Hiking Albania Adventure
11 days / 10 nights
“Mother Theresa” International Airport - Lepush (Northern Albania)
You will be picked up by Albania Adventure guides at “Mother Theresa” International Airport and we will be headed northward of Albania, toward Lepush village. Lepush is located in the most northern part of Albania, in the district of Malesi e Madhe at an altitude of 1400 m. Bordered by Monte Negro, this village becomes noticeable after a 5 hour-drive. The village seems lost in time, located among the Albanian Alps, in a deep distant valley. As soon as we reach Lepush, we will be accommodated in a guesthouse where typical, traditional and delicious home cooked food will be enjoyed.
In the afternoon we will be hiking nearly five hours at a T2+ difficulty level, towards the top of Brizhdol, reaching in this way at an altitude of 1979 m above sea level. In the evening we are going to be relaxed by the fireplace.
Lepush - Vermosh
Once having tasted the delicious, fresh and local products, we leave in the direction of Gebreni mountain top, at an altitude of 1839 m and at a T2 difficulty level hiking to finally reach Vermosh village where accommodation is provided for the night. Vermosh is the northernmost village of Albania. At an altitude of 1100 m above sea level, it is geographically positioned in the Albanian-Monte Negro frontier. Vermosh is widely known for its stunning panorama and snowfall which last approximately 100 days round the year. There are also more than 30 kinds of medicinal and endemic plants. Popular activities you can choose from in Vermosh include hiking, fishing and horse riding.
During our visit in this village we will have the feeling of reliving the past. It used to be a deserted place during communism, but nowadays its stone houses are fanatically preserved. We need to hike through a canyon’s fabulous landscape to reach our destination, Vermosh, where the superb local cuisine will be tasted. Accommodation will be also provided here.
Vermosh - Thethi Valley
Our next day’s destination is Thethi valley, which will be reached by driving 4x4 Albania Adventure vehicles. Thethi valley rises at an altitude of 750 m above sea level. Considered by foreign tourists as “Europe’s last Paradise”, the village is located in the northernmost part of Shala valley, amongst the Alps offering a fabulous landscape. The area’s natural resources are closely connected with the historic and cultural heritage of local residents, laying in this way the most important foundations for tourism promotion. George Heinshemer, the famous mountaineer, in his writings considered Thethi as the most suitable place for tourism among Accursed mountains (Bjeshket e Namuna), comparing it with the most beautiful places of Tyrol, Austria. Once arriving there you are about to bewitched by the most breathtaking alpine landscapes
We get off the vehicles at a place called Thore’s notch after a nearly 3-hour-drive, 1775 m above sea level, to hike downwards Thethi valley. It is a 1000m descent, at a T3 difficulty level hiking, which lasts approximately 4 hours in the wilderness. Thethi valley’s fantastic landscapes are beyond imagination. We will be hosted at a 350-year-old-guesthouse, rebuilt in 2012.
Visit to the “Blue Eye” and Thethi’s waterfall
Our adventure restarts the next morning with the following destination - Nderlyse. In this way we have the opportunity to enjoy an “Off Road” adventurous experience by driving our 4x4 vehicles along Thethi valley from Okoli to Nderlyse to stop driving there so as to continue with hiking towards the “Blue Eye”. The location of this beauty is down on Kaprre, one of the most beautiful villages in the Alps. On the way to the “Blue Eye” we will be stunned by one of Thethi’s natural beauty, Grunas canyon, one of the jewel canyons in the entire country.
The Blue Eye is formed by the erosion of rock by the water flowing down the mountain. This region is one of the rarest in Albania. It is composed of the Black river which is entirely formed from the melting snow in the Alps.
This is going to be a relatively easy 3-hour round trip, at a T1 difficulty level hiking. When in this region we are certainly going to be marveled by the fabulous scenery along the Kaprre river. We are going to enjoy our packed lunch at Nderlysa river tubs.
In the afternoon we start our 4x4 vehicles again to approach Thethi’s waterfall. After a 20 - minute - Off Road adventure, we are going to proceed with hiking for around 40 minutes, at a T1 difficulty level. At an altitude of 30 m above sea level, Thethi waterfall is one of the most extraordinary natural beauties in the Albanian Alps. The waterfall snow water, which springs from a rock, makes this waterfall unique in its own kind.
Theth - Arapi Summit, 2217 m
We start our day at dawn as we are climbing Arapi top this day, at an altitude 2217 m above sea level and a T4 difficulty level hiking this is an adventure which lasts for nearly 9 hours.
Arapi Summit is one of the highest peaks rising at the bottom of Thethi Valley from where we are going to admire the spectacular view of the entire valley. We will enjoy our packed lunch at Peja Notch, 1900 m altitude, after having descended Arapi summit.
Theth - Valbona Pass, 1812 m
TThis day differs from the others as we are leaving from Thethi towards Valbona valley. We depart from Thethi at an altitude nearly 900m in the direction of Valbona pass, situated at an altitude 1812 m above sea level. At this point of our adventure we will be enjoying remarkable scenery of both valleys. Two mules will help us carry part of our luggage this day.This T3 difficulty level hiking lasts 6-8 hours. Once reaching the upper part of Valbona valley - Rragam, we will be picked up by our 4x4 vehicles to continue in this way our Off Road adventure along the valley and finish it at the hotel where we will be accommodated.
Valbone - Jezerca Summit, 2694 m
We are living early the next morning to reach the Albanian Alps summit, Jezerca. We set off at an altitude of 810 m above sea level to reach Jezerca summit, 2694 m. This segment of our adventure will last nearly 11 hours at a T5 difficulty level hiking. Hiking towards this summit, which is otherwise known as “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 unique. There is also a notebook found there in which hikers write down their names. In the evening we will be accommodated at the guesthouse again.
Peak of Ros
Departure will be early in the morning towards the Peak of Ros, one of the most picturesque peaks of the Albanian Alps, with a height of 2524 m and a difficulty level T4 the walk will last about 9 hours. During this day we will do about 1550 m interchanges, where during the climbing we can admire even the permanent snow. Lunch will be eaten in the Neck of Ros about 2000 m above sea level, overlooking the valley of Valbona. At this altitude, you will see the villages on the border of Montenegro, but the most important is that you can enjoy the view of the Dinaric Alps Albanian peaks. Accommodation again host home in Valbona.
Valbone - National Park of Llogara
At 06:00 am we restart our adventure as it is necessary to drive for almost an hour towards Komani Lake. It is the point where we boat the ship and during the 3 hour-sailing we will be acquainted with Komani lake, which closely resembles with Norwegian fjords. The panorama here is considered as a gem of Albanian natural beauties. We will be having lunch at a restaurant along the way tasting the delicious and fresh local cuisine.
Late in the afternoon we arrive at the national Park of Llogara, which was declared by the Albanian Government as a National Park in 1966. Accommodation at a hotel inside the park.
National Park of Llogara - Cika Mountain, 2045 m
We depart from Llogara notch, at an altitude of 1027 m above sea level, towards Cika mountain, 2045 altitude above sea level. This is a T4 difficulty level hiking experience which continues for approximately 10 hours. Following the path, with a view to reaching Cika mountain summit, we will spot the Karaburun peninsula and Sazani Island as well. Furthermore, we will be accompanied continuously by magnificent scenery of Albanian southern beaches and Greek islands, among them the Greek island of Corfu.
The night will be spent at a hotel-restaurant inside the national park of Llogara.
National Park of Llogara – “Mother Theresa” International airport.
Depending on your flight timetable, we will be headed towards “Mother Theresa” International airport.