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 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. 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 the nice bars in "Blloku" quarter, the most vivid quarter of the capital. Then, you will be accompanied to the hotel. Wt 2 h (-/-/D)
The vibrant capital city Tirana.
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)
The wild-romantic Valbona Valley, 500 - 1100 m.
The path to the summit starts in Valbona and follows the north-western side of the mountain range up to the source of Buni i Ziçit, at 1495 meters altitude. The trail continues through the forest to the saddle, at height from 2,100 meters and then turns to the left toward to the upper south face of Çet Harusha that is covered by alpine meadows. On the mountain summit one can enjoy an impressive panorama over Valbona Valley and the village, several summits such as Jezerca, Rosi, Brijas and a nice view of the glacial valley of Kukaj. After a break on top, the descent follows from the same trail. (B/ L/ D)
The challenging Çet Harusha 2422 m: T4, Wt 8-9 h, Am ↑1490 Dm ↓1320
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 Qafa e Valbones, in the altitude of 1812 m, the view of both valleys is unique. The descent towards Thethi begins very steel on a gravel path and follows through the forest, becoming smoother. During this trip we will be accompanied by horses that carry our luggage.
T1+, Wt.2h, Am ↑ 40 Dm ↓40
After a short break is planned a cognitive trek through the village. The walk begins with a visit to the church and the "Lock-in Tower" (Kulla e ngujimit). 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. On the way back, we will visit the mill of Kolaj. The overnight stay is planned in a guest house with shared rooms in Theth. (B/L/D)
Over Valbona Pass (Qafa e Valbonës) to Theth. T2, Wt 6 h, Am ↑700 Dm ↓1070
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 Theth. Here are waiting our vehicles that will drive us to Tirana. Dinner is planned in a traditional restaurant "A la carte" in Shkodra. Afterwards we will continue the trip and arrive in Tirana at around 11:00 pm. (B/L/D).
Ascent of Arapi Summit. T4, Wt.8 h, Am ↑1467 Dm ↓1367
After breakfast in the morning, the transfer to the airport will be according to your scheduled flight. (B/ -/ -)
Transfer to the airport