Albanian Alps walking holiday, tailor made
Included: 7 overnights( 5 days full board, 2 days B&B), luggage transfers, arrival and departure airport transfers, welcome briefing, detailed pre-departure holiday information pack - route notes, maps, GPS tracks, 24/7 phone assistance.
Description of Albanian Alps walking holiday, tailor made
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
4 Reviews of Albanian Alps walking holiday, tailor made
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 13 Sep 2023 by Ian GasperThe walks up to the mountain passes were hard going but provided wonderful views, experiences and memories. It was very satisfying to reach the top! Similarly the boat trip through the Albanian Fiords provided similar views and memories. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Sep 2023 by Nicky Defries3 stars Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Oct 2022 by Sally SladeThe Albanian Alps are truly stunning in their remoteness and grandeur... Outstanding and would highly recommend. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Aug 2022 by Melissa HanburyI couldnít rate it more highly. It was the most incredible week and I will never forget it. The Albanian alps are truly spectacular and the people are charming. We canít wait to explore Kosovo and Montenegro next! Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetThrough our local office in Albania we are supporting the maintenance of the hiking trails in the area where this walking holiday takes place. We encourage the guides and hotel owners in the area to participate in trail maintenance, as volunteers. If there are rubbish-strewn sections, we go out and clean them. When way marking, we try to only refresh the old marks and not intervene unnecessarily by installing big metal or plastic signs. We use paint on rocks and so that the effect on nature is minimal.
We are also cooperating with local non-profits and communities and have successfully stopped the construction of dams and water power plants on the rivers in the area, which include some of the last free flowing rivers in Europe (see below for more on the Save the Blue Heart of Europe campaign).
We encourage our clients to use the info packs and maps in electronic format and not print everything; we are gradually introducing a smartphone app which will contain both the maps and route notes and will make the printed route notes obsolete.
PeopleWe are supporting the Save the Blue Heart of Europe initiative, specifically focusing on the Vjosa River in Albania. Along its entire course of over 270 kilometers it is untamed and free flowing and characterized by beautiful canyons, braided river sections, islands, oxbows and meandering stretches. In some areas the riverbed expands over more than 2 km in width. However, what makes this river really outstanding internationally is the fact, that almost all its tributaries are free-flowing and intact as well, creating a living rivers network that is without par in Europe.
We typically hire local drivers (not the hotel transfer services or big taxi companies) to transport luggage and people on walking days. By using local transport services and locally owned and operated guesthouses and small hotels, we are giving back to local people. In the Valbona Valley specifically, where lodging capacity is insufficient, we use networks of family-related collaborators (accommodation providers) that form a complex. At the core building all meals are served but guest may be accommodated at†another house of similar standard†in no more than 200 m walking distance.