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The feeling of adrenaline that splashes us over from inside, making us stronger and faster, rising inner tension up to a breaking point and turning experienced moments into a pack of emotions for the year ahead, is a reason enough for any adventure. Canyoning means enjoying in a water flow of adrenalin, which gallops through kerfs, files down the cliffs and cataracts into deep boilers under a veil of millions of drops.

Nevidio

The beginning of the canyon Komarnica, known by the name Nevidio, is the most famous and visited canyoning terrain in Motenegro. Entrance is situated in village Komarnica, about ten kilometers from Šavnik, 50 meters after the meeting point of the small River Komarnica and Grabovica. It is 3.4 km long, while passing through it usually lasts about four or five hours. There are several technical details with jumps in pools or slopes down the rope, but also there are areas where you can walk, and, what is most important, warm up if you don’t have good neoprene wetsuits. Exiting the canyon, after the lively last jump and waterfall, consists of a pretty hard climb along a sharp left side, some 200 m towards the road that follows the direction of its extension. Thanks to the members of MSS (Mountain Skiing Society) “Javorak” from Nikšić, who passed through its shadows and whirlpools is 1965, Nevidio has become a synonym from this discipline in Montenegro.

 

Grlja Canyon

Technically the hardest, the coldest and the darkest canyon in Montenegro, it is formed by a little River Grlja, in Vusanje village, under the Prokletije, 5-6 km from Gusinje. The entrance is at the beginning of the Ropojana valley, in a place where water from Grlja falls into 15 m deep boiler and continues further among narrow depart cliffs. The canyon is relatively short, less than your feet during the rappels down the waterfalls. Their heights are 7to 30 m. At the end of the canyon is a breakwater or a plug made of deposited materials (mostly branches), above five meters long that should be dived under or jumped over. After it, on the way out of the canyon waters stream becomes perfectly calm and easy, as if it is a streamlet which doesn’t have anything to do with the whole mentioned rock’ n’ roll. Passage lasts for about two hours but the ones yearning for adventure can do it several times a day. In the canyon itself, it is very important to pay attention to the biggest waterfall, which starts bit by bit and almost unexpectedly transgresses vertically, from where it is almost impossible to jump down safely because of the cliffs that stick out. Anchors are equipped with bolds, and equipment for departure, besides classic combination of iron and textile, includes neoprene wetsuits of at least five mm thickness. The River itself changes in the canyon- entering as Grlja, and flowing out as LJuča.

 

Trebješica Canyon (Sjevernica)

The Trebješica River sources above the village of Gornja Trebješica, at about 1200 m of altitude. With Sjevernica, it interconnects in the canyon itself, as the left confluent of the Morača River, disgorging in it at the bridge Pjenavac  ( 180 m), on the main Adriatic road. The depth of the canyon is about 300 to 400 m , and around three kilometers in the length . The canyon itself is easy for passage that lasts about three hours.

The best access to the canyon is from the railway station Trebješica (780m) at the railroad Podgorica-Bijelo Polje, four stations before Kolašin. From out there, it takes two hours to the canyon entrance that starts at 630m, beneath the village Donja Trebješnica.

The whole tour demands specific physical preparedness, because it takes around eight hours of walking, descent and swimming, from the Trebješica station to the main road. From equipment, besides a little plunger suit and technical equipment, a little pontoon is suitable too.

 

Bogutovski potok (Bogutovski Stream)

The Bogutovski potok canyon is in the territory of the Rovci, 30 km from Podgorica towards Kolašin. It is about 1.5 km long, has eight verticals, where the biggest one is 25 m high. There are natural anchors for descending on most verticals, while there are hangers with rings on others. Tour ends with the delta of Bogutovski potok in Morača, in the most beautiful part of Platije, and it takes about five hours. You can access the canyon from the village Vlahovići, to which goes to the main road from Podgorica to Kolašin. You should turn left at the sign from Trmanje village, at the 33rd km, from where there is about 10 km of asphalt road 633 m high village. Coming down from the village to the very Riverbed of the stream by macadam takes about 45 minutes.

 

Škurde Canyon

Škurde Canyon, one of the most vertically exposed canyons in Montenegro is situated directly above Kotor and comes down to the very city walls. The easiest access to its entrance is by a marked path that starts as a place called Krstac, on the road Kotor-Cetinje ( at about 900 m of altitude), and leads down the hill, through the pinewood, following the shore of the stream. The canyon entrance is at the old stone breakwater at 600 m of altitude, from where the path proceeds along the left side. In several places it is possible to leave the canyon and come down to Kotor following the path. In the canyon there are 25 verticals, up to 35 m of height, equipped with fixed installation for descending in places where there are no natural anchors. A well trained team needs 6-7 hours for passing through. During the summer months, the canyon bed is characterized by an intermittent (not continuous) stream-flow, and due to that the route is easier, but stagnant water in pools and stone tubs are more and ambience for frogs than mountaineers. So, it is better to choose later spring when River waters partly make the passage difficult, but in return make it much more beautiful and attractive from the sports perspective.

 

Season

Canyoning, as a sport in cold waters of mountain rivers, is certainly a summer recreation. Besides that, ones with less experience sometimes prefer to enjoy in canyon’s architecture and landscape then in the water flowing along its bed, so in this period of low water- level, experiencing  this adventure becomes possible for the largest number of admirers.

 

NOTE: a small circle of people partakes in canyoning  in Montenegro. That means that there are many canyons and gulches where no man has passed, whose secrets no one has discovered and not a word has been spoken yet about their beauty. While you are picking the ropes, diving suit and helmet in a transport bag, don’t hold back the explorer in you. As rarely anywhere else in Europe, teher are plenty of places for him in Montenegro, especially when we talk about precipitous water passage in stone, with a skyline above the head wide as the waterflow beneath the feet.

 

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