Montenegro Bay of Kotor Trek Picture 1
Montenegro Bay of Kotor Trek Picture 1

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Best Time of Year: May

Max alt:  1250m

Dist:  40miles

Min age:  18

Duration:  5

Montenegro Boka Kotorska Traverse

Trek Adventure

Join on board this unique mountain ridge tour that will take you high above the Bay of Kotor in the country known as 'Black' (Negro) 'Mountain' (Monte)' With 4000 meters of ascent along the limestone ridge line of the Dinaric Alps, starting and returning to Sea level every day, this challenge is equivalent to climbing Ben Nevis three times over! This is a specially designed route to test your endurance on the Primorska Planinarska Transverzala trail, stretching across the entire length of the biggest gulf of the Adriatic Sea. With 40 miles along the ridge line 1000m high above the waters, this is a challenge not to be underestimated. To wet your appetite, upon arrival into Herceg Novi join us an optional 5 mile walk up to the Montengro/Croatian border to walk with one foot in either country! Day 1 & 2 will see you push yourself over 25km each day followed by an absolute gem of a challenge on Day 3 as you take on the astounding Ladder of Cattaro! Count off 70 switchbacks up this steep finale with breathtaking views from the Krstac Pass over the Vrmac ridge and out to the Adriatic Sea. An extra reward on this itinerary is coming down off the mountain each day to your Hotel Apartments on the edge of the Bay so kick back and relax in style each night in the charming restaurants overlooking the Bay in the picturesque and enigmatic villages of Perast and Kotor in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You will arrive into Dubrovnik the day before the main trek starts where we will arrange transfers over to Herceg Novi at pre-agreed times. You can then opt to stretch your legs on a 1.5-2hr afternoon walk up to the Croatian border. 

The following morning we shall have an early start to climb 1300m from the entrance of the outer Boka Bay and along 25km to make the descent to the inner Bay of Kotor. 

Upon reaching the waters of Donji Morinj, we will shuttle you past the Bay of Risan (where acccess to the ridgeline is only possible by road) and into your Hotel Appartment at the beautiful old town of Perast overlooking 'Our Lady of the Rocks' island and the narrow strait of Verige.

The next day, we will ascend to regain the ridgeline and tackle the outstretched North to South traverse along this highlight of the Primorska Planinarska Transverzala trail looking down into the Eastern corners of the Bay. Descending into the town of Plagente it is then a short amble along the coast into the magical old town of Kotor where early celebrations in this delightful place may ensue!

One more day and one more mega challenge to conclude this grand tour. The Ladder of Cattero will teast your leg muscles and determination up to the Krystac Pass. Take in striking views at the peak of Derinski Vrh looking across the Bay to absorb just how far you have walked! We shall then make the final ascent back down to the shoreline to celebrate your grand tour of the Boka Kotorska Dinaric Alps...Adventure Cafe style! 

We will make the transfer to Dubrovnik airport the following morning.



DAY 1 — Depart UK with a latest arrival of 13.00 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Meet leader and transport, transfer (1.5hrs) to Igalo in Herceg Novi to settle into your Apartments. We will then have a short ascent up to the Montenegro/Croatian border.

DAY 2 — Begin Trek up to an altitude of 1250m to traverse a total of 25km along the first section of the ridegline to enter into the inner Bay of Kotor. Shuttles to Perast for your evening in this lovely old town.   

DAY 3 - Ascend the Peak of Vranovo Brdo to regain the ridge line up to 1021m. Another day of 25km will see you descend down to the shore and into Kotor. 

DAY 4 - Ascend the Ladder of Cattero to the Krystac pass and up the Peak of 'Derinski Vrh' at 1098m for fabulous views across the Boka. Make the final descent on those weary legs back into Kotor, a quick shower and then let the celebrations begin!

DAY 5 - Transfer (2 hours) back to Dubrovnik for your return flight to UK.


Route Map


In Montenegro, standard accomodation is 'Apartments' which usually consists of a Double bed and a Double 'French' or 'Sofa' bed in each apartment. These beds are opened up and rolled out to make comfortable sleeping.  

On the first night we shall be based out of a selection of Apartments in the Igalo district of Herceg Novi at the entrance of the Boka Bay. This is ideally situated to gain access to the extensive Primorska Planinarska Transverzala trail running from the Croatian to the Albanian border. You will have clean comfortable rooms (Twins, Triples, Quads) with bed linen provided and washing facilities (most probably en-suite).

In Perast, accomodation is upgraded as standard as you will be staying in more Hotel style accomodation.
As a finale, Kotor offers a mixture of lovely Hotel/Apartment rooms in old stone buildings for your last 2 nights. 


What is a Level 4.0 Trekking Challenge Like?

You are now moving into the realms of serious challenges - where you are likely to encounter rough and steep terrain, sleep deprivation – ie very long days, or even high altitude. In any case - be prepared for an event which is going to take you well past the limits of your comfort zone. Trekking days will be up to 13 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. The severity of the challenge may be magnified by various factors - and you will need to be more resilient - variable weather conditions, simple food and maybe camping – these factors forms a part of the challenge. You need to be in good shape to undertake any of these events, and you need to be training regularly. The height gain each day is greater than for level 3 - so expect plenty of hills! A level 4 challenge would involve a very long day (in excess of 28 miles) or some serious hill climbing (multiple peaks in one day) - or possibly both!


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.0 ‘Trek’?

To participate in these events you need to be in very good fitness. You enjoy taking exercise, and do it regularly (a couple of times a week minimum). You may well partake in several different types of activity, possibly including the gym, swimming, running, or circuit training. You probably are capable of running up to 5 or 6 miles, but in a good steady speed (around 9-10 minute miling). If you do not run - you should be regularly undertaking challenging walks or other strenuous exercise. You should be comfortable walking 17-19 miles in the English lowland countryside.


Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar. You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.


Special Notes

With 4000 meters of ascent across 40 miles in 3 days of trekking this is a tough challenge and you must do your training to prepare yourself fully. If it is clear that you have not put in the training or do not have the fitiness to complete the day in a reasonable time then we may be required to take you off the mountain early. Please make the most of your time out in the 'Black Mountain' Dinaric Alps by following our 16 week training plan!


Visas / Redtape

When travelling abroad you may require a Visa. Please check the Travcour website ( for up to date Visa information. Here they can advise you on the best action to take. If you require further information please don't hesitate to contact the Café.


Included In Trip

Transfers to/from Dubrovnik airport from Hotel Apartments. 4 nights in clean, comfortable Hotel Apartments in a mixture of rooms and types of beds including breakfast. 4 x dinners, 3 x lunches, full vehicle support including water drops offs where possible as well as shuttles round the bay. First aid trained UK qualified mountain leaders. 


Excluded From Trip

International Airfares and transfers in UK to airport


Equipment Required

Water Purification Tablets, Suncream, Blister Repair Kit
Plasters, Vaseline, Rehydration Salts
Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant

Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Shampoo (not a full size bottle!)
Toothbrush, Toothpaste (small size)

Hill Walking Items
Sleeping Bag - 2/3 season rated to 0° C comfort rating or sleeping bag liner (silk or cotton)
Medium Sized Rucksack - lined with waterproof bags
Rucksack Liner(s) / Plastic Liner(s) for Rucksack
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking Poles (highly recommended)
Sun Hat (wide brimmed), Neck Scarf
Snack Foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.

Warm Clothing
Lightweight Fleece, Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves
Heavy Gloves (mitten type recommended), Fleece Hat

Trek Clothing
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers, 1 Pair Tracksuit Bottoms
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Walking Socks, Liner Socks
Underwear, 1 Change of Casual Evening Wear

Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
Outer Waterproof Bottoms

Toilet Roll / Pack of Travel Tissues, Spare Lace
Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Travel Documents, EHIC Travel Card
Travel Insurance (compulsory)

Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes
Penknife, Mobile Phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!)
Emergency Rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek)
Head Torch with spare batteries and bulb


Kit Hire

It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.


Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.



Spring temperatures in Montenegro at sea level averages 24 degrees. Up on the ridge temperatures will reduce to around 14 degrees making perfect walking conditions for an extensive trail. You should however be prepared for both extreme heat and sunshine and also for chilly conditions.


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