Northern Valleys Albania

8 Days 7 Nights

Group: 4 - 12 People


9.5 Superb


Northern valleys journey is blessed with beautiful mountains, sparkling lakes, vibrant rivers and cheerful villages. Walk inside the heart of two natural parks, Valbona and Theth, which offer vertiginous alpine ridges and elegant valleys rich in flora and wildlife. Follow remote highland trails going through quaint hamlets and villages and inside some of the country’s most precious and unspoiled landscapes.


2 to 2+


Experienced English-speaking guide





Cultural Visits

0 visit

Outdoor activity



Backpack or equivalent (15 to 20 kg)


3☆ or 4☆ Hotels & Guesthouses


Tirana International airport


mid of May to October/Noveber


A small backpack is required for your daily equipment.

Luggage transfer


Price Includes
  • 1 Night in a 4 ☆ Hotel

  • 6 Nights in Guesthouses

  • 7 Breakfasts & Dinners

  • 6 Lunches or Picnics (no lunch day 1)

  • Transportation including luggage transfers

  • English-speaking guide

  • Free option: Visit of the ethnographic museum of Theth (Plan between 1 and 2 €)

  • Accommodation in hotel (double room and local standard) or guesthouses (double or shared rooms).

  • Meals (breakfasts, lunches or baskets, dinners) and drinks (table water)

  • All luggage transport (1x backpack or equivalent of 15 kg maximum per person) by horses, vans or 4x4 between stages

Price Excludes
  • All personal expenses

  • Costs related to specific requests or those not mentioned above

  • Food and drinks other than those served during meals

  • Lunch and dinner day 7

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Visit day 7 (if any)

  • The plane ticket

  • Accommodation in single rooms

  • Travel insurance


Tour Plan
  • Day 1. Tirana International Airport – Tirana

    Reception by an English-speaking member of the Envie d’Albanie team at TIA airport. Direction Tirana and visit of the center. 

    Dinner in a traditional restaurant and accommodation in a hotel. 

  • Day 2. Tirana - Koman – Fierze – Valbona

    Hike: ~ 3:00 hours. 

    Maximal ascent: ~ 50 m. 

    Maximal descent: ~ 50 m.  

    Distance: ~ 5 km.

    Luggage Transfer: No 


    Early departure by van to Koman to board on the ferry terminal. Enjoy a gorgeous cruise on the Albanian fjord. The lake is fed by the Drin, the Shala and Valbona rivers. It is surrounded by dense forested hills, vertical slops and narrow valleys with time to time vertical canyon walls.  

    Arrival 2:30 hrs later in Fierze and transfer to Valbona. Enjoy the first hike inside the Valbona valley and free time. 

    Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse. 

  • Day 3. Valbona – Cerem – Kolata pass – Valbona
    • Hike: ~ 6: 30 hours. 

      Maximal ascent: ~ 850 m. 

      Maximal descent: ~ 1100 m. 

      Distance: ~ 15 km. 

      Luggage Transer: No. 

      After a short transfer up to Cerem hamlet, the path starts gently climbing towards the border with Montenegro. It crosses the forests and some summer pastures from where the 3 Kollatës peaks (Dobra Kolata 2525 meters, Zla Kolata 2535 meters and Maja Kollatës 2552 meters) show their powerful magic, to finally arrives at the Kolata pass at 2029 meters. From there, the route follows the descent towards a ancient border post transformed into a sheepfold to finally ends inside the Valbona valley. 

      Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse. 

  • Day 4. Theth – Valbona
    • Trek: ~ 7: 00 hours 

      Maximal ascent: ~ 1050 m. 

      Maximal descent: ~ 850 m.  

      Distance: ~ 14.5 km 

      Luggage Transfer: Horses 

      The itinerary invites you to climb the famous Valbona Pass (1759 meters) and will follow the old road used by mules and horses to reach the regions of Shala and then Nikaj.  

      The route will offer a magnificent glimpse of Mother Nature's jewels. Sailing between forests, slopes, torrents and neighbouring peaks (Jezerces - 2692 m., Radohimes - 2568 m.) it will pass through the top of the Valbona pass to offer a splendid view of the Theth and Valbona valleys.  

      Dinner and night in a hotel 

      Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse. 

  • Day 5. Theth – Grunas canyon – Theth
    • Hike: ~ 4: 00 hours 

      Maximal ascent: ~ 150 m. 

      Maximal descent: ~ 150 m.  

      Distance: ~ 7 km 


      Direction a place of rare beauty listed as an Albanian heritage site, the Grunas waterfall, whose last waterfall is 30 meters high. 

      Then the hike continues along the river Lumi i Thethit. to reach the Grunas Canyon where the water has carved its bed into the limestone rock to form a gorge about 2 km long, 60 meters high and between 2 and 40 meters wide. Icy and clear water flows.. 

      Back to the village of Theth where it will be possible to walk around the village to admire its cultural sites such as its small church and the Nikoll Koceku tower.  

      Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse. 

  • Day 6. Theth – Maja Arapit – Theth
    • Hike: ~ 7: 30 hours 

      Maximal ascent: ~ 1300 m. 

      Maximal descent: ~ 1300 m.  

      Distance: ~  14 km 


      Short transfer by vehicle up to the starting point (guesthouse Mirash Kometa). The path climbs the route the Qafa e Pejes pass following a stream. From the pass (1724 meters – the highest point of the trail). From there it takes the direction of the Peja lakes and turns around the Mount Arapit up to the pass of Vishnes from where it descents towards some ancient stone walls and the caves of Arapit to ends a the beginning of the valley of Theth where the vehicle will get the hikers back to the guesthouse. 

      Dinner and accommodation in a guesthouse. 

  • Day 7. Theth – Kruja

    Direction Kruja and free visit of the Bazaar and the castle. 

    Dinner and overnight in a hotel. 

  • Day 8. Kruja – Tirana International Airport

    Free time up to departure to the airport. 

  • A discovery trek for a unique experience.

  • On the paths of the Peaks of Balkans.

  • Climbing the most famous peaks.

  • Meeting with a warm population.

  • See exceptional places.

  • Private and public transfers.


A valid passport (at least 6 months from the start of the stay) is required. A copy of each participant's passport will be requested at least one month before the departure date of the trek in order to obtain the border crossing authorizations from the competent authorities.


International travel insurance is strongly recommended to cover the consequences of incidents that may occur while traveling, traveling, and staying abroad. It is the traveler's responsibility to check with his travel agent or insurer before departure.

  • For safety reasons and in case of force majeure, the guide has full authority to adapt or even cancel an itinerary. This is all the more valid depending on the evolution of the weather or for medical reasons.
  • As the guide is responsible for all the people in his care and for the cohesion of the group, he can at any time adapt the pace of the walk, the effort, the itinerary... in order to avoid the isolation of one or more participants.
  • The guide has a duty to ensure that the environment in which the group operates is respected.
  • In order to respect the rules and laws in force in the countries crossed, Envie d’Albanie can call on the support of local partners licensed in these countries (guides, transport, equipment, logistics, etc.). We have ensured that these companies share the same values as those established by Envie d’Albanie.
  • The distances and walking times are given as an indication.
Good to know:
  1. This discovery trek includes walks over long distances in the wild. It is not recommended for children under 15 years of age.
  2. It is advisable to be in good health and physical condition.
  3. Avoid drinking tap water or spring water, unless your guide allows it.
  4. Respect the environment in which you operate. He'll give it back to you.