Guided Hiking Tours

Montenegro | From the Durmitor Mountain Range to the Bay of Kotor

Trek the Black Mountain wilderness and enjoy the stunning Adriatic Sea.

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  • Beach town on the coast of Montenegro
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  • Hiking through the Montenegro countryside with Ryder-Walker Alpine Adventures.
  • Kotor Bay, Montenegro
  • Chapel in the Montenegro countryside.
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  • "The countryside is spectacular, unspoiled, and uncrowded. Like Switzerland before it was tamed. Rugged mountains arising out of the Adriatic. Fiords and ancient coastal villages. The Tara River, with its steep canyon walls. An unforgettable night at the Eco Katun, sitting outside by the fire and seeing billions of stars. Plus it was fun to hike again with Kenny, and to hike for the first time with Terese."- Don Ware

Trip Highlights:

  • Hiking through three national parks, Biogradska Gora National Park, Durmitor National Park, and Lovcen National Park.
  • Boating on the Tara River through the deepest canyon in Europe.
  • A sampling of everything Montenegro has to offer, from picture-perfect coastlines and mountains, to tucked-away seaside villages.

Montenegro, the “Black Mountain”. The very name evokes a sense of mystery and intrigue in a far-away place. Tucked neatly into the Adriatic Coast, this fascinating gem has it all—sapphire colored lagoons; rugged mountain peaks; an extraordinary coastline; fjords and deep canyons; breath-taking flora, abundant wildlife and elegant seaside villages with architecture reminding visitors of Venice. Montenegro is a small country, but its beauty, wilderness, and adventure make a lasting impression on all who visit.

Our 8-day hiking adventure begins in Kolašin, Montenegro’s main ski resort, and continues through the neighboring Biogradska Gora National Park, which we explore on foot. The national park area has been under protection since 1878, and has one of the few primeval forests in Europe. You’re able to take in vast pastures above the tree line and visit glistening glacial lakes. We make our way to a traditional alpine farm turned eco-friendly resort, before returning to Kolašin for a second night.

We continue with a canyon day trip on the Tara River, or “Tear of Europe”. This river is one of Europe’s most pristine and wild rivers, and also a UNESCO ecological reserve. Our boat ride leads us to the Durmitor National Park, which, due to the relative inaccessibility, remains mostly untouched. During a loop hike through the National Park, we explore a mountainous region with fantastic geologic formations. From here, we are able to see the famous peak of Bobotov Kuk (2523 m/8238 ft). After a short shuttle ride through the beautiful and mountainous countryside, we reach the village of Kotor, a town on the southwest coast of Montenegro, nestled into the Boka Kotorska Gulf. Here we see a unique natural fjord on the Mediterranean coast, visiting Venetian Perast, and, if time allows, we take a boat to the small island just off the shore. Discover the local legend of the man-made island and visit the monastery “Our Lady of the Rocks”. If weather allows, we finally approach Kotor by boat and make our way to the hotel.

The next day we explore the bustling streets of the medieval Kotor. Your guide(s) will pick a suitable hike in the area, which guarantees fabulous views over the bay of Kotor. The last day we head into the Lovcen National Park on one of the many trails. During this outing, views across the entire Adriatic can be enjoyed before we transfer to seaside Budva, our final destination.

Hiking in Montenegro is quite adventurous, and those looking for a unique experience, pristine beauty, incredible sea views, high mountain peaks, and a melting pot of cultures and architecture will find all this and much more.  

Trip Itinerary

Travel independently to Podgorica, Montenegro’s capital. Proceed to Kolašin by shuttle or taxi, which we are happy to arrange for you if you’d like. Meet the group and guide(s) for welcome drinks and dinner at the hotel.

Hike into Biogradska National Park, nestled within the Bjelasica mountain range, a massif dominating northeastern Montenegro with 10  peaks higher than 6500 ft. Hike across beautiful high alpine pastures and meadows teeming with wildflowers, and reach a traditional alpine farm turned ecological resort, the Eco Katun, before returning to Kolašin.

Distance: 8.5 miles. Elevation gain: 1800 ft.

Enjoy a whole day rafting on the Tara River, one of Europe’s most pristine and wild rivers. No experience is required for this adventure on the “Tear of Europe” in the deepest canyon on the continent. We spend about 4 hours on the river. All necessary gear is provided (wet suit, life jacket, helmet, dry bag, etc).

Distance: about 4 hours on the river including lunch.

Hike in the mysterious Durmitor Mountains, pass alpine lakes that dot the National Park and head into rugged, high terrain to enjoy views of landscapes carved by ice and water. Forty-eight peaks soar over 6500 ft, and views of the highest peak of the area can be enjoyed. Return to our hotel in Žabljak.

Distance: 8 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 2500 ft.

Shuttle to the Bay of Kotor and visit the beautiful Venetian town of Perast. Enjoy a traditional Montenegrin lunch along the seaside promenade. If weather permits, explore the Bay of Kotor by boat and settle into our charming hotel for the night.

Distance: variable.

We take a short transfer to one of the numerous hiking trails on the Vrmac peninsula. Hike up to the local summit for truly stunning views of the Boka Kotorska. Steep, limestone cliffs of the Lovcen mountain cover more than 4000 vertical feet before plunging into the narrow inlet of the glimmering Adriatic sea.

Discover the Boka Kotorska unique geographical form: a 1000-feet-wide strait of Verige connecting a narrow coastal inlet of Kotor to an outer bay of Tivat that opens again into a second, 4-mile-wide inner bay, creating a perfect natural shelter and a setting for a long and fascinating human history.

Distance: 7 – 10 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 2100 ft.

Today is an easy and rewarding hike. We begin on a well-built, old Austrian road that descends down a gentle trail leading us through beautiful meadows and pastures. This just may be your favorite day of the tour, because it showcases spectacular views of  the Bay of Kotor. Before our drive down to the bustling resort village of Budva, we stop in Cetinje, a former capital of Montenegro, to visit the historic 15 x 15 meter relief map of Montenegro. This one-of-a-kind map was made by Austrians in the late 1900s, and it gives an overview of the entire country, mountains, and places we have been. Our closing dinner takes place on a quaint terrace in the Old Town of Budva, overlooking the city walls and the Mediterranean Sea.

Distance: 7 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 1300 ft.

Depart by bus or private shuttle to Podgorica airport.

From the Durmitor Mountain Range to the Bay of Kotor | Montenegro

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