The National Parks of Montenegro (North)

The National Parks of Montenegro (North)

For this itinerary we selected the most pectacular walking trail in Montenegro’s northern National Parks: Durmitor, Biogradska Gora and the very eastern frontier of Prokletije mountains. Those protected areas offer some of the most beautiful mountains and hiking regions in the country.

Hiking in the National Parks of Montenegro is a very authentic adventure. Nowhere else you can experience so much living traditions, scenic diversity and warm hospitality. Imposing mountain peaks and beautiful panoramic trails, dazzling mountain lakes and wide plateaus, dense forests and rugged rock landscapes – these are the ingredients of this diverse walking adventure in North Montenegro.

Travel style:

Self-guided or guided on request

Duration:

8 days/7nights

Interests:

walking/mountains

Availability:

June, Oct

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Day 1: Dubrovnik/Podgorica/Tivat –  D urmitor National Park

Meet your driver and drive via Niksic, the 2nd biggest town of Montenegro. A detour of approx. 2,5hrs takes you to the famous Ostrog Monastery, built in a steep wall. Continue your drive to the National Park Durmitor, the top of Montenegro.

Day 2: Poscenje – Komarnica Canyon – Durmitor National Park ( 5-6hrs, 12 km ,approx. 1000m ascent)

Poscenje a small picturesque village at the foot of Komarnica canyon. Your walk gently starts following a gravel road, while the canyon is still wide. Right at the last house starts the beautiful trail to upper Komarnica Canyon. Follow the small river (might be dry in August) to the specially protected mountain forest of Komarnica Greda. Impressive bizarre walls are the boundary of this valley. After the forest follow again the river bed until the trails starts slowly to climb. This walk ends at the Durmitor saddle (ridge) – one of the most iconic mountain panoramas in the National Park. Meet your driver at the small bar slightly below the saddle. Overnight in Durmitor National Park

Day 3: Walk in Durmitor National Park Crvena Greda (2,164m) – Lake Jablan (1791m) – Zabljak (1,450m). (approx. 5-6hours, 15 km, 700m ascent/descent).

Today you head out of Zabljak after breakfast to embark on a stunning walk to the summit of Crvena Greda one of the best viewpoints in Durmitor. There are lots of walks in Durmitor but is one of the best, offering a great days walking with plenty of variety and great views all the way. You’ll first ascend through lush pastures full of wild flowers and pine trees with the high peaks of Durmitor in the distance. Soon you are facing what will be your high point as a beautifully arranged cirque comes in to view, which you will begin to navigate, and surrounds the lake below.

Day 4: Durmitor National Park crossing  (Total: 5 hr 600m ascent/descent; 8 hrs 600 m ascent, 1100 m descent) 

After breakfast transfer to Durmitor saddle at 1900 m. Follow a single trail which takes you to different stunning stone formations – either right at your foot or you see them from distance. Have a short break at a so called mountain eye – a little glacier lake, before you head for the steepest part of this trail – there is a short section you need to use your hands (not exposed, just the trail leads through rocks) before you reach at the ridge below Bobotov Kuk. In the evening hours you are transferred to Biogradska National Park

Day 5: Biogradska Gora National Park crossing – Peaks of Bjelasica (5-6 hrs, 14km, 600 m ascent, 800 descent)

Explore the mountain lakes of Nationalpark Biogradska Gora. At first you climb the virgin forest, until you reach a great viewpoint right above the lake. Your walk takes you across meadows and all the time you enjoy a great panorama. If you wish you can climb the highest peaks of Bjelasica before you walk down to a beautiful valley. Overnight at farmhouse.

Day 6: Prokletije National Park (5-6hrs, 14km,600 m ascent/600 descent)

After breakfast you are transferred to beautiful lake Plav and Prokletije National Park. This protected is the youngest and it is the most dramatic hiking destination in Montenegro. Vertical peaks pierce the sky. Wild chamois sprint between jagged cliffs. The park encompasses most of the Prokletije mountains, which form the natural border between Montenegro and Albania. Immerse yourself with this new region and explore with a moderate hike to Volusnica the most incredible view of the Karanfili peaks, the most photogenic massif in the Accursed Mountains.  When you reach Volusnica, the hike continues along the ridge to Talijanka (2057 m), the peak that straddles Montenegro and Albania. Prepare yourself to be wowed. Note: Talijanka is often called Popadija. Remark: This a perfect early afternoon hike. If you hike in the morning, the sun will blind your view of the Karanfili peaks.

Day 7: Prokletije National Park The “Kissing cats” circle  (6-7 hrs, 15km, 800m/-800m)

Krosnja is a glacial cirque high up in the Karanfili mountains. It’s a long slog to the top. As you ascend, you’ll have impressive views of Grebaje valley. The trail traverses mountain slopes surrounded by peaks and brings you to a natural arch appropriately named Šuplja vrata, or kissing cats. You’ll climb through the arch, traverse another slope and then descend into a gully. The views are epic! This hike is difficult and best undertaken by experienced hikers. Half the trail is well-marked and the second-half is not marked at all. Remark: If you should feel more confident we can organize a guide for you or you do a different easier tour.

Day 8: After breakfast transfer to the airport or extension

Depending on your departure the next you are shuttled either the same day close to your departure airport. We also recommend to extend your stay at the coast of Montenegro. This transfer to your departure airport or location of your extension is not included, since we like to keep it flexible.

 

This tour is completely customizable
The itinerary for this tour can be customized to suit your needs from your accommodations, difficulty and pace. Drop us a message.