Destinations of Shkrel MNP

Reç Chestnut Forest. It is located in the village of Reç, within the Shkrel administrative unit of the Malesi e Madhe municipality. This is a forest consisting of a large group of chestnut trees. The forest has an almost rectangular shape and a surface area of quite a few hectares. Degraded bushes can be found around it. There are scientific (biological), didactic, aesthetic, touristic and economic values to this site. Find it by rural road of the town of Koplik, in Reç village.

Baldacci's Wulfenia ((wulfenia baldaccii)). This native plant can reach elevations of up to 1700m above sea level and can be found on the Dhenë Trail, which connects the valley of Bogë with the Theth pit on the Maja e Parunit and the Qafa e Shtogut. It is a biotype of the Albanian endemic species of wulfenia baldaccii and is accompanied by arabis alpina, rumevscutatus, and doronicum australis as the endemic plants discovered for the first time by Italian researcher Antonio Baldacci. It is a herbaceous plant with a height of up to 25cm and shiny blue flowers that bloom in the months of June and July. It has scientific, biological, didactic and touristic values. It can be found by taking the Koplik - Bogë roadway itinerary and then taking the foot path of the Dhenë Trail (“Shtegun e Dhenëve” in Albanian).

Shpella e Pucit (Puci Cave). This cave is located in the village of Bogë, at an altitude of 1,087m above sea level (the upper stream of the Përroit të Thatë), on the northern slope of Mount Çardak that is on the way to the Bogë valley. It is a real labyrinth with several floors. With over 5km in length, it is one of the largest and most interesting caves in Europe. A 275m long natural corridor connects this cave to the Hus Cave, and then it continues as its own separate cave. The cave has great scientific, didactic, and touristic values and provides large quantities of high quality water. To visit this natural monument, you can follow the Shkodër-Koplik-Bogë- Theth car road.

Pusi i Cilikojkave (Cilikojka Well). This well is located near Bogë village at an altitude of 1,840m above sea level. The name of this well comes from the birds that enter it to spend the night. It is a large glacial-karst well, formed during the Upper Triassic to Lower Jurassic geological periods. Its entrance is several meters wide, while the depth known so far is 505m. Inside the well, its diameter ranges from 20m to 40m. The well also has numerous concretions and fossil ice dating back to the Quaternary period. It was explored in 1993 by Bulgarian speleologists accompanied by Albanian speleologist Gëzim Uruçi. This site holds scientific (geomorphologic, geological and speleological), didactic and touristic values. It can be found by going on the rural road from the town of Koplik, Bogë village and then following by the walking path for Qafa e Bridashes and the Cilikoka Well. Entry is only possible by professional speleologists.

Pusi i Xhek Markut (The Well of Xhek Marku). It is located in the village of Bogë, on the Bridash plateau (Western Alps), at 1,800m above sea level. The credit for first discovering and exploring this well belongs to a group of speleologists from San Marino. It is 234m deep and the entrance begins with a 5m diameter hole. Its starting width extends to the depth of 15m; two other vertical tunnels then continue up to a 104m depth where a horizontal threshold of about 15m is observed and where the main well then sinks to 126m in depth. To this day, there are still unexplored side tunnels in this well. At the end of it, piles of rock, snow, and fossil ice can be found. Being the deepest explored well in Albania to date, it has special scientific values. Specialists point to the geological construction, the development of the karst, and the living or fossilized world in the well galleries as the characteristics that make this natural well stand out. The first part of this natural cave has unfortunately been quite damaged from its previous visitors. This well has scientific, didactic, and touristic values. To visit this natural monument, it is necessary to follow the Shkoder-Koplik-Bogë-Theth itinerary. From the village of Boga, visitors can continue on foot to the Bridash plateau where the well is located.

Shtegu i Dhenëve Castle. It is located at 1,820m above sea level, next to the village of Bogë. It consists of a large and complex circuit of glaciers on the eastern slope of the Accursed Mountains. It is 800m long and 300m wide. It has the shape of a semi-circular arc with some smaller karst forms on it. There are scientific (geomorphological and geological), didactic and touristic values here. It can be found on the Shkodër-Bogë road, and by then following the foot path.

Livadhit të Bogës Glacial Circuit. It is located at 1,820m above sea level, next to the village of Bogë. It consists of a large and complex circuit of glaciers on the eastern slope of the Accursed Mountains. It is 800m long and 300m wide. It has the shape of a semi-circular arc with some smaller karst forms on it. There are scientific (geomorphological and geological), didactic and touristic values here. It can be found on the Shkodër-Bogë road, and by then following the foot path.

Shpella e Njerëzve të Lagur (The Wet People’s Cave). It is located in Bogë village, on the south-eastern slope of Mount Çardak (Western Alps), at 2050m above sea level. This cave has mainly vertical development, with numerous wells and tunnels, which are interlinked with horizontal galleries. It goes down to a depth of 347m (the part that has been explored so far) and thus marking the deepest vertical cave recognized in Albania so far. It also simultaneously ranks high among the deepest caves in Europe. Within the cave’s horizontal galleries there are many concretions of rare beauty. Only about 2 km of the main corridor have been explored so far, leaving much of the cave and its main corridor unexplored. The cave has scientific, didactic and touristic values. Its exploration was carried out by the speleological groups of San Marino and Brescia in collaboration with the Didactical Scientific Speleological Albanian Association. To get to this nature monument, you must follow the Shkoder - Koplik - Bogë – Theth route.

Mrizi i Pleshtit – Bogë. It is located in the village of Homonim, at 1000m above sea level. It is composed of wood with a very special trunk and crown. It has a height of over 25m, a diameter of 1.5m and is over 250 years old. There are scientific (didactic and ecological), educational and cultural values. It can be visited by following the itinerary of the Koplik – Bogë road.

Morenat Glaciers – Ramza. Located in the Vrith village at altitude 1050m above sea level. These are Quaternary deposits that form the complex circuit of the Karik Pit. The glaciers are stretched in the shape of a hill that is 1.7km long, 1.2km wide and 50-80m high. Above its surface, negative forms from the karst process have been created. These hills are covered with beech and primeval forest which has been maintained relatively well. This monument has scientific (geomorphological, geological), didactic and touristic values. It is visited through the rural Koplik - Dedaj – Razma road.

Bliri i Bzhetës (Linden of Bzhete). It is located near the village of Bzhetë, at 400m above sea level. It consists of a stand-alone linden tree. Behind it there are bushes, oaks, etc. This linden tree has a height of 16-20m, a trunk thickness of 80-90cm, a perimeter of 250-300 cm and is over 200 years old. There is partial damage on the branches due to the tree’s age. This tree has biological, didactic, aesthetic, and tourist values. Visit it by following this itinerary: Koplik - Dedaj - Razma - Bzhetës church.

Kanioni i Poicës (Poic's Canyon). It is also known as the Canyon of Përroit të Thatë – the dry river. It is located 250m above sea level, near the village of Zagore in the municipality of Malesi e Madhe. It is a narrow channel formed by the waters of the dry river, but also from the activity of the karst process. It is about 2200m in length, 2-4m in width, and its vertical walls go up to 20-30m. On its rocky sides you can find various karst holes. The canyon’s values are scientific (geomorphologic and geological), didactic and touristic. Visit it by going on the Koplik town - Zagora village rural road.

Foljeta e Lohjes. It is located in the village of Homonim, at 500m above sea level. It is composed of a wood with a very special trunk and crown. It has a height of 22m, a diameter of 1.7m and is it over 230 years old. There are scientific (biological and ecological), cultural, didactic, and turistic values here. It can be visited by following the itinerary of the Koplik - Lapp route.

Caraca e Vrithit – Razma (The Hackberry of Vrith). It is located near Vrith village at about 900m above sea level. It is a singular 200-year-old hackberry tree (celtis australis) with a height of 10m and a trunk diameter of 1m. It is kept in good condition by the inhabitants of the village—they have created a well for drinking water near it. There are scientific (biological), didactic, and aesthetic values to this tree. You can visit it on the Shkodra– Koplik–Dedaj–Vrith route.

Fluvio-glacial deposits of Bogë. These are located near the village of Ducaj at an altitude of 830m above sea level. They are fluvio-glacial deposits from the glacial valley of Bogë. They are stretched in the form of an 800m long vault, with 18m width and a 5-7m height. These fluvio-glacial deposits came from the mountain slopes of streams and waters during the melting of the mountain ice. They have scientific values (geomorphologic and geological), didactic and touristic values. They can be easily visited on the Shkoder – Bogë road.

Arra e Madhe (The Great Walnut). Situated in the Zagore village, at 400m above sea level. This iconic old tree has a height of 23m, a trunk diameter of 2m and is over 120 years old. This tree has scientific (biological and ecological), cultural, didactic and touristic values. It can be easily visited by following Koplik city – Zagora route.