Valbona Valley National Park

Valbona National Park

Hiking/Walking

Valbona - Theth
Lake of "Xhema"
Jezerca Lakes
THe old mill of Valbona
Valbons WATERFALL
Cave of Dragobia

Valbona - Theth

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This hike through the Albanian alps is one of the best things to do in Albania by far. Even if you are not an avid hiker like, the views are incredibly rewarding, and you get to see a different side of Albania.

The distance of the hike is around 10.5 miles (or 17km). This can vary though depending on where you are staying in both Valbona and Theth. This is something you should definitely check before booking accommodation! You can get a ride to the trailheads to make it a shorter hike, just ask your accommodation.

The hike takes around 6-8 hours. Everyone has different paces and maybe stopping more for photos. Also as mentioned above, it depends on where you are staying if you are not getting a ride to the trailhead.

You can take pictures and videos with the drone. You should also factor in the stop at the very top of the trail. It’s a great place to have your lunch and relax for 30minutes to enjoy the views!

It is medium difficulty. There are some definite steep bits, but you will not find yourself rock climbing or scrambling at all. But it depends on your fitness level and if you have done hiking before. But please make sure you have good shoes, not socks and sandals. If there is rain on the trail there are some parts which can be slippery, so having a good grip is paramount for your own safety.

Having a guide is not necessary at all. The trail is clearly marked, and chances are you will be hiking with lots of other people.

Lake of "Xhema"

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Lake of  “Xhema” is a natural lake located at the entrance of the inhabited area of Valbone village, part of Valbona National Park. This is an attraction accessible to any age group, of “easy” degree of difficulty, suitable for a walk with the family or for an afternoon walk – before dinner.
At the entrance of the valley, along the paved national road, you find the signpost and you can follow the path autonomously even without the help of a guide. The trail passes through the green forest in spring or the reddish, golden in autumn.
The lake is supplied by a source from the ground and has a magical blue color in spring.
Walking to this destination in nature discovery is generally worth it in every season.
Accessible from any guesthouse in the area in the time frame of 15-45 min maximum from the farthest guesthouse.

Jezerca Lakes

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The hike to Jezerca lakes starts from the Valbona National Park, near the school. You take the path to Kukaj village, where you can find the last water source. Then the trail runs through boulders and meadows, eventually entering the beech forest until you reach a small grassy plateau with a mountain hut. From here the hike becomes steeper and the ascent to the northwest leads to the pass at 2150m altitude. After you reach the pass (also called the pyramid) turn left, and start descending into an off-trail. Total distance from the pyramid to Jezerca lakes is around 3 km, and the elevation loss is around 390 m. The total distance from Valbona to the lakes is 10 km.

Points of interest:

Starting point: Valbona Valley National Park.

Starting altitude: 901 m/alt

Elevation gain: 1’188 m

Elevation loss: 392 m

THE OLD MILL OF VALBONA

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Located at the entrance of the valley, on the river Valbona, this mill is worth visiting even if only for the stunning natural beauties that surround it and the panorama around it. An attraction suitable for any age group, accessible with an easy walk from any guesthouse or even simply stopping while you arrive in the valley.

Built more than 100 years ago, the Old Mill of Valbona, with its special architecture typical of the area is located along the river Valbona, at the entrance of the valley. This attraction is also the last meeting with the river Valbona as the river hides along the valley for about 25 km, appearing again exactly at this height of the Old Mill, before continuing further down the village of Dragobisa and forming the Shoshan Canyon further lower.
This mill is worth visiting for the simple fact that it is surrounded by fascinating and panoramic beauty as unfortunately, it has lost its functionality nowadays. Around the Albanian Alps, every valley and village has its own mills, every neighborhood has its own mill which they all take care of together.

This type of mill was used for grinding corn and obtaining corn flour, but with the opening after democracy and free trade these mills are no longer used because they can be easily supplied in the market of corn and wheat flour.

VALBONS WATERFALL

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The spring of Valbona, is a natural spring that creates at the same time an attractive waterfall (Rragam Waterfall), located near the village Rragam i Shales, at the top of the Valbona valley, in more or less the same direction as the path to Thethit.

The spring of Valbona, is a natural spring that creates at the same time an attractive waterfall (Rragam Waterfall), located near the village Rragam i Shales, at the top of the Valbona valley, in more or less the same direction as the path to Thethit.

From this source to its discharge into Lake Fierza, the Valbona River has a length of about 50 km, hiding along the Valbona valley in the inhabited area, and reappearing again at the height of the village Dragobi; forming the attractive canyon of Shoshan and expanding and calming in the area of ​​Bujan, where it joins the Drini and together supply the artificial lake of Fierza.

The source of the Valbona River is another wonder of alpine nature that should be visited if you go to Valbona. The path to ‘Burimi’ and at the same time Rragam Waterfall starts exactly from this area, from Rragam village and from here the light / medium step consists of 50-60 min walk in one direction, through the beech forest and crossing a level up to 200 mt maximum.

From the inns in the valley to Rragam the road passes through the whole valley of Valbona, through the white bed of the river hidden in the area of ​​Llom to Rragam. Road which can be done on foot or with local vehicles according to the personal desire of everyone and fitness to cope with walking.

In the area of ​​Rragam village there are some inns or ‘bars’ in shelters built entirely of wood where you can enjoy a coffee or a refreshing drink, and watch closely how the residents carry out their village activities as if time has stopped there.

CAVE OF DRAGOBIA

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The ‘Cave of Dragobia’ is actually a rock formation buried deep in the forest of MasKollata, making a natural sort of fortress.
Safety information
There is an extremely healthy (and prolific!) family of Brown Bears here, and we have the pictures to prove it! Being that we KNOW they’re having babies, they may be more aggressive than usual.
Tips, hints and links
Connects with the Bregu i Lumit Poshtëm trail at the bottom, and the Prroni i Picimalit and Zhari i Bjezhz trails at the eastern end. We recommend the Prroni i Picimalit trail if you don’t want to come back the same way.
CURRENT INFORMATION
Highest point
1100 m
Lowest point
650 m

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