Exploring Montenegro and Durmitor National Park

After our stay in Bosnia & Herzegovina we headed to Montenegro and to the city of Zabljak. It is located right by the Durmitor National Park. We stayed at Šepić Accommodation, which was a great place! Aljoša and his mother run the place and we got a lot of ideas and instructions from them. And I also recommend having the breakfast, which was really good.

Crno Jezero Lake

We came to Zabljak in the afternoon and didn’t have too much time, so we headed to Crno Jezero Lake. It was just a few kilometres from where we stayed. There was a nice path going around the lake and we managed to walk around just before it got dark.

Hiking towards the lookout place over Tara Canyon

Aljoša gave us instructions on getting to the lookout spot above the Tara River Canyon. It wasn’t a long way, but it took us a long time. I had to stop to take pictures all the time.

Tara Canyon in Montenegro

The Tara River Gorge is a really spectacular place. It is one of the deepest canyons in the world, 1300 metres deep at the deepest part.

Looking at the Tara River Canyon in Montenegro

In October the tourist season is already over, but we were still amazed that there were no other people here.

Enjoying the views at Tara River Gorge

It was very silent and peaceful. I really recommend visiting this place. Too bad we didn’t have more time to explore the Durmitor National Park.

Sunset in Durmitor National Park

On the way back we stopped at another lookout spot. There were skiing slopes here and a lift. Maybe we need to come back here some day and do some downhill skiing. Aljoša told us that it is mostly local people during the winter, but the slopes looked good. So maybe there is potential here. And the prices are cheap!

In Zabljak we also went whitewater rafting on the Tara River. I’ll write more about that in my next post!

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Hiking in Sutjeska National Park, Bosnia & Herzegovina

From Slovenia we continued our roadtrip south to Bosnia & Herzegovina. Our plan was to stay at Hotel Mladost close to Sutjeska National Park in the south part of the country. We only stayed for two nights, so we had just one full day to explore the place.

Hiking in Sutjeska National Park

The nature was really beautiful, but getting to the starting place of our hike was a bit of a challenge. Wereceived good instructions and a map from the Hotel reception. It was only a 20 kilometer drive to the starting place. The guy at the reception said that once we turn from the main road, the road turns into a dirt road. I asked, if it was still ok to drive with a normal car. He said it was. Well it took us about 2 hours to drive the 20 kilometers. Unfortunately we didn’t get any really good pictures of the road, because we had to concentrate on not breaking our car. But we managed still!

Enjoying the beautiful nature in Sutjeska National Park

We stopped at a few lookout places on the way and the scenery was amazing. And it was very quiet, no other people around.

On the way to Trnovačko Lake

There were several options from out starting place. We decided to walk to Trnovačko Lake, which was about a two hour hike from where we left our car. It was a well-marked route and the weather was great again.

Trnovačko Lake in Montenegro

The Trnovačko Lake is actually in Montenegro. The path continues from here to the top of Maglić, the highest mountain in Bosnia & Herzegovina. It would have taken us atleast 5 hours to the top and back, so we didn’t even consider going up. It was still worth just visiting the lake.

Autumn colors in Sutjeska National Park

We took the same route back to our car after a short break at the lake. The autumn colors were beautiful on the way. And the sun was shining!

Evening light in Sutjeska National Park

This were we started and ended our hike. We were happy to be back while there was still daylight left as we wanted to drive down before dark. It was a bit faster driving down, but it still took us a lot of time.

There is a lot of potential in Bosnia & Herzegovina for all kinds of outdoor activities. The nature is really beautiful, but the roads are not so good and the whole infrastructure needs some development. But if you are ready for some adventure, I can recommend it already now.

A short hike close to Bovec, Slovenia

We only stayed in Bovec for two days, so our time was limited. As we wanted to go whitewater kayaking on both days, there wasn’t much time for anything else. Our original plan was to also do a Via Ferrata route on Mangart, a mountain right at the border of Slovenia and Italy. There was too much snow at the higher altitudes so we changed the plan.

On the second day we did a shorter section of kayaking and had just enough time for a short hike.

Hiking in Lepena, Slovenia

The owner of the apartment we stayed at recommended to go to Lepena. It was a short drive along the Soča valley. The first part of the hike was a wide path through the forest. The trail was going up all the time and we needed to stop several times to catch our breath. It was mostly inside the forest, so you couldn’t see much. But when you could, the scenery was really nice.

Krn Lake in Slovenia

It took us about two hours to get to the Krn Lake. Very peaceful and quiet. There is also a mountain hut on the way here, but in October it was already closed. Because we started late in the afternoon, we didn’t have much time to enjoy the scenery. We had to head back, so we wouldn’t need to hike back down in the dark.

Hiking in Triglav National Park

The weather was great and up at the lake there were numerous paths going in different directions. Too bad we didn’t have more time. We managed to get to the car right as it started to be too dark to see without a torch. That’s why I don’t have too many pictures from the hike.
Here is a video a made two years ago doing a Via Ferrata route in the same area. I think we need to go back some day and have more time in the area.

The next post will be about our time in Bosnia & Herzegovina.