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5-day Komani Lake, Valbona Valley and Theth Trek (Selfguided)

Choose Balkans - 5 days

    Regular days with
  • 10 - 15 km per day
  • 500 - 1000m ascent per day
  • T2 Trails / no difficulty markings
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> Visit the Blue Eye of Theth
> Conquer several Balkan peaks
> Cross the Valbona Pass and enjoy stunning views 

This trek from Valbona to Theth takes you past Lake Komani and stands out for its pristine wild nature and local traditions. In five days, you will explore northern Albania, conquer several Balkan peaks and visit the Blue Eye of Theth. Are you up to the challenge of this self-guided trek? The starting point is Tirana. Your driver will pick you up and take you to the ferry on Lake Komani. Once across, you will climb Maja e Rosit (2524m), visit Theth via the Valbona Pass and take a dip in the waters of Grunas Waterfall. Along the way, you will stay in guesthouses where you will meet other hikers and enjoy the local cuisine. Are you ready for it?


What's the plan?

Day 1: Tirana (Albania) - Lake Komani - Valbona (guesthouse)

The journey to Lake Komani starts early in the morning, you will be picked up at 5am. As you 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. Stop for a short break by Vau i Dejes Lake, a beautiful and tranquil setting, and from here on you will experience local transport over bumpy roads, but with a great view. Get on a ferry that will take you 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. Your next destination will be Valbona Valley National Park. Explore the area and admire the so-called Crown of the Albanian Alps. Overnight in a guesthouse in Valbona.
Day 2: Valbona - Maja e Rosit (2524m) - Valbona (guesthouse)
16.6 km | 6-7 hours | Difficulty: Medium | ↑ 1530m | Trail type: Loop

After a brief introduction to the Balkan peaks on day 1, this day gets a bit more intense. Maja e Rosit (2524m) is on the program for today, a 4-hour climb from Valbona. The view from Maja e Rosit offers spectacular views of Valbona Valley and the Accursed Mountains. At the summit, we enjoy a well-deserved lunch before descending back to Valbona.
Day 3: Valbona - Valbona Pass - Theth (guesthouse)
14.4 km | 6-8 hours | Difficulty: Easy | ↑ 880m | Trail type: from A to B

The famous route from Valbona to Theth is on the agenda for today. This hike can take around 6 to 8 hours with more than 1,000 metres of ascent in remote terrain. Reaching the top of Valbona Pass (1795 m), you will see Theth on one side and Valbona on the other. During the descent to Theth, we pass through some beautiful landscapes and wild forests.
Day 4: Theth - The Blue Eye of Theth - Theth (guesthouse)
19.2 km | 6-8 hours | Difficulty: Easy | ↑ 470m | Trail type: Loop

Located just 15 kilometres from the border with neighbouring Montenegro, Theth is considered a hiker's paradise! Follow your nose into the old town and pass many characteristic old stone houses where you feel like going back in time. In the immediate surroundings of Theth, you will find the Blue Eye of Theth, a simply breathtaking waterfall. The Blue Eye was formed by the erosion of the rocks by water descending from the melting snow of the Albanian Alps. You won't be able to take your eyes off the green and blue colours that invite you to take a dip. Once dried up, take the same path back to Theth.
Day 5: Theth - Grunas Waterfall - Theth - Tirana
6.5 km | 2 hours | Difficulty: Easy | ↑ 210m | Trail type: Loop

Enjoy your last traditional breakfast in the heart of the Albanian Alps. Today you will hike from Theth to the Grunas Waterfall (about 1 hour of hiking).  On the way back, you will visit the old church and the "Lock in" tower of Theth that contains hundreds of years of history.

Back in Theth, hop on a local van towards Shkodra. This ride will take you past the most beautiful views of the Albanian Alps. After arriving in Shkodra you will take public transport to the Tirana bus terminal, arriving late in the afternoon. The end of your Balkan adventure!

What's Included


√ Transport
At the start of the trek, you will take public transport from Tirana. All local transfers during the trek are also included.

√ Ferry ticket
The ferry for the crossing of Lake Komani is included.

√ Accommodation
During this 5-day trek, you will stay 2 nights in a guesthouse in Valbona and 2 nights in a guesthouse in Theth. 

√ Entrance tickets
Entrance tickets are included for all sights you encounter along the way, for example the Old Church (Theth) and Qafa e Thores.

√ Breakfast
Breakfast is included in the price. They will be provided at the accommodation where you spent the previous night.

√ Taxes
Tourist tax, road tax and petrol are included.


× Flight tickets and Visa
You will need to travel to Tirana on your own initiative. 

× Guide
This trek is offered without a guide.

× Accommodation before and after the trek
You have to arrange your own accommodation before and after the trek.

× Single and double supplement
Accommodation is based on Triple/Quadruple room occupancy. If you want to stay in a single or double room, you have to pay a supplement. 

× Meals, drinks and snacks
Meals during the trek are not included, except breakfast.

× Travel insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. 

× Mule
A mule or horse as a porter to carry heavy luggage from Valbona to Theth is available on request. 

× Personal expenses
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks at the bar and other similar expenses are your own responsibility.


During this 5-day trek, you will spend two nights in a guesthouse in Valbona and two nights in a guesthouse in Theth. Prices are calculated on triple or quadruple room occupancy. Double or single room occupancy is possible at extra cost. Triple/Quadruple room occupancy means you can share the room with others (which can be men or women).

Guesthouse Hani Kol Gjani In Valbona
The so-called guesthouses are provided by locals and offer hikers a simple place to sleep. They are often small but cosy accommodations where you get the chance to meet locals. Sheets, blankets and pillows are available at most guesthouses. 

Guesthouse Flodisa in Theth
Expect to be welcomed with open arms and enjoy fresh meals made from local produce. Salads consisting of cucumber, tomato and onion, or stuffed peppers with green beans stewed in milk. In short, something for everyone. Top it all off with a cup of Turkish coffee! Don't drink your mug completely empty, there's always a bit of coffee-drap left behind.

Accommodations may differ from the above due to availability. A beautiful location and delicious food are guaranteed at all times.



Best season
The best months to visit Albania are from mid-June to mid-September. The summer months are relatively warm due to its geographical location. Average temperatures in JulyAugust and September are around 25 °C in the Riviera, while temperatures are lower in the Albanian Alps. The beaches are crowded during this period and you will meet most people on the trails. September, October and the first part of November are considered the most ideal period, there is no snow yet and the trails are a lot quieter. The weather conditions in these months are ideal for a brisk trek. 

In winter (NovemberDecemberJanuaryFebruary and March), temperatures can drop considerably. You will encounter snow in the mountains, making northern Albania in particular very suitable for winter sports. The transition periods between winter and summer are very unstable. A day with temperatures of 25 °C is certainly not unusual, however, the next day can be 15 °C cooler. This applies mainly to the months of AprilMayJune and October. From mid-May to around the end of June, weather conditions are good for a nice trek and you won't meet as many other hikers on the route.

The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the trek. No doubt about that. If you are in good shape, this trek shouldn't be a problem for you. Remember that during these treks in Albania you will be walking many hours in the mountains for several days. If you are worried that it might be too much, you can always train in advance, walking a few hours a day and climbing some stairs. 

Tipping is not a must in Albania or the Balkans. However, if you got a good service from your guide and you want to thank him, it will always be much appreciated. How much to tip your guide is up to you. Our recommendation is to tip the tour guide/driver 5 – 10 Euros per day/person as it is an international practice to tip good service.

Single room occupancy
Single room occupancy is possible for EUR 30 extra per person per night. Please ask our trekking experts about the possibilities. 

If you want to get more in-depth information you can check out the following blog posts from about hiking in the Balkans: 

Hiking Albania
Hiking in Croatia
Climb Triglav
Hiking in Montenegro

Packing List

Packing List

Balkans-Challenge accepted! But what should I actually take with me? That's a hard question to answer, because you don't want to compromise on quality but certainly don't want to carry too much weight as well. Perhaps this packing list will help you to prepare for the trek. Use these as a guideline, our trekking experts are happy to advise you if you have any questions. 


- Hiking boots
- Hiking trousers 
- Fleece/down jacket
- Rainwear (jacket, trousers, poncho, etc.)
- Hiking socks
- Hat or buff
- Gloves
- Swimwear (in the summer months)


- Backpack
- Sun protection (sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.)
- Headlamp
- Nightwear
- Travel towel 
- Earplugs

Personal care:

- Water bottle and/or water bottle
- Plastic bag (for rubbish)
- Snacks
- Toiletries 
- Painkillers 


- Passport/ID
- Travel and/or mountaineering insurance
- Cash money
- Chargers
- Camera for capturing memories

Choose Balkans

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Choose Balkans has been's preferred partner in Albania and the Balkans since 2019. Alban and his team are operating from their office in Tirana and they have excellent knowledge of the region. Arranging the local logistics, but also showing the hidden gems of their country is one of their specialities. They also have broad experience in Guided and Self-Guided hiking Trips in Albania and on the Peaks of The Balkans Trail.

If you book your tour through, we will be glad to help you with making the right choice and advise you in the best way possible. Once the booking is made, we leave Choose Balkans to do where they are best. Arranging your accommodations, routes, and all other travel plans to make your hiking trip in Albania an unforgettable experience!

How to Book

How does it work?

On you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At you make a deposit of 20% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company. uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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