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Shala River & Komani Lake Adventure Tour

Choose Balkans - 2 days

  • Shala River & Komani Lake Adventure Tour
  • 2 days / 1 night
  • Max. group: 8 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
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> Discover Komani Lake and Dam
> Spend a night in a Rural Village at a local homestay
> Take a swim in the crystal-clear Shala River

Komani lake and Shala river have quite simply been missed for a long period of time. There is no better way to explore the Albanian Alps than by ferry, boat, and kayak. This two-day tour offers a serious shot of adrenaline as we head into some of the most rural areas with jaw-dropping sceneries of Northern Albania. Join us in this adventure and discover these hidden gems that Northern Albania has to offer!


What's the plan?

Day 1: Tirana – Komani Lake – Rural village – Shala river – Rural village

Our journey towards Komani Lake begins early in the morning at 05:00 am. Our tour guide will come and pick you up at your hotel in 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, and from here on we will experience local transport over bumpy roads but with a great view. 

At 09:00 we get on a local boat (this destination is only reachable by boat) that will take us through Komani Lake. It is considered by many as an exotic experience combined with the unmatched hospitality of the locals. We arrive at a rural village at about 10:30 (somewhere in the middle of the lake). After settling ourselves in this small village, we will explore the homestay and learn more about local life. At around 12:30, we will have a chance to enjoy a delicious traditional lunch on both days of the tour. 

Our day continues as we go to Shala River. A place this spectacular can’t stay a secret for long. Shala River has its springs from melting snow of the Albanian Alps. This explains the transparency of its waters that create a vivid palette of colours while running through the wild mountains. Last but not least, if you are brave enough, don’t forget to bring your swimsuits as some of us will dare to swim in this paradise so-called the Albanian Thailand.

Overnight in a traditional guesthouse by Komani Lake in a small rural village.

Day 2: Komani Lake – Tirana 

We wake up by the shore of the lake and enjoy a tasty breakfast. After breakfast, we will begin our kayaking exploration of the area along the lake offering spectacular views of the Albanian Alps, waterfalls, rural villages and wild forests. If you still have some energy left, hiking to the cross on the rock is a great option to enjoy one of the best views of this rural village. At 12:30, you will have some time to have a delicious lunch. We get back on the boat to Komani Dam at around 3:30 pm. From here we drive back to Tirana and arrive there in the late afternoon after an unforgettable experience.  

What's included


√ Transport
At the beginning of the trek, the trekking company will pick you up from your hotel in Tirana. All local transfers during the trek are also included in the price: from Tirana to Vau I Dejes (and back) and for the bumpy road from Vau I Dejes to Komani Lake (and back). At the end of the trek, we will take you back to your hotel in Tirana.

Note: On request, this tour may also depart from other cities of Albania or neighboring countries such as Kosovo, Montenegro or Macedonia. Please contact us for more information on the extra costs.

√ Guide
During the whole trip, you will be accompanied by a professional, English speaking tour guide.

Local Boat and Ferry tickets
The local boat while visiting Komani Lake and Shala River and the ferry Tickets are included in the price of the trek.

√ Accommodation
During this 2-day trek you will spend 1 overnight in a guesthouse by Komani Lake in a small rural village. Double or single room occupancy is possible on extra charge. The Triple/Quadruple room occupancy means you might share the room with other travelers and/or the tour guide (who could be males or females).

√ Kayaking Equipment
On the second day of the trek, you will go kayaking on Komani Lake to explore the area. The trekking company will provide all the equipment necessary for this adventure.

Breakfasts are included in the price of the trek. They will be provided at the accommodation where you spent the night before.

√ Taxes
Tourist taxes, road taxes, and petrol are included in the price of the trek.


× Airfare and Visa
You have to make your way to Tirana. The total amount is exclusive of flights to Albania. 

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Meals, drinks, and snacks
The meals during the trek are not included in the final price, except for breakfast.

× Single and double supplement
Accommodation is based on Triple/Quadruple room occupancy. If you want to stay in a single or double room, you will have to pay an additional fee. Double room occupancy is possible on 10 Euros extra charge per night per person. Single room occupancy is available for 20 Euros extra per night per person.

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

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

× Tipping
Tips are not a must in Albania or the Balkans, however, our recommendation is to tip the tour guide/driver 5 - 6 Euros per day/person as an international practice to tip good service.



During this 2-day trek you will spend 1 overnight in a guesthouse by Komani Lake in a small rural village. Double or single room occupancy is possible on extra charge. The Triple/Quadruple room occupancy means you might share the room with other travelers and/or the tour guide (who could be males or females).

Note: If you want to stay in a single or double room, you will have to pay an additional fee. Double room occupancy is possible on 10 Euros extra charge per night per person. Single room occupancy is available for 20 Euros extra per night per person.



Best season
The best season to visit Albania is during Spring, April to June, and Autumn, September to December. During these seasons temperatures range between 10 °C and 25°C, which allows you to enjoy the mountain trails without suffering the summer heat or the colder winters. Also, during Spring and Autumn, you avoid the peak season for tourists, which is from July to August.

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. Your guide will be with you at all times and help you if needed, to complete your adventure securely and safely.

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 – 6 Euros per day/person as it is an international practice to tip good service.

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

For your trek in northern Albania, we recommend you to pack light as you would have to hike for several hours a day. We suggest you take comfortable clothes for the hikes and just enough clothes for the days you are in the Alps. 

Suggested packing list:
- Boots or shoes suited to the terrain
- Rainwear (jacket and pants in case of bad weather)
- Lightweight fleece or jacket for the summer, warm clothes during the winter
- Water container or proper bottle
- Sun protection: sunglasses, sun-protective clothes and sunscreen
- Personal Shampoo (for specific hair type)
- Pain Killer (headache or stomach ache)
- Personal Care Objects
- Camera for the beautiful memories :)

We suggest packing light for the tour. The extra luggage can be stored for free in our office in Tirana, which you can collect on the day you finish the tour. 



Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment.

Choose Balkans

Choose Balkans

“Choose Balkans” is a tourism project specialized in the incoming tourism toward the Western Balkans. Our aim is to support and promote adventure and geo-tourism attractions that characterize the Balkan region.

Since 2009 we have been offering to our western clients (mostly travelers coming from Central and Western Europe) the best flavors of a Balkan experience in cultural, historical and geo-tourism. To achieve our goals we operate with traditional standards and values of the region, including direct customer contact and a high level of personalized customer service.

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 15% 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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