Albania's Accursed Mountains
Albania, Trek & Walk, 9 days - from £595 (land only) - from €835 (land only) - from $980 (land only)
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Trek with us and experience one of the warmest welcomes in Europe. Wild scenery, rugged peaks and unforgettable hospitality. Don't miss out on the few remaining spaces left for 2015 or book now for 2016!
- Superb trekking holiday through the spectacular Albanian Alps
- Experience wild Albania by crossing the Valbona Pass on foot
- Hike through two spectacular national parks - Valbona and Thethi
- Experience Lake Koman by boat and explore historical Kruja
- Stay in the beautiful village of Thethi with its `lock-in tower`
Stunning and remote, Albania is an undiscovered gem and a trekking holiday in this fascinating country is like stepping back in time. In the far north of Albania, a range of rugged peaks rises to a high point at Jezerca (2694m) and is known locally as the Albanian Alps. The Albanian Alps form the southern part of a mountain range called the Dinaric Alps, which extend for 650 km along the coast of the Adriatic, from the Julian Alps in Slovenia, south to Mt Korab on the border between Albania and Macedona. The intrepid British traveller and artist Edith Durham travelled to the Thethi Valley in the 20th century. The book 'High Albania,' about her travels in 1908 mentions "forgetting all about the rest of the world" and the country still enchants visitors today. From the lakeside town of Shkodra, we journey to the village of Thethi, with its traditional wooden houses and impressive stone "lock-in" tower that sheltered the men-folk in times of blood feud. From here, we enjoy a series of beautiful walks before trekking with mule-support across the spectacular Valbona Pass into the lovely Valbona Valley. Staying in basic and newly established guesthouses is all part of the trekking experience, as we'll be treated to traditional food and true mountain hospitality. We leave these enchanting mountains by memorable ferry ride on the fjord-like Lake Koman, a definite highlight along our journey. Our final night is spent in the atmospheric and historic town of Kruja, where we'll have time to explore the bazaar. Isolated from the outside world for much of the 20th century, Albania is a superb adventure travel destination, blessed with stunning mountain scenery, fascinating history and welcoming people.
Is this holiday for you?
This is a low-level trekking holiday (maximum elevation is below 2000 metres) with no camping. Generally we are always following well-established trails between valleys and villages that are suitable for mules and very straightforward for trekkers. There are some steep ascents and descents and the crossing of the Valbona Pass cannot be avoided other than by a very long road journey - this day is a journey into the next valley and the crux of the trip. Some of the walks are optional. You should ensure you are physically prepared for the trek and able to walk for approximately 6 - 7 hours each day and for several days continuously.