Albania
Destination
Challenging
Difficulty level
2 to 5 days
Duration
Trekking, Walking and hiking
Activity type

This walking holiday is great for active, outdoors-loving people who love walking and for those with a flexible, adventurous attitude. This walking holiday shows you the beauty of pristine nature and culture in the Albanian Alps where you will be hosted by local families.

Enjoy their hospitality while discovering the stunning beauty of the Valley of Valbona, the Valley of Thethi, and the small village Nderlyse.

You can either join one of our scheduled departures (please see the calendar at the right) or you can book this tour as a private departure.

TOUR: Hike from Valbona to Thethi and discover the ‘Blue Eye’.
TYPE: Guided hiking holiday
CODE: W 4.1
LEVEL: Challenging
PRICE: 219,–
DATES: May-October
NIGHTS: 3
DAYS: 4
HIKING DAYS: 3
ACCOMODATION: Local Guesthouses
INCLUDED
Home-made dishes
English speaking guide
Accommodations
Mule for luggage between Valbona-Thethi
Transport
Ferry ride Koman-Fierze
NOT INCLUDED
Drinks
Snacks
Dinner on day 4
Airport pick-up/drop-off

*Private tour
If you wish to do this walking holiday on a different date, please contact us via the enquire now button. We have guides who can speak Albanian, English, Italian, French, German, Italian, Dutch or Spanish.”

Essential Info:

Level of the tour: Challenging
This tour’s difficulty level is challenging, and demands you to be in excellent physical shape. The paths are not always in the best of conditions and markings can be scarce. Day-treks may have big ascents and descents. Changing weather conditions (even in mid-summer) can play an important role when trekking in remote areas, and may cause changes in the scheduled route.

Normally, the treks are between six to eight hours a day. Prior trekking experience is an advantage, but not necessary for those who are in very good shape. During the hikes, you are required to personally carry your own day rucksack. The main luggage will be transported on a mule/ horse or vehicle.

What to bring:
Breathable light-weight waterproof gear (gore-tex, sympatex, etc), fleece/wool pullover, wind-stopper jacket, gloves, small backpack with rain coverage, cap, sun block, mosquito repellent, head lamp, hiking poles, water bottle, sunglasses.

Terrain during the hikes
This trail is characterized by lots of descents and ascents. The route passes over engraved relief representing alpine terrain with steep slopes, mountain river valleys carved into the mountains, rocky peaks, belts of mountain pine, etc. However, the chosen paths are mostly well trodden underfoot and safe.

Good to know

Pick-up location
Central Shkoder, to be specified at booking confirmation

Drop-off location
Central Tirana, to be specified at booking confirmation

Luggage transport
The hike from Valbona to Thethi is accompanied by a mountain mule/horse that carries the luggage. It is therefore important that you pack your luggage in a bag, not a suitcase. You will carry your own day backpack. From Thethi to Boga, a vehicle will transport the luggage to Boga. From there we drive back to Tirana.

Hiking route
We reserve the right to modify the hiking route, in case of presence of snow.

Children policy
Children joining this tour should have experience with hiking. Children under 18 should be accompanied by an adult.

Land only
The “OA” tours are Land Only; the prices do not include your flight, nor transport to and from the airport to hotel. You must make your own way to the starting point of every tour. If you would like us to arrange a transfer for you from the airport to your hotel or from your hotel to the beginning point of the tour please let us know at booking or contact us via the enquiry

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Day 1


Early in the morning we will meet in the center of Shkoder. From here we will drive to Koman, where we will continue our trip via amazing ferry boat ride to Fierze. Once we arrived there we will use local transport to the Valley of Valbona, where you will have time to relax, discover the culture, and enjoy the wonderful surroundings
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Day 2

We will have a transfer to Rrogam (900m) early in the morning. From there, we will start the 6-8 hour hike to the Valbona Pass (1948m) and remote village of Thethi (750m). On the way you will experience some of the most stunning mountain landscapes in the Albanian Alps. We will have some breaks to enjoy a picnic lunch and the water springs.
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Day 3

Today we will visit the Kulla of Thehti (750m) and hike to the village Nderlyse (500m) (4 hours walk). For lunch we will have a picnic in a beautiful area.
4

Day 4

We will start the day with a hike to a wonderful natural spring called the “Blue Eye” (670m) (2 hours walk). Around 12:00 we will start our transfer back to Tirana, where we will arrive in the late afternoon.

Discover the blue eye with Outdoor Albania
Enjoy your stay in Nderlyse
Enjoy the peaceful landscapes
Hike through Albania's beautiful scenery
The Blue Eye is one of Albania's beautiful sights. You can swim in it if you like.

Tour Reviews

March 18, 2016

This trip was amazing, definitely recommended!

March 22, 2016

My fiancé and I have been traveling through the Balkans for about four months now and nothing has topped our trek with Hassan and Outdoor Albania.

The tour was planned out perfectly and our bellies were filled with ridiculously good food (like, so good it was hard to believe) for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Parts of the trail were a little strenuous, but the views made the discomfort disappear. This is a SERIOUSLY beautiful area.

Hassan’s knowledge, motivation, positivity and sense of humor made every hour slip past like we were just taking a leisurely stroll. He jumped at any opportunity to make us a little more comfortable or a little more happy, and I really appreciated that.

I HIGHLY recommend the four-day tour through Valbona, Thethi and the Blue Eye and I’m positive my new friends (who I met on the tour) would agree!

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