Albania snowshoeing holiday

“Nine days as part of a small group snowshoeing in the Albanian Alps. One demanding ascent to 1,700metres otherwise circular trails and forest tracks.”

Highlights

Tirana | Valbonė | Albanian Alps | Rrogamit Mountain | folklore evening | alpine villages of Kukaj and Rrogam | ascent to Grykat e Hapta (1700m) | Tropojė | Padesh (1450m) | Botushė | Gjakovė, Kosovo | sightseeing in Prizren |

Description of Albania snowshoeing holiday

You can’t get much more unique and, let’s face it, exciting than an Albania snowshoeing holiday and as this nine day trip takes in the natural beauty of life in the Albanian Alps you’ll be left completely bowled over by the wild and untouched landscapes forming the backdrop to this outdoors adventure.

From the ancient, and often turbulent, history of the area to traditional folklore myths and legends, Albania snowshoeing holidays encapsulate the enchantment of an unchanged world where the snow-covered mountains close to the border with Kosovo form the essence to an extra special experience.

The slopes and tracks surrounding the remote village of Valbone help to create a winter wonderland with alpine meadows, traditional communities and snow-capped peaks promising an amazing Albania snowshoeing holiday alongside time to sightsee in the historic Kosovan city of Prizren.

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10 Feb 2018
£ 1249
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19 Jan 2019
£ 1129
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09 Feb 2019
£ 1269
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02 Mar 2019
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Responsible tourism: Albania snowshoeing holiday

Environment

Waste Management:
Waste management is a big problem in Albania and so we are very careful not to exacerbate this issue, operating with a ‘leave no trace policy.’ We encourage our suppliers and guides to minimise plastic waste in the mountainous areas by distributing paper bags for waste disposal. In Northern Albania, we can drink water fresh from the streams or taps, so we also encourage our clients to re-fill a bottle or canister to drink from. This prevents the needless buying of several plastic bottles.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Local Craft and Culture:
There is a rich history and culture on offer in Albania and although much of our time is spent snowshoeing on pristine, remote peaks, we make time to appreciate the customs and traditions of local people. After traversing Rrogamit Mountain, we end up in Rrogram for a folklore evening. Performers wear traditional embroidered costume and sing old songs in their native tongue. In the Padesh village near Kosovo, there is the chance to stop for lunch with a family and purchase some embroidery which one of the locals has hand stitched.

Community:
By using local accommodation, restaurants and shops, we are supporting the community hugely by boosting businesses in low season. Our hotel in Tirana is just 300m from Skandaberg Square, and in Gjakovė we stay in a beautiful hotel close to the bazaar. In Valbonė we stay in a charming but somewhat rustic alpine hotel surrounded by some of the highest mountains of the Albanian Alps. Our guesthouse in Tropojė belonged to our local partner's grandfather and has been lovingly renovated. By eating in small, locally owned restaurants we get the best, most seasonal food and can be sure that our investment stays in the area. In Berat, for example, we can visit a place owned by a couple who specialise in fresh vegetable dishes like stuffed aubergine.

A Fair Deal:
Our guides are all people who live and work in the areas in which we operate our tours. This gives extra support to the local economy and offers our clients a level of expertise which would be otherwise unattainable. For these trips we have also contracted part time farmers to help with luggage transportation from one village to the next. We make sure to engage different farmers on a rota basis so that several individuals can benefit from additional income. These people are particularly skilled in that they have explored this terrain for many years and have extensive knowledge of the area. Our operators are the first snowshoeing company to work in this area, so they have had a significant impact on local employment opportunities.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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