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 unspoiled fairytale 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 colorful 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. 5.5 hours
12 km
750 m
700 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 center of the Alps.

approx. 6.5 hours
15 km
750 m
1,120 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 offer spectacular views onto the surrounding peaks. At the end of the tour you return to your accommodation.

approx. 6.5 hours
10 km
990 m
990 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 neighboring 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
10 km
280 m
280 m

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 6.5 hours maximum per day. Enjoy the fantastic views onto the mountain world and the crystal clear waters amidst nearly unspoiled and wild nature and scenery.

Prices and events

All data for 2019 at a glance
Season 1
Jun 1, 2019 - Oct 7, 2019
daily
North-Albanian Alps 8 days, AL-ALWTI-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
669,00
40,00

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

Category: 3x mid-range hotels, 4x simple & cozy inns

Season 1
Jun 1, 2019 - Oct 7, 2019
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)
36,00
54,00
30,00
44,00

Services and infos

Included:

  • 7x overnight stays as stated, breakfast included 
  • 5x evening meal (not in Shkoder and Tirana)
  • 6x lunch package
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfers according to program
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS-tracks available
  • Service hotline

Optional:

  • Organized transfer from Tirana airport to Shkoder (duration approx. 1.5 hours), as well as return transfer from Tirana city to Tirana airport EUR 60,- per trip (surcharge for arrival and departure transfer Tirana after 20:00, EUR 15,- per trip). Pre-registration required, payable in advance.
  • Arrival/departure from Podgorica on request only.

Arrival / Departure:

  • Airport Tirana.
  • If you have a valid Schengen visa or a residence permit in a Schengen state, you do not need a visa to stay in Albania. Otherwise, please contact the nearest embassy.

     

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Number of participants: min. 2 persons
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
Franziska Schwaiger
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Ratings

4.9 of 5 Stars (7 Ratings)
5 stars
Ines B. DE | 03.10.2018
Überraschung in einem kleinen wunderbaren Land
Die Ruhe und Abgeschiedenheit samt nächtlichem Sternenhimmel in den Tälern war wunderschön. Die Touren doch recht anspruchsvoll und ohne GPS so manchesmal schwer zu finden. Touristische Highlights wie Blue Eye oder Valbona Pass finden viele Interessenten, aber es hält sich noch in Grenzen. Menschen, Essen, Natur aber auch Religion, die krasse Sprache sowie Kultur und Vergangenheit bieten viel Interessantes und Inspirierendes. Der Balkan hat sich damit ganz nah in den Fokus gerückt und macht Lust auf weitere Entdeckungen. Es hat auf jeden Fall Spaß gemacht und war sehr abwechslungsreich.
5 stars
Holger Wende DE | 06.08.2018
Tolle und zuverlässige Beratung, 1a Reiseunterlagen, auch zur Vorbereitung. Perfekte Betreuung vor Ort!
Die gesamte Tour war von Beginn an bis zum letzten Tag durchgehend "Highlight". Albanien ist nicht nur landschaftlich schön; auch die Bevölkerung ist hilfsbereit und freundlich, wie wir es nicht erwartet hatten. Keine Tour von Eurohike war bisher vergleichbar; jede eine individuelle Schönheit! Ganz großen Dank an Eurohike und ganz besonders auch an die Partner!!! Gäbe es mehr als 5 Sterne: Auch die würden wir geben.
5 stars
Günter Koenemund DE | 28.06.2018
Wir sind erfüllt von dieser Tour zurückgekehrt
Wunderschöne Streckenführung, einsame Wälder, traumhafte Ausblicke, herzliche Menschen. Alles hat bestens funktioniert (Transfers, Übernachtungen, Essen). Wir sind begeistert von dieser Tour.
4 stars
Heike Dr. Gose DE | 23.06.2018
Traumhaft
Faszinierende Panoramen, unberührte Natur, Schnee und bunte Blumen, sehr bemühte, und absolut zuverlässige Partneragentur vor Ort.
5 stars
Ulrich Grass DE | 11.06.2018
Sehr schöne Tour
Die Reise war sowohl von Eurohike (herzlichen Dank an Frau Franziska Schwaiger) als auch vor Ort (sehr freundliche und hilfreiche Unterstützung) sehr gut organisiert. Man wandert in wunderbarer Natur und trifft freundliche und immer hilfsbereite Leute, auch wenn manchmal die Verständigung abenteuerlich war (aber auch das macht Spaß). Empfehlenswerte Wanderung.
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 Gelegenheit hatten, Einblick in das Leben in Albanien zu bekommen.

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