Local Village House Trek Albanian Alps

Day 1: The Koman Dam and the river Drin.
Early in the morning we will depart from Shkoder and drive to the ferry of Koman, which passes through the spectacular canyon of the Drin River. The lake was created after the construction of the Dam of Koman in the 80's. The trip will continue by car along the beautiful valley of the Valbona River, to the charming village of Dunishë, where the group will stay overnight.
Dinner and accommodation are in a village house in Dunishë the best starting point for all kinds of hikes in the surrounding mountains. The lovely little lake behind the house is an ideal spot to rest after a long day.

Overnight: Guesthouse in Valbona
Dinner: Home-cooked meal by a local family


Day 2: Trekking to the village of Kukaj
Trekking will start from the house toward the village of Kukaj (900 m). From there, a shepherd's path will take the group to the remote landscapes of the Eastern Alps of Albania to reach Qafa e Rosit (2000 m; approximately seven to eight hours of walking). The path climbs smoothly amidst green meadows, with gorgeous views of the Jezerca Mountain and Rrethi i Bardhë, the White Circle. At the end of the day, the tour will rest in the same place as the previous night. (750m).

Overnight: Guesthouse
Dinner: Traditional dinner at a local family

Hike information:
Gradient: 1100m ; - 1100m
Duration: 7 hours


Day 3: Over the pass to Thethi
After breakfast, the group will drive 10 km to the village of Rrogam (900m), where the next round of trekking will begin. The journey will peak at the Pass of Valbona (1966 m). This is the classic route through the Albanian Alps, which for centuries has linked the two valleys of the area, Valbona and Thethi. Mules/horses will be used to carry luggage to the next resting area. The Albanian highlanders commonly use the path from late spring to the first snow of winter. Participants can enjoy the refreshing natural springs along the way, and the peaks of Jezerca and Radohima. The group will start the descent towards the village of Thethi (850-900 m), where they will rest overnight after about eight hours of walking. Thethi is the best-preserved Alpine village in Albania, with typical houses still roofed with wooden tiles amid stunning surroundings. The group will stay overnight in one of the traditional houses and enjoy extraordinary hospitality.

Overnight: Guesthouse Thethi
Dinner: Traditional dinner at a local family

Hike information:
Gradient: 1300m ; - 1400m
Duration:7 hours



Day 4: Discover Thethi
Thethi is one of the best-known villages of Northern Albania, because of its stunning beauty and traditional houses. The group will walk down from the house (850m) and visit the attractions near the village, including the Church (750m), the Kulla e Ngujimit (a tower house used in the past by men as a shelter against ongoing vendettas), the Thethi Waterfall (820m) and the Grunasi Canyon. The group will also visit the Cyclopean stonewalled terraces dating from the late bronze era, but discovered only in 2007. Travellers will retire to the same house as the night before.

Overnight: Guesthouse Thethi
Dinner: Traditional dinner by a local family

Hike information:
Gradient: -150m ; 150m
Duration:4 hours


Day 5: Shkoder and Tirana
We will leave Thethi to start our last day of spectacular trekking in direction of the village of Boga. During this day we will walk along Shtegu i Dheneve - the Path of the Sheep, which is another classic way of the Albanian Alps that connects the villages of Thethi and Boga. After Pass (1830m a.s.l) and the stunning views it offers of Bjeshket e Namuna – The Accursed Mountains, the walk will continue downhill along the side Radohima mountain range until we reach the village of Boga (900m a.s.l).
We will have lunch in this picturesque village surrounded by vertical slopes with peaks above 2000m high, and than leave through the Boga valley towards Shkodra and than Tirana (120km – 3hrs).
You can either decide to stop your trip in arrival in Shkoder or in Tirana.

Transfer information:
Distance: 160 km
Duration: 2,5 hours

Hike information:
Gradient: 900m ; -900m
Duration:7 hours


*Private tour
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