Katun Janketic - Dolovi Lalevic
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Montenegrin katun became a very interesting place for tourists visiting the north of Montenegro, as this is an integral part of Montenegrin culture. Even Harrison Ford, a famous actor, visited Katun Janketic in summer 2016.
Katun Janketic is located inside the Biogradska gora National Park, on the top of the mountain Bjelasica, at the altitude above 1700m. This is a family business where you will be warmly welcomed! Currently, katun has 3 small houses made of wood, for sleeping in the mountain. The price is very affordable – only €5 per person. Next summer, the family intends to extend the number of cottages, due to high demand.
The Janketic Estate is very big, approximately 30ha, and your hosts will allow you to camp wherever you wish on their land. The best part is that you don’t pay anything for putting your tent in their katun. Facilities include a common toilet and shower, which you can freely use.
The surrounding nature is magnificent and just couple of minutes walk from the cottages you will find the Bendovac viewpoint. This view will take your breath away as you will see Biograd lake, Bjelasica mountain, massif Sinjajevina, Durmitor National Park and when the sky is clear you can even see the highest peak of Rumija mountain, which is a coastal mountain located above the city of Bar. People of Montenegro say this may even be a prettier view over Montenegro than the one from the Lovcen, but the view of Bjelasica is less known and harder to approach.
The road to the katun goes up the mountain, 7km from Biograd lake. The handmade road was built by hard working peasants, who needed this road to bring their animals to cooler areas, during the summer heat. This means the road is not great for small cars, but if you have an off road car, jeep or even a mountain bike, you won’t have any problems. People are often hiking and biking the road, the same way Harrison Ford made his way to katun Janketic.
You’ll definitely taste great food whilst your here! The Janketic family has their own fishpond, which means you’ll experience incredible fresh fish which was breed at 1700m altitude. Your kind hostess Sanja will prepare reasonably priced national meals for you, such as cicvara, kachamak and lots more.
Talking of hosts, children of the owner Bobo and Dajana, are real example of how locals love their country and promote its beauty. Bobo likes mountaineering and knows Bjelasica extremely well. If you want to go hike close to the lakes, ask him to help you or to guide you. He is also an activist of NGO, which helps the development of the city of Mojkovac where they live. NGO encourages young people to develop the rural country rather than live in the richer parts of the country. Dejana can be your source of information, as she speaks fluent English and French. She spends her winters in France or Switzerland, when the katun is not accessible. She loves to endorse her country and develops her languages whilst away. Misho, the owner, is a very kind man who has vast local knowledge about mountain. He is also a great enthusiast and a very approachable person.
This incredible place should be on everyone’s bucket list who wants to connect with nature and feel its unspoilt beauty and power! Remember, the katun is a summer destination and it is not possible to visit during the winter – it’s covered in metres of snow and the small village road is not visible.
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