Day 1 - Arrive Tirana airport
Transfer to hotel in Kruja. Rest of day at leisure before meeting guide at 18.00 to discuss the program, dinner and overnight.
Day 2 - The holy mountain of Sarisalltik
Today we will hike up the holy mountain of Sarisalltik and visit the Bectasci Teqe (Sufi Dervishes Sanctuary) located at 1900m . After the decent, we will start driving north (100km), and have lunch on the way to Shkodra. At the entrance of the largest city of the north, we will visit the Rozafa Castle and admire the superb view of the Shkodra Lake surrounded by mountains. In the evening, we will relax at the Shkodra lake and walkabout in town, until dinner. overnight in Shkodra
Day 3 - The lake of Koman and the canyon of Drin
In the early morning, we will drive to the ferry, which goes through the spectacular canyon of river Drin. The lake is created, after the construction of the dam of Koman, in the 80's. The transfer will continue along the beautiful valley of river Valbona, until the picturesque location of Dunishë where we will stay overnight. Dinner and accommodation: village house in Dunishë -
Day 4 - Qafa e Rosit
The trekking will start from the house in direction of the village of Kukaj (900m a.s.l). From there, a shepherd’s path will bring us to remote landscapes of the eastern Alps of Albania until reaching Qafa e Rosit (2000m a.s.l - approx. 7-8 hrs of walk). The path climbs, with gorgeous views of Jezerca Mountain and Rrethi i Bardhë - The White Circle. At the end of the day dinner and overnight in Dunishe.
Day 5 - The Pass of Valbona
After breakfast, we will drive for 10 km to the village of Rragam, where our next trekking begins. It points to the Pass of Valbona (1966m a.s.l) and is the classic pass of the Albanian Alps that for centuries linked the two most known valleys of the area, Valbona and Thethi. We will use mules to carry the luggage to the next house. Several springs of water will make the stops pleasant and refreshing, while admiring the steep and jagged surrounding peaks of Jezerca, Radohima, etc. From there the group will start the descent towards the village of Thethi (800m a.s.l), where we will stay overnight
Day 6 - Thethi's attractions
Today we will have a nice day going around in the surroundings of Thethi, one of the most known charming villages of northern Albania, because of its stunning nature and traditional wooden-tiled houses. We will start walking downhill from the house, and visit the attractions near by the village, like: the Church, the Kulla e Ngujimit (a tower house [blood tower] used in the past by men as a shelter against on going vendetta ), the Thethi Waterfall, Grunasi Canyon, and the 2007 revelation: cyclopean stone walled terraces dating from the late bronze era. Overnight in Thethi.
Day 7 - Thethi to Boga to Tirana
We will leave Thethi (800m a.s.l) to start another day of spectacular trekking in direction of the village of Boga. We will walk along Shtegu i Dheneve - the Path of the Sheep, which is another classic way of the Albanian Alps that connects the villages of Thethi and Boga. After Pass (1830m a.s.l) and the stunning views it offers of Bjeshket e Namuna – The Accursed Mountains, the walk will continue downhill along the side Radohima mountain range until we reach the village of Boga (900m a.s.l). We will have lunch in this picturesque village surrounded by vertical slopes with peaks above 2000m high, and than leave through the Boga valley towards Shkodra and then Tirana (120km – 3hrs). Dinner and overnight in Tirana.
Day 8 - Tirana
If you leave in the afternoon you will have some time to spend in Tirana where you can walk, passing the important buildings of the capital – the Italian buildings, The Mosque of Ethem Bej and/or the National Museum of History. Alternatively, you can enjoy your free time to visit the museum in Tirana or one of the many markets. Transfer to airport.