Durmitor National Park and other things.

For two weeks in July I’m going to be in Durmitor National Park in Montenegro with some friends. Despite being in the pipeline for a while I’m only writing about it now it’s all confirmed (I’ll be on a plane to Croatia at the very least).

Getting there is a little tricky, we have to fly to Dubrovnik in Croatia, before getting two buses to Zabljak, in the National Park. Along with all the faff of buying food and fuel for two weeks whilst out there, this will take a couple of days.

The park itself has been around 60 odd years, and contains the Tara river canyon, which I believe is the second longest river canyon in the world (after the obvious). Many of the mountains rise to well over 2000m. We’re planning to go over the 2500m mark on one or two occasions. Saying all this, many of the valleys are quite high up, Zabljak is at around 1500m so the acsent is probably comparable to Scotland.

If it were only me going, I’d be camping alone high up in the mountains. As it isn’t just me, and the others don’t seem so keen on that, we’ll be staying in huts/camping near them.

Why go? It’s cheap. Very much so in fact. Flights cost me £190, and apart from food and about £20-30 for the bus, there is no other cost. The huts we intend to stay in are free, and so is camping. At least as far as I’m aware. For once I’m not actually organising anything. So hopefully I’ll get away with spending well under £300.

It’s Alpine, without being massively overcrowded and as the picture below shows, very beautiful.

This will be my first time walking outside of the UK, so perhaps obviously, I’m rather excited.

And the other things? They’re not confirmed yet, so I’ll hold back on those just now. But they’re not all walking based. That much I’ll give away.

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4 comments
  1. Jules said:

    Wow! This looks great!

    I’ve been to Montenegro before (round Lovcen area, Cetinje and Kotor) and to northern Albania (which borders southern Montenegro) and had a fab time both times. Durmitor is definitely on the list of places to go, so I’m really looking forward to seeing any photos, trip reports, etc, you bring back. You lucky chap – enjoy!

    BTW, in case you are interested, here is a link to my Albania TR:

    http://www.amblesandrambles.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/accursed-mountains-albania-9th-16th.html

    Now you can see why I think you are in for a treat!

    Cheers

    Jules

    • Some really nice photos there Jules. That’s pretty much what I’m expecting it to be like.

      And I’m well aware I’m lucky. 😀

      • Jules said:

        Thanks, NF.

        Let us know how you get on!

  2. Very interesting, know nothing about this place. What kind of route are you doing, and what are the options for food re supplies/access to towns?

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