Short hike in Theth and ascent of Jezerca

Booking code TWIHZK15

5 Days € 349

Travel dates:2017-07-01 to 2017-07-05           Reservation

Travel dates:2017-09-06 to 2017-09-10           Reservation

Walking/hiking through the intact nature in Thethi National Park
Summit ascent possibility: Jezerca 2694 m
Accommodation in hotels, guest house and tents
Shkodra: the old city of history and tradition

This journey brings you in Thethi National Park. Thethi village lies in an impressive valley and is a good starting point for hiking and touring the national park. Although remote and isolated for much of the year, the village is known for its warm hospitality. You have the possibility to ascent Jezerca (Jezera), the highest mountain of the Dinaric Alps. Jezerca has a large rocky peak of dolomite limestone and there is no vegetation on it. On the north, east and west of the summit, the mountain slopes down into cirques which were formed from the Ice Age glaciers. Nowadays at an altitude between 1,980 and 2,100 meters, in the northern cirque named "Buni i Jezercës", is a 400 meter long active glacier. Two other smaller active glaciers are located in the eastern cirque "Lugu i Zajeve". In the winter falls lots of snow, which at the little exposed areas melts away only in very dry years.

Day 1: Thethi, the oldest village in the Albanian alps, 750 m.
The tour begins immediately upon arrival in Tirana airport around noon. The first stop of the day is Shkodra, one of the oldest inhabited cities in Albania with an over 2400-years old history. After a brief exploration of the city we continue to Theth where dinner and accommodation in a simple but clean guest house are provided. (-/-/D)

Day 2: Theth and its surroundings. T1+, W t 5 h; Am↑480 Dm ↓480
The day begins with an introductory walk through the village with the visit of the church and the "Lock-in Tower" (Kulla e ngujimit). Then begins the varied walking towards the gorge of Grunas, which is 30 meters high and one meter wide, and waterfall of Grunas. After a short break we continue our walk up to Ndërlysa. The glacier mills of Ndërlysa offer a unique spectacle of nature: The water of the Black River (Lumi i Zi) squeezes through a narrow approach that has arisen over the millennia. Rounded and sharp rock formations, in the sunlight shimmering colors of water and stone can be observed from both shores. We continue our hike up to the "Blue Eye of Kapreja" (Syri i kaltër i Kapresë), a natural pool with amazing blue water in a jungle-like environment. After a short break, we follow the same path to the guest house. On the way back, we will visit the mill of Kolaj. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Gropat e Bukura at the feet of Jezerca Mountain: T3, Wt 4,5 h, Am ↑970 Dm ↓70
Starting from Thethi we follow the regular walk up-route, which is relatively easy. We take the trail that goes to the right of the river. The path passes over small streams that end on Thethi river, up to the water source "Kroi i Shtrazës" in 930 m altitude, where the pine forest begins. As we approach Peja Pass (Qafa e Pejës) the trail becomes steeper, running through the rocky blocks. From here the trail descends gently eastward to the "Beautiful Hollows" (Gropat e Bukura) where overnight is planned in tents. Gropat e Bukura is a 1700-meter-high field at the foot of Jezerca, ideal for camping. There is potable water, and the shepherds stay there for many days during the summer. It is the ideal starting point for climbing Jezerca and Poplluka summits. (B/L/D).

Day 4: Climbing Jezerca (2694 m), the outstanding peak of the Albanian Alps T5, Wt 9 h, Am ↑1070 Dm ↓1870
From the "Beautiful Dips", the trail runs eastwards towards Jezerca. The ascent to the north eastern ridge of Jezerca Peak gets difficult; the terrain becomes more rugged and exposed. With a height of 2694 meters, Jezerca summit dominates all the Albanian Alps and the view from the top is amazing. After a short break we follow the same path to Okol. The vehicles will be waiting here, to drive us to Shkodra where dinner is planned. After dinner drive to Tirana. (B/L/D).

Day 5: Transfer to airport after breakfast according to the flight schedule. (B/-/-).

Additional information

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

On days 2-4, due to length of walking and climbing, it is impossible to go back to guest house for lunch. Thus, you will be given a daily lunch-packet with you. This applies even for the camping day.

Hiking on days 3 and 4 will be accompanied by mules / horses that will carry the luggage. Therefore, it is important to pack your belongings in bags and not in suitcases. You will carry only your personal backpack.

There are some active glaciers in the Mountain of Jezercë. In winter, there are heavy snowfalls that, in unexposed spots, would melt away only in very dry years. We cannot guarantee the presence of snow or ice in the period of the current trip, because traveling dates are planned in advance.

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.

Within the travel, the sequence of the daily tours may change depending on weather conditions. Your mountain guide will adapt the program to the weather conditions in the best possible way.

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 message 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 or off road vehicle according to the program schedule.
•   1 night hotel accommodation in a double/twin room, with shower or bathtub and toilet.
•   2 nights in guest house in shared rooms, shower/ WC
•   1 night in tent (no shower facilities)
•   3 x full board (Lunch packet for 2 x lunch, 1 x breakfast, 1 x dinner )
•   Dinner on arrival day and breakfast on departure day
•   Selected restaurant "A la carte" in Shkodra.
•   Transport of luggage by horses on the 3 and 4 day (maximum 15 kg per person).
•   Accompaniment by an English-or German-speaking hiking or culture guide during the entire journey.

Not included in the price
Any type of insurance.
All drinks in guest houses, hotels and bars.

€ 20 per day Single room supplement
Tips € 20

Equipment list

Backpack, approximately 30l
Rain cover for backpack
Hiking shoes/boots (category B/C)
Shoes/Sneakers for traveling and sightseeing
Hiking sandals
Telescopic walking poles
Sleeping bag liner
Sleeping pad and sleeping bag (3 season)
Long legged hiking trousers
Short legged hiking trousers
Waterproof trousers
T-shirts / shirts
Sweater/Jacket: (Recommended Fleece/Wind stopper)
Waterproof jacket
Warm hat
Rain coat
Drinking bottle/ Thermos Flask
First aid kit
Insect repellent