Unspoilt trails in Albanias mountain range
Warm hospitality of mountain farmers
Donkey as a traveling companion
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North-Albanian Alps

Time travel to the haunted mountains.

Explore the gorges of the Balkans on Karl May’s tracks. The North of Albania is characterised by dramatic mountain scenery and unspoilt faily-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.

Mountain Walking

Mountain Walking
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Itinerary

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.

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.

approx. 3 hours
7 km
250 m
50 m

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.

approx. 6 hours
13 km
800 m
670 m

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.

approx. 6 to 7 hours
13 km
800 m
1120 m

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.

approx. 6 to 7 hours
15 km
950 m
950 m

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.

approx. 3.5 hours
8 km
150 m
400 m

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.

approx. 3.5 hours
9 km
270 m
270 m

Organised return transfer to Tirana airport.

Tour character

Due to the walking times, the terrain and the condition of the paths a good basic fitness level and some experience in mountain hiking is required. Walking times vary daily, and range between 3 to 7 hours maximum per day. Enjoy the fantastic views onto the mountain world and the crystal clear waters amidst nearly unspoilt and wild nature and scenery.

Prices and events

All data at a glance
Season 1
Jun 1, 2018 - Oct 7, 2018
daily
North-Albanian Alps 8 days, AL-ALWTI-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
625,00
40,00

*Single room is only possible at the 1st and 7th day

Category: 2x mid-range hotels, 5x simple & cosy inns

Season 1
Jun 1, 2018 - Oct 7, 2018
Shkoder
Extra night p. p. in DR/BB (Shkoder)
Extra night in SR/BB (Shkoder)
Tirana
Extra night p. p. in DR/BB (Tirana)
Extra night in SR/BB (Tirana)
35,00
49,00
30,00
44,00

Services and infos

  • 7x overnight stays, breakfast included 
  • 5x half board, 6x lunch package
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfers according to programme
  • Transfers to /from airport
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents
  • GPS-device (lend)
  • Service-Hotline

Arrival/Departure

  • Airport Tirana. Organised transfer to Shkoder, duration approx. 1.5 hours, return transfer from the capital Tirana to Tirana airport. Included in the tour price. (arrival/departure after 08:00 pm: surcharge EUR 15 per person/way.)
    Arrival/departure from Podgorica on request only.

Note

  • Number of participants: min. 2 persons
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Ratings

5 of 5 Stars (2 Ratings)
5 stars
Christian kainzner AT | 05.08.2017
Nordalbanische Alpen
Haben uns auf diese Reise besonders vorbereitet. Obwohl wir zuerst skeptisch waren, ist diese Tour auf alle Fälle für Abenteuerlustige weiter zu empfehlen. Die Gegend ist sehr schön, die Leute sehr hilfsbereit, jeder hilft einen weiter. Man wird nach dieser Reise glücklich, aber doch nachdenklich und mit Bescheidenheit heimkehren. Keine Angst - Essen ist auch gut.
5 stars
Christa Jaeger DE | 24.06.2016
Eindrucksvolle Entdeckungstour
Mal wieder eine Tour, die einen wirklich bleibenden Eindruck hinterlassen hat. Sensationelle Landschaften, unglaublich herzliche Menschen ... Toll war vor allem, dass wir fast immer in öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln unterwegs waren und so noch mehr Glegenheit hatten, Einblick in das Leben in Albanien zu bekommen.

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