7 Day Mountain Hiking Holiday in Montenegro
“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
2023 departure dates: any Sunday, June-October
Our journey begins at the border with Albania, at the giant limestone cliffs of the Prokletije Mountains. This untouched and special place offers complete peace and quiet, and a chance to fully immerse yourself in nature and experience dizzying heights and scenery similar to the Dolomites. We’ll then ascend above the clouds in the Komovi Mountains, and move on to the central mountains, where we’ll enjoy the lush slopes, grassy pastures, and virgin forest at Mount Lola and Bjelasica, part of Biogradska Gora National Park.
As we hike to the top of each new peak, we’ll be rewarded with amazing views of Montenegro. These mountains are spread out, but you’ll still be able to see your next destination from each summit. It’s the perfect way to appreciate Montenegro from all angles. Along the way, we’ll also have the opportunity to learn about local traditions and the rich history and legends of Montenegro, enjoy fresh local cuisine, and visit churches and monasteries.
We’ll be staying in three different locations – Grebaje, Kolašin, and Pošćenje – in simple, comfortable family-run accommodations that offer warm hospitality and a chance to experience the rich rural culture. You’ll leave with a real sense of why this compact country is so special.”
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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 itinerary is subject to change depending on the time of year and weather conditions.
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 has full tour guide qualifications.
Nenad is an outdoor adventurer whose ambition is to visit every corner of this spectacular country – he is happiest when biking, hiking or kayaking, making him a natural fit for Undiscovered Montenegro! He speaks excellent English and of course Montenegrin/Serbian.
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Day 1 – Arrival
We transfer by car up into the mountains via an amazingly scenic road which passes briefly into and out of Albania. It takes us directly to the beautiful village of Grebaje by the Montenegro/Albanian border, where we will spend the next two nights. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Grebaje.
Day 2 – Hiking the Prokletije
This 3-peak trail starts from the achingly pretty valley of Grebaje in the Prokljetije National Park and forms part of the mega hiking trail ‘Via Dinarica’. After a steady two-hour ascent through shaded pine forests, our path leads us out into a rolling jumble of alpine meadows and streams that lead, gradually, up to a circular ridge of staggering beauty. The views here are extraordinary onto dramatic karst cliffs as we continue on a rambling loop around the Karanfil and Volušnica peaks, at one stage straddling the very border of Montenegro and Albania. We return to the forest path with which we began the hike. Overnight in Grebaje. Hiking distance: 10km. Grade: moderate.
Day 3 – Komovi Mountains
The Komovi Mountains are three spectacular high, rough and rocky peaks (all above 2,400 metres of altitude) surrounded by green forests and valleys, perfect for all nature and outdoor lovers, and Montenegro’s sixth National Park!
Our path starts from Štavna Eco Village with a kilometre of mostly flat dirt road, and then the rocky trail climbs, revealing more and more stunning surroundings. There are several steep sections over rocky moraines (watch your step!), before the final approach to the peak of Vasojevički Kom looms into view. From the trail, this sheer wall of vertical rock looks utterly impregnable, but don’t worry!
On the other side of this cliff race is a sweeping, gentle meadow, which allows you to access the peak via a breathtaking ridge behind the mountain. Here, you’ll be treated to astonishing views of the surrounding area – Prokletije, Bjelasica, Sinjajevina, and Durmitor, as well as lots of far-off peaks in Albania and Kosovo. Overnight in Kolašin. Hiking distance: 9km. Grade: moderate/challenging.
Day 4 – Bjelasica Mountain
After two days in the rocky mountains, we’ll jump to a different landscape and national park called ‘Biogradska Gora’. Bjelasica Mountain, a more gentle challenge, will welcome us with its rolling hillsides, lush green pastures, beautiful valleys, stunning lakes, and fields of blueberry bushes and mountain flowers.
Our trail begins at Troglava restaurant, taking a macadam road through the forest and passing shepherd katun huts to reach Troglava peak (2,035m) and stunning views of Pešić Lake and Crna Glava peak. From here, we continue to Zekova Glava peak (2,089m), before descending to the shimmering lake waters to enjoy the maple trees, meadows and possibly a swim. Rested, we circle the lake on foot and return via Zekova Glava. Overnight in Kolašin. Hiking distance: 15km. Grade: easy/moderate.
Day 5 – Rest Day
After three consecutive days of hiking, today is a chance to relax and do your own thing. Waking up in charming Kolašin, the city’s sights are on your doorsteps, such as its cultural centre and St. Demetrius Church. Take a walk around town or grab a taxi to the Dulovina Botanical Garden or Lake Biograd.
If you’re feeling tired, then a lie-in, a good book and later, a short walk into town for a nice meal is a great option. Ask your tour leader for restaurant recommendations. Overnight in Kolašin.
Day 6 – Lola Mountain
Tucked away in the middle of the central Montenegrin highlands, far from main roads, is the hidden treasure of Lola Mountain. This is a place which provides absolute peace for the few who come to enjoy it. Not even many Montenegrins have been here! Lola is special; its broad plateau is covered by grass and decorated by gorgeous peaks rising above 2,000 metres. Abundant pastureland has always attracted people from the lowlands to spend their summers here, providing a perfect feast for their herds.
Our hike today is up Veliki Zebalac peak (2,129m), which we can extend to include the connected peaks of Mali Zebalac (2,073m) and Borova Brda (2,006m) for added challenge. There are no technical aspects to the trail, just peace, tranquillity, fairy-tale shepherd huts and wildflowers galore. Overnight at Ethno Village Nevidio or similar. Hiking distance: 14km. Grade: easy/moderate.
Day 7 – Durmitor Mountain
Our final hike is reserved for something really special – Durmitor National Park. UNESCO-protected for its exceptional landscapes, this national park boasts an impressive number of peaks above 2,000 metres – 48 to be exact, but it’s not all about the mountain tops. There are also 18 stunning glacial lakes, known as ‘mountain eyes’ – and today we’ll catch a birds-eye view of two of them as we climb to the peak of Prutaš (2, 394m). Made from colourful vertical layers of karst rock soaring from the ground, many local climbers regard this peak as the most special and beautiful of the whole Durmitor massif. Today’s climb is challenging at times, with some steep sections, but the summit can be reached without any specialist equipment. Spellbinding panoramic views are the reward for aching thighs! We enjoy the last dinner together and celebratory drinks for a thrilling week. Overnight at Ethno Village Nevidio or similar. Hiking distance: 10km. Grade: moderate/challenging.
Day 8 – Return to Podgorica/Tivat Airport
Other destinations incur an extra transfer charge.
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, ETHNO VILLAGE NEVIDIO
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 Ethno Village Nevidio. These small alpine chalets are characterful and fun, and right where you need to be for the canyoning!