Rafting on this river is unforgetible experiance. You can chose from 1 day to 7 days rafting. Don't miss to do it on the river which canyon is the deepest in Europe and on second place in world (1300m deep).
The place Zabljak is situated in the nort-west of Montenegro, in the heart of the Durmitor, 1450 meters above see level, making this place the highest urban conglomerate in the Balkan. Zabljak is surrounded by 23 mountain peaks over 2200 meter high, with 18 lakes, and with the canyon of Tara river, the deepest in Europe. 4500 inhabitants live here. Today Zabljak is tourist oriented, it is paradise for climbing and in winter for skiing.
Skrcko jezero is the most beautiful lake on Durmitor and also the lake on the highest altitude on 1711m. There are two lakes. Veliko Jezero (1686m) -Large Lake and Malo Jezero (1711m) - Small Lake. The big lake has the coast under stunted beech trees, 17 m deep and 165 m wide with 1720 m long coastline.Malo Jezero is 22m long, 94 m wide and 15 m deep. Between the lakes is grassy plateau on which you can rest.
It is the third highest peak of Durmitor. It is 2 kilometers long rocky plateau which height is more than 2400 m in average.Climbing to this peak is not easy at all, because a high altitude of 1000 m.From the top you can see the Black Like. On this plateau exist many peaks and the best known are Istoèni vrh (East peak 2445m) and Vrh Sljemena (Sljeme peak 2455).
This is the biggest and the best known lake, also one of the symbol of Zabljak. Above the lake is a mountain Medjed, that leaves you breathless because of its beauty. The lake is surrounded by dense forests and in the summer there is a crowd and a lot of tourists who swimming in the lake. Very charming.
Škrèko Ždrijelo (2114 m) is for sure maybe the most beautiful pass of the whole Durmitor. This pass can be reached without any special effort. Only you should come in Dobri Do valley and follow the road to Dobri Do from where leades path to Skrka Lakes Valley and Skrcko Zdrijelo. It is the prettiest route of Durmitor.From this pass you can see most incredible scenary od Durmitor – Soa Nebeska wall – created by highest peaks of Durmitor Bobotov kuk, Bezimeni vrh and Djevojka. And you can descend into Skrcka Lake!
Prutas is only the 9th spot on the list of highest peaks of Durmitor, but climbing on Prutas is for me the best because this massive is the most beautiful and popular and it is also the largest Durmitor peaks. Prutovi which is plural of the word Prut which means a twig of branch, such as those of which baskets are made. Prutas got its name after them, a mountain made of twigs.
Prutas is approached by three marked paths: from Dobri do (2:30 h), from Todorov Do (1:30h) and from Skrka valley (2h). Prutas is far from the Zabljak, so be prepared for long walk. On the northeast is amazing Skrka Valley with it's two famous lakes: Veliko 1686m and Malo Skrcko Jezero1711m.
Together with Prutas is one of the most specific peaks od Durmitor. Sareni Pasovi was created from sedimentary crests. It is beautiful and impresive outlook attrack yaer by year many mountaineers to climb it. From this peak you will have very impressive view to Bobotov Kuk, Bezimeni Vrh, Devojka and Prutas. Massif of Sareni pasovi has two summits – Sareni Pasovi 2248m and Stit 2236m.It is on of 6 peaks which surround the heart of Durmitor and it's most beautiful corner Dolina Skrckog Jezera on 1723 m.
Sedlena Greda is 2227 m high peak and one of the most impresive and beautiful peaks of Durmitor. It is often call peak “Saddle of Gods”. Sedlena greda dominate above grassy waves of Dobri Do valley. Climbing to this peak is not hard and it is a real pleasure.
This is the highest peak of Durmitor massive. Climbing to this peak requires a good fit. The duration of climbing tours is about 5 hours. At the end of the climb is a bit exposed and that's way I decided not to climb to the top.
From the top you will get impressive view of Skrcka Lake and it is possible to see some hundred kilometers afar: Kopaonik, Rudnik, Orjen, Adriatic Sea. All climbing paths on Durmitor are well marked but you must be professional mountain climbing to go alone without guide.
30 km south to Žabljak, just before Šavnik started on the right the road for Kanjon Komarnice (Komarnica Canyon). The road sign said "19 km" while my map showed only 3 km ! I assumed that the local information was the right one and there was no time to visit Kanjon Komarnice as we had scheduled to sleep in Nikšić (and finally had to drive to Dubrovnik to find a room !). I have read that Kanjon Komarnice was also nicknamed Kanjon Nevideo (The Canyon Where Never Is Daylight) as it is so narrow, was very scenic.
After Pašina Voda, we go out of Durmitor National Park and a large road sign tells that we are about to pass the limits. As much as the elevation is lower, as much as the landscape become different from the Žabljak plateau.
BTW, entrance into Durmitor National Park is free.
Asphodeles belong to the Lilly family. They grow especially around the Mediterranean. They were used in the antiquity to flourish graves, and were mentioned by Homer as covering the great meadow, the haunt of the dead. While I documented this tip, I learnt that the English word for Narcissus, “daffodil” derived from asphodele --> affodille --> d’affodil (in old French) --> daffodil (in English).
All these photos were taken on the south edge of Durmitor Park and out of the park (Pašina Voda, Bukovica, Šavnik). At higher elevations, the plant had only its leaves. As much as we went down, as much the flower stem developed. Only at the lowest elevations was it in full bloom.
Photo 1. A stem of Asphodelus albus, the white Asphodele.
Photo 2. A plant with fully bloomed stems and stems still in buds.
Photo 3. Closer look at the flower with long stamens.
Photo 4. A meadow dotted with Asphodels that have not began to flourish (the photo was taken at a higher elevation)
Photo 5. A whole side of mountain covered with asphodelses.
As we could not do it by the western route, we drove back and finally took the south route. Just after the road crossing, near Pačina Voda, we spotted a small isolated chapel standing alone on a shelf. It looked almost like a toy !
Photo 1. We were now not far from the pass but there was more and more snow along the road and one kilometers further, there was a large strip of snow that covered the whole width of the road dor a good 30 meters. Further, there was a second one… With all these snow drifts, there was no way to go any further.
Photo 2. As I have not taken a photo of the place where we had to drive back, I have made an enlargement that shows the place from further down.