Zabljak, Montenegro

The bus ride from Kotor was interesting as it goes through a few mountains. The driver was speeding and breaking every few seconds because of the numerous airpin curves. We were lucky enough to have some kind of AC so we could handle the almost 4 hours trip. We arrived in Zabljak in the early afternoon and were suggested to go and walk around the Crno Jezero, the Black Lake. It took about 3 hours round trip from the hostel, a walk a little over 8 km. The lake is beautiful, not sure why it is called black lake as it is a nice blue shade. It seems to be a very popular spot for tourists to step in the water to take tons of pictures of themselves. We came back to the hostel were we attended the nice barbecue offered to us by the hostel owners.

View from the bus
View from the bus
View from the bus
Tight corner
Crno Jezero (Black Lake), Zabljak, Montenegro
On our second day, we walked 15 km in a not so easy mountain terrain and were rewarded by an amazing few from the top. The mountains are very nice. There was still snow in a few places. Zadljak is located at about 1490 meters above sea level and we hiked our way up to 2191m. We did what they call the difficult loop, and some sections were indeed fairly difficult, especially the last part getting to the cave as we were almost rock climbing. We were gone for about 7 hours and had a lot of fun. We definitely enjoy more being in the nature than in the city which is why we will be looking into more hiking destinations. When we arrived back at the hostel, we showered right away as we weren’t sure we were going to be able to stand again if we sat somewhere!
At the beginning of the hiking trail to the ice cave
View from the trail
View from the trail
View from the ice cave. Zabljak is in the clear spot in the middle, 7.5 km away
The cave’s entrance
Still some ice in August
Us, nice background
A few minutes outside Zabljak
Nice mountains
After spending all morning trying to figure where we are going next, we decided to go for a walk to the Tara Canyon viewpoint. While we were getting ready, a German guy that arrived in the morning at the hostel asked if he could tag along. We all got ready and headed toward the viewpoint. The walk consisted of mostly paved road, except for the last 1 to 1.5 km where it was back in the mountain. A total of another 15 km. The view of the Tara Canyon was wonderful, lots of mountains are surrounding this pretty turquoise river that is really deep in a curved canyon. There was also lots of butterflies and even a not so shy salamander. Our legs are really tired though so a bus day tomorrow will probably be very appreciated!
Tara Canyon viewpoint
Tara Canyon viewpoint 
Tara Canyon viewpoint 
Tara Canyon viewpoint
Tara Canyon viewpoint

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