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Zabljak, Montenegro

Durmitor National Park

Durmitor soars to an amazing 2’522 meters (more than 8’200 feet!). Durmitor, which means “sleeping” in one of Montenegro’s ancient dialects, was listed on UNESCO’s ‘World Heritage List’ in 1980 along with the Tara, Draga, and Susica rivers, who’s canyons cut large swaths through Durmitor National Park, and who’s waters feed from it’s snows.  In Durmitor National Park, the Tara River Canyon is a monument in it’s own right, running 80 kilometers (about 50 miles) and 1’300 meters, or 4’250 feet deep, second only to the Grand Canyon in the United States!

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.

Black Lake may be more symbolic of the region’s beauty than its only attraction – meaning that if you venture far and wide in Durmitor Park, Black Lake and the many other glacial lakes of Durmitor may inspire you to return to the region in future years.

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