The Accursed Mountains
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The Accursed Mountains

8 days | From £699 | 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 £699 | 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.

Albania The Accursed Mountains Map
Day 1. Depart UK, arrive Tirana and transfer to hotel in Shkodra.
Meet at Tirana Airport for your transfer to Shkodra, the oldest and largest city in northern Albania. Visit the ruins of Rozafa Castle, which is perched strategically on top of a hill just outside of Shkodra. Late afternoon will be spent exploring the town on foot.
Day 2. Lake Korman and trek through Valbona
Take the ferry boat service from Fierze for a stunning journey across Lake Koman, surrounded by steep-sided mountains. Afternoon walk through woods to the meadows of Grykat e Hapta and enjoy the stunning views of Valbona's jagged peaks.
Day 3. Trek across the eastern Albanian Alps
A dramatic hike across the eastern Albanian Alps. Follow the sheep trails from Valbona, to Kukaj (1150m) an optional walk up to the border of Montenegro (2000m).
Day 4. Trek to Thethi across the Valbona Pass
Walk a dramatic trail over the Valbona Pass (1840m) for fantastic views of the Radohima Mountains and once again impressive views of Jezerce massive. Descend transversly across the steeply angled scree slopes to the meadows and beech forests to Thethi(800m).
Day 5. Trek the Accursed Mountains to Peja Pass
Remain in the Theth National Park and follow a trail to make the challenging ascent to the Peja Pass (1730m), beneath the striking Mount Arapit. From the pass there are fine views across the entire Thethi valley as well as to the peaks that lie within Montenegro. Descend back to Thethi.
Day 6. Trek to Nderlysa and visit the Blood Feud Tower
Trek to the hamlet of Nderlysa (550m) and visit to the Blood Feud Tower. Comtinue to the waterfall at Thethi and follow the trail along the River Shala to reach our destination - Nderlysa.
Day 7. Diagonal Pass and Thore Pass. Afternoon drive to Tirana
A long steady ascent to the stunning Diagonal Pass and hike to Thore Pass. Afternoon drive to Tirana, one of the most dynamic cities in the Balkans and enjoy a celebratory meal in a traditional restaurant.
Day 8. Depart Tirana, arrive UK
Depart Tirana at your leisure for your flight back to the 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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