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Overview

Join a local for a multi-day bike journey through one of South Albanias most beautiful yet still unknown regions. Orthodox churches, wild nature and tiny villages with friendly locals – this is rural Albania at its best. The “Zagoria” valley is tucked in between Gjirokaster and Permet and surrounded by spectacular mountains. Streams flow through the middle of the valley, flocks of sheep roam over the open fields, and homemade food finds the way in your stomach – a little paradise, so far largely undiscovered.

  • Medium technical & fitness level – not for first time (off-road) mountain bikers, some previous experience necessary.
  • This tour can be done in 3 days or alternative more condensed in 2 days

Option    2 days / 1 night
Day 1: 38km distance + 1250m cumulative climb
Day 2: 40km + 600m

Day 1:
Over the cobblestones of old Gjirokaster we descend to Drino valley, where we follow some dirt roads before starting a longer but beautiful asphalt climb up to the days highest point, the 1300m high “Cajupifield”. Time for a lunch with local shepherds – all homemade & fresh. After lunch it gets a bit rocky – asphalt has come to an end and we bike a 4×4 track instead – and we bike mainly downhill into the “Zagoria” valley. Later afternoon we reach the village of Nderan, where we enjoy dinner, night and hospitality of a local guesthouse.
Day 2:
After a complete breakfast we start today’s journey back to Gjirokastra, which leads through remote landscapes and over various attractions. A monument from communist times, a wild waterfall in a canyon, a century old stone bridge – and more. Some uphill and lots of downhill – a joy! Close to the Greek border we dive into a deep canyon, where we enjoy lunch in a small restaurant with adjacent waterfall. Second half of the day leads us over farmland dirt roads and a little asphalt back to Gjirokaster.

Option    3 days / 2 nights
Day 1: 25km distance + 1000m cumulative climb
Day 2: 32km + 650m
Day 3: 40km + 450m

Day 1:
Over the cobblestones of old Gjirokaster we descend to Drino valley, where we follow some dirt roads before starting a longer but beautiful asphalt climb up to the days highest point, the 1300m high “Cajupi field”. During the climb various viewpoints invite us to enjoy our picnic lunch. A final climb brings us to the high plain of Cajupi, which is our goal for the day: we eat dinner and sleep in “luxurious shepherd style” – a local shepherds hut transformed into comfortable & cosy guesthouse.
Day 2:
Waking up to some alpine sun, a shepherds breakfast, and of we are into the “Zagoria” valley. Today is all dirt road / double track, some quite rocky, some more soft – but always stunning nature around you. For lunch we bike to one of the regions most historic villages, where good food and a 200 year old orthodox church await us. Back on track great views over the valley – which inspired also the famous and local born poet “Andon Z. Cajupi” – take us until the days final goal, the village of Sheper and its welcome “Duli Guesthouse”.
Day 3:
Today’s biking back to Gjirokastra leads us through remote landscapes and over various attractions. A monument from communist times, a wild waterfall in a canyon, a century old stone bridge – and more. Close to the Greek border we dive into a deep canyon, where we enjoy lunch in a small restaurant with adjacent waterfall. Second half of the day leads us over farmland dirt roads and a little asphalt back to Gjirokaster.

  • Group size – From 2 to 6
  • All inclusive prices –  3 days 249 Euro / person (for group of 2, 3-6 reduced) 2 days 169 Euro / person (from 2-3, 4-6 reduced prices) Further reduced prices if you bring your own mountain bike.
  • Included – Guiding, accommodation, all meals & beverage (exception breakfast starting & dinner last day), simple but quality & maintained rental mountain bike in matching size, helmet, gloves.
  • Not included – Voluntary gratitude/tip – all else is included
  • Terrain / surface – Approx 50% asphalt/tarmac and 50% natural double track / 4×4 roads. These can be quite rocky (up to 20cm rocks), uneven / wild and if wet muddy in some places. No singletracks.
  • Fitness level & biking experience – While its nothing “hardcore” or highly technical, some previous off-road mountain biking experience (=”getting shaken”) from singletracks or rough double tracks is necessary for enjoying this tour. Fitness you should bring a solid level enabling you to ride 5h / day in the saddle. For exact daily length and climb of route see description.
    Our guides – Your English speaking local bike guide knows the area and its people, has a first aid training and is able to repair a flat tire out there in the wild.
  • Availability / dates – March – November
  • Terms & conditions – Payment in cash Euros or Albanian Leke at start of tour
    – Accident / health Insurance is solemnly responsibility of the guest
    – Program changes may occur due to unforeseen circumstances (weather etc.)

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