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Tour of Valbona and Theth in 3 Days from Tirana

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3 Days
Tirana
Valbona & Theth
Max People : 12

This active 3-day tour of Valbona and Theth in the heart of the Albanian Alps and the so-called ‘accursed mountains’ takes you to Lake Koman, Valbona Valley, and Theth village, and is a great combination of stunning nature, warm Albanian hospitality, and the mystic traditions and folklore of this region. In addition, you will be able to go through one of the main parts of the Peaks of the Balkans Itinerary. It will take to a pristine and undiscovered area, often mentioned in international media like Le Monde, BBC, and more. Furthermore, you will also go back in time and open to a totally new world. The world of Kanun and Blood Feuds. A time when everything was based on honor and given promises.

star rating  I can’t say enough good things about Andi and Go as Local. I took the day trip to Prizren from Tirana. I have taken tours all over the world and... read more

DarcyKT
February 10, 2020

star rating  We hired Go as Local to coordinate transportation for our recent 17-day trip between the following locations (and also airport pickup/drop-off at the beginning and end): Skopje to Ohrid,... read more

CashJohnny
July 17, 2021

star rating  This trip was highly historical and informative. We got introduced to an ancient historical site , medieval history and modern. All mixed with the role of the religion and the... read more

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December 4, 2022
Itinerary
Koman Lake, Valbona and Theth in 3 Days from Tirana

Day 1Tirana – Koman Lake – Valbona

We will leave Tirana at 5:00 am to drive toward Koman Lake when the ferry departs at 9:00 am to the other side of the lake, Fierza. Since 1985 this manmade lake is the only way how locals who live in the surroundings to get in touch with the modern world.
Driving from Fierza to Valbona will needs around 45 minutes, passing through Bajram Curri, the municipality of the area. Lunch break in Valbona and hiking in Kukaj, a very remote area in Valbona Valley surroundings where we will see how the people do their living. In addition, based on the time and weather, the most adventurous part of the group, is not far from the guesthouse there is a crystal clear water pool where we can have a short dip. 

Day 2Hiking from Valbona – Theth

Also called “the Big Day” of the tour, we now set off on the thrilling hike from Valbona to Theth following the ancient path that the locals have been using for years. Back in the day, it was only possible to travel from Valbona to Shkoder on foot taking two full days of walking!
Walking on this path we will pass through the oldest part of the village where people are still living in their more than 100-year-old stone houses that are remarkable remnants of the past. In addition, this 18-km trek offers spectacular views of long rocky valleys and lush green forests. We stop for lunch at one of the traditional cafés along the way but do stock up on snacks just in case. In addition, after trekking for about 7-8 hours we arrive in Theth which will for sure amaze us with its unique nature, history, and traditions including the village’s symbol, the Lock-In Tower. Overnight and dinner at the guesthouse.

Day 3Theth – Shkoder – Tirana

After breakfast at the Guesthouse, the” Gurnas” Waterfall is the next destination for the day. Around 45 minutes walk from the center of the village they round to their pass through most of the village into soft hilly terrain.
In addition, we will leave Theth behind and driving for around 3 hours we will reach Shkoder, the biggest city in the Albanian North. Free time in Shkoder and return to Tirana in the evening when it is the end of our tour.

 

Tour Details
The tale of "accursed mountains"

With the magnificent mountain scenery as your backdrop, you’ll be sailing on Lake Koman and doing one of the most panoramic hikes in northern Albania on a historic trail from Valbona to Theth, a path that has been used for centuries for trade and exchanging goods. Furthermore,  to add to your authentic experience of Albania, you stay at traditional, family-based guesthouses where you usually get welcomed not as a customer, but rather as a family guest. In addition, as a Hut to-Hut hiking tour, we recommend packing light, as everything will be carried. 

Departure & Return Location

Hotel Pick Up in Tirana or Shkoder

Pick up in other cities upon request 

Departure Time

05:30 am

Price Includes

  • 2 nights of accommodation in Guesthouse (Valbona & Theth)
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Diners for all overnights
  • Professional Tour Guide through all the trip
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Ferry Tickets

Price Excludes

  • Last lunch in Shkoder
  • Snacks and Drinks
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Horse caravan of request - 50 euro / horse

What to Bring with you

What to Bring with you

  • For a private double room there is a 10 euro / person /night extra charge
  • For a private single room there is a 20 euro / night extra charge
  • Hiking Shoes , Hat, Comfortable Clothes
  • Sun cream and Anti Mosquito Medicine
What to Expect
This 3 Days Tour of Koman Lake, Valbona, and Theth is an intensive tour, a program for participants with a good level of fitness. 
 
The first day is mainly based on driving, sailing, and a warm-up walking to explore the Valbona Valley. 
 
The Big Hike of the second day has a maximum distance of 20 Km with a maximum elevation of 1000 meters. Several Stops in rural bars before and after the peak. 
 
In addition to the next day, an exploration of Thethi village on the third day, including also a brief view of Shkodra. 

The Bags / Luggage Situation

We highly recommend packing only the most necessary items on a backpack that you will need to carry and leaving the rest of the bags either with us or at the Hotel. We can safely store it for you and deliver it back in Tirana or Shkoder. Please inform us ahead if you will need to leave bags with us. 

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3 Days guided tour of Valbona and Theth
Accomodation in Valbona and Theth

Accomodation

Fancy, woden cabins with a fantastic view

Located in the center of Valbona this complex of wooden cabins provides one of the most comfortable stays in Valbona. In addition, a restaurant on-site, specializing in Traditional Cuisine will make your stay unforgettable and unique. 

Guesthouse in Theth
Comfortable stay in a Typical House of the North

Traditional Guesthouse in Theth

What started with the Old house of the family is now one of the best guesthouses in Theth. In addition, comfortable, clean rooms and delicious, local food cooked by the family will be the best combination with the epicness of the village. 

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DennyDifferent

Solo Traveller

Unforgettable hiking tour of Valbone and Theth. Andi is a great guide and the whole team are welcoming and friendly people. The guest houses were fantastic and we ate very well which we needed after long days of hiking. Thanks for making it a great birthday trip!

October 13, 2022

Zaid A

Group Traveller

Amazing food and wonderful views all the way through your hiking. The guest house is tidy. The guide always gives nice information.

October 7, 2022

Paige

Solo Traveller

The tour is amazing, and the locations included are so beautiful! Andi was so helpful as the tour I booked had no other people booked but he helped to sort this out for me. Kevin was the tour guide and he was really friendly and super generous. Both made my time on this trip as enjoyable as possible. The day 2 hike was difficult but so worth it for the views. Couldn’t recommend this tour or this company anymore, great way to experience Albania’s sights and local culture. 🙂

October 7, 2022

Martina P

Group Traveller

Ich würde jedem diese Tour empfehlen, sowohl Anfängern und Anfängerinnen als auch fortgeschrittenen Wanderern. Der Tourleiter ist ständig flexibel auf unsere Bedürfnisse eingegangen ( wir hatten einige🙈 ). Mit Mühe und viel Geduld hat er uns wunderbar geleitet! Sehr gutes Essen (auch vegetarische Optionen), wunderschöne Unterkünfte und atemberaubende Ausblicke! Alle Erwartungen übertroffen mit einer sehr professionellen Leitung! Vielen Dank!!!!

September 27, 2022

Aishwaryab

Group Traveller

Der Trip war besonders gut durchdacht und umgesetzt. Der Tourenleiter ist stets immer auf unsere Bedürfnisse eingegangen. Beispielsweise: vegetarische Gerichte, zeitliche Flexibilität usw.
Obwohl ich wenig Wandererfahrungen bisher sammeln konnte, war ich aufgrund seiner Hilfestellungen, motivierenden Worte und Rücksicht sehr gut aufgehoben.
Jeder sollte die Tour angehen, da sie für jede Person machbar ist, auch wenn man eventuell einige Pausen einlegt. Insbesondere sind die Aussichten unabdingbar – die dürfen einem nicht fehlen.
Sowohl die Unterkünfte als auch die Restaurants waren jedes Mal sehr gut ausgewählt.
Abschließend kann gesagt werden, dass wir sehr zufrieden mit dem Tourenleiter, Essen, Unterkünfte, Zeitmanagement und den Aussichten waren.
Herzlichen Dank für das äußerst hervorragende Service und die unvergesslichen Erfahrungen!!😍

August 19, 2022
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