Intensive hiking in Valbona:the majestic Mount Brijas and Rosi


Booking code VWHK13

5 Days € 390

Travel dates:2018-09-02 to 2018-09-06           Reservation

Travel dates:2018-06-06 to 2018-06-10           Reservation

A short, intensive and exciting travel in Valbona Valley

Unforgettable trip through the picturesque Lake Koman

Summit ascent possibilities: Rosi, 2523 m, Brias 2567m

The vibrant capital city - Tirana

Accommodation in hotels and guest house


This is a short and very intensive journey in Valbona Valley and its surrounding mountains. We will ascend two of the most interesting summits of the Albanian Alps. They are not so far away, but very different from each other. The Rosi Summit, 2,523 meters high, is located on the border between Albania and Montenegro, and offers breath-taking views of both countries.

Brijas, 2567 meters high, is the most imposing of all the peaks of the mountain range Grykat e Hapëta - Zhaborre. Its north face, together with the south wall of Arapi, are the two highest vertical rock walls of the Balkans.


Day 1: The wild-romantic Valbona Valley (500-1100m)

After arrival at noon, transfer from “Mother Teresa” airport to Valbona. The road goes through the city of Gjakova in Kosovo, and re-enters Albania near Bajram Curri. 

Afterwards it runs through the valley, along the Valbona River, surrounded by wild and beautiful natural panorama and the rugged mountain peaks of the Albanian Alps, up to the village of Valbona. In the afternoon we’ll discuss the program for the next days. The accommodation is provided in a guest house in Valbona. (-/-/D)


Day 2: Rosi summit (2522m): T4, WT 8.5h, Am↑1593m, Dm↓1593m

Just after breakfast we will start hiking towards the hanging glacial valley of Kukaj. The trail runs through boulders and meadows, entering the beech forest. Passing by the houses of Kukaj, the path follows the right side of the valley until a small grassy plateau with a mountain hut, where we will be offered a coffee from the local shepherds. From here the hike becomes steeper and the ascent to the northwest leads to the pass at 2150m altitude.

We will continue on the trail that runs parallel to the Montenegrin border towards Rosi summit. From the summit the view is breath-taking and extends up to Jezerca, Vuthaj and Guci in Montenegro. After a short photo break, hike down to the guest house in the valley. (B/L/D)


Day 3: The imposing Brijas Mountain (2567m): T4+, WT 8h, Am↑1630m, Dm↓1630m

The hike to the summit starts at "Fusha e Gjësë" at the altitude of 1000m and follows the north-western side of the mountain range up to the source of "Buni i Ziçit", at 1495 meters altitude.

The path becomes steeper and the ascent leads to an open meadow from which the view extends up to the summit of "Grykat e Hapëta". The trail becomes very challenging and follows for about 300 meters through falling rocks, very difficult to be crossed, up to the pass that leads to the summit. 

Once on the summit you can enjoy an impressive panorama over the Valbona Valley and the village. After a short break on the top, the descent follows the same trail to our guesthouse. (B/L/D)


Day 4: The Koman lake and Tirana (110m)

The day starts with the transfer to Fierza, where our ferry ride begins (important to note that the ferry trip depends on the water level of the lake). The ferry ride across Lake Koman allows you to see some spectacular scenery, not unlike a Norwegian fjord winding its way between high cliffs and towering peaks. We will leave the ferry in Koman, from where the trip will continue by car to Tirana.

Founded in 1614, Tirana became the capital of Albania in 1920 and is the main cultural and industrial centre of Albania. The city boulevards are marked with fascinating relics of the Ottoman, Italian and communist past.

Tirana has changed incredibly in the last twenty years, from the dull, grey city it once was. Tirana is a city where fun is guaranteed: lively, loud, crazy, colourful, simply fascinating.

In the afternoon, a tour of the city is planned along with a visit to the National Historical Museum, Et’hem Bey Mosque and the Skanderbeg monument. After the visit, we will walk to the restaurant for the “A la carte” dinner. Accompaniment back to the hotel. (B/L/D)


Day 5: Transfer to the airport

After breakfast, the transfer to the airport will be according to your scheduled flight. (B/-/-)

Additional information

If you are coming in a prearranged group, you can choose the date of this tour yourself.


On days 2 and 3, due to length of hikes, it is impossible to return to the guest house for lunch. Thus, you will be given a daily lunch-packet with you. 


This journey starts around noon on the arrival day. If you arrive in Tirana in the evening of this day, it is impossible to participate in activities scheduled for day one. All saved expenses will be reimbursed.


The journey begins immediately after landing at the airport in Tirana where reception is scheduled. If you enter Albania through other border checkpoints and via other routes, we can pick you up against additional charge, enabling your participation in the travel. If this is the case, you should carefully fill in the appropriate field of the reservation form.


If you wish to travel to Albania a few days earlier or extend your stay by a few days, we are at your disposal to further organize your journey according to your wishes. All related services and costs are not included in the tour price and as such will be additionally calculated. For this purpose, you should carefully fill in the field "Comments" in the booking form and explain in detail all your desires through an e - mail sent to our agency.

Number of participants: 7 - 8 people

Included in the price:

• Transfer from and to the airport

• All trips, whether by bus, off road vehicle and boat according to the program schedule

• Entrance fees and sightseeing as per program

• 1 night hotel accommodation in a double/twin room, with shower or bathtub and toilet

• 3 nights in guest house in shared rooms, shower/ WC

• 3 x full board (Lunch packet for 2 x lunch)

• Dinner on arrival day and breakfast on departure day

• Selected restaurant "A la carte" in Tirana

• Accompaniment by an English-speaking hiking or culture guide during the entire journey


Not included in the price:

•Any typ e of insurance

• Any beverages


Surcharges:

€ 20, –/Day Single room supplement

Equipment list

Backpack, approximately 30l

Rain cover for backpack

Hiking shoes/boots (category B/C)

Long legged hiking trousers

Waterproof trousers

T-shirts / shirts

Sweater/Jacket: (Recommended Fleece/Wind stopper)

Waterproof jacket

Warm hat

Drinking bottle

Headlamp

Sunhat

Sunscreen

Sunglasses

Slippers

Toiletry

Wipes

Tissues

First aid kit