PPT: Sveti Andrija fort to Dom Orjen

9 July 2017
PPT Dom Orjen

Day 9: 31,9 (+ 1540m. uphill and 650m. downhill)

It’s about 8.30 when I reach Kafana Grakavac. I’ve just hiked today’s first 10k. The kafana is a little off trail and situated next to a highway and it’s open. Yeah! They’re serving Turkish coffee. Yeah! They’re serving a hot sandwich. Oh… yeah! Continue Reading…

PPT: Ivanova Korita – Vidikovac – Velji Zalazi

2 July 2017
Velji Zalazi Chapel PPT

Day 7: 19km (+750m. uphill and 1100m. downhill)

As the clouds move over for a few seconds I see the chapel at the settlement of Velji Zalazi. Velji Zalazi sounds promising. Once, it used to be a village in the middle of the mountains high above the bay of the Kotor. Now it’s no more than ruins. And the chapel. Continue Reading…

PPT: Brajići to Ivanova Korita (NP Lovćen)

28 June 2017
PPT Brajići Majtori

Day 5 and 6: 0 + 19,2 km (+1200m uphill and 740m. downhill)

At the town of Budva I take a zero. It’s pretty touristic out here. However, tourist season hasn’t started yet so it is still quiet out here. What’s to say about a zero? Shower, laundry, eating seafood and buying resupplies. At the local market I buy dried mushrooms and raspberries, fresh cheese and dried sausage. I also buy a lighter. No more soaked food! Those kinds of things. Continue Reading…

About hiking the PPT

7 June 2017
Subra Amphitheater Orjen PPT

Roughly between the border with Croatia and the border with Albania, runs the Montenegro Coastal Trail.  This 180 kilometer long mountaintrail with stunnig view on the coast is called the Mountaineering Coastal Transversal, the Coastal Hiking Transversal or in the Primorska Planinarska Transverzala. PPT, for shorts. Continue Reading…

PPT: Rumija to Sut Tvrdoc

26 May 2017

Day 2: 23,5km (+ 1045 m. downhill and 810 m. uphill)

The hike from Rumija starts easy with a somewhat exposed but easy-to-hike track. Along the way there are a lot of springs. Continue Reading…

PPT: Stari Bar – Rumija

23 May 2017

Day 1: 18,2km. (+ 1698m. uphill)

‘Sama’. ‘Ja. sama’. According to the guy I meet outside the tiny village of Stari Bar it’s about 16km. (or is it 21? he’s kind of fast pointing out fives on his fingers) to mount Rumija. Continue Reading…

Resupply on the Via Dinarica

13 November 2016
Resupply Via Dinarica Sneznik

You can buy food on frequent intervals along the Via Dinarica. There are small grocery stores and full supermarkets closeby, or a short hitch or busride from the trail. Almost all stores are open 7 days a week, from early in the morning untill at least 9 PM. Continue Reading…

Mavrovo NP and Stogovo

25 August 2016

From Mavrovo I’ve got a few days hiking left to the Transversale terminal at Botún, close to Ohrid. Today, leaving town takes time. First there’s an expedition to a mini-market for snacks and lunch. Then there’s a a few possible trails and having a variety of options I find it hard making a decision.

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Korab (and other adventures)

23 August 2016
Flowers near Korab

Following the trail uphill I’m suddenly standing in the middle of a farm. With the sheep still in the fold, a dog comes barking at me.

And another one.

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Albania Alternate: Vermosh – Lepushë – Maja Jezercë – Theth

8 August 2016
Maja Jezerce Via Dinarica Albania

Just before Vermosh I leave the Via Dinarica and hike a marked trail to Lepushë. This is an easy and pretty OK hike with a climb through woods and over a not to high pass. Than it’s downhill, mostly over unpaved roads to Lepushë where there are some cafes and a wide variety of guesthouses (serving food with containing lots of calories). Continue Reading…

Stage 42: From Komovi to Vermosh

6 August 2016
Cvrka Setog IIije Via Dinarica Komovi

After a zero/waiting for my border crossing permit in Adrijevica I hit the trail again. The hike from Treŝnevik to katun Stavna goes over an road. It is a fast, but not very exciting hike. Leaving Katun Stavna Via Dinarica

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Stage 39: Durmitor NP

29 July 2016

Walking past her house, an old lady asks if I’d like kafu? Yes, please! She doesn’t speak any foreign language, but we do manage to have a entertaining chat.
Pivska Via Dinarica
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