What is the first thought that goes around in your mind thinking of Albanian Alps?
So if you decide to travel in Northern Albania for sure you will have a lot of questions. It happened even to me. The first and the most common question that you’ll likely have is “Isn’t it dangerous?”, “Isn’t it an interesting, attractive area or is it worth to visit it?”
Before going I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it, but by the end, all of those concerns had evaporated into the mountain air and to an unspoilt landscape. To speak about me and people that have been in this area, make me change completely and have a positive opinion about North Albanian Alps.
Albanian Alps or as called The Accursed Mountains (Bjeshkët e Namuna) are an extension of the Dinaric Alps and cover the northern part of the country.
Albanian Alps are so stunning and offer wild mountain scenery, with a diversity of breathtaking landscapes, varying from green valleys to crystal-clear mountain lakes, waterfalls, rivers and remote picturesque mountain villages, in which time seems to have stopped.
This area is totally different from the other side of Albania. What you’ll see when you’ll off up there is a deep tradition, that of blood feuds, extraordinary landscapes and fierce local pride and among these high mountains, fresh air, traditional homemade food and hospitality.
Albanian Alps had been almost inaccessible for visitors, unheard to people inside and mostly outside of Albania because it’s one of the most remote and wild mountainous regions.
Considering the fact that it has gone from a virtually unknown land to a well-established stop on the Balkan backpackers trail in barely a decade, its interior remains little known. The region has been the most impressive scenery and explored in recent years from the foreigners, especially from backpackers which has made one of the most popular destinations.
Albanian Alps have plenty of extraordinary places that you can visit such as: Theth, Valbona, Koman Lake.
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What’s the strong point for each of these areas:
You can start your tour from Koman lake – taking the ferry for a stunning journey and for more beautiful scenery through the canyon of Drin river. Then continue the transfer along the picturesque valley of Valbona.
Valbona is a touristic village in an amazing setting. The hike from Valbona to Theth is one of the most popular in the Albanian Alps and one can’t miss occasion to experience the beauty and traditions of this land. The trek offers the most scenic routes of the mountains.
Theth is the most extreme isolation place in the edge of North Albania and it’s probably the best-preserved alpine village. It has authentic houses still roofed with wooden tiles. It offers a picturesque surrounding to explore throughout the whole trek.
You can leave Thethi heading in the direction of the northern city of Shkodra enjoying stunning views of Bjeshket e Namuna – The Accursed Mountains.
Best travel time is early June to end of September – come prepared for snow any earlier, for a panoramic trekking highlights of the Albanian Alps.
I can say and I mean it that Albanian Alps are all a “hidden treasure” for nature lovers and hikers. Among other things, it can be exoeru
A suggestion by me and a MUST for everyone that has a desire to learn more about Albania and mostly for Northern Albania.