In this tour of Trekking Hidden Trails of Albania we follow some of the least explored trails of Northern Albanian Alps. It is a great tour for experienced travellers who like to be challenged everyday and enjoy being with the local shepherds in the Alpine Pastures. Even though we provide blankets and mattresses in the huts, you might feel more comfortable bringing your own sleeping bag.
Hike through Sylbicë and Doberdol Alpine Pastures
Discover the local life and culture of Northern Albanian Alps
Stay in the local shepherd’s huts
Experience the breathtaking views of Valbona and Theth Valleys
Accommodation for 7 nights in hotels, guesthouse and huts, HB service
6 dinners in restaurants or guesthouses
5 traditional or picnic lunches
Folk perfomance and music in Valbonë valley (5th night)
Tour Guide in English language for 8 days.
Local guide for 5 days
Luggage transportation by horse for 4 days
Transportation by local minibus for 3 days
Transfers and transportation by minibus for 4 days
Entrance tickets to museums
Assistance by the Albanian travel agency
Day 1. Airport – Rubik When the group arrives in Albania they will be welcomed by our tourleader and transferred to Rubik. In Rubik we will be accommodated in eco hotel Marubi. Depending on the time we can make a 2 hour walk to the nearby village or we can go and visit the 12 century old Rubik Church from where the view of the area is spectacular.
Dinner & Overnight in Rubik
Day 2: Rubik – Transit Kosovo (Prizren & Gjakova) – Tropojë village In Kosovo we make a short visit to Prizren. Prizren is known for it’s Ottoman architecture and beautiful mosques and churches. During the Ottoman period it was one of the most important centers of Kosovo Vilayet. Prizren is one of the few cities in Kosovo to have 3 religious communities cohabiting together (Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim). In Gjakova we will walk through it’s old bazaar, one of the longest in the Balkan, a beautiful testimony of Ottoman Architecture. In the afternoon we reach the village of Tropojë and be accommodated in the village houses.
Day 3: Tropoja village – Sylbica pastures (1800 m ) Guided by the local guide, after loading our luggage on the horses, we begin walking along the banks of Tropoja river. The journey last about 6 hours and in the end we arrive in the Alpine Pastures called Sylbicë.
Day 4: Sylbicë – Dobërdol (1800 -1900 m) After breakfast we load our luggages on the horses and start walking to Dobërdol. On the way we will have time to take breaks and enjoy the scenery of the Alps.
Day 5: Dobërdol – Çerem – Valbonë (860 m) Today we walk from Dobërdol to Çerem passing through Koshutica and Vranica alpine pastures. Lunch is organized in the village of Çerem.
Day 6 : Valbona – Valbona pass – Theth (1950 m – 750 m) We need about 2-3 hours depending on the ability of the group to reach the summit or Valbona pass at the altitude of 1815 m. From there the panorama unveiled of both Valbona and Theth valleys is breathtaking. In the afternoon we reach Theth and accommodate in the guesthouse.
Day 7: Theth – Qafa e T’hores – Boge – Shkoder – Tirana (1830 m) By local minibus we drive through Theth – T’thore Pass – Boga – Shkodër. Shkodër has been a very important city for the Albanian since antiquity. Lunch will be in the city centre with e beautiful view of the pedestrian street where many coffee shops are situated. Next we drive to Tirana and visit the city. We will have a 2 hour guided walk through the city centre.
Day 8: Tirana – Mother Theresa Airport Breakfast in Tirana. Free time. Transfer to the Airport