ALBANIA: RUN THE ACCURSED MOUNTAINS

OVERVIEW Albania is without question one of Europe’s hidden wonders. Ancient Roman history rubs shoulders with some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery you can imagine. Bubbling hot springs, charming mountain villages, a Mediterranean climate, delicious food, and empty trails await. Spending four core days running among the mountains and valleys of the alps, traversing the high peaks which run the natural border between Albania and neighbouring Montenegro. We’ll experience running on empty trails as well as lush alpine meadows and waterfalls, with impromptu stops to bathe in natural hot springs. Our nightly accommodation will be cosy mountain lodges with delicious Albanian cuisine and wine to ensure we are well-rested and recovered. Alongside the alps, we’ll be spending some time urban running as we explore the communist-era sights of Tirana, as well as having some well-deserved chill time on the beaches of Durres. Dates: 24 June – 1 July 2023 Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights Price: EUR 1670 per person Single room throughout the trip (discount available for twin or double sharing)

ALBANIA: RUN THE ACCURSED MOUNTAINS
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ALBANIA: RUN THE ACCURSED MOUNTAINS

OVERVIEW Albania is without question one of Europe’s hidden wonders. Ancient Roman history rubs shoulders with some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery you can imagine. Bubbling hot springs, charming mountain villages, a Mediterranean climate, delicious food, and empty trails await. Spending four core days running among the mountains and valleys of the alps, traversing the high peaks which run the natural border between Albania and neighbouring Montenegro. We’ll experience running on empty trails as well as lush alpine meadows and waterfalls, with impromptu stops to bathe in natural hot springs. Our nightly accommodation will be cosy mountain lodges with delicious Albanian cuisine and wine to ensure we are well-rested and recovered. Alongside the alps, we’ll be spending some time urban running as we explore the communist-era sights of Tirana, as well as having some well-deserved chill time on the beaches of Durres. Dates: 24 June - 1 July 2023 Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights Price: EUR 1670 per person Single room throughout the trip (discount available for twin or double sharing)

Runner on the ground - PURE TRAILS ADVENTURES

10 years of running

Dates: 24 June – 01 July 2023

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Price: EUR 1670 per person
Single Supplement: EUR 200 per person

Booking window closes 7 days before the departure date.

You will pay a deposit of 10% to secure your spot. Once confirmed, your tour operator will charge the remaining amount.

Terrain: Trail Running

Average daily running distance: 15 km

Longest running distance in a day: 20km

Group size: 6 to 12 participants


TABLE OF CONTENTS

What level of running is this trip suitable for?

Are there any alternatives for non-runners?

Accommodation

Dietary accommodation

Itinerary (day-to-day)

What’s included in the price?

What’s NOT Included in the Price?

Trail Grade

See Additional Information for more details on Payment Procedure and Cancellation Policy.


What Level of Running is this Trip suitable for?

All levels are welcome

Are there any Alternatives for Non-runners?

No alternatives but hikers are welcome

Accommodation

Single room throughout the trip (discount available for twin or double sharing)

Dietary Accommodation

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Dairy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Halal

If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know about them in a comment upon your booking.


ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN TIRANA

Arrival into Tirana

Check-in and relax at our hotel

Catch up with the rest of our team on the balcony

Late afternoon urban 10km run (slow-paced) to explore this mysterious city

Welcome Dinner Ceremony

DAY 2: TO THE ALBANIAN ALPS

Early breakfast and kit check before heading to the Alps (5-hour drive)

Visit Skhodra city en-route for some cultural immersion of ancient Albania

We have a beautiful drive as we head into the mountains, via a spectacular canyon so we will stop for photos

We arrive into the quiet village of Vermosh our base for the evening

Enjoy an Albanian feast and discuss our running plans for the next few days ahead

DAY 3: HIT THE TRAIL

Breakfast

We transfer a short distance to the trail head at Lepushe

15km trail run including a traverse of the Ridge of Berizhdol

Cross the mountain border from Albania – Montenegro

We meet our support vehicle in the Grebaja valley which will drive us a short distance to our guesthouse in Vuthaj (approx. 45mins)

Relax with the afternoon to chill and recovery wild swimming in the Ala Pasha springs

Local dinner served from our guesthouse

DAY 4: ONWARD TO THETHI

Breakfast

Pack up our kit and leave it at our guesthouse which will be transferred seperately by mules

20km trail run through the Ropojana valley, where we’ll stop at the Eye of the Grasshopper – a beautiful natural pool

Arrive into Thethi where our luggage will be waiting for us

Check-in, time to relax and explore

Local dinner served in our guesthouse

DAY 5: THETHI

Breakfast

Full day relaxing and running trails around Thethi

Approx. 11km visiting the Stone Groves of Nderlysa, the Grunasi waterfall and swimming in the Blue Eye.

Local lunch before heading back up the valley to our guesthouse.

Full afternoon to relax and explore the old town.

Local dinner served in our guesthouse

DAY 6: THETHI – VALBONA

Breakfast

Pack up our kit which will be transferred by mules

18km trail run to the Pass of Valbona and the Valley of Valbona

Arrive into the mountain village of Valbona where our luggage will be waiting for us

Check-in, time to relax and explore

Dinner: Albanian feast served with local beer and wine

DAY 7: JOURNEY TIRANA, VIA LAKE KOMAN

Breakfast

Group transfer to the port where we take a beautiful ferry crossing through the fjordland landscapes of Lake Koman

Meet our vehicle at the terminal and take the onwards transfer back to Tirana (approx. 2 hours)

Check-in to our hotel with time to relax

Farewell dinner at a beautiful Albanian restaurant

DAY 8: HOMEWARD BOUND

Breakfast

Free time to do some last-minute exploring

Group transfer to the airport

Onward flight home


What’s Included in the Price?

  • 7 Nights Accommodation in Boutique hotels & Mountain Guesthouses
  • Single room throughout the trip (discount available if twin or double sharing)
  • Fullysupported trail running trip
  • Cultural sightseeing
  • Full board throughout the trip
  • All transfers
  • 4:1 Runner to Guide Ratio
  • Trails & Trees: with every booking, we plant a tree

What’s NOT Included in the Price?

  • International Flights
  • All beverages and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Laundry
  • Travel insurance (REQUIRED before the trip’s departure – for cancellation, accidents, health and emergency evacuation, loss, theft, or damage to baggage or personal effects))
  • Tips

Trail grade:

Trail running in Albania is an absolute treat. The country is still well off the beaten path with very few travellers making it into the Albanian alps We expect the trails to be empty, travelling through beech forests, lush meadows, and open pastures. For the most part, we will be running on the soft grass of the entry valleys. All of the time being surrounded by the jagged peaks of the Accursed Mountain ranges. At times we will cross over from one valley to the next, climbing stepper paths with boulder and dry rock sections. Our maximum altitude will reach around 1,500m. Our large luggage will be transported by pack mules on the days we do not have access to a vehicle.

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Facts about the tours

Multi-day running

Group tour

Moderate

English

Price

183.70/person

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