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Ski and Exploration in Albania

Dates:
9th / 16th of February 2019

Level: C-D, 3-4

​A whole different world so close to us… That was our first thought when we came back from our first ski trip to Albania.

From a skier’s point of view, everything you can dream about is waiting for you in that small country of the Balkan region. From the North to the South are a lot of different massives, with altitudes up to 2764m (Mount Korab, on the border with Macedonia) and do we need to mention that many of them have never been skied ? With a bit of imagination and good logistics the possibilities for ski touring are huge !

From a traveler’s point of view, Albania is a fascinating country that has been living secluded from the rest of the world for decades. They kept a very lively culture, and a great sense of hospitality. The difficulties to access certain areas due to long and difficult roads makes an adventure of every day. There are very few informations about the skiing and the maps aren’t always very accurate. Somme would see this situation as a hassle, but we see it as a unique possibility to live a genuine ski adventure in a very different way than what we are used to !

To ensure good logistics, we have the help of a local agency, both to drive us around safely with fully equipped four wheelers, help us finding informations and lodging with the local people, and last but not least share their love for Albania and tell us about their culture and history.

Program :

The Albanian mountains are wild and remote, and the snow and weather conditions are variable from one year to the other. For those two reasons, we thinks that giving a fixed program and trying to stick to it is too much of a gamble.

Keeping the flexibility is the key to some great skiing !

On the first day we will fly to Tirana in the morning, have directly a briefing with our local guide and then start to drive towards the mountains. Depending on the situation it is possible to start from the Montenegro border to the North, of the Greek border to the South.

During day 2 to 7 we will hunt the best snow and weather conditions. Priority to touring and skiing ! The driving between different places is also the occasion to see more of Albania. We will probably visit places like Valbonë National Park or Mount Korab (that have gain a good reputation among skiers), but we will as well explore mountains that have most obviously never been skied.

On day 7 we will drive back to Tirana after our last ski touring day, have a nice dinner in a restaurant and spend the night in an hotel before heading back to the airport the next morning.

​Climate :

The peculiar location of the Albanian mountains, far south and at the border between sea and continental climate make them prone to a very changing weather. In February it can be mild in Tirana while it’s coming loads of snow on the mountains.

Level:

Ski touring, walking 3 to 6 hours each day.

Physical level : 3 to 4
Technical level : C to D

Accommodation :

We will stay both in small hostels and at local people’s houses.

Price (in a group of 6) :

1875€ / person

Including :

-Guiding 6 days by an UIAGM mountain guide

-All transportation from / to Tirana airport

-All meals

-Accommodation for the duration of the stay in double rooms.

Not including :

-Drinks

-Last dinner in Tirana

-Flight to Tirana

-You personal insurances

Bookings and informations :

Send us an email or call us : +46733745959 (Sve / Eng / Fr)

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Send us a mail or call +46 733745959 (en, fr, se)

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