-Hiking the Albanian Accursed Mountains - Valbona to Theth Pass

The Albanian Alps loop is one of our greatest experiences in Albania. This is a five day round trip that combines a spectacular ferry ride and fantastic days hike between two remote mountain hamlets has put northern Albania’s mysterious highlands on the map, an amazing kayaking experience in Shkodra lake and the visit of the mysterious bunker in Albania’s capital Tirana.
ALBANIA
March - November

Tirana International Airport Mother Teresa, Tirana (TIA)

Highlights

  • Hiking Albanian Alps
  • Kayaking in Shkodra Lake
  • Ferry ride
  • Bunker Visit

General Trip Information

Level of difficulty (1-5) 3

Experience required

Previous hiking experience required.

Best Period to Experience May - September

Duration of the tour 5 Days

Meeting point – Tirana International Airport.

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Need To Know

The only extra costs are:

  • Flights to and from Tirana
  • Lunchr on day five
  • Any personal expenses such as drinks
  • Clothing suitable for hiking

Albanian food is hearty and healthy, usually based around meat and vegetables much of which is seasonal and sourced locally. Popular dishes include turkey, lamb or goat Pershesh, served with a local bread known as Kulac, a meat and leek pie made with thin pastry called Byrek and freshly caught fish served in a Mediterranean style. Fish dishes are often flavoured with white vinegar and olive oil grown in Southern Albania and many dishes are served with wine from one the local vineyards.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance so we can cater to these.

The best months for hiking in Albania are May and September  when the weather is warm and sunny, reaching temperatures of around 30 degrees. July and August can be hotter, however this is usually broken up by cool coastal breezes.

All kayaking and snorkelling equipment is included.

Absolutely! The trip runs with a minimum group of 4 people and a maximum of 16, so you’ll be exploring with other like-minded travellers. Lot’s of people book our trips as a solo traveller - it’s a great way to meet people.

No previous experience is needed, however a moderate level of fitness is required along with the ability to swim.

Yes! When booking this trip as a private trip, children from the age of 5 can join this adventure.

Recommended packing includes: - Comfortable boots - Lightweight, breathable clothing that’s suitable for hiking - Wind/waterproof jacket - Hat - Warm fleece or jumper - Water bottle - Sunglasses - Sunscreen - Headtorch - Insect repellent - Hiking poles - Swimwear - Towel - A small backpack

This trip will run with a maximum of 16 participants.

Location

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Day I

Arrival in Tirana airport. Meeting with the local guide. Departure to Shkodra after about 2 hours drive. Local fish lake lunch in Shiroke village and 2 hours of kayaking/boat tour in Shkodra lake. Arrival in Shkodra and accommodation in the hotel. During the afternoon we will visit the Shkodra Promenade and enjoy a traditional dinner.

Day II

Early Breakfast (6:00-7:00). Leaving to Koman after about 2 hours drive. A spectacular ferry ride into the Albanian Fjords. Arrival at village Fjerze at 12:00. Drive to Valbona villahe and local luch. Accommodation in guest houses or tents camping. Hiking in beautiful Valbona Valley to Xhema Lake, Old Milling. Typicall dinner.

Day III

Early Breakfast (5:30 – 6:30). Drive with a local minibus to Rragam village. There we get ready for the hike into the Albanian Alps. The pass is about 8 hours. The hike is long and sometimes tough, but anyone that’s reasonably fit can do it.
Accommodation in guest house or a camping site in Theth. Local lunch. Walking to Grunas waterfall and visit of the Saint John’s Church and of the Isolation Tower.

Day IV

Breakfast (07.30-08.30) and departure with local minivan to Nderlyse. Visit of the stones basins and of the Blue Eye of Theth. Local picnic lunch. Back to Theth in the afternoon and departure to Tirana. Short stop in Qafe Thore. Dinner in Boge. Arrival in Tirana late in the evening and accommodation in the guest house.

Day V

Breakfast. Visit of Tirana city and the of the BUNK'ART 2. BUNK'ART 2 reconstructs the history of the Albanian Ministry of Internal Affairs from 1912 to 1991 and reveals the secrets of “Sigurimi”, the political police that was the harsh persecution weapon used by the regime of Enver Hoxha. BUNK'ART 2 is the first major video museum exhibition dedicated to the victims of communist terror. Optional free lunch. Departure to the airport.

Not Included

The lunch on day 5 it is not included and any extra drink except of water. You’ll probably feel like tipping your local guides at the end of a fabulous trip, though you won’t need to pull out your wallet every few minutes on your Active Albania adventure tour!

Flexibility

We’re really flexible and none of our itineraries are written in stone, so if you have a particular interest you’d like to include, just let us know and we can almost always make it happen. Likewise, all adventure travel requires a certain amount of flexibility and we sometimes have to make minor changes to the activities because of weather and availability.

Dates & Prices

Price: 770 €

Available Dates
  • March 1, 2019 to November 1, 2019
E.g., 11/30/2020
Please choose the date of your tour from the allowed dates in the left.

 

Get In Touch

 

Active Albania offers pickup service from the airport and back after you finish your trip if preferred. Contact Us for more information.

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