This two-day adventure organized by Butterfly Outdoor Adventure and Traveks will take you to the heart of Albania’s wild Accursed Mountains to explore the timeless village of Theth and reach one of its most impressive peaks, Arapi Peak.
The journey begins early Saturday morning with a 3.5-hour bus journey from Prishtina to Albania’s historic northern city of Shkodra. After coffee and some of the city’s famed burek, we will switch to an off-road vehicle for the breathtaking three-hour journey to Theth, perched high in Valbona National Park.
After settling in to the guesthouse, we will take a leisurely hike to discover the beautiful natural and man-made wonders around Theth: the village church, a nearby waterfall, and the canyon’s panoramic views. This hike will allow plenty of time to take pictures and interact with the village community before we sit down to a traditional dinner prepared by a local family.
The second day will center on reaching the summit of the imposing Mt. Arapi, which served as the backdrop for our exploration on day one. Though it is a “mere” 2217 meters in height, its impressive 800-meter south wall plunges directly to the center of the valley, making it one of the park’s major landmarks and a hot destination for serious hikers. We will begin the hike by exploring some of the caves at the foot of the mountain, including Albania’s longest horizontal cave – 2585 meters long. The entire journey should last around 8-10 hours with some unbeatable summit views as your reward. Following the day’s hike, we will return to Shkodra and then on to Prishtina.
Duration: 1 night / 2 days
Difficulty: Light on the first day, moderate on the second day
Departure by minibus: Prishtina – Shkodra , Shkodra – Theth and the way back
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Departure time: 6am – Returne time 11:00 pm
Clothes: Comfortable hiking and Yoga clothes
Inculded: Transportation: Minibus (Prishtina – Shkodra), 4×4 vehicle (Shkodra – Theth); Accommodation: one night at Polina Guesthouse (Theth); Meals: Lunch bag and dinner on Day 1; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Day 2; Professional guides
Not included: Hiking attire (see packing list); Alcohol and other drinks; Snacks or fruits
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