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The secure rock climbing infrastructure established in the last decade in Albania has recently made the beautiful country accessible to passionate and professional rock climbers.
In the last decade, Albania’s popularity as an outdoor rock climbing destination has risen tremendously. In the words of Elion Çikopano of Climbing Albania, “Albania has huge potential in the further development of this particular sport. With more than 100 climbing tracks in six gorgeous sites, we are becoming as big as Italy and Greece in terms of climbing destinations.”
He confirms that the very first carabiners (hooks for climbing) were placed by international companies who saw in Albania an impressive opportunity for climbing. Subsequently, the last few years have seen the establishment of the appropriate infrastructure in more and more destinations in the country. Below, find the top six spots for the most spectacular and safe rock-climbing experience in Albania.
While not previously a climbing destination, the strikingly beautiful Bovilla has turned into a favorite climbing spot in the last decade. Located only 26 km north of Tirana, Bovilla, with its high canyon and reservoir, offers a breathtaking view. In addition, Bovilla is a great climbing place for climbers of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to professionals
Among all experienced climbers, Brari is known as the Achilles’ heel. It is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous climbs but also one of the most challenging. The track along this canyon represents one of the most adrenaline-filled and satisfying climbs but it remains one that only the most professional outdoor rock climbers can take on.
Situated only 15 km from Tirana, Petrela is the third most popular outdoor climbing site. Its convenience lies not only in its proximity to the capital but in the fact that it is climbable by all age groups. Petrela is ideal for beginners!
Another alluring destination, not only for climbing opportunities but also for its pristine beach. Located between the villages of Dhërmi and Vuno and surrounded by steep cliffs, this secluded beach is one of the Albanian Riviera’s most beautiful. Last summer, Gjipe hosted the fifth edition of Albanian Climbing Festival, with countless local and international alpinists, firmly establishing Gjipe as a requisite alpinism stop.
Përmet is well-known for its many ideal climbing spots – from Guri i Qytetit (City Rock) to Lengarica Gorge and extending into the mountains near Petran Village. Renowned for its salubrious thermal baths, the Lengarica Gorge also has great climbing potential. This 4-5 km long canyon, with a height of 150 meters, is blessed with a spectacular path that winds down among ancient rocks with the curative river of Lengarica calmly flowing through.
Beautiful and full of steep, rocky slopes, Theth is a serious climbing professional’s destination. Located in the more severe, northern Albanian landscape, Theth is only for the most experienced climbers. The necessary safety ropes are not available at all points in Theth. However, there are several accessible itineraries which should be climbed strictly by professional alpinists.
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