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 beaty 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.
This is the official information center opened by the Albanian Protected Areas Agency (AKZM), and administered by the Shkoder County Protected Areas Administration (ADZM Shkoder ):
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
As mentioned above, here you can get impressed because of the 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, the hazel tree, etc. The vegetation of this area has great economic, medica, 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, harew, 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 spreckled 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.
First of all, 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. Note that there are 3 ways to go to Koplik; ask in Shkodra for the shortest. Shkoder-Koplik is around 20 minutes, and Koplik-Thethi Village is around 1 h 20 min. However, note that you'll need a good car to go to Thethi, preferably a Jeep, since the last part of the road (from the mountain pass downhill to Thethi) is still a dirt road (45min). 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.
There are also furgeons going to Thethi, wich are fine as well. Ask your guesthouse in Shkoder since they can phone one for you (about 1300LEK).
To go to Thethi you'll have to pass a saddle at Qafa Buni i Thores (where the road is going to go down to Thethi), there is a small restaurant (see below) there (with a nice view) where a (steep) marked path goes down to the blue eyes and then continues to thethi (it's a whole day of walk and you need proper walking shoes).
The most scenic way, and the classic tour of the Albanian alps, is to take the ferry on Koman Lake and further with furgeons to Bajram Curri and beautiful Valbone, or by foot to Curraj i Epërm. Stay in one of these two villages one or two nights and then do the trek to Thethi. You can easily enjoy a few days here before taking the furgeon back to Shkoder. (this can be done in the other direction too : go first to theti and come back on the lake). If you don't fancy the boat, from Banjam Curri it is possible to catch an early bus directly to Tirana.
The trip to Valbone with the ferry can easily be arranged by youre guesthouse in Skhoder. They now all work together with the same guy who arranges every part of the trip to Valbone. We found him very helpful and ,altough this is offcourse a commercial bussines, genuinely interested in making travellers happy.
There are no fees to be payed 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.
Go trekking in the beautiful mountains
Its 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. The families will also cook a great meal for you out of the bio products available around. Here are some guesthouses where you can stay.
Carku Guesthouse []
Terthorja Guesthouse []
Nika Guesthouse []
Harusha Guesthouse []
Ndoc Gjecaj Guesthouse
Roza Rupa Guesthouse []
Camping is pretty easy. Its 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 problem.