Montenegro Mountain Hiking Holiday
“A fantastic experience…our guide, Nenad was a great person to spend a week with, informative and passionate about the potential his country has and flexible with the itinerary when the weather curtailed some of our planned walks. It was a great holiday and an incentive to visit the country again.” Robert Derbyshire, June 2022
2022 & 2023 departure dates: any Sunday, June-October
Our Tour Leaders believe that you haven’t really been hiking in Montenegro without climbing to at least one peak above 2,000 metres! Our three-centre mountain hiking holiday is probably the most optimal “transversal” through Montenegro’s most attractive and highest areas in 7 days. We start near the borders of Albania and Kosovo in the Prokletije, climb up above the clouds in the Komovi Mountains and enjoy the wild flowers, pastures and virgin forest of Bjelasica and Biogradska Gora National Park. You’ll also discover the hidden treasures of Mount Lola, a beauty that’s well away from all the tourist paths, and finish up among the tall peaks UNESCO-protected Durmitor National Park. Our goal is to reach at least one peak each day, so you will need a head for heights and good hiking ability. All the while, we’ll enjoy stunning views, untouched nature, fresh air, silence and outstanding landscapes.
This program, of course, is not only about hiking in Montenegro’s mountains. During the tour, you’ll experience local traditions, history, legends, local food, churches and monasteries… in short, you will see all the contrasts that make Montenegro 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. The exact hikes on the itinerary may change depending on time of year, weather conditions and other factors.
Your Tour Leaders: Vera is one of the most respected hiking guides in the country, and has a passion for the outdoors and her roots in the north of Montenegro in particular. Popular with guests of all ages and abilities, the more remote the area, the more likely she is to be found exploring it! Vera speaks excellent English and is an experienced tour guide.
Nenad is an outdoor adventurer whose ambition is to visit every corner of his spectacular country – he is happiest when hiking, mountaineering, biking or kayaking way off the beaten track, making him a natural fit for Undiscovered Montenegro! He speaks excellent English and has years of experience leading outdoor adventure groups.
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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” Volušnica or Popadija peaks, we’ll go back down to the valley, rounding off this beautiful loop. Overnight at Karanfil bungalows or similar. Hiking distance: 10km. Grade: moderate.
Day 3 – Komovi Mountains
The Komovi Mountains are three spectacular high rocky peaks (all above 2,400 meters of altitude) surrounded by green forests and valleys, perfect for all nature and outdoor lovers and part of the famous ‘Via Dinarica’ mega trail! The terrain is steep with a couple of short open parts, but there are no technically demanding details to reach Vasojevićki peak, aside from steady feet when walking the ridge. The path starts from the Štavna mountain cabins, 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 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 Hotel Mirović or similar, Kolašin. 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 and a slightly easier walk. 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 or similar. 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 the 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 one of those special places where time holds still – a wide plateau covered by grass and decorated by gorgeous peaks over 2.000 meters. Plenty of pasture land attracts people from the lowlands to spend their summers there, providing a perfect feast for their herds. Here you’ll find fairy-tale shepherds’ huts, some still in active use. Our climb to Veliki Zebalac peak is not so demanding physically or technically, but the views from the top are stunning. On our way back we might decide to conquer one more peak above 2.000m – Mali Zebalac (2.073 m)! Overnight at Nevidio Eco Village, Poščenje, or similar. Hiking distance: 14km. Grade: moderate.
Day 7 – Planinica
A beautiful, long walk through different terrains, with an amazing view from the top (2,330m) as the prize. You will see almost all the highest peaks of Durmitor, like Bobotov Kuk and Prutaš, from one incredible vantage point! Scattered around us will be the remains of old mountain huts, snowy glaciers sometimes, Sušica Canyon, flowers in a 1,000 colours, and most important – the twin emerald green lakes of Škrka. This is an 8 hour trail, rarely visited by others and a bit of a local secret! Overnight at Nivideo Eco-Village, Poščenje. Hiking distance: 23km. Grade: moderate to challenging.
Day 8 – return to Podgorica
Please note that the exact hikes on this itinerary may change depending on weather conditions or the decision of the tour leader.
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
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 the first choice accommodation is not available, we will substitute with a similar level alternative and let you know 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!