Mountain biking and hiking in Kelmend

Booking code KEBPWH41

8 Days € 690

Travel dates:2017-08-12 to 2017-08-19           Reservation

Travel dates:2017-07-08 to 2017-07-15           Reservation

Authentic travel between civilization and the wild life.
The vibrant Tirana and biking through its surroundings.
Every day an opportunity to choose between two alternative programs: hiking or biking
Biking through the beautiful villages of Kelmendi region.
Tamara- the village between two rivers, Lëpusha- the most beautiful village of Kelmend, Vermoshi the northernmost village of Albania.
Shyberti Summit(1483m), Trojani Pass (2012 m), Dobrace Pass, the canyon of Gerla, the picturesque waterfall of Sllap and the natural monument of historical importance " Kelmendi strength ".
Biking in Shkodra and to the Rozafa castle.
Accommodation at three star hotels in Tirana and in guest houses in northern Albania.
Selected restaurants "A la carte" in Tirana, Shkodra and Lezha.

This tour accompanies you through stunning natural beauty and makes it possible to discover the ancient traditions and customs of the inhabitants of Kelmendi. The traditional family-run guest houses welcome the guests with warmth, making them feel at home. The varied landscape with the impressive mountain peaks all around, beautiful valleys, the gorge of Vermosh, the steep valley of Çemi River is not only exceptionally impressive but creates the best conditions for mountain biking. We have organized this trip after the parallel tours concept. For each day you will have the opportunity to choose between two activities: walking or cycling.

Day 1: Dajti National Park, 1.613 m. G 3, 3 hours, 12 km, Dm↓950 m
After arrival at noon, transfer from “Mother Teresa” airport to the hotel in downtown Tirana. Tirana is located in Central Albania, at the western foot of Dajti Mountain at an altitude of 110m. In its south and west Tirana is surrounded by hills that form a green belt around the city.
The destination of today's ride is the National Park Dajti. Cable car ride up to the altitude of 1060 m above sea level. from there begins our descent towards Tirana. We start with a downhill ride along the rarely traveled road up to the village Surrel which lies 420 meters above sea level. Afterwards we follow our descent over a visible track up to Tirana. After a short break, we pick you up for a short introductory walk through Tirana. Dinner is planned in a traditional restaurant. (-/ -/ D)

Day 2: Shkodra, the cetre of north Albania and Tamara, (280 m), the village between two rivers.
Today’s activities start early in the morning with the drive to Shkodra, one of the oldest inhabited cities in Albania with an over 2400-years old history. In Shkodra we have planned a city tour, a visit of the Historic Museum and afterwards an uphill ride to the ruins of the Rozafa castle. It lies on the top of a steep hill between the rivers Buna and Drin at 110 m above sea level. Its origins date back to pre-Roman times of the Illyrians and the castle has determined the destiny of the city until modern times. With the exception of the fortified walls of the castle, most buildings are destroyed. G1+, 5 km, 2 hours, Am↑110m, Dm↓ 110m.
After having lunch at a traditional restaurant in Shkodra we drive up to village Rrapshë. There you get the bikes and the bike guide will lead you up to the village Grabom. The track runs along a descent, named "Leqet e Hotit", that offers breathtaking views. From here we will be driven to Tamara, where dinner and the accommodation in a guest house are provided. G2, 9 km, 2 hours, Dm↓550m. (B/L/D)
Those who don't like to bike from Rrapshë to Grabom can stay in the car and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Day 3:Lëpusha (1200m) a beautiful village in Kelmend, Shyberti Summit (1483m), Trojani Pass (2012 m).
We will be driven to Lëpusha village that lies 21 km away from Tamara. The village offers a rare natural beauty and is surrounded from high peaks such as the Trojani Peak at the east, Grebeni Peak at the northwest, Berizhdoli Peak at the southwest, while at the south of the valley rises the mountain range of the Cursed Mountains (Bjeshkët e Namuna). Lëpusha is the village of contrasts and diverse flora and fauna. Here can be found beech and pine forests, alpine meadows and pastures and many species of plants and flowers.
Today you have the possibility to choose between two activities: hiking or cycling.
Hiking: T3, Wt 6 h, Am↑900 Dm ↓900
Hiking in Lëpusha and surroundings is particularly recommended because of beautiful landscapes and unspoiled nature. The hike starts at the Bordoleci Pass (Qafa e Bordolecit) and follows the old path that leads to the Trojani Mountain. The trail runs through the forest and at the begining isn't visible. After a brief photo stop at the large, spacious Shuberti Summit (Maja e Shubertit), we follow the path running through an alpine meadow up to "Qafa e Tute". From here we hike on a scree trail that leads to "Çundra e Trojanit", located at 1951 m altitude and then ascend the Trojani Pass (Qafa e Trojanit), close to the Montenegrin border. From Trojani Pass the view over Montenegro is impressive.The descent continues in southern direction, on gravel path, up to Dobku Pass (Qafa e Dobkut). After a slight ascent, we continue in the direction of "Mbriat e Pajës" and then we take the well-visible trail to the valley. The dinner and the accommodation are provided in a simple guest house in Lëpusha..
Cycling: G3, 11 km, 4 hours, Am↑700 Dm ↓700
There are different mountain bike tracks in the surroundings of Lepusha. We take the one that starts at the Bordoleci Pass (Qafa e Bordolecit), runs along the Berizhdoli Stream (Përroi i Berizhdolit), follows through an alpine meadow and then through the forest up to the place named "The Water Dip" (Gropa e Ujit). The track continues through alpine meadows on scree up to Berizhdoli pass, from here it turns southwest towards the Kuprishti Pass where the descent begins. We follow the stream "Prroi i Thirrjeve' up to the street. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Vermoshi the northernmost village of Albania (1000m).
The bike trip towards Vermoshi starts immediately after breakfast. The track starts at Qafa e Bordolecit and goes along the road to Vermosh. It is unpaved and runs through forests and meadows, between high mountains and beautiful landscapes. G2+, 2 hours, 10 km, Dm↓200 m.
After lunch you have the possibility to choose between two activities: cycling or hiking.
Cycling: G3, 4 - 5 hours, 20 km, Am↑200 Dm ↓200.
The track starts in Bashkim (Vermosh), runs along the valley and is clearly visible up to the centre of Vermosh. From here it goes towards Velipoja that we leave to the right. We follow the track up to "Maja e Viles", turn right and ride on the other side of the valley back to Velipoja. From here following the same route, we ride up to the guesthouse where we will have dinner and will be accommodated for this night. (B/L/D)
Hiking:T1+, Wt 1-2 hours, Am↑50 Dm ↓50
For those who don't prefer a challenging activity, we have planned a short hike to the canyon of Gërcara. This canyon lies at 900 to 950 m altitude in the vicinity of the village Bashkim in Vermosh. This very narrow gorge is formed from the erosion of Vermoshi River. The water has eroded the limestone cliffs creating special shapes. The canyon has a length of 1000 - 1100 m, width 4-6 m and 30-40 m high vertical walls.

Day 5: Bike trip from Lepusha to Tamara and the village Selca. G2+, 23 km, 4 hours, Dm ↓950
The day begins with the drive to Lëpusha where starts the today's bike tour to Tamara. We ride through a beautiful natural scenery following the road which is rarely traveled. Lunch is provided in the village of Selca that lies at 353-1100 m above sea level.
In Selca there are the largest canyon of Kelmendi, waterfalls, caves to explore, interesting mountain trails, beautiful landscapes to photograph.
In the centre of Selca Village lies the 25 m deep canyon of Gerla and at a place called Sllap is a beautiful waterfall. We have planned a hike in the surroundings of Selca up to Sllap Waterfall which is worth a visit.
Hiking: Wt 2 h, T2, Am↑650 Dm ↓650
Those who don't like to hike, can enjoy a break in the village of Selca.
After the hike, we ride further to Tamara, where dinner and overnight accommodation are provided in a guest house. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Hike in Nikç surroundings and biking from Nikç (650 m) to Tamara.
Right after breakfast at Tamara we will be driven to Nikç, a village where beautiful alpine landscapes, caves, springs, waterfalls can be found. Two parallel activities are planned today.
Hiking: T 2, Wt.2 h, Am↑300 Dm ↓300 and Biking: G2+, 14 km, 3 hours, ↓450
The hike begins in Nikc towards the Dobrace Pass. From here a very interesting natural monument of historical importance, named " Kelmendi strength " (Forca e Kelmendit), can be seen. It lies on the right of the Dobrace Pass.
After a short break, begins the bike trip towards Tamara. We follow the very rarely traveled road that offers scenic views.
Cycling: G3, 21 km, 5 hours, ↓450
From Nikç we bike further to Vukël, a village inhabited since Neolithic Age. The relatively mild climate of the Vukli Valley has created favorable conditions for the spread of a diverse vegetation. Medicinal herbs, hazelnuts, walnuts and beautiful alpine pastures can be found here. Lovers of caving will find very interesting caves in Vukël. After a short break we will meet with the other part of the group and continue riding to Tamara, where dinner and overnight accommodation are provided in a guest house. (B/L/D)

Day 7:Tirana, the vibrant city, 110m. G2, 8 km, 1 hour, ↓80
The day begins with a ride along the motor road from Tamara to Grabom. The vehicles will be waiting there to drive us to Tirana. The lunch is planned at a restaurant with a special location by the sea. Arrival in Tirana around 04:00 p.m. After a short break at the hotel, we will accompany you for a sightseeing tour of the city along with the visits to the National Historical Museum, Et’hem Bey Mosque, Skanderbeg monument, clock tower. Dinner will be provided at a traditional restaurant in Tirana, where you can choose between various dishes on the menu. After dinner you can have a drink in one of nice bars in "Blloku" district. (B/L/D)

Day 8: Transfer to airport after breakfast according to the flight schedules. (B/-/-).

Additional information

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

On days 3,5 and 6, due to length of biking, it is impossible to stop for lunch in restaurants. Thus, you will be given a daily lunch-packet with you.

Biking will be accompanied by an offroad vehicle that will transport your luggage and will be in your disposal to resolve problems with the bikes. If you want, you may carry your personal backpack.

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 to our agency.

Number of the participants: 8 - 10 people

The price includes
•   Transfer from and to the airport
•   All trips, whether by bus or off road vehicle 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.
•   5 nights in guest houses in shared rooms, shower/ WC
•   6 x full board (Lunch packet for 3 x lunch)
•   Dinner on the arrival day and breakfast on departure day.
•   Selected restaurants "A la carte" in Tirana, Shkodra and Lezha.
•   Luggage - and bike transport during the entire journey.
•   Every day opportunity to choose between two alternative programs: hiking or biking.
•   Accompaniment by an English-speaking bike or culture guide during the entire journey.
•   Accompaniment by a support vehicle during the bike trip.
•   Assistance to resolve the problems concerning the bicycles.

The price does not include
Any type of insurance.
Any beverages in hotels, restaurants and bars.

Additional cost
A supplement of € 20 /day for a single room.
Tips of about € 20.
Possibility to rent a mountain bike for € 90,–/Week

Equipment list

Front or full suspension mountain bike
Cycling helmet
Cycling gloves
Water bottles for bikes or drinking system

Hiking shoes/boots (category B/C)
Hiking sandals
Telescopic walking poles
Long legged hiking trousers
Short legged hiking trousers
Waterproof trousers
T-shirts / shirts

Backpack, approximately 25 l
Rain cover for backpack
Sleeping bag liner
First aid kit
Shoes/Sneakers for traveling and sightseeing
Sweater/Jacket (Recommended Fleece/Wind stopper)
Waterproof jacket
Insect repellent