€750

Walking In Albanian Alps

Albanian Alps – the Accursed Mountains extending from northern Albania to west Kosovo and eastern Montenegro (Prokletije in Montenegro), as the southernmost part of the Dinaric Alps, form a massive Balkan range that contains about 40 separate mountains with an altitude above 2,000m and 17 of them with altitudes above 2500m. The two highest peaks of accursed mountains are Jezerca in Albania at 2,694m and Gjeravica in Kosovo at 2,656m altitude.

Our 6-day hiking adventure takes us to the most stunning areas in all of the Albanian lands. We start with the most famed ferry journey in North Albania. The boat journey allows us to take in the spectacular scenery whilst we wind our way between high cliffs and towering peaks. Three hydroelectric power plants have been built here at the lake, which produces approx. 70% of Albania’s electricity.

Our adventure goes on with a hike to a stunning panorama surrounding Albanian Alps in Valbona Valley National Park and Thethi National Park.

6 Days
North Albania
Trek
Guided
2-7
Guesthouse
Guided
Relaxed
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ALBANIAN ALPS ITINERARY


DAY 1
Welcome to Albania. Afternoon stand Up Paddle in Shkodra Lake

Meet your guide and fellow travelers in Tirana, then drive to Shkodra city, one of the oldest inhabited cities in Albania with a 2500-year-old history. After our rendezvous in the vibrant city, we'll spend the afternoon exploring the tranquil waters of Shkodra Lake and Buna River with a thrilling session of stand-up paddleboarding. Get ready to immerse yourself in nature's serenity while gliding across the glistening surface of this picturesque lake.

The afternoon is left open to rest and explore this ancient and very special city. Perhaps take a walking tour with our guide or on your own to become more familiar with the city. Dinner is included.

Drive: 3hr; Activity: up to 2hr; Accommodation: Hotel.


 

DAY 2
Today's adventure begins in Komani lake. Overnight in Valbona Valley

We start the tour very early in the morning with a transfer to Komani lake. On the way we stop for breakfast. The transfer is about 2hr in scenic road.

Next, we board a boat to cross the stunning Koman Lake. During the boat trip, we enjoy the amazing views, navigating through tall cliffs and towering peaks. Additionally, three hydroelectric power plants have been constructed at the lake, generating around 70 percent of Albania's electricity. We then drive for another 1hr to Valbona Valley for overnight.

Before we reach Valbona Valley, we stop in Dragobi village and get ready for a short walk beside the Valbona River. This gentle walk serves as the perfect warm-up, allowing us to soak in the pristine beauty of the surrounding landscapes and cristal water while immersing ourselves in the tranquil ambiance of the valley. A good possibility to swim as well.

Drive: up to 3hr; Ferry: 3hr; Walk: 1-2hr.


 

Day 3
Hike up to the border for dramatic views of the Albanian Alps

Surrounded by high mountains, "Valbona Valley National Park”, is considered the miracle of the Albanian Alps. Clean air, high and characteristic mountain peaks, lakes, numerous water resources, forests, mountains, flora and fauna provide conditions for eco-tourism. Certainly, the valley is known for its rare natural beauties, high mountains, biodiversity and natural monuments.

Today our trail heads towards Rama's alpine hut 1900m up to the border of Montenegro. We hike from Valbona on a steep path that takes us along Kukaj Village and then gradually uphill to the Alpine hut. Directly behind us, the mountain range of "Grykat e Hapëta - Zhaboret" appears to rise straight from the valley floor to its fullest, snowy height. Rama's Hut provides an ideal lunch spot with its sweeping views of the mountains that double the Valbona valley's beauty.

Depending on your shape, we can go either further till the Pyramid 18, the border, for about 1.3hr or descent down slowly to the valley, followed by an interesting afternoon to get in touch with nature and culinary traditions, as well as participate in the everyday life of the locals. All meals included.

Trek: 12-15 Km, 6-7hr; Elevation gain/loss: +950m


 

DAY 4
From Valbona to Theth via the spectacular Valbona Pass

Another phenomenal hike awaits us today! Likewise every day, we start our day with our usual hearty breakfast before today’s hike. Our van driver drops us at the trailhead where we find a relatively flat and easy trail to warm up our legs. It's not a particularly hard walk and is one that is attempted by many first-time mountain walkers. For the next two hours, the trail climbs slightly more steeply towards higher ground and we walk toward Valbona Pass.

Resuming our hike for another one hour, we continue ascending to the Valbona col (1792m) where we have outstanding views of the Albanian Alps and the Valley of Valbona. Well rested, we continue walking down (30 min) to the Zefi’s housing for lunch. After lunch, we make our way down to the valley, mostly into the beech forest. Enjoy a hot shower, a cold beer, and a tasty homemade meal and celebrate the end of an exceptional trek. All meals included.

Trek: 13 km, 6-7hr; Elevation gain/loss: +764m / -1040m.
Accommodation: Guesthouse


 

DAY 5
Discover Thethi National Park

Our morning wake-up starts each day with a cup of hot mountain tea. After a hearty breakfast, we set out on the trail as it wanders through rolling terrain, past traditional homes, and the church-house of Thethi that stands in the midst of the plain–a solid, shingle-roofed building, with a bell tower. As we walk slowly into Thethi National Park, the snowy peak of Bosh, Radohime and Kakia give us a taste of the unmatched mountain scenery to come.

The village of Theth is one of the most picturesque and one of the most virgin places in Northern Albania. Preserved by the wild nature and very bad roads, the village has still the Kulla and other buildings dating back to the middle ages.

After the past few days of relatively challenging trekking, today is shorter (about 4 hours). We will start walking from the guesthouse and visit the attractions in and around the village, such as the stone-­‐build Catholic Church, the blood feud tower ‘Kulla e Ngujimit’, the waterfall, the Grunasi Canyon, bathtubs of Nderlysa, and the Blue Eye before we turn back.

Tonight, we enjoy a special final celebration dinner with our travelling companions and newfound friends. All meals included.

Trek: 9 km, 3-4hr; Elevation gain/loss: 400m.


 

DAY 6
A short walk to Okol, a neighborhood of Theth. Afternoon transfer to Tirana

This final day offers a leisurely morning enjoying coffee and breakfast before we get ready for a short walk to the other side of what we have walked the previous day. It is an easy walk to Okol, the foothill of Mount Arapi which looks amazing from the valley down. After lunch, we make our way back to Tirana driving zig-zag through scenic road towards Boga valley.

Walk: up to 8km, 2-3hr, Driving: 3-4hr. Breakfast and packet lunch included.


 

Although we try to do our very best to carry out the schedule written above, this itinerary is subject to change for some reasons beyond our control. This is a full 6-day Albanian Alps trip, which we can do from 1 to 6 and design it on your needs.

 

Albanian Alps Map

Customized tour

We can adapt the trail based on your requests: as many days as you want to hike, transport, local 4x4 transport, luggage transport as well as transport from and to Tirana, Podgorica etc.

Contact Us


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Open Groups


Open groups for solo or friend travelers joining a tour are maximum 6 to 7 pax.

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GEAR LIST


The following checklist has been created to help you choose your clothing and gear for this trip. Try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Feel free to give us a call at 00383-49-601-007 if you have any questions regarding the gear list.

REQUIRED

- Good Hiking shoes
- Day pack (20L – 35L)
- Trekking Poles
- Sunhat, Sunglasses, Sun cream
- Swimwear
- Ear Plugs
- Fleece Hat
- Rain jacket
- Warm fleece jacket or jumper
- Rain pants
- Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)
- Trekking trousers
- Anti-bacterial hand gel
- Personal First Aid Kit/Medications (Lightweight)
- 2 x 1-liter water bottle
- Insect spray

OPTIONAL

- Flashlight or Headlamp
- Shorts
- Trainers or sandals
- Bandana
- Liner Socks (Synthetic)
- Shoes for Travel and Free Time
- Casual Clothing for Travel and Town Wear
- Spare laces
- Luggage Tags and Locks
- Pen-knife
- Camera and Accessories
- Reading and Writing Materials
- Small Binoculars
- Whistle
- Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

 


HOLIDAY INFORMATION

What's Included in the price

- English-speaking local guide
- Transport from Tirana to Shkoder and back
- Hotel in Shkoder, 1st night
- Ferry journey in Komani Lake
- Accommodation and food during the tour
- Stand up Paddle in Shkodra Lake
- All land transport required by the itinerary
- All entrance fees
- Luggage transport

Not Included

- Hotels before or after the tour
- Alcoholic beverages or soft drink
- Items of a personal sort
- Tips for the guide and local staff
- Other transport not required by the itinerary
- Airline tickets and travel insurance


CONSIDER AS YOU BOOK UP

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Airline Tickets (Confirmation and Itinerary) & Passport

The unit of currency in Albania is the Lek (ALL). However, the Euro is accepted. The unit of currency in Kosovo and Montenegro is the Euro. Note: Buying Lek is possible only in Albania

ATM Availability (While Trekking)

  • Peje
  • Plav
  • Bajram Curri (17Km away from Valbona)

LOCAL TIME: Time zone: GMT +1

ELECTRICITY: Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50 Hz, two-pin round plugs.

 

BOOKS

  • Western Balkans - Lonely Planet
  • The Accursed Mountains - Robert Carver
  • Kosovo: Gillian Gloyer - Bradt
  • Albania: Gillian Gloyer - Bradt
  • Broken April - Ismail Kadare
  • High Albania - Edith Durham

 

Visas


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

Montenegro
Check out if you need a visa to enter Montenegro.

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

Vaccinations

Kosovo - Albania - Montenegro

There are no specific health risks.