In her book ‘High Albania’ Victorian adventurer and author Edith Durham wrote of the ‘Accursed Mountains’ in the North. She said that they were: “in such majestic isolation, it is a spot where the centuries shrivel” – she described the Highlands north of Shkodra. Getting there takes nerve to face the perils of the zig-zag mountain roads.
But the intrepid come in August when Lepushe hosts “Miss Mountain.” Girls compete to become the Mountain’s bride, performing songs and dances in heavy felt xhubleta, lace blouses, aprons and bright scarves before dancing under the stars. Once there you can go on hiking trips with Journey to Valbona to the “Accursed Mountains” of Thethi.
High Albania, Edith Durham, London: Edward Arnold, 1909