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Journey into the Albanian Alps

Country: Albania Region: Dinarica

Journey into the Albanian Alps

£585

8
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Overview

  • Scenic hikes in the Valbona and Thethi National Parks
  • Insights into traditional mountain lifestyle and culture
  • Tranquil ferry ride on fjords – Lake Koman

A tour for intrepid travellers who are eager to explore the Albanian Alps and 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. You will visit the ancient Fortress of Kruja, set high in the Albanian hills, and admire the spectacular view from the ruins of the Rozafa Castle.

Itinerary

DAY

1

Arrival to Kruja

The beginning point of the tour and meeting with the guide takes place at the hotel in Kruja at 18.00 hours where you will discuss the program for the coming week. Depending on the time of arrival you can visit the Kruja Bazar and the Kruja castle, epicenter of the legendary Albanian resistance to the Ottomans led by Scanderbeg in the 14th century.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Meals: Dinner

DAY

2

The holy mountain of Sarisalltik

Today we will hike up the holy mountain of Tumenisht, (Sarisalltik in Ottoman), and visit the Bectasci Teqe (Sufi Dervishes Sanctuary) located at 1000m. After the descent, we will start driving north to Shkoder, the largest city of Northern Albania.

We will visit the holy tree in Fushe Kruja, and and have lunch on the way. In the afternoon we will visit the Rozafa Castle and admire the superb view of the Shkoder Lake surrounded by mountains. In the evening, we will relax at the Shkodra Lake and take a stroll around town.

Accommodation: 2-3-star hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Walk: 3 hours / 3 km

DAY

3

The lake of Koman and the canyon of Drin

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 jouney will continue through the beautiful valley of Valbona, until we reach a traditional family guesthouse where we will stay overnight.

Accommodation: Village house
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Home made Dinner

DAY

4

Qafa e Rosit

Today the trekking will start from the gueathouse 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 accomodation.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Walk: 8 hours / 18 km

DAY

5

The Pass of Valbona

oday 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.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Home madeDinner
Walk: 6 hours / 14 km

DAY

6

Thethi's attractions

Today we will have a nice day walking around in the nearings 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.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Home madeDinner
Walk: 5 hours /11 km

DAY

7

The valley of Boga

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).

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Walk: 7 hours / 17 km

DAY

8

Tiran- Departure to home

Meals: Breakfast

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Tour Facts

Trip Cost Includes

  • 3 nights in hotel, 4 nights in guesthouse
  • 7 breakfast, 6 lunch, 7 dinner
  • Professional guide through the trip
  • All transport per itinerary
  • All luggage transfer on trek
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing

Trip Cost Doesn't Include

  • Flight ticktet to Albania
  • Drink for meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide

Meals

Full Board

Accommodation

3 nights in 2-3* hotel / 4 nights in guesthouse

Date and Price

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