Bobotov Kuk is the highest peak of the Durmitor mountain range and Montenegro as a whole, where there are several hiking trails. Here come the lovers of outdoor activities who want to enjoy the beauty of pristine nature and test themselves.
Location of the peak
Bobotov Kuk is part of the Dinaric highlands, located in the northwestern part of the country. The peak is located in the heart of Durmitor, the main national park of Montenegro. A visit to the protected area costs 3 euros. This amount is paid at the entrance, which is located near the ski village of Zabljak.
Description of the peak
The height of the top of Bobotov Kuk is 2,523 meters. On a cloudless day, the peak offers a beautiful view of Mount Lovcen – the second highest mountain in Montenegro. On the other side is visible Mount Tara, which is located in Serbia.
The most dangerous wall of Bobotov Kuk is considered to be the western one. Connecting with the neighboring walls, it forms a kind of amphitheater. Nearby stretches the valley Shkrka, where there are several nice lakes. The southern wall forms rocky valleys, while the northern wall is a snowy pyramid.
History of climbing Bobot’s Peak Cook
According to official records, Bobot’s Kook was first conquered in 1883 by Austrian Oskar Baumann. 48 years later, in 1931, a group of enthusiasts climbed the peak in winter, and 2 years later, in 1993, the Slovaks conquered the peak from the south.
It was from that time that Bobotov Kuk became popular among tourists. Because of its low difficulty, the mountain became of no interest to climbers. Now anyone who has climbed Bobotov Kuk can leave a record of his success in an iron box. It is located right at the top.
Routes to Bobotov Kuk
There are 4 routes of different complexity levels leading to Bobot Cook. All of them are designed specifically for tourists. Before climbing it is important to get acquainted with the routes and find the best one.
Each route is marked with rings colored red. Thanks to them it is visible from afar. All the difficult parts of the route are equipped with safety ropes. The main danger during the ascent are loose rocks. When climbing, you should carefully watch your step.
The first route starts from the Black Lake, which is located near the town of Zabljak. It passes through the Ice Cave, one of the key attractions of the region. The first route takes from 5 to 6 hours one way. The exact time of ascent depends on physical fitness and the number of stops en route.
The second route is considered the easiest of all. It takes only 3.5 hours to climb the peak and even less to descend. The route starts at the Sedlo Pass (1907 m), which can be reached by car. The path passes through several mountain peaks and a lake of glacial origin. In summer, it dries up almost completely. The last pass is made at a distance of 616 m from the summit. Behind it begins the hardest part of the route.
The third route begins in the village of Dobry Do, the fourth in the Shkrka valley. They have about the same difficulty, so you can safely choose any of them. Experienced tourists suggest the following travel plan: in the morning to come to the Black Lake, leave a car at the paid parking lot, take a cab and drive to Sedlo (it will cost about 25 euros), to climb and then descend to the village Zabljak and relax there. This route lasts just under 9 hours, so tourists have time to return home by evening.
Important moments of history
The period from early June to late October is the best time to climb Bobotov Kuk. Late fall, winter, and spring bring cold weather and snow to the mountainous area, making it much more difficult to hike.
Travelers who dare to go to the summit in winter should bring warm clothes, sunglasses and sunscreen, all of which will make the climb more comfortable.
Don’t forget water (at least 1.5l per person) and food – without food you will quickly run out of strength to climb. If you run out of water, you can get it from one of natural springs on the way, from a clear lake, for example.
As you ascend to Bobot’s Hook, you will often encounter pyramids made of stones. They once served as landmarks along the way, but are now used to indicate someone’s presence at the summit. Anyone can add their own pebble to the pyramid.
Almost all hikers remain satisfied with their introduction to Bobot’s Hook. The path to the peak itself winds through scenic landscapes that are constantly changing: mountain lakes, picturesque valleys, authentic villages, and centuries-old glaciers. From the summit you can enjoy stunning views of the nature and cities of Montenegro.
Climbing Bobotov Kuk (Montenegro)
This ascent was one of the main goals of the last trip, and we were expecting it with a special feeling, checking the weather forecast every day. And everything turned out exactly as we wanted – perfect visibility, bright sunshine, stunning beauty, wild fatigue and a feeling of unreality of what happened after we came back. The first post from this past trip will be just how it was.
Bobotov Cook is located in the heart of the rock massif of Durmitor, which, like a growth, rises among the not the most flat terrain. Already when you approach the national park, you see sharp peaks. And they look even more monumental from the hotel window in the evening, when you look at the sky and wait for good weather.
Last time it rained almost the whole time. It was the night before, so we were very afraid. But nevertheless we decided to go and see on the spot. At 5 am nature is just waking up, and we were already on our feet. Even the park rangers, who charge for admission, were not yet at their post.
Bear Mountain and Black Lake is the most popular photo op from Durmitor. 90% of its visitors go no further and hang out here, where the asphalt ends and you can sit in the cafes.
But we need to go further, and here we are already entering the woods. The first climb is the hardest. You can not see where to go, and the road seems endless. The gradient is quite strong, and the backpacks are pulled down with unopened bottles of water, a heavy camera and a small supply of food.
It’s still pretty cold – walking in a fleece and windbreaker. But gradually the sun rises higher and higher, you’re steaming step, and the jacket goes in the backpack.
A couple of quick stops, and then you’re out of the woods. The sun rises, the fog clears, and you even see a piece of Black Lake.
You can’t see the target yet. You enter “tesno brOishte,” the place where shepherds count their sheep.
And then, at last, the mountains appear on the way out. Unknowingly, you mistake that distant slide for Bobot’s Cook and are already stunned by how you’ll climb up there. But it’s not Cook. It’s Minin Bogaz, which is one and a half times closer. It’s farther and higher for us.
You go, and there’s silence inside you. No confusion, no excitement, no constant thought stirrings.
You smell an unpleasant odor – it means the coils, the shepherds’ lodges are close by. Nearby are the tents of those who travel in Durmitor wild. You can buy cheese, milk and beer in cans from the shepherds. It’s amazing how they get it in there.
The shepherd looked at us, asked where we were going and advised us to hurry – it might rain in the afternoon.
The Katuns are nesting right at the edge of the Lokvice Valley. One of the hardest parts is a long ascent by traverse along the gorge, at the bottom of which you can see the remains of the lake formed by the melted snow. But at the top, there’s a clearing where you can rest, have a snack, and enjoy the views. I used to think Bobot’s Hook was the one across the street.
Climbing even higher.
Another fork in the road. We’ll go to Ice Cave another time, but now we’re going left.
Several descents and ascents. Rocks, junipers, looking for red marks. And big kudos to the person who made them, so we don’t get lost.
And here you come out into another valley studded with mountain flowers. The trail runs along the very edge again, with the peaks towering on the other side.
Just around the corner, you realize where you’re really going. That’s where we’re going, to the center slide.
Going back is not an option, so we keep going. The rocks begin.
A couple of times we are overtaken by active walkers with trekking poles. We pity we don’t have such, because it’s already hard enough. And the sun is beginning to heat. We put on our sunglasses and don’t even think we forgot our sunscreen with us.
Bobot Cook is getting closer and closer. The closer you get, the less you know which way to approach it.
We’re turning back. We almost jumped this valley – when you see the aim, you don’t notice the time.
Coming up to the pass. We look back – there are shining roofs in the distance. That’s the town of Zabljak, where we came from. The town is at about 1400, and now we are at 2300. It’s no more than 40 minutes to the summit.
View on the other side, to the Saddle Pass. From there it’s a shorter walk to the summit, about 3 hours. It’s easier, so most people take this route.
The most amazing feeling is when you walk for a long time in the middle of nowhere, and then you go over the edge, and something incredible appears in front of you. This is the valley of the Skrchka Lakes (emphasis on the “kr”). I saw it in a photo once and then got the idea to see it with my own eyes.
Down – the precipice. Here is where it gets scary. But the beauty, tiredness and proximity to the goal drown everything else out.
Then begins the most difficult part. You have to climb up with your hands. The main thing is not to look down. This is what it looks like from above – the Polish-Slovenian couple descends.
Only 50 meters, and here we are on top. The first thought that comes to mind is “this is just unbelievable.”
The summit is a small patch, which accommodates ten or fifteen people. And in the middle is an iron box, in which there is a magazine. Naturally, we have to check in it.
We were really lucky with the weather, and the views around are insane.
Once again the valley of Skrchok.
View in the direction of our route. In the distance is Zabljak. Somewhere there is a hotel, shower and dinner.
These peaks are called “Zubtsy”.
And that’s about how all these pictures were taken.
It was already noon, and the sun was burning with unbelievable force. We didn’t think to ask our neighbors at the top for cream and just went down. And it’s much scarier going down. But tiredness is stronger, and there is nowhere to go.
Here we had more snow, more rocks and again a path along the cliff.
And the subdued Bobot’s Hook is behind us.
Stops are becoming more and more frequent. In spite of the fact that we have no food and little water left, the backpack still seems very heavy.
You still do not understand what happened. There is complete emptiness and incomprehension inside. All this will come later, but for now you only take pictures of what is going on around you. But it’s already on automatic. And you are waiting for the forest again, to take shelter from the scorching sun. Neck already burns in hell, and the jacket is not put on, otherwise completely steamed.
And in a couple of hours the long-awaited beeches appeared.
And beneath them – thickets of strawberries.
Another forty minutes, and we are again on the shore of Black Lake.
It’s a holiday in Montenegro, everybody walks and has fun. People are sitting on the benches, in the park there is a big crowd of Russian speaking tourists, who were brought by bus. You look at them like an alien. They look at you burnt out, too, and when they see you holding raspberries bought right there, they don’t recognize “their own,” point their finger and say loudly, “Look at you, you picked berries!”
It was the most powerful day of the trip. We saw nothing but mountains. We didn’t go anywhere. We ate almost nothing. But we will definitely remember this climb for a long time. And though from the point of view of professionals it is very simple, and even pensioners can climb Bobotov Cook, for the office-seeker it is a wonderful chance to stop the inner dialogue, to overload and to feel the real power of nature. And at the same time just to stand on top.
It really is worth it.
P.S. For those who are interested, a little bit of specifics:
– There are two trails leading up to Bobot’s Cook. The long one (5.5 hours) from Zhablyak / Black Lake and the short one (3 hours) from the Saddle Pass. You have to get to the pass by car from Zabljak. If you go from Black Lake, you should start not later than 6 am. – The best time for the ascent is from July to September. In June, there could still be snow in many places, and in October, it is a little bit cold and the weather is unpredictable. – You should take 2 liters of water per person, some food (granola, nuts, fruit), trekking shoes or sneakers, sunscreen, fleece, waterproof jacket, hats. If you go to the ice cave, it is desirable to have a rope. Also poles are very helpful, especially on the way down and on the snowy sections. – The total altitude difference is about 1100 meters, but in fact there and back comes out that you gain, and then lose 1500 meters. – The length of the route is about 9 kilometers one way.
And don’t forget your camera. These will be the best photos from your vacation.