Mountain hiking is one of the most popular activities in the western region of Kosovo and Peja stands out for this as it is the gateway to the Bjeshkët e Nemuna (Accursed Mountains) National Park. Being also the gateway to this park, from the city of Peja many mountaineers, climbers and nature lovers walk passed who visit these mountainous parts not only to spend the weekend, but also to carry out hiking expeditions and conquer the mountain peaks in the Accursed Mountains of or as they are otherwise known to the population by the names Albanian Alps and Blessed Mountains. Rugova as the largest mountainous area in the Accursed Mountains belongs to the municipality of Peja and offers great attractive opportunities for the development of mountain hiking activity. Now in this mountainous area are developed trails that offer daily, weekly but also longer experiences which last up to 12 days and cross the state borders, while these trails are prepared in a very suitable way for all ages and genders by provide experiences for beginners to professionals. What sets Peja apart is the close proximity to its mountains and hiking enthusiasts but also many tourists who visit Peja can start walking right from the city and approach the mountains to continue then on the paths for those who have chosen to cross and enjoy the same. In this regard, all hikers and visitors to Peja can experience local daily trails that reach a length of up to 20km, then regional ones that can last up to 1 week passing some municipalities of the western region among themselves and that the length can to reach up to 100km or even cross-border ones such as the paths "Balkan Peaks, Via Dinarica and Accursed Mountains Experience" that connect the state of Kosovo with Montenegro and Albania and their length reaches up to 200km. Fans of this activity are active during the 4 seasons (spring, summer, autumn and winter) experiencing the many natural beauties as well as experiences from meetings with locals.
CONQUEST OF MOUNTAIN TOPS
The highest peak in Peja is Guri i Kuq (Red Rock) reaches a height of 2522m, but Peja is the gateway to the Accursed Mountains, thus not only the peaks of Peja but also many other peaks found in other municipalities that are part of the national park Accursed Mountains can be made through Peja. The conquest of mountain peaks or alpine activity is quite developed in Peja and this dates back to 1928 with the establishment of the first mountaineering association in Kosovo known as "Gjeravica". All this is thanks to the easy access to the Rugova and Accursed Mountains from the city, the mountainous terrains suitable for access to the deepest mountain areas, as well as the peaks that Peja offers itself. There are some peaks which exceed the level of altitude above 2000m but those that are more at tractive can be distinguished as Red Rock 2522m, Çfërla 2461, Hajla 2403m, Vjellaku 2014m, Rusolia2381m, Maja Hasanit (the Peak of Hasan) 1900m etc. What made Peja stand out is that some of the peaks such as the peak of Çfërle, the peak Vjellaku, the peak of Hasan, the peak of Kopranik etc. can be realized starting from the city center without the need for transport, while the other peaks you have to travel to the mountainous area of Rugova which has no great distance and the road to the points where you will start your climbing is very attractive and with many natural beauties such as waterfalls, rivers, gorges, caves, etc.