I mean, it isn’t compulsory to drag them up mountains, is it? If you spend a day or two in Valbona first, you can always get a sense of how the kids are doing against some comparable-to-Theth hikes (but don’t leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere if they melt down). In general, I think it’s probably nice to give small children the chance to experience this area and culture, which in many ways is still classic medieval European (or Heidi-esque). Some days I feel like I’m fighting a pyrrhic battle to promote tourism, but discourage it from changing. Also, it’s nice to visit with children up here because Albanians are GA-GA about children, and they’ll cuddle them and get them all to play together and generally be really nice to them.
You have a range of choices with Accommodation, as well. You could opt for something like Rezidenca http://www.journeytovalbona.
com/rezidenca-luxury-rooms- with-traditional-setting/, where you have full comfort and service, and then make little day trips with them, OR you could chose for one of the more pastoral guesthouse/homestays and just let them enjoy running around, playing with the sheep etc. Some ideas for these kinds of places are listed here: http://www. journeytovalbona.com/about- valbona/all-valbona/ Look at Gjelaj, Kukaj, or Livadhet e Gjarperit. (I didn’t finish posting the rest yet).
We do sell a map of “Walks and Rambles” for 3euro, which includes 10 hikes from 1 hour to 5-6, which you can do with kids. I’m attaching an image of the map, the trail notes are on the back.
Because so many people have been asking this year, I’ve ALSO just “bitten the bullet” and starting listing whole tours/itineraries/programs on this page: http://www.
journeytovalbona.com/your- journey/tours/ which you can use to either get ideas or actually book something. I actually only just posted it this morning, but I have a bunch of other itineraries to type up and post, so there will hopefully be added one a day . . . .