The Balkans Bash

Cross-country mountain biking in Montenegro




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Holiday Overview


  • Mountain biking holiday on rough mountain roads and singletrack
  • Cycle to the border with Kosovo on the high plateau of Misty Mountain
  • Family run hotels provide all the comforts of home
  • Sightseeing in the atmospheric old town of Kotor

Inland of its picturesque ribbon of coastal towns, Montenegro is comprised of range after range of dramatic limestone mountains which hide pretty alpine lakes, remote villages and unspoiled valleys cloaked in pine forest. The country seems purpose-made for mountain biking and has a network of excellent cross-country trails, following ancient pathways and drovers' tracks, some of which we have incorporated within this exciting week-long adventure. Aiming to see as much as possible of the mountainous heart of the country, our anti-clockwise circuit from Niksic takes us through the Moraca Canyon to Kolasin, then eastwards again to Mokra Planina (‘Misty Mountain') on the border with Kosovo. Hotel accommodation each night provides us with all the comforts of home, whilst transfers at the start and finish of several of the day-rides allow us to access some of the best biking in Montenegro. Recrossing the Bjelasica Mountains, we loop towards the north, via the beautiful plateau of Sinjajevina, which in summer is home to just a few shepherds and their flocks. Then, from Zabljak, gateway to the rugged Durmitor National Park, we enjoy a final climb amongst rugged landscapes, followed by a long downhill blast to the Nevideo Canyon. A last night at the historic, fjord-side town of Kotor brings this memorable holiday to a close with a suitably Mediterranean flavour.

Is this holiday for you?

FAT TYRE ADVENTURE. Knobbly tyres are required for this week of mountain biking through northern Montenegro on rough cart tracks, forest roads and singletrack trails, with some connecting short sections on quiet country roads. The highest elevation encountered is just 2000 metres, so altitude is not an issue. However, there will be some longish days of remote biking with an average of 1000 metres of ascent each day. In total we will bike 322kms with 7500 metres of ascent and 8500 metres of descent. This is a trip for regular weekend bikers with a good level of fitness. BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY. Our local agent has Specialized Rockhopper 29ers available in several sizes. These are hardtail bikes with 29 inch wheels, Rockshox front forks and hydraulic disc brakes.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Niksic. A single transfer from Dubrovnik Airport is provided.
  • Ride challenging tacks to Kapetanovo Lake. Descend through Moraca Canyon, finish at Kolasin.
  • Steady climb across high pastures (1800m) of the Biogradska Gora National Park. Descend to Kurikuce.
  • Cycle up towards ‘Misty Mountain’ then follow scenic shepherds trails down to Andrijevica.
  • Cycle across high trails of the Bjelasica Mountains (1800m) and join singletrack descent to Kolasin.
  • Ride the Lipovo Valley up to the wild plateau of Sinjajevinja. Cycle onto Durmitor National Park.
  • High scenic ride to Durmitor Sedlo pass (1910m), then downhill to Nevideo Canyon. Transfer to Kotor.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Dubrovnik Airport is provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Dubrovnik. A group transfer is provided to the first night's accommodation in Nicsik. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Dobrovnik. These include Monarch who have flights from London and Manchester, Jet 2 who have flights from Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh and Thomson Airways who have flights from London, Manchester & Birmingham. Other airports may be available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Niksic. A single transfer from Dubrovnik Airport is provided.

    We meet at the group accommodation at an outdoor centre in the mountains above the town of Niksic. A single timed group transfer is provided from Dubrovnik Airport to the group hotel. Arriving in the early afternoon, there is plenty of time to sort our bikes out and even to go on a short orientation ride. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Ride challenging tacks to Kapetanovo Lake. Descend through Moraca Canyon, finish at Kolasin.

    Starting directly from our accommodation, we bike on rough tracks up onto high pasture overlooked by the Moraca Mountains. It takes us a couple of hours to reach the shores of Captain’s Lake (Kapetanovo Jezero), just a few hundred metres across, but supposedly 37 metres deep. There are several distinctive, steep-roofed huts around the lake and one basic café-cum-bar where we can take a break. At a height of 1673 metres, the lake is surrounded by peaks such as Lukavica, Zurim and Stozac. Back on the bikes, we ride via the remote mountain village of Velje Duboko (850m), then continue our descent into the rugged Moraca Canyon. Reaching the road in the bed of the canyon, we meet our vehicle with its bike trailer and transfer to Kolasin and our hotel. Those who haven’t had enough biking today can opt to make the return ride on village trails to the Crkvine Pass – a 750 metre ascent and descent.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1250m

    • Distance 45km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 2400m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs cycling

  • Steady climb across high pastures (1800m) of the Biogradska Gora National Park. Descend to Kurikuce.

    Heading east towards the border with Kosovo, we are faced with the rolling volcanic uplands of the Bjelasica Mountains, home of the Biogradska Gora National Park. This small knot of peaks, 30 kilometres in extent, culmitates at the summit of Crna Glava (Black Head) at 2139 metres. Following a mix of rough tracks across rough grazing, studded with pine trees, our route tops out at around 1800 metres, with great views of high peaks. We will stop off for a picnic lunch, before dropping down via the mountain tarn of Sisko Jezero to the isolated village of Kurikuce. From here, the last leg of our ride to the town of Berane is on tarmac.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 900m

    • Distance 45km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1150m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs cycling

  • Cycle up towards ‘Misty Mountain’ then follow scenic shepherds trails down to Andrijevica.

    Our loop today takes us eastwards to the border with Kosovo, through one of the wildest parts of Montenegro. We start out on gentle country roads, climbing gradually onto the Mokra Planina or 'misty mountain' another important grazing area for the region’s farmers. Following shepherds' trails, we cross open grassland decorated with stands of pine forest, to reach a lunch stop in a scenic spot with views of the surrounding peaks, including those in Kosovo to the east. Heading back towards the south-west, we drop into the beautiful and extravagantly forested Lim Valley, reaching our overnight accommodation in Andrijevica in the late afternoon.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1600m

    • Distance 70km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1500m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs cycling

  • Cycle across high trails of the Bjelasica Mountains (1800m) and join singletrack descent to Kolasin.

    Today, we will cut back across the Bjelasica Mountains, on a route well to the south of our crossing on Day 3. We follow gravel roads through timeless villages to the highest pastures, such as Lisa (1800m) and then begin our descent on good singletrack back down to Kolasin and our hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1300m

    • Distance 50km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1100m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs cycling

  • Ride the Lipovo Valley up to the wild plateau of Sinjajevinja. Cycle onto Durmitor National Park.

    Heading west from Kolasin into the Lipovo Valley, we soon begin a steady ascent onto the mysterious high plateau of Sinjajevinja, an ‘empty’ grassland home only to shepherds and their flocks. This is undoubtedly one of the wildest and most beautiful places in Montenegro. The plateau itself lies between 1600 and 1700 metres, but there are rugged limestone peaks rising on all sides, such as Gradiste (2174 m) and Veliki Pecarac (2042 m). Following rough tracks, we will stop off at a shepherd’s hut for lunch, before continuing this epic ride to Zabljak, the central town in the Durmitor National Park.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1600m

    • Distance 75km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1200m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs cycling

  • High scenic ride to Durmitor Sedlo pass (1910m), then downhill to Nevideo Canyon. Transfer to Kotor.

    Our final morning’s ride takes us to a pass and well-known viewpoint, high in the Durmitor National Park. Known as Durmitor Sedlo (1910m), this pass is a great place for us to say our goodbyes to the mountainous heart of Montenegro, before making the long downhill to the village of Komanica at the entrance of the Nevideo ((Never Seen) Canyon. From here, we make the 3-hour scenic transfer to Kotor beside the fjord of the same name, where we have the chance to do some sightseeing in the historical centre of this charming old town.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 700m

    • Distance 40km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1000m

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs cycling

  • Departure day. A single transfer to Dubrovnik Airport is provided.

    After breakfast KE Land Only package services end with a group transfer to Dubrovnik airport. This transfer will take 2 to 3 hours depending on border formalities.

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Holiday Information

  • A locally based professional mountain bike guide
  • Single timed group transfer from and to Dubrovnik Airport
  • All accommodation as detailed in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • Support vehicle(s) and driver(s) for transfers only

  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers (other than timed group transfers)
  • Visa (if required)
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc
  • Bike Carriage on the flights - please contact your carrier for charges

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

Clients should join this trip at Dubrovnik Airport. A single timed group transfer to first night's hotel in Niksic is provided on Day 1 of the trip itinerary. This transfer will depart from Dubrovnik Airport at around midday. At the end of the trip itinerary (Day 8) there will be a single, early morning group transfer back to Dubrovnik Airport. Clients arriving/departing on flights that do not coincide with the times for these transfers should make their own transfer arrangement. Contact details and an emergency number will be provided.

During this trip the group will spend 7 nights in simple, family-run hotels.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

The cuisine of Montenegro has been shaped by its geographical position. Turkish, Mediterranean Hungarian and other European cooking styles are common throughout the country and typical dishes of all these cultures are available in most places in Montenegro. Soups, stews, and goulashes are common as are meatballs. There is always plenty of bread which is usually Italian style, often served with a tomato and olive salad and various cheeses. On and near the coast, the diet is even more Mediterranean with fish understandably featuring in the most common dishes.

All meals included, from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8.

We estimate that €150 should be sufficient to cover all personal expenses such as drinks, snacks and tips for the local staff. Cash can be withdrawn from ATMs in Dubrovnik, Niksic, Zabljak, and Kotor, and credit cards can also be used to pay for some goods and services.

This holiday will be led by an experienced local English speaking mountain bike guide (2 guides for groups of 9-15). There will also be one or more drivers and support vehicles for transfers.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. For your guides we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We usually tip the bike guide around €25-30 pp. More detailed guidelines on tipping will be provided with your final joining instructions.

Taking a bike on an aircraft is usually straightforward. Different airlines have differing policies with regard to baggage allowances and transporting bikes. We strongly advise that you check the current policy of your chosen airline for carrying bikes and their baggage allowances before purchasing your air ticket. The baggage section on your chosen airline’s website will usually contain this information. We suggest that you are aware of the weight and dimensions of your intended check-in baggage in advance of your arrival at the airport as airlines may charge for both excess and oversize baggage, or refuse to carry oversized baggage. If you are using a domestic flight to connect with your International flight then it is likely that a different baggage policy will exist for the domestic and international flight sections. Again you should check the baggage policy with your chosen domestic airline prior to booking your domestic flight tickets. Any additional charges incurred for transporting your bike on any of the flights required for this adventure (international, domestic and internal flights within the trip itinerary - if applicable) are the responsibility of each individual client.

We recommend CROSS COUNTRY KNOBBLY tyres for this holiday. Your Bike MUST be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Front suspension is essential and comes as standard on the vast majority of modern mountain bikes. Whilst 'hardtails' work OK for this trip, it is likely that a full suspension bike will allow you to make more of the terrain. Please call us if you are unsure about the suitability of your current bike. We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that your bike is in perfect working condition before you start this trip. You are depending on your bike to transport you throughout your holiday and across demanding terrain. It is VITAL to ensure it is THOROUGHLY SERVICED to guarantee it is in good mechanical order before departure. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local bicycle dealer to service it for you. For home mechanics, points to note particularly are:

a) Check rims and if they are worn, cracked or dented replace with a new rim or wheel to avoid wheel failure. It is especially important to check that the rims on rim-braked bikes are not worn concave by the brake blocks - replace them if they are.

b) Check wheels are true and spoke tension is tight.

c) Check ALL bearings and quick release skewers, adjust / grease bearings as required.

d) Check and, if required, replace brake and gear cables.

e) Check brake discs, brake pads, calliper mounts and cables / hydraulic lines - replace if necessary.

f) Check, lube / threadlock (as required) and tighten all bolts to specified torque settings (esp. suspension pivots, bottom brackets, disc rotor bolts & disk mount bolts).

g) Check chain, cassette and chain rings for wear - replace if worn.

h) Make sure you have the right tyres, inner tubes and BIKE SPECIFIC SPARES for your bike.

Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs to your bike e.g. fixing a puncture and changing an inner tube. Naturally, our bike guides will always be happy to assist with any repairs. However, due to the often-remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and the inconvenience of waiting for assistance.

Travelling with a bike is usually as straightforward as travelling with any other type of baggage -providing you have packed it adequately. We have many years experience of travelling with our bikes, and nowadays we think that the best way to travel and fly with a bike is to partially dismantle it and put it into a purpose made soft bike bag. Although more expensive than a cardboard bike box, they are smaller in size to transport and are considerably easier to handle. To pack your bike you simply remove both wheels and pedals and prepare it for travel as follows. Obviously, extra care when packing your bike can minimise the chances of accidental damage occurring in transit. Ask your local bike store for plastic wheel hub protectors (which will prevent damage to your bike bag) and plastic fork and frame spacers, insert the spacers into the dropouts, tape them in place and then put extra padding over this area. Use pipe insulation lagging (from your local DIY store) to cover frame tubes, forks and seat post. If required, remove your bars from the stem and attach them carefully to your frame/forks using plastic ties or pvc tape -ensure that your Ergo/Sti levers are well padded to minimise the chance of damage. You may also wish to remove your rear gear mech, pad it with foam and tape it to the chainstay out of harms way. Finally, you should partly deflate your tyres, but leave some air in them to help absorb any impact on the wheels. Don’t forget to pack wheel skewers, pedals and any bolts you have removed, these are the items that tend to get left behind. Finally, find an old cardboard bike box and cut out panels to fit inside your soft bike bag for extra protection. Don’t forget to bring sufficient packing materials to pack your bike on the way home.

PLEASE DO NOT USE a purpose-made rigid bike box -these are heavy (which can put you over your baggage allowance) and are also too bulky to be easily stored or transported on the group’s support vehicle.

This biking holiday is not vehicle supported during the day. All baggage is transported between hotels. A single airport transfer is provided at the start and end of the holiday and there will also be one or two short transfers within the itinerary. During the day you need to have a day pack that is big enough to carry spares, extra clothing and a packed lunch. Check our equipment list for details.

We recommend that you take your own bike on this holiday. However, you can also hire a bike locally. Our local agent has a limited number of Specialized Rockhopper 29ers available in several sizes. These are hardtail bikes with 29 inch wheels, Rockshox front forks and hydraulic disc brakes. These bikes can be reserved, subject to availability, at a cost of 120 euros (July 2013 – subject to change) for the duration of the trip. This cost will be paid locally and does not cover you if you lose the bike or damage it beyond 'fair wear and tear'. Contact the KE office if you want us to reserve a bike for you. Your hire contract will be with the local hire company and KE cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from bike hire. If you do hire a bike, we recommend that you take your own shoes, pedals and possibly even your saddle, which will go a long way towards making it feel like your own bike.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The altitudes attained on this holiday are not extreme and the maximum altitude attained is no more than the equivalent of a pressurised cabin on an international flight. You may ‘feel’ the altitude the first time you trek above 2000 metres but all that is required is a slower pace to compensate. You should pay particular attention to your hydration levels while trekking above 2000 metres.

The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for varying climatic conditions. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.

Your Bike MUST be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Front suspension is essential. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.



  • Stiff soled cycling / SPD shoes
  • Overshoes for use in wet weather


  • Base layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 2)
  • Mid layer - long sleeved cycling top (x 1)
  • Outer layer - lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Fleece top or jumper

Daypack and contents

  • A cycling daypack (e.g. Camelbak or Deuter Trans Alp) of at least 25 litres total capacity is recommended. (Note there is no vehicle support during the day and so your daypack needs to be big enough to take the contents below and a packed lunch.)
  • Water bladder - min. 2 litre capacity
  • Lightweight waterproof top
  • Multi-tool
  • Puncture repair kit and tyre levers
  • Inner tube(s)
  • Pump
  • Camera
  • Sun cream
  • Small roll of gaffer tape
  • Fleece jacket
  • Head torch
  • Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).


  • Regular biking gloves


  • Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
  • Cycling tights or tracksters


  • Eyewear - Biking glasses
  • Cycling helmet - mandatory

Trek Bag Contents

  • Travel and apres biking clothes
  • Training/Leisure shoes for apres biking
  • Wash bag, towel and toiletries
  • Antibacterial hand wash
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Swimwear
  • Headtorch
  • Chamois cream (e.g. Assos/Ozone)


Please note: If you are hiring a bike, you do not need to bring any spares – but you should still take a pump, a puncture repair kit and a couple of 29 x 2 inch standard mountain bike inner tubes with Presta valves.

  • You should bring the following with you as a minimum. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. changing an inner tube, fixing a puncture. Naturally our bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.
  • Tyres - for this trip you will need: 1.9 to 2.2 cross-county tyres suitable for mostly dry, but occasionally wet, conditions.
  • Pump
  • Plastic tyre levers
  • Small tube of grease
  • Spare set of brake blocks / disc pads (front and rear)
  • 2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels
  • 2 x inner tubes
  • Spare chain links
  • Liquid chain lube (bottle not aerosol)
  • Multi-tool with Allen keys
  • Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)
  • Puncture repair kit
  • A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train.
  • Spares specific to your bike**

KE tools and spares

  • On all of our trips we carry a toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. As bikes become increasingly part specific it is impossible to carry a comprehensive range of spares compatible with all makes and models of bike. **Please ensure you bring any bike-specific spares that might be needed - such as disc brake bleed kits, appropriate brake fluid, shock pump, etc.

Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars

  • We do provide ample supplies of water, and packed lunches but if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.In most towns we staythere will be a small supermarket where you can easily purchase extra snacks if needed.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your trip. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in a number of long cycle rides in hilly country to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this trip - this will also provide you with an opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip, however, running, squash and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

You should attend your own doctor and dentist for a check-up. No special vaccinations are required for this trip but you should check that your Polio, Tetanus and Typhoid vaccinations are up to date. UK residents should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before travelling. The card gives access to state-provided medical treatment only, and you'll be treated on the same basis as an 'insured' person living in the country you're visiting. Remember, this might not cover all the things you'd expect to get free of charge from the NHS in the UK. You may have to make a contribution to the cost of your care. You can obtain an EHIC from the Department of Health by phone, online, or at the post office.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

At the coast, Montenegro’s climate is very Mediterranean while up in the mountains it is typically alpine. Summer temperatures will range from around 17ºC in the evening to a daytime maximum of around 26ºC. In August, daytime temperatures at the coast can rise to 30ºC. In the mountains, it will be cooler, with daytime temperatures of between 15 and and 25ºC. The country is relatively dry, with 70% of its precipitation falling in winter. However rain showers, cloud and relatively cool temperatures can occur in the mountains at any time of the year and during the summer months as with most European mountain ranges, thunder storms bringing heavier rain particularly in the afternoon, can and do occur. You should therefore come prepared for extremes of weather.

Montenegrin is the name given to the form of Serbo-Croatian language used by the majority of the people in the country. It became the official language of Montenegro in 2007 and is still being developed as a standard language. A few people will speak some English but it is a good idea to take a basic phrase book if you wish to have some interaction with local people. Your attempts to speak the local language will undoubtedly receive a warm welcome.

Western Balkans. (Lonely Planet) Montenegro. (Lonely Planet) Montenegro. (Rough Guides) The Mountains of Montenegro – A Walkers and Trekkers Guide. Rudolf Abraham. (Cicerone)

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