On Friday 15th four Belgium guys came in Montenegro for the first time. They wanted to see its seaside, but mainly to explore its stunning mountains!
Running away from city crowd in occasional hiking excursions like this enables them to stay in touch with Nature, and is also an excellent opportunity for gathering. Good choice, we all know about numerous benefits of hiking, both on mental and physical health. Occupancy by work and care about family leaves no room for many opportunities like this one. Unfortunately, so typical for a modern man.
After an overnight in Kotor, I picked them up the morning after and we headed for a ride to Durmitor. Durmitor is a famous National Park in Montenegro and, by many, Balkan’s most beautiful mountain (Durmitor). After two and a half hour ride through beautiful mountainous region, we reached our destination – a beautiful wooden guest house, entirely constructed by hands of our kind hosts, Goran and his son Jovan. Let’s not forget Goran’s wife, who takes care that all who stays in their house eat sumptuous, traditional meals.
We arrived around 11 am. Not wanting to waste any minute we immediately jumped in hiking shoes, took some supplies and started the walk. As guys were into easier hiking mode, instead of ascent to some of Durmitor’s 48 peaks higher than 2000m, we chose the easier trail. Starting from 1450 we will go till 1800.m above sea level After 10 minutes, we were happy to switch asphalt road for a nice trail through dense pine forest. In half an hour we reached Crno Jezero (Black Lake), the biggest of 18 glacial lakes on Durmitor. Its crystal clear water directly entices you to jump in and dive deep! We resisted and kept walking following the trail that goes to the highest peak of Montenegro, Bobotov Kuk (2522m a.s.l.).
First 2 km the trail goes moderately uphill. After 1700 m of altitude the vegetation starts to be rarefied, so soon the forest was behind us and we were able to enjoy the view on Medjed peak (2223 m a.s.l).
After 2.5 hours we reached Katun Lokvice. A stunning landscape was just in front of us! At that moment, when you see so many peaks, of which many still have snow patches in June, you must feel nothing but awe to this great mountain! There is also mountain hut there, where you can have a drink, buy an organic cheese made exactly there, or perhaps find a shelter in case of bad weather. We returned the same way back. Another option was to go around Medjed peak, but that would take additional 2 hours and a significant amount of energy, due to very steep ascent that we’d have to climb.
No need to mention that after beautiful hike and dinner, combined with fresh mountain air solid sleeping was guaranteed!
Tomorrow, the weather was not as perfect as yesterday, but that did not change our plan. That day we visited Jablan lake and 2164 m high peak Crvena greda.
The morning after we said hello to our hosts, jumped in the car and in 3 hours we were in the south, more precisely on another National Park of Montenegro – Lovcen. Lovcen is natural, the historical, cultural and spiritual symbol for all Montenegrins. It rises steep from the edge of Adriatic area, above coastal Montenegro. From Lovćen you can enjoy in magnificent view to fantastic Boka Bay, one of the most beautiful scenery in whole Montenegro. As we arrived around 1 pm, we decided not to go all the way to the famous Njegos Mausoleum on the top, but to follow the circular trail and enjoy fantastic sight on Boka Bay. After 4 hours of enjoyable walk, we arrived at our starting point. It was time to drive back to Kotor, where guys were staying the following night.
In three days we walked nearly 40km through amazing sceneries that only Mother Nature can create, when inspired! Montenegro certainly offers something for everyone, whether you are fit or recreational hiker.
However, BeActive with us and don’t let that modern lifestyle turns you away from Nature, from yourself!