Why Albania's Valbona and Theth Valleys Are a Hiker's Paradise

Theth Valley | © Feride Yalav-Heckeroth
Theth Valley | © Feride Yalav-Heckeroth
Photo of Feride Yalav-Heckeroth
29 November 2017

Albania’s beautiful alpine landscape is still quite unknown to tourists and that’s exactly why they remain an untouched paradise for hikers and nature lovers. We take a look at the reasons why you should be booking a trip there soon.

Lots of Great Accommodation Options

If you’re one of those hikers who also likes a bit of comfort then Albania’s Valbona and Theth valleys have lots of great accommodation options that range from camping grounds with a view of the mountains, to pensions with great restaurants. A lot of the locals have also turned their traditional homes into guesthouses, which means you’ll have the chance to live in a traditional Albanian house with local hosts who know the area very well.

Theth Valley Guesthouse | © Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

Amazing Food

Albania still has a strong rural culture and locals in the Theth and Valbona valleys rely on their own livestock and farms for sustenance. This is why the food in Albania is simply excellent because all the ingredients are acquired by the farmers themselves. That means everything you eat is natural and freshly prepared and always delicious. Tomatoes are fragrant, meat is fresh, and the cheese is homemade.

Beautiful Untouched Nature

If you need to spend some quality time with nature, Albania is the perfect destination. With the sun constantly shining, you’ll be alone with the mountains, forests, streams, birds, and alpine pastures. We recommend taking a lunch with you on your hike so you can take a break at an altitude with a great view and take off your shoes to enjoy it.

Valbona Valley | © Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

Not Too Many Tourists

As mentioned, Albania is still not entirely developed in terms of tourism, which means that during your hike you’ll be able to enjoy your solitude and connection with nature without being disturbed by groups of other hikers and tourists. Of course, you will inevitably come across a few foreigners from Europe, but not so often that it will be an intrusion.

Great Hiking Paths

Apart from the amazing six-hour Valbona Pass that crosses to the Theth Valley through the mountains, the two valleys have their own selection of marked hiking paths that lead to the peaks of the surrounding mountains. You can really spend a whole week in Albania hiking on a daily basis and returning to a warm room and meal in the evening.

Theth Valley | © Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

Great Weather

A very important factor for hikers are the weather conditions and Albania has uninterrupted sunshine throughout the summer, even late into October. That means you can definitely plan your hike without having to worry about any sudden changes in weather. A lot of the marked hiking paths are only closed between November and May, which means that you can go hiking in Albania anytime except the winter.

Super Friendly Locals

Albanians are an exceptional people that are always smiling and open to helping you even if they don’t speak any English. The shepherds in the mountains will want to take a photo with you and every local you meet will greet you with a smile. At the guesthouses your hosts will make you feel like you’re at home with their deep sincerity.

A picturesque destination in the Valbona Valley | © Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

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