You will be picked up by Tradition & Adventure guides at hotel and we will be headed northward of Albania, toward Lepush village. Lepush is 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 towards 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.
These day we leave in the direction of Gebreni mountain top. 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.
Our next day’s destination is Thethi valley, which will be reached by driving 4×4 Tradition & 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 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 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. Thethi valley’s fantastic landscapes are beyond imagination. We will be hosted at a 350-year-old-guesthouse, rebuilt in 2012.
Our adventure restarts the next morning with the following destination – Nderlyse. 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. 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 4×4 vehicles again to approach Thethi’s waterfall. 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.
We start our day at dawn as we are climbing Arapi top this day, at an altitude 2217 m above sea level 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.
This 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. Once reaching the upper part of Valbona valley – Rragam, we will be picked up by our 4×4 vehicles to continue in this way our Off-Road adventure along the valley and finish it at the hotel where we will be accommodated.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
We depart from Llogara notch, at an altitude of 1027 m above sea level, towards Cika mountain, 2045 altitude above sea level. 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.
Depending on your flight timetable, we will be headed towards “Mother Theresa” International airport.
955 Euro per person for minimum 5 pax sharing a double room
700 Euro per person for minimum 10 pax sharing a double room
620 Euro per person for minimum 15 pax sharing a double room
608 Euro per person for minimum 20 pax sharing a double room
Single supplement = 141 Euro
Note: These prices are valid for the middle and low season.