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The Accursed Mountains
4.5 from 2 posts
The Accursed Mountains and the village of Thethi in Albania

The Accursed Mountains

8 days | From £599 | Guided group departures

This walking holiday to the wild north of Albania is probably one of the last great European adventures. You'll discover the remote Thethi National Park and meet people who live in a world which is refreshingly disconnected from the rest of Europe.

8 days | From £599 | Guided group departures

  • A remote and challenging Balkan alpine adventure
  • Magnificent, isolated Thethi National Park
  • Albanian Highlander hospitality

Inspired by Robert Carver's book 'The Accursed Mountains' and even the exploits of Lord Byron. Since we explored this isolated area of Northern Albania, it became one of our best-selling trips - this remote area is not Europe as you know it! Many a comparison can be drawn to more far-flung, exotic destinations including life in the lesser-trekked regions of the Himalayas.

The Accursed Mountains are spectacular, unspoiled and virtually impenetrable, except for a series of high passes that link the few farmsteads of the exceptionally friendly Albanian Highlanders to the outside world.

This is a truly special European trekking adventure. Ideal for the discerning traveller and those seeing a destination that is refreshingly different.

See below for a map of the trip:

Map of The Accursed Mountains

*map may not be to scale

Day 1
Depart UK. Arrive Tirana and transfer to hotel in Shkodra.
Day 2
Drive to the Boga Valley. Trek across the 'Diagonal Pass' to Nderlysa.
Day 3
An easy trek into the stunning Thethi National Park. We visit a 'Blood Feud Tower' along the way and can marvel at the spectacular Accursed Mountains from our Thethi base for the next two nights.
Day 4
Trek up the Thethi Valley beneath the striking Mount Ararpit to the Peja Pass.
Day 5
Walk a dramatic trail to the Valbona Pass. Descend into the Valbona Valley.
Day 6
Ascend to the remote hamlet of Kukaj.
Day 7
Ferry across Lake Koman; drive to Tirana.
Day 8
Depart Tirana. Arrive UK.

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  • Trip Grade: C - Demanding
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Trip Code: TALB
  • Group Size: 4 - 12 (Max)
  • Max Altitude: 2,000m
  • Accommodation: Hotel x 2 nts, Pension / village homes x 5 nts
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 evening meals inc
  • Departs: June until September
  • OVERSEAS JOINING POINT : Tirana airport
  • IMPORTANT : Make sure your chosen holiday is guaranteed to run before you purchase your air tickets and make any other travel arrangements
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