National Park Durmitor

Žabljak  >  Montenegro

Durmitor is big mountain with highest peak of 2522 meter. It is surrounded by deep canyons. One of them is Tara Unesco MAB, the deepest canyon in Europe.

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National Park Durmitor is located in the northwest part of Montenegro and covers the area of high mountains, planes and deep canyons. The Tara River Canyon is located in the Park (the highest depth of the canyon is 1,300 m), as well as canyons of rivers Komarnica, Grabovica, Sušica and some small rivers. Mountain Durmitor massif includes more than 40 peaks over 2,000 m altitude and the massif has 18 glacial lakes. Durmitor is the biggest ski center in the country.

18 mountain lakes, more than 40 rocky peaks above 2,000 m altitude, dense forests of fir, beech forests, pine habitat and the spacious plateau of Durmitor, are habitats which characterise this mountain. Recent research of the flora of Durmitor and surrounding canyons found more than 1,700 plant species. About 900 species make for high mountain flora, which inhabit the area above 1,500 m altitude. As for the characteristic birds, this habitat can be divided into: high mountain rocky ground, rocks and cliffs, high mountain lakes, wet meadows, pastures, glades, high mountain evergreen forests and mixed coniferous – deciduous forests. Every one of these habitats has its own specific ornythofauna: high and steep hillside, and rocky areas are home to Water Pipit and Horned Lark, Alpine Accentor and Wallcreeper, while the highest and most inaccessible cliffs are home to breeding Yellow-billed Chough and Golden Eagle; forests are home to breeding of numerous songbirds, like Coal Tit, Black Woodpecker , Red Crossbill, Eurasian Nuthatch, then the birds of the family of hen: Western Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse; raptors: Sparrowhawk, Eurasian Hobby, European Honey-buzzard. The pastures and wet meadows are habitats to Crested Lark, Common Quail, Corn Crake and on the lakes and riparian vegetation we can register Common Goldeneye, Little Grebe, Water Rail and others.



It is best to explore the area by car, or 4x4. Durmitor mountain is the centre of Montenegrin mountain tourism. The tourist facilities are concentrated around the town of Žabljak. There are 25 marked mountain-hiking trails in the Park of various length and for different levels of physical fitness. An easy hike is the Black Lake circle Hike Route. This hike lasts around 1:30 and it goes all around the Black Lake.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Plain, Mountain, River, Plateau, Grassland, Scattered trees and bushes, Lake, Agriculture, City/village


Mountainous, Hilly, Rocky, Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Summer, Spring, Autumn

Best time to visit

Spring, Summer


Paved road, Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Car

Birdwatching hide / platform



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