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Trail Run Albania: Run the Accursed Mountains

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Ever wondered what the historic valleys of Albania entail? This incredible multi-day journey takes you through the "Alps of Albania", indisputably gorgeous setting for your next trail running adventure.

How to enter the Trail Run Albania: Run the Accursed Mountains

  1. Trail Run Albania- May

    Run 80km
    £250
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  2. Trail Run Albania- September

    Run 80km
    £250
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Trail Run Albania: Run the Accursed Mountains routes

  • Explore empty trails in one of Europe’s best kept secrets
  • Running through the outstanding Albanian Alps
  • See a traditional way of life unchanged for centuries
  • Relax on the Mediterranean beaches of Durres to chill at the end
  • Experience a fully-supported adventure travelling only with light-packs

Event Details

What’s Included
  • 7 Nights accommodation in boutique hotels in Tirana & mountain guesthouses on the trail
  • Fully-supported trail running trip
  • Cultural sightseeing
  • Full board throughout the trip
  • All transfers
  • 1 : 4 Guides to Runners Ratio
  • GPS Live-tracking
Raceday Logistics

Day 1 - Arrive into Tirana: Surrounded by mountainous scenery and packed full of cultural wonder. You will be picked up by the event organiser and taken straight to the hotel. After this you will meet your fellow Trail Runners and trail guides for a briefing of the adventure that awaits you.

Day 2 - To the Albanian Alps: After an early breakfast and final kit check, you will catch the mini-bus and travel to the north of the country, your final destination being the Albanian Alps.

Your route will take you via Shkodra city where you will get some cultural immersion into ancient Albania and visit the old castle located in front of the city and also check out some of the city sights before heading onward to the village of Vermosh, one of the countries northern-most villages.

Day 3 - Hit the trail: (approx. 20km of trail running)

You start with a short transfer to the trail head at Lepushe. The countryside here is magnificent, you will start running through beech woodland and past fresh springs, reaching the vast open pasture of Koprisht.

From here you head up to The Ridge of Berizhdol which is a panoramic wonder to traverse along.

The running is largely on soft grass, surrounded by mighty views of the north western faces of the Accursed Mountains.

Day 4 - Onward to Vuthaj: (approx. 19km of trail running)

Here you pick up the trails as you travel along a fine beech forest trail until reaching the narrow alpine valley of Gerbaja, which is surrounded by sheer slopes and jagged peaks.

Then you head onwards to Vuthaj, where there is time to explore before checking into your guest house for the evening.

Day 5 - The heart of the Albanian Alps: (approx. 21km of trail running)

After loading your luggage on horses this morning, they go on ahead of you to the guesthouse for the evening.

Now you begin the long run to the valley of Thethi which is in the heart of the Albanian Alps.

The trail is sided by the spectacular massif of the Lango-Karanfil peaks to your right, while Jezerca (2,694m), the highest mountain in Albania dominates to our left.

Day 6 - Theth - Valbona: (approx. 18km of trail running)

Now you leave the Valley of Theth behind and start climbing towards the Pass of Valbona, reaching your next valley, Valbona.

The trail is beautiful and remains one of the countries iconic routes for walkers and trail enthusiasts alike, it is also the only direct way into the Valley of Valbona.

Arriving in this outstanding place, you will check into the guesthouse and spend the evening soaking up the views.

Relax in the evening with an Albanian feast served with local beers and wine to crown the trail running journey.

Day 7 - Journey to Durres
After breakfast overlooking the magnificent Albanian mountains for one final time, you will check out and take a group transfer to the coastal city of Durres.

Day 8 - Homeward Bound
It’s time to pack up and bid farewell to your new found trail running friends and local team.

Private transfers are arranged for you back to Tirana International Airport in time to connect with your onward flight back home.

Spectators

This event is not suitable for spectators.

Volunteers

No volunteers are required for this event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a visa?
British citizens can enter and remain in Albania for a maximum of 90 days in every 6-month period without a visa.
How do you deal with group management?
Being a group of max. 12 runners with a mixture of ages and running abilities we may decide to split into flexible groups, all of which will be supported by our Albanian running guides who will travel with us on the trip. By splitting the group will allow us all to move more fluidly, allowing all team members to run at their own comfortable pace, without feeling pressured.
How is the trail running in Albania?
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.
What sort of temperatures do you expect?
Albania enjoys a Mediterranean climate and throughout the spring and early autumn we can expect temperatures to sit in the early to mid 20 degrees C. The mountain air is refreshingly cool on clear days, but temperatures can drop a touch to the high teens (C) at night. The conditions are absolutely perfect for trail running.
Do I have to arrive at 12PM on the first day of the Trail Running Albania trip?
Not necessarily, this time is an estimate and more information will be sent out closer to the date. Please keep an eye on your inbox once you have signed up.
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Trail Run Albania: Run the Accursed Mountains weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

22°C
Predicted highs
12°C
Predicted lows

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