Panoramic Routes of Montenegro - Durmitor Ring
The signalisation has also been placed on the panoramic route Durmitor Ring. This alluring panoramic route is characterised by spectacular views of the peaks of Durmitor, canyons, lakes, and valleys. Given the constant growth of tourists in the north of Montenegro, the development of this panoramic route greatly contributes to the attractiveness of this area.
Durmitor Ring is a circular road around the Durmitor Mountain and is one of the most majestic roads in Montenegro. It is a 73 kilometres-long panoramic tour that comprises of the routes Žabljak – Mala Crna Gora – Nedajno – Trsa – Pišče – Žabljak and it’s a real paradise for adrenaline and action-lovers.
The route starts in the town of Žabljak, which is in the heart of the Durmitor area. Žabljak is the centre of the winter tourism of Montenegro. Within the National Park Durmitor, which is within walking distance from the city centre, there are two ski resorts Savin Kuk and Javorovača, known for their well-equipped trails and winter activities.
This national park provides perfect conditions for hiking, mountain biking, free climbing, etc. There are 25 marked mountain hiking trails, and cross-country trails for bikers, giving you a unique experience of lakes, forests, hills, and valleys, as you pass by. One of the most popular marks of Durmitor is the Tara River, known for its traditional rafting on inflatable boats or wooden rafts. Other activities include kayaking, boating, zip line, hiking along the canyon etc.
After passing Žabljak, and exploring Durmitor, one of the highlights of the tour is Mala Crna Gora, a small village that translated from Montenegrin means Small Montenegro. It’s a village at altitudes up to 1700 meters and with only 14 inhabitants all year round. What is interesting about this village is that during winter, when it snows, the whole settlement is cut off from the rest of the country for 5-6 months, because of the snowdrifts up to 10 metres, caused by strong winds. But, mesmerising views of this place, located on the roof of the Durmitor Mountain are once in a lifetime experience.
After Mala Crna Gora, other villages on your route are Nedajno, Trsa, and Pišče. Nedajno is a village of 10 inhabitants, hidden into the Piva Mountains. On the 30th km from Žabljak, Nedajno is located at 1463 metres above sea level and preserves the beauty of untouched nature. After Nedajno you reach Trsa and, it means you have accomplished half of your route. The village of Trsa is an ideal place for a lunch break or, if you’re tired and need to recharge your batteries, you can even sleep-over. There are a few eco-campsites with wooden cabins and a restaurant with traditional food.
When you pass this area, you are moving towards the area of Prutaš Mountain (2393m) which is considered one of the most beautiful mountain peaks. Prutaš fascinates its visitors with its horizontal rock structure. From the top, there is the most beautiful view of Bobotov Kuk (2.523 metres), the highest peak of Durmitor as well as the entire western part of the Žabljak plateau.
The culmination of your experience will follow on the miraculous pass Sedlo, at an altitude of 1900 m. In translation, Sedlo means saddle. And being in Sedlo at the dawn of the day is a sight you will remember for your life.
From Sedlo, the road descends leading back towards Žabljak. On the way back you will pass through Pošćenska Dolina, and have the opportunity to see Savin Kuk (2.313 metres) before you reach the city centre.
This route can be visited by car, bicycle or you can simply walk. It is signposted in both directions, but it is recommended to go clockwise, especially for foreign visitors. Also, the road is not suitable for large camper vans, and there are no gas/petrol stations near the road. It should be borne in mind that Montenegrin roads are very steep and narrow, especially in mountainous areas and in the wintertime, so one should be very careful.
The best time to go on this route would be between May and October, due to the weather conditions. As Durmitor road leads up to the height of 1.950 metres above sea level, one should be prepared and fully equipped with suitable clothes and shoes, sun/rain/wind protection etc. If you’re in good physical condition, this route can be a one-day excursion (it takes approximately 10 hours to finish it), or you can set an entire weekend for this exciting trip.