Arrival. Pick up at Podgorica Airport (or other) and transfer to the hotel in Kolašin. On the way to Kolašin, we will pass through the impressive canyon of the River Morača and we will have the opportunity to visit the Morača Monastery, one of the most beautiful medieval monasteries in Montenegro.
Today begins the proper exploration, and we plan to start with Mount Komovi, a Regional Park located in the north-eastern part of Montenegro. It is the area bordered by the Rivers Lim and Tara, with diverse flora and fauna, clear mountain springs and creeks, high mountain peaks, and charming mountain villages are hidden in-between. We will spend the day exploring Komovi, looking for the White-backed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Hazel Grouse, Ring Ouzel, Nuthatch, Dunnock in beech and coniferous forests, as well as the Rock Partridge, Alpine Chough, Rock Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Golden Eagle, Short-toed Eagle and
Honey Buzzard on the open plains and beneath high peaks. We will also have an opportunity to see how local people live in traditional mountain villages. We finish the day in the town of Plav.
After breakfast, we hop into 4x4s and head towards one of the most beautiful parts of the Prokletije National Park, Lake Hrid, which is hidden under the steep cliffs of Hridski Krš (2358 m) and surrounded by tall pine trees and interesting rock formations. Legend says that forest fairies are bathing in the lake, and some people believe that if they swim in the lake, it will bring them health and good fortune. As we descend further through the forest of Macedonian pine, we might have a chance to see the Red Crossbill, Nutcracker, Crested Tit, Willow Tit, Ring Ouzel, or perhaps even briefly spot the Capercaillie. Our trail will eventually bring us to one of the traditional mountain villages, where our transportation will be waiting for us.
Day 4: Valleys of Prokletije
After two days high up in the mountains, today we will focus more on the lower parts, and what better place to start with than Lake Plav itself. It is the largest glacier lake in Montenegro and it lies at the foothills of Mount Visitor. With its waters rich with fish, as well as plants, the lake attracts species such as the Fieldfare, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Coot, Little Grebe and Bittern, Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Common Pochard, Common Teal, several species of Herons and Waders, while the wet meadows surrounding the lake are home to the Corn Crake. The afternoon is reserved for Grebaje and Ropojana, two amazing valleys surrounded by rocky peaks whose sides flare with snow. A short and easy walk will take us deeper into the valleys in search of hidden springs and waterfalls.
Day 5: Biogradska gora & Tara Canyon
Today we head towards the western part of Montenegro. The first stop of the day is the Biogradska Gora National Park, the oldest protected area in Montenegro. In the heart of it is Lake Biograd, surrounded by the virgin forest. The mirror-like surface of the lake reflects all the beauty of the forest, while we try to hear and spot the White-backed Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Tawny Owl, Red-breasted Flycatcher, as well as different species of ducks resting on the lake. After a relaxing walk around the lake, our journey continues downstream the River Tara. At the gate of the deepest canyon in Europe, we will visit the reservation of Crna Poda, a forest complex of black pine, with trees 400 years old and up to 45 meters tall. Our road continues deeper into the canyon, while we admire the steep cliffs above, and the emerald waters of the Tara beneath us. Just before the road starts to climb out of the canyon and towards Durmitor, we make another stop. This time the reason is manmade, but nevertheless a must-see when in Montenegro. It is the famous Tara Bridge. At the end of the day, we reach Žabljak, a charming little town, where we will stay for the next two nights.
Today we plan to explore the magnificent heights of the Durmitor National Park. We will follow the road that will take us to the edge and the deepest part of the Tara canyon, the bottom of the Sušica canyon, and beautiful plateaus in-between. We will continue over high mountain passes, and we will admire the peaks that rise high above 2,000 meters. This magnificent road will surprise us over and over again, with its breath-taking views, scenes of unspoiled nature, and authentic mountain villages, where the way of life is almost unchanged for hundreds of years. In the woods, we will try to spot the Three-toed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Hazel Grouse, and on the open grassy plateaus, we will look for the Golden Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Red-footed Falcon, Horned Lark, Water Pipit, Rock Thrush, and Rock Partridge.
The plan for today is simple, we will have breakfast, visit a few lakes before, and a few more after lunch. We will start the day with an easy walk to Lake Zminje. As we walk through the forest, we will try to spot the Pygmy Owl, Ural Owl, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Crested Tit, and Red Crossbill. The trail will eventually take us to the Black Lake, the largest glacial lake in the Durmitor National Park, surrounded by a dense forest of spruce and other conifers. After lunch, we will visit both Lakes Riblje and Vražje, trying to spot Lapwings and Marsh
Harriers, as well as different species of water birds, especially waders and ducks. As the day comes to an end, the road will slowly take us from the high mountains of the north to the lowlands in the south of Montenegro. Overnight in Podgorica.
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Podgorica airport (or other).