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Thethi is a village surrounded by Thethi National Park, up on Albanian 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.

Theth
Lock In Tower Theth

Understand[edit]

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.

Visitor information[edit]

  • 1 Thethi National Park Information Center, Rruga Fushe, 4009 (Besides Thethi bridge at Qender-Theth), +355 69 364 7063. 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 Park InfoPoint, Entrance of Theth, SH21, +355 67 359 2191, +357 96 683 353, . This 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-Information, +355 68 20 03 393, . The little Tourist Information in the center of the village can help to find a family-run guesthouse.
  • Thethi Guide Info Center, Thethi Center, +355 69 20 46 333, .
  • ZalaZ, +355 69 67 31 932, . There 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.

Landscape[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Water resources[edit]

Waterfall in Thethi

The Shala 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.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

First, 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.

Theth Church

By bus[edit]

Buses leave from Cafe Rusi in Shkodra at 07:30. The ride from Shkodra to Theth takes 4 hours.

By taxi[edit]

A taxi in Shkodra will charge you around €100.

Fees and permits[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]

Map of Thethi

See[edit]

  • 1 Lock-in Tower. an artifact of the bloodfeud tradition.
  • 2 Grunas Waterfall and Canyon. Grunas Waterfall (Q16360437) on Wikidata
  • 3 Thethi Ethnographic Museum.
  • 4 Theth National Park, Rruga Nikgjonaj, Nr.18, Theth 4009 Albania (70km from Shkodra).
  • 5 Thethi Catholic Church. Church of Theth (Q56604311) on Wikidata
  • 6 Blue Eye Waterfall (Syri i kaltër) (at Nderlysa). Blue Eye, Theth (Q56124244) on Wikidata
  • 7 Black River bed flow.
  • 8 Theth National Park, Rruga Nikgjonaj, Nr.18, Theth 4009 Albania (70km from Shkodra).

Do[edit]

Hiking[edit]

  • 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

Buy[edit]

  • Djath Dhie - Lope, Rruga Nikgjonaj, Nr.18, Theth 4009 Albania.
  • Vezë Fshati, Fushe Logu i Kishes 1 The Church Square, Theth 4009 Albania.

Eat[edit]

  • The guesthouses prepare lunch packages for the hike.
  • 1 Villa Gjecaj Restaurant, Rruga Nikgjonaj, Theth 4009 Albania, +355 67 204 6333. Mini Restaurant with traditional food and vegetarian food.
  • 2 Restaurant Natyra, Rruga Azem Hajdari, Valbona 8701 Albania, +355 67 309 3202. There aren't enough food, service, value or atmosphere ratings for Bar Restorant Hotel Natyra, Albania yet. Be one of the first to write a review!

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

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.

  • 1 Bujtina Polia, Fushe Logu i Kishes 1 The Church Square, Theth 4009 Albania.
  • 2 Thethi Paradise, Rruga Gjecaj, Theth 4009 Albania. The Thethi Paradise hotel is surrounded by the mountains of Theth National Park , its the only spot you can see all over Theth National Park. Thethi Paradise features accommodation, a restaurant with a continental breakfast, a garden, a bar,a terrace and a complimentary WiFi is available. Its a traditional hotel with 9 wooden houses and with 6 new traditional stone houses full luxury. All units have a patio and/or a balcony with river or garden view. Mountains view is offered in all units.

Camping[edit]

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.

Backcountry[edit]

Lodging[edit]

  • 3 Bujtina Polia (Polia Guesthouse), Rruga Fushe 27, +355 67 526 7526.
  • 4 Guesthouse Marashi, Theth National Park, Theth 4009, Albania, +355 69 960 8570.
  • 5 Shpella Guesthouse Thethi, Nikgjonaj, Theth 4009, Albania, +355 69 488 8531, .
  • Carku Guesthouse, Thethi. This is a traditional Albanian guest house in the small village of Thethi. €20.

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