The Mountains of Montenegro
A Walker's and Trekker's Guide
This guidebook to Montenegro includes 17 walks and trekking routes throughout the Dinaric Alps, in Montenegro's five national parks as well as Orjen, Komovi, Tara Canyon and the UNESCO-listed old town of Kotor. The circular and linear routes range from easy hour-long outings to challenging 5-day treks involving exposure and scrambling.
SeasonsJune to September (mountains have moderate summer temperatures and abundant snowfall in winter).
CentresDurmitor National Park - Žabljak Prokletije National Park - Gusinje Biogradska Gora National Park - Mojkovac Lake Skadar National Park - Virpazar Lovćen National Park - Kotor or Cetinje Orjen - Herceg Novi
DifficultyRoutes range from easy day walks to extended and more challenging multi-day mountain treks. All routes are graded. No special equipment required.
Must SeeMontenegro's five national parks - Durmitor, Prokletije (on the the Albanian border), Biogradska gora, Lovćen and Lake Skadar (the largest lake in the Balkans, plentiful birdlife), as well as several other areas including Orjen, Komovi, Kučka krajina, Tara Canyon (the deepest canyon in Europe). UNESCO-listed old town of Kotor, on Boka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor).
This guidebook includes a range of day-walks and multi-day treks throughout the Dinaric Alps of Montenegro. These mountains are some of the wildest, most spectacular, and least visited in Europe. Nevertheless they are easily accessible, and many areas have well-marked trails. They present an opportunity to travel through outstandingly beautiful and remarkably unspoilt natural scenery, which sees few visitors. The guide covers the most spectacular mountain areas in Montenegro, with a selection of circular and linear routes, with variants and extensions.
The guide also includes generous background information, including mountain huts and shelters, travel to and within the country, history and language, as well as what to expect in the various mountains and National Parks the routes explore. This is the first comprehensive English-language guide to walking in this beautiful area, and provides and ideal gateway into Montenegrin adventures.
Vegetation and wildlife
Food and drink
Getting to Montenegro
Staying in touch
Walking in Montenegro
What to take
Safety in the mountains
Using this guide
Route 1 Subra
Stage 1 Kameno – Vratlo hut
Stage 2 Vratlo hut – Subra (return)
Stage 3 Vratlo hut – Kabao (return)
Stage 4 Vratlo hut – Kameno
Route 2 Zubački kabao
Route 3 Jezerski vrh
Route 4 Kotor fortress
Route 5 Rumija
Route 6 Central Durmitor
Stage 1 Žabljak – Lokvice
Stage 2 Lokvice – Terzin bogaz (return)
Stage 3 Lokvice – Bobotov kuk (return)
Stage 4 Lokvice – Minin bogaz (return)
Stage 5 Lokvice – Ledena pećina (return)
Stage 6 Lokvice – Samar (return)
Stage 7 Lokvice – Žabljak
Route 7 Durmitor Circuit (via Škrčko jezero)
Stage 1 Lokvice – Škrčko jezero
Stage 2 Škrčko jezero – Jablan jezero
Stage 3 Jablan jezero – Žabljak
Route 8 Durmitor Circuit (via Velika Struga)
Stage 1 Lokvice – Donja Ališnica
Stage 2 Donja Ališnica Žabljak
Day walks from Žabljak
Route 9 Biogradsko jezero
Route 10 Biogradska gora
Stage 1 Biogradsko jezero – Pešića jezero
Stage 2 Pešića jezero – Trešnjevik
Route 11 Komovi
Stage 1 Trešnjevik – Štavna
Stage 2 Štavna – Kom Vasojevićki (return)
Stage 3 Štavna – Kom Ljevoriječki (return)
Stage 4 Štavna – Trešnjevik
Kučka Krajina (Žijevo)
Route 12 Kučka Krajina
Stage 1 Veruša – Bukumirsko jezero
Stage 2 Bukumirsko jezero – nameless pass (return)
Stage 3 Bukumirsko jezero – Štitan (return)
Stage 4 Bukumirsko jezero – Maglić (return)
Stage 5 Bukumirsko jezero – Veruša
Route 13 Visitor from Plav
Route 14 Volušnica
Route 15 Krošnja and Karanfili
Route 16 Kotao
Route 17 Ropojana valley and jezero
Appendix A Mountain areas, major peaks and long-distance routes
Appendix B Further reading
Appendix C Useful contacts
Appendix D Language notes and glossary
Appendix E History of Montenegro
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Rudolf Abraham is an award-winning travel writer and photographer specialising in Croatia, Central and Eastern Europe. He is the author of over 10 books including Peaks of the Balkans, The Islands of Croatia, The Mountains of Montenegro, Walking in Croatia and St Oswald's Way and St Cuthbert's Way. His work is published widely in magazines and online, including Arts Society Review, BBC Countryfile, BBC Travel, France Magazine, Geographical, Hidden Europe, The Independent, Morning Calm, Mountain Pro, The National, National Geographic Traveller, OE, The Telegraph, TGO, Top Trails etc. He first visited Croatia in the late 1990s, lived there for two years, and has been returning to his favourite corner of Europe ever since.View Articles and Books by Rudolf Abraham
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