Hiking in Albania. This small country in south-east Europe is one of the many countries located within the Balkan Peninsula. Albania possesses a remarkable diversity, with landscapes ranging from the snow-capped mountains in the Albanian Alps to the hot and sunny coasts of the Albanian Adriatic and the Ionian Sea. Go trekking in Albania and discover its golden beaches, blue lakes, unique culture, and friendly people! If you are looking for hiking tours and trekking holidays in Albania this blog post is for you.
Trekking in Albania is a great way to get to know this gorgeous country. Join a hiking adventure in Albania and discover small but beautiful villages like Theth, go Kayaking in mountain lakes, or sleep under the stars in an empty beach of Grama Bay in south Albania. It doesn't matter if you have plenty of time or if you only have a couple of days, when it comes to hiking in Albania, there are enough options to suit everyone! Check all our trekking options for Albania here.
What is the best season to go hiking in Albania?
The best season to trek in Albania is during Spring, which lasts from April to June, and in Autumn, which starts in September and ends in December. During Spring and Autumn temperatures range between 10 °C and 25°C. These temperatures allow you to enjoy the mountain trails without suffering the summer heat or the colder winters. Also, during Spring and Autumn, you avoid the peak season for tourists, which lasts from July to August. You can check what the weather will be like during your hike in Albania here.
How fit do I need to be to go trekking in Albania?
The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy trekking and hiking. This rule applies to any hike, not just the ones in Albania. If you are in good shape, trekking in Albania shouldn't be a problem for you. Remember that during these treks you will be walking many hours in the mountains and for several days. If you are worried that it might be too much for you, you can always train in advance to make sure that you get to the hike in good shape. Walking a few hours a day and climbing some stairs are always a good way to start. Your guide will be with you at all times and will help you, if needed, to complete your adventure securely and safely.
If you are still looking for an excuse to go trekking in Albania, other than the gorgeous landscapes it has to offer, we can help you. Being fit is always good both for your physical and mental health, and trekking contributes hugely to keeping your body healthy. Here are some of the health benefits that you get from trekking and hiking, in Albania or anywhere else!
Do all treks in Albania start from Tirana?
Yes, the hikes in Albania start from Tirana. However, upon request, the trekking partners in Albania may also arrange the tour departure from other cities of Albania or neighboring countries such as Kosovo, Montenegro or Macedonia. If you are staying in other regions of Albania or neighboring countries, please contact our trekking experts to see what the possibilities are and check the extra costs.
What is the accommodation like while hiking in Albania?
While trekking and hiking in Albania you will spend your nights in guesthouses. The accommodation takes place in Triple/Quadruple rooms, which means that you might share the room with other travelers and/or the tour guide (who could be males or females). Double or single room occupancy is possible on extra charge. The guesthouses are rustic buildings typical of the region. The hosts are very friendly and are ready to assist you on whatever you might need.
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What should I pack for my hike in Albania?
For your hike in Albania, we recommend you to pack light. Let's not forget that you will be hiking several hours a day, for several days. We suggest you wear comfortable clothes for the hikes and bring just enough clothes for the days you are on tour. You can leave your extra luggage in Tirana.
Suggested packing list:
- Boots or shoes suited to the terrain
- Rain/wind wear (jacket and pants in case of bad weather)
- Lightweight fleece or jacket
- Water container or proper bottle
- Sun protection: sunglasses, sun-protective clothes and sunscreen
- Personal Shampoo (for specific hair type)
- Pain Killer (headache or stomach ache)
- Personal care objects
- Camera for the beautiful memories :)
- A few snacks for along the way
If you are trekking in south Albania, you will also need:
- Swimsuit and towel in case you want to swim at the Bay or in the river
- A sleeping bag
Enjoying the peace and quiet of nature is one of the pleasures of trekking in the mountains. However, sometimes we need an extra push to keep going. When you feel like giving up, having the right playlist in your bag can help you to get the motivation necessary to reach the top. Here are our top picks for your Albanian trek playlist. Don't forget to take your headphones and some extra batteries in your backpack!
Where can I store my extra luggage while trekking in Albania?
We always suggest packing light for your trek in Albania. The extra luggage can be stored for free at the trekking company's office in Tirana. Once the hike is over, you will be driven back to Tirana, where you will be able to collect your extra luggage.
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Should I tip the guide after the hike?
Tipping is not a must in Albania or the Balkans. However, if you got a good service from your guide while trekking in Albania and you want to thank him, it will always be much appreciated. How much to tip your guide is up to you. Our recommendation is to tip the tour guide/driver 5 – 6 Euros per day/person as it is an international practice to tip good service.
What does a typical trek in the Albanian Alps look like?
There are several options when it comes to choosing a trek in Albania. Hiking itineraries go from 2 to 7 days and offer different combinations of Albania's highlights. A typical trekking itinerary in the Albanian Alps looks more or less like this one and is offered by our partner Choose Balkans:
Day 1: Komani Lake
Day 2: Valbona
Day 3: Valbona Pass
Day 4: Theth
We will enjoy our last traditional breakfast at the heart of the Albanian Alps. We hike from Theth to Grunas Waterfall (about 1 hour hike). On our way back we visit the Ethnographic Museum of Theth, the old Church and the “Lock in” Tower (symbol of Theth) and its fascinating story in centuries. We will experience local transport riding through a steep sneaky hillside reaching up to 900 meters at Qafa e Thores. They say this is the spot with the best picture – perfect view of the Albanian Alps. The elaborated zig-zags road through the mountainous terrain smoothens down little by little taking us towards Shkodra Lake. Our driver will be waiting for us in Shkodra, taking us back to the modern and dynamic metropolitan capital city of Albania, Tirana. You will return home full of the wonders of Albania, with a new sense of self excitement to share with those around you.
If you want to check your options for hiking in the Albanian Alps, check this page.
How are the hikes in South Albania?
The trekking options in south Albania take you through a completely different landscape. If what you are looking for is a hike on the Albanian coast through breathtaking and hidden beaches, south Albania is definitely for you. While trekking in south Albania you will visit Llogara National Park, you will conquer Mount Çika, and you will then head to some of the most pristine beaches on the Albanian coast. This is a typical south Albanian itinerary, operated by our partner Choose Balkans:
Day 1: Llogara National Park
Our professional tour guide will pick you up at 9:00 am at your hotel in Tirana or Tirana Airport. Right after the group gets together we start our journey toward Southern Albania. On our way to Llogara National Park, we will visit the ancient ruins of Apollonia, its Odeon Theatre, the Church of Saint Mary, the ancient statues of Illyrian times and the mosaic. Our tour continues towards Vlora where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet. Free afternoon at Llogara National Park. Overnight in Llogara.
Day 2: Mount Çika
We start our hiking adventure early in the morning. Our objective is summiting the top of Mount Çika, the highest peak of South-western Albania. The hike during this day would be an intense one, requiring a good physical condition and proper hiking outfit, however, the view from the top is a breath-taking corner of the world. Our day would be characterized by imposing mountain peaks blanketed in deep green forests, crystal clear seas fringed by long white beaches inviting you to dive in. After a panoramic picnic lunch, we head back to Llogara National Park. Overnight in Llogara.
Day 3: Grama Bay
We will wake up early in the morning, with an innate sense of wonder and desire to explore more. Our destination will be Grama Bay, considered by many a hidden gem of Albania. To reach this hidden beach (only reachable by approximately 8 hours hiking or by boat) we will walk through an ancient path, used by emperor Cesar during the Roman times. The “Cesar Path” passes through the top of the Karaburun Peninsula, reaching from 800m up to 1240m altitude, where we start our descending trek to Grama Bay. This is where things get interesting; we will set up a tent camp (equipment will be brought to the bay by horse or boat), light up a fire by the beach, wait for the sunset, count the stars and taste wild seafood grilled on the fire. Overnight in Grama Bay.
Day 4: Karaburun Peninsula
There is no better feeling than waking up from the sound of calm waves hitting the shore. After breakfast with a seaside view, we enjoy a final swim in the crystal clear waters of Grama Bay. We pack up our tents and get ready to explore the rest of the Karaburun Peninsula by hiking along the southwest coastline of the Karaburun Peninsula. While hiking we will discover empty beaches, isolated old churches and hidden caves used by pirates back in the days. (Optional; travelers who prefer to explore the coastline by boat instead of hiking, can do it for an extra 30 Euros/Person). Our vehicle will be waiting for us at Palasa beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern Albania. We will enjoy a traditional lunch with a panoramic view of the Albanian Riviera from the “balcony” of Llogara. We arrive in Tirana in the late afternoon.
If you want to find out more about this trek in South Albania click here.
How much do hiking tours in Albania cost?
Trekking options in Albania range between EUR 198,- / USD 218,- and EUR 680,- / USD 749,- per person. As you can see, there are options for every taste. The prices vary depending on the number of days and on the activities that the trek offers. In general, hikes include transport to and from Tirana, the accommodation, the meals during the trek and the guide. The hikes might also include ferry rides, kayak excursions, museum entrance tickets and transportation of camping equipment (for the tours in south Albania).
Where to book your trekking holidays in Albania?
The great thing about the internet is that you can find anything anywhere. The same goes for hiking and trekking providers. However, since there is so much on offer, it can be overwhelming to find a trekking operator of your liking. That is why Bookatrekking.com does the selection for you.
We only join hands with the best hiking and trekking providers we can trust. You can rest assured that the trekking operators on Bookatrekking.com are reliable. Find your perfect hike in Albania here!
Also check out our other blogs about hiking the Balkan Region:
-Hiking in Croatia
-Hiking in Slovenia
-Trekking in Montenegro
-Trekking in the Julian Alps
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