Like much of the Dinaric Alps region of the Western Balkans, Albania is ripe for adventure and discovery. Its rugged and mountainous landscape is dotted by craggy peaks, glacier-fed lakes and grassy meadows, and punctuated by jaw-dropping views as it gradually slopes downward towards its Adriatic and Ionian coastline. Trekkers in Albania find a challenging terrain of thigh-popping alpine climbs and giddy descents, along a series of mountain trails impassable during the winter months. During the summer visitors can visit places seemingly straight from a Game of Thrones novel: Theth National Park, Gashi Valley and the ominous-sounding, yet lovely, Accursed Mountains (AKA the Albanian Alps). The capital Tirana serves up culture and history, but for many visitors, the mountains are the main draw.
Albania is one of six countries in the Western Balkans visited by MTS on its new Trekking the Via Dinarica tour, a 22-day through-hiking adventure. On the Albanian portion you can wander along old mule train routes, gawk at craggy limestone peaks, descend into remote mountain hamlets, and stop to bunk down in family-run guesthouses and sup on home-cooked meals.