One of the stops along the Balkan Trip was Zabljak, in Montenegro. Here we conquered the beast that is Bobotov Kuk, Montenegro's highest mountain, sitting just above 2,500m. I was super excited about this hike, because I had never hiked for what was projected to be 6 hours (return). Yes, that included going up steep hills, with your lungs pleading with you to stop, but I'm glad I persevered, because when we reached the peak the view was absolutely breathtaking, I'm not joking. I had no words, apart from 'Holy Shit' and 'This is incredible'.
The hike was rather challenging, especially battling the heat, with the temperature on this particular day being in the high 30's. As well as going up hill and not having proper hiking shoes. However if you don't have proper hiking shoes, don't be discouraged because it's still doable. I completed the hike with 6 others and it was a highlight for all of us. The track is relatively easy to navigate through with red marks being clearly visible on the rocks. On the way up we stopped from time to time to marvel at the view, eat and keep hydrated.
On our way back we saw that there was rain heading in our direction with two hours of hiking still to go. We were hoping we'd get back to the car before the rain reached us, however that wasn't the case. The rain hit us 20 minutes before reaching the car, and it was torrential. The rain was so heavy, my eyes were stinging, but I couldn't stop laughing because I couldn't believe the situation we were in. How did the weather do a complete 360!?! The biggest challenge we faced when it started raining was the slipperiness of the rocks. Some of the rocks are already pretty slippery, so the rain only made it harder to get a grip of. Luckily we had passed the rocks that would have made our lives hell, and only had a few instances where we had to support each other as we climbed down the rocks. Walking back was challenging enough with the mud making it hard to stay upright. We returned to the car triumphant and drenched, but would do it again in a heartbeat.
So if you're in close to Zabljak, I would definitely recommend giving this a go. You'll leave on high because of how amazing the experience is. If you need further convincing, these photos should do the trick.
J E S S I C A x