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Traveling in mountainous region can involve certain dangers, please make sure to always leave well prepared and take local conditions into consideration. With increasing number of visitors more accidents happen every year, some deadly.
Be ware that there is no professional rescue services as you would find it in the Central European Alps. From our own experience we don’t recommend to purely rely on public services. The best help is often close at hand. If you encounter problems, try talking to your local contacts, guesthouse or tour operators.
A helicopter is available emergencies but bad weather condition and lack of knowledge about the terrain and places can inflict the effectiveness of rescue operations.
If you are not an experienced hiker, don’t overestimate your ability. This is especially true for routes that leave the valleys and travel into alpine territory. Some of the following risks can be lessened by choosing to travel with a local guide who knows local weather patterns and the terrain.
In any case you should save or write down the following contact details in addition to those of your country’s embassy. If you are an citizen of the EU all member embassies are required to offer consular protection, this extends to emergency situations.
Please note, in case of an emergency all foreign tourists receive first aid and medical care free of charge.
Theth: Pavlin Polia +355 69 3016 781
Valbona: Catherine Bohne +355 67 3014 638
The two largest privately-run hospitals of the country are both located on the outskirts of Tirana along the highway to Durres and listed below. Most towns have their own hospitals but most often lack equipment.
Tirana-Durrës highway, km1, Fushë Mëzez
+355 4 2390 000
+355 4 232 30 00 (emergencies)
Pranë Spitalit Ushtarak, Laprakë
+355 4 235 75 35
The notice of the accident should contain the following information: