Montenegro Hiking/Walking holiday
“A seamless dream of a trip that really was the most wonderful experience. Our guide Bojana was utterly phenomenal – the most friendly, knowledgeable, considerate, responsible person you’d ever want to be taking you around the beautiful landscapes of Montenegro.” Jon Kennedy, August 2019
2020 departure dates: any Sunday, April-October
Our guides Bojana and Vuk believe that you haven’t really been to Montenegro without climbing at least one peak above 2,000 meters! Our walking program is probably the optimal “transversal” through the most attractive and highest areas of Montenegro, starting near the borders of Albania and Kosovo in the Prokletije, climbing up above the clouds in the Komovi Mountains and enjoying the pastures and virgin forest of Bjelasica and Biogradska gora National Park. You’ll also discover the hidden treasures of Mt Lola, a beauty that’s well away from all the tourist paths and we’ll finish at the highest peak of all – Durmitor. Every tour will bring us to at least one peak and every day we’ll enjoy stunning views, untouched nature, fresh air, silence and different landscapes.
This program, of course, is not only about staying in the mountains. During the tour you’ll experience local traditions, history, legends, tasteful cuisine, churches and monasteries…in short, you will see all the contrasts that make our country so special!
All transport, accommodation and meals are included, as well as a 24/7 qualified guide who will collect you from your location and bring you back to Podgorica Airport at the end of your trip. This holiday is not suitable for vegans.
Your Tour Leaders: Vuk and Bojana are a brother and sister team who have worked with Undiscovered Montenegro for the last 5 years. They both have a passion for the outdoors and for the North of Montenegro in particular. The more remote the area, the more likely they are to be found exploring it! Vuk and Bojana speak excellent English and have full mountain guide qualifications.
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Day 1 – Arrival
After collection from your arrival point, we transfer by car immediately up into the mountains via an amazing scenic road that takes us directly to the beautiful village of Grebaje. Welcome lunch at a local restaurant.
Day 2 – Hiking the Prokletije
The trail starts from astonishing valley of Grebaje, situated just next to the border with Albania. First we’ll enjoy the shade of a nice forest, stepping onto a dirt path and after approximately 2 hours we’ll reach the plateau of Ćafe, heading up to our first peak. After that, on the same ridge we’ll walk up above 2,000 meters of altitude. All the time we’ll enjoy spectacular views (some local experienced hikers say it’s the most beautiful mountain view in whole of Montenegro!) onto the Karanfili and Očnjak peaks in the central part of the mountain. After “conquering” Popadija, we’ll go back down to the valley, rounding off this beautiful loop. Overnight at Karanfil bungalows. Hiking distance: 10km. Grade: moderate.
Day 3 – Komovi Mountains
The Komovi Mountains are three spectacular high, rough and rocky peaks (all above 2,400 meters of altitude) surrounded by green forests and valleys ‘ perfect for all nature and outdoor lovers, and rumoured to soon become Montenegro’s sixth National Park! The terrain is steep with a couple of short open parts, but there are no technically demanding details. The path starts from the Štavna eco-village complex, warming you up with a kilometre of mostly flat dirt road, then the rocky path climbs, revealing more and more stunning surroundings. The pass of Vera Vincek (a famous Montenegrin botanist and hiker) is the perfect place for having a rest before the hard work starts again! The final part of the trail will treat you to astonishing views of the surrounding area – Prokletije, Bjelasica, Sinjajevina, Durmitor, as well as lots of far-off peaks in Albania and Kosovo. We reckon that this mountain delivers some of the most exciting experiences in Montenegro! Overnight at Karanfil bungalows. Hiking distance: 9km. Grade: moderate/challenging.
Day 4 – Bijelasica Mountain
After two days spent in the rocky mountains, we’ll jump to a totally different landscape. Bjelasica Mountain, as our next challenge, will welcome us with its mild hillsides, wide pastures, beautiful valleys, stunning lakes, fields of blueberry bushes and mountain flowers. Bjelasica Mountain is part of the smallest Montenegrin National Park – Biogradska Gora, which features the only primary forest left in the whole Europe. It’s considered the second oldest National Park in the world – just after Yellowstone. Stepping down through this unbelievable beauty, we’ll find the stunning Biogradsko Lake, tucked in old beech and maple trees. It’s a great spot to have a drink and swim after 6 hours of walking! Overnight at Hotel Mirović. Hiking distance: 17km. Grade: easy to moderate.
Day 5 – rest day
Day 6 – Lola Mountain
After Bjelasica, we’ll hit another real natural beauty – Lola Mountain. Hidden in the middle of Central Montenegrin Highlands, far from main roads, this place provides absolute peace for all people who came to enjoy it. Not even many local people have been there! Lola is really a special mountain – a wide plateau covered by grass and decorated by gorgeous peaks over 2.000 meters. Plenty of pasture always attracted the people from the lowlands to spend their summers there, giving a perfect feast to their herds. Here you’ll find lots of fairy-tale shepherds’ huts, which are in use even at the present time. Our final ascent is not so demanding physically or technically, but once you reach the top you will be impressed by the stunning views. On our way back we can also conquer one more peak above 2.000m – Mali Zebalac (2.073 m)! Overnight at Nevidio Eco Village, Poščenje. Hiking distance: 14km. Grade: easy.
Day 7 – Durmitor Mountain
The final tour is reserved for the main mountain of our country – Durmitor. “The Chief of all mountains” is situated in North-western Montenegro, rising high from Jezera Plateau. Durmitor has an impressive number of peaks over 2000 meters – 48 to be exact, but it’s not all about the peaks in this place. There are also 18 stunning glacial lakes, known as “Mountain eyes”, probably the best possible decoration for this amazing landscape. Bobotov kuk is situated in the middle of Durmitor Mountain. The route starts at a picturesque ridge and goes progressively uphill to a beautiful group of peaks called Zupci (Teeth) and Trojna previja (Triple Ridge); from there down to the valley of Zeleni Vir Lake (Green Whirlpool), another attraction of this tour. The valley looks like a real amphitheatre and is decorated by meadows filled with mountain flowers, huge blocks of rocks fallen from Zupci in the past and, of course, green mirrors of small lakes’ crystal clear water. The last part of the hike is secured with safety ropes; even though it is possible to pass that part without them. Overnight at Nivideo Eco-Village, Poščenje. Hiking distance: 13km. Grade: moderate to challenging.
Day 8 – return to Podgorica
Please note that depending on the weather, this itinerary is subject to change!
Prices include all accommodation in 3-star local apartments, transfers, meals and guided excursions.
This is a group holiday that can also be tailor-made on request. Maximum Group size of 8.
Mountain walking 7 days
We operate a fair pricing policy for this holiday. If you book and pay as a party of 2 or 3 and we later add numbers to your group, you will be refunded the price difference.
MAJA KARANFIL BUNGALOWS, MIROVIĆ APARTMENTS, NEVIDIO ECO-VILLAGE
Please note, accommodation is clean, characterful and basic – in more remote areas, do not expect luxury! If for any reason the first choice accommodation is not available, we will let you know about the alternatives well in advance of your holiday.
For the first two nights, your accommodation is the Maja Karanfil bungalows, charming wooden cottages set in a hidden woodland inside the National Park and run by a lovely local family.
For the nights in Kolašin, your accommodation is at the locally owned Hotel Mirović. Ideally situated near the centre of town and tastefully furnished, the hotel also boasts a restaurant serving delicious local specialities and plentiful communal spaces.
For the final two nights, your accommodation is at the Nevideo Eco-Village. These small alpine chalets are characterful and fun, and right where you need to be for the canyoning!