Activities on Durmitor area
Zabljak is the centre of tourist activities in Durmitor. It’s an alpine centre, designed primarily for skiing in winter time, but you
wouldn’t realise that in summer, there are so many things to do here in Durmitor. At this time of year, it’s a popular place for hiking,
climbing, biking and canyoning.
For all those who are not prepared for harder physical efforts, or just want to actively enjoy nature, we have prepared a whole series of
easier activities, among which we emphasize: rafting, fly fishing, birdwatching, horse riding, archery, jeep or ATV safari.
hiking / mountaineering
DURMITOR is heavenly mountain! Paradise for mountaineers and nature lovers. Amazing and impressive beauty of Durmitor
is simply breathtaking. Durmitor is really God's gift to the world! More than a mountain!
"Durmitor is the most beautiful mountain range of Montenegro", said Branislav Cerovic - mountain writer, great knower and devoter of Durmitor, who marked its whole massif.
Here in the heart of Europe, in Montenegro, you can find Tibetian, Mongolian, Alps and Colorado Canyon atmosphere, sceneries and panoramas. All these quallities on just one place! Durmitor is really so rich with its diversities that everybody who will visit it will have unforgetable experience and impressions.
Some, especially Montenegrins, say that Durmitor is also most beautiful and most natural mountain range in whole former Yugoslavia.
Durmitor is second highest mountain range of Dinaric Alps, behind Prokletije mountain. With Slovenian Julian Alps, Prokletije and Komovi, Durmitor belong to group of most beautiful mountain ranges of former Yugoslavia.
This beautiful mountain range is situated in the north-western part of Montenegro. Durmitor National Park is surrounded by deep valleys and canyons from three side - on the N by second deepest canyon in the world and deepest in Europe - Tara river canyon, on the W by incredible canyon of Piva river and Pivska Planina mountain, and on the S by Komarnica river canyon. On the E Durmitor is open to huge vast plateau (grassland) called Jezerska Povrs (Plateau of Lakes), which end is on beginning of Sinjajevina mountain. Whole national park is 39.000 hectares big.
The main features of the Durmitor region is a Jezerska Povrs vast plateau 1500 meters above sea level intersected by deep canyon gorges over towered by impressive mountain peaks - 48 of which are over 2000 m (27 over 2200 m). Highest peak of massif is Bobotov Kuk (2523 m).
There are 18 glacial lakes at heights over 1500 meters adding great charm to the Durmitor massif. Durmitorians called them "Gorske Oci" (Mountain Eyes).
Also, Durmitor have 748 springs of pure mountain water and forests in which some trees are more than a few hundred years old.
Along its 2000 km of climbing and hiking trails you can find many caves, such as Ledena Pechina (Ice Cave, below Obla Glava peak) and cave on Vjetrena Brda.
Among the most beautiful features of the National Park are the sparkling waters of the rivers, carved into amazing canyon valleys.
The Tara River is exceptionally beautiful, by its impressive currant, depth&landscape of the canyon, making it one of the most stunning in the world.
The richness of its flora&fauna, the complexity of its ecosystems, with over 1300 varied plant species, making it an exceptional concetration of such a quantity & quality of numeruous endemic & ancient species, that Durmitor has extraordinary natural wealth that is a permanent inspiration to scientists & nature-lovers alike.
The origin of the name "Durmitor" is not cleared with any certainity. According to some the origin of the name is romanic. Possibly it is derived from the latin word "dormitorium" i.e. from the italian word "dormitorio" or "dormire" - meaning "sleeping" because, according to legends the soldiers of the roman legions, marching by, were asking "is this Mountain sleeping?"
Of course, there is a far less romantic explanation, possibly much closer to the truth, that the name was given by celtic tribes, the celtic: "dru-mi-tor" meaning "water from the mountain". In any case the name was inherited by slav tribes coming into the territory: the locals are stressing the word "DURMITOR" on the second syllable.
Durmitorians called Durmitor mountain as "SOA NEBESKA". Meaning - Durmitor peaks are so high that touch the sky, stands as some kind of "Altar of the Sky".
Starting from the natural wealth and from specific values, in the framework of The National Park Durmitor there are seven districts which are especially protected, as follows: primeval juniper and pine forest in the confluence of the Mlinski potok (Mlin brook); the black pine complex in Crni podi in the Tara canyon; Crno jezero (The Black Lake) with its forest just nearby; the Skrcka jezera (Shkrchka lakes) valley and the nearby territory of the Susica canyon Barno jezero (the Barna Lake) with its nearby territory; the Zabojsko jezero (Zaboj lake) with its nearby territory, and the canyon-like valley of the Tara River.
The natural beauty and treasures of Mt. Durmitor & the Tara river were twice awarded international confirmation. In the framework of the Project "The Biosphere and Man" the Tara River was 1977 inscribed into the ecological biosphere reservation, thus being internationally protected by internationally adopted Conventions.
The Durmitor National Park was in 1980 proclaimed world’s natural good and was inscribed into the Register of World’s Natural Heritage which is part of the UNESCO.
Mountain peaks and sides were formed by withdrawing glaciers, leaving behind them moraine wrinkles and numerous lakes.
The Durmitor massif offers ideal conditions for mountaineering.
In this area, powerful tectonic forces created a mountain world adorned with extraordinary shapes.
The jagged peaks, resemble other Alps as their names imply: Minin Bogaz (dagger), Zupci (saw teeth), Sohe & others; with massive domes & wide expanses with patterned sides called Prutash (plaid), Shareni Pasovi (colorful belts); or dressed in vertical stripes like Medjed (bear fur), Savin Kuk (hip) & Shljeme (roof ridge); or glowing colors like Crvena Greda (red rafter) or even those resembling saddles; Sedlena Greda (saddle frame) & Uvita Greda (bent frame); or Obla Glava (oval head); or even Stozhina (haystack pole). These are all frightening, dark or bright, little or gargantuan - the best marked mountain in this region is a virtual paradise for all mountaineers & mountain lovers.
From all peaks of Durmitor massif three are most visited and most popular for climbing - Bobotov Kuk (2523 m), Prutas (2393 m) and Medjed (2287 m). Medjed (2287 m) summit view is something special. From the top of Medjed peak you can enjoy in amazing view to whole massif of Durmitor, above wonderful, impressive and deep Lokvice valley. Also, you can see Crno Jezero (Black Lake) like 'from airplane'. The best view to Crno Jezero is from Mali Medjed (2223 m) summit. Prutas (2393) summit view is really incredible. Beauty of this view is simply breathtaking. From Prutas summit you can see main crest of Durmitor massif (Soa Nebeska), which include three peaks - Bezimeni Vrh (No Name Peak, 2487 m), Bobotov Kuk (2523 m) and Soa or Djevojka (2440 m), above amazing incredible beauty of Skrcka Lakes Valley - God's gift to Durmitor, Montenegro and whole world. Also, beautiful Susica Canyon you can see. If you are visiting Durmitor don’t miss Prutas!!! From Bobotov Kuk (2523 m) summit - highest peak of Durmitor, you can see in good weather conditions many mountain peaks (in few countries), far some hundred kilometers.
Durmitor massif include about 50 peaks over 2000 m above sea level, or 27 peaks over 2200 m. Here is the list of the highest ones:
- Bobotov Kuk (2523m) - highest peak of Durmitor
- Bezimeni Vrh (Nameless Peak, 2487m)
- Šljeme (2455m)
- Istocni Vrh Šljemena (East Peak of Sljeme, 2445 m)
- Soa or Djevojka (2440m)
- Milošev Tok (2426m)
- Bandijerna (2409m)
- Rbatina (2401m)
- Lucin Vrh (2396m)
- Prutaš (2393m) - best viewpoint of Durmitor
- Minin Bogaz (2387m)
- Planinica (2330m)
- Kobilja Glava (2321m)
- Savin Kuk (2313m)
- Šupljika (2310m)
- Zupci (2309m)
- Obla Glava (2303m) - with "Ice Cave" below peak
- Terzin Bogaz (2303m)
- Gruda (2302m)
- Meded (2287m) - view to massif and Crno Jezero
- Suva Rtina (2284m)
- V.Previja (2255)
- Štit (2248m)
- Vjetrna Brda (2231m) - deepest cave on Durmitor
- Sedlena Greda (2227m) - "Saddle of Gods"
Mountain biking is an extreme sport where we cross on special bicycles the so-called off-road routes, inaccessible
hills and mountainous terrains full of ups and downs, forest trails and meadows.
Since it was founded in the 19th century, the bike is a popular means of transportation for most people, and cycling is also an official Olympic sport. However, for real adrenalin junkies and lovers of wild nature, the unique experience is represented by increasingly popular mountain biking and especially mountain biking in Montenegro.
If you're wondering whether mountain biking is for you, here’s a little help:
- Mountain biking is research, entertainment, pure enjoyment, laughter, dusty return to childhood and maybe some paddling, why not?
- Mountain biking is an escape from the traffic jams on the mountain roads surrounded by woods.
- Mountain biking is ideal for the development of personal skills and pushing your own boundaries, but also for socializing with friends, colleagues, and family.
- Cycling in mountain areas is a great workout in nature because it activates your muscles, it burns calories, improves mood, strengthens the heart and mental health.
For those who prefer to ride a bike on the roads, instead of off-road riding, Durmitor offers several outstanding round trips, for everyone. The most interesting, but also the most physically demanding is the ride through the 'Durmitor ring', which envisages a route of 85 km along an asphalt mountain road that goes around the highest peaks of Durmitor. A slightly easier and shorter tour is around the Jezerska plateau, which envisages about 50 km of driving on mostly flat terrain.
Durmitor biking adventure will keep you fully focused and fill you up with motivation and positive energy. It is an overall amazing experience.
For the thrill-seeker, this is one of the best things to do in Durmitor National Park. In fact, a lot of people come just
for the day to go rafting on the Tara River.
The rapids are great fun but it’s not too difficult, making it a great family activity. I think one of the highlights is the scenery because you’ll get an amazing view of the Tara Canyon as you make your way down the river.
If you want an even bigger adventure, there’s also this awesome two-night rafting trip where you’ll sleep near the river on your journey.
The Tara Canyon
The Tara canyon, also known as the Tara river gorge, is the longest canyon in Montenegro. It is 82 kilometers long and is 1,300 meters at it’s deepest, making it the deepest river canyon in Europe. The canyon is protected as a part of the Durmitor national park and is a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Tara river cuts through the canyon. The Tara river, at its end making confluence with piva, becomes the Drina, and is some hundred and fifty kilometers long. In its passage through the Durmitor national park, the river has a mean fall of 3.6 meters per kilometer, making a host of waterfalls and cascades possible, thus creating with its uniqueness The Montenegrian Colorado.
All along its flow, the Tara gets large quantities of water from numerous sources, and quite a few
tributaries. The most important tributaries on the left bank of the Tara are Ljutica and Susica, and the most
important tributaries on the right bank being Vaskovaska rijeka and Draga. The most important source is the source
Bajlovica sige, a source placed on the left bank of the Tara river giving to the Tara a few hundred liters per
second, where the water sourcing from the Bucevica cave falls into the Tara more than thirty meters high, and more
than a hundred and fifty meters wide.
Very special are the Tara cascades. The roar from the cascades is heard on the very peaks of the canyon. There are more than forty cascades, the most famous being; Djavolje lazi, Sokolovina, Bijeli kamen, Gornji tepacki buk, Donji tepacki buk. Because of the quality of its water, and because of its unique ecological system, Tara in 1977 was put into the programme “Covjek i biosfera” (People and Biosphere) and inscribed into the ecological biosphere reservations of the World, being thus protected under an internationally issued convention. There are rocky and pebbly terraces, sandy beaches, high cliffs, and more than 80 large caves along the canyon.
And the great thing is, you don’t need to be an expert rider to experience it. Even if you’ve never ridden a horse
before, you can explore Montenegro’s hidden treasures on horseback. This activity is great even if you’ll be in a
group and some won’t be taking part. There are plenty of trails and paths through the mountains to explore on foot
and you can get maps of the local tracks at the ranch.
If you’ve never ridden before, I encourage you to give it a try. There’s an indescribable feeling of being one with nature when you’re mounted on a horse, marveling at stunning natural beauty. You and your horse become one as you explore along forest and mountain trails together. There’s no car window or exhaust fumes to come between you and the wild nature you came to experience. And if you’re worried about actually learning to guide a horse, it’s surprisingly easy. Horses tend to follow each other so your horse will just happily walk behind your ride leader – that is unless he spots a tasty patch of grass he really wants to eat!
The tour encapsulates the beautiful mountain ranges and scenery of the Durmitor mountain, taking guests along its stunning mountain trails. Guests will not only enjoy these peaceful rides, but they’ll also get to explore parts of the Canyon which only few persons view. The horse riding activity offers spectacular scenery through Durmitor’s mountain passes and it’s an incredible experience that guests will not forget!
Archery is a challenging activity that develops hand/eye coordination and concentration. It is the type of activity
that does not require huge blocks of time in one's busy schedule, and archers can develop their skills as their time
We offer a Beginners Archery course that caters to the individual who never picked up a bow or those who want to learn the basics to improve their skills on the range. Our instructors are certified and class sizes are kept small to maintain an optimum student/instructor ratio.
Who can participate?
Our course does not require you to bring any equipment, since everything you need will be provided for the
course. Just bring yourself and your friends and family to enjoy a past time that will develop into a passion.
The classes total approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours divided between class time and range time. The classes cover
all the fundamentals and principles necessary to handle and shoot a bow safely.
Classes are open to adults, and young adults ages 12-18. We encourage parents and guardians to sign up for the class as well and many find learning archery with their kids is a great experience.
Riding the 'Durmitor Ring'
The Panoramic Road “Durmitor Ring” - Durmitorski prsten - is one of the most impressive routes in the region. Discover the unique, wild landscape and fascinating nature of the Durmitor National Park and the Piva Nature Park in northern Montenegro.
Most interesting sites
Žabljak is the perfect place to start your journey on the Durmitor Ring. The small town is the gateway to the Durmitor National Park and the touristic centre of the region.
The Tara Canyon is one of the highlights of this panoramic road. It is the deepest gorge in Europe and the second deepest in the world after the Grand Canyon in USA. You have a particularly good view of the canyon from Ćurevac, which you can reach via a short detour.
Mala Crna Gora
Mala Crna Gora means "Little Montenegro". The village is known because there is no access during winter months and its inhabitants are cut off from the rest of the world for months.
The panoramic road crosses the Sušica Canyon, which is 15 kilometres long and up to 700 metres deep. At the bottom of the valley you can make a detour to Lake Sušica, which, however, dries up completely during summer time.
Durmitor National Park and Nature Park Piva
The Durmitor National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the country's most important natural treasures. The Durmitor Ring also passes through the Piva Nature Park - the first nature park in Montenegro. Along the route you will see the highest and most impressive peaks of the Durmitor Mountains, such as Prutaš (2,393 m), Bobotov Kuk (2,523 m) and Sedlena Greda (2,227 m).