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Stand Up Paddle at Skadar lake and Hiking from Valbona to Theth in 4 Days

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4 Days
Tirana
Valbona, Theth

We have chosen the best part of the Albanian Alps and the Peaks of the Balkans to offer you a tour of Hiking, Stand Up Paddle, sailing in Koman lake, and hiking from Valbona to Theth in 4 days. Enjoy the stunning nature of the Accursed Mountains, the clarity of the waters, and the dramatic history of Lock in the tower. A full trip of stunning views, outdoor activities, legends, welcoming local and delicious food in the heart of Albanian North.

star rating  I booked this class for my girlfriend and I; mainly to boast about my cooking skills and how much more superior they are to hers. Alas, her traditional Albanian cooking... read more

719donalda
January 9, 2020

star rating  Tino and Andi were a great company during the experience and I end up having great photos as souvenirs. No need to take anything with you, just your look and... read more

monicahan187
December 5, 2019

star rating  Andi and Mario were excellent in organising this tour on a short notice. They picked up on time, showed Berat and Durres and explained the history in a balanced manner.... read more

kishoremeda
October 29, 2019
Tour Details

Experience some of the best views of the Albanian Alps in a 4 days tour of hiking, sailing, and Stand up Paddle in the North of Albania. Hike into the most famous part of the Peaks of the Balkans Trail and Stand Upp paddle into a protected Area of Skadar Lake. Birdwatching activities and a mix of adventure, culture, local welcome in a 4 days trip from Tirana. 

A moderate trip, possible for everyone with a normal fit condition but keep to explore more about the nature and the people of Albania. 

Departure & Return Location

Hotel Pick up in Tirana

Pick Up from other cities available on Request 

Departure Time

05:00 am

Price Includes

  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation in shared roodm - For Private room there is an extra fee of 20 euro
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Stand Up Paddle Instructions and Tools
  • 4 Lunches - 2 Dinners - 3 Breakfasts

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Drinks
  • Diner of the night in Shkoder

Complementaries

  • Hiking Shoes , Hat, Comfortable Clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Suitable Clothes for Stand Up Paddle (swimsuit)
What to Expect
This 4 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 Stand Up Paddle on the Skadar Lake, exploring some of the most intriguing parts of the lake and its canyons. 
The next day is dedicated to exploring more the Valbona village and all the Valley. We will be surrounded by amazing nature and will get introduced to the local lifestyle. 
 
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. 
 
An exploration of Thethi village on the third day, including also a brief view of Shkodra. 
  • Stand Up Paddle and Birdwatching at Skadar Lake
  • Sailing to Koman Lake
  • Trekking into Valbona Valley
  • Hiking into Valbona to Theth Trail - Part of the Peaks of the Balkans
  • Exploring Theth, Gurnasi Waterfall and Lock In tower
  • Tour of Shkoder. Visit the city
Itinerary
Hiking Peaks of the Balkans most famous trail, Watersport Activities and Birdwatching at Skaddar Lake

Day 1Tirana - Koman Lake - Valbona

We will leave Tirana at 5:00 starting this epic trip in the North of Albania. Our first destination, “Koman Lake”  has been the second most resourceful electricity-producing damn in all the country. From 1985 this lake has also been the main way of how the local travel. We will catch our ferry at 9:00 for a 2:30 hours magical sailing into “Koman Lake”. 

In addition, from the station of Fierza, we will have a local-style ride to the Natural Park of Valbona. Accommodation and lunch into Guesthouse in Valbona. 

Furthermore, after a short rest, it will be time for a warm-up hike to explore the area around the Valbona Valley. Hiking in Kukaj, a very remote area in Valbona Valley surroundings when we will see how the people do their living.

Day 2Hiking from Valbona to 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 days, 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.
The 20-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. 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 - Gurnasi Waterfall - Lock In Tower - Shkoder

After breakfast at the guesthouse, the beautiful Gurnas waterfall, located around a 45-min walk. On the way back we will be introduced to the fascinating rules and history of the Blood feuds, part of Albanian history. For a better understanding take a short look at “Broken April” book from Ismail Kadare. This tower and its history, highly contacted also with the phenomenon of “Burrnesha” or “Sworn Virgin”

Return to Shkoder for overnight accommodation at the hotel. Short city tour of the city and free time. 

 

Day 4Stand Up Paddle in Skadar Lake - Return to Tirana and end of the Tour

Paddling inside the Shkodra Lake restricted Ramsar and IBA (Important Bird Area) area of Lilly flowers for birdwatching. We will see the nesting habitat of Whiskered tern (Chlidonias hybrida) and the Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus Crispus). In addition, short coffee and toilet break at Bar Restaurant Arbri. 

Furthermore, the tour continues with a refreshing Mojito cocktail served from Buna Bridge and a magic view of Rozafa castle. 

In addition, the tour continues with a break from paddling.  Stoping at a comfortable place on the shores of Buna River, traditional Pastry lunch will be served. Furthermore, it will be free time for sunbathing and swimming. 

The paddling will continue till the next stop to visit a cultural heritage monument of the XIII century. The Church of Shirq is a well-known place where the princesses got married.

Around 5:00 is the end of the tour in Obot village. From there you take your own car that we bring there or we arrange the transportation back to the starting point.

After all the experience we will plan our return to Tirana. 

You can also choose to continue the trip privately to Montenegro. 

Map
Koman Lake - Valbona - Theth - Part of the Peaks of the Balkans Trail
Photos
Peaks of the Balkans, Koman Lake and Lake watersport

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