The Prokletije Mountains (Проклетије) are a huge, hulking expanse of wilderness forming the border with Albania and Kosovo. They’re the southernmost – and highest – part of the Dinaric Alps. Surreally scenic and eerily remote, this magnificent area may well rate as one of Europe’s least explored. In 2009, a 160-sq-km chunk of the Montenegrin side of the range was declared the country's fifth national park. Ambitious plans are afoot for the entire range to be declared a cross-border Balkans Peace Park; follow the progress at www.balkanspeacepark.org.
The epic Peaks of the Balkans hiking trail is a 192km circuit that crosses through all three countries.
Both the Montenegrin and the Albanian (Bjeshkët e Namuna) names for the range translate to the rather ominous-sounding ‘Accursed Mountains’. Leave your hoodoo at home; this is a reference to the harsh environment of these sky-punching, jagged peaks rather than any high-altitude jinx.