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Montenegro Wildlife Trekking Tour - 8 Days

Montenegro Wildlife Trekking Tour
1550

Hiking Tour in Montenegro Mountains and Canyons

This 8-day Montenegro Wildlife Trekking Tour is set at a challenging pace and is available on request. The northern region of Montenegro is known as the land of mountains and this adventure visits some of the highest peaks, deepest canyons and numerous lakes and rivers, all with a remarkable diversity of wildlife. We will also enjoy traditional dishes and drinks in mountain villages and learn about the history and rich culture of the area.

We start this Montenegro Wildlife Trekking Tour in the Prokletije mountains on the border between Montenegro and Albania, progressing up to the ridge that offers spectacular views of the peaks of Volušnica, Popadija, and Talijanka. Elsewhere in Prokletije National Park lies Lake Hrid, hidden under the steep cliffs of Hridski Krš and surrounded by tall pine trees and fascinating rock formations.

Another destination on this Montenegreo Wildlife Trekking tour is Mount Bjelasica and the Biogradska Gora National Park, the oldest protected area in Montenegro, to enjoy the mirror-like surface of Lake Biograd and surrounding virgin forest.

In the canyon of the River Tara, we will take a rafting adventure down the rapids to Crno Jezero (Black Lake), the largest glacial lake in the Durmitor National Park, eventually ending the day on Lovćen mountain, looking down at one of the most beautiful bays in the world. We also pass the Crna Poda reservation, a forest complex of 400-year-old black pine trees that stand up to 45 metres tall, at the entrance to Europe's deepest canyon.

Further south, our Montenegreo Wildlife Trekking tour visits the Lovćen National Park and the highest point of the day, Jezerski peak, crowned with the mausoleum of Prince-Bishop Petar II Petrović Njegoš at 1,657m. After a short break on the summit, we descend one of the most spectacular roads in Europe, which offers stunning views over the Bay of Kotor.

Montenegro Wildlife Trekking Tour Highlights include:

  • Enjoy the country renowned for its high mountains, crystal-clear lakes, and some of the deepest canyons in Europe
  • Admire the high peaks and crystal-clear lakes of National Park Durmitor, wander through National Park Biogradska Gora, one of Europe’s last remaining virgin forests and walk on the ridges of Prokletije mountains.
  • Experience exciting rapids of river Tara on rafting through Europe’s deepest canyon.
  • Learn about the traditional way of life in mountain villages and enjoy some traditional dishes and drinks.
  • Hike down from viewpoints of the Lovćen National Park to Boka Kotorska, one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
  • Expert guides will reveal the wide biodiversity of the region and introduce you to the vibrant history and culture of Montenegro.
  • By the end of the tour, you will wish to stay forever and never leave this amazing country

For this tour, you will need comfortable hiking boots, a windproof/rainproof jacket, a water bottle, sunglasses and hat, sunscreen, a spare shirt and socks, hiking sticks, some snacks for the way, a swimsuit and a towel.

By taking part in this trip, you support conservation activities run by CZIP, the Birdlife partner in Montenegro.

If you’d like to try an alternative tour, look at what this Ulcinj Salina Birding Trip, Montenegro has to offer.

Alternative Tour Name: Mountain Peaks, Canyons & Amazing Views – Hiking in Montenegro
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival

Pick up at Podgorica Airport (or other) and transfer to the hotel in Plav.

Day 2
Day 2 - Peaks of the Grebaje Valley

It is the first day of hiking, and what better place to start with than the peaks above the Grebaje valley. The Grebaje valley is located in the heart of the Montenegrin side of the Prokletije mountain range and it is surrounded by impressive peaks with steep cliffs and scattered patches of last winter’s snow.

Our trail will slowly ascend through the beech tree forest until it reaches a grassy plateau above the valley. One final push and we quickly reach the ridge that connects the peaks of Volušnica, Popadija, and Talijanka. As we walk following the footpath on the ridge, we will have a fantastic view of the impressive peaks of the Prokletije mountain range.

We descend back just in time for a refreshing drink at the cafe at the bottom of the valley. Stats of the day: 9.6 km (5.96 miles), ascend 890 m (2920 ft), descend 890 m (2920 ft). Overnight in Plav.

Day 3
Day 3 - Lake Hrid

After breakfast, we head towards one of the most beautiful parts of the Prokletije National Park, Lake Hrid, which is hidden under the steep cliffs of Hridski Krš (2358 m) and surrounded by tall pine trees and interesting rock formations. The trail will gradually take us higher through the conifer forest, until we get to the zone above the treeline.

From the summit, we will have a lovely view of the surrounding peaks and Lake Hrid below. On the way down, we will make a nice break at the lake for photos, a lovely view, or perhaps even a swim.

Descending further down through the forest of Macedonian pine, our trail will eventually bring us to a traditional mountain village, for a nice end of the day. Stats of the day: 10.6 km (6.59 miles), ascend 690 m (2264 ft), descend 690 m (2264 ft). Overnight in Kolašin.

Day 4
Day 4 - Lakes of Bjelasica

Today we will explore Mount Bjelasica and the Biogradska Gora National Park. As we walk on a high grassy plateau, we will pass by clear mountain springs and creeks that feed glacial lakes in the valleys beneath us, enjoy the view of high mountain peaks, and stop at charming traditional mountain villages.

As we continue further, our trail will slowly take us lower, into the zone of dense forest, and into the heart of the Biogradska Gora National Park, the oldest protected area in Montenegro. The mirror-like surface of Lake Biograd reflects all the beauty of the surrounding virgin forest, as we finish another day. Stats of the day: 16 km (9.94 miles), ascend 220 m (722 ft), descend 1160 m (3806 ft). Overnight in Kolašin.

Day 5
Day 5 - Rafting on the River Tara

After a few days high up in the mountains, day five is reserved for the canyon of the River Tara. On the way to the starting point of rafting, we will pass by the reservation of Crna Poda, a forest complex of black pine, with trees 400 years old and up to 45 metres tall. Our road will take us deeper into the canyon until we eventually reach the famous Tara Bridge.

After we have enjoyed the rapids of the River Tara, the refreshing water of its tributaries, and the views of the impressive canyon above us, our journey will take us to Crno jezero (Black Lake), the largest glacial lake in the Durmitor National Park, and a relaxing walk around it will be the perfect end of another day. Stats of the day: 5.5 km (3.42 miles), ascend 130 m (426 ft), descend 130 m (426 ft). Overnight in Žabljak.

Day 6
Day 6 - Durmitor National Park

Mount Durmitor is well known for its pristine nature and we plan to get the best of it. Our plan for the day is to enjoy the views of impressive peaks, walk through the valleys carved by glaciers, and perhaps even dip our toes into the cold waters of glacial lakes, or “mountain eyes”, as locals call them. After the initial ascend to the Skrčko ždrijelo pass, the trail will steadily take us lower into the valley of the Škrka lakes, with the impressive Bobotov kuk peak on one, and Prutaš on the other side of it.

This will be the perfect place to take a longer break and simply soak in the nature that surrounds us. After the break, we continue further down the valley and the trail will eventually take us deep into the canyon of the Sušica and Lake Sušica, which will be the end of today’s hike. Stats of the day: 12 km (7.46 miles), ascend 380 m (1247 ft), descend 974 m (3195 ft). Overnight in Žabljak.

Day 7
Day 7 - Lovćen National Park

Today we leave the north of Montenegro and head towards the south and the Lovćen National Park. The beginning of our trail is at Ivanova Korita, and it will gradually take us through the trees to the summit ridge of Mount Lovćen, and the highest point of the day, Jezerski peak, crowned with the Mausoleum of Petar II Petrović Njegoš, at 1,657m.

After a short break on the summit, we are descending steadily towards Krstac, located on the boundary of the national park and at the head of one of the most spectacular roads in Europe, which offers stunning views over the Bay of Kotor. Stats of the day: 10 km (6.21 miles), ascend 440 m (1443 ft), descend 730 m (2395 ft). Overnight in Podgorica.

Day 8
Day 8 - Departure

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Podgorica Airport (or other).

Some of the wildlife expected to see on this tour are:

Alpine Chough, Black Woodpecker, Black-necked Grebe, Capercaillie, Coal Tit, Common Pochard, Common Teal, Coot, Crested Tit, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Golden Eagle, Great Crested Grebe, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Hazel Grouse, Herons, Honey Buzzard, Horned Lark, Lapwings, Lesser Kestrel, Little Bittern, Little Grebe, Mallard, Marsh Harriers, Mistle Thrush, Nutcracker, Nuthatch, Pygmy Owl, Red Crossbill, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Red-footed Falcon, Ring Ouzel, Rock Partridge, Rock Thrush, Short-toed Eagle, Song Thrush, Tawny Owl, Three-toed Woodpecker, Tufted Duck, Ural Owl, Waders, Water Pipit, White-backed Woodpecker, Willow Tit

What is included?

  • Airport transfers (from/to Podgorica Airport and Tivat Airport)
  • All accommodation or lodgings based on double occupancy
  • Single occupancy available for an additional charge/cost
  • Services of professional English-speaking Mountain guide and support staff
  • Specialist guide fees
  • Ground transport throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees to National Parks and Nature Reserves visited during the tour
  • All meals
  • Water throughout the tour
  • All activities as specified within the tour itinerary
  • All Applicable Taxes

What is not included?

  • All international or domestic airfares
  • All flights unless otherwise indicated
  • Visa Fees (if applicable)
  • Travel & medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Items of personal nature (incl. gear mentioned in Tour summary)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry & telephone Charges
  • Optional tour extensions where applicable
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Any drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled drinks
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”

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Why should I book with Monticola?

Monticola is the only specialist birding operator in Montenegro offering bird-watching tours and different types of ecotourism activities in Montenegro and neighboring countries. By taking part in this trip, you support conservation activities run by CZIP, the BirdLife partner in Montenegro.

Climate of the area and what to wear?

The northern part of Montenegro is a continental area, with mountains over 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) and a continental climate for the most part. In the higher parts, the climate is very similar to that of the Alps. There are snowfalls in the winter and frosts during cold spells. Summers are usually pleasant, with highs around 26°C (79°F), and on hot days even above 30°C (86°F). So, what should I pack? When you go outside, you should bring light clothes like a T-shirt and long pants. You should also bring some warmer clothes, like an insulated jacket and gloves. In case it rains or there is an umbrella on the field trip, you should have comfortable hiking shoes. You should also have sunglasses and sunscreen. Some days you should also bring a swimsuit and towel.

What sort of accommodation and vehicles do you supply?

We offer 3*+ accommodation. When planning our tours, we prefer to choose authentic accommodation that reflects the local nature and culture. All our accommodations are in the vicinity of locations that we visit during the tour. We supply vehicles such as Dacia Duster, Renault Trafic, and Mercedes Sprinter (or equivalent).

Internal flights, for example, or boats/ferries

No flights on tour. No boat on tour.

What are your group sizes?

Maximum 12 person.

Do you arrange airport pick up/drop off?

We arrange airport pick up/drop off from/to Podgorica and Tivat airports.

Do you offer a single supplement option? Can you accommodate a third person/family?

We do offer a single supplement. It is an additional cost.

Do you include meals?

Yes, we do, up to full board.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.


8 Days

Price & Availability

From
EUR1,550 / per person
Based on twin/double room
Single Supplement EUR 95
This tour is operated by: Monticola

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Tour Facts

  • Montenegro
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Wildlife
  • 1 to 12 pax
  • 8 Days
  • May to October
  • +15 years
  • Challenging
  • No
  • English
  • Podgorica Airport
  • Podgorica Airport