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Walking in Albanian Alps

Albanian Alps – the Accursed Mountains extending from northern Albania to west Kosovo and eastern Montenegro (Prokletije in Montenegro), as the southernmost part of the Dinaric Alps, form a massive Balkan range that contains about 40 separate mountains with an altitude above 2,000m and 17 of them with altitudes above 2500m. The two highest peaks of accursed mountains are Jezerca in Albania with 2,694m and Gjeravica in Kosovo at 2,656m altitude.

Our 5-day North Albania hiking adventure takes us to the most stunning areas in all of the Albanian lands. We start with one of the most famed boating in the Shala River. Spend some time exploring, swimming, and getting to know your companions along the way.

Our adventure goes on with a hike to a stunning panorama surrounding Albanian Alps in Valbona Valley National Park. The trip concludes having spent four days roaming through some of the most fabulous scenery that North Albania has to offer.

1-6 Days
North Albania
Trek
Guided
2-8
Chalet
Guided
Relaxed
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Trip Highlights:

 

What's Included

Accommodation (hotel & guesthouse) and meals as written in the daily itinerary; group airport transfer and other transports as required by the itinerary; all entrance fees; ferry into Komani lake; skilled tour leader.

ITINERARY

 

Day 1: After arriving in Albania, visit the ancient city of Shkodra.


 

Meet your guide and fellow travellers at Tirana International Airport, followed by a transfer to Shkodra (1hr 30min), one of the oldest inhabited cities in Albania with a 2500-year-old history. Our knowledgeable guide leads you on a fascinating city tour and will introduce with mountains, the culture, history, the city of Shkodra, the next day tours similarly with Albania in general.

After lunch and a bit of rest, we enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city, exploration takes us to many of Shkodra's most notable sights including Castle Rozafa; Saint Stephen Church; Lead Mosque; Mesi Bridge; Orthodox Church; Ebu Bekr Mosque; The Catholic Cathedral and numerous historic buildings to explore.

The afternoon is left open to rest and explore this ancient and very special city. Perhaps take a walking tour with our guide or on your own to become more familiar with the city.

Accommodation: Hotel; Dinner included.

 

Day 2: Today's adventure begins in Komani lake. Boating in the Shala River.


 

Today starts with an early breakfast before we head off on our first full day of boating. We take a one-hour drive to lovely Komani Lake this morning and board our boat for the transfer across the lake to the “Blini Park” - Shala River, known as a Thailand of Albanian Alps. Then, as we approach, from our boat, we admire the immensity of the river and their myriad shades of blue. Isolated from high peaks, the blue water of Shala River offers adventurers a panorama of those that resemble Thailand's remote.

After lunch and a bit of rest, we have ample time to swim in the clear river, basking in the sun and enjoy exploring the park in your own way. Afterwards, we head back down the trail to the lake where our boat awaits to transport us to the far shore of Fierza, then drive to Valbona Valley, our home for the next two nights. After dinner the remainder of the afternoon is yours to rest, read, enjoy the views or soak in your surroundings. All meals included.

Boating: 3 hours; Walk: 2-3 hours.

 

Albanian Alps Trail

Albanian Alps Map

   

HOLIDAY INFORMATION

English-speaking local guide
Group airport transfers
All accommodation
Meals from lunch day 1 to breakfast day 10
All land transport required by the itinerary
All entrance fees
Luggage transport (more than four people in a group)
Airline tickets
Travel insurance
Visas
Airport taxes
Tips for local staff
Alcoholic beverages or soft drinks
Items of a personal sort
Airport transfers other than group transfers
Airline Tickets (Confirmation and Itinerary)
Passport

To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, the following checklist has been created to help you choose your clothing and gear for this trip. Try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

REQUIRED

Good walking shoes
Day pack (20L – 35L)
Sunhat
Sunglasses
Sun cream
Fleece Gloves
Fleece Hat
Fleece Jacket or Sweater
Underwear
Rain jacket
Warm fleece jacket or jumper
Rain pants
Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)
Trekking trousers
Warm fleece jacket or jumper
Anti-bacterial hand gel
Personal First Aid Kit/Medications (Lightweight)
2 x 1-litre water bottle
Insect spray
Water purification tablets
(Water is provided, but very often this is from local wells or mountain streams and is not chlorinated. If you are concerned about drinking untreated water, we suggest you bring a supply of water treatment tablets.)

OPTIONAL

Flashlight or Headlamp
Trekking Poles
Shorts
Trainers or sandals
Bandana
Liner Socks (Synthetic)
Shoes for Travel and Free Time
Casual Clothing for Travel and Town Wear (Lightweight, Easily Washable)
Spare laces
Luggage Tags and Locks
Pen-knife
Camera and Accessories
Ear Plugs
Reading and Writing Materials
Small Binoculars
Whistle
Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Albania has a high number of climatic regions for so small an area. Generally, experiences a Mediterranean climate with summer temperatures at 25ºC on average in the day, and the warmest months are July and August where temperatures can rise to 30ºC and above.

Kosovo has a largely Continental climate, although Pristina is considered an Oceanic climate. Generally, summers are long and dry, and winters are mild and rainy, with occasional heavy snowfall in the mountains. It can get surprisingly hot in summer, between May and August, with temperatures sometimes reaching as high as 32°C (90°F). The warmest month is July, with an average high temperature of 26°C (79°F). Winters are cold and snowfall is common. The coldest month is January, with an average low temperature of -5°C (23°F).

The unit of currency in Albania is the Lek (ALL). However, the Euro is accepted.

The unit of currency in Kosovo and Montenegro is the Euro.

Note: Buying Lek is possible only in Albania

ATM Availability

Shkoder
Bajram Curri (17Km away from Valbona)
Time zone: GMT +1
Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50 Hz, two-pin round plugs.

Montenegro Emergency numbers

92 (Police); 94 (Medical emergency)
United States Consulate, Podgorica: +382 (0) 20 410 500
Canadian Embassy, Belgrade, Serbia (also responsible for Montenegro): +381 (0)11 306 3000
Australian Embassy, Belgrade, Serbia (also responsible for Montenegro): +381 (0)11 330 3400
British Consulate, Podgorica: +382 (0) 81 205 460
Podgorica International Airport: +382 0 20 444 244

Albania Emergency numbers

129 (Police); 127 (Ambulance)
Embassy of United States, Tirana: +355 (0) 4 224 7285
British Embassy, Tirana: +355 (0) 4 223 4973
Consulate of Canada to the Republic of Albania, Tirana: +355 (0) 4 225 7274
Tirana International Airport: +355 42 381 800

Kosovo Emergency numbers

112 (Police); 94 (Ambulance)
British Embassy, Pristina: +383 (0) 38 254 700
U.S. Embassy, Pristina: +383 (0) 38 59 59 3000
German Embassy, Pristina: +383 (0) 38 254 500
Pristina International Airport: +383 (0) 38 501 502 12 14
Western Balkans Lonely Planet
The Accursed Mountains - Robert Carver
Broken April - Ismail Kadare
High Albania - Edith Durham

   


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