It all changed once I discovered the mountains.
In 2017, I became the first Albanian woman to summit Everest (8848m) the highest peak on earth. At the peak of the world, I unveiled both Kosovo and Albania’s flags to bring greater awareness for nature, the mountains, and human rights in both countries. After Everest, I summited Manaslu 8163 on Septmeber 2017 and Lhotse 8563m on 2018 (first and only femlale from the Ballkans to summit these two) and my aim is to climb the remaining eleven of totally fourteen world peaks higher than 8000 meters while campaigning in a multitude of other forms to spread messages of determination, stamina and positivity to people.
Born and raised in Kosovo, I graduated on Economy Faculty from the University of Prishtina with a 12-year work experience in marketing. For seven out of those years, I worked as the Director of Ogilvy Karrota marketing agency, developing marketing campaigns that included major business clients. I was involved in a variety of human rights-based projects, social campaigns aimed at helping women and children, and for five years contributed to the running of the renowned Documentary Film Festival DokuFest as a marketing manager, event organizer and on 2017 she was a Jury Member for Green Documentaries.
In 2015, I left Karrota to embark on a new journey as a mountaineer and a guide, having been an active hiker in plenty time. Nowadays, I pursues many tourism projects, including the Via Dinarica Project or the Reel Rock Festival on 2015, which I directed. I was also involved on a GIZ Project in Albania for cross-border tourism in the Sharr Mountain. I run my own outdoor tours company in the Balkans, the Butterfly Outdoors (www.butterflyoutdoor.com). I run hiking and yoga, cycling and climbing tours, and also smaller hiking trips for children with special needs, being a firm believer that outdoor activities strongly impact people’s physical and emotional wellbeing.
My ultimate goal now is to expose the true beauties of my country to as many people from the entire world.
Mount Blanc 4880m (France)
Musala 2925m (Bulgaria)
Olimp 2918m (Greece)
Jezera 2694m, (Albania)
Tito VRV 2745m (Macedonia)
Gjeravica 2656m (Kosovo)
Ercyes 3916m (Turkey) Winter Expedition
Mount Hasan 3200m (Turkey) Winter Expedition
Emler 3700m (AladaglarTurkey) Winter Expedition
Yalung Peak 5700m (Himalaya) Winter Expedition
Monch 4104m (Swiss) Winter Expedition
Moun Everest 8848m (Himalaya) – First Albanian Woman
Mount Manaslu 8163m (Himalaya) – First Woman from Balkans
Mount Lhotse 8563m (Himalayas) – First Woman from Balkans