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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 Stand Up Paddling, sailing at Lake Koman, and hiking from Valbona to Theth in 4 days. Enjoy the stunning nature of the Accursed Mountains, the clarity of the waters, and learn more about the dramatic history of the “Lock-in the tower”. A full trip of stunning views, outdoor activities, legends, welcoming locals and delicious food in the heart of the Albanian North.

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Tour Details

Experience some of the best views of the Albanian Alps on a 4 days tour of hiking, sailing, and stand up paddle in the North of Albania. Hike at the most famous part of the Peaks of the Balkans Trail and stand up paddle at the protected area of Lake Skadar. Birdwatching activities and a mix of adventure and culture on a 4-day trip from Tirana. 

A moderate trip doable for everyone with a normal fit condition and willing to explore the nature and culture 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 roomFor Private room there is an extra fee of 20 euro
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Stand Up Paddle instruction and equipment
  • 4 Lunches - 2 Dinners - 3 Breakfasts

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Drinks
  • Dinner in Shkoder

Complementaries

  • Hiking Shoes, Hat, Comfortable Clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Suitable Clothes for Stand Up Paddle (swimsuit)
What to Expect
This 4-Day Tour of Lake Koman, Valbona, and Theth is an intense tour, a program for participants with a good level of fitness. 
 
The first day is mainly based on driving, sailing, and stand up paddling at Lake Skadar, as well as exploring some of the most intriguing parts of the lake and its canyons. 
The next day is dedicated to explore the village of Valbona and the valley. Being surrounded by amazing nature and we 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, and includes several stops in rural bars before and after the peak. 
 
An exploration of Thethi village on the third day, including also a brief visit of Shkodra. 
  • Stand Up Paddling and Birdwatching at Lake Skadar
  • Sailing at Lake Koman
  • Trekking into Valbona Valley
  • Hiking from Valbona to Theth - Part of the Peaks of the Balkans
  • Exploring Theth, Gurnasi Waterfall and the Lock-In Tower
  • Tour of the city of Shkoder

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. 

Itinerary
Hiking the most famous trail of the Peaks of the Balkans, Watersport Activities and Birdwatching at Lake Skadar

Day 1Tirana - Lake Koman - Valbona

We will leave Tirana at 5:00 starting this epic trip to the North of Albania. Our first destination, “Lake Koman ”  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 locals travel. We will catch our ferry at 9:00 for a 2:30 hours magical sailing on Lake Koman. 

In addition, from the station of Fierza, we will have a local-style ride to the National Park of Valbona. Accommodation and lunch at a 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.

Day 2Hiking from Valbona to Theth

On our second day, also called the big day of the tour, we set off on the thrilling hike from Valbona to Theth following the ancient path. 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, we’ll visit the beautiful Gurnas Waterfall, located a 45 minute walk away. On the way back we will be introduced to the fascinating rules and history of the blood feuds, an important part of Albanian history. For a better understanding have a look at Ismail Kadare’s novel “Broken April“. The tower and its history are also highly involved 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 Paddling at Skadar Lake - Return to Tirana

Stand up paddling at Lake Shkodra, a 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, we’ll have a short coffee and toilet break at Bar Restaurant Arbri. 

Furthermore, the tour continues with a refreshing Mojito cocktail served at the Buna Bridge with a magic view of the Rozafa Castle. 

We’ll also stop at a comfortable place on the shores of Buna River, where a traditional pastry lunch will be served. Furthermore, there will be free time for sunbathing and swimming. 

After lunch, we’ll continue paddling to our next stop, a cultural heritage monument of the XIII century. The Church of Shirq is a well-known place where the country’s princesses used to get married.

Around 5:00 the active part of the tour ends at the village of  Obot. From there you can optionally take your own car that we bring there or we arrange the transportation back to the starting point.

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

The Water Situation

Along the trip, we will have access to fresh spring water. If you know from the past that you have a sensitive stomach we recommend bringing bottled water to avoid any Upset Stomach symptoms. If you have a history of that, bringing some medicine might come in handy. 
Feel free to ask the guide where you can buy bottled water. 
 
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. 

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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