Katun Roads - homestay variant

If you are looking for a real off-the-grid Montenegrin Mountain experience, then embark upon our Katun Roads trip. Katuns are typical Montenegrin summer pastures where shepherds spend 4-5 months per year with their herds, living the Balkan life as it has been lived for centuries. The shepherds will provide you with a warm & clean room, homemade food throughout your stay (all incl.) and a chance to sample this ancient lifestyle at first hand. 

On this variant you will not sleep in the roof tent. Shepherds will provide accommodation in their homes. The comfort level is basic but clean. Service provided with lot of care & attention. The great plus of sleeping in a house is that cold nights are avoided. All houses have woodstove, so the season for this trip can can be extended from late may, when all roads are fee of snow, well into October.

 

Prices

Package price 2 persons in 3-door Lada € 625,00 pp
  2 persons in 5-door Lada € 695,00 pp
  3rd & 4th person  € 275,00
STO Garant Obligatory €12,00
Extra night Shepherd homestay, fullboard € 50,00 pp
  Stavnalodge, full board € 50,00 pp
Optionals Extra day car & camping gear rental € 120,00

This offer is covered by STO Garant guarantee. You can find the conditions for this guarantee scheme on STO Garant's website (www.sto-garant.nl/en/downloads). 

Included        Rental of 1 Lada without rooftent, without camping & cooking gear, overnights at shepherd houses & lodges, tourist tax, dinners day 1-5, breakfast day 2-6, packed lunch day 2-5,full casco insurance, road book & gps support, daily hiking suggestions (incl. maps & gps support)

Excluded    Travel to / from Montenegro, fuel, entrance fees, other meals & drinks, personal expenses

 

Itinerary

Day 1  |    The Sinjajevina Highlands     |    100 km   |    90% asphalt    |    3 hrs

From Podgorica you ascend through the Moraca canyon into the mountains. Sinjajevina is a vast open plateau with steep peaks rising on all sides. Under the summits of Moracka Planina you will find the remote katun Jecmen Dol. Your host family will prepare a warm welcome that includes their highland specialties, and certainly a shot or two of their home brew rakija. Podgorica seems miles & ages away here. 

Day 2  |     Bjelasica    |   35 km    |      60% asphalt    |     3 hrs

The road down to Kolasin follows the course of the Lipovo valley. You will be delighted by the picture-perfect image of snow-capped summits and neatly kept green fields below. After Kolasin the road winds up again, this time into the Bjelasica mountains. The road gets from bad to worse as the scenery gets better and better. The endless grasslands that cover the highest ridges are a paradise for sheep and cows and that’s why the katun tradition is still very much alive here. You will spent the night at the Senica brothers katun tonight. 

Day 3   |    Towards the Kosovo borders    |     40 km    |    50% asphalt   |    3 hrs

The Cakor pass was once the highest part of the main road that connected Kosovo to the Mediterranean. Imagine hundreds of Zastava’s tackling this pass back in the 70’ies. Nowadays the road is almost forgotten. You will ascend via an even smaller road and go down via the main road and spent one night at a lovely katun household. It’s a short ride so plenty of time to enjoy a hike in either direction straight from your room. Enjoy again a farm-to-table dinner and endless Montenegrin hospitality. 

Day 4    |     The Damned Mountains    |    50 km    |     50% asphalt    |     3,5 hrs

It does not sound inviting but ‘Damned mountains’ is how Prokletije literally translates. It is not sure whether it was the remote location or the inaccessibility of the terrain that the name derived from. But it’s damn worth a detour. We included the circular road around the volcanic lake of Hridkso, at an altitude of almost 2000m asl. This mysterious area with a mixed Albanian and Montenegrin population is full of ancient folk tales and customs. Along the ride we offer optional short hikes to summits. 

Day 5   |     Komovi    |     60 km    |     70% asphalt   |    3 hrs

The final stage of this tour ends at the mountain pasture of Stavna. This is the only place that has been developed into an official tourist katun. The reason is the vicinity of the majestic Komovi summits. Stavna is a great base for hiking. Tacktle the summit before you check in for the last night. This time you will sleep in a comfortable bungalow with a bathroom.

Day 6  |    The end   |     80 km    |    95% asphalt    |    2 hrs

Just follow the course that the Moraca  has carved out of the mountains. In 2 hours you will be back in Podgorica. 

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