Status: National Park since 1952. The area on the UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage since 1980.
The territory of the municipality of Zabljak, Savnik, Pluzine, Pljevlja and Mojkovac
The seat of administration: Zabljak
Area: 39,000 ha
Elevation: 500 m above sea level (the river Tara - boiling Nazdruć), to 2,525 meters above sea level Bobotov hip.
Position : Northwest part of the country.
Climate: temperate continental; sub-alpine and mountain. It is characterized by long, cold winters, relatively short and cool summers. The transitional period between seasons I was less pronounced, and autumn are slightly warmer than spring. The average annual precipitation ranges from 1,250 to 2,000 mm.
Special Protection Zones (Reserves): Mill creek, lake basin Škrčka with narrow canyon valley Sušice, Crna Poda, Barno lake with their closest environment, Zabojsko lake and the Tara River Canyon.
Characteristic: A variety of ecosystems, some of highest peaks of the Dinarides, glacial lakes, the Tara river canyon.
Durmitor National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, comprises the Mount Durmitor plateau and the valleys formed by the canyon—Europe's deepest—of the Tara River. The park's most significant feature is its wide plateau, situated 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) above sea level, and its deep canyon valleys which are surrounded by impressive mountain peaks: 48 of which measure 2,000 meters (6,562 feet) or greater in elevation. The parks' highest peak, Bobotov Kuk, lies 2,523 meters (8,278 feet) above sea level. Žabljak, at an elevation of 1,456 meters (4,777 feet)—the highest town in the Balkans—is located just southeast of the park.
Durmitor National Park encompasses 39,000 hectares (96,370 acres) and contains many lakes and valleys: principaly among these the Grabovica and Komarnica valleys. The Tara River, who's length is 156 kilometers (97 miles), has through the eons carved a 93 kilometer (58 mile) long canyon who's deepest point measures some 1,300 meters (4,265 feet). Among its 18 glacial lakes, known locally as the "Eyes of the mountain," Black Lake (Crno Jezero) is the biggest and most well known. It is generally blanketed by snow in the winter, but is a much visited swimming spot in the summer. Another of the parks unique features is the Ice Cave which contains many stalactites and stalagmites. This cave can be accessed year-round.
Around the slopes of Durmitor Mountain, and ranging outwardly into Durmitor National Park which also covers a large mountain plateau called Komarnica, you will find over 18 glacial lakes. They come in a range of sizes, but at the feet of Durmitor Mountain you should see Black Lake in particular – known locally as Crno Jezero. Black Lake is Dumitor’s largest, deepest and best-known lake, and like many mountain lakes formed by receding glaciers, Black Lake has two halves – Big Lake, and Small Lake. Black Lake also rests on the fringes of both Medjed Mountain and an ancient primeval cone forest. A 3’5 kilometer (2.2 mile) walking pack encircles the lake.
Tara river bridge
When speaking about Durmitor Park, we can’t ignore Europe’s deepest river gorge and Montenegro’s true national treasure – the Tara River canyon! The Tara River canyon, unlike Black Lake’s 49 meter (150 foot) depth, rests at a stunning 1’300 meters, or 4’250 feet deep!
So if you’re interested in adventure, skiing, cycling, walking a serene mountain path, or just plain enjoying yourself among natural beauty, the Durmitor National Park and adjoining areas may be a perfect choice for your next adventure!
Durmitor national Park is located in the northwestern part of Montenegro and includes the territories of Zabljak, Savnik, Pluzine, Pljevlja and Mojkovac municipalities. It has the surface of 39 000ha and is at altitude between 500 to 2 525m at the highest peak, Bobotov Kuk. Since 1980 it is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. National park can be reached by car or by bus from Zabljak. It includes massifs of Durmitor mountain, canyons of rivers Tara, Draga, Susica and largest part of canyon valley Kosmarica, from where many mountain peaks rise, 48 of them being on altitude over 2000 m. Durmitor is adorned with 18 glacial lakes called Eyes of the Mountain. Canyon of river Tara, which is 1600m above sea level, is the largest in Europe and includes 1500 species of plants and 130 specie of birds and was declared as World Ecological Reserve. Durmitor has large variety of vegetation and animal life with numerous endemic and relict species. Animal life is of mountain and high mountain kind. There are many locations of cultural heritage: necropolis, Greek and Roman cemeteries, Churches and Monasteries, tombstones, and also traditional architecture. Durmitor offers many activities. Visitors can hike with or with out guides since paths in park are
well marked. It is also possible to go walking throughout 4km long path. Many visitors decide to explore park by bicycle. Bicycles are widely available through park for rent, at affordable prices. Durmitor National Park organizes many manifestations which are attractive for tourist (various competitions and organized weddings). Most attractive activity is Tara river rafting.