Kelmend and its sorroundings
Kelmend is a name coming from the Latin word "Clemens" meaning gentle, simple and good. The whole area of Kelmend belongs to Catholic Christian religion and doesn't recognize the Code of Lek Dukagjin (Kanuni i Lekė Dukagjinit). There are many villages, mountains, canyons and other natural monuments in Kelmend.

The village of Tamarė is the administrative centre of the Commune of Kelmend. The village lies at an altitude of about 280 m and is located where the river Ēem of Selca joins the river Ēem of Vukli. The climate is mild and it would rarely snow. The village is surrounded by steep mountains. The crystal clear waters of the River of Ēem and its white stones give a special charm to the village.
There are many karst caves in Tamarė and traces of ancient settlements are found in some of them. The Cave of Malqe Gruda (Shpella e Malqe Grudės) is the most beautiful one. This cave is situated at an altitude of 1165 meters; it has two side by side entrances and is 310m long. Along the way there are extensions up to 25 meters wide, a lake, stalactites and stalagmites.

The village of Selcė is located at an altitude of 353 - 1100 meters above sea level, 8 km north of the center of Kelmendi municipality. The largest canyon of Kelmend, waterfalls, caves, interesting mountain trails, beautiful landscapes, historic places and houses with unique architecture can be found in Selcė.
Many caves are created due to the karst activity and unusual shapes are carved in some rocks due to erosion. The water of Ēem of Selca River (22.5 km long), which comes out of the glacial circuses of Koprisht, in 1650 meters altitude, have eroded the river bed forming many canyons.
The Canyon of Gerlė, 25 meters deep, lies in the middle of the village of Selca. In some areas, the canyon gets very narrow and the water splashes violently over rocks. At a place called Sllap, there is a very beautiful waterfall of the same name. This waterfall starts with a powerful fountain that comes out of a rock slab and then flows through a path created by the stream. Then the water falls down from a height of 30 meters

Archaeological excavations in the village of Vukėl indicate that this village has been inhabited since the Neolithic times. Vukėl is located at an altitude of 525 - 1150 meters, 18 km away from Tamarė. The relatively mild climate has provided the conditions for the spread of diversified vegetation. There are medicinal plants, hazelnuts, walnuts and beautiful alpine meadows in Vukėl. Springs and natural beauties are to be discovered and photographed.

Lėpusha is 21 km away from Tamarė and 10 km southeast of Vermosh. This village is situated at a height of 1200 m above sea level.
It lies in a greenery-covered valley near the Cursed Mountains (Bjeshkėt e Namuna). It is the area with the heaviest rainfall in Kelmend. Lėpusha is the village of contrasts and diverse flora and fauna. There are beech and pine forests and many types of flowers, plants, meadows and pastures. The village is very rich in medicinal plants. Eagles, after which Albania is named, build their nests in these areas.
The village has a special natural beauty and is surrounded by high peaks like that of Trojan to the east, the Peak of Greben to the northwest, the Peak of Berizhdol to the southwest, and the massif of the Cursed Mountains (Bjeshkėt e Namuna) rising south of the valley.

Nikē is a small village of the Commune of Kelmend, 15 km from Tamarė, located at the foot of the Massif of Shnik, at an altitude of 600-850m above sea level. There are beautiful caves, water springs, waterfalls and magnificent alpine sceneries here. An interesting natural monument, even of historical value, is the "Strength of Kelmend" (Forca e Kelmendit) located on the right of the Pass of Dobraēe (Qafa e Dobraēes).
“The Strength of Kelmend” is a natural mountain fortress situated on a limestone rock slab 1000 meters in height and 450 meters in width. There is only one way to reach the top – it is from the eastern side, while the other sides are so steep that are impassable. At the entrance, there is a very good water spring known as the spring of Samograd.
In the seventeenth century, after the invasion of the Turks, the population of Kelmend left the village to find protection at the "Strength of Kelmend”. The residents made an extraordinary resistance, and "Forca e Kelmendit" symbolizes the invincible resistance of Kelmendi residents who have never been converted to Muslim.

The village of Vermosh lies in the northern part of Albania, at 1000 meters above sea level. Mountains rise gently from the flat Valley of Vermosh. There are also many waterfalls, canyons and caves here, and the flora and fauna are very rich. Vermosh is one of the largest villages of the Albanian Alps. The mountains surrounding Vermosh are covered with dense forests of beech, pine and other tree species. Over 30 species of medicinal and aromatic plants are found in the alpine pastures. The only river that runs through the village is the River of Vermosh. Its waters run into the Danube and then into the Black Sea.
At the end of the Valley of Vermosh, the very narrow canyon of Gerēarė is located; it is formed by the erosion of the River of Vermosh. Waters have created wonderful shapes through the limestone rocks. The canyon is 1 km in length, 4-6 meters in width and the height of its vertical walls is 30-40 meters.

Predeleci-Pass or Bordoleci-Pass is one of the most important spots in Kelmend. The non-paved road that connects Han i Hotit with Vermosh, which is the only linkage between the two places, goes through Predeleci-Pass.
Lėpushė is located southeast of the pass. At the pass, there is a V-junction with two routes coming out of it, one leading to the village and the other going northeast. There is another route that runs from the pass to the north, linking forests and pastures located in its northwest.
Perdeleci-Pass is an important meeting venue in Kelmend. Every year, on the second Saturday of August, the folkloristic festival of "Logu i Bjeshkėve" is organized at this pass; it is a form of competition between the highlanders. Residents wear their traditional costumes, prepare food, dance and the most beautiful girl is selected as Miss Bjeshka. In northern Albania, it is customary, especially on this day, for the girls and women to get adorned and wear their best costumes.
Perdeleci-Pass is the natural boundary between two zones of Kelmend with different climatic conditions, although in general Alpine climatic conditions prevail in both of them. This is an area with smooth lawns surrounded on all sides by century-old beech and fir forests. The average temperature in July is 16ŗ Celsius and the lowest in January is 2.60 Celsius. In summer, there are rarely any rainfalls and snowfalls are mainly in winter. Summer days are very sunny and warm, and the nights are cool.

The Summit of Bojė

The Summit of Bojė (2461m) is located in the central core of the Albanian Alps northwest of Jezercė Summit (2694m). This very beautiful summit is surrounded by many other impressive ones. The fascinating Valley of "Buni i Jezercės" lies in the southeast and, the Valley of Rapojanė in the northwest. While entering the Valley of "Buni i Jezercės" from the Montenegrin border, through the Valley of Rapojanė, the view of the high rocky southeastern side of the Boja Summit is quite impressive.
The Summit of Bojė offers many wonderful views, some of which are fascinating: the view of the summits of Jezera, Poplukė (2569 m), Shnik (2554 m), Malėsore (2490 m), Karanfil (2490 m), and the views of the valleys of "Buni i Jezercės" and Rapojanė.