ThethiAlbanian Alps, in Northeastern Albania, in Shkodra District.
A lot of tourists visit the mountain peaks of Thethi, Boga, Razma and Vermoshi, where they spend unforgettable experiences in the pure nature between the dense forests of different plants, clear springs, limestone caves, etc.
Thethi is a scenic village that became a tourist resort and one of the most preferred places for alpinism in Albania. Together with Razma, it composes the most frequented center in the North Albania. They function during all the year. Thethi village is surrounded by a mountain range, which offers a peculiar beauty along the sun set. The highest peaks are: Rodohina Mountain 2596 m; Harapi Mountain 2216 m; Populka Mountaun 2600 m and Alia Mountain 2400 m.
phone: +355 69 364 7063address: Rruga Fushe, 4009This is the official information center opened by the Albanian Protected Areas Agency (AKZM), and administered by the Shkoder County Protected Areas Administration (ADZM Shkoder ).
phone: +355 67 359 2191, +357 96 683 353address: Entrance of Theth, SH21This little and improvised Tourist Info Point at the entrance of the village can help finding a guesthouse, provide rentals, local guides, and two way radios. Contact Jimmy (Gezim).
Thethi Tourist-Informationphone: +355 68 20 03 393The little Tourist Information in the center of the village can help to find a family-run guesthouse.
phone: +355 69 20 46 333address: Thethi Center
phone: +355 69 67 31 932There are several operators that offer guided tours, organize transport and accommodation and can help out in general to plan your trip. One of them is ZalaZ, headed by a German couple, they offer advice, have maps and GPS trails on hand and can help you organize your trip.
Thethi has a surface of 2630 hectares, where high mountains, woods and meadows dominate. It has a strategic geographic position, because through Peja Pass it gets connected with Peja and the other Kosovo regions, and through Valbona it is connected with Tropoja. Thethi is connected to Boga and Kelmendi through many valleys and footpaths.
Flora and fauna
There is rich vegetation in the forests, like beech trees (which dominate the area), the black pine, the maple wood, the ash nut, the cornel bush, the walnut, and the hazel tree. The vegetation of this area has great economic, medical, touristic and monumental values. Thethi is considered as a natural zoological garden. The environment offers suitable conditions for wild life like: the wild goat, the bear, the roebuck, the boar, and small animals like: rabbits, hare, hedgehog, etc. Thethi is also a preferred place for wild birds, especially Eagles, the national symbol, as well as the falcons, the pigeons, the partridges, , the hedge cock, etc.
The Shaga and Kapresa rivers are rich of speckled trout. In the icy lake of Terthora, rich in various kinds of fashion, alpine triton is found.
Waterfall of Thethi is the most beautiful place of the north alpine land. The scenery is amazing especially when there is a lot of sun, as the clear drops of water dismantle the rays of sun, forming the rainbow.
By carFirst, you have to go to Shkodra. You can (i) take the airplane to Tirana, then go to Shkodra with a rent-a-car; (ii) take the airplane to Tirana, then go to Shkodra with a taxi or bus and then taking a rent-a-car in Shkodra; (iii) from Montenegro, you can enter Albania through Muriqan, go to Shkodra and use your car to go to Thethi.
From Shkodra to Thethi, you go through Koplik. There are 3 ways to go to Koplik; ask in Shkodra for the shortest. Shkoder-Koplik is around 20 minutes, and Koplik-Thethi Village (SH21) is around 1 h 20 min. However, note that you'll need a good car to go to Thethi, preferably a 4x4. If you have an old or small, or even if your car is good but not a Jeep, its the best to rent a Jeep at the local stores, as they are not expensive, but they are very safe for your security.
By busBuses leave from Cafe Rusi in Shkodra at 07:30. The ride from Shkodra to Theth takes 4 hours.
By taxiA taxi in Shkodra will charge you around €100.
Fees and permits
There are no fees to be paid and you do not need permission to enter the zone. However, you need permission for hunting. You can get permission at the Regional Directorate of Forests, which is located in center of Shkodra city.
- Lock-in Tower as an artifact of the bloodfeud tradition
- Grunas Waterfall and Canyon
- Thethi Ethnographic Museum
- Black River bed flow
- Thethi Catholic Church
- Blue Eye at Nderlysa
- There are 8 hikes starting in Theth. Three of them are marked "red and white".
- The favourite hike is from Theth to Valbona (and vice versa). Theth (742 m)- Valbona Pass (1814 m) - Rragam - Valbona. It takes 6-8 hours. The difficulty is T2. The trek is well marked "red and white". Only the start of the hike (a few hundred meters from Theth center) is difficult to find. To find it, you may ask a local guide.
- Helpful guidebook: Wanderführer Nordalbanien Thethi und Kelmend by von Barbara Hausmann, Christian Zindel
- The guesthouses prepare lunch packages for the hike.
It's the best to use one of the many guesthouses. People show a lot of hospitality, they speak foreign languages and will tell you remarkable stories and legends of the region. The rooms are usually very clean and comfortable.
Camping is pretty easy. It's the best if you camp in summer and near a house, as you will have fast access to medicine or other stuff in case you have any problems.
Bujtina Poliaphone: +355 67 526 7526address: Rruga Fushe 27
Guesthouse Marashiphone: +355 69 960 8570address: Theth National Park, Theth 4009, Albania
Shpella Guesthouse Thethiphone: +355 69 488 8531address: Nikgjonaj, Theth 4009, Albania
Carku Guesthouseaddress: ThethiThis is a traditional Albanian guest house in the small village of Thethi.
In 2015 two Czech tourists were shot in the region by a hitchhiker, so for your safety do not accept any hitchhikers, especially when driving at night.