Montenegro & Albania Overland

Last untouched & pristine frontier in Europe

Quick highlights:

  • Rafting through whole Tara Canyon
  • Albania 4×4
  • Paragliding Albania
  • Treking in remote Albanian mountains
  • Last unexploited & pristine frontier in Europe
  • Local people/lifestyle & food (Europe as it once was)
Length: 13 days
Group Size: min 5
Season: April - October
Difficulty: Medium
Nearest Airport: Dubrovnik (Croatia); Sarajevo (Bosnia); Belgrade (Serbia), Tirana (Albania)-best to fly out
Category: Multi sport
Price (from):
2190

COMING SOON

What to expect

Today it is hard to find untouched and pristine experience, especially in the heart of Europe. Places like that are rare, but still possible to find. This overland trip is all about discovering those places, unspoiled nature, people and their lifestyle. And we will do it with a lot of adrenaline in our blood. We will start our adventure by paddling 100km of river Tara that lies in second biggest canyon in the world and is surrounded by amazing Durmitor mountains. After that we will move to Albania where we will explore this “forgotten by time” country with 4×4 offroad vehicles, mountain bikes, kayaks, paraglides and motorboats. On the way we will meet local people and their lifestyle which is very different from western lifestyle as globalization didn’t find the way to this land and people. So all in all it will be unforgettable adventure and journey in to past.

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Activity

This is overland adventure where we will use all kinds of transportation from mountain bikes to sea kayaks, from offroad vehicles to tandem paraglides so it is very demanding tour, but at the same time big fun, with no time to be bored. And we can guarantee you, you’ll be awarded with unspoiled nature and unbelievable friendly and opened locals. You will want to come back soon.

We will have our support jeeps following us where necessary, but it is important to be in good shape to enjoy these amazing adventure to the fullest.

Group size

Minimum 5 people

What to pack

Sport shoes

Hiking shoes

Warm clothes for 10 days as April is still cold (the best is good technical gear)

Swimsuites

Towel

Personal things (shampoo, tooth brush, tooth paste, sun cream…)

Medicines

Headlight

Knife

1 pot or tin can for a minimum volume of 1 liter

Sleeping bag if possible

Sun cream

Day 1

After meeting we take the Drive to our Camp base on River Tara.

Tara river is 144km and her second name is Tear of Europe due to its purity. No matter where along her stream you are, you can always drink from the river, that clean she is. Canyon of river Tara is famous all around the world as it is the greatest Canyon in Europe and second deepest in the world, just next to Colorado river. It is more than 1300m deep and since 1977 under protection of UNESCO. Along the way this emerald drinkable water provides around 50 rapids, numerous water pools and waterfalls. In the next few days this will be our world, on one side peaceful and untouched and on the other so wild that will easily run blood through our veins and pump adrenaline. On rafting scale Tara river takes place 3-5 and is known as one of the most attractive rivers on our planet-She is true paradise for adventurers and we will paddle her whole navigable length – more than 100km. Beside rafting, there will be other activities possible and delicious local ethno food will give us the strength to fight the river.

 

Day 2

After breakfast transport to starting point of Rafting expedition through the whole Tara Canyon. Preparation for rafting – each one gets his rafting equipment (wet suit, neoprene boots, life west, helmet, paddle). On the first day of rafting we will cover 30km of the river, with stops for swimming, refreshments, photography and other fun staff. After arrival to Radovan Luka camping site we will have lunch and spend the rest of the day exploring surroundings of camp and enjoying the river.

 

Day 3

Strong breakfast and preparations for second part of Tara river rafting expedition. Arriving to our camp in the afternoon, where after lunch we can experience other activities like swimming, fishing, hiking around camp or just relaxing near the river. After dinner by the camp fire, some live music for a good night sleep.

Day 4

After 2 days of amazing rafting and gaining some experience, we will paddle most exciting part of Tara River to end our River expedition. Time for some rest before moving towards Albania the next day.

Day 5

After our 100km river expedition our overland expedition through Balkans continues with picturesque drive

towards border of Monte Negro and Albania. We will meet our Albanian guide in Plav, Montenegro where you can have lunch (not included). After all the papers for crossing border are arranged we will drive to Vusanje and start our trekking along the Rapojana valley. We will enter Albania near the Gjeshtara lake and proceed to “Fusha e Runicës” where our tents will be waiting to accommodate us. On the way we will be accompanied by horses who will transport our luggage.

 

Day 6

The hike continues in the direction of Thethi through– Peja Pass. For the strong ones attempt to ascend Arapi Mountain will be possible. In Thethi, accommodation in simple but clean guesthouse in shared rooms.

 

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Day 7

We will depart from Thethi right after breakfast. The day begins with the 4×4 off road tour along the old road which connects Thethi with Shkodra. There are in total 80 km, 65 of them on a panoramic, single track, not paved and mostly exposed roadway. On the way we will make few stops for some hiking. We will hike to Grunas waterfall first. The next stop is at the place called Ndërlysa. The glacier mills of Ndërlysa offer a unique spectacle of nature: The water of the Black River (Lumi i Zi) squeezes through a narrow approach that has arisen over the millennia. We continue our hike up to the “Blue Eye of Kapreja” (Syri i kaltër i Kapresë), a natural pool with amazing blue water in a jungle-like environment. On the way we will see attractions like the ruins of Drishti castle and Mesi bridge.

Lunch in Shkodra in a restaurant with a very particular atmosphere, where you can taste different traditional dishes of this region.

 

After lunch we will drive to the place where we will start MTB ride. We will follow the path which runs slightly upwards in the direction of Renci mountain. From the top, descent towards Shengjin. After dinner at a restaurant, we will ride along the coast to Rana e Hedhun and will stay overnight on the beach in tents.

Day 8

Road transfer near to Shen Gjergj, where our MTB tour continues to Labinot. We will follow a 50 km unpaved single track roadway which offers very panoramic views. If somebody will be too tired, our 4X4 support vehicles will pick you up to the next destination. From Labinot we will drive to Elbasan – Belsh – Kucove – Berat with the our 4 X 4 vehicles on a paved but partially damaged road. We will enjoy our night in Berat in a traditional family run hotel. Dinner degustation in a traditional restaurant.

 


Day 9

Drive to the village near Berati, where we will enter river Osumi canyon and hike through the river. After lunch we will explore  2400 years old city of Berati. Llogara National park will host us for the night as well as next few days.


Day 10

Today we will be exploring amazing Llogara National park with spectacular finish of tandem paragliding* over the amazing Albanian coast and landing directly on the beach, where jump in the clean Albanian sea will be our reward after beautiful hike and adrenalin jump.

There will be 2 hike possibilities today**:

One easy hike through Llogara National park or more difficult hike to the top of Mount Qorre.

**(Depending on your strength this day you can choose in the morning which hike to do, both groups will meet at the same place later on.)

When we all meet again we will driver to Livadhi beach where little family run hotel by the sea will be our host and place for good rest after intense day.

 *Some more information:

-Tandem jumping for one person costs 60 Euro.

Tandem jumping is not included in the price as sometimes due to weather conditions it is not possible to do the jump. Even if it is possible each can choose whether to do it or not.


Day 11

Last days will be spent on the Albanian coast and we will experience some wet activities and explore beautiful Albanian beaches and caves.

We will start with sea kayaking along Albanian coast . There are many little pristine bays, caves, and places to visit along the day. We will stop at Aquarium Bay, will have a coffee in Jali, enter underwater caves before arrival at Ngjipe beach.

Once on Ngjipe beach we will explore the canyon of Ngjipe, which is situated along the lower parts of the Ngjipe stream, between the villages of Vuno and Ilias. It is formed by water erosion. Canyon is more than 2 km long and 100 m deep. The walls of the canyon are steep, the landscape is attractive, the beach is clean and the water clear and warm. This is a particularly impressing activity on a bit demanding but secured path.

Tonight we will set tents on the Ngjipe beach under millions of starts.


Day 12

We will continue to explore Albanian coast with our sea kayaks and later with sport fishing boats, which will allow us to see many hidden beaches, caves and other interesting spots only accessible from the sea. Among others we will also explore Pirate’s Cave, a stone block pillar divides his entry into two parts. It is easy to visit in calm seas but the cave is blocked in strong waves. The cave is more than 30 m long, 8 m wide and 10 -12 m high. We will paddle from Ngjipe beach to Dhermi, from where sport boats will take us all the way to Gramma bay. We will return to Palasa and from there to Llogara.

 


Day 13

The day will be organized according to the flight schedules. Drive from Llogara to Tirana Airport takes around 3 hours.

On the way to Airport we can visit the archeological site of Apollonia, which was one of the largest cities on the Adriatic, an important and international centre of learning and trade. The city was originally founded in 588 BC as a Corinthian colony and was named after the god Apollo. Or we can drive directly to Tirana for short sightseeing tour of the city before departure to airport.


Price & Dates: 

CONFIRMED DATES:

September 2016

NEXT DATE:

By Request

Included in the price:

Accommodation

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (except lunch on 5th day)

All activities with necessary equipment

Home Guide + local ˛& expert guides for all activities

All Taxes

Transfers (mini bus, 4×4)

Not included:

Flights

Drinks and food in restaurants

Insurance

Extra Food & Drinks in restaurant

Lunch on 5th day

Tandem paragliding (60€ on spot)

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