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Albania

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The trail has been put up by country based volunteers. The accuracy of the trail is not guaranteed, nor are the GPS co-ordinates. We do not represent or warrant that materials in the site or the services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. We cannot represent or warrant that the site or its servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. If you stray onto private land, apologise and get back onto the byway or trail. These trails can be shut or permanently closed at short notice under local law. Do not ride trails beyond your capability. If unsure, get off your bike and walk the trail first. Trail riding alone, especially on trails you do not know is really unwise. Wear the proper safety kit. Many country trails are rarely maintained. You will find ruts, holes, floods, treacherous surfaces and the occasional booby trap hazard deliberately placed by people who do not like motorcycles using trails. When you use the trails, you are on your own. You exercise your judgement in your own skills and your own navigation. All we can do is show you where some of the trails are, but this can change at a moment's notice.

Practical tips for trails you do not know;

1: Ride in at least a pair. If you fall with a motorcycle pinning you down to cold and damp earth, in the Europe we do not have to worry about being eaten by exotic carnivores (usually!) but exposure, hypothermia and shock can do a very effective job of killing you. Do not rely on the trails having a regular through flow of users to come to your aid;

2: If your riding companion cannot pick your bike up off you then get a lighter bike, a stronger riding companion or ride in a bigger group;

3: Trails can vary immensely. A vehicular right of way can be a rocky or muddy scramble;

4: Adventure bikes – especially on adventure tyres – can struggle with some trails. Do not just bowl into trails because they are on a map – they can be horribly technical and totally unsuitable for even fairly competent riders on light machines or experienced riders on bigger machines;

5: Stop for horses and kill your engines to let equestrians pass. A horse spooking at a bike revving will be likely to result in criminal charges if the police get involved and a motorcycle is a lot easier to control than a horse;

6: On the trails there will be free running dogs. Do your best to be nice to them;

7: Mobile phone coverage can be patchy on the trails. Do not rely on calling an ambulance – if you’ve got stuck, the emergency services are going to get just as stuck trying to retrieve you. That is if you can raise them by telephone;

8: Finally, obey the golden rule, which is don’t be a dick by unnecessarily annoying other country side users or letting ego outstrip talent.

ROUTE INFO

1Length of TET in country
796km
2Expected time to cover TET in country
5 days
3Best time of year to ride TET in country
May - October
4Entry point into country
Hani Hotit
5Exit point from country
Qaf Bota (Qafë Botë )
6Language(s)
Albanian
7Currency
Lek (ALL)
8Emergency telephone number
112
9Drive on the...
Right
10Laws regarding wild camping
Camping in the wild is not regulated by law. There are no patrols outside of touristic areas. However if you meet locals, ask for permission and show respect to their land. If you decide to wild camp in remote areas, it is important to keep your fire going all night to keep bears and wolves away.
11Trail riding and the law
There are no laws regulating trail riding in Albania
12Bike events on or near the TET
Rally Albania - www.rallyalbania.org

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11 Jan 2017
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ROUTE OVERVIEW

Albania is a wonderful country where nature is still untouched and there is an immense amount of off-road opportunities. Most other European countries say exactly where you can (and cannot) ride your motorcycle off road but in Albania the story is at the moment very different. You can still find huge amounts of unpaved roads, trails and hidden villages. You can still get that feeling of being truly remote, away from the developed world.

Albania actually consists of two parts: the low coastal land and the mountainous interior. Three quarters of the Albania is mountainous and often uninhabitable and inaccessible . The highest mountain is Korab ( 2763 m ) located in the Korabit mountains on the border with Macedonia and the Serbian province of Kosovo . The hill country has elongated ridges , sharply cut small plateaus with lakes and small basins. Trails are often unmaintained and sometimes damaged from heavy rains, so the riding can be quite demanding.

The TET Albania will lead you through some of the most amazing landscapes enriched with a variety of lush terrain, warm-hearted people and traditional culture.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

If you can, take time for the beaches in the southwest and mountains in the north, the forgotten archeological sites, regional cuisine like fresh trout from a local river, gjellë (a stew of slowly cooked meat with various vegetables) and mazja or flija (a many layered pancake-like dish cooked outdoors over open coals, steamed, and often served with local honey).

Spend some time with the local people who might offer you homemade rakia...