The most exciting and beautiful hikes in one unique expedition
In a small Balkan country, named for its mysterious “Black Mountains” (Monte-negro), you will find a land of rugged beauty – towering peaks, deep canyons and primeval forests. This 9 days hiking expedition aims to showcase the best trails in the most stunning surroundings – including places where few have been before! Towering mountain ridges, picturesque river canyons, pristine glacial lakes and a chance to spot some rare and endangered wildlife. Our experienced team will take you on a real adventure! The Best Hikes of Montenegro expedition includes Komovi Massif, Biogradska National Park, wild and beautiful Hajla and Karanfil – the hidden jewel of Prokletije National Park.
9 days / 8 nights in total
Small group (3-7 people max)
Stay in traditional mountain huts and rural households
All organic, home cooked meals
Departure dates: 22-30 June 2019 and 17-25 August 2019
You are 6+ people? Pick the dates of your choice, we’ll make a departure just for you!
DAY 1: Arrival in Podgorica airport. Transfer to the first accommodation. On the way, we’ll visit Morača monastery from the 13th century and stop by to marvel the beauty of the lake in the heart of Biogradska Gora National Park.
Accommodation Bjelasica area (half-board + pocket lunches for the hikes) – 2 nights
DAY 2 (Easy): Something relaxing to start the expedition on the meadows of this lovely mountain. Tour of Bjelasica glacial lakes with conquering highest peak at 2139m of elevation. For those who don’t mind a bit of colder water, bring on some swimming suits to refresh at one of the lakes. Duration is approximately 5-6 hours, with 560m of elevation difference, and a couple of springs on the way.
Day 3 (Moderate): After a big breakfast of local produce, we head to one of the most wild areas of Montenegro, Mokra mountain, passing through some of the forgotten trails and in the circular tour of the area getting to find out more about rich botanic life of the area, but also with probable traces of animals on the way. After the tour heading to accommodation in the heart of Hajla.
Accommodation Hajla mountain hut (halfboard + pocket lunches) – 2 nights
Day 4 (Moderate-medium): Ascent to Hajla peak at 2403m of elevation offering some of the best views in the country. Area of pristine beauty and where the last footage of the almost extinct species of Balkan Lynx was taken will offer some moderate hiking on a circular trail of 800m elevation and 7-8 hours tour.
Day 5 (Easy): This lake of Hridsko Jezero has become the symbol of Bogićevića, the lake is situated 18 km away from the town of Plav, at 1,970 m altitude, under rocks of Hridski krš (krš in this sense means craggy, rugged) and Veliki Hrid (veliki means large). The lake is one of the biggest mountain lakes in Montenegro and for many people one of the most beautiful lakes in the country.
Starting from a mountain trail close to Plav, we have an easy hike through mountain terrain filled with green pastures, flocks of sheep and patches of old forest. We make our way slowly up to an ancient glacial lake – Hridsko Jezero which according to local belief has a healing effect to those who are brave enough to swim there (the water is icy cold!). Here we will set up camp and have pocket lunch while taking in the scenery of the surrounding peaks. Trail takes around 2 hours and is worth every second spent. Return transport to accommodation.
Many tales are connected to Hridsko lake, and according to one of them even the name of Prokletije (proklet, meaning accursed) originates from here.
Accommodation Prokletije mountain hut (halfboard + pocket lunches) – 1 night
Day 6 (Moderate-medium): The trail starts near the Grebaje valley, through a beech wood forest to the plateau and remains of an old Katun. It is a glacial cirque and near the katun is a spring and good source of water. The trail has steep slopes on both sides and amazing views across the valley. After that, we cross the pass with views across Albania. The return journey will be made along a layered rock with a carved “strip” from the Neolith Age of 600 years B.C. There is a primitive drawing of a wolf attacking a child and other Palaeolithic items.
Prokletije National Park is home to some of the best hiking trails in the country, even if it doesn’t belong to the highest peaks. The area we visit is very attractive and offers enjoyable mountain adventure in all year seasons, especially in spring time, when you can reach the alpine meadows and spent some time in enjoyment of many unforgettable views and abundant wildflowers. Transfer to the next accommodation.
Accommodation mountain huts Komovi area (halfboard + pocket lunches) – 2 nights
Day 7 (Difficult-short): The route begins on the Stavna plateau, below the rocky massif of Kom Vasojevicki. The path continues below the massif, crossing grassy and rocky areas. After approximately 2 hours of ascent, you will arrive on beautiful Vera Pass (2200 m) which opens the views to the border mountains of Albania. You continue to the summit and very soon you’ll have the privilege to enjoy the most impressive and really amazing scenery of which you can witness in this region.
Komovi is one of most impressive and most beautiful ranges of Montenegro and for sure also of whole Dinaric Alps.
Day 8 (Difficult-long): Route starts today again on Stavna plateau. After filling up your water bottle at the spring, you will take a path leads you below Vasojevicki Kom, going over the largest karst rock slide in the Balkans. We then pass ancient pines clinging to the rock before entering the stunning Medjukomlje Pass (2171 m). The hike continues in a very wild rocky area.
Option to climb the summit of Kucki Kom (2487 m) and enjoy in its many amazing summit panoramas: the last section to the summit is not for the light hearted, although the guide will secure a rope, it is narrow and drops away sharply on both sides. Unless you are a seasoned climber and have no problem with heights I would not recommend attempting this section.
On return, we will descend to the alpine pasture, past the remains of old Katuns. Here we can replenish our water at the spring. From here we will follow an age old stock route.
This trail is exceptional with alpine meadows, views across to the valley and magnificent forests of pine and beech. Wild strawberries grow in abundance along the trail. This area is true wilderness territory frequented by wolf, bears and other wild animals. The final, easy section of the trail goes through beech forest called Macak where you will find several water springs, and finally, after this whole day adventure, it will take you back to our accommodation. Here you can have a relaxing evening enjoying divine, traditional Montenegrin cuisine.
Day 9: Back to Podgorica Airport.
- 1149 € per person, twin share or single accommodation.
- All accommodations
- All organic, home cooked meals
- All transfers starting from Podgorica airport and back
- Expedition leader for the whole duration of the expedition
- Some snacks during the hikes
- Obligatory excursion insurance
- Parks entrance fees
- Welcome pack
- Tourist tax
- Your own trekking/hiking gear
- International flights
- Visa’s and visa’s expenses (if applicable)
- Items of a personal nature (laundry, etc…)
- Supplement for pick-up from another airport/location
Before booking, please check with us availability at info [at] montenegro-eco.com.
- To guarantee your seat on this expedition, you need to make a bank payment of 50% of the total amount (down-payment).
- You can pay by credit card, there will be a PayPal fee of 20€ per transaction. Specify the requested dates in the description.
- You can pay by bank transfer to the following account. The fee is 10€ per transaction. Specify the requested dates in the description.
IBAN NUMBER: NL28 ABNA 0562 6395 35
BENEFICIARY NAME: MONTENEGRO ECO ADVENTURES
BANK NAME: ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
SWIFT CODE / BIC NUMBER: ABNANL2A
BANK ADDRESS: Gustav Mahlerlaan 10, 1082 PP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- You will find here the payment conditions and the cancellations policies for this expedition.
- The remaining 50% of the total amount needs to be paid 30 days minimum before the beginning of the expedition.