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Hiking the Accursed Mountains

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From $964/pp

Albania

Trip Length

7 days

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Hiking the Accursed Mountains

The Republic of Albania is a mountainous and green country that’s only now appearing on many travellers radar. The Albanian Alps loop is one of our greatest experiences in Alba-nia. This is a seven day round trip that combines a spectacular ferry ride and fantastic days hike between the remote mountain hamlets that have put northern Albania’s mysterious highlands on the map.

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The Republic of Albania is a mountainous and green country that’s only now appearing on many travellers radar. The Albanian Alps loop is one of our greatest experiences in Alba-nia. This is a seven day round trip that combines a spectacular ferry ride and fantastic days hike between the remote mountain hamlets that have put northern Albania’s mysterious highlands on the map.

Itinerary

Day 1-2

Grove of Shosha

Meet with your local guide at Tirana and continue to Valbona. Enjoy an exciting ferry ride from Koman to Fierza.

After a well deserved rest and your first traditional breakfast, spend some time exploring Albania for yourself. In the afternoon, we will visit the Grove of Shosha, the 120-year-old curling mill - the biggest source in the Balkans. After about 2 hours of hiking, stop and refuel with a tasty picnic lunch. Later, after freshening yourself, up embrace the Albanian culture with a local dinner.

Visit the Grove of Shosha, the 120-year-old curling mill - the biggest source in the Balkans.

Activities

  • Hotel Transfer
  • Ferry Ride From Koman To Fierza
  • Visit The Grove Of Shosha
  • 2 Hours Of Hiking
  • Picnic Lunch
  • Local Dinner
Day 3

Hiking to Rozi peak

After breakfast, we start our hiking adventure to Rozi peak 2500m, but depending to the group we can hike to 1400 meters or more. We will meet the Ramen family and their grandchildren, listen to their own stories while enjoying a local lunch. 2 to 3 hours more hiking another 600m - to go further to the pyramid 18 “2100m”. This is located between Albania and the Montenegro boarder. Dinner will be in the Kukaj neighbourhood, in a traditional house with a picturesque view of the village of dry meadow.

Meet the Ramen family and their grandchildren, listen to their own stories while enjoying a local lunch.

Activities

  • Hiking Rozi Peak
  • Local Lunch & Dinner
Day 4

Theth & Valbona valley

Walking along the valley to a spectacular waterfall and the opportunity to hike up to 1800m. Here we can enjoy the view of Theth and Valbona valley. Lunch at caffe Simoni 1400 m high, where there are Valbona river springs too. During our way back, we stop at Ngjelaj quarter where we meet the locals and enjoy a traditional dinner.

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Lunch At Caffe Simoni
  • Ngjelaj Quarter
  • Local Dinner
Day 5

Jezerca summit Day

We are leaving early the next morning to reach the Albanian Alps summit, Jezerca. We set off at an altitude of 1050m above sea level to reach Jezerca summit, 2694 m. Hiking the “ Queen of Albanian Alps”, is going to be the trophy of your hiking adventure in Albania. At the very top of the mountain the panorama is utterly unique. There is also a notebook found there in which hikers write down their names to mark their accomplishment. Enjoy a well deserved picnic lunch.

Hiking the “ Queen of Albanian Alps” - the trophy of your hiking adventure in Albania!

Activities

  • Hike Jezerca Summit
  • Picnic Lunch
Day 6

Xhema lake

After breakfast, we will visit Xhema lake and a stop in Bujan in the museum house of Mic Sokoli, a national hero. There we will see the typical towers. Lunch will be in Bajram Curri, before a ferry ride to Koman at 1 p.m. Transportation with minibus and snacks in Kruje historic city. Then you will enjoy another traditional dinner at Mullixhiu, before wondering the streets of the city on your own.

Activities

  • Visit Xhema Lake
  • Museum House Of Mic Sokoli
  • Lunch & Ferry To Koman
  • Transfers To The Hotel
  • Dinner At Mullixhiu

Accommodation

Mosaic hotel and Garden

Day 7

Explore Tirana city

After your last Albanian breakfast, visit the Tirana city centre and BUNK’ART 2. Visit the agrotourism Gjepali and enjoy a cooking class with the chef.

Departure to Tirana International Airport and time to say goodbye.

Explore Tirana city and learn one or two new tricks in the kitchen with a traditional cooking class!

Activities

  • Tirana City Centre
  • Bunkart 2
  • Agrotourism Gjepali
  • Cooking Classes
  • Airport Transfer

What's Included

Accommodation

6 Nights' Accommodation at Hotels and Guesthouses

Ground Transport

Airport and local transfers, as per itinerary

Exclusions

Meals not mentioned, Personal expenses and Travel insurance

Guides

  • Expert, friendly, English-speaking guides

Flights

All International/Domestic flights and visas

Meals

Meals as per itinerary

Skills/level of fitness required

Difficulty (1-4): 3 Previous hiking experience is required.

Group size, Extra nights

  • Minimum 6 people, maximum 16 people.
  • Additional nights pre/post trip can be arranged on request.
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Blerina Ago

I am Blerina and I come from the city of Berat, Albania. At the age of 14, I had my first rafting experience on the Osum River. The adrenaline rush and magical scenery in the spectacular Osum Canyons had a serious impact on me throughout my personal and professional journey.

Back then, I showed one of the first printed photos taken inside the magnificent Osum canyons to one dear Italian friend of mine and he said, “Nooo, it is not real, it’s photoshop.” But when he came to do rafting and saw everything with his own eyes, he was stunned and all he could muster was …. “Mamma mia …. mamma mia”.

Of course not many people shared this opinion. Some thought I was unconscious, that I did not know what to fantasise about, that it was just a ridiculous idea and that I was an immature teenager. But I have turned even the biggest sceptic into a believer of the natural beauty to be seen here!

After continuous and unstoppable efforts promoting Albania, accompanying friends, journalists, artists, and athletes we managed to attract an infrastructure investment of the Albanian government. This allowed us to save visitors about a 2 hours ride to the canyon. From year to year we created an active and sustainable team with a wide network of local communities, connecting several areas of Albania through different outdoor activities in nature. These include canyon exploration, hiking, kayaking, mule caravan, visits to local wineries, and so much more.

While all this is happening, I graduated with a Law degree and thanks to various international exchange programs, I was able to pursue an in-depth education in tourism and entrepreneurship too! All of my hard work and energy is worth it when I see the joy in the eyes of tourists, especially those Albanians, who are now able to feel the pride as I did and still do!

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