Alpine Splendors of Pogradec: Mount Valamara and its Glacial Lakes
As one the most beloved cities of the country, Pogradec
with its poetic swan lake boasts one of the most iconic panoramas of Albania
but, little does anyone know that there’s so much more to the city and its
surrounding that calls for more exploring.
The famous tranquility and luxurious feel of Pogradec has
been famously translated into some of the most famous Albanian poems. Adding to
its charm is the fact that its natural beauty and ease is complemented by a
rich cultural heritage and well preserved tradition. The people you will meet
and the food you will have in Pogradec are clear manifestations of its abundant
The wild side of Pogradec
In addition Lake Ohrid, the tourism destinations for all
ages hides tens of spectacular glacial lakes within Mount Valamara. The latter
is a destination more fit for adventurers, climbers and explorers though it is
definitely accessible to all. What is amazing about this outdoor experience is
that it reveals an entirely different side of Pogradec. It reveals its wilder,
more rugged beauty and we can’t help but love it!
The road to Mount Valamara
Mount Valamara is where Pogradec, Maliq and Gramsh join. The climb to the more than 2000-meter-high peak begins first with a 2-hour drive and continues with a 4-hour hike.
At the peak, dozens of spectacular glacial lakes and a vegetation that is more than 3 centuries old await you. Prepare for an immersion into vast beech and pine forests along the lower part of the mountain and soothing pastures on the upper part. Located at precisely 2373 meters above sea level, this adrenaline-inducing adventure has a wonderful finale.