Hiking tour of Komani Lake, Valbona Valley and Theth in seven days

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According to Bradt Travel Guides, the Komani Lake journey is described as “one of the world’s greatest boat trips”. The tour to Komani Lake, Valbona and Theth is a special interest hiking tour program exclusively designed to offer participants the best combination of pristine wild nature, unforgettable ferry ride through the heart of the Albanian Alps, local folklore and traditions. During these seven days, you will be able to visit most of the attractions of...
According to Bradt Travel Guides, the Komani Lake journey is described as “one of the world’s greatest boat trips”. The tour to Komani Lake, Valbona and Theth is a special interest hiking tour program exclusively designed to offer participants the best combination of pristine wild nature, unforgettable ferry ride through the heart of the Albanian Alps, local folklore and traditions. During these seven days, you will be able to visit most of the attractions of Northern Albania, combining a variety of exciting outdoor activities with plenty of time to soak up the local culture.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Tirana – Komani Lake – Rural village

Pass By: Choose Balkans - Albania Tour Operator, Rruga Reshit Çollaku, Tirana, Albania
Our journey towards Komani Lake begins early in the morning at 05:00 am. Our tour guide will come and pick you up at your hotel in Tirana.

Stop At: Vau i Dejes, Vau i Dejes, Shkoder, Shkoder County
As we take the turn from the main road to Vau i Dejës the area becomes more rural with fewer cars but more wild nature and amazing landscapes. We will stop for a short break by Vau i Dejes Lake, a beautiful and tranquil setting, and from here on we will experience local transport over bumpy roads but with a great view.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Komani Lake, Koman Albania
At 9:00, we get on a local boat (this destination is only reachable by boat) that will take...
Itinerary

Day 1: Tirana – Komani Lake – Rural village

Pass By: Choose Balkans - Albania Tour Operator, Rruga Reshit Çollaku, Tirana, Albania
Our journey towards Komani Lake begins early in the morning at 05:00 am. Our tour guide will come and pick you up at your hotel in Tirana.

Stop At: Vau i Dejes, Vau i Dejes, Shkoder, Shkoder County
As we take the turn from the main road to Vau i Dejës the area becomes more rural with fewer cars but more wild nature and amazing landscapes. We will stop for a short break by Vau i Dejes Lake, a beautiful and tranquil setting, and from here on we will experience local transport over bumpy roads but with a great view.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Komani Lake, Koman Albania
At 9:00, we get on a local boat (this destination is only reachable by boat) that will take us through Komani Lake. It is considered by many as an exotic experience combined with the unmatched hospitality of the locals. We arrive at a rural village at about 10:30 (somewhere in middle of the Lake). After settling ourselves in this small village, we will explore the homestay and learn more about local life. At around 12:30, we will have a chance to enjoy a delicious traditional lunch on all of the days of the tour. Here is where we begin our kayaking exploration of the area along the lake.
Duration: 4 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in a traditional guesthouse by Komani Lake in a small village.

Day 2: Rural Village – Valbona Valley

Stop At: Valbona Valley National Park, Valbona Albania
Waking up with such a magnificent view of Komani Lake and the Albanian Alps will make you want to stay longer, but after breakfast we will have to continue our journey to other astonishing wonders. Our next destination will be Valbona Valley National Park. After a delicious traditional lunch, we explore the area and admire the so-called Crown of the Albanian Alps.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in a guesthouse in Valbona.

Day 3: Valbona - Rosi Peak - Valbona

Stop At: Valbona Valley National Park, Valbona Albania
The hiking tour of the Albanian Alps gets more intense during the third day. Our hiking objective is "Maja e Rosit", one of the Balkan Peaks. On the way to the Rosi Peak, we will pass through Kukaj. The trekking takes about 3 to 4 hours on the way up and about 3 on the way back to Valbona Valley. Maja e Rosit offers a spectacular view of Valbona Valley and the Accursed Mountains. We will enjoy a picnic lunch from this breath-taking corner of the world.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in a guesthouse in Valbona.

Day 4: Valbona – Valbona Pass - Theth

Stop At: Valbona Pass, Rruga Azem Hajdari, Bajram Curri Albania
Trekking to Theth from Valbona would be an intense day as the walk takes about 6 to 8 hours (about 1050m elevation) in a remote terrain, nevertheless unquestionably worthy! The Valbona pass to Theth offers a spectacular view of the Balkan Peaks and “Bjeshket e Nemuna”. When reaching on the top of the Valbona Pass, you will experience a serious shot of adrenaline.
Duration: 7 hours

Stop At: Theth, Theth, Shkoder County
On our descent to Theth we will pass through some beautiful landscapes and wild forests.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in a guesthouse in Theth.

Day 5: Theth – Blue Eye – Theth

Stop At: Blue Eye of Theth, Kaprre Pusi i Zi, Syri i Kalter, Theth 4009 Albania
Another hiking tour of 3 to 4 hours (one way) will bring us to the next natural wonder, the so-called “Blue Eye of Theth”. The Blue Eye was formed by the erosion of the water from the melting snow of the Albanian Alps. You will not be able to take your eyes off this stunning scene of nature with its bright blue and green colours. Also, fun fact, the temperature of the Blue Eye is just around 5 degrees Celsius. Do you dare to dive in the blue but very cold water?
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: After another exciting day, we will have our overnight in Theth.



Day 6: Theth – Grunas Waterfall – Theth – Tirana

Stop At: Theth, Theth, Shkoder County
We will enjoy our last traditional breakfast in the heart of the Albanian Alps. We hike from Theth to Grunas Waterfall (about 1-hour hike). On our way back, we will visit the old Church and the “Lock in” Tower (symbol of Theth). The stories behind these buildings take up centuries full of history.
Duration: 4 hours

Pass By: Shkoder, Shkoder, Shkoder County
Our next adventure is a bumpy ride, with local transport, to Qafa e Thores on a steep hillside reaching a height of 1700m above sea level. This road is known for being the best place to take a picture, because there is a perfect view of the Albanian Alps! Riding over the zigzag roads through the rough mountainous terrain, the road will eventually become smoother once we get closer to Shkodra Lake. The driver will be waiting for us in Shkodra and will take us back to the capital of Albania, where we will arrive in the late afternoon.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Tirana.

Day 7: Tirana – Bovilla Lake – Tirana

Stop At: Lake Bovilla, Hida Rd Albania
We start our hiking adventure towards the beautiful area of Bovilla Lake near Tirana at 9:00 am. This destination offers an amazing view of wild mountains mixed with the green colour of the lake, creating a spectacular hiking and (a little bit of) rock climbing experience to the rock on top of the Bovilla track. We will enjoy a picnic lunch with the great view. Don’t forget to wear your comfortable walking shoes! We will be back in Tirana in the afternoon.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Important Details

Included
  • Hotel pick up in Tirana
  • Local transport for the bumpy road from Vau I Dejes to Komani Lake
  • Local transport for the bumpy road from Theth to Shkodra
  • Ferry ticket Komani Lake to Fierza Dam
  • Local transport for the bumpy road from Fierza to Valbona
  • Road taxes
  • 6x Breakfast
  • Transport provided by the company from Shkodra to Tirana
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Bovilla
  • Entry/Admission - Blue Eye of Theth
  • Entry/Admission - Komani Lake
  • Professional tour guide
  • Petrol
  • Entry/Admission - Valbona Valley National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Valbona Pass
  • Transport provided by the company from Tirana to Vau I Dejes
  • Transport provided by the company from Tirana to Bovilla Lake (and back)
  • Hotel drop off in Tirana
  • Tourist taxes
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • BB (Accommodation and Breakfast) for six overnights
Not Included
  • as an international practice to tip good service.
  • Personal spending
  • Double room occupancy is possible on 10 Euros extra charge per night per person.
  • * Please note that prices are calculated on triple or quadruples room occupancy.
  • Everything that is not mentioned in the included
  • however, our recommendation is to tip the tour guide/driver 5 - 6 Euros per day/person
  • Souvenirs
  • Lunches, Dinners, Drinks & Snacks
  • and/or the tour guide (whom could be males or females).
  • Double or single room occupancy is possible on extra charge.
  • Single room occupancy is possible on 20 Euros extra charge per night per person.
  • The Triple/Quadruple room occupancy means you might share the room with other travellers
  • * Tips are not a must in Albania or the Balkans
Departure Point
Choose Balkans - Albania Tour Operator, Rruga Reshit Çollaku, Tirana, Albania

Traveler pickup is offered
The tour departs from Choose Balkans Office. On request (at least 12 hours before tour departure) we can pick you up at 5:00 am from your hotel in Tirana free of charge.

Airports

  • Rinas Airport, Tirana Albania


5:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.