From Tirana to Jezerca.
Booking code VWIHK17
4 Days € 290
Travel dates:2017-07-22 to 2017-07-25 Reservation
Travel dates:2017-09-16 to 2017-09-19 Reservation
A short and intensive travel from the vibrant city to the peace and solitude of the mountains
Unforgettable trip through the picturesque Lake Koman
Summit ascent possibility: Jezerca 2694m.
Glacier climbing possibility
The vibrant Tirana and Petrela Castle
Return trip through Kosovo
Accommodation in hotel and guest house
A journey from civilization to the unspoiled nature, from the city chaos to the peace and solitude of the mountains. This trip will show you how different from each other the different areas of Albania are.
Day 1: Tirana, the vibrant capital, 110 m. After arrival at noon, transfer from “Mother Teresa” airport to the hotel in downtown 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 canged incredibly in the last twenty years, from the dull, gray city it once was. Tirana is a city where fun is guaranteed: lively, loud, crazy, colorful, 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, Skanderbeg monument, clock tower and a journey towards Petrelë. Petrelë is a village 15 km south of Tirana located on a hill 500 m above sea level. Petrelë is particularly popular thanks to its castle built by Emperor Justinian to protect the settlement of Dyrrachium (Durrës). The castle was also used during the war of Skanderbeg against the Turks. The fort of Persqop, which belongs to the Illyrian era, is also in Petrelë. When weather is good, the Adriatic Sea can be seen from the castle. Dinner will be provided at a traditional restaurant in the castle of Petrelë, where you can choose between various dishes on the menu. Then, you will be accompanied to the hotel. Wt 3 h, T1. (-/ -/ D)
Day 2: The wild-romantic Valbona Valley, 500 - 1100 m. After breakfast, we’ll start our trip by car towards north Albania. Then we will take the ferry in Koman along the Koman artificial lake (important to note that the ferry trip depends on the water level of the lake), and eventually leave the ferry in Fierzë, from where the trip will continue by car to Bajram Curri. Afterwards the road runs through the valley, along the clear waters of Valbona river, surrounded by wild and beautiful natural panorama and the rugged mountain peaks of the Albanian Alps, until the village of Valbona. Along the way you will have time for a snack. After lunch and a break, we’ll be discussing the program for the next few days. The accommodation is provided in a guest house in Valbona. (B/ L/ D)
Day 3: Ascent of the ultra prominent Jezerca (Jezera): T5, Wt 11 h, Am↑1764 Dm↓1764
Jezerca summit, at 2694 m altitude, is the highest point of all the Dinaric Alps, and with a prominence of 2,036 meters is rated as an ultra prominent peak. The third day of our journey will be a challenging and satisfying climb on the queen of the Albanian Alps. There is almost no vegetation on it.
The ascent starts early at dawn and after leaving the forest trail, we follow the sloppy hike along the trough "Lugu i Valit", east of Aliaj Peak (Maja e Alisë) (2471 m). Afterwards we pas a more sloppy part on the right side of the trough, which leads to a saddle that offers the first visual contact with Jezerca’s summit. Then a long transversal hike around the western cirque of Jezerca leads to the last part of the hike, which is more demanding and difficult. Parts of scree should be crossed and small patches of firn surfaces, depending on the time of the ascent and the snowfall’s amount. Some first grade climbing abilities are needed to proceed and eventually pass the large horizontal layers of rock resembling stairs before reaching the top. On the summit there’s a metal box with a notebook inside, where you can leave the mark of your ascent. The panorama is just spectacular. After a short break we start descending by following the same route up to Rragam. Here are waiting our vehicles that will drive us to Tirana. The return trip runs through Kosovo. We will stop in Prizren, where dinner will be provided at a restaurant "A la Carte". Afterwards we will continue the trip and arrive in Tirana at around 11:00 pm. (B/ L/ D)
Day 4: Transfer to the airport. After breakfast in the morning, the transfer to the airport will be according to your scheduled flight. (B/ -/ -)
If you are coming in a prearranged group, you can pick the date of this tour yourself.
On third day, 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.
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.
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 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
• 2 nights hotel accommodation in a double/twin room, with shower or bathtub and toilet.
• 1 night in guest house in shared rooms, shower/ WC
• 2 x full board (Lunch packet for 2 x lunch)
• Dinner on arrival day and breakfast on departure day
• Selected restaurants "A la carte" in Tirana and Kosovo.
• Accompaniment by an English-or German-speaking hiking or culture guide during the entire journey.
• Climbing equipment, crampons
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
Backpack, approximately 30l
Rain cover for backpack
Hiking shoes/boots (category B/C)
Shoes/Sneakers for traveling and sightseeing
Telescopic walking poles
Sleeping bag liner
Long legged hiking trousers
Short legged hiking trousers
T-shirts / shirts
Sweater/Jacket: (Recommended Fleece/Wind stopper)
Drinking bottle/ Thermos Flask
First aid kit