|Traditional beekeeping in the northern Albanian Alps|
Both fixed and tailor-made tours to the Albanian Alps are available. One of the most popular tours is the 5-day mountain trek and village guesthouse tour. The highlights of the itinerary include transport to the valley of Valbona via local ferry on lake Koman through the Drin canyon, and guided trekking along a mountain pass between the valley of Valbona to the village of Theth accompanied by luggage-bearing mountain horses.
|local transportation: ferry through the Drin canyon|
The cultural aspect of the tours is accommodation with local families who offer their homes as guesthouses to travelers. Hospitality has been a pillar of northern Albanian culture for centuries, as the oral tradition of the area mandates the welcoming of strangers into one’s home. By lodging with local families, tourists get a taste of authentic local dishes that the families prepare. They also get a glimpse of the mountain life and agricultural livelihoods that Albanian northerners have been practicing for generations. The tall stone and wood-shingle architecture of the village guesthouses is traditional, characteristic of the northern region, and highly photogenic.
|The Terthorja Guesthouse in Theth, Albania|
As the northern Alpine region emerges in the guidebooks and on the maps for culture- and adventure-seeking tourists, demand for infrastructure and services such as transportation is increasing in the area. Outdoor Albania recognises the need to meet this demand in a way that will benefit the local people of the area and preserve the environment for future generations. Rather than encouraging hasty construction in the area, OA utilizes the local guesthouse accommodations that are already available and eager for tourists. OA also utilizes local transportation and trekking that respect the natural environment rather than threaten it. In these rural northern villages, the doors are open to the Outdoor Albania brand of tourism.
|Your local hosts at the Terthorja Guesthouse|