You decide. On our self-guided tours there is no guide nor other guests. It’s up to you how fast to walk, where to stop and for how long to stay.
How does that work? With our detailed road book, maps and a GPS with prerecorded waypoints and tracks, you confidently navigate trails by yourself.
Convenience. Accommodation, transfers and luggage transport are all taken care of by us. In rural areas full-board is included, where there are multiple restaurant options we provide you with recommendations on where to eat. Only
When can I start? Pick your preferred date and start any time of the week. We meet you to hand over materials, walk you through the entire trip and answer your questions. Got more, we’re there for you on the phone.
Albanian Alps: Shkodra, Koman Lake, Valbona, Theth, Tirana
Late May till early Oct
Two national parks, the fjord-like lake and two vibrant cities
Moderate treks, one mandatory hike, options to shorten/ extend
Experienced, English-speaking hosts
Private ensuite rooms through the trip
Hidden Valley Trek
Zagoria Valley, Permet, Gjirokaster, Tirana
Apr to mid Jun, Sep-Nov
Zagoria and Vjosa Valley, stone village and UNESCO sight
Moderate trek, one longer crossing, swimming opportunities
Moderately experienced, limited English
Three homestay overnights with shared bath
High Scardus Trail
Eastern Albania from Kukes via Mt. Korab to Peshkopi
Jun to Sep
Vast, sparsely visited wilderness of the Korab-Koritnik NP
Challenging trek including the highest peaks of Albania
Limited experience, no or basic English
Shepherd hut overnight without power and shower
Albanian Riviera, Ionian Sea, Llogara National Park
Apr to mid-Jun, Sep-Nov
Combination of mountains and the sea from two bases
Shorter and moderate day walks, swimming opportunities
Experienced with leisure, not hikers, English-speaking
Private ensuite rooms at hotels throughout
Peaks of the Balkans
Accursed Mountains in Albania, Kosovo & Montenegro
Jun to Sep
Hiking beyond borders through the best mountainscapes of three countries
Moderate shorter and challenging longer treks, no phone signal
Moderately experienced, mostly English speaking
Mix of hotels, guesthouses & huts, private / shared rooms
The Albanian Alps are Northern Albania’s prime mountain destination. Valbona and Theth aren’t new or undiscovered but still stunningly beautiful destinations. Here you will find better infrastructure and accommodation, but also more people around. It’s a great option if you enjoy the comfort of an ensuite private room and flexibility to shorten and extend your hikes. More Alps Explorer samples
The Zagoria Valley is one of Albania’s best kept secret and our favorite trekking spot in the South. The views aren’t all as dramatic alpine, but the stone village of Limar, river swimming spots and lovely homestays make more than up for that. If the Albanian Alps where Nepal, the Hidden Valley Trek would be Bhutan.
Our limited English-speaking local guide can add to your experience. While local guides are no professional tour leaders, they’re less trained and only work in one specific region, they know their home inside out and will enrich your journey with insights into nature and culture, local contacts and hidden spots.
Like to have company or crave more information? Join our guided small group tours on the Hidden Valley Trek. The 7-day trip runs with three and is capped at eight persons. We start/end in Tirana but you can take off from Gjirokaster to continue to the Albanian Riviera.
As a new trail in the early stages, it’s a great choice for an off-the-beaten-path adventure. As such it provides authentic insights but also gets more basic than our other trips. Previous trekking and GPS navigation experience is recommended. Note that not every overnight has phone signal.
Not sure about doing this by yourself? An optional English/German-speaking (limited availability) local guide is an affordable for a private trek. Local guides are no professional tour leaders, they’re less trained and only work in their specific home region. That one place they know inside out and can enrich your journey with insights into nature and culture, local contacts and hidden spots.
Like to have company or prefer a professional guide? Consider our guided small group tours on the Hidden Valley Trek. They follow the same itinerary and run with three to eight persons. These trips only cover a part of the entire High Scardus Trail, ask us if you’re interested in a longer trekking.
Without doubt the Albanian Riviera and Ionian Sea feature the best beaches of the country. They’re packed and it’s way too hot for hiking in July and August. Come in spring or autumn to avoid the crowds, enjoy green landscapes or warm waters.
Arguably the region’s most famous long distance path, the Peaks of the Balkans Trail includes the highlights of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. Border crossing permits, complex logistics and multiple days without phone signal make this trip more complicated than others. Beyond being a premium trip, we highly recommend previous trekking and GPS navigation experience as well a certain degree of self-sufficiency for an individual trip.
You like to have company, it’s your first time trekking or perhaps it sounds better to be in good hands? Then join our guided 8 and 12-day group tours. Groups run from three guests, above eight we add second assistant guide and cap at a maximum of 12 persons. Read our TripAdvisor reviews and you will quickly see that this is a not to be missed experience and one of our most popular tours.