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 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 even choose between different dishes from the menu. Accompaniment back to the hotel. Wt 3 h, T2. (-/ -/ 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. After lunch and a break, we’ll be discussing the program for the next few days. The accommodation is provided in tents in Valbona. (B/ L/ D)
The wild-romantic Valbona Valley, 500 - 1100 m.
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 tents, we pass by the houses of Kukaj and the path follows the right side of the valley until 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 campsite down the valley. (B/ L/ D)
Rosi summit, 2,523 meters: T4, Wt 8.5 h Am 1593 ↑ Dm ↓ 1593
The path to the summit starts in Valbona and follows the north-western side of the mountain range up to the source "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. The accommodation is provided in tents. (B/ L/ D)
The challenging Çet Harusha 2422 m: T4, Wt 9 h, Am ↑1492 Dm ↓1422
Today's route takes you along the Valbona river up to Rragam village and then towards Valbona Pass (Qafa e Valbonës). The path to Valbona waterfall runs through the forest and is surrounded by unspoiled nature. Close to the waterfall is planned a short break. After leaving the picturesque waterfall, we hike up the path towards Valbona pass, and after a rocky clearing we follow a more demanding slope. On the Pass of Valbona, at 1812 m altitude, you can enjoy an unique view of both Thethi and Valbona Valleys. We will have a break and subsequently will start the descend back to the campsite in Rragam. (B/ L/ D)
Valbona waterfall and Valbona Pass. T2+, Wt 6 h, Am ↑850 Dm ↓750
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 sixth 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 slopy 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 to the campsite. (B/ L/ D)
Ascent of the outstanding Jezerca: T5, Wt 10 h, Am ↑1690 Dm ↓1690
We will stop in Prizren, where we are having lunch and a short city tour. Afterwards we will continue the trip and arrive in Tirana at around 4:00 pm. Time for a break and then we take the cable car to Dajti mountain, part of Dajti National Park. The mountain has two main summits: Dajti (1,613 m) and Tujani (1531 m) north of it, both covered with dense beech forests. Dajti mountain is part of Krujë-Dajt mountain range, which rises abruptly from the coastal plain and is cut by deep river valleys. The mountain consists mainly of limestone. From the cable car terminal at "Fusha e Dajtit" (1050 m) there’s a magnificent view over Tirana, Durrës and the whole central-west Albania up to the Adriatic sea. Here we will have dinner at a traditional restaurant "A la carte" and then return to the hotel in Tirana. (B/ L/ D)
The return trip runs through Kosovo.
After breakfast in the morning, the transfer to the airport will be according to your scheduled flight. (B/ -/ -)
Transfer to the airport