This guidebook to Montenegro includes day-walks and multi-day treks throughout the Dinaric Alps, ranging from 1 hour to 5 days, with a selection of circular and linear routes, with variants and extensions. The 17 walks and trekking routes take in Montenegro's five national parks as well as other areas including Orjen, Komovi, Tara Canyon and the UNESCO-listed old town of Kotor. Walks are all graded, from easy outings to challenging treks involving exposure and scrambling. Many of the multi-day routes will require camping or staying in unstaffed mountain shelters. With a range of practical information on maps, language, travel to and around the country, and accommodation, this is a comprehensive and informative guide for walkers who wish to sample one of the finest walking destinations in Europe.
These mountains are some of the wildest, most spectacular, and least visited in Europe. Nevertheless they are easily accessible, and many areas have well-marked trails. They present an opportunity to travel through outstandingly beautiful and remarkably unspoilt natural scenery, which sees few visitors.
Rudolf Abraham grew up in England and New Zealand, and has travelled extensively in Turkey, the Caucasus, Iran and Central Asia. He lived in Croatia from 1999 to 2001, and has made numerous trips into the mountains of Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia. He is the author of Cicerone's Walking in Croatia, and has also written a book on Islamic art and architecture, and contributed introductions to books on Central Asia, Armenia and Afghanistan.
INTRODUCTION ABOUT MONTENEGRO Geography Geology Climate When to Visit Weather Forecasts Vegetation and Wildlife Mediterranean and Mountain Plants Mammals Reptiles and Amphibians Birds History Culture Festivals Food and Drink Menu Reader Language Key Words for Walkers TRAVELLING IN MONTENEGRO Visas Getting to Montenegro Flights from the UK and Western Europe Travelling via Croatia Travelling via Italy By Rail or Bus from the UK and Western Europe Local Transport Bus Train Taxi Hitching Warning: Cross-Border Travel Accommodation Money Currency Costs Carrying Money Changing Money ATMs Staying in Touch Telephones Mobiles Internet WALKING IN MONTENEGRO Highlights Mountain Huts and Camping Katuns Water Food and Supplies Equipment Maps Trail Markings National Parks Long-Distance Routes Safety in the Mountains Mountain Rescue and Emergency Telephone Numbers ABOUT THIS GUIDE About the Routes Route Summary Table Rating and Arrangement of Routes Timings and Stages Maps and Sketch Maps Local Spelling and Place Names ORJEN Walk 1: Subra Stage 1: Kameno - Vratlo Hut Stage 2: Vratlo Hut - Subra (return) Stage 3: Vratlo Hut - Kabao (return) Stage 4: Vratlo Hut - Kameno Further Possibilities Zuba?ki kabao from Vratlo Hut Walk 2: Zuba?ki kabao Vrbanj - Zuba?ki kabao (return) LOV?EN Walk 3: Jezerski vrh Bukovica - Jezerski vrh - Ivanova korita Walk 4: Kotor Fortress Kotor Fortress (return) DURMITOR Walk 5: Central Durmitor Stage 1: ?abljak - Lokvice Stage 2: Lokvice - veliki Me?ed -Terzin bogaz (return) Stage 3: Lokvice - Bobotov kuk (return) Stage 4: Lokvice - Minin bogaz (return) Stage 5: Lokvice - Ledena pe?ina (return) Stage 6: Lokvice - Trojni prevoj - Samar (return) Stage 7: Lokvice - ?abljak Walk 6: Durmitor Circuit (via Skr?ko jezero) Stage 1: Lokvice - Trojni prevoj - Zeleni vir - Samar - Skr?ko jezero Stage 2: Skr?ko jezero - Planinica - AliSnica - Crvena greda - Jablan jezero Stage 3: Jablan jezero - ?abljak Walk 7: Durmitor Circuit (via Velika Struga) Stage 1: Lokvice - Velika Struga -Donja AliSnica Stage 2: Donja AliSnica - Crvena greda - Jablan jezero - ?abljak Further Possibilities Savin kuk Sedlena greda Tara Canyon Crno jezero BJELASICA Walk 8: Biogradsko jezero Circuit of Biogradsko jezero (return) Walk 9: Biogradska gora Stage 1: Biogradsko jezero - Crna glava - PeSi?a jezero Stage 2: PeSi?a jezero - TreSnjevik Further Possibilities Strmenica KOMOVI Walk 10: Komovi Stage 1: TreSnjevik - Stavna Stage 2: Stavna - Kom Vasojevi?ki (return) Stage 3: Stavna - Kom Ljevorije?ki (return) Stage 4: Stavna - TreSnjevik Further Possibilities Kom Ku?ki Magli? KU?KA KRAJINA (?IJEVO) Walk 11: Ku?ka krajina Stage 1: VeruSa - Bukumirsko jezero Stage 2: Bukumirsko jezero - nameless pass (return) Stage 3: Bukumirsko jezero - Stitan (return) Stage 4: Bukumirsko jezero - Magli? (return) Stage 5: Bukumirsko jezero - VeruSa Further Possibilities Treskavac Vila Krisitor PROKLETIJE Walk 12: VoluSnica dom Radni?ki - VoluSnica (return) Walk 13: KroSnja and Karanfili dom Radni?ki - KroSnja - Severni vrh (return) Walk 14: Kotao dom Radni?ki - Kotao (return) Walk 15: Ropojana Valley and jezero Vusanje - Jezero (return) Further Possibilities O?njak Maja Rosit Maja Kolata Maja Jezerce OTHER AREAS Sinjajevina Mora?ke planine Bio? Rumije Skadarsko jezero APPENDICES Appendix A: Long-distance route Biogradsko jezero - VeruSa (Walks 9-11): Summary of Stages and Facilities Appendix B: List of Mountain Huts and Shelters Appendix C: Further Reading Appendix D: Contacts and Useful Addresses Appendix E: Language Notes and Glossary Appendix F: History Appendix G: Montenegro's Principal Mountain Areas and Major Peaks