Stage 45: Theth to Valbona

10 August 2016
Trail to Valbona Albania

The trail between Valbone and Theth is well known (Lonely Planet, Peaks of the Balkans) and this means that today I am not the only hiker out here. Trail Theth to Valbone Via Dinarica

Lazy, younger, older or last-minute hikers can rent a donkey so they don’t have to carry their luggage (suitcase) over the pass. More hikers, als means more business: just before the pass I stop at one of the café’s for an ice cold, sugary and carbonated refreshment and cake.Café at Valbone to Theth trail

And: after the pass there’s another café and another one and another one… After the last refreshment stop it’s a flat walk over pebbles. I speed up, since there are big and dark clouds builing in the sky: a storm is coming. Valley to Valbone Albania

A few km’s down the riverbed the trail reaches a hotel and the paved road where taxi drivers are waiting. With my head still in mountains I decide to hike the last eight Via Dinarica-kilometers to the terminal.Road to Valbone AlbaniaAlong this road there’s refreshment stops and at some point there’s a stream running. No need to go hungry or thirsty out here!

Than after an hour and a half I reach the hotel/restaurant/campground and the quest for the terminal starts (the delicious food and sugary drinks are going to have to wait). The terminal I find, on the campground in the middle of a stream.

Via Dinarica: check!

Via Dinarica terminal ValboneSince clouds have been building all afternoon and there the camping place is crowded (and exposed), sleeping inside seems like a pretty good idea to me. So after an early celebration dinner I head to the hostel and a few hours later a natural lightning and water show starts and lasts all night.

Stage 45 Via Dinarica

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