lake and walk to Gjeravica (the highest mountain in Kosovo) where you will have magnificent views of Montenegro and Albania. The itinerary also includes short breaks in Prizren and Peja, two of the country’s oldest cities. The accommodation varies between three and four stars (including a spa hotel) alongside one night in a clean, comfortable and welcoming mountain lodge.

Romania’s Transylvanian Alps
Moderate to Strenuous

The Transylvanian Alps self-guided walking holiday is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the totally different world that you will find in Transylvania and Romania. Your active trip starts near Balea Lake, a picturesque glacier lake at just over 2.000 m. For a spectacular view of the Fagaras you will hike to one of the highest peaks in Romania, before descending back to Balea Lake and Balea Waterfall. For a glimpse into medieval Transylvania and its towns with narrow, winding streets, you take a stroll around the stunning cities of Sibiu and Brasov. Accommodation is in hand-picked 3 or 4 star hotels (spa facilities and indoor pool available on Days 5 and 6).

Dragon Lake and the Vikos Gorge
Moderate to Strenuous

A self-guided walking holiday in the Zagori region of Greece. Visit the impressive Dragon Lake and the Vikos Gorge – World’s deepest canyon according to the Guinness Book of Records 1997 – and hike by the Voiodomatis’ springs, which is considered one of the cleanest rivers in Europe. Hike in the alpine zone up to the famous Dragon Lake. Walks include the famous Zagori stone bridges and accommodation in the four most well preserved traditional villages of the Zagori region.

Mount Olympus
Moderate to Strenuous

A self-guided walking holiday in Greece. This itinerary offers a chance to “Walk with the Gods” on mythical Mount Olympus, the highest and most majestic mountain in Greece and the second highest in the Balkans. Olympus was central in Greek Mythology as the home of the Twelve Olympians. In 1938 it was designated the first National Park in Greece and is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve noted for its rich wildlife and flora. The itinerary offers a mix of wonderful hiking through spectacular mountain terrain along with some unique mythology and history.

Slovakian Alps: the High Tatras [STRENUOUS]
Strenuous

A self-guided walking holiday in Slovakia. The High Tatras are the highest Slovak mountain range and this trip offers some of the most scenic walks in the area. There are about 35 valleys, 110 glacial lakes called pleso, and many mountain peaks, of which 10 are above 2,600 meters high. The itinerary offers some truly breathtaking views of the Tatra peaks and ridge. Accommodation is provided in luxury 4 star hotels, two of which were built at the beginning of the 20th century and have unique architectural features.

Slovakian Alps: the High Tatras in Style
Moderate to Strenuous

The High Tatras are the highest Slovak mountain range and this trip offers some of the most scenic walks in the area. There are about 35 valleys, 110 glacial lakes called pleso, and many mountain peaks, of which 10 are above 2,600 meters high. The itinerary offers some truly breathtaking views of the Tatra peaks and ridge. Accommodation is provided in luxury 4 star hotels, two of which were built at the beginning of the 20th century and have unique architectural features. .

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