Adventures / Summit Fever

Adventure Hiking in Montenegro

Scale Montenegro’s highest mountain and hike to the mysterious Black Lake, all in a weekend

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Adventures / Summit Fever

Adventure Hiking in Montenegro

Scale Montenegro’s highest mountain and hike to the mysterious Black Lake, all in a weekend

DURATION

3 nights

LOCATION

Montenegro

ANNUAL LEAVE

2 days off work

SEASON

Jun-Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 16 people

MEETING POINT

Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia

ACCOMMODATION

Chalet

DIFFICULTY

Challenging

The summit day involves 14km (6-8 hours) of hiking with 900m of ascent, so a decent level of fitness is required

Search for the ‘eyes of the mountain’ as you summit Bobotov Kuk (2522m), a dramatic peak in the Durmitor National Park

Trek through a UNESCO World Heritage area and to the top of Prutaš, possibly the best viewpoint in the country

Brave the wild waters of Black Lake, the largest of 18 glacial lakes on Mount Durmitor

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Daniel, October 2019

I really enjoyed the trip, tough hiking but totally worth it as the views were amazing. Local food was tasty and the accommodation we had was comfortable and warm.

Daniel, October 2019

Great trip, accommodation was good and the food was also good. The local guide was knowledgeable and personable. The hiking itself was challenging but so worth it.

Aaron, October 2019

Climbing the mountain, the quality of food and accommodation were great.

Included

Guides

Expert, local, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

3 nights in a mountain chalet

Meals

3 dinners, 3 lunches, 3 breakfasts

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in-between

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia

12:30

Ends

Podgorica Airport, Montenegro

9:00

Transfers

You'll be picked up on day 1 at Dubrovnik Airport at 12:30, so make sure to book a flight which arrives in time for the meetup. On the final day, you'll be dropped off at Podgorica Airport at 9:00.

If you are already in Dubrovnik on day 1, you can take a shuttle bus connection to the airport: https://www.absolute-dubrovnik.com/travel-by-plane/dubrovnik-airport-shuttle-bus

You also have the option to be picked up in Podgorica on day 1 if you are already in Montenegro's capital city before the trip. If you prefer to be dropped off in the centre of Podgorica on day 4 then please let your host know during the trip.

Your host is not allowed to drop you back at Dubrovnik, but there are a number of ways you can get back there if you prefer to avoid internal flights and want to spend some time exploring Dubrovnik after the trip. The easiest option is an early morning direct bus connection between Podgorica and Dubrovnik and your host will drop you at the bus stop.

If you are unable to get the group transfer from the airport, you'll need to either hire a car or book a taxi to get to the start point (3 hour drive). Your host is unable to arrange a private transfer to the start point of the trip.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Dubrovnik and back from Podgorica from airports across the UK and Europe. Please arrive in Dubrovnik by 12:30 or earlier on day 1. You are free to book any departing flight that leaves Podgorica after 11:00 on the final day.

For adventurers looking to avoid air travel, you can reach Dubrovnik by a combination of rail and bus journeys via Zagreb and Split. Dubrovnik does not have a train station, however, it is easy to catch a bus there from the train station in Split. Podgorica Rail Station is well connected to Western Europe by train, transitting through Belgrade and Zagreb.

Day 1

Chalet · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Chalet · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Expect to eat fresh, home-cooked delicacies, including the region’s famous cheeses, as well as cured meats, fish and locally sourced fruits and vegetables. Be sure to sample the freshly baked bread and pastries such as Burek, an oily and crunchy pastry filled with a combination of cheese, meat, spinach and potatoes.

Vegans, vegetarians and other dietary requirements can be catered for, just let your host know in advance.

What is the accommodation like?

The mountains

You’ll stay in a twin-share room in a quaint mountain chalet in an area prized for its biodiversity. Rooms are comfortable but basic, while the chalet itself has Wi-Fi throughout and a delightful in-house restaurant that serves traditional Montenegrin dishes.

Your host can arrange pre and post-trip accommodation in Podgorica. Please see Optional Extra for prices. If you are in Podgorica at the start of the trip, your host can arrange your transfer to the mountain chalet instead of the transfer from Dubrovnik airport on day 1.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

Day 1

Black Lake

Hiking

2-3hrs · 10km · 200m up · 200m down

Meet your host at Dubrovnik Airport and hit the road, crossing the border into Montenegro and stopping at Nikšić for lunch before continuing on to your chalet in the beautiful Durmitor National Park. Settle in, unpack and then head to Black Lake – don’t let the name fool you, it's famous for its clear, turquoise waters. Soak up the surroundings - grab a cold dip if you're feeling brave - then return to the chalet in time for dinner.

Day 2

Hike to the summit of Prutaš (2393m)

Hiking

7hrs · 13km · 700m up · 700m down

Lace-up your boots for a full day of hiking in Durmitor National Park. You'll cross idyllic landscapes to the village of Dobri Do, right at the foot of Prutaš - one of the largest peaks of the Durmitor mountain range at 2393m. You'll hike up to the top of Prutaš, with sweeping views opening up as you make your way to possibly the best viewpoint in this part of Montenegro.

Day 3

Reach Montenegro's highest peak

Hiking

6-8hrs · 14km · 900m up · 900m down

Wake up bright and early and head to the Katun Dobri Do trailhead at 1700m. Follow one of the Durmitor Massif’s most beloved trails, meandering through the wilds of the national park. Push on to the summit of Montenegro's highest point - Bobotov Kuk - where you’ll be greeted by incredible views of the glacial lakes in the valley beneath. Locals call these lakes 'the eyes of the mountain'. Head back to the chalet and celebrate over dinner with the rest of your team.

Day 4

Head to Podgorica

Enjoy a last breakfast in the mountains before heading to Podgorica, from where you can fly home or head off to your next adventure in Montenegro.

15% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's included?

  • Helmets and safety gear for the summit day

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Main backpack or duffel bag
  • Daypack for the hikes

CLOTHES

  • Hiking trousers
  • Hiking shoes (broken in)
  • Wind stopper/jacket
  • Breathable wicking layers
  • Several pairs of hiking socks
  • Sandals/trainers
  • Sun hat
  • Buff or light neck scarf for sun protecton
  • Warm layers for evenings at the chalet
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts

OTHER

  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel Insurance documents
  • Earplugs
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Toilet kit (toilet paper, biodegradable bags to carry paper out to dispose of)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Reusable water bottle x1 ltr
  • Energy bars and snacks

Single room in Podgorica

Payable Before Departure

Single room in Podgorica

Twin/Double room in Podgorica

Payable Before Departure

Twin/Double room in Podgorica

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 229kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

Days 2 and 3 are big hiking days, with 6-8 hours on your feet and up to 900m of ascent and descent, so you'll need good fitness levels and be comfortable out in the mountains for full days. There are no technical sections on the ascent of Bobotov Kuk, although the final step before the peak itself requires the assistance of a short stretch of fixed wire cables. You'll be kitted out with ropes and a helmet while your guide helps you safely navigate this section to reach the summit.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Summer and early autumn are the best times to visit this part of Montenegro. Overnight lows in the mountains range from 3-8°C (37-46°F), and daily highs range from 13–20°C (55-68°F). Across the country, it generally rains about a third of the days each month.

Any excess luggage can be safely left in your mountain chalet accommodation while out on the hikes.

For current advice about travelling in Montenegro, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

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