Fascinating Albanian Alps, 7 days from 370 euro

The Albanian Alps give you some of the most stunning panoramic views in Europe, and is the ultimate region to explore for reasonably fit  and adventurous people, who love trekking and are used to long walks.  This 7-day village house trek takes you to some of the most scenic parts of Albania where we will make a spectacular ferry boat ride on Lake Koman, hike through the Beautiful Valbona Valley, and taste the local culture in Thethi. To top it off you will admire the spectacular view of one of the largest lakes in Europe from the ruins of the Rozafa Castle. We will stay overnight in traditional guesthouses where an Albanian family will serve you some delicious local dishes, prepared with fresh fruits and vegetables from their own garden.

Special highlights of this tour are:

– Lake Koman: The ferry trip on Lake Koman is an outstanding experience. The lake is narrow and winding, and stretches along the bed of the Drini River. The lake was formed after the construction of a dam in the 80’s. The steep cliffs on both sides create a spectacular landscape reminiscent of Norwegian fjords.

– Valbona Valley: This is probably the most beautiful valley of Northern Albania. The turquoise waters of Valbona River flow in the middle of a spectacular border of steep mountain peaks. This is the jewel in the crown of the Albanian Alps.

– Thethi Valley: A hidden paradise in the heart of the Albanian Alps, the Theth Valley is the starting point for all treks to the highest peaks and passes in the region. It leads to Montenegro in the North, Kosovo in the East and the city of Shkodra in the West.

Itinerary

Day 1   Arrival in Albania

Meet and assisted by our representative in arrival. Transfer to Tirana, visit in the ex- communist quarter where you can have a coffee into the most panoramic bar which is constructed on a rotator stage of the 15’Th floor into a new building called “Sky Tower”.

Dinner and Overnight in Hotel Eclipse 4*, Tirana.

Day 2: The Koman Lake and the Valbona Valley

Very early in the morning we will drive to Koman where we will take the ferry which passes through the spectacular canyon of the Drin River. We will continue by car along the beautiful river of the Valbona valley, accommodation in guesthouse in valbona village to relax and enjoy a delicious meal.

Day 3: Trekking to the village of Dunishe -Kukaj

Today we will start trekking. We will walk from valbona to the charming village of Dunishë and village of Kukaj from there, a shepherd’s path will take us to the remote landscapes of the Eastern Alps of Albania to reach Qafa e Rosit (2000 m; approximately seven to eight hours of walking).

The path climbs smoothly amidst green meadows, and provides us with the most wonderful views of some of the most impressive mountains of the Alps. In the end of the day we will return to Rragami village, accommodation in guesthouse and diner.

Day 4: Over the pass to Thethi

After breakfast we will drive 10 km to the village of Rrogam, where we’ll start the next round of trekking. The highlight of this trek is the pass of Valbona, a classic route which

for centuries has linked the two most beautiful valleys of the Albanian Alps: Thethi and Valbona. Along the way you can enjoy the refreshing natural springs  and the peaks of Jezerca and Radohima. In the end of the day we will arrive at the guesthouse in Thethi, where we will experience extraordinary hospitality. Thethi is the best-preserved Alpine village in Albania, with typical houses still roofed with wooden tiles amid stunning surroundings. 

Day 5: Discover Thethi

Because of its stunning beauty and traditional houses Thethi is one of the best-known villages of Northern Albania. Today we will walk down from the house and visit the attractions near the village, such as the Church, the Kulla e Ngujimit (a tower house used

in the past by men as a shelter against ongoing vendettas), the Thethi Waterfall and the Grunasi Canyon. In the afternoon we will visit the Cyclopean stonewalled terraces dating from the late bronze era and return to the guesthouse.

Day 6: Thethi – Shkoder

On our last day we make a spectacular trek in the direction of the village of Boga. We will walk along the “Sheep path”, which is a classic road that connects the villages of Thethi and Boga. This path offers stunning views of Bjeshket e Namuna – The famous Accursed Mountains. We continue on walking downhill along the side of the Radohima mountain range until we reach the village of Boga (900m a.s.l).
We will have lunch in this picturesque village surrounded by vertical slopes with peaks above 2000m high, and then leave through the Boga valley towards Shkodra. Accommodation in three stars hotel

Day 7 – Shkodra – Mother Theresa Airport
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to the Airport

The price  370 euro per person with a min. of 15 participants.

Included:

  • Full board accommodation.
  • English speaking guide
  • All transport from the starting point until arriving in Tirana.(with ferry)
  • Entrance at Kulla in Thethi
  • Entrance ethnographic museum Thethi

Not Included:

  • Drinks
  • Lunches on day2 & 5

Transport:  minibus.

Guide: English speaking.
Food:  traditional restaurants and home-made dishes.
Accommodation: 3 star hotels and guesthouses.

Terrain during the hikes

This trail is saturated with lots of descends and ascends.  The route passes over engraved relief representing alpine terrain with steep slopes, mountain river valleys incised on the mounts, rocky peaks, belts of mountain pine, etc. However, the chosen paths are mostly well trod underfoot and safe.

Equipment and clothing:

You should remember that you must try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed rucksack should weigh no more than 10-15 kilograms.

Recommended equipment: 

Breathable light weight waterproof gear (gore-tex, sympatex, etc), fleece/wool pullovers/wind-stopper jackets and gloves, small back-pack with rain coverage, cap, sun-block, mosquito repellent, head-lamp, hiking poles, water bottle, sun glasses/block.

Weather:

Temperatures expected for this period are between + 10 and +35C. Rainfalls or short but heavy showers are possible, being a bit prolonged during spring and late autumn.

Luggage transport

The hike from Valbona to Thethi, is accompanied by a mule/horse, which carries the luggage. You will carry your own day backpack. From Thethi to Boga, there will be a vehicle, which will transport the luggage to Boga, from where we drive back to Tirana.

Early rising

As Albania knows high temperatures, you need to be willing to rise early in the mornings, as later in the day it might be to hot for hiking. Especially in the summer months, it can get up to 35 degrees during daytime.

Presents for the locals
If you like to bring presents to the locals, we advise not to bring clothes, unless it is still of good quality. In addition, souvenirs, or sweets from your county of origin are nice things for the locals to receive.