Albanian Alps do not simply offer breathtaking views, one-of-a-kind adventures, or a chance to experience some of Europe’s highest peaks.
Otherwise named Bjeshkët e Namuna (The Accursed Mountains) due to the exceptionally harsh weather that surrounds them, for the majority of folks, these peaks represent the meeting point of myth and reality.
In fact, once there, it will be difficult to separate one from the other!
The Highlands of Kelmend
At the northernmost edge of the Alps is Malësia e Kelmendit (the highlands of Kelmend) where the famous beautiful villages of Vermosh, Lepushë, Tamare, Vukël, Selcë, Nikç, and Brojë are located.
They can be reached via the itinerary of Shkodër – Hani i Hotit – Tamar – Vermosh, a scenic route, full of twists and turns, with several pockets revealing panoramas that will stop you in your tracks!
These include the sloping mountainous roads of Hoti, the Cemi Lagoon, and the Mështjerra Peak (1447 m), along with other spectacular sights visible from a distance.
Upon entering Lepushë, it is well worth mentioning that the waters of the Lepusha River flow all the way into the Danube.
The village of Lepushë was built in the same place that shepherds had previously settled down, and today, along with Tamara, these villages are two of the area’s main attractions, thanks to their exquisite landscapes and nature.