10 of 10: Trekking in Macedonia & Albania

Finding great adventures requires everything, but traveling to the opposite site of the earth. And there you go. An early fall morning, equipped with my trusty camping gear, food for a few days, camera with plenty of batteries, and lots of positive vibes I boarded the intercity bus from Sofia (Bulgaria) to Skopje (Macedonia). This was the beginning of my new expedition dedicated to the summit of each Balkan country highest peak. A project that will spread across 10 different neighbor countries in the South East of Europe. 

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Kom-Emine: The Fellowship Of The Mountain

The name of cape Emine (Bulgaria) has Arabic origin. It means “fearless and courageous”.
Ever since I start thinking of adventures the idea to cross Bulgaria from West to East popped up in my head. This route required trekking on the back of Mt. Stara Planina for 600+ km, climbing of 100+ peaks, and to accumulate denivelation of 20k+ m. To make things even more complicated, at the central part of the mountain 279 days a year are dominated by fogs and storms with winds often exceeding 100km/h. Along the course, there are only handful mountain refuges and water fountains, giving limited opportunity to refill. My idea was to do this adventure alone because I had only 17 days to completed it and I feared, if I take anyone with me, I will be slowed down and my chances for success will near zero.

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