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Trekking into the Albanian Alps is for adventurous travelers who enjoy encounters with nature and cultural experiences such as staying in unique traditional houses of the native Albanian highlanders, This walking holiday covers some of the most scenic parts of Albania and includes a ferry trip on the spectacular Lake Koman, a trek through the beautiful Valbona Valley and a visit to the Theth. You will visit the ancient castle of Kruja, set high in the Albanian hills, and admire the spectacular view of one of the largest lakes in Europe from the ruins of the Rozafa Castle.

 

Price:

  • 480 Euro per person sharing a double/twin room for a minimum of 12-16 participants
  • 495 Euro per person sharing a double/twin room for a minimum of 10-14 participants
  • 545 Euro per person sharing a double/twin room for a minimum of 8 participants
  • 610 Euro per person sharing a double/twin room for a minimum of 6 participants
  • 675 Euro per person sharing a double/twin room for a minimum of 4 participants
  • 920 Euro per person sharing a double/twin room for a minimum of 2 participants
  • Supplement single occupancy of a double room 130 Euro.

Trekking into the Albanian Alps is for adventurous travelers who enjoy encounters with nature and cultural experiences such as staying in unique traditional houses of the native Albanian highlanders, This walking holiday covers some of the most scenic parts of Albania and includes a ferry trip on the spectacular Lake Koman, a trek through the beautiful Valbona Valley and a visit to the Theth. You will visit the ancient castle of Kruja, set high in the Albanian hills, and admire the spectacular view of one of the largest lakes in Europe from the ruins of the Rozafa Castle.

Itineraries

Day 1

Tirana Airport- Kruja

Meet with our representative guide drive to Kruja. Depending on the time of arrival you can visit the Kruja Bazar and the Kruja castle, the epicenter of the legendary Albanian resistance to the Ottomans led by Skanderbeg in the 14th century.
Overnight: 4-star hotel Panorama Dinner: traditional restaurant
Transfer information:
Distance: 22 km
Duration: 35 min

Day 2

Kruja - The holy mountain of Sarisalltik – Shkodra

After breakfast, drive to visit one of the most beautiful destinations for tourists visiting Albania. The Sari Salltik cave is not easy to reach, but it is a must-see for those who love mystical and holy places. It is located 10 km from Kruja, in a mountainous area, 1100 meters above sea level. Here is the hermitage where the bektashi monk Sari Salltik Baba retired to pray in the 14th century. Today the cave of Sari Salltik has become a very important spiritual.  Drive to Shkodra for around 2 hrs drive. Shkodra was the capital of an important Illyrian Kingdom in the 3rd century BC, with its center where the Rozafa fortress is situated today upon entry into the modern city. Shkodra was also the center of the Roman Catholic minority in Albania due to its traditional centuries-old ties with Venice. Italian architecture is present also in the buildings of the beginning of the 20th century. We will take a walk in the newly renovated pedestrian area of Italian and Austrian architecture influences, testimony to this town's historic links with both these countries.

Overnight: 4-star hotel in Shkodra Dinner: Traditional restaurant

Hike information:
Gradient: .600m ; – 600m
Distance: 2.5 km
Duration: 3 hrs

Transfer information:
Distance: 85 km
Duration: 1:30 min

Day 3

Shkodra- the lake of Koman and the canyon of Drin – Valbona

After breakfast, in the early morning, we will drive to the ferry of Koman, which goes through the spectacular canyon of the river Drin. The lake formed after the construction of the dam of Koman, in the 1980s. The journey will continue through the beautiful valley of Valbona until we reach a traditional family guesthouse where we will stay overnight.
Overnight: Hotel Margjeka in Valbona, Dinner: home-cooked meal.
Transfer information:
Distance: 82 km
Duration: 6 hrs
Car transfer: Shkodër – Koman (42 km); Koman-Fierzë (2,5 h ferry), Fierzë – Quku i Dunishës: 40km

Day 4

Valbona Mount Rosit

Today the trekking will start from the guesthouse in direction of the village of Kukaj (900m a.s.l). From here, a shepherd’s path will bring us to remote landscapes of the eastern Alps of Albania until reaching Qafa e Rosit (2000m a.s.l – approx. 7-8 hours of walking). The path climbs smoothly in the middle of green meadows, with gorgeous views of Jezerca Mountain and Rrethi I Bardhë – The White Circle. At the end of the day, we will arrive in the village Rrogam, where we will check in to our accommodation.
Overnight: guesthouse Dinner: Traditional dinner
Hike information:
Gradient: 1100m ; – 950m
Distance:18.7 km
Duration: 7-8 hrs

Day 5

The Pass of Valbona – Thethi

Today we will hike the classic pass of the Albanian Alps. For centuries, it linked the two most well-known valleys of the area, Valbona (Valbona pass; 1966m a.s.l) and Thethi. We will use horses to carry the luggage to the next house. Highlanders from late spring use the path daily, until the first snow of winter. Several springs of water will make for pleasant and refreshing rest stops to admire the steep and jagged surrounding peaks of Jezerca and Radohima. The group will start the descent towards the village of Thethi (850m a.s.l), where we will stay overnight after up to 8 hrs of walking. Thethi is the best-preserved alpine village in Albania. It has typical houses still roofed with wooden tiles and its mountain valley location is spectacular. We will stay overnight and have dinner in one of these traditional houses and experience the unforgettable hospitality of the hosts
Overnight: Guesthouse Polia in Thethi Dinner: meal prepared by a local family
Hike information:
Gradient: 1150m ; – 900m
Distance: 14 km
Duration: 6 hrs

Day 6

Thethi's attractions

Today we will have a nice day walking around in the nearing of Thethi, one of the most well-known villages of northern Albania, because of its charm, stunning nature and traditional wooden-tiled houses. We will start walking downhill from the house (850m) and visit the attractions in and around the village, like the Church (750m), the Kulla e Ngujimit (a tower house used in the past by men as a shelter against ongoing vendettas), the Thethi Waterfall, Grunasi Canyon, and the recent 2007 discover a cyclopean stone walled terraces dating from the late bronze era! We will overnight at the same house as the night before.
Overnight: Guesthouse Polia in Thethi/ Dinner: meal prepared by a local family
Hike information:
Gradient: 200m ; – 200m
Distance: 11 km
Duration: 5 hrs

Day 7

Thethi - The valley of Boga – Shkodra- Tirana

We will leave Thethi (850m a.s.l) to start another day of spectacular hiking toward the village of Boga. Today we will walk along Shtegu I Dheneve – the Path of the Sheep, which is another classic path in the Albanian Alps that connects the villages of Thethi and Boga. We will walk below the peaks of Radohima mountain before reaching the valley of Boga, then stop for a break in the village. We will have lunch in a lovely setting, then leave through the Boga valley towards Shkoder and ending in Tirana (120km – 3hrs).
Overnight: 4-star hotel Tirana- Hotel Oxford/ Dinner: restaurant
Hike information:
Gradient: 900m ; – 1100m
Distance: 17 km
Duration: 6-7 hrs
Transfer information:
Distance: 150 km
Duration: 3 hrs

Day 8

Tirana – Tirana Airport

If you leave in the afternoon you will have some time to spend in Tirana where you can take a walk, passing the important buildings of the capital – the Italian buildings, The Mosque of Ethem Bej and/or the National Museum of History. Alternatively, you can enjoy your free time visiting the museum in Tirana or one of its many markets.

  • Accommodation: 7 nights in 3,4* Hotels BB,
  •  Meals: 7 x breakfasts, Professional English, German, Italian, French, Polish & Russian speaking tour guide
    (separate driver and guide only for groups of 7 or more participants).
  •  All transport as per itinerary
  •  All luggage transfer by mule and vehicle (bring bags, no suitcases!)
  •  Ferry ride Koman-Fierze
  •  All entry fees are as described in the itinerary.
  • Flight Tickets
  • Lunches & Dinners other than those mentioned
  • Gratuities/Tip to Driver/Guide
  • Everything else is not mentioned in the included section.

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