HIKING QAFE SHTAME NATIONAL PARK
Qafe Shtame National Park is part of the network of protected wild network of Parks of the Dinarides Alps. The park is named after the Qafë-Shtamë passage, and has an area of 2000 hectares full of virgin forests, abundant water sources and vast viodiversity of plant and animal life. Located 25 km northeast of Kruja, Qafe Shtame offers spectacular views and soaring peaks of some of Europes last remaining wilderness.
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Qafe Shtame National Park offers pristine water sources for the capital of Tirana, known as “Kroi i Nenes Mbretëreshë” (The source of the Queen Mother), these waters are known for their clarity, purity and healing properties. Professional laboratory testing from Vienna has determined the waters from this region are the best in the nation. Local legends tell that this water brought together the Albanian Royal Family in days past.
North of the pass road is the major part of the park, mostly undeveloped land with mountain forests, where pines, beech and oaks dominate. The black pines are one of the most important resources in Albania. The forest retreat for offering brown bears, wolves, foxes and various birds. The highest point to which it rises steeply from the pass to the north, are the Maja e Liqenit (1724 meters). The tour includes an expert guide, and a meal featuring regional seasonal Albanian specialties.
Highlights: Hiking in Maja e Liqenit Local meat lunch
Level of difficulty (1-5): 2
Things You Should Bring on the Hike:
- Backpack. Recommended waterproof backpack;
- Hiking stick;
- Appropriate footwear. Hiking boots;
- Rain gear and extra clothing. Because the weatherman is not always right. Dressing in layers allows you to adjust to changing weather and activity levels. Two rules: avoid cotton (it keeps moisture close to your skin) and always carry a hat. Do not forget rain jacket for hiking;
- Sunscreen lotion and sunglasses;
- BONUS: Trash Bag. This 7th piece of gear is essential to making sure that the trails you love stay beautiful for generations to come. A zip lock bag is a great option as well for keeping the trash you pick up along the trail separate from the rest of your gear.
We’re really flexible and none of our itineraries are written in stone, so if you have a particular interest you’d like to include or you need to leave a trip earlier or join later (at a pro-rated fare), just let us know and we can almost always make it happen. Likewise, all adventure travel requires a certain amount of flexibility and we sometimes have to make minor changes to the activities because of weather and availability, but we have plenty of options up our sleeve.
Meeting point – Tirana
We can organize the pick up from any other hotel or guest house in Tirana and from any other city in Albania upon request.
Duration of the trip: About 9 hours
We leave from Tirana early in the morning and we will drive for about 1.5 hour to the starting of the hiking trail. We will hike up to Maja e Liqenit, Qafe Shtama National Park for about 2 hours. We will do a for about 1 hour. An amazing view of Tirana city, the Adriatic sea, Bovilla lake and the Albanian Alps will open in front of us. After this point, we will hike down for about 2 hours. A delicious local lunch is waiting for us.
For the present activity you should love the outdoors, own good health condition and have consulted the doctor during the year. Kids over 14 years old are very welcomed.
- Professional guide
- Transportation with minivan
- First aid equipment
- Anti Mosquito spray
- Light head
- Water bottle (1,5 l)
- Local lunch
! Kindly keep all your clothes and personal belongings in a backpack, which can be easily transported on minivan.
The trip fare doesn’t include coffee and any kind of drink except water. You’ll have extra activities (optional tour) if you choose them, and you’ll probably feel like tipping your guides at the end of a fabulous trip.
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