North Albania's Alps - Time travel to the haunted mountains - level 3
Explore the gorges of the Balkans on Karl May’s tracks. The North of Albania is characterised by dramatic mountain scenery and unspoiled fairy-tail forests and by the heart-felt hospitality in the picturesque mountain villages. Your hiking experience starts in the 2500-year old Shkoder, then a crossing of the fjord-like Koman reservoir leads you directly into the heart of the haunted mountains. From there you hike along caravan routes and discover on foot the two most stunning valleys of the Albanian Alps. The final highlight of this tour takes you into the busy capital Tirana, which will not fail to enthrall you. Clear blue skies, never-ending green beech forests, steep karst peaks and the honest open hearts of the mountain farmers and their hospitality are all part of this exciting mountain hiking tour set in this still unexploited mountain area.
7 x overnight stays, breakfast included - 2 mid-range hotels, 5 simple and cosy
5 half-board , 6 lunch packages
Transfers according to programme
Transfers to /from airport
Carefully elaborated route description
Detailed travel and tour documents
Arrival / Departure
Airport Tirana. Organised transfer to Skhoder, duration approx. 1.5 hours, return trasnfer from the capital Tirana to Tirana airport. INcluded in the tour price. Arrival/departure from Podgorica on request only.
Note: Number of participants: min. 2 persons
Departure any day
Individual journey to Shkoder
Shkoder embodies the long and volatile history of a country situated at the border of two major cultural environments. The castle Rozafa steeped in legend, was built by the Illyrians, from there you can enjoy maginficent panoramic views across the biggest lake of the Balkans and the foothills of the Albanian Alps. Experience the mediterranean flair in the busy pedestrian area of North Albania’s capital and sample delicacies of the local cuisine.
Shkoder – Valbona
Transfer through the gorges ‚Drinschluchten’ to the ferry dock in Koman in the early morning. You get attuned to your hike ahead during the boat ride lasting several hours. The route through the Valbona valley leads you to your comfortable accommodation for the next two nights, through beautiful beech forests and along a crystal clear river with several opportunities for a swim. Walking time: approx. 3 hours.
Round trip to the Rama hut
Today’s route gives you a lovely overview of the entire valley. You walk along mule tracks across colourful meadows up to an idyllic alpine pasture located high above the valley. Marvel at the majestic peaks and their sheer beauty. During the optional extension of the tour you reach the Montenegrin border and on the way back you stop off at some mountain farms. Walking time: approx. 5.5 hours.
Valbona – Theth
Short transfer to the village of Rragam, the starting point of today’s hike, where everything is moved onto a packhorse. Then you ascend through open woodland to the Valbona pass, the only connecting route between the two villages. At the ridge you can enjoy panoramic views across both valleys, and on the way back you descend through ancient beech forests in the shade down into the valley, right in the centre of the Alps. Walking time: approx. 6 to 7 hours.
Round trip Peja Pass & Denelli pastures
After breakfast it is decision time: will you go for the steep caravan route leading to a karst field at the end of the valley or will you choose the shepherd’s route to a remote high-alpine pasture with a view across the entire valley. Both routes actually Blutoffer spectacular views onto the surrounding peaks. At the end of the tour you return to your accommodation. Walking time: approx. 6 to 7 hours.
Theth - Nderlysa
During a sightseeing tour of the village Theth you get to explore the special places and landmarks of the valley, the Catholic church, the vendetta tower, the Grunas waterfall, ravine and terraces. After that a bridle path leads you downstream into the traditional village of Nderlysa, where you get to enjoy the unspoilt scenery, for instance whilst indulging in a refreshing swim. Walking time: approx. 3.5 hours.
Nderlysa - Tirana
In the morning you set out for a karst spring called ‚the blue eye’, located in a wild-romantic neighbouring valley. After lunch transfer via the Thoria pass, first stop at Shkoder and then onwards to Tirana. In the afternoon you explore the vibrant capital with its exciting mix of cultures and religions. Walking time: approx. 5 hours.
Organised return transfer to Tirana airport.
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|Sep 09 2017||Sep 16 2017||12||Single rooms||746€|
|Sep 16 2017||Sep 23 2017||12||Single rooms||746€|
|Sep 23 2017||Sep 30 2017||12||Single rooms||746€|
|Sep 30 2017||Oct 07 2017||12||Single rooms||746€|
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