ALBANIA RAFTING GROUP
Experience the Adrenaline
Albania Rafting Group is the first tourism and sport organization in Albania , founder of Albanian Rafting Federation, member with full rights in the International Rafting Federation . Passion for nature and sport turned into a mission. The mission to promote Albania development through the rafting activity by international standards, in full compliance with respect for nature and environmental protection. Through its activities, Albania Rafting Group has helped in developing sustainable outdoor tourism attracting an increasing number of tourists in remote areas and extending the time of their stay in Albania.
Albania Rafting Group is ranked by National Geographic as supportive of the principles of geo - tourism through international initiative " Western Balkans - Land of discovery " .
Albania Rafting Group has participated in the national team , " Albanian Eagle " in the World Rafting Championship in the Czech Republic , during 23 to 28 August 2012 by introducing Albania in the streams of a new passion .
ARG has been contributing in generating revenue for local tourism, while maintaining the authentic values of the area, creating new jobs activities through vocational training of young people.
A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.
WE LOVE THIS SPORTNATURE AND LIFE. RAFTING HAS TAUGHT US THE MOST VALUABLE HUMAN VALUES LIKE COMMITMENT, PERSEVERANCE, STRONG WILLTEAM WORK
The first ideas regarding the development of “rafting” sport in Albania blossomed since 1985, when Zamo Spathara, today the President of the Albanian Rafting Federation, went to Hambull a village in Berat, located on the edge of the Osumi River. A little adventure took off at once, by means of spare wheels taken by vehicles, which for the first time crossed The Osumi Canyons.
It was just this little adventure started from the dream of one man, followed by tireless actions to hundreds of young people full of faith who made possible the introduction of Next Albania, a place to be explored, in the middle of Europe.
- Today the man that one was called “crazy” is making crazy everyone with rafting in Albania!
Zamo Spathara is estimated "Man of the Year 2013" by the Municipality of Berat with the motivation "For contribution in development of rafting and tourism, conducting various activities with social impact in the preservation and pursuit of cultural, natural and human heritage of Berat.
Blerina Ago, the vice president of Albania Rafting Group, is voluntary dedicated to sustainable tourism development in Albania, being equipped with international certifications and qualifications
Nature lover, at age 14 she becomes the first girl practice rafting sport in Albania.
Doina Huso is the ARG’s Vice President since January 2018. Ms. Huso has started her career as the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for USAID/CED Rritje Albania project, one of the biggest economic growth projects ever established in Albania that lasted over 5 years. She continued to work as the Communications and PR specialist for USAID’s JuST project getting in depth in issues such as Rule of Law and Jusitce Strengthening. Prior to joining the AAR Ms. Huso has implemented several small projects with the Institute for Public Policy and Good Governance and has worked as a part time consultant for NGOs and project impact evaluation teams, specifically in ICT for Development and Transparency. She holds a MSc in Business Informatics from the University of Tirana, Faculty of Economics and an MBA from the University of Kyoto in Japan. She is a certified yoga instructor who loves nature, outdoor activities and is passionate about environmental issues and women empowerment. She has volunteered in different causes such as Gerladine Orphan Shelter OSAAB, the AHRP and UWCO Scholarship Committee.
Gazmend Shehu is a Physical Education teacher. A man in love with the sport, with many achievements and medals in national and international marathons, challenging himself at the age of 52 years by exercising a new sport for Albania: rafting.
After a hard work, in 2012 is part of the national team, "New Eagle", which was represented for the first time in Albania finals of the World Rafting Championship in the Czech Republic.
Today, as one of the coaches of rafting, is dedicated to the education and training of young people to practice rafting.
Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.
OUR TOUR PACKAGES ARE CREATED TO GIVE YOU MAXIMUM ADRENALINE AND FUN THROUGH GUIDES AND UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEYS ACROSSTHE BEAUTIFUL RIVERS OF ALBANIA
The Canyon exploration tour is carried out on foot using all the required equipment and by trained professional guides. This hike will give you the chance to experience the natural beauties of the canyons such as the waterfalls, natural pools and trails. Period: July-September
- Arrival in the morning - Departure towards Skrapari canyons. - River Rafting through the canyons. While in the canyons, we'll have a lunch break (sandwich). The adventure lasts 3-4 hours depending on the water flow. - End of the adventure and return to Berat. - Period: February-June
- Departure from the town of Permet - Training and river rafting (2-4 hours) - Lunch break (sandwich) - Return to Permet
THe Kanyons of Skrapar are a new magic experience of Albania from a perspective we have never seen before!
I Had an amazing experience. We have to think about the potential of this destination, but we will have to take care that it becomes a sustainable development model preserving its beauty and making it a well known destination for all Albanians, the rest of Europe and the world. Thank you for this experience
EXPLORE THE FOLLOWING GALLERY TO GETA GLIMPSE OF WHAT AWAITS YOU IN THE HEART OF THE CANYONS
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