Boga – Qafë e Keqe “Bad Neck”- Fushëzezë – Neck of Kape – Broje – Kozhnje

Boga – Qafë e Keqe “Bad Neck”- Fushëzezë – Neck of Kape – Broje – Kozhnje

 

Distance:               26 Km

Relief                     min:421m / max: 1776m

Duration:              13 Hours

Difficulty:             Medium +

 

This path includes Boga (950 m), Qafën e Keqe – “Bad Neck” (1554 m), Fushëzeza (1316 m), the Neck of Kape (1715 m), Broja (700 m) and Kozhnja (425 m).

Distances: Bogë – Qafë e Keqe 5 km;

Qafë e Keqe – Fushëzezë 2.4 km;

Fushëzezë – Qafa e Kapes 6.4 km;

Qafa e Kapes – Broje 6 km;

Broje – Kozhnje 6.2 km.

The whole path is 26 km long. In winter the path to Qafë e Keqe, Qafa e Kapës and Broje is covered by snow, it becomes accessible from the second half of April. Given the length of this itinerary, it is very important to leave Boga early in the morning, if we want to arrive in Kozhnje in one day. Furthermore, the absence of trees makes the path always exposed to the sunlight and there are few water sources on the way.

The path starts on the main road in the center of Boga (WP –1), the one that, if followed to the east leads to Theth. We go to the opposite direction towards Fushëzezë and Dedaj. After for about 1.3 km, we leave the main road (WP – 2), which branches off, and we head west. Crossing Përroin e Thatë – “Dry Brook” we arrive in a small neighborhood with few houses. This is the last village before Fushezeza. In this small neighborhood there is a water source (WP – 3) and it would be convenient to refill bottles  with water because during the warm months (July – August) there is no water available along the path to Fushezeza.

We go up the path that winds through the shades of hornbeams and hazels. During summer, when the water dries up, it is possible to reach the source among the rocks, after crossing the beech belt. There are still 1.5 km to reach Qafën e Keqe – “the Bad Neck“.

Here the path becomes more difficult, steeper and the place is bare. We should also consider the danger of snakes, being careful where we place our feet. The viper is considered a clumsy and non-aggressive snake, but it can attack when unseen and and inadvertently trampled on. We are at the Bad Neck, at 1554 m above sea level (WP – 5): from this viewpoint where it is possible to rest a while. To the east we see the summit of Rraba, to the north-east the peak of Bridashe, to the south the mountain of Pultinza and to the north-west the summit of Bocan.

After the Neck and up to Fushezeza the road is simpler and goes down gradually, passing on the main roads and on unpaved shortcuts to reach the first pastures of Fushezeza. Five hundred meters after the pasture, we are in the center of Fushëzeza (WP – 6).

Fushëzeza is a village with about 35 houses, inhabited only during summer. Inhabitants of the Kastrati area come to Fusheza in June and depart in late October. In this period, they dedicate themselves to raising cattle, keeping cows, pigs, sheep. During their stay in Fushezeza, women and children, besides raising cattle, also collect medicinal herbs, while men collect wood in the surrounding area and use it to build houses. The main road in Fushëzeza connectes the village with Razma, the pit of Vrin, to Bishkas and Drugomir.

The drinking water in Fushezeze is taken 300 meters above and is carried with plastic pipes. It is said that he was nicknamed Fushëzezë, literally “Black Field”, because of the density of beech and fir trees that were once abundant here. At its center there are two coffee bars (WP – 7).

We leave Fushëzeza and take the road to north. At the crossroad (WP –8), continue north in the shade of the beech trees, to reach the pastures of Drugomir.

At the crossroad (WP – 9), continue north-east to Broje, at (WP – 10), southeast and at the branch (WP – 11), head south until Fushezeza first, and then east to go to Broje.

In (WP – 12) is Buni (the hut) of Drugomir of Kostur, located near the summit of Drugomir and in a meadow surrounded by high pine trees. The three families of Kastrat e Hani Hotit area come here in June and depart in September, to look after cattles.

We leave the pastures and pine trees of the Drugomir Hut and go up towards the Neck of Kapa, through the path bare of trees. (WP – 13) is viewpoint, from where it is possible to see the surrounding area and what we left behind. From the southeast we see the houses of Drugomir and beyond 130º to the east we see the summit of Rraba, adjacent to the summit of Çardak.

We reach the Neck of Kapa after 3.5 km from the Drugomir Hut. The Neck of Kapa (WP – 14) is located at 1715 m above sea level. This is the highest point of the track and the place where the path branches off. From the east the path leads directly to Kozhnje, while from the north we turn to the mule path, which leads to Broje. We continue to Broje, gradually descending the path that passes between the two peaks, that of Tingllaca and the Black Peak.

We cross Gropën and Thellë – “the Deep Pit” and the path penetrates the thick woods of beech trees. (WP – 15) is a small field to rest in the middle of the forest. We pass the strips of the Jeran coast: these were once cultivated with vines, an Italian variety, while now there are only a few cherry trees.

(WP – 16) is another viewpoint and crossroad. From here you can see the setting and the extension of the village of Broje, lying on a green terrace, suggesting the image of a natural castle. We are approaching the springs Kronet e Brojes – “Broje springs” (WP – 17). The water source is located at the entrance of the village, from where drinking water is supplied to Broja. Arriving in the center, we firstly realize its unique positioning on a green plateau, 700 m above sea level. The distinctive relief from the Cem valley and the surrounding summits also give the image of a castle.

Broja is made up of four neighborhoods. The first neighborhood is Grabomi next to the main road, followed by Rahovic. The neighborhood with the terrace and the natural balcony is called Bregu “Coast“, and behind it, there is Kalasi, the last neighborhood. About 700 people live in Brojë and the incomes come mainly from cattle breeding and agriculture. Winters are here particularly cold and summers cool. There is an elementary school, a church (WP – 18), bars and grocery stores.

In about two hours, we are in the center of Kozhnje. We continue along the same mule path that leads to Kalas, the last district of Broje. The path gradually descends under the shadows of the beech trees. We get closer and see the first houses of Kalas: without entering the neighborhood, we continue the path to Kozhnje.

(WP – 19): from here we see the valley and also the river of Cem, as well as of the houses of Kozhnje. (WP – 20) is a place along the path where we should be careful not to slip. There is little road left to go on the mule track befoe merging into the main road, in Suh (WP – 21). Around Suh there are ruins of an ex-military department.

We go east to Kozhnje: the opposite direction would take us to Broje. This road flanks the river of Cem until Kozhnje, Vukël, and Nikç. After 1.4 km along the main road we arrive in the center of Kozhnje (WP – 22).

 

 

 

 

Latitude and longitude WayPoints

 

1* WP 1      N42° 23′ 58.4″ E19° 38′ 53.7″    950 m  Bogë center, start of the path

2* WP 2      N42° 23′ 28.3″ E19° 38′ 18.2″    908 m  Crossroad, west to Broje

3* WP 3      N42° 23′ 24.7″ E19° 38′ 07.6″    900 m  Water source, neighborhood near Boga

4* WP 4      N42° 22′ 56.0″ E19° 37′ 13.2″  1136 m  Water source, near q.Keqe, summer it’s dry

5* WP 5      N42° 22′ 45.3″ E19° 36′ 29.6″  1554 m  Qafa e Keqe  “Bad Neck

6* WP 6      N42° 23′ 00.3″ E19° 35′ 04.2″  1316 m  Fushëzezë center

7* WP 7      N42° 23′ 00.8″ E19° 35′ 03.0″  1315 m  Coffee Bar at the center of Fushëzezë

8* WP 8      N42° 23′ 07.0″ E19° 35′ 01.9″  1315 m  Crossroad; Broje to the north

9* WP 9      N42° 23′ 22.0″ E19° 3 5′ 40.0″  1468 m Crossroad; North-east to Broje

10* WP 10  N42° 23′ 35.6″ E19° 35′ 43.5″  1516 m  Crossroad; South-east to Broje

11* WP 11  N42° 23′ 42.9″ E19° 35′ 39.8″  1515 m  Crossroad; South to Fushëzezë, East-Broje

12* WP 12  N42° 23′ 46.2″ E19° 36′ 01.4″  1600 m  Buni (Hut) of Drugomir

13* WP 13  N42° 24′ 10.0″ E19° 35′ 28.1″  1651 m  Observation point

14* WP 14  N42° 24′ 48.0″ E19° 34′ 45.0″  1715 m  Neck of Kape; East–Kozhnje. North – Broje

15* WP 15  N42° 25′ 12.8″ E19° 34′ 06.0″  1525 m  Rest place

16* WP 16  N42° 25′ 57.1″ E19° 33′ 07.1″    873 m  Observation point

17* WP 17  N42° 26′ 02.1″ E19° 33′ 10.7″    787 m  Water source, streams of Broje

18* WP 18  N42° 26′ 27.2″ E19° 33′ 23.1″    787 m  Church of Broje

19* WP 19  N42° 27′ 03.3″ E19° 34′ 55.4″    568 m  Observation point

20* WP 20  N42° 26′ 58.8″ E19° 35′ 20.1″    458 m  Should be careful because we can slip

21* WP 21  N42° 27′ 01.6″ E19° 35′ 52.5″    421 m  Suh, path start at the main road

22* WP 22  N42° 27′ 32.7″ E19° 36′ 28.1″     424 m Kozhnje

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