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Local Village House Trek Albanian Alps

This tour is for adventurous travelers with open minds who like staying in the traditional houses of the native Albanian highlanders, the "malesore". The tour covers some of the most scenic parts of Albania and includes a ferry trip on the spectacular Lake Koman, a trek through the beautiful Valbona Valley, and a visit to the Valley of Thethi. You will hike about 6 hours per day and all overnight stays are in local guesthouses. You will get to experience the best of rural Albania, set high in the Albanian mountains, and admire the spectacular view of one of the largest lakes in Europe from the ruins of the Rozafa Castle. Special highlights of this tour are: - Lake Koman: The ferry trip on Lake Koman is an outstanding experience. The lake is narrow and winding, and stretches along the bed of the Drini River. The lake was formed after the construction of a dam in the 80's. The steep cliffs on both sides create a spectacular landscape reminiscent of Norwegian fjords. - Valbona Valley: This is probably the most beautiful valley of Northern Albania. The turquoise waters of Valbona River flow in the middle of a spectacular border of steep mountain peaks. This is the jewel in the crown of the Albanian Alps. - Theth Valley: A hidden paradise in the heart of the Albanian Alps, the Theth Valley is the starting point for all treks to the highest peaks and passes in the region. It leads to Montenegro in the North, Kosovo in the East and the city of Shkodra in the West.

Itinerary & Extra's

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
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

Local Village House Trek Albanian Alps

Level of the tour: Challenging
This tour is physically challenging, and demands you to be in excellent physical shape.
Normally, the treks are between six to eight hours a day, so preliminary trekking experience is an advantage, but not necessary for those who are in very good shape. During the hikes, you are required to personally carry you own day rucksack. The main luggage will be transported on a mule/ horse or vehicle.

Terrain during the hikes:
This trail is saturated with lots of descends and ascends. The route passes over engraved relief representing alpine terrain with steep slopes, mountain river valleys incised on the mounts, rocky peaks, belts of mountain pine, etc. However, the chosen paths are mostly well trod underfoot and safe.

What to bring:
Breathable light weight waterproof gear (gore-tex, sympatex, etc), fleece/wool pullovers/wind-stopper jackets and gloves, small back-pack with rain coverage, cap, sun-block, mosquito repellent, head-lamp, hiking poles, water bottle, sun glasses/block.

Land only
The “OA” tours are Land Only; the prices do not include your flight, nor transport to and from the airport to hotel. You must make your own way to the starting point of every tour. Please let us know at booking if you would like us to arrange an airport transfer for you.

FAQs

Local Village House Trek Albanian Alps

Do I have to carry my luggage?
All luggage transport will be taken care of by Outdoor Albania. The only thing you will be carrying is your day back pack. However, please make sure you bring a bag and not a suitcase, as we will use horses/mules to carry the luggage for you.

Can I book a single room for the local village house trek?
On this tour, we use local guesthouses where you share a room up to about 5 persons per room. Therefore with the set departure tours, there is no possibility for booking a single room.
It will be possible for private tours and tailor-made tours to book a single room, in in this case we will make sure there are either no other persons sharing the room with you, or we will use small hotels.

Are Airport transfers included in the tour?
Our set departure tours do not include the airport transfers, if you wish to book an airport transfer, please mention this at your booking form.
The price from the airport to Tirana or vise versa is 30 euro (max 3 pax) and the price from the airport to Shkoder or vise versa is 90 euro (max 5 pax). In case you need a transfer for more than the maximum amount of pax, please contact us for prices.

Does this tour has a guaranteed departure?
For the local village house trek we need a min number of 3 participants to guarantee a departure. You can can check our departure dates and see what departures are guaranteed. 42 days prior to departure we will let you know if there are enough participants to run a tour, in case there are not enough participants you can either choose to cancel or pay a small group supplement.

Do I need to be an experienced hiker?
This tour is physically challenging, and demands the participants to be in excellent physical shape.
Normally, the treks are between six to eight hours a day, so preliminary trekking experience is an advantage, but not necessary for those who are in very good shape. During the hikes, participants are required to personally carry their own day rucksack. The main luggage will be transported on a mule/ horse or vehicle.

What is the terrain like during the hikes?
This trail is saturated with lots of descends and ascends. The route passes over engraved relief representing alpine terrain with steep slopes, mountain river valleys incised on the mounts, rocky peaks, belts of mountain pine, etc. However, the chosen paths are mostly well trod underfoot and safe.

What should I bring along on this hiking trip
Breathable light weight waterproof gear (gore-tex, sympatex, etc), fleece/wool pullovers/wind-stopper jackets and gloves, small back-pack with rain coverage, cap, sun-block, mosquito repellent, head-lamp, hiking poles, water bottle, sun glasses/block.

What time does the tour depart?
You will be picked up at your (central) Tirana accommodation at 4.45 a.m. in the morning. In case you depart from Shkoder, you will be picked up at 6.30 a.m. from your (central) Shkoder accommodation.

Ending of the tour
The expected ending of the local village house trek is on day 5, at around 5:00 p.m. in Shkoder and 7.00 p.m. in Tirana. (Please know that these are approximate times, in case you need to be in time for an after tour activity, please let us know at booking).

Can I bring my kids along to the local village house trek?
Yes you can bring your kids to the local village house trek, but do be aware that the hike from Valbona to Thethi takes about 8 hours. There is no way to make this hike any shorter.

In case your question is not answered yet, after reading the FAQ, please feel free to contact us via the enquiry form

Dates and Prices

Local Village House Trek Albanian Alps

Included:
- Full board accommodation in local guesthouses, based shared rooms with up to 5 single beds per room.
- English speaking guide (in case of private tours we can offer guides in the following languages: English, French, Spanish and German).
- All transport from the meeting point in the center of Shkoder until arriving in Shkoder/Tirana (based on public transport).
- Luggage transport (by horse from Valbona to Thethi, bring bags not suitcases!!!)
- Entrance at Kulla in Thethi

Excluded:
- Drinks
- Snacks
- Airport pick up/ delivery.
- Breakfast on day 1
- Dinner on day 5
- Bank transfer fees
- If you wish to pay by credit card, there is a 4.5% service charge over the paid amount.


If you are travelling in a private group, and wish to start the tour in Shkoder, this can be arranged as well.

 

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