Among highly ranked hiking destinations Montenegro is recently finding its way toward the top!
It is becoming one of the favorite places for those who love spending their vacation actively. More and more adventure seekers from all over the World are discovering this country of diversities and wilderness.
And that’s with a reason!
Although very small, Montenegro has so many natural beauties to offer! Numerous mountains, lakes, rivers, and sea gave it deservedly the epithet “The Mediterranean pearl”. It is something that all Montenegrins are very proud of.
Why hiking in Montenegro?
Some unbeatable facts:
Endless hiking possibilities
So many mountains within 2 hours of driving means an abundance of trails scattered around. Whether you are a fan of easy hikes or demanding walking holidays, you will definitely find perfect trails for yourself. So many trails through stunning landscapes give endless options while planning your hiking adventure.
Untouched nature and wildlife
Forest, pastures, and meadows cover 80% of country’s area! The most of the population is concentrated in the central area, around the capital Podgorica, and Niksic. Remaining part is mostly uninhabited, hence no human impact yet! Mountaineers, climbers, speleologists, and explorers are discovering new trails, canyons, caves, climbing rocks almost on a daily basis! A lot of hidden gems are still waiting to be discovered.
Numerous crystal clear lakes and rivers
This is a topic I could write about widely! In short terms: Montenegro has 40 lakes! Lake Skadar, Black Lake, Biogradsko, Bukumirsko, Plavsko, Piva, Kapetanovo lake are just some of them. How about the refreshing jump in any of them, after nice hiking day? Or perhaps in any of hundreds of rivers, where some of them are so clear that you can drink water out of them! Tara River, which creates second highest canyon in the World, is certainly the most popular one.
Durmitor’s Black Lake
Excellent value for money
Montenegro is still cheap compared to other similar destinations. Lodge in the mountains can be as cheap as 7e per person. It depends of course on the level of comfort you want to get. Considering that hiking is actually stepping out of the comfort zone, most of us are more than happy to sleep in Katuns (farmer’s settlements in the mountains, at high altitudes, where herders move their livestock to graze in the summer. Most of them are now offering full tourist services). Transportation and food supplies are still among the cheapest in Europe.
Amazingly tasty food
The taste of Montenegrin food is something that will stay for a long time in your mind. Even on walking holiday do not expect to lose some weight here! The base of every meal is meat, prepared in various ways. The most appreciated way of preparing it is “ispod sacha”. Do not miss to try traditional dishes like cicvara, lamb in milk, kachamak, different pies, sarma… And of course cheese and smoked ham (Prshut)! Most of this food is organic, especially in Katuns.
Meat and patato prepared in “sach”
Generous and warm people
Montenegrins might look a bit “rough” at first. Mountainous relief formed their character, I believe. But generally, they like to treat their guests in the best possible way, and to show-off their hospitality and generosity. It is even more pronounced in rural parts. There you will often be invited by locals to have Rakija or lunch. As a matter of generosity you should accept it, but be careful with rakija, it’s quite strong drink! 🙂
Well marked trails
The more popular hiking mountains, like Durmitor, Prokletije, Bjelasica, Orjen, Lovcen, Komovi etc. are very well marked! Trail network is getting better day by day, thanks to enthusiastic actions by local mountaineering clubs and individuals. Prior to hiking buy a trail map at the base or in the National park. Do not completely rely on GPS technology, as it sometimes does not work here. The signal simply cannot reach you because of the steep mountains around. Moreover, potable water sources are sometimes marked only on the maps.
Trails info in NP Durmitor
Long hiking season
Hiking season in Montenegro generally lasts from March to October. In the spring months, it’s better to choose Southern mountains like Orjen, Lovcen, Rumija. The Northern ones are still under snow at that time! But in the summer months, the Northern part is where you should be!
Various hiking terrain
One thing is certain while hiking in Montenegro! You will not see the same scenery twice! The origin of these mountains differs from one another, so they provide so much natural diversity, different landscapes, reliefs, smells, sights… Some of them are hostile karst massifs, while some are home to rare Virgin forests and rich flora and fauna world (NP Biogradska Gora)
These are some facts that nominee Montenegro for the perfect hiking destination. Of course, as a country in transition, there are still many things that could be better here. Let’s hope that government will realize the enormous benefits of sustainable tourism to everyone involved. Modernization of road infrastructure, preservation of untouched nature and country promotion is something that should be instructed from the government level.
Yet, rising environmental awareness and conserving this nature is something that must be done on the personal level!
Feel free to leave your comment! Or if you have any question, thoughts, or need any information about Montenegro we’ll be happy to respond!