Walking and Trekking in Valbona and Theth National Parks

Booking code VTWH03

9 Days € 640

Travel dates:2017-09-16 to 2017-09-24           Reservation

Travel dates:2017-06-17 to 2017-06-25           Reservation

Walking/hiking in the wild-romantic Valbona Valley
Memorable trip through the picturesque Lake of Koman
Summit ascent possibilities: Kollata 2555 m, Rosi 2523 m, Arapi 2217 m.
The emerging Tirana, Pëllumbas Cave, and the traditional Shkodra.
Accommodation in hotels and guest houses.
Cognitive and serene walk in Theth und surroundings

We chose the mountains and the most beautiful places of the Albanian Alps while organizing this travel for you. The National Parks of Valbonë and Theth are intact natural areas. Majestic scenery, spectacular mountains, remote valleys, deep gorges, glaciers, cliffs, rivers, caves and lakes will accompany you throughout the journey.

Day 1: Tirana, the vibrant capital, 110m, and Pëllumbas Cave, 479 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 changed 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.
Our activities begin already on arrival day. After a short break we will pick you up at the hotel and proceed to the Pëllumbas cave. The well marked path runs along some steep cliffs with stunning views over the gorge of river Erzen. The cave is 380 meters long, 10-15 m wide and 15-45 m high, and you need about two hours to explore it. The path to the cave is very pleasant, well marked and secured. There are rest areas with benches, several lookout points along the way. After the first 40 meters, the cave is completely dark. The ground can be muddy and slippery. After visiting the cave, we return back to the city and walk to the restaurant for the dinner. You can choose between different dishes from the menu. Accompaniment back to the hotel. Wt 3 h, T2, Am↑ 300 Dm ↓300  (-/-/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 while the lunch is planned in Valbona. The accommodation is provided in a simple but clean guest house with shared rooms. In the evening, the program for the next days will be discussed. (B/L/D)

Day 3: The outstanding Kollata: 2555 m T4, Wt 7.5 h, Am 1625 ↑ Dm ↓ 1625
Right after breakfast starts today's hiking. We will departure from the village of Valbonë and follow the steep trail along the trough of Prosllopi (Lugu i Prosllopit) up to the vicinity of the Montenegrin border. At first, the trail goes through the forest, but when we reach the altitude of 1,700 m, there is no longer any vegetation. We will take to the right, ascending the trail toward Kollatë up to the top. The Majestic view from the beginning to the end of Valbona Valley isn't possible from any other summit. After a short break, we will start descending back to guest house. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Rosi Summit: 2,523 m. T4, Wt 8.5 h, Am 1593 ↑ Dm ↓ 1593
Just after breakfast we start hiking towards the hanging glacial valley of Kukaj. The trail runs through boulders and meadows, eventually entering the beech forest. Three-quarters of an hour from leaving the guesthouse, we pass by the houses of Kukaj and the path follows the right side of the valley to a small grassy plateau with a cattle pond. From here the hike becomes steeper and the ascent to the northwest leads to Forumi Pass (Qafa e Forumit) at 2150 m altitude.
We continue the trail that runs parallel to the Montenegrin border towards Rosi summit. From the summit the view is breathtaking and extends up to Jezerca, Grykat e Hapëta -Zhaborre mountain range, Vuthaj (Vusanje) and Guci (Gusinje) in Montenegro. After a short photo break we descend the summit from another trail and hike down southeast, along the trough "Lugu i Rupës" to some shepherds’ huts (Stanet e Rrethit të Bardhë). Then the trail leads through the forest to the guest house down the valley. (B/ L/ D)

Day 5: Over Valbona Pass (Qafa e Valbonës) to Theth. T2, Wt 7 h, Am ↑ 900 Dm ↓ 1070
Today's hike starts early in the morning. We walk along the Valbona valley up to Rragam located at 1130 m altitude. After crossing a stream, the trail leads gently uphill through open forest to a glade with rocks and then begins a rough upward slope. On the "Qafa e Valbonës" in the altitude of 1812 m, the view of both valleys is unique. The descent towards Thethi begins very steep on a gravel path and follows through the forest. During this trip we will be accompanied by horses that carry our luggage. The overnight stay is planned in a guest house with shared rooms in Theth. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Theth and surroundings:T1 +, Wt.4 h, Am ↑ 280 Dm ↓ 280
For today we have planned a cognitive trek and a serene walk through the forest. The walk begins in the village with a visit to the church and the " Lock-in Tower". Then we will continue to Grunas Canyon that is 30 meters in height and one meter in width and after that to the Waterfall of Grunas. After a short break, we will continue toward Ndërlysë. The glacier mills of Ndërlysë offer a unique nature spectacle. Water runs through a strait that is created over thousands of years by the force of water. Rounded or rugged forms, the colors of water and rocks that shine under the sun can be seen from both sides of the strait. On the way back, we will visit the mill of Ndërlysa. (B/L/D)

Day 7: Ascent of Arapi Summit: T4, Wt.8 h, Am 1467 ↑ Dm ↓ 1467
Arapi mountain is 2217 meters high, but with its 800 meter high south wall, the highest in the Balkans, it dominates the National Park of Theth as a prominent rock formation. To ascent the summit we follow the regular walk up-route, which is relatively easy. Beginning from Thethi we take the trail that goes to the right of the river. As we approach Peja Pass (Qafa e Pejës) the trail becomes steeper, running through the rocky blocks. We will continue hiking westward, winding through steep meadows and big blocks of limestone cliffs. Arapi Peak is located on top of a series of diagonal carst plates that are quite impressive. Once over these, our trail winds to the left and back toward the southwest in the direction of the western slope and leads to the top. We will follow the same trail back to the guest house. (B/L/D).

Day 8: Return trip to Tirana goes through Shkodër
In Shkodra, we have planned a tour of the city and lunch at a traditional restaurant where you can choose between various dishes on the menu. Arrival to Tirana will be around 06:00 p.m and, after a short break, dinner will be served at a restaurant 'A la carte". (B/L/D)

Day 9: 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 2-7, 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.

Hiking on day 5 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.

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 journey by a few days, we are at your disposal to further organize your travel 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, 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.
•   6 nights in guest house in shared rooms, shower/ WC
•   7 x full board (Lunch packet for 5 x lunch)
•   Dinner on the arrival day and breakfast on the departure day
•   Selected restaurants "A la carte" in Tirana and Shkodra.
•   Luggage transport up to 15 kg per person on 5 day
•   Accompaniment by an English-or German-speaking mountain 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