National park Durmitor

Durmitor, the most beautiful and highest mountain in Montenegro ant it is also a national park.

The name Durmitor is probably derived from Balkan Romance-Vlach, meaning “sleeping place” (cognate with English dormitory).

The Durmitor National Park, created in 1952, includes the massif of Durmitor, the canyons of Tara, Sušica and Draga rivers and the higher part of the canyon plateau Komarnica, covering an area of 390 km². It is the largest protected area in Montenegro, and it was inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1980.

80 kilometers long and 1,300 meters deep, the Tara River Canyon in the Durmitor National Park is the deepest gorge in Europe, and is the second largest in the world, after the Grand Canyon

Durmitor mountain is the center of Montenegrin mountain tourism. The tourist facilities are concentrated around the town of Žabljak. In winter, the main activities on Durmitor are skiing and snowboarding. In summer, the activities shift to hiking, mountaineering and recreational tourism. Water sports are also practiced in the area. One of the most prominent attractions of Durmitor mountain are 18 glacial lakes, the best known of which is the Black Lake.

One of the main attractions in Durmitor is also Red Rock Zip Line, that goes at top of the canyon next to the famous bridge. Also if you pass by there canyoning is a must. It is organised in the Nevidio Canyon.

Because of its attractiveness, and tight interaction with the other destinations we offer, Durmitor is also the place where we often spend our time and where we are welcomed as guests. With you, of course! Usually it is in the summer, when the good-natured giant opens his hands and arms to accommodate all those who want a holiday, or even just a break in the fresh and bracing mountain air. And there are more. Diverse and unspoiled nature Durmitor, is an ideal destination for all those who love adventure and active holidays.

Zabljak

Zabljak, on altitude of 1400 meters above sea level, is the highest urban village in the region, the residence of the National Park Durmitor. National park Durmitor is famous and popular winter resort, but this place is alive all year round and is well visited in the summer as well. In those summer months, it looks like a large kitchen where something is constantly is cooking and only the best travel gourmets coming out, spicy blend of traditional and modern. Even the most demanding, will not go away disappointed. More and more tourists identify Zabljak as an ideal starting point for all activities that mountain tourism has to offer. And there are a lot of these in Durmitor from stroll the beautiful parts of the park, across rafting on the Tara River and adrenaline adventures in the canyon Nevidio, until summer skiing on the glacier.
Possibilities are inexhaustible and as well as their combination. Here everyone can find the ideal activity.

Žabljak can be approached from the following directions:

Prijepolje – Pljevlja – Žabljak (95km route),
Mojkovac – Đurđevića Tara – Žabljak (65km route),
Nikšić – Šavnik – Žabljak (75km route) .
The closest railway station is in Mojkovac, Belgrade – Bar, and keep in mind that Prijepolje is on the same railway line. The nearest international airport is in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro. Two roads lead from Podgorica to Žabljak, via Nikšić and Šavnik (130km route) or via Kolašin and Mojkovac (170 km route).

Other nearby airports are in:
Tivat (Airport Tivat – Budva – Cetinje – Podgorica – Nikšić – Šavnik – Žabljak: 210km route)
Dubrovnik (Airport Dubrovnik – Trebinje – Vilusi – Nikšić – Šavnik – Žabljak: 180km route)
Or (Airport Dubrovnik – Herceg Novi – Grahovo – Nikšić – Šavnik – Žabljak: 180km route)
Other airports are in Sarajevo and in Belgrade.

If you are planing a hike or a trek tour on Žabljak, you can even do it without the guide, because many of the trek / hike routes are marked. Accommodation at Žabljak is cheap, you will spend less than 10 euros / night.
When you leave camp Encijan and head to Šćepan polje, keep in mind that Žabljak is two – two and a half hours away from Šćepan Polje and that Žabljak is two hours away from the sea.

Đurđevića Tara bridge

One of the things that will forever relate a traveler with Montenegro and Tara is not the work of nature, but of man. Merged in the very essence of rock that Tara relentlessly cuts, with almost natural grace and grandeur worthy of reverence, along with the river, lives the Djurdjevica Tara Bridge.

Đurđevića Tara Bridge, which was designed by Mijat Trojanović, was built between 1937 and 1940 in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The project’s Chief Engineer was Isaac Russo.

The 365-metre-long (1,198 ft) bridge has five arches; the largest span is 116 meter’s (381 ft). The roadway stands 172 metres (564 ft) above the Tara River. At the time of its completion, it was the biggest vehicular concrete arch bridge in Europe. t is located at the crossroads between Mojkovac, Žabljak and Pljevlja, between the villages of Budečevica and Trešnjica.

Nice architectural structure to observe, magnificent and enormous. Great thrill is taking zip line next to it and go across the valley. The view from the bridge is really memorable and the bridge itself is quite interesting. We can’t imagine a deep canyon without a zip line. The zip line starting point is on the height of 170, above the river Tara and the zip line cable is more then 800 m The speed is 50 km per hour the most beautiful and exciting part goes under the famous Djurdjevica Most bridge. This landmark allows adventurers to take in one specific famous place from below and up above.

Near the bridge, there are restaurants where you can relax and enjoy.

Amazing bridge & scenery well worth a visit.

Black Lake

Black Lake is a lake in the Municipality of Žabljak in northern Montenegro.

It is a glacial lake, located on Mount Durmitor, at an elevation of 1,416 m.

Black Lake lies at the foot of Međed Peak and has an area of 0.515 square km. The lake consists of two smaller lakes: Big Lake (Veliko jezero) and Little Lake (Malo jezero). The lakes are connected by a narrow strait that dries up during the summer, creating two separate bodies of water.

Black Lake is filled by numerous mountain streams, the best known being Mlin Creek. Other streams have no name because they appear periodically, when snow from Mount Durmitor is melting.

Black Lake is the premium tourist attraction of the Durmitor area. It is the largest and the best known of 18 glacial lakes on the mountain. The lake is easily accessible, as it is within walking distance from the center of the town of Žabljak.

A 3.5 km walking path circles around entire lake, and it is a popular destination for recreation and hiking. Many mountain trails lead from it to other smaller lakes around Žabljak.

The water temperature exceeds 22 degrees years, so that during the hot summer months, the lake is a paradise for swimmers.

Black Lake may be more symbolic oh this region beauty than its only attraction – meaning that if you venture far and wide in Durmitor Park, Black Lake and the many other glacial lakes of Durmitor may inspire you to return to the region in future years.

Bobotov Kuk

Bobotov kuk is the highest peak in NP Durmitor, situated in northern Montenegro, with an elevation of 2,525 meters. Stunning view and a sense of accomplishment.

The first recorded ascent of Bobotov Kuk was in 1883 by an Austrian cartographer, Oscar Baumann.

The route to the peak is well marked with clear signposts and trail markings. It is approximately a 10-hour round trip as long as a moderate pace is maintained. The outward walk consists of approximately 4 – 5 hours hiking until the last ascent where it is a scramble to just below the peak.

The mountain peak welcomes all visitors with a beautiful view on Durmitor Mountains which is worth all the effort, the views were continuously fabulous. Astonishing landscapes all the way and when you reach the top is breath taking. There´s a book where you can write that you’ve been there.

The summit of Bobotov Kuk is one of the highest in Montenegro and you are supposed to have a breathtaking view from up there. You eyes wander from Bosnia and Herzegovina all the way to Albania.

The ascent to Bobotov Kuk is a great pleasure for all mountaineers, because it is worth of hiking. Due to its beautiful location in the rugged mountain scape of Durmitor National Park, it is definitely worth a visit. There are numerous hikes in Durmitor National Park but the one up Bobotov Kuk is the ultimate one.

Great challenge, few hours of trekking and climbing … Challenging but rewarding.

Sedlena greda

Sedlena Greda (2227 m) is one of the most impressive and most beautiful peaks of Durmitor. Also, Sedlena Greda is for sure one of the most beautiful world’s natural wonders. That’s the reason while many people call that peak ‘Saddle of Gods’.

Sedlo (1907m) is highest road pass in Monte Negro. It is crossed by Zabljak – Trsa road, which is mostly macadam. It is placed between Sedlena Greda (2227m), on the south, and Uvita Greda (2199m), on the north, 12 km from Zabljak. Of those 12 last 3 km are macadam, which is currently quite bad, but passable for all cars if you drive slowly. To reach Sedlo pass head from center of Zabljak towards Savnik (south). Road goes over undulating grassy Jezerska Povrs plateau. After 5 km table by the road will show you that Trsa is right. Over the plateau road heads towards Sljeme and Savin Kuk who show their soft green slopes from this side. Along the plateau many small houses are scattered, view is fantastic. Then road turns left and winds up gradually, over the open grassy slopes, through Virak village and rare beech groves behind it. Left below the road is Poscensko Jezero (1487m) lake. After few kilometers, below beautiful steep and sharp cone of Stozina (1905m), asphalt ends and macadam enters upper part of Poscenska Dolina valley. Left is beautiful rocky Ranisava (2081m) and sharp green Sedlena Greda (2227m). In front of, right of Sedlo pass, is also green and sharp Uvita Greda (2199m). Right above the road are high and green slopes of Sljeme (2455m). After 3 km of macadam and two sharp serpentines road reaches Sedlo pass.

Canyon Nevidio

Harsh, but beautiful landscape of Durmitor massif is adorned by pearl of unusual beauty and still more unusual name – Nevidio (Unseen). It was last discovered canyon in Europe, narrow and deep rift that has been carved by a small river Komarninca between the slopes of Durmitor and Vojnik.

Inaccessible terrain kept the magical beauty from the eyes for a long time.

Just the name symbolically speaks of canyon: that you cannot see, which has not been seen…

After several serious, but unsuccessful attempts, the Canyon was finally conquered in 1965. In an attempt to explore this last untouched part of Europe, members mountaineering association “Javorak” from Niksic (Montenegro), modestly equipped, but armed with persistence and determination, entered the canyon, and followed the course of the river (about 3.5 km, which is its length), and eventually passed trough.

While being most inaccessible and inhospitable canyon in Europe, Nevidio is now available to all true nature lovers, adventurers and adrenaline addicts, ready to respond to the challenges of this mysterious place.

For all those adrenaline junkies, there is a range of activities that canyoning consists of- a sport that has brought them to the gates of the canyon Nevidio. Mix consists of climbing, jumping into the turbulent waves from several meters in height, swimming through cuts, diving, descending down the cliffs and waterfalls, with or without ropes… and adrenaline…

High stone walls prevent the passage of sunlight to the bottom, and most of the canyons is in a deep shadow. This constant struggle of light and shadow, create unfavorable conditions for rich vegetation, but also „clean” textures of rocks. Along places where the sunlight is refracted through the prism of crystal clear water and projected onto the stone walls, creates a specific atmosphere of art gallery… and then simply enjoy the beautiful pictures.

Canyon Hrcavka

Canyons can be very easy or extremely difficult, though emphasis in the sport is usually on aesthetics and fun rather than pure difficulty. A wide variety of canyoning routes are found throughout the world, and canyoning is enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels.

Between the mountain ridge of the mountain Zelengora at an altitude of 1570 meters springs Hrcavka River. This river belongs to Foca, actually to NP Sutjeska and with its flows through the confluence of the Sutjeska River at an altitude of 530 meters.

Hrčavka is the largest tributary of Sutjeska and the altitude difference from the source to the confluence in the Sutjeska is about 1000 meters.

Hrcavka Canyon is one of the last discovered canyons in Europe and by its very nature is wild and intact. The passage through the canyon is traced with two times the length of about 13 km and the passage through the canyon can take between 4 h-6 h.

Hrcavka Canyon is covered with rocks on both sides up to 200 meters high. If you want to swim be ready for a old but clean water.

The canyon itself is quite demanding and it is necessary to use the alpinistic equipment as well to swim and jump from rocks.

Basic Information

The total are of National Park Durmitor is 390 square kilometers

The highest peek of National Park is Bobotov Kuk (2.522 meters)

Podgorica (located in central Montenegro); Zabljak( located in northern Montenegro); Niksic (located in the west of Montenegro)

Sarajevo International Airport (B&H); Podgorica International Airport (MNE); Dubrovnik International Airport (CRO)

What our dear guests had to say

Aleksandra
Aleksandra
2021-07-13
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PRICELESS !!! We were delighted first time we came here, and second we were overwhelmed again. Encijan is arranged and clean but still wild, without exaggerating - a real fairy tale. Tara, one of the most beautiful river I have ever seen, here is unreal, almost like emerald. People and service were excellent all the time and we felt like home. Just imagine yourself deep in the highest river canyon in Europe , surrounded with untouched nature and peace. One is for sure, this atmosphere and scene you will never forget. Unique place and people and much more 🙂
Milana L
Milana L
2021-06-22
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So great When I decided to go rafting with my boys and friends, I expected beauty, but now I was thrilled. The camp is beautiful. The service is top notch. Great food. A great skipper on rafting. I would recommend it to anyone who loves untouched nature, relaxing by the river and the chirping of birds and a real Tara experience. We will definitely come again.
Ivana Petkovic
Ivana Petkovic
2021-06-19
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Raj za ljubitelje prirode Nestvarno mesto uz samu reku Taru! Prelepa priroda, neverovatna reka i boje koje okruzuju kamp. Ljubazno osoblje, raznovrsna i ukusna hrana! Profesionalni skiperi, osoblje na usluzi 24h. Domaćinska atmosfera i dobar provod! Sve preporuke!
Kristina K
Kristina K
2021-06-08
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The most amazing place I have been going to this camp 4 years in a row now with my friends... This is the most amazing place, beautiful camp - like from the fairytale 🙂 Nature is unreal, view and the river also. Food in the camp is the best food we ever had, you can't buy this in any restaurant 🙂 Definitely we will be going again and make visits traditionally once a year at least!
Marko
Marko
2021-05-24
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We'll be back Apsolutno bez ikakve zamerke na bilo šta. Domaćin je, pre svega, gospodin. Osoblje je prijatno, sve je laganica, bez ikakve frke i žurbe, što apsolutno i priliči ovakvom mestu. Stvoreno za opuštanje. Hrana je odlična, smeštaj i kućica u kojoj smo bili uredni i čisti. Definitivno se vraćamo, možda čak i jako brzo.
Darko D
Darko D
2021-05-23
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Darko Odlicno mesto za odmor i beg od urbanog zivota... Rafting sa obucenim skiperima se pretvara u pravo zadovoljstvo posle prvog zaveslaja... Hrana preeedobra, usluga i atmosfera takodje... Vidimo se ponovo...
Dino Sehic
Dino Sehic
2020-09-08
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Unforgettable rafting Beautiful nature, great hosts, delicious food, positive energy all around ... For true lovers of untouched nature and its hidden beauties on the way out of the Tara canyon, a camp that rests both soul and heart. Beautiful people who will welcome you and recharge your batteries with their positive energy. All in all, rafting to remember and a desire to come back again.
Jana T
Jana T
2020-08-25
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Vraćaćemo se! Prvi put sam u Encijan došla kada sam imala 9 godina. 15 godina kasnije - i dalje se vraćam. Možda je dovoljno reći da se desilo da mi je pao rođendan na vikend kada smo u kampu i da gazda, kada je to saznao, angažovao ljude da mi donesu tortu u kanjon. Milan Šerpas i ekipa učine da svako ko dođe odluči da obavezno dođe još jednom, ili bar preporuči drugima da posete. Smeštaj je udoban i čist, Milan uvek vodi računa da na najbolji način rasporedi goste po njihovim potrebama. Smeštajne jedinice su od 3 do 7 kreveta, uglavnom bungalovi. Toalet i tuševi su odvojeni od jedinica, ali ih ima veliki broj te je čekanje zaista svedeno na minimum. Volela bih da dočaram oduševljenje moje ekipe hranom, ali ću ipak ostaviti da se još neko sam iznenadi. Bitno - raspon i izbor su ogromni, niko neće ostati gladan a i ukoliko iz bilo kojih razloga ne možete da jedete nešto iz tog izbora, oni vam uvek dodatno spreme nešto. A obradovaće vas i krofnama! Mesta za odmor i opuštanje ima i više nego dovoljno - od hamoka, preko ležaljki, stolova sa stolicama na više mesta u kampu. Vaše je samo da nađete šta vam se najviše sviđa. Spust niz reku je sjajan, nekad dinamičniji u zavisnosti od doba godine (jul-avgust je najniža i najmirnija voda; april-maj najviša i najbrža). Skiperi su jako iskusni i fenomenalni momci. Spust kao spust nije opasan što svedoči da sam ja išla sa 9 godina a moja sestra sa 5. Dobija se kompletna oprema i uz slušanje instrukcija koje daje skiper - nema opasnosti ni za najmlađe. Posle večere često bude svirka sa muzikom uživo, kamp ima svoje ozvučenje a vrlo često i gosti nose svoje zvučnike te može i da se proveseli uveče. Upaljena je logorska vatra, ceo kamp je osvetljen malim fenjerima te je ambijent uveče možda i lepši nego tokom dana. Za one koji bi ranije legali i žele kompletan mir preporučujem da traže smeštajne jedinice bliže toaletima a dalje od šanka/kuhinje/centralne vatre. Kamp se nalazi na samom početku dela koji je predviđen za spust i u tu tačku dolaze ljudi i iz ostalih kampova, tako da ne dozvolite da vas razočara što se najduže vozite dok drugi brže stižu. Vaša nagrada je da ujutru ne morate u opremi da se vozite do početne tačke, već samo sednete u čamac i krenuli ste. Šanse su da ćete na par dana zaboraviti obaveze i samo se isključiti od stresa. Dolazila sam sa mnogo ljudi u životu a dobila sam samo jednu zamerku: Što smo došli samo na tri dana?
Jasmina Miljkovic
Jasmina Miljkovic
2020-08-23
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Nema bolje Već sedmi put smo muž i ja gosti ovog kampa, što govori o tome da li smo zadovoljni. A malo je reći da smo zadovoljni, jer ono što pruža ambijent, osoblje, kvalitet usluge i hrane retko gde se nalazi. Ovo mesto je naš privatni raj, beg od histerične svakodnevice i prilika za mentalni i fizički reset. Besprekoran domaćin, uvek zanimljivi gosti, a svaki sledeći dolazak je nova avantura koja pruža i više nego što očekujemo. Nema greške. Za svaku preporuku! Ivan i Jasmina Miljković, Beograd
Isidora Miljković
Isidora Miljković
2020-08-19
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Mind-blowing! Not your average, generic camp! With all due respect to other camps, there's no comparison between Encijan and others! Location of the camp is unbeatable, untouched nature all around, beautiful cabins and common place that conform to surrounding nature and a view of magnificent turquoise Tara. The staff couldn't be more polite, they really make you feel taken care of. And the food is.. WOW! And if you have some special requests regarding your nutrition (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc.), you need not worry, all your wishes will be met with. August of 2020 was the second time I went to Encijan, first time with my family and this time with friends, so it's safe to say that this camp is perfect for everyone and for every occasion. And I had fun every time 🙂 In conclusion, I wholeheartedly recommend Encijan! ♥

Attractions from our region

Bosnia and Herzegovina, a heart shaped land, has a lot to offer when It comes to tourism. Spacious mountain views, emerald green lakes, beautiful landscape and picturesque towns. West and the East meet here, so you will learn a lot about cultures, traditions and people.

Share what you have learned with your friends at Encijan’s campfire. When It comes to the tours that we organize, here are some destinations that we recommend you to visit

  • Sutjeska National Park is the largest and oldest national park in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as in this part of Europe, and certainly the most beautiful and diverse.
  • If you are looking for a unique and unusual adventure, dare to walk into the unknown and feel the rush of adrenaline while exploring Tara river canyon ... come with us and conquer the deepest canyon in Europe ...
  • Canyon Nevidio is one of the last discovered canyons in Europe, and It still hasn’t been fully explored. Nevidio is known for It’s wild beauty and an even more unusual name.
  • The most beautiful and largest mountain in Montenegro, which is also a national park. "Durmitor National Park" consists of a massif of Durmitor, the canyons of the rivers Tara, Sušica, Draga and Komarnica. It is known for Its picturesque breathtaking landscapes is a true place of unreal beauty

Choose your ADVENTURE !

According to our many years experience in outdoor tourism, we are able to offer you more variants from our well designed arrangements (or packages) from one day and multiple days adventures tour in our country.

We have created programs which will exceed all your expectations! Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, nature lover, history buff or even foodie – do not worry, we have got you covered! Choose a program that fits your personality the best and live through an unforgettable experience!

It`s your choice

  • Package that offers visit to National park Sutjeska, primeval Forest Perucica, experience rafting along Tara River, and as a crown at the end, enjoy in the view from the B&Hs tallest mountain.
  • Hiking trough one of the last remaining primeval forests in Europe. Jeep and photo safari trough National park Sutjeska combined with Tara River Rafting.
  • Taste rafting and experience two relaxed nights in the heart of the Canyon! Package for those who do not rush, and want to spend one more night in the Camp after rafting experience, and go back on trip home, really relaxed.
  • Trekking along most beautiful part of National Park Sutjeska, visit to Primeval forest Perucica, Prijevor plateau and swimming in emerald green Trnovacko lake at the bottom of Mt. Maglic all combined with Tara rafting

Additional information

Organic food

Our traditional homemade cuisine and organic food prepared at our Camp Encijan, which we offer as part of our packages, is another reason why most of our long term and satisfied guests wish to visit us again. The huge amounts of our delicious home-made food is prepared with love and in a traditional way, entirely from fresh organic food which we provide from our natural surroundings. In a moment, every new bite know to send you to some other and slightly forgotten dimension, in a time of our grandmother’s cuisine. Our home cuisine is the main reason why our guests decide to come back again and again.

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Accommodation

Camp Encijan has capacity of 100 beds in 15 mountain huts (bungalows). All huts are built entirely from natural materials, breathable and comfortable. Furniture within the bungalow is new. Two mountain houses – chalets (each 55 m2) are fully furnished with new furniture and comprise of bathroom, kitchen and a spacious living room on the ground floor and two double bedrooms in the attic. Toilets, sinks and showers are decently furnished, immaculately clean and fully meet the needs of a modern person.Hot water is available in showers.

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How to reach us

At the border crossing of Scepan Polje, when submitting documents to border police officers, it is necessary to emphasize that you are going to the Tara canyon to Brstanovica. After completing the registration (in case you coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina turn round and turn back only 100 m, and if you are coming from Montenegro, you go only 100 m forward) where you turn off right from the main road and turn on the local asphalt road leading along the river Tara towards Brstanovica. For more information on how to get to us, see the link below.

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