Maja e Arapit – the mountain with the highest wall in the Balkans

Maja e Arapit or Harapit is located near Thethi village in Albanian Alps and it’s well known for its 800 m high wall on southern face. The best to reach the summit is from the village of Okol when one would need to walk to Qafa e Pejes and then to the summit. The shortest …

Balkan Caving Exchange

As you might know from my Facebook page, earliear this month I was in a caving exchange held in Bulgaria. This is the second exchange that we organized in Bulgaria. Last year it was only between Bulgarians and Albanians young speleologist and this year it was followed by a bigger exchange with the participation from more …

Gryka e Kazanit – one of the best hikes in Permet area

Gryka e Kazanit is one of the most beautiful hikes in Permet area. The east face of Mount Nemercka falls down directly on the gorge of Gryka e Kazanit offering amazing views. From the gorge the trail climbs up on the border ridge offering another view prospective of Nemercka and breathtaking views from both countries. …

Pictures around Permet

During the communism time Permet was called a hero city because the National Libration Movement held the congress in town and elected the provisional government of Albania. It was also used to be called the city of flowers or roses and I was always wondering why. One doesn’t really see much flowers in the center …

PHOTO: Shepherd in Permet

We met this shepherd near Lipë village on the way down from Mt. Dhembeli to Permet. He was very nice and friendly giving us directions for a church we were looking for. Few minutes after a heavy rain started. A little cave became a good shelter for us. Hope that the shepherd found a safe …

Caving at Maja e Arapit, Albanian Alps

Maja e Arapit or Harapit is located near Thethi village in Albanian Alps and it’s well known for its 800 m climbing wall. In the foot of this mountain is located the cave with the same name. This is a vertical cave that goes generaly up. The exploration for the cave Maja e Arapit has …

PHOTO: A little boy eating chocolate at Lin village

I photographed this little boy an afternoon at Lin village, Pogradec, Albania. He was enjoying the last piece of his chocolate. When the other kids around saw me photographing him, they wanted to be photographed as well. I took pictures to all of them. It was very nice to see their faces happy in front …

Gjipe beach – a beautiful rock climbing spot

Gjipe bay is sandwiched by two well known beaches in southern Albania – Dhermi and Jale. Unlike these two beaches, Gjipe is still unspoiled by modernization. To get there one has to pass Dhermi beach and turn off at the sign “Manastir”. By a high clearance four wheels is possible to get by car at …

Hiking in Rrugova Mountains, Kosovo

Rrugova mountains, part of the Dinaric Alps are very close to the city of Peja. The highest peak of these mountains is Guri i Kuq 2522 m. This area offers a lot of activities for the nature lovers. You can climb mountains, hike on the shepherds’ trails, rock climbing in the canyon of Lumbardhi and …

Mali i Thate – The Mountain Separating Prespa and Ohrid Lake

1200 meaters of height that really worth to be climbed for having the wonderful views to the largests lakes of the Balkans – Ohrid and Prespa Lake. Valamares and Ostravica mountains can also be seen from Mali i Thate. This mountain range separating Ohrid and Prespa Lake is most frequently climbed from Macedonia side at the peak …

Gramoz mountain – the highest in southern Albania

Gramoz is the highest mountain in southern Albania, 2524 meters. It sits on the border of Albania with Greece. The hike to the summit is easy with a gently ascent on mule paths and meadows on the left side (northen side) of the gorge at Starje village. The orientation to get to the summit ridge …

Sotira Waterfall

Sotires waterfall is one of the most unique in Albania, located at the northeast foot of Mt. Tomorri. It’s formed by the major source comes from the longitudinal cracks in the craggy limestonerock. To get there one has to drive on an unpaved road to Sotire village, approx. 15 km from the town of Gramsh (see driving map below) and then hike for about 1 hour (3.6 …

Around Tbilisi

Last month I was in Georgia – a beautiful country in coucasians, very lifely, nice people and great hospitality. Tbilisi is the capital and the bigest city in the country with about 2 milion inhabitants from about 4 milion living in the country. I was very suprised to find night clubs open everyday of the …

Climbing the summit of Nemercka – Maja e Drites

Nemercka, the second highest mountain in the southern Albania (2485m) after Gramozit, has a very steep wall on the east side which drops down 2000 m into the Vjosa vallay and makes it looking impossible to climb up  without the rock climbing  equipments. Quite opposite is to climb it up from the Zagoria valley. The path …

Vlora in Pictures

Recently I was in the beautiful city of Vlora which is a popular destination during the summer time due to its coast line. While the city center is nice with paved roads, palms and restaurants, the periphery looks very poor and interesting to be visited. Well, they might be strange places for some people to …

Bredhi i Hotoves loop hike

This is a relaxing hike through the amazing forest of Bredhi i Hotoves National Park which offers stuning views towards the Dhembeli and Lunxheri mountain. You can also visit some ruins of a church in the summit where is an inviting place to take a rest. The hike starts at forestry office and goes directly …

Offroading in Permet – Lengarica Canyon

If it happen to make it to Permet in Albania, Lengarica Canyon is a must. You don’t need to have a 4weals car for visiting the canyon. It’s very close of the city center and the road to get there there is paved. But if you want to see more from this canyon and if …

Kepi i Rodonit

Many friends ask me which is the best place to camp and/or barbecue near Tirana, reachable by normal car (non 4weals). Here is your answer guys… I would say there are many wonderful places  close to  Tirana for hiking, camping and barbecue. One of them, where I go often, is Rodonit cape (Kepi i Rodonit in Albanian). Kepi i …

Waterfall of Sopotit Hike

Recently I had a three days visit at the beautiful city of Permet, in southern Albania. Here I’m posting an easy hike we had at the Waterfall of  Sopotit one of the afternoons while in Permet. During the coming days more hikes and other travel tips for Permet and its surrounding will come, so stay …

Take the Train – Albanian Experience

If you haven’t tried yet traveling by train in Albania, probably you have seen around that is an experience not to be missed.  It’s extremely cheep, just 110 Leke (about 1 USD) for a return ticket Tirana-Durres, while by bus or minibus you would pay 300 Leke. While is extremely slow for the long distances …

An Easy Hike to Black Cave

Recently I was hiking with a lovely hikers group I’m part of (EDEN’s Nature Guides) toPellumbas village which is located just half an hour drive from the city of Tirana and is surrounded by beautiful nature and silence. From this small village you can visit the beautiful canyon of Erzeni and the cave of Pëllumbas, also known as The Black cave.

Trekking Through Albanian Alps – Photo Essay

Here I’m posting some pictures of an adventure trek through Albanian Alps. This was one of the most adventures trip I have done so far with some cool adventures friends (Andi, Jorn, Kai, Felix, Malte, Vaith). We hiked 4 days in the most remote parts of Albanian Alps on unmarked trails and slept in tarps …

PHOTO: A little shepherd near Kruja Albania

I met this little dude when I was leading a group of friends on a hike to Zezë stream, near Kruja, Albania. He has 3 cows and 4 goats and  is very happy that he recently got 2 french goats which produce more milk than normal ones in Albania do. He told us he likes …

Gamnit Mountain

Gamnit mountain can be considered the hardest mountain to climb in Tirana area. The hike offer the most stunning views towards Bovilla lake, Dajti mountain, Brari mountain and Mali me Gropa (mountain with holes), especially when you see it in snow, it really justify its name. If you see the Gamnit mountain steepness from the …

Hiking in Dardhë, Albania

Dardha is a picturesque village located 20 km southeast from the city of Korca, Albania. This short hike takes about 3 hours and offers nice views onto the village of Dardha as well as to the settlement of Arza and the first hill range in Greece. The hike leads you to the summit of Guri …

Churches of Voskopoja

Only 18 km from Korca, Voskopoja is an old town with a rich Byzantine history and monuments that include a considerable number of orthodox churches and monasteries. This is a short and a warm up hike in surrounding of Voskopoja village in Korce, Albania. This route gives you the possibility to visit  the most important …

Hiking to the Illyrian Castle of Dorez

Rich culture and a forgotten village very close to the capital of Albania. Dorez is a small village located 20 km from Tirana. This is a spread village in several parts (neighborhoods) reachable only by foot. Interesting is also the presence of Illyrian culture that  comes from the stone age and manifests itself in this …