Adventures / Sub Zero

Winter Adventure in Montenegro

Explore Bjelasica Mountain as you snowshoe to peaks over 2000m and learn winter survival techniques. 3 days off work.

I'M UP FOR
Sub Zero
DURATION
4 Nights
DIFFICULTY
Active
COMFORT
Comfortable
LOCATION
Montenegro
SEASON
January, February
NEAREST AIRPORT

Immerse yourself in the winter life as you snowshoe to mountain peaks and learn how to build a snow shelter. This winter adventure will see you explore the medieval Morača monastery in Podgorica, before heading to the breathtaking Bjelasica mountain. From here, you will summit not one, but two mountain peaks; both with extraordinary views of the breathtaking landscape and round it off with a snowshoe hike to Biogradsko lake. So, what’s included:

Perfect for: Fit hikers who want to climb two mountains peaks, as well as learn essential winter mountain skills. No snowshoeing experience is needed for this winter adventure.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Flights to/from Podgorica
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Additional charge for a single room
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 12.

Please note, this trip may be rearranged or cancelled if fewer than 4 people are booked.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Much Better Adventures are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travellers and very small groups of 2 or 3, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

As you will be snowshoeing for five to six hours each day, you will need a moderate level of fitness. But don’t worry, your guide will be with you at all times and help you during any rough parts. Besides that, the trip is absolutely beginner friendly.

All of the food is local and freshly cooked mountain food meals to fill you up for those long days of snow shoeing. These include domestic cheese and other local milk products, dry meat specialities, fish, local fruit and vegetables. Drinks are not included.

Absolutely! Just let us know when you book onto this adventure.

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Please contact your host upon booking, so all needed preparations can be made.

As this is a winter adventure, the average temperature in Montenegro will be around zero degrees. However, it can get colder in the night, even as low as -10°C to -20°C, so make sure you bring extra layers of clothing to keep you warm. During the day, it can be pretty sunny with clear skies.

Unfortunately, this is dependent on the weather. If there isn’t sufficient snow, it is difficult to build a good shelter. Also, if it’s raining that very day it won’t be possible to dig and build a shelter. But no worries the last years, this hasn’t been a problem.

Your host will provide you with:

  • Snowshoes
  • Snowshoe poles

Your host recommends that you pack:

  • Backpack (about 30 ~ 40l)
  • Warm trekking trousers
  • Gore-Tex or similar jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Warm winter boots
  • Socks (thermal + cotton)
  • Woolen cap (or polar)
  • Clothes in layers
  • Winter gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun-cream (sun protection SPF 50)
  • Water bottle (thermos recommended)

Got a question not covered here? Contact the host.

Location

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The northern highlands of Montenegro are rugged and remote. Numerous ranges of the Dinaric Alps crisscross the landscape, including the 7km-long Vasojevicki Kom range and the Bjelsasica Mountains. Both ranges feature fantastical limestone rock formations, expansive views, and untouched old growth forests of black pine. Biograd Lake National Park preserves two remarkable natural treasures: Biograd Lake itself, and one of the last three rainforests in Europe. The lake is nearly a kilometer long and filled with fresh, clear mountain water. It’s the largest mountain lake in Montenegro. The surrounding land is home to 26 different habitats, hundreds of species of plants, and abundant wildlife.

Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro and lies at the confluence of two rivers. The city is home to the Morača monastery, founded in 1252 and one of the best-known medieval monuments in Montenegro. Besides the spectacular architecture, the frescoes of the city are also particularly interesting, with the oldest dating back to the 13th century.

Start point

Podgorica Airport - 13:00
Your adventure begins at Podgorica Airport (TGD) with your airport transfer at 13:00. Please schedule your flight to arrive more than 30 minutes before this time, your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area.

If you’re already in Podgorica or arriving early you can make your own way to the city via a short 15-minute taxi ride. Just contact your host with your exact location and they will pick you up wherever you are in Podgorica to meet your guide and fellow adventurers for lunch around 13:30.

Finish point

Podgorica Airport - 14:00
At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Podgorica Airport (TGD) or Podgorica Town Centre at 14:00. You’re free to book any flight that departs after 16:00.

What to Expect

Tuesday: Arrival

Your guide will meet you at Podgorica Airport. From here, you’ll journey to the accommodation on Bjelasica mountain, where you then prepare for tomorrow’s adventure.

1.5 hours driving, Monastery visit

Wednesday: Snowshoe to the peak of Zekova Glava (2117m)

In the morning, your host will help you check your gear and adjust your equipment for the winter terrain.

Then, you’ll have a short training on how to use snowshoes as well as the safety procedures, before setting off for Zekova Glava.

With moderate slopes, Zekova Glava offers the ideal conditions for your first day of snowshoeing. You’ll hike along the ridge from where you’ll have stunning views of the surrounding peaks of Bjelasica.

After enjoying a whole day of snowshoeing, head back to your accommodation for a much-deserved mountain meal.

6 – 7 hours snowshoeing

Thursday: Snowshoe to the peak of Ćupov (1885m)

Now that you’ve had some experience with snowshoeing, you’ll head to the Kolašin ski centre to begin the 11km long snowshoe hike.

The hike will begin in the dense forests that Bjelasica is famous for, before heading through the fields and to the peak of Ćupov. You will descend using a different route home, so you can really explore the mountain.

On the way to your hotel, your guides will give you a demonstration of how to make a snow shelter*, simulate an avalanche rescue, as well as a lesson in checking the quality of the snow.

After a successful day out, head back to your accommodation and relax with some traditional food and drinks to celebrate the successful trip.

4 - 5 hours snowshoeing, 2-3 hours of winter outdoor skills

Friday: Snowshoe hike to Biogradsko Lake

Today, we’ll head on to Biogradsko Lake, the biggest, natural lake in Montenegro that might be completely frozen.

The hike will begin from the bridge, from where we can see the lake in the distance. From there, we’ll snowshoe around 3km and then another 3-4km around the lake. Depending on the group preference and hike experience, we can extend our snowshoeing to nearby hills and hidden frozen paths.

After, we’ll head back to the same bridge where we started our hike where our transport will wait for us to drive us back for something hot to eat and drink.

4 - 6 hours snowshoeing, 30 minute driving

Saturday: Tour of Morača monastery, departure

After breakfast, it’ll be time to say your goodbyes to your hosts.

Pack your bags and hop on your transfer back to the airport in time for your flight. We’ll make a short detour and continue to Morača monastery. Located in a canyon, it is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Montenegro, as well as one of the oldest.

Then, we’ll head on to the airport where we’ll say our goodbyes.

Should you wish to stay longer, just let us know when you book on.

*Want to bring the emergency simulation to the next level? Ditch the hotel room and spend the night in the shelter (optional). Just let your host know in advance.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions, and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

You will stay in a 3-star hotel in Kolašin, located 8 km from the ski resort and 10-minute drive from the Biogradska Gora National Park. The rooms will be on a twin-sharing basis, with en-suite bathrooms and included WiFi and TV.

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Accommodation · Airport Transfers · Equipment · Guide · Local Transport · Meals As Described · Happiness Guaranteed · 100% Financial Protection

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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