Most travelers describe the Komani Lake ferry ride as “one of the best experiences” while visiting the Balkans. The tour to Koman Lake, Valbona and Theth is hiking and adventure tour program offers participants a combination of wild nature, unforgettable ferry ride through the heart of the Albanian Alps, unmatched hospitality and untamed views. During these four days you will be spoiled for choice from the amazing views of Northern Albania, combining a variety of exciting outdoor activities with plenty of time to soak up the local culture.
Day 1: Tirana - Koman Lake
Stop At: Choose Balkans, Rruga Reshit Collaku In front of Albtelecom, near vila Shard, Tirana 1000 Albania
The tour departs from Choose Balkans Office. On request (at least 12 hours before tour departure) we can pick you up at your hotel in Tirana free of charge.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Komani Lake, Koman Albania
Our journey towards Komani Lake begins early in the morning at 05:00 am from Tirana. 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.
At 09:00 we get on a small local boat (this destination is only reachable by boat) that will take us through Komani Lake offering spectacular views of the Albanian Alps, waterfalls, rural villages and wild forests. It is considered by many as an exotic experience combined with the unmatched hospitality of the locals. We arrive at Berisha village at about 10:30 (somewhere at middle of the Lake). Here is where we begin our kayaking exploration of the area along the lake. Overnight in a traditional guesthouse by the lake Koman in a small village called Berishë.
Duration: 1 day
Accommodation included: We will stay in a family run Guesthouse. Basic comfort (only accessible by boat) however 5 star view of Koman Lake
Day 2: Koman - Valbona
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, however, 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 hiking up to Kukaj from where we admire the so-called Crown of the Albanian Alps, Valbona Valley and the Accursed Mountains. Overnight in a guesthouse in Valbona.
Duration: 1 day
Accommodation included: Family run Guesthouse at the heart of Valbona Valley.
Day 3: Valbona - 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 Valbona Pass you will experience a serious shot of adrenaline.
Duration: 8 hours
Accommodation included: Overnight in a Family rung guesthouse in Theth.
Day 4: Theth - Waterfall - Tirana
Stop At: Theth National Park, Rruga Nikgjonaj Rruga Nikgjonaj, Nr.18, Theth 4009 Albania
We will enjoy our last traditional breakfast at the heart of the Albanian Alps. We hike from Theth to Grunas Waterfall (about 1 hour hike). On our way back we visit the Ethnographic Museum of Theth, the old Church and the “Lock in” Tower (symbol of Theth) and its fascinating story in centuries.
Duration: 4 hours
Stop At: Shkodra Lake, Shiroka, Shkoder Albania
We will experience local transport riding through a steep sneaky hillside reaching up to 900 meters at Qafa e Thores. They say this is the spot with the best picture – perfect view of the Albanian Alps. The elaborated zig-zags road through the mountainous terrain smoothens down little by little taking us towards Shkodra Lake. Our driver will be waiting for us in Shkodra, taking us back to the modern and dynamic metropolitan capital city of Albania, Tirana.
You will return home full of the wonders of Albania, with a new sense of self excitement to share with those around you.
Duration: 5 hours
No accommodation included on this day.