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Bjelasica

 
Bjelasica

Page Type: Area/Bike Park

Location: Montenegro, Europe

Lat/Lon: 42.86600°N / 19.70400°E

Trail Type: Cross Country, Downhill, Mountain, Cyclocross

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

 

Page By: vvujisic

Created/Edited: Nov 18, 2007 / Nov 18, 2007

Object ID: 264511

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Overview

Mt Bjelasica is fore sure one of the most beautiful mountain ranges of Montenegro. It belongs to the central continental region of Montenegro. Bjelasica is placed on the E from Moraca Mountains (2226 m), Sinjajevina (2203 m), Vojnik (1997 m), Golija (1942 m), Maganik (2138 m), on the N from Prokletije (2694 m), Komovi (2487 m), Kucka Krajina Mountains (2184 m), on W from Hajla (2403 m), on the NW from Mokra Planina (2003 m), on the SE from Durmitor (2523 m), Maglic (2388 m), Bioc (2397 m), Volujak (2336 m), Ljubisnja (2238 m), on the S from Mt Zlatar (1626 m) and Mt Zlatibor (1496 m) in Serbia, on the SW from Kopaonik (2017 m), Golija (1833 m), Radocelo (1643 m), Pester (1617 m), Cemerno (1579 m) mountains in Serbia.

Bjelasica above Kolasin
Bjelasica range above Kolasin town

Bjelasica is situated on NE from Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro. Mountain is surrounded by the 5 cities: by Kolasin town on the W, by Mojkovac town on the N, by Berane town on the E, by Bijelo Polje on the NE, by Andrijevica town on the SE.

It's geological features are of volcanic origins, with smooth round shapes, differing from most of Montenegro's other mountains of calcareous composition abounding in karst forms, with numerous crevasses and crevices. Bjelasica lacks alpine climbing rocks but the vast spaciousness of it's mildly rolling landscapes is amazing.

The Mt Bjelasica range stretches over and area of 630 square km, with a equal width & length - 30 km. The entire range divides into four different expanses from the NW to the SE, namely:

  • First mountain range: Kobilja Glava - Miljevaca - Bikova Glava - Kljuc

  • Second mountain range: Donji Lumer - Gornji Lumer - Goles - Lisa - Troglava - Zekova Glava

  • Third mountain range: Lanista - Razvrsje - Svatovsko Groblje - Crna Lokva - Crna Glava

  • Fourth mountain range: Mucnica - Marinkovac - Bjelogrivac - Strmenica


The Bjelasica range is bordered by the Lim and Tara rivers as well as by the Ljubovidja and Lepenica rivers to the north. It belongs to the municipal districts of the cities: Kolasin, Mojkovac, Bijelo Polje, Berane and Andrijevica, which cooperate in the common interests of the tourist development of the Mt Bjelasica region.

The massif of Mt Bjelasica has 10 peaks above 2000 m. The three peaks which belong to group of highest peaks are Crna Glava (2139m), Zekova Glava (2117m) and Troglava (2072m), all three placed above the beautiful Pesica Jezero (Pesica Lake, 1820 m). Here is the list of the highest peaks of Bjelasica:


  • Crna Glava (2139 m)

  • Strmenica (2122 m)

  • Zekova Glava (2117 m)

  • Kosara (2079 m)

  • Troglava (2072 m)

  • Pesica Glava (2056 m)

  • Strmni Pad (2050 m)

  • Razvrsje (2033 m)

  • Potrkovo (2009 m)

  • Crna Lokva (2008 m)

  • Strmenica (Ogorela glava, 1986 m)

  • Bjelogrivac (1970 m)

  • Kljuc (1930 m)

  • Turjak (1912 m)

  • Lisa (1872 m)

  • Mucnica (1809 m)

  • Pivljen (1495 m)


VIEWPOINT: Bjelasica - Crna Glava (2139 m)
N 42°51'58.3'' E 19°42'14.2''

01. Zlatar (Velika Krseva peak) 1626 m; Distance: 60 km
02. Golija (Jankov Kamen) 1833 m; Distance: 70 km
03. Hajla 2403 m; Distance: 38 km
04. Djeravica (Serbian Prokletije) 2656 m; Distance: 50 km
05. Visitor (Plana peak) 2211 m; Distance: 32 km
06. Prokletije (Maja Jezerce peak) 2694 m; Distance: 47 km
07. Komovi (Kom Kucki peak) 2487 m; Distance: 21 km
08. Moracke Planine (Kapa Moracka) 2226 m; Distance: 45 km
09. Durmitor (Bobotov Kuk peak) 2523 m; Distance: 26 km
10. Maganik (Medjedji Vrh peak) 2139 m; Distance: 52 km
11. Ljubisnja (Dernjecista peak) 2238 m; Distance: 70 km
12. Sinjajevina (Babji Zub peak) 2277 m; Distance: 37 km

One part of the marked Montenegrin Climbing Transversal CT-1 goes across Bjelasica. You can hike this part in three days.

Mt Bjelasica is also the home of 6 glacial lakes:


  • Biogradsko Jezero (1094 m), surface=44ha, depth=12m

  • Pesica Jezero (1820 m), surface=3.74ha, depth=8.4m

  • Ursulovacko Jezero (1895 m), surface=1.22ha, depth=8.0m

  • Sisko Jezero (1660), surface=2.9ha, depth=3.2m

  • Malo Sisko Jezero (1780 m), surface=0.62ha, depth=1.7m

  • Malo Ursulovacko Jezero (Blatina, 1760 m), surface=0.5ha, depth=2.2m


Bjelasica is the greenest mountain in Montenegro, also very rich with water sources. So, Bjelasica is really the pure paradise for enjoyment in beautiful mountain scenery. The mountain is approachable also by car. With the roads from Kolasin town till Vranjak and from Berane town till Kurikuc you can come at the foot of the mountain and also to the Biogradsko Jezero (1094 m) lake.

Getting There

By plane:
The closest airport is the one in Podgorica (70km away).
If you are planning to come via Serbia, you can use the Belgrade (Beograd) Airport in Beograd (Belgrade) city, capital of Serbia and Montenegro.
Information about flights and tickets on JAT Airways web page.

By train:
Beograd - Bar (Bar - Beograd) railway passes through Mojkovac and Kolasin. In winter, there is a special ski-train for Kolasin from Bar and Podgorica. When you get off it, a ski bus will take you straight to the ski resort.

By Bus:

From Beograd (Belgrade):
Beograd (Belgrade) - Cacak - Uzice - Zlatibor - Nova Varos - Prijepolje - Bijelo Polje
Beograd (Belgrade) - Cacak - Uzice - Zlatibor - Nova Varos - Prijepolje - Bijelo Polje - Berane
Beograd (Belgrade) - Cacak - Uzice - Zlatibor - Nova Varos - Prijepolje - Bijelo Polje - Berane - Andrijevica
Beograd (Belgrade) - Cacak - Uzice - Zlatibor - Nova Varos - Prijepolje - Bijelo Polje - Mojkovac
Beograd (Belgrade) - Cacak - Uzice - Zlatibor - Nova Varos - Prijepolje - Bijelo Polje - Mojkovac - Kolasin

For the bus tickets and informations about but lines see Belgrade Bus Station page.

From Podgorica:
Podgorica - Kolasin
Podgorica - Kolasin - Mojkovac
Podgorica - Kolasin - Andrijevica
Podgorica - Kolasin - Andrijevica - Berane
Podgorica - Kolasin - Mojkovac - Bijelo Polje

By road:

From Beograd (Belgrade):
Beograd (Belgrade) - Cacak - Uzice - Zlatibor - Nova Varos - Prijepolje - Bijelo Polje
Beograd (Belgrade) - Cacak - Uzice - Zlatibor - Nova Varos - Prijepolje - Bijelo Polje - Berane
Beograd (Belgrade) - Cacak - Uzice - Zlatibor - Nova Varos - Prijepolje - Bijelo Polje - Berane - Andrijevica
Beograd (Belgrade) - Cacak - Uzice - Zlatibor - Nova Varos - Prijepolje - Bijelo Polje - Mojkovac
Beograd (Belgrade) - Cacak - Uzice - Zlatibor - Nova Varos - Prijepolje - Bijelo Polje - Mojkovac - Kolasin

From Podgorica:
Podgorica - Kolasin
Podgorica - Kolasin - Mojkovac
Podgorica - Kolasin - Andrijevica
Podgorica - Kolasin - Andrijevica - Berane
Podgorica - Kolasin - Mojkovac - Bijelo Polje

You should drive along the central Montenegrin highway, which connects the seaside to the towns: Cetinje - Podgorica - Kolasin - Mojkovac - Bijelo Polje; and goes on to Serbia (Belgrade city). This road is passable during most part of the year. It is closed only in case of abundant snowing or great rockslides. The landscape along the highway is particularly picturesque in the segment of the Moraca River Canyon between Podgorica and Kolasin. This part of the canyon is called “Platije”. The highway is built along the edge of the narrow canyon. Thus, you can enjoy in observing the beautiful contrast between steep, dark cliffs and light, green river, while round, white peaks of Bjelasica glow in the distance. At moments, this beauty becomes scary!

From Podgorica you can also take the village road for Kolasin. It goes across Lijeva Rijeka, Verusa and Matesevo. One part of it goes along the Tara River, which in this area is like a small, gentle and playful spring. The road is narrow, but in good condition. From the north, you will reach Kolašin if you take the highway that passes through Mojkovac. If you are coming from the east you should go across Andrijevica through Matesevo to arrive to Kolasin. You will be surprised by the difference in the landscape of the northern and the southern access to Kolašin. Unlike the south, the vegetation in the north is more lush, green and soft.

If you travel by car you will not depend on local bus routes. Buses are quite regular along the main roads, but if going by bus you will not enjoy as much in beautiful rural landscapes. In particular, the recommendation is that you do not take a bus in winter snowy days. It is better to rely on the train then, because roads might be impassable.

Camping

In Bjelasica region exist three mountain huts:

Mountain Hut "Dusan Bulatovic Dzambas"

Location: Belowe the Mucnica peak, shepherd's hut Kutijavac near shepherd's hut Vrioc.
Configuration: stone-wood building. First floor and mansarda made by wood.
Capacity: 40 people
Conveniences: Full service! The best hut in Bjelasica region! Kitchen with full service, bathroom, electricity, water, bads with full equipment (you don't need sleeping bags), you can buy the food and drinks.
Environment: on SW side of the Bjelasica mountain, view to Tara Canyon, Mt Sinjajevina and Mojkovac town.
Arrival: To Mojkovac by train or bus, then by walk via Rudnica-Przista-Brskovo (7 km by walk - 1.45h). To the hut you can come also with car.
Administrative office: PSD”Dusan Bulatovic-Dzambas” - Mojkovac.
Contact: Ranko Misnic, +381(0) 84 47 32 21, Mobile: +381(0) 69 02 36 97
Note: Before your coming please call these numbers and contact responsible contact people.

Mountain Hut "Suvodol"

Location: on eastern side of Montain near Berane town.
Configuration: stone building.
Capacity: 28 persons (15 beds on the flour, one room for 8 person, one room for 5 person).
Conveniences: electricity, water spring 5 m far from the entrance of the hut, kitchen with heating.
Environment: near the hut exist "katuni" - shepherd's huts which are active during summer.
Arrival: the hut is 20 km far from Berane town. Use the way: Berane - Lubnice - Kurikuce - Suvodo. The hut is near the road.
Contact: Nedic Milutin - Tane (Berane, Polimska 21, tel. +381(0) 87 34 39 6 or Savo Softic (Berane, tel. +381(0) 87 31 01 6
Note: Before your coming please call these numbers and contact responsible contact people.

Mountain Hut "Bojista" (1250m)

Location: Bjelasica region called Bojista.
Configuration: building with ground floor (kitchen, dining room) and loft (a room).
Capacity: 20 beds (for the time being you can only sleep on the floor in sleeping bags).
Conveniences: home is not finished yet and for now there is no electricity and water (when it is over it shall have both). Nearby there is spring water.
Environment: beech and spruce forest. Relatively near the home you can find lakes: Sisko, Ursulovacko, Pesica and Biogradsko and the highest points of Bjelasica: Zekova glava and Crna glava.
Arrival: from Mojkovac by the truck road 6,5 km (1,5 hours of walk).
Administrative office: PSD "Brskovo", 84205 Mojkovac
Contact: phone number +381(0) 84 72 25 9
Note: Before your coming please call these numbers and contact responsible contact people.

Mountain Conditions

The best meteo for Mt Bjelasica is YUBC NET page. 5 days meteo, 4 times daily:

Red Tape

No fees or extra fees for entering the Bjelasica.
No permits needed either.
Usual rules of behaviour for NP's do apply.

Images

Bjelasica above KolasinBjelasica