Albania walking tour, small group

“A nine-day odyssey through Albania's cultural and natural heritage, exploring national parks, UNESCO sites and historic treasures.”

Highlights

Tirana | Shkoder | Rozafa Castle | Theth Franciscan Church and Locked-In Tower | Valbone Pass | Mullafci Alpine Pastures | Valbone Valley National Park | Gashi River | Koman Lake Boat Trip | Visit With A Local Family | Church of the Ascension in Mirdita | Berat | Onufri Museum | Kruja

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2021: 22 May, 26 Jun, 24 Jul, 21 Aug, 18 Sep
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Environment
Wildlife!
In partnership with local NGO such as PPNEA and state bodies such as AKZM we are partnering in the monitoring and preservation process of endangered species such as: Brown Bears and Lynx in the Valbona Valley. Currently one of the projects in place has to do with the monitoring process through a network of cameras which are placed throughout the valley and help us better understand the type of wildlife still existing in the Albanian Alps.

Waste!
We are currently working with the local accommodation providers especially in the Alpine areas to educate them concerning waste management. This is a big problem which is being tackled since the locals were used to through rubbish in the river streams. We are working with them as well to find ways how to best design and manage their toilets since most of them are very primitive and can potentially pollute the environment around them. Recently the Albanian Government decided to issue law which prohibits cutting down trees and helping in this way by slowing down the gradual deforestation of Albania. This law will be in place from 2016 until 2026. This is good news since in Albania and the border zone with Kosovo and Montenegro there will be a great chance to access the back country and the pristine nature without encountering contamination or deforestation of any kind. In time we will witness a growth in the animal population which in itself will contribute to a much richer ecosystem to be enjoyed by everyone.

On this tour, we use as much as possible those restaurants which use local and seasonally grown food in order to support the local production and minimise food miles.

On most of our tours we keep waste to a minimum. For example we make sure our picnic lunches are wrapped in paper bags which are degradable. Each guest as well is encouraged not to waste food but to carry enough just for their personal need.

We are currently working with the local accommodation providers especially in the Alpine areas to educate them concerning waste management. This is a big problem which is being tackled since the locals were used to throw rubbish in the river streams. We are working with them as well to find ways how to best design and manage their toilets since most of them are very primitive and can potentially pollute the environment around them.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Most of our effort evolve toward the education and employment of local staff sourced from the areas we are leading our walking tours. For example in Valbona we are using local farmers to serve as assistant guides. They know very well their area and all trails as well but are unable to communicate in a foreign language. These guides live all year long in the valley and because of the climate, deforestation, subsistent farming and the change in the way of life they look at tourism as another means of income which would contribute in a moderate way as an added income for their families.

The same in the valley of Theth, we are using retired teachers to guide locally our groups. In this way we insure that they can look at tourism as another mean of supporting themselves and not leave the valley to work and live in a big city or worse emigrate. Our policy is to always use local guides even though our tourguides know the terrain well and don't need the help of the local guide to lead them.

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