Durmitor National Park

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Zabljak, Montenegro
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Durmitor National Park May 04, 2017
Following an earlier visit to Biogradska Gora National Park, we spent the afternoon in Durmitor National Park and the nearby town of Žabljak. Durmitor is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the Dinaric Alps and covers a massive amount of land in northern Montenegro. In the nearly 40,000 acres of preserved park land, you’ll find the geography extremely diverse and stunning as it incorporates glacial lakes, rivers, plateaus, meadows, virgin forests, caves, canyons and lofty mountain peaks. This incredible park's natural habitat is home to some 314 protected animals and a very large variety of native birds. Lonely Planet states that Durmitor states that it has the widest variety of butterflies in Europe!

There are literally dozens of mountain peaks which reach to over 6,500 ft, and the highest named, "Bobotov Kuk," tops out at almost 8,300 ft. It's no wonder that Durmitor is a major draw for European skiers from December to March.

As you might imagine, for travelers wanting to take advantage of outdoor sports, a visit to Durmitor National Park will surely fulfill your dreams. From white water rafting, to skiing, ziplining, spelunking or cave exploration, fishing, camping, hiking, mountain climbing and more are all available here.

The weather on the day we visited was less than desirable, and became even more challenging when we arrived at Durmitor. With no sun in sight, the temperature at this altitude was less than 50ºF when we began our walk to Crno Jezero (Crno Lake or Black Lake) and it began to rain heavily which made the mostly unprepared members of our group feel the cold more intensely. For extra fun, it began to thunder and lightning which was a little scary as the walk to the lake and back was about ½ mile or so with no shelter to be had. It took a good while after this to warm up and dry off, and though we did take some photos at the lake, they didn’t do it justice.

Although many photos of Durmitor National Park are of the distinctive, accordion folds in the Durmitor massive, we did not see the park from that angle which was disappointing. The peak we saw on the opposite shore rising above Crno Jezero is called Međed. In addition to the portion of the park described above, I would very much liked to have seen the “ice cave” which looks alternately ethereal and outer space-like to me. I understand that reaching the ice cave is not a simple walk or hike with its entrance deeply descending into a mountain crevice -- the entrance is snow covered and may be completely hidden in winter.

In September, 1952, the Republic of Montenegro designated Durmitor as a National Park. Over 30 years later, the National Park borders were expanded to include the Tara River Canyon. Durmitor was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List in 1980.

Visiting Durmitor is incredibly inexpensive -- less than 5 Euros per person entrance fee. Camping permits and other fees may apply
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starship1 says:
Sarah and Victor, Durmitor seems to have something for nearly everyone. It was definitely a shame the weather was not good, but it was very atmospheric anyway!
Posted on: Jul 27, 2017
Toonsarah says:
Looks beautiful even in poor weather but a shame for you that it spoiled your walk a bit
Posted on: Jul 27, 2017
vicIII says:
Hola, Sylvia! I see there's a lot to do and to see there... Thanks for your advice!:)
Posted on: Jul 27, 2017
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