Montenegro

Description

Montenegro - Rumija summitLocated on the southern Adriatic coast, the small country of Montenegro offers beautiful and often unexplored hiking opportunities. Expect some rough terrain – most of the country is mountainous and inaccessible. Karst is the predominant rock type. On the one hand, this white and hard rock gives the landscape a bright and colourful touch, not "negro" at all. On the other hand, walking can be tiresome, crossing difficult terrain, climbing on and off plateau's, jumping over crevasses.

The Dinaric Alps are the main mountain range, shared with several neighbouring countries. Most wild and impressive are inland Durmitor National Park near Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Prokletije National Park bordering Albania and Kosovo. You will find rugged limestone peaks rising steeply up to over 2000m, numerous glacier lakes, high grassy meadows and forests of black beech and pine. Less rugged, more soft, is the in between National Park of Biogradska Gora, hosting virgin forest and the stunningly deep Tara river canyon.

The Transverzala Planinama Crne Gore CT1 is an inland long distance walk connecting above mentioned national parks: Durmitor in the north west with Kucka Krajina on the Albanian border. A fit person, carrying tent and food, can make this high altitude walk in about 8 days. The route is marked and there are 14 checkpoints to collect stamps. Expect snow in early summer.

The Dinaric Alps rise up right from the sea. There is barely cultivable land between the coastline and the inland mountains. In the west, bordering Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina, the mountains of Orjen can be found. A bit further down along the coast is the Lovcen National Park, providing the scenery for well known Lake Kotor. Less known but equally challenging are the mountain ranges continuing east.

Recently a second long distance trail has been created, the Primorska planinarska transverzala or Coastal hiking transversal, connecting Orjen and Lovcen down to Bar. To complete this 140 km long walk you will need about ten days. Again, carrying a tent, food, and plenty of water is necessary. The landscape of flowers, forests, white karst and its many rock phenomena, is very special.

Currently, the country is renewing the tourist infrastructure, including opportunities for hiking. There are marked trails in all mountain areas, and detailed maps exist but can be hard to come by. Contact the local hiking clubs; you can find them on the web page of the Mountaineering Association of Montenegro. There are a number of mountain huts in the most popular areas, though carrying a tent, camping gear, food and water (!) is necessary on multi-day hikes.

In the low areas along the coast, summers get very hot and winters are mild. Up in the mountains summer temperatures are of a sub-alpine type and may still be rather warm. Winters in the mountains bring lots of snow, up to 5m!

Trails

Regions

Books

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Montenegro Wilderness Biking Atlas
  • Montenegro Wilderness Biking Atlas compiled by Map Solutions and the country’s National Tourism Organization, with detailed topographic mapping at 1:100,000 overprinted with 17 cycling routes from eight centres. The trails vary in length from 41km to 178km and can be combined into longer routes or circuits.The atlas, published in a handy A5... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2020
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Mountains of Montenegro
  • The first comprehensive English-language guidebook to walking, hiking and trekking in the mountains of Montenegro, with routes ranging from single day hikes to multi day treks. The mountains of Montenegro are some of the wildest, most spectacular, and least visited in Europe. Nevertheless they are easily accessible, and many areas have... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Mountains of Montenegro
  • The first comprehensive English-language guidebook to walking, hiking and trekking in the mountains of Montenegro, with routes ranging from single day hikes to multi day treks. The mountains of Montenegro are some of the wildest, most spectacular, and least visited in Europe. Nevertheless they are easily accessible, and many areas have... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Montenegro | Boekscout
  • Gelet op de reviews moet men dit boek niet zozeer gebruiken als reisgids, maar meer als gids om ideeën op te doen en om in de sfeer te komen van dit land. Verwacht meer een persoonlijk verslag met enige informatie, niet een degelijke reisgids zoals u wellicht van andere landen gewend bent. Tekst van de uitgever / auteur: De eerste,... Read more
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Netherlands
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Belgium
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2017
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • The Peaks of the Balkans Trail
  • A guidebook to the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, a circular route through the wild and rugged borderlands of Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo. Launched in 2013 to promote sustainable local tourism and transcend political borders, the 192km trail winds its way through the spectacular scenery of the Prokletije mountains (the southernmost range of the... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • The Peaks of the Balkans Trail
  • A guidebook to the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, a circular route through the wild and rugged borderlands of Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo. Launched in 2013 to promote sustainable local tourism and transcend political borders, the 192km trail winds its way through the spectacular scenery of the Prokletije mountains (the southernmost range of the... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelgids Trekking the Peaks of the Balkans Trail | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, a 192km trek through Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo. The route, which can comfortably be completed in less than a fortnight, is waymarked and covers terrain between 670m and 2300m in altitude, taking in remote valleys, dramatic mountain passes, stunning scenery and villages untouched by time. Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
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Belgium
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Marco Polo NL Montenegro | 62Damrak
  • Marco Polo reisgids voor Montenegro! Handig pocket formaat, boordevol informatie, met uitneembare kaart van het hele land en 8 bladzijden met extra plattegronden. Met 'insider tips' om dit prachtige land op de Balkan écht te ontdekken, de TOP 15 van bezienswaardigheden in één oogopslag, up-to-date informatie in overzichtelijke hoofdstukken:... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Montenegro | Albrechts
  • Deze gids omschrijft de prachtige natuur van Montenegro, de kust met haar prachtige stranden, blauwe water, luxueuze hotels en lekker eten en de culturele rijkdom van het land. De combinatie van deze 3 elementen: natuur, kust en cultuur is de beste manier om het land te leren kennen en te genieten van een onvergetelijke vakantie. Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2018
  • Montenegro Marco Polo Pocket Travel Guide 2018 - with pull out map
  • Marco Polo Pocket Guide Montenegro: the Travel Guide with Insider Tips. Explore Montenegro with this handy, pocket-sized, authoritative guide, packed with Insider Tips. Discover boutique hotels, authentic restaurants, the country's trendiest places, and get tips on shopping and what to do on a limited budget. There are plenty of ideas for... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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Bol.com
Belgium
2018
  • Montenegro Marco Polo Pocket Travel Guide 2018 - with pull out map
  • Marco Polo Pocket Guide Montenegro: the Travel Guide with Insider Tips. Explore Montenegro with this handy, pocket-sized, authoritative guide, packed with Insider Tips. Discover boutique hotels, authentic restaurants, the country's trendiest places, and get tips on shopping and what to do on a limited budget. There are plenty of ideas for... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Montenegro Coast
  • The coast of Montenegro at 1:100,000 on a detailed, contoured and GPS compatible road map from Kartografija in Ljubljana, with on the reverse bilingual descriptions of numerous places of interest illustrated with colour photographs.The map has contours at 40m intervals plus altitude colouring and relief shading, with spot heights for local... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Europe Children`s Placemat
  • This is a colourful and resistant placemat by Little Wigwam, featuring a political map of Europe with capitals and major cities. All the information is up-to-date and includes Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro. The seas are named, lines of longitude and latitude are shown at 15 degree intervals, the Arctic Circle is marked and the mat features a... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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