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View of snow capped Albanian Alps mountain range as seen from Valbona valley in northern Albania

Join us as we discover this undiscovered Balkan gem, a land of jaw dropping scenery, wonderful hospitality and fascinating culture. All of this makes it perfect for a unique and adventurous walking holiday we will journey through the magnificent Accursed Mountains and uncover some of its many secrets. This off-the-beaten track wilderness is home to spectacular alpine landscapes and elusive wildlife including lynx, chamois, wolf, deer, golden eagles, buzzards, owls and falcons. Grade: Medium

Man looking up at Theth Waterfall, Theth, The Accursed Mountains, Albania

Itinerary

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Day 1 – UK – Kruja. After landing at Tirana Airport, we will meet our Solos Tour Leader and local guide and transfer to the beautiful old town of Kruja. We will have a short visit of Kruja visiting the Ethnographic museum, castle, Scanderberg museum and the old bazaar. Enjoy a short briefing about our holiday and dinner at the hotel tonight. Overnight Kruja (D).

  • Accommodation 4 * Hotel Panorama Kruje
  • MEALS Dinner included

Day 2 – Kruja – Koman – Valbona. After breakfast we start our journey towards Valbona National Park. During this trip we sail along Koman Lake, which traces the beautiful Albanian Alps and is renowned as one of the most wonderful journeys in the country. After arriving in Valbona we can either relax at our hotel or go on a short walk to explore our surroundings. The National Park of “Lugina e Valbones” is known as the gem of the Albanian Alps, it lies between the rugged, remote and breath-taking mountain peaks and offers a huge range of biodiversity and is consequently of significant scientific interest. Overnight Valbona (B, D).

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Guest House Margjeka
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 3 – Valbona – Kukaj – Valbona. Today we explore the Kukaj valley located North West of Valbona and offers fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. On our walk today we may be lucky enough to spot some signs of bears (such as fur and claw marks). Overnight Valbona (B, L, D).

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Guest House Margjeka
  • MEALS All meals included

Day 4 – Valbone – Theth. Today we don our hiking boots and walk some of the most spectacular trails of the Albanian Alps, crossing the valley of Valbona and the Valley of Theth. We will take a path which commands fantastic views of the surrounding mountains including the Jezerca peak. From here, we will being our ascent into Theth, which is known as the best-preserved alpine village in Albania. Its typical houses are still covered with traditional wooden tiles and its location is truly spectacular. Overnight Theth (B, L, D).

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Gjecaj
  • MEALS All meals included

Day 5 – Theth. After breakfast, we can enjoy a guided tour of Theth. We will visit the church, the Kulla e Ngujimit (a tower house refuge) and the Grunasi canyon. Later we can enjoy a walk in Theth National Park which lies in the centre of the Albanian Alps, attractions include an unusual and beautiful church built in 1882, spectacular waterfalls, a working watermill (which is still used to grind corn) and an ethnographic museum. Overnight Theth (B, L, D).

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Gjecaj
  • MEALS All meals included

Day 6 – Theth. Today we will spend hiking to the peak of Peja (approx. 1900m), one of the most beautiful hiking trails of the Albanian Alps. The higher we climb, the more attractive the landscape and the views over the valley. Overnight Theth (B, L, D).

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Gjecaj
  • MEALS All meals included

Day 7 – Theth – Fishte – Tirana. After breakfast we leave the Alps and head to the village of Fishta, the birthplace of the most famous Albanian Franciscan, poet of the national renaissance and translator – Gjergj Fishta. We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and visit a local pottery and farm. After lunch, we continue on to the vibrant and colourful capital Tirana, this former communist city has undergone a magnificent transformation in recent years and is an up-and-coming destination for many travellers. Overnight Tirana (B, L, D).

  • Accommodation 4 * Hotel Vila Alba
  • MEALS All meals included

Day 8 – Tirana – UK. After breakfast we transfer to the airport before our return flight to the UK. (B)

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Walking the Albanian Alps

Albania offers a remarkable array of unique attractions, ancient mountains, forgotten archaeological sites and villages where time seems to have stood still. Known as the land of smiles, Albanians are proud of their strong traditions and stunning scenery including the magnificent Accursed Mountains and bustling capital Tirana. But hurry, as the word is well and truly out!

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

3 hours

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:

Jan, Feb, Mar 10°C,
Apr 14°C, May 19°C,
Jun 22°C, Jul, Aug 26°C,
Sep 23°C, Oct 18°C,
Nov, Dec 13°C

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 1 hours

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What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Single room with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • 5 guided walks
  • Guided tour of Theth
  • Entrance to a ceramic pottery centre and bio-farm
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader and local guide
  • Solos Board:
    Breakfasts and dinners daily
  • 4 lunch boxes and 1 lunch in a local restaurant

What’s extra:

  • Insurance see here
  • Temperature:
    Average daily maximum:
    Sept - Tirana 25°C, Theth 20°C

Walking Notes

  • Grade: Medium
  • Distance: 6 to 15km per day
  • Walking boots: Essential
  • NB:
    You must ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the chosen Walk or Trek according to the different grades.



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What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Single room with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • 5 guided walks
  • Guided tour of Theth
  • Entrance to a ceramic pottery centre and bio-farm
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader and local guide
  • Solos Board:
    Breakfasts and dinners daily
  • 4 lunch boxes and 1 lunch in a local restaurant

What’s extra:

  • Insurance see here
  • Temperature:
    Average daily maximum:
    Sept - Tirana 25°C, Theth 20°C

Walking Notes

  • Grade: Medium
  • Distance: 6 to 15km per day
  • Walking boots: Essential
  • NB:
    You must ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the chosen Walk or Trek according to the different grades.



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