The Mountains of Montenegro riding holiday in Montenegro - Far and Ride
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The Mountains of Montenegro, Montenegro




Programmes


• Legends of the Wolf

 

Horses



Type of horses:

Local horses of mixed breeding, including Montenegrin Mountain horses, Shagya Arabs and Polish/Russian Arabs

Nature of horses:

Montenegrin Mountain horses are small but extremely strong and sure-footed as well as being willing and friendly.

Height of horses:

13.2hh - 15.3hh

Weight limit:

90kg

Tack type:

English style trail or trekking saddles and snaffle bridles.

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

Ride Description

Montenegro (meaning Black Mountain) was once part of Yugoslavia but gained independence in 2006. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea and is bordered by Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania. Its capital and largest city is Podgorica while Cetinje is designated as the Old Royal Capital.

Montenegro is stunningly beautiful and remarkably diverse. The frenzy of the beach culture on the coastline abruptly gives way to an untamed interior where wolves and bears still roam the dark mountain forests which gave Montenegro its name. Only 625,000 people live in this up-and-coming adventure destination which holds some of the most rugged terrain in Europe. High mountains with limestone peaks, canyons, glacial lakes, plateaus and vast forests are packed into an area approximately the size of The Bahamas! But the wild, and at times harsh beauty of the landscape are in direct contrast to the warm hospitality of its inhabitants.

Our rides in Montenegro explore the hidden mountain lakes and rugged landscapes with striking stone formations; high plateau summer pastures with seemingly endless rolling hills; ancient forests and valleys with roaring rivers where sheepdogs stand watch over their vulnerable charges - this is still a rugged and wild land which is yet to submit to man.

Until the 1960's many villages were only reachable by horse or on foot and even today horses still play an important role. Many local families still produce their own wine, honey, cheese, ham and brandy and this is a region where time has stood still and visitors are still rare.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

Accommodation varies from rustic mountain-huts with bunkbeds and solar showers, through simple family homes, to comfortable hotels on first/last nights.

When you are in remote and rural locations you stay in the best accommodation that is available, but closer to civilisation the accommodation improves. Often you will be riding in places where few foreign tourists venture, consequently there are no markets or shops, no bars, cafes or souvenir vendors.

You should be willing to share as single rooms cannot be guaranteed, however, single rooms may be possible on some nights.

M of the meat, vegetables, fruits and dairy products you encounter will have been raised, grown and/or produced by your hosts.

A typical breakfast would include fresh bread, cheese and cured meats, omelettes and fruit.

On the riding days you will likely have a packed lunch which would include a sandwich (perhaps prosciutto and local cheese on a pitta-type bread) and fruit together with juice/water and perhaps some sweets.

Dinners are hearty and varied. Starters would include cured meats and cheeses or a hot soup. Mains would be grilled or slow-cooked meats with vegetables and salads and fresh bread.

Vegetarians/gluten free can be accommodated but only if notified in advance. Please note that these diets may be limited in choice and variety.

 

Activities

This is predominantly a riding trail, but after riding each day there may be time to take a short walk if you wish to stretch your legs.

It is not possible to accept non-riders on this trail.

 

Further Details

Languages: English, German

Health requirements: Good general health and physical fitness is required as you are riding in remote mountainous locations.

Age limit: Riders must be 16 years or older except by special arrangement. Riders under 18 require written parental permission in accordance with Montenegro law.

Tuition: No

Included: Accommodation; full board from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day; riding; English speaking guide for riding and non-riding tours; luggage transportation; Podgorica group airport transfers.

Not included: Flights; drinks; tipping; airport transfers (outside of group timings).

 

Travel Information

Direct flights are available to Podgorica with RyanAir from London Stansted and also TUI Airways from Gatwick, but availability depends on times and days of the week. It is now also possible to fly from Gatwick or Manchester into Tivat with easyJet. Please enquire for details on flying into/out of other regional airports (Dubrovnik or Tirana).

Group Podgorica airport transfers are included in the price - the arrival transfer generally needs to leave by around 4pm in order to arrive at the ranch for dinner. Private transfers are available after this time at an added cost, please ask us.

Airport: Podgorica

Alternative Airport: Tivat

 

Programmes


Legends of the Wolf



Day One:

Arrive at Podgorica Airport. The scheduled transfer departs after the last guests arrival at the airport - if you arrive early then we can organise a taxi transfer to the city centre of Podgorica or to a hotel with a pool near the airport where you can comfortably wait for the group transfer (payable locally).

All riders are then transferred to Kolasin (1.5 hour journey) through the beautiful Moraca Canyon. For those preferring to self-drive, the meeting point is at the hotel Brile in Kolasin.

Before dinner you will meet your guide and be introduced to your 4-legged companion for the next days. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel in Kolasin.

Day Two: Ascent to Bjelasica mountains

Your first ride leads into the gentle mountains of Bjelasica. The ascent is on gravel roads at lower altitudes and then shepherd trails as you ascend higher. Bjelasica is a traditional alpine pasture area. Take a break on the alpine pasture to see how such an alpine farm works in Montenegro. On the gentle mountain ridges that you climb, you are rewarded with beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. 

This first overnight in the mountains is at an alpine village in the Bjelasica ski area. Wooden chalets in double/twin/single rooms with shared bathroom / toilet.

Terrain: gravel, forest and meadow paths; approx. 30km, 5-6 hours

Day Three: Peaks and lakes of Biogradska Gora national park

A varied riding day to the mountain lakes below the peaks of the Bjelasica (about 2000m high). There are beautiful gallop routes along meadow paths and continual stunning views. The ride concludes with a descent through the primeval forest of the NP Biogradska Gora to Lake Biogradska. At the lake the horses are loaded and transferred to Durmitor National Park. You are also transferred through the stunning Tara Gorge to the Durmitor National Park (1.5hrs). On the way you make a stop at the famous bridge over the Tara. In the town of Zabljak we can stop if anyone needs something from a shop.

Overnight in small wooden chalets with shared bathroom / toilet .

Terrain: forest / meadow / gravel /; 25km, 5-6 hours

Day Four: Mystic Durmitor mountains

Today you are accompanied by the peaks of the Durmitor Mountains. The wide plateau around the main town of Zabljak is an ideal riding area. On your way you pass the medieval necropolis of the Bogumils, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site for several years. In the Durmitor area there are more than 50 lakes, which are also called mountain eyes - the most famous is the "Black Lake". Most of the time you ride on grassy paths or through untracked terrain, with the mountains of the Durmitor forming an impressive background. Return to the same accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Terrain: meadow / gravel / short asphalt; 25-30km, 5-6 hours

Day Five: The high plateau of Sinjajevina

Today begins a unique adventure - the crossing of the Sinjajevina, also called “Little Mongolia”. First you wander through dense forests, but immediately after that, extensive open grassland opens up, which is lined with over 2000 high mountains. The grassy landscape is ideal terrain for longer gallops. 

Overnight with a family. Double / triple rooms (a total of 15 beds in 5 rooms that can be used). Shared toilet/bathroom; Dinner with the family.

Terrain: meadow / gravel / pathless terrain; 25-30km, 5-6 hours

Day Six: Sinjajevina

Today you cross the very centre of Sinjajevina. Sheep are rarely seen here and the feeling that the wolves dance here in

winter becomes very clear. Impressive solitude in its purest appearance. The few alpine farms crouch behind the rolling hills and water is rare here. The shepherds keep snow insulated under meter-thick hay to store water for themselves and the animals.

Todays destination is a lovingly managed alpine pasture with delicious meals - everything created from their own produce.

Overnight stay on the mountain pastures. Multi-bedding in 3 rooms. Shared bathroom/toilet simple but functional. 

Terrain: meadows, grassy paths, gravel, 30km, 5-6 hours

Day Seven: Lipovo valley

Descend along an old shepherd's trail down to Lipovo valley. During the descent you have to lead the horses across some technical sections. Spiky mountains are followed by a gentle, fertile valley, one of the most beautiful in Montenegro. Eventually reach the starting point of this trail, Kolasin, where it's time to say farewell to your companions. 

Overnight and dinner in Kolasin. 

Terrain: meadows, gravel, trail (the horses are led here). 25km, 5-6 hours

Day Eight:

After breakfast, scheduled transfer to Podgorica airport (2hrs drive).



Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: You need to be at least an intermediate/advanced rider who is secure in the saddle at all paces. At times you will also have to dismount and lead your horse on some steep, rocky or slippery sections of the trail. Some days are faster than others and the pace is largely determined by the terrain.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 7 nights / 6 days riding
Departure dates: 2021: 23rd - 30th May, 6th - 13th June, 20th - 27th June, 4th - 11th July, 18th - 25th July, 1st - 8th August, 15th - 22nd August, 29th August - 5th September, 12th - 19th September, 26th September - 3rd October.
 
Pricing: 2021:

£1268 per person sharing

Single rooms cannot be guaranteed and so you should be prepared to share

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.