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Hike Valbona to Thethi and Discover the 'Blue Eye'

This tour is great for active, outdoors-loving people who are used to long walks, and for those with a flexible, adventurous attitude. This walking tour shows you the beauty of pristine nature and culture in the Albanian Alps. You will be hosted by local families. Enjoy their hospitality while discovering the stunning beauty of the Valley of Valbona, the Vlaley of Thethi, and the small village Nderlyse. 

Itinerary

Hike Valbona to Thethi and Discover the 'Blue Eye'

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.

Overnight: local guesthouse
Dinner: home cooked meal with an Albanian family


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.

Overnight: local guesthouse
Dinner: home cooked meal with an Albanian family

Hike information:
Gradient: 1300m ; - 1400m
Duration:6-8 hours


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.

Overnight: local Guesthouse
Dinner: home cooked meal with an Albanian family

Hike information:
Thethi 800m – Nderlysa 500m
Gradient: 250m ; - 250m
Duration: 4 hrs


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.

Hike information:
Nderlysa 500m – Kaprea 700m and return
Gradient: 200 m ; - 200 m
Duration: 3hrs


*Private tour
If you wish to do this tour 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

Hike Valbona to Thethi and Discover the 'Blue Eye'

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.

FAQs

Hike Valbona to Thethi and Discover the 'Blue Eye'

Availability & Prices

Hike Valbona to Thethi and Discover the 'Blue Eye'

Included
- Accommodation for 3 nights in guesthouses (based on shared rooms with up to 5 single beds per room).
- Food: traditional home-made dishes. (3x breakfast, 3x (picnic)lunch, 3x dinner)
- English speaking guide
- All transport as per itinerary (based on public transport)
- Mule for luggage between Valbona-Thethi (bring bags, not suitcases)
- Ferry ride Koman-Fierze

Excluded
- Drinks
- Snacks
- Breakfast and lunch on day 1
- Dinner on day 4
- Airport pickup/delivery
- Bank transfer fees
- If you wish to pay by credit card or PayPal there is a 4,5% service charge over the paid amount.

Online bookings

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