Albanian Alps Trail Running Tour 2023

Accursed Mountains

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GREG WINGO
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May 14 - 21, 2023
Group size: 6 - 10
Albanian Alps Trail Running Tour 2023
Accursed Mountains

GREG WINGO
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May 14 - 21, 2023
Group size: 6 - 10

About this trip

Known as Europe's hidden gem, the Albanian Alps trail running adventure goes through charming villages and off-the-beaten paths through rugged mountain landscapes. 


This five day hut to hut style adventure through the mountains is perfect for anyone. You can run it or hike it, and we will have local guides so you'll never be alone. See a part of the world that's mind-blowing, beautiful, and untouched. This trip includes ~50 miles of running/hiking and ~15K feet of vertical climbing. It's an intense but fun adventure. That said, you need to be in good shape for these mountains. COST: $1,850 with a non-refundable $500 deposit. You will receive the deposit back if the trip is canceled for some reason.

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    7 nights of accommodation: 5 nights - guesthouse, 1 night - hut, 1 night - hotel (2 people sharing a room)
  • Meals
    7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • In-Country Transport
    Transportation with 4WD vehicle. Includes pick up and drop off at the airport
  • Guides
    2 guides from Albania Adventure
  • Activities
    All the activities
  • Flight
    Your flight to and from Tirana, Albania is not included
  • Lunches
    Any lunches during the run or nutrition used during your run
  • Alcohol/Coffee

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival
Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza – Theth Valley

We will meet our guides at Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza and will head north to Theth Valley in the Albanian Alps. 

Theth is known by foreign tourists as the Last Paradise of Europe. It is a village located in northern Shala Valley nestled in Theth National Park which was established in 1966 to protect the ecosystem, biodiversity, cultural and historical heritage of the region. 

Theth National Park covers rugged terrain with an area of 26.3 sq km / 10.15 sq mi and ranges in altitude from approximately 1200 m / 3937 ft to the summit of Radohima at 2567 m / 8422 ft. 

The village is encompassed on four sides by two-thousanders, mountains that have a height of at least 2,000 m / 6562 ft above sea level but less than 3,000 m / 9843 ft. Radohima is in the west, Arapi and Poplluka are in the north and Jezerca is in the east. Standing at 1795 m / 5,889 ft, the Valbona Pass leads a mountain path in the west, which separates the park from the Valbona Valley National Park. Like most of the Albanian Alps, the park is dominated by limestone and dolomite rocks and shows major karst features such as the Grunas Canyon and the southern wall of Arapi, which is considered the highest rock face in the Balkans. 

Set among the peaks of the Shala mountains, Theth is isolated, and in times of snow, practically inaccessible. Despite this situation, using our 4WD vehicles modified for wild and difficult terrain we are lucky to explore Thethi valley all year. Accommodation in a guest house.

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GREG WINGO
Adventure travel professional and athlete with a focus on trail running, ultra running, and endurance paddling on a national and international scale. I'm the race director for Great Alabama 650, the longest annual paddle race in the world.