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We fly to Dubrovnik Airport (Croatia) and travel by road across the border and into Montenegro. We continue on to Kotor, where we will spend our first night. Depending on what time we arrive, we can visit Kotor Old Town with its Venetian influenced architecture or perhaps take a dip in the fjord.
We walk from Kotor to
Njegusi village, as we leave the ramparts of Kotor behind us we travel away
from modern civilization and into rural untouched Montenegrin countryside. We
follow a zig-zag path up the steep hillside immediately above Kotor giving
fantastic views of the fjord. We arrive in Njegusi village where we stay for
the following two nights. 12.7km, ascent 1020m / descent 180m, 5hrs 25mins.
We take a loop hike
to Jezerski summit at 1657m where the mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic Njegos; a
famous Montenegrin prince-bishop, poet and philosopher is located. Climbing the
461 steps to the mausoleum from the road is a feat in itself! We descend back
to Njegusi village. 20.5km, ascent / descent 1000m, 6hrs 30 mins.
We leave Njegusi
village and travel by road (three hours) including through spectacular gorges
to Lake Biogradska. It is then a long climb of over 1,000m to a high ridge with
great views and then a long ridge walk to Katun Vranjak. Our accommodation for
the night is a group of shepherds huts. 19km, ascent 1089m / descent 450m, 7hrs
Today is a much
easier day, and will allow us to relax and recover with some less strenuous
walks taking us to the peaks of Troglava (2072m), and Zekova Glava (2117m). The
views never disappoint, rewarding you with yet further impressive mountain
panoramas. 14km, ascent / descent 642m, 5hrs.
We embark on a long
but relatively gentle transit walk, at altitude, along good quality tracks
through alpine meadows and upland pastures through Krivi and
over Tresnjevik hill (1750), before arriving at our chalets just below the
Komovi Mountains. 22km, ascent 700m, decent 741m, 5hrs 45mins.
An excellent day, and
an opportunity to climb to the summit of Kom i Kucki. At 2487m this is one of
the highest peaks in Montenegro’s Komovi Mountains. While this is the smallest
of the three limestone peaks on the tour, it is the most difficult ascent in
technical terms. It involves significant scrambling and the transit of a narrow
and exposed ridge. The rewards are a great sense of achievement and some
magnificent views of the Komovi Mountains. 13.4km, ascent / descent 1063m, 7hrs
We have an easier day
to recuperate. We spend the morning walking mostly downhill on a good path
to the village of Andrejevica. Here we will be met by transport to take us
to our accommodation in Vusanje. From this point we are in the beautiful and
wild area of the Prokletije National Park. 14.4km, ascent 230m descent 1149m,
After a night in
rooms above a small restaurant serving great food, we will attempt to climb the
highest peak of the tour, Maja e Kollate. At 2552m this is the highest peak in
Montenegro and is a demanding climb; through forest initially then across a
broad field of limestone, past an Ice Cave to a col at 2032m and thence steeply
up to the summit, if conditions allow. 20.7km, ascent / descent 1700m, 8hrs 40
Today we have an
early start from the Montenegrin village of Vusanje with full packs and make a
long but gentle ascent up a beautiful valley to the Albanian border and then
further to a high pass (Qafa e Pejes) between spectacular limestone peaks.
After this it is a steep descent to the village of Theth, our next centre for
the following two nights. 22km, ascent 1268m, descent 1487m, 9hrs.
After two hard days, we enjoy a relaxing day exploring
the valley below Theth where we see a “tower of refuge” and an impressive
waterfall. 9km, ascent / descent 254m, 4hrs.
This is another
transfer day. We leave Theth and head uphill to a high pass (Qafa el
Valbone) and then descend into the Valbone valley through pine and beech woods
to eventually reach the village of Valbone. 16km, ascent 1130m descent 1146m,
We climb the last of
our summits at Maja e Rosit (2524m) back on the Montenegro / Albanian border,
where the majestic view of the Valbone¨ Valley and the rugged peaks of the
Albanian border takes the breath away. This will be a demanding walk involving
1600m of ascent. This is a great but strenuous final walk. 18km, ascent /
descent 1760m, 8hrs 30 mins.
We leave Valbone by
bus for around one hour before we reach Fierza at the head of a spectacular
flooded gorge. From here we take a two hour ferry ride down the gorge. We are
met at the far end by a bus which takes us all the way to Kruje – a tourist
village on a hill overlooking Tirana where we will enjoy the luxury of our
excellent 4 star hotel.
We transfer from Kruje to Tirana for our return flight back to the UK.