Difficulty level
1 day
Walking and hiking
Activity type

This day trip is for adventurous people who like exploring caves and the rural areas that surround Tirana.

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 pass along the river, where when the weather is good you can take a refreshing 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 trail is safe for hikers as of 2010, when the entire path was repaired by the Outdoor Albania Association. The view from the trail is spectacular, with the mountainside dropping down into the canyon of Erzen River.

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.

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: Hike to the village and the cave of Pellumbas
START/FINISH Tirana/Tirana
TYPE: Guided hiking trip
CODE: W 1.1
LEVEL: Moderate
PERIOD: Year-round
English speaking guide
Additional drinks and food
Bank transfer fees
If you wish to pay by creditcard or PayPal there is a 4,5% service charge

*Private tour
If you wish to do this tour on a specific 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
This day trip to the cave of Pellumbas is available as private 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 advised to take the 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.

Good to know

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

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

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.


Meet and great

Pick up at the meeting point


Departure to the village of Pellumbas, Upon arrival start hiking to the cave of Pellumbas

Visit the cave.

Return to the village of Pellumbas

Visit the river (option to swim)

Late lunch of local food.



Back to Tirana.

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