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Hike to the Village and Cave of Pellumbas

This day trip is for adventurous people who like exploring caves and the rural area's that Tirana is surrounded by. We will make a fantastic hike with wonderful views, explore the inside of the cave with torches where you can find stunning stalactites and stalagmites and bats hanging on the sealing. We will visit the river, when the weather is good you can swim, and taste some of the delicious local dishes. We will leave Tirana for a drive of about 45 minutes to the village of Pellumbas. After a coffee at a local bar (where you can also taste the locally produced liquour raki) we start walking along the 2 km trail that leads to “Shpella e Zeze” or “The Black Cave of Pellumbas”. The view from the trail is spectacular, with the mountainside dropping down into the canyon of Erzen River. The trail is safe for hikers as of 2010, when the entire path was repaired by the Outdoor Albania Association. The cave stands at an elevation of 350 meters and is said to be one of the earliest prehistoric settlements of the area. Tools and artifacts dating back to the neolith, bronze and iron eras have been found there, as well as fossils attributed to the cave bears (ursus spelae) that lived in the cave more than 10,000 years ago. You will enter the cave and observe the stalactites and stalagmites, and you might even be able to track a bat's nest. Those who prefer to stay outside will have to wait for 15 minutes while enjoying the wonderful view. We will then walk back to Pellumbas village and enjoy a nice refreshing swim in the river. This is followed by a delicious light lunch of dishes that are typical to the area. After some relaxing and Turkish coffee in the garden, the group will take the local minibus back to Tirana. 


Hike to the Village and Cave of Pellumbas

The tour itinerary is as follows:

10:00 a.m. - gather at the meeting point
10:15 a.m. - departure to the village of Pelumbas
11:00 a.m. - arrival at Pellumbas village; coffee at a local bar
11.45 a.m. - start hike to the cave of Pellumbas
12.45 p.m. - visit the cave
1:00 p.m. - return to the village of Pellumbas
2:00 p.m. - visit the river (option to swim)
3:00 p.m. - Late lunch of local food
5:00 p.m. - local minivan back to Tirana.

*Private tour
If you wish to do this tour on a different date, please contact us via the enquire now button. We have guides who can speak Albanian, English, Italian, French, German, Italian, Dutch or Spanish.”

Essential Info

Hike to the Village and Cave of Pellumbas

This day trip to the cave of Pelumbas has a daily departure, please contact us via the enquiry form to check for possibilities.

Level of the tour:
Moderate. No previous hiking experience is needed. However, you should be fit enough to hike uphill for about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

What to bring
You are requested to wear walking shoes, bring enough water for the hike (1.5 liters), wear a cap and carry their swimming suits and a towel.

This is a group activity; you are requested to respect the advice of the guide and stay in a group.

Other Disclosures
Torches will be provided to you before entering the cave.


Hike to the Village and Cave of Pellumbas

Availability & Prices

Hike to the Village and Cave of Pellumbas

- A light lunch
- A coffee
- English speaking guide
- Transport from the pick up location in Tirana to the village of Pellumbas and back
- Entrance fee of the cave

- Additional drinks
- Snacks
- Bank transfer fees
- If you wish to pay by credit card or PayPal there is a 4,5% service charge over the total paid amount.

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