Moderate
Difficulty level
1 day
Duration
Snowshoeing
Activity type

Outdoors enthusiasts of all kinds will find this an enjoyable and unique opportunity to enjoy Albania’s rugged mountain landscapes in wintertime. This tour takes you to Micek, a beautiful but secluded place just a short drive from Tirana. You will walk through this astounding landscape with the help of snowshoes and, of course, and experienced guide. Snowshoeing is a sport for any level of previous experience, from beginners to advanced. Outdoor Albania was the first company to offer guided trips to the Mecek summit, starting in 2004. It released the first documentary about Mecek in 2003, and then in 2004 for “News 24”. It is the only organization in Albania that uses state-of-the-art mountain gear and offers experienced guiding. Founder and owner Gent Mati is an experienced climber and skier. He has participated in numerous ski-touring races and events in the Alps of Europe since 1994 and organized the Glacier Continental Expedition (Patagonia-Argentina/Chile) in 2003.

You can either join one of our scheduled departures (please see the calendar at the right) or you can book this tour as a private departure.

TOUR: Panoramic snowshoeing in rural Albania
TYPE: Guided snowshoeing trip
CODE: S1.1
LEVEL: Moderate
PRICE: 35 euros per person
DATES: November-April
PERIOD: Winter
START/FINISH: Tirana/Tirana
INCLUDE
A picnic lunch
An English speaking guide
Equipment: snowshoes, gaiters and poles
Transport in 4WD/ minibus Tirana-Mali Me Gropa-Tirana
NOT INCLUDE
Additional drinks and food
Bank transfer fees
If you wish to pay by credit card or PayPal there is a 4,5% service charge

Essential Info:

Participant guidelines
You are advised to make sure they bring hats and gloves, and that they wear warm clothes, as mountain weather can change suddenly. It is best to wear several layers of clothes, so that if it gets warm some can be taken off. The top layer should be waterproof in case of snow. Shoes should be waterproof mountain shoes. Please note that your shoes will be in contact with snow. Gaiters (snow protectors covering legs and ankles) will be provided. Rubber boots are not recommended as they will not be warm enough. For safety reasons, participants without hats and gloves will not be allowed to join the trip.

What to bring
Mountain shoes for the hike, spare shoes and socks for the return, hat, gloves, sunglasses and a small backpack. The weather in the mountains can be greatly different from Tirana, so you are advised to dress warmly, and to remember to bring a personal water bottle.

Good to know

Pick-up location
Central Tirana, to be specified at booking confirmation

Drop-off location
Central Tirana, to be specified at booking confirmation

Attention:
persons with heart disease, respiratory problems or other conditions not compatible with outdoor sports are not advised to participate in this trip. If they do, they do so at their own risk.

Children policy
Children are welcome on the tour, however they should have some experience with hiking. Children under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult. In addition our snow shoes start with size 38.

1

08:30


Group gathers at meeting point.
2

8:45


OA vehicle departs for Dajti Mountain; across Qafe Priske and onward to Qafe Molle
3

10:30


Drive ends near Feken (1,350 m above sea level)
4

10:45


After a brief technical explanation from the guide, the group will start the walk to Meceku summit (1,820 m). At the high mountain pass, (1,640 m), participants who choose not to go to the top can wait for the others near the old shepherd’s hut (1,500 m) and relax with a cup of hot tea.
5

12:30


Picnic lunch at the shepherd’s hut.
6

02:30


Drive back to Tirana.
7

04:00


Arrival in Tirana.

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