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Adventure Hiking in Montenegro

Summit two spectacular peaks in Durmitor National Park and hike to the mysterious Black Lake, all in a long weekend

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Adventure Hiking in Montenegro

Summit two spectacular peaks in Durmitor National Park and hike to the mysterious Black Lake, all in a long weekend


3 nights




2 days off work




Up to 14 people


Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia






Based on 22 reviews


The summit days involve up to 13km (7 hours) of hiking and 700m of ascent, so a decent level of fitness is required

Search for the ‘eyes of the mountain’ as you summit Crvena Greda (2117m), a dramatic peak in 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

Day 1

Black Lake


2-3hrs · 4-5km · 200m up · 200m down



Meet your host at Dubrovnik Airport and hit the road, crossing the border into Montenegro and stopping at Nikšić for a late lunch before continuing on to your chalet in the beautiful Durmitor National Park. Settle in, unpack and then head for a walk around Black Lake – don’t let the name fool you, it's famous for its clear, turquoise waters. Soak up the surroundings (or 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)


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

Scale Crvena Greda (2117m)


4-6hrs · 9km · 500m up · 500m down

Wake up bright and early and head to the small village of Bosaca (1600m) for the start of the hike. Follow one of the Durmitor Massif’s most beloved trails, meandering through the wilds of the national park. The climb gets steeper around Jablan Lake, offering one of many scenic vistas along the way to Crvena Greda’s peak (2117m), 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.



Expert, local, English-speaking guides


3 nights in a mountain chalet


3 dinners, 3 lunches, 3 breakfasts


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

Visas where required

Day 1

Chalet · Twin share




Day 2 – Day 3

Chalet · Twin share




Day 4

Departure day




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, a 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.

Your host can arrange pre and post-trip accommodation if you wish. Please see Optional Extras for prices.


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).

The Area




Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia



Podgorica Airport, Montenegro



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:

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.

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What do I need to bring?


  • Main backpack or duffel bag
  • Daypack for the hikes


  • Hiking trousers
  • Hiking shoes or boots with ankle support (broken in)
  • Rain/windproof 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


  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Earplugs
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses
  • Small flashlight or head torch
  • 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 litre
  • Energy bars and snacks
  • Walking poles (optional)

Pre/post trip accommodation in Zabljak (double/twin room)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post trip accommodation in Zabljak (double/twin room)

Per Night

Pre/post trip accommodation in Zabljak (single room)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post trip accommodation in Zabljak (single room)

Per Night

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

- Lynsey(August 2023)

Loved my first MBA trip experience. The hiking was absolutely beautiful. Pay attention to the difficulty level when booking...I didn't quite feel fit enough. Lovely accommodation and great guides (Bilja and Marko).

- Ieva(June 2023)

Fun experience with amazing views, this location is absolutely beautiful and still very much untouched. Experienced guide. Really nice accommodation and amazing food throughout. We found that the first day hike should have been more challenging which should have been achievable by MBA. The cabins are in a small village and some were kept awake by barking dogs in a kennels near by. But the cabins themselves were very comfortable and we loved them.

- Alison(June 2023)

A fabulous experience in a beautiful country

- Jus(June 2023)

Beautiful nature in Montenegro- spring flowers and lake swimming amongst many highlights

- Kiki(September 2022)

An absolutely brilliant adventure. Our guide Đurđica was incredible, so friendly, positive, tuned in to the groups ability and maintained a good pace. When the weather changed she was able to switch plans and still ensure we hiked and saw incredible parts of Montenegro. The mountains were stunning - really unspoilt, the group was a really lovely bunch of humans and the lake was perfect to cool off in after a hard days walking. Could not recommend enough.

- Priya(September 2022)

Great weekend and such amazing views. The only way to see the true beauty of Montenegro. Durdica was AMAZING, really accommodating and very knowledgable. Due to weather, we didnt get to climb Durmitor but she managed to plan a full day of activities which were fantastic!

- Christopher(September 2022)

The scenery was amazing and the hike was enjoyable! But due to weather conditions we had to change the plan for the second hiking day but the guide was quick to come up with a another plan, which was a very enjoyable visit to Europe's deepest canyon and zip lining, would highly recommend this trip!

- Nadine(September 2022)

Great experience- the accommodation, hiking, and guide were all excellent!

- Rachel(September 2022)

Very knowledgable guide, amazing scenery. The hiking was great, excellent safety precautions with respect to the weather on the mountain. Would do the trip again.

- Aine(August 2022)

Great scenery, hikes are a challenge but not too difficult, lots of food and cute accommodation :)

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 2023 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 up to 7 hours on your feet and up to 700m of ascent and descent, so you'll need good fitness levels and be comfortable out in the mountains for full days.

Sure can! Over 70% 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 for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

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.

You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

Want to book a private trip? Just tap ‘Private Group’ in the dates and prices tab.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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