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5 Day Valbona Mountain Trek - Start Tirana

5 Day Valbona Mountain Trek - Start Tirana

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From 395 EUR
Flight tickets are not included. Our travel experts will gladly help you find the cheapest flights. The price above is based on 2 adults traveling together. The price is a from-price and varies with the date. See the exact price when selecting date.
What's included?
Duration
5 days
Starts in
Tirana
Ends in
Tirana
Group size
Min 3, max 8
This active 5-day tour 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.
With the magnificent mountain scenery as your backdrop, you'll be kayaking on Lake Koman and do 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. 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.

What’s Included
Arrival transfer
All road and ferry transportation including accommodation pick-ups and drop-offs
4 nights' accommodation
3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Kayaking equipment and short introduction
Tour guide throughout the trip
Itinerary

5 Day Valbona Mountain Trek - Start Tirana

Day 1: Tirana

Welcome to Tirana! You will be met at the airport and dropped off at your hotel. Tirana as the capital of the country is also the largest and most vibrant and lively city in Albania. It is a city characterised by its young age, but also the contrasts where you can see the scars from the past and present. Above all it is the crossroads between different periods in Albanian modern history. Spend the day as you like exploring this loud, colourful but never dull city.

Day 2: Lake Koman & Berisha Village

Be ready for an early start as we leave Tirana at 05:00 to drive toward Lake Koman to catch a ferry that departs at 09:00 to the other side of the lake, Fierza. After reaching Berisha village, our base for the night, we head out on Lake Koman on kayaks with a dramatic backdrop scenery of dense forested hills, vertical slopes and deep gorges. We'll be back at the guesthouse around 13:00 for lunch, after which you have free time for some more kayaking on this stunning lake. Dinner and overnight in Berisha.

Meals: Lunch, dinner

Day 3: Valbona Valley

Heading back the same way we came, we catch a bus and a ferry at 10:20 to the other dock of the lake. The drive from Fierza to Valbona takes around 45 min passing through the town of Bajram Curri, the gateway to Valbona Valley. After a lunch break in Valbona, we gear up for a little hiking trip in Kukaj. This hike to this very remote area in Valbona Valley where it's still all about self-sufficient living takes about 1-2 hours, and is a great warm-up for the big hike tomorrow. Dinner and overnight in Valbona.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Hiking from Valbona to Theth

Also called as 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. The 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. After trekking for about 7-8 hours we arrive in Theth that 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.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Theth to Tirana

After breakfast at the guesthouse, the beautiful Gurnas waterfall, located around a 45-min walk from the centre of the village, is our last stop before leaving Theth behind. It's about a 3-hour drive to Shkoder with a lunch stop on the way. You will have free time to explore Shkoder before hopping on our private and comfortable transport to journey onwards to Tirana where the tour ends in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Summary

What’s included?

Extra expenses at the destination
None

Activities

Included Activities
Sailing: Get on board a former bus now transformed into a boat for a stunning sailing experience in between the mountains
Kayaking: Personal kayaks to explore and enjoy the beauty of Lake Koman
Hiking: Different guided hikes

Accommodation

Your first night in Tirana is in a private hotel single, double or twin room. Accommodation for the rest of the tour is in family style guesthouses and cabins based on 3-4 people sharing each room. Every room/cabin has a fully equipped bathroom with a toilet and shower. Bed linen, towels and toiletries are provided by the guesthouses. If you wish to have more privacy, you can pay a single/double supplement for a private room at the guesthouses and cabins.

Local transport

Airport transfer on arrival and all the road and ferry transportation are included. Depending on the size of the group, it's a combination of private and public transportation.

Meals

3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners are included and served at the guesthouses or picnic style according to the program. The guesthouses are farm style houses where the locals grow their own organic products, and cook and serve delicious meals prepared following traditional recipies. You can get free drinking water from the tap or streams.

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What to Bring
Swimsuit for the kayaking experience in Koman
Comfortable hiking shoes or boots
Light rain jacket
Warm jacket for the evenings when it usually gets colder
Insect repellent/anti-mosquito lotion in case of allergies
Hat and sun block
Water bottle to refill along the tour
Hiking poles are not a must but would definitely help your experience

5 Day Valbona Mountain Trek - Start Tirana

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