"Among the mountain giants of the south-Slavic countries, the most powerful and most magnificient is Durmitor."
Kurt Hasert, German geographer, (Montenegro, Volume 1: Travels)
"Durmitor is the most beautiful mountain range of Montenegro", said Branislav Cerovic - mountain writer, greater knower and devoter of Durmitor, who marked whole massif.
Here in the heart of Europe, in Montenegro, you can find Tibetian, Mongolian, Alps and Colorado Canyon atmosphere, scenery and panoramas. All these quallities on one place! Durmitor is really so rich with its diversities that everybody who will visit it will have unforgetable experience and impressions.
Durmitor is second highest mountain range of Dinaric Alps, behind Prokletije mountain. With Slovenian Julian Alps, Prokletije and Komovi, Durmitor belong to group of most beautiful mountain ranges of former Yugoslavia.
This beautiful mountain range is situated in the north-western part of Montenegro. Durmitor National Park is surrounded by deep valleys and canyons from three side - on the N by second deepest canyon in the world and deepest in Europe - Tara river canyon, on the W by incredible canyon of Piva river and Pivska Planina mountain, and on the S by Komarnica river canyon. On the E Durmitor is open to huge vast plateau (grassland) called Jezerska Povrs (Plateau of Lakes), which end is on beginning of Sinjajevina mountain. Whole national park is 39.000 hectares big.
The main features of the Durmitor region is a Jezerska Povrs vast plateau 1500 meters above sea level intersected by deep canyon gorges over towered by impressive mountain peaks - 48 of which are over 2000 m (27 over 2200 m). Highest peak of massif is Bobotov Kuk (2523 m).
There are 18 glacial lakes at heights over 1500 meters adding great charm to the Durmitor massif. Durmitorians called them "Gorske Oci" (Mountain Eyes).
After glaciation in last ice age, during melt of ice, Durmitor's lakes was born. Montenegrins and specialy Durmitorians call them Gorske Oci (Mountain Eyes).
They are located all over Durmitor mountain and Jezerska Povrs (plateau of lakes). These "Mountain Eyes" contributes very much to amazing beauty of Durmitor National Park. Durmitor's lakes are the trademark of Durmitor's famous beauty.
Durmitor have 18 glacial lakes at heights over 1500 m adding great charm to the Durmitor massif.
The foundation for scientific research of lakes on Durmitor was given in the far away year 1899 by Jovan Cvijic who, during his visit, called on all its lakes. He stated that this lakes left an indelible mark and are the element of recognition for this Mountain, because nowhere, in the whole wide world, there is no such abundance of lakes in such a small territory. Jovan Cvijic, Serbian great scientist called them, with every right, "MOUNTAIN EYES". All of this lakes are different according to magnitude, quantity of water in them, shape, origin, quality and beauty of landscape surrounding them, etc. If, however we look at them with our eyes, from our time, there can be no such thing as “to many lakes” and they are not given once for all times. This lakes are as beautiful as the water in them is clear and pure, because lakes, like people have faces and destinies. In the following pages you may read a story out every single one, because every single one is an “eye of earth”, and taken together they are MOUNTAIN EYES. Looking into them, we measure the depths of our souls.
List of 18 lakes, according to altitude at which they are placed (in second brackets is their depth):
01) Crno Jezero (1416m) (49m)
02) Veliko Skrcko Jezero (1686m) (17.2m)
03) Malo Skrcko Jezero (1711m) (15.2m)
04) Zeleni Vir (2028m) (2.5m)
05) Jablan Jezero (1791m) (8.5m)
06) Valovito jezero (1695m) (3.5m)
07) Vir u Lokvicama (1693m) (4m)
08) Srablje Jezero (1623m) (2.5m)
09) Modro Jezero (1609m) (3.3m)
10) Suva Lokva (1593m) (2.5m)
11) Zminje Jezero (1520m) (7.7m)
12) Barno Jezero (1489m) (2m)
13) Poscensko Jezero (1487) (3.6m)
14) Zabojsko Jezero (1477m) (18.8m)
15) Vrazje Jezero (1411m) (10.6m)
16) Riblje Jezero (1409m) (5.5m)
17) Zminicko Jezero (1285m) (3.8m)
18) Susicko Jezero (1150m) (5m)
Also, Durmitor have 748 springs of pure mountain water and forests in which some trees are more than a few hundred years old.
Along its 2000 km of climbing and hiking trails you can find many caves, such as Ledena Pechina (Ice Cave, below Obla Glava peak) and cave on Vjetrena Brda.
Among the most beautiful features of the National Park are the sparkling waters of the rivers, carved into amazing canyon valleys.
The Tara River is exceptionally beautiful, by its impressive currant, depth&landscape of the canyon, making it one of the most stunning in the world.
Durmitorians called Durmitor mountain as "SOA NEBESKA". Meaning - Durmitor peaks are so high that touch the sky, stands as some kind of "Altar of the Sky".
Starting from the natural wealth and from specific values, in the framework of The National Park Durmitor there are seven districts which are especially protected, as follows: primeval juniper and pine forest in the confluence of the Mlinski potok (Mlin brook); the black pine complex in Crni podi in the Tara canyon; Crno jezero (The Black Lake) with its forest just nearby; the Skrcka jezera (Shkrchka lakes) valley and the nearby territory of the Susica canyon Barno jezero (the Barna Lake) with its nearby territory; the Zabojsko jezero (Zaboj lake) with its nearby territory, and the canyon-like valley of the Tara River.
The natural beauty and treasures of Mt. Durmitor & the Tara river were twice awarded international confirmation. In the framework of the Project "The Biosphere and Man" the Tara River was 1977 inscribed into the ecological biosphere reservation, thus being internationally protected by internationally adopted Conventions.
The Durmitor National Park was in 1980 proclaimed world’s natural good and was inscribed into the Register of World’s Natural Heritage which is part of the UNESCO.
Circle road around Durmitor massif
Durmitor range offer incredible possibilities for mountainbiking. Because of its beautiful vasty plateau called Jezerska Povrs (approximatelly height about 1500 m), you can drive in many directions.
Also, Durmitor offer you also a amazing mtb adventure - the circle road around Durmitor massif, which is 86 km long, whole on asphalt road.
CIRCLE ROAD ROUTE: Zabljak - Stuoc - Mala Crna Gora village - Nedajno - Trsa - Pisce - Todorov Do - Dobri Do - Sedlo pass - Poscenski kraj - Virak village - Zabljak: 6-7 hours of drive (for those who are in good physical condition).
Gateway to Durmitor is Zabljak town. Information how to get there:
~To Beograd (Belgrade, Serbia&Montenegro capital) airport. Than with plane to Podgorica, capital of Montenegro, or with bus or car to Zabljak town.
~To Podgorica airport. Than with bus or car to Zabljak town.
Information about flights find on the sites of JAT Airways, a former Yugoslav airlines, or on Montenegro Airlines.
Buses go to Zabljak from Beograd (Belgrade) twice a day and from Podgorica, Niksic, Pljevlja and Mojkovac several times per day.
~Beograd (Belgrade)-Zlatibor-Nova Varos-Prijepolje-Pljevlja-Zabljak
~Niksic - Savnik (47km) - Zabljak (37km): 84km; Niksic to Zabljak approach from south.
~Niksic - Savnik (35km) - Zabljak (37km): 72km;
~Podgorica - Niksic (55 km)-Savnik (47 km)-Zabljak (37 km): 139 km; Add this length if you are going to Zabljak from Podgorica via Niksic. Road to Niksic from Podgorica is good.
~Podgorica - Kolasin (71km) - Mojkovac (21km) - Zabljak (67km): 159km; road is good all the way to Zabljak. Behind Podgorica (56m) you go inside Moraca River canyon (one of spectacular Montenegrin canyons). It is up to 1000m deep and has wild sides. That's spectacular drive. After that, from "Djurdjevica Tara" bridge to Zabljak - 23 km.
CampingCamping permitted on camping dedicated spots only. Major huts are in good condition, but with no service. Still, open to the general public. Hikers/climbers are supposed to bring all the jummy stuff with them.
1. Hut in Skrka Lakes Valley (1723 m). Active: June 1 - October 1.
2. Hut in Susica Canyon
SHELTERS & BIVOUACS
1. Bivouac in Velika Kalica valley
2. Shelter in Lokvice Valley (1693 m)
3. Stari Katun on the road from Zabljak to Obla Glava (2303 m) peak, near Ledena Pechina (Ice Cave) - empty simply hut from wood, without service, simple conditions...
1. Camp "Mlinski Potok", Pitomine, 84220 Zabljak. Owner: Mina Samsal. Mobile: +381 (0)69 497 625
2. Camp "Ivan Do". Owner: Radoman Sibalic. Camp price for camping is 4 Euro per day.
3. Camp "Razvrsje". Owner: Miso Vojnovic. Mobile: +381 (0)67 4444 77
Also, in Zabljak town you can rent private room or apartment. Price for 2-beds apartment with kitchen and bathroom: 10-14 Euro (5-7 Euro per person).
In some villages on mountain, for example in Bosaca village, you can rent a 2-beds apartment for price 6-8 Euro (3-4 Euro per person) with free milk products every day (1 liter of caw milk).
Red TapeNo fees or extra fees for entering the National Park.
No permits needed either.
Usual rules of behaviour for NPs do apply.