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Best Hiking Trails in Montenegro

Overview

Much of Montenegro, a small Balkan country, is covered in mountains and there are plenty of beautiful hiking trails to explore here.  The main hiking regions include around the Bay of Kotor (stunning Riviera region), Biogradska Gora National Park, Lovcen National Park, Durmitor National Park, Skadar Lake National Park, and Prokletije National Park.  There are well established trails throughout these areas.  As well, the well known inter-country long distance trails, Peaks of the Balkans and Via Dinarica, go through Montenegro. The best months to hike in Montenegro are May to October.  Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Montenegro. 

Capital: Podgorica

When To Hike in Montenegro?

May – October: July – August may be too hot in the coastal regions
November – April
Climate: Continental (inland) which is cold winters and warm summers; Mediterranean in the coastal areas which is cool, rainy winters and hot, dry summers.  The inland mountains are best in the summer (mid June to mid September) and the coastal areas (Orjen, Lovcen) are better in the spring and autumn, best to avoid in high summer due to heat.  The mountainous areas receive some of the highest rainfall of all of Europe.

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy – Medium: There are hiking guidebooks, pretty good infrastructure, maps and apps.  Mountain hut and refuge system is not as extensive as neighbouring countries.  English may not be spoken extensively. 

Transportation required: Good public transport but a car can be handy

Where to stay in Montenegro for hiking:

  • Kotor
  • Grebaje Valley –
  • Žabljak
  • Štavna
  • Virpazar
  • Plav
  • Kolašin

Most popular hikes in Montenegro

There is hiking in the five national parks as well outside of the parks. The main mountain range is the Dinaric Alps and its subranges. Podgorica (the capital) is an ideal base as it is close to many of the national parks. Highest Mountain: Zla Kolata (2534 m) in the Prokletije range (there are some reports that state the highest peak being Bobotov Kuk (2523 m), in the Durmitor range.

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Komovi mountains

Around Kotor

  • Popular area, hiking trails around here
  • Ladder of Kotor one of the most well known hikes in the region
  • Kotor Hiking and Trekking

Biogradska Gora National Park

Lovćen National Park

Skadar Lake National Park

  • Share a border with Albania; marked trails for hiking but not as high as in Montenegro’s north
  • Lake Skadar Hikes

Prokletije National Park

Durmitor National Park

Long Distance Trails of Montenegro

  • Primorska Planinarska Transverzala (Montenegrin Coastal Traverse)
  • Crnogorska Transversala (Montenegrin Traverse) – more demanding
  • Peaks of the Balkans Trail (trans-border route): Peaks of the Balkans  
  • Via Dinarica (trans-border route): VIA DINARICA v2

Montenegro's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Montenegro Hiking Books:

  • The Mountains of Montenegro, A Walker’s and Trekker’s Guide, Cicerone Guide, by Rudolf Abraham, 2015, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/3VMI9Qu
  • The Peaks of the Balkan Trails: Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo, Cicerone Guide, by Rudolf Abraham, 2018, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/3VBx44Z
  • Lonely Planet Montenegro, by Tamara Sheward and Peter Dragicevich, 2022, Lonely Planet Publications – https://amzn.to/3TWyS7o
  • Montenegro, Bradt Travel Guide, by Annalisa Rellie and Rudolf Abraham, 2022, Bradt Travel Guides – https://amzn.to/3TYBZM5
  • Mountains of Bjelasica – booklet available from tourist offices in Kolašin

 

Montenegro Hiking Associations/Clubs:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Montenegro:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, official hiking websites, trail maps/apps, other websites, and tourist offices:

  • Ladder of Kotor – Kotor
  • Peaks of the Balkans
  • Via Dinarica
  • Montenegrin Traverse
  • VolušnicaProkletije National Park
  • Mount Bendovac – Biogradska Gora National Park
  • Bobotov Kuv – Durmitor National Park
  • Mount Lovcen – Lovcen National Park
  • Mount Ćurevac – Durmitor National Park
  • Three Peaks Hike – Prokletije National Park
  • Kom Vasojevićki – Komovi Mountains

Easy Hiking Trails in Montenegro:

  • Vrmac Ridge – Kotor

 

Montenegro Hiking Websites: There are lots of travel blogs (not listed here) that feature hikes in Montenegro

 

Montenegro Weather Website:

  • Institute of Hydrometeorology and Seismology – ZHMS 

 

Montenegro Official Tourism Site:  

 

Montenegro Hiking Apps: 

 

Montenegro Hiking Maps: 

  • Wilderness Hiking Montenegro, 1:450,000 (free from tourist offices)
  • Crna Gora Autokarta, 1:370,000 from Magic Map
  • Peaks of the Balkans Cross-Border Hiking Map, Huber Kartographie – https://amzn.to/3TXVy6Z
  • Peaks of the Balkans, International Travel Maps – https://amzn.to/3PF3PKQ

What Else To Do

  • Rafting through Tara Canyon, deepest canyon in Europe
  • The Riviera along the Bay of Kotor which includes the towns of Kotor and Budva

Other Important Points