How many are the mountains of the Balkan Peninsula? Many! But one of them stands out against the others, reasonably named after the European symbol – The Alps. These are the Albanian Alps. Jagged rocky peaks, in whose foothills rivers cut through vast pastures. And if they still have not become a hit among the mountaineers, it is because Albania itself recently opened its mountains for international tourism. Therefore, the Albanian Alps are still wild and beautiful in their primitiveness.
The trek we offer includes the most scenic routes of the mountains. But that's not all. The tour offers more beautiful scenery - Koman lake and sailing along the canyon of Drina river, as well as cultural sights as the historical town of Kruja and the old Sufi sanctuary.
♦ The Albanian Alps
♦ Kruja town and Kruja castle
♦ Bectasci Teqe - Sufi Dervishes Sanctuary located at 1900 m a.s.l.
♦ Thethi is the best-preserved alpine village in Albania.
Day 1 - Kruja
Arrival at Tirana airport and transfer (30 min / 25 km) to the town of Kruja. Check in at hotel and free time for sightseeing. Main sights are the Kruja castle, the Skanderbeg Museum and Kruja Bazar where many souvenir, antique shops, traditional costume knittings and carpet workshops are located. At the evening we meet the guide and have dinner in a traditional restaurant.
Day 2. The holy mountain of Sarisalltik
Today we will hike up the holy mountain of Sarisalltik and visit the Bectasci Teqe (Sufi Dervishes Sanctuary) located at 1900 m a.s.l. After the decent, we continue with a transfer heading north in the direction of Shkodra (100 km). At the entrance of the largest city of Northern Albania, we stop for a visit of Razafa Castle, Shkodra's impressive historical sight offers great view of Shkodra Lake and the surrounding mountains.
Walking time: 4 hrs
Day 3. The lake of Koman and the canyon of Drin
Early morning transfer to Koman Lake, from where we take the ferry for a stunning journey through the canyon of Drin river. The boat trip to Fierzë passes through series of deep gorges and interconnected lakes. Then we continue with a transfer along the picturesque valley of Valbona to Dunishë, where we stay for overnight.
Day 4 - Qafa e Rosit
We start hiking in the direction of Kukai village (900 m a.s.l.). From there following a shepherd’s path through the remote landscapes of the eastern Albanian Alps we reach Qafa e Rosit (2000 m a.s.l). The path climbs gradually through vast green pastures, offering gorgeous views to The White Circle - Jezerca Mountain and Rrethi i Bardhë. At the end of the day we reach Rogam village, where we stay for overnight.
Walking time: 7-8 hrs
Day 5 - The Pass of Valbona
In the morning we hike to the renowned pass of the Albanian Alps (Valbona 1966 m a.s.l.), connecting the valleys of Valbona and Theti for centuries. The local people use the pass from late spring until the first snow. Several springs along the route will make our stops refreshing, while we enjoy the surrounding views of Jezerca, Radohima and other jagged peaks. From Valbona pass we continue with a descent towards the village of Thethi (800m a.s.l), where we stay overnight. Thethi, with its authentic houses still roofed with wooden tiles is probably the best-preserved alpine village in Albania. Mules will carry our luggage throughout the whole trek.
Walking time: 8 hrs
Day 6 - Thethi's attractions
Today we explore the picturesque surroundings of Theti, visiting the church, the Kulla e Ngujimit (a tower, where in the past men who were targeted have been seeking refuge), the Theti Waterfall, Grunasi Canyon and the cyclopean stone walled terraces dating back from the late bronze era. Overnight in authentic local house.
Day 7 - Tirana
After breakfast we leave Thethi heading in the direction of Boga village. Today we walk along another classic route of the Albanian Alps – “Shtegu i Dheneve” (The Path of the sheep). From a mountain pass, offering stunning views to Bjeshket e Namuna - The Accursed Mountains, starts the descent to Boga village (900 m a.s.l.), where we have lunch surrounded by dramatic rocky peaks raising up above 2000 m. Afterwards we head towards Shkodra along the Boga valley and than to Tirana, where we stay overnight (120 km).
Walking time: 2-3 hrs
Day 8 - Tirana
Free time for sightseeing and shopping. Main attractions of the capital are the Italian buildings, The Mosque of Ethem Bej, the National Museum of History, the local markets, etc. Departure.
Included in the price: ►3 nights in standart hotels, 4 nights in family-run guesthouses, 3 lunches and 2 dinners ► all transfers as per itinerary ► English-speaking guide► Luggage transportation by mules on day 5
Not included in the price: ►flight tickets ►maps and entrance fees ► tips ► alcohol drinks, meals not mentioned in the program and other personal expenses.
Other expences: ► Single room supplement: +75EUR
Good to know: we can organize (upon a request but without any promise) the tour even with less participants. I such a case applies an additional supplement (per person). Please, contact us for more inormation and prices.
We recommend trip in the period: May - October