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From Tirana: Komani Lake and Shala River Day Trip

Activity provider: Smart Tour Albania

From Tirana: Komani Lake and Shala River Day Trip

Activity provider: Smart Tour Albania

From US$ 156.16 per person

Explore Shala River & the mountains surrounding Lake Koman. Since it's reachable only by boat, this river tour is the perfect getaway for nature lovers.

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Duration 10 hours
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  • Enjoy a round trip by boat on Komani lake and Shala river branch
  • Get a close look at Shala River's untouched nature and wildlife
  • Feast on a lunch with local and traditional dishes
Full description

Relax with this day tour that will take you to some wonders of Albanian nature. Be enchanted by the beauty of Lake Koman and Shala River. Enjoy a boat ride on the lake, going through dense forested hills, vertical slopes, deep gorges, and a narrow valley. Start the tour from Tirana at 6:30 AM. After breakfast, head to your first attraction, the Komani lake. It was formed when the rugged Drini valley was dammed in the early 1970s, allowing Albania to quickly develop its own industrial base and become an energy exporter. Hop aboard a boat and embark on a ride passing between high mountains and through a series of deep gorges and interconnected lakes. Enjoy tranquility with hardly any signs of human activities on the shores. Another 1.5 hours away by boat lies the Shala River. It is described by many visitors as the most beautiful pearl of Lake Koman. The crystal-clear waters are characteristic of this river. The steep huge rocks, worn by trees and green plants, seem to rise to the sky to protect this beauty. Change into your swimming suits if you want to take a dip in this paradise. Get back on the boat to Komani Dam by 3:30 PM. From here, drive back to Tirana after a long but unforgettable experience.

Take the option to go hiking at Shala River for 45 minutes up the mountain to reach a beautiful viewpoint.

  • Round-trip private transportation
  • Boat ticket
  • Tour guide
  • Bottle of water
  • Food
Not suitable for
  • People with recent surgeries
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Amazing trip! I cannot recommend this highly enough - the views are incredible and I think I will always remember swimming in the icy mountain waters of the Shala River. The whole trip was really made by our guide Alban, who is simply a kind, generous and knowledgeable (and super adventurous!!) guy who seemed to be always smiling and happy!. 11/10.

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