Welcome to Prokletije National Park
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 (see 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 names for the range (Prokletije and Bjeshkët e Namuna, respectively) 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.