Head out of Cetinje and on to an old trader’s route which will lead you through the mountains and valleys of Lovcen, to your next base in Ivanova Konak, in the heart of the national park.
Your rustic mountain hotel is a lovely place to spend the next couple of nights with its location in a beautiful valley covered with forests and meadows. Enjoy the fantastic views and sample some delicious Montenegrin food and wine.
There are some road crossings, always be aware of traffic and be sure to use a pavement/sidewalk where possible. Where it isn’t, walk on the right-hand side of the road in the direction of oncoming traffic.
Some of the ground can be uneven, with rocky/pebbly paths. Ensure you have suitable footwear and step cautiously when needed.
Parts of the route follow clifftops, so take care to walk a reasonable distance from the edge - particularly in low visibility.
Although most of the snakes are not poisonous, and many of them are very timid, you will see them. Take care by stopping moving when you see them and keeping a safe distance as it leaves the path to allow you to cross.
There can be quick but fierce thunderstorms, make sure you check the weather before you go out and make sure you know the correct behaviour if you are caught in a storm: https://www.cdc.gov/features/lightning-safety/index.html
Tips and hints
Food and Drink
There are no food and drink stops on this walk so be sure to bring a good packed lunch.
Points of Interest
Cetinje is a city and Old Royal Capital of Montenegro. It is also the historic and the secondary capital of Montenegro, where the official residence of the President of Montenegro is located. It has the old embassy buildings for the USA, U.K, France and Russia (among others) and is a beautiful little town to stroll around, with large parts car-free.
Lovcen National Park
The world of flora and fauna play a vital role in National Park Lovcen with nine different habitats in a very small space. The diversity of flora, in particular, is astounding. There are 2000 different species of plant in the Park. This abundance of life is the result of extreme altitudes and the competing influence of two climate zones: Mediterranean and Continental.
The hidden mountain meadow
At 4 kilometres, you emerge from the steep climb through the thick forest into a mountain basin, a large green expanse of grass and flowers surrounded by rock. It seems it is almost an emerald lake and makes for a magical place to stop for lunch.
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The ground can be uneven, so be sure to wear sturdy walking boots with suitable ankle support.
There are a number of stream crossings where walking poles will make these crossing easier and safer. They also come in handy when crossing uneven ground or making steep descents.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.