When Leon McCarron ventured along the 200-kilometer-long trail that connects Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania, he found a path that entwines the region’s dark history, natural beauty and promising future.

It’s fall 2017 when I travel to the Balkans to explore what seemed to me to be a wonderfully audacious project: A 200-kilometer-long hiking trail called ‘Peaks of the Balkans’.

Connecting Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania, this series of pathways through the rugged and remote mountains that characterize these borderlands would be an engaging introduction to this under-visited region.