Montenegro Packrafting holiday – 7 days
2021/2022 departures: selected dates for May, June, July and August – contact us!
Montenegro’s pristine rivers are the ultimate adventure playground, perfect for anyone who wants to experience the thrill of white-water paddling in total safety! This week long adventure will prepare you for a 4-day expedition down the Tara river, shadowed by a fully-equipped support team. These ultra-portable, super-stable kayaks mean we can access wild, undiscovered rivers other suppliers cannot reach – no other provider can offer a similar itinerary! Click on the itinerary tab for details or get in touch to check out available dates!
These trips are suitable for complete beginners; families, groups of friends, couples and solo travellers. A reasonable level of physical fitness and adventurous spirit is required!
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Equipment: We supply all boats (Kokopelli inflatable packrafts), full wetsuits and safety equipment.
Your Tour Leader:
Gigo is one of Montenegro’s most experienced & talented kayakers. When not organising the annual Kayakfest on the Tara River, he takes guests paddling where no other have paddled before! Gigo is a fully qualified ECU guide and speaks fluent English + Montenegrin/Serbian.
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Day 1 – Arrival
15:00 – collection from Podgorica and transfer to Camp Grab on the banks of the Tara river (3 hours). We will then have a brief introduction to our equipment and the paddling sections we will be tackling, along with a group dinner and overnight in simple bungalows.
Day 2 – Piva Lake paddling trip
Breakfast at Camp Grab. After a 30 minute transfer to Mratinje village, we will cover basic techniques on the beautiful green flat water of this stunning lake. This will include paddling strokes, re-entering the packraft from the water and a full practical safety briefing, including protocols for when paddling white-water – as well as some swimming! After this we
will visit Jazz Bar Zvono, take lunch and afterwards we will drive back to prepare for the Tara River Expedition. Group dinner and drinks at Camp Grab.
Day 3 – Splavište – Radovan Luka
Breakfast at Camp Grab. We will then transfer to Žabljak (Djurdjevica Tara bridge), where prior to setting off on the expedition proper, you will have the chance to take the famous zip-line across the Tara gorge! We then take our gear down to the water for a perfect introductory paddle on the river, with some gentle rapids (Grade 2) and stunning scenery as standard. Here is where the real adventure begins – we will also visit and do a small hike at the Ljutica river canyon (shortest river in Europe). We finish at the deepest part of Tara River Canyon (1300m). Paddle distance: 30km approx 4 hrs on the river. Group dinner, drinks and overnight at the beautiful Motel Radovan Luka.
Day 4 – Radovan Luka – Brstanovica
Time to paddle along the most beautiful part of the canyon. We will visit Sige Bajlovica, a famous waterfall that will take your breath away, and will take a small hike to visit a beautiful hidden cave in the middle of the canyon, with the lake inside of it (a chance for the brave to jump into and swim in this cold but clear water). Grade of the river on this day is 2. Paddle distance: 25km approx 4 hrs on the river. Group dinner, drinks and overnight at Camp Encijan, on the Bosnian side of the river (no passports required!).
Day 5 – Brstanovica – Ščepan Polje
The most exciting part of the river, from Encijan to Camp Grab. This is the section with the most rapids : Brstanovica, Borovi, Celije and more! This is the 16 km section, grade 2-3 rapids and ideal chance for us to enjoy white water and practice what we learned on the first few days. We will go slowly, taking each rapid one at a time, we will practice entrance and exiting the eddies, we will make stop to jump from the cliffs and get our adrenaline dose from the white-water itself! We will paddle until the end of river Tara, when it meets Piva river.
After we finish with our paddling we will have 20 min transfer and we will be back to where everything started (Camp Grab), where we’ll enjoy dinner next to the fireplace where we will share our memories from this amazing adventure. Paddle distance: 15km, approx 3 hrs on the river. Group dinner, drinks and overnight at Camp Grab.
Day 6 – Chill out day at Camp Grab
Time to relax after our expedition – or you could opt for an extra activity day! Options available include canyoning, hiking or white-water rafting (you pay the providers direct). Group dinner, drinks and overnight at Camp Grab.
Day 7 – Departure
Transfer back to Podgorica, or to an alternative destination (for which there would be an extra charge payable direct to the provider).
We use Kokopelli packrafts for this trip. They are super tough, super light (only 2kgs!) and super stable – but you have to prepare to get wet! We provide full wetsuits, buoyancy aids and a five-star safety briefing.
Prices are in £ Sterling per person and include all packrafting trips with professional instruction and guiding, breakfasts, packed lunches and all dinners, as well as all equipment and transport.
Please note that all third party providers of food/wine are to be paid direct by the guests as part of our “no commission” policy to support the local economy.
CAMP HOTEL RADOVAN LUKA