Albania and Montenegro Trekking through the Dinaric Alps

9 days
Small Group Minimum 6/Maximum 15 people
Albania, Montenegro
Medium / High Difficulty
From 1.290
Planned itinerary
Departure dates
Includes/Does not include
Day 1.
Day 2. Flight Origin City - Tirana - Shkoder - Lepushe

Flight departure to Tirana (intermediate connections). Arrival at the airport and transfer to the north of Albania, into the Dinaric Alps, passing through Shkoder, the largest Catholic center in Albania and the gateway to the Albanian Alps.

Traveling between mountains with limestone walls and following the valley of the Cem River, we arrive at the alpine town of Lepushe, where we will spend the night in the refuge of a local family.
Lepusha is one of the most remote valleys in Albania, located in the heart of the Dinaric Alps.
Vehicle journey: 150 km

Day 3. Lepushe - Collado Perdolec (Montenegro) - Plav


Today we will leave the Lepushe valley in Albania and walk up a forest track to the Perdolec pass . From here, through meadows and forests, we will reach the Top of Greben , where we can enjoy the majestic views of the imposing Dinaric Alps or Damned Mountains , whose population was never subjected to the Ottoman Empire. We will continue walking until the Zabeli pass, beginning the descent towards Montenegro.
Brief transfer by vehicle to the Montenegrin town of Plav, where most of the inhabitants are ethnic Albanians.

Accommodation in Plav or in the neighboring village of Gerbaj.
Hike: 12 km / 6 hours
Slope: +750m / - 800m

Day 4. Plav - Visitor Peak - Visitorsko Lake - Plav

In 4X4 vehicles we travel for about 40 minutes to the shepherd's village of Mramorje at 1885 meters. Here, we will begin our ascent up the slope of the mountain, reaching the Visitor peak at 2,409 meters above sea level . Once at the top, we will enjoy incredible views of the Plav region. Then we will descend to Lake Visitorsko, one of the highest in Montenegro. Possibility of bathing in its waters. Transfer to Plav.

Hike 11 km / 5 hours
Slope: +550m / - 650m

Day 5. Plav - Lake Hridsko - Vuthaj

After breakfast, we will go to the neighboring village of Bajrovica Katun in Montenegro where we will ascend on foot to the glacial lake Hridsko . The path climbs gently through green meadows with good views, until reaching the lake, where there will be the possibility of bathing.

In the afternoon, we move to the village of Vuthaj , located in one of the most beautiful valleys in Montenegro. Accommodation in shelter.

Hike 10 km / 5 hours
Slope: +650m / - 650m

Day 6. Vuthaj - Peja Pass (Albania) - Theth Valley

After breakfast, we will start our trekking through the Ropjana Valley. Escorted by magnificent mountains we will cross the Albanian border again. Bunkers, small shepherds' shelters and some abandoned military post we will see on our way from Montenegro to Albania. We will start the descent to the valley of Theth from the Peja pass.

After a steep descent we will arrive at our shelter run by a local family where we will rest and have dinner. Theth is the valley with the most well-preserved alpine villages in Albania.

Walk: 20 km / 7 hours
Slope: +1000m / - 1000m

Day 7. Valley Of Theth - Exploration And Walks In The Valley

A day dedicated to exploring the hidden valley of Theth. We will take a walk around Thethi, visiting the most emblematic points of the town: the church and the house of the Borshi family built in the 18th century, which today houses the ethnographic museum. We continue later to the Grumas waterfall which is one of the highest in Albania (30 meters) and the famous spring of the ¨Blue Eye¨ in Kaprea. Return to Thethi.

Hike 12 km / 6 hours
Slope: +200m / - 200m

Day 8. Crossing From Theth Valley To The Valbona Valley

Breakfast and early departure for one of the most classic walks in northern Albania, the queen stage of the trip. The crossing of the pass that joins the valleys of Theth with Valbona (1,960 m). Accompanied by mules that are going to carry our luggage, the ascent begins at the end of the valley.

The first part of the path is through thick beech forests, pine forests and we finish the climb through rocky terrain. The views from the highest part of the path are fabulous, where you can admire the peaks of Jezerca and Radohima. Once on the col, we leave Theth behind and descend towards Valbona, through a beautiful pine forest. Finally we reach a narrower valley surrounded by peaks and rugged mountains. Night in shelter.

Hike 16 km / 7 hours
Slope: +1000m / - 1000m

Day 9. Valbona Valley - Fierze Ferry To Koman - Tirana

Breakfast and departure to Fierze to embark and cross Lake Fierze by ferry to the port of Koman . This spectacular route runs through a canyon between walls over 400 m high and blue water. This lake produces the electrical energy necessary for the entire north of Albania. Continuation by car to Tirana . Visit of the nerve center and the most emblematic points of Tirana such as: the 'Skanderbeg' square with its 18th century mosque, the 19th century clock tower, the great avenue 'Martyrs of the Nation' and the old bourgeois neighborhood 'Blloku' where the country's communist elite lived for decades.

Day 10.

JUN 12  

3, 17 JUL
6, 21 AUG
18 SEP  
OCTOBER 2, 2021
PER PERSON Price 4 first places Base price  
Group of 10 to 15 people €1090 €1190  
Group of 6 to 9 people €1,220 €1,320  
Air taxes (approx) €210 €210  
supp. single room* €40 €40  
Shared room   guaranteed

Price Includes:

  • International flights city of origin-Tirana and return, in tourist class, with restricted rate regarding changes and cancellations
  • Accommodation and meals indicated in the itinerary table and in the 'Accommodation' section
  • Minibus or Van for airport transfers and ground transfers.
  • Spanish-speaking accompanying guide throughout the route
  • Mules for the transport of luggage for the crossing from Theth to Valbona
  • Travel assistance insurance
  • Excursions, visits and tickets to the monuments described in the itinerary
  • Airfares as indicated in the price table
  • Taxes and VAT, if applicable

Price does not include:

  • Drinks and meals not indicated as included
  • Extension of assistance and cancellation insurance coverage (recommended)
  • Tips and personal extras
  • Any other concept not mentioned in the included services section

Albania and Montenegro are countries that are starting with tourism . In this program, leaving from Tirana, your accommodation network is very simple.

The night in Tirana is planned in a hotel equivalent to 3 *, well located, clean and correct.

In the mountains we will stay in shelters and local houses , similar to the concept of a simple rural house. Despite the simplicity, they are very authentic and welcoming places where you can eat very well. It is advisable to bring a sheet sack. The rooms in the local houses and shelters are triple or quadruple, shared with other people in the group, and there is no single room option.

Local house owners have received specific training regarding additional safety and hygiene measures. All accommodation used on the tour can guarantee correct safety and hygiene measures.

Planned or similar accommodation:

Tirana: Tirana International Hotel Tirana International Hotel

Breakfasts and dinners will always be in the accommodations where we sleep. The included lunches will always be en route, picnic type.

Shared bedrooms

The published prices correspond to accommodation in double rooms (Tirana). For the rest of the trip, the rooms are triple or quadruple, shared with other people in the group.
A single room is available upon payment of a supplement (only in Tirana).
If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room with another person/s, you can request the reservation as a "room to share".
On this trip, if the reservation has been made for a minimum of 60 days (Base Price) and a shared room has been requested, the agency will not apply the single room supplement. The rooms may be double or triple, shared with other people.

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