This well thought-out route traverses the National Park of Biogradska formed by glaciers and crisscrossed with rivers as well as the dramatic Tara River Canyon. You will ride across mountain summer pastures full of indigenous flora, medicinal herbs and mountain berries. You will be truly awed by the majestic mountain ranges, crystal clear mountain lakes. Whilst this is not a fast-paced ride it will give you the opportunity to really enjoy the amazing scenery. It is also a good choice for adventurous novice riders who have good balance and confidence. 

Riders will stay overnight in eco lodges and cabins only accessible during the summer months, with your horses loose in the summer pastures next to the simple cabins. The night skies in this remote region will offer fantastic starscapes.  

Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.

Review received from AL of Basel on 04/07/2019

Ride Summary
What was your overall impression of the holiday
Great!
Overall impression
Unicorn Trails sales staff

Riding tour leader

Additional Comments
It was more as just translation: a really good intercultural exchange!!
Horses and Tack

Additional Comments
Meals

Accommodation

Miscellaneous

Was there anything you should have known and were not told? NO
Please give more details to explain your response:
Rain equipement should be a poncho and a trousers.
The temperature at night get around 10 degree.
The luggage are transported by car. So it dosen‘t mind of you buy products at the first day (local people are selling Rakija, Marmelade, cheese...).
The spoken languages! I was with 3 others french speaking persons, which make it easier! Maybe should Unicorn ask for the language!
What could we do to improve this ride?
Because nobody buyed anything over the First days, it could be nice, That the products in Kolašin at the end of the tour, again
How would you rate the difficulty of this ride out of 10 where 1 is very easy and 10 is very advanced?
2
Please explain why you scored it as you did:
Most of the days in pace.
The second day was a bit more steep, and adventurous
Would you recommend Unicorn Trails to your friends?
YES
Please give more details to explain your response:
May we use you as a reference for other people wishing to go on this ride?
YES
Any other comments:
Unicorn comments:

Day 1
Transfer from Podgorica to the town of Kolasin located at an altitude of 960m in the northern part of Montenegro. It is an interesting drive through Platije Canyon following the Moraca river. You will be able to stop at several points along the way to take photo's. A visit to the Moraca monastery, built in 1252. This monastery is one of the most famous medieval memorials in Montenegro. Upon arrival to the first nights accommodation you will meet the horses and have an orientation briefing during dinner, tasting delicious Montenegrin traditional cuisine. Over night in Bijeli Potok cabins.

Day 2
After breakfast you will prepare the horses and start riding along the stream and through the woods to Izlazak with views over Kolasin. You will ride near the Cirilovac monastery and continue up the trail to Kljuc peak and kapela. Lunch will be organized in katun Krivi do with local people. After lunch we will ride across Bjelasica meadows to eco katun Vranjak (summer pasture Vranjak). Overnight in Eko Katun Vranjak.

Riding information: 3h30 min before lunch (+ 20min breaks)
2h riding after lunch

Day 3
Todays ride is located at NP Biogradska Gora. From Vranjak we ride near Zekova Glava peak and Pesica lake, than we will visit Pešića, Ursulovacko andSevarine lake. Lunch will be organized in katun Suvodo do with local people, after which ride continues to Svatovsko groblje, spring of Biogradska river, Ogorela Glava and ends at katun Goles where we will overnight. NP Biogradska Gora  was proclaimed a National Park in 1952. The most impressive part of the National Park is the virgin forest reserve, surface of 16 sq km, where the strict protection system has been established. That is one of the last virgin forests in Europe. Overnight in katun Goleš.

Riding information: 3h 45min before lunch  (+20 min breaks)
2h30min riding after lunch

Day 4
Today from Goleš katun you will ride through the village of Moračko Trebaljevo. You will cross the Tara river (when the water level is low you can also ride through the water) and have lunch in a restaurant at the river's shore. After lunch you will continue to Markovo and Sinjavina mountain. The view from Sinjavina will show you different scenery again, including Lipovo valley. You finish your ride for today at Potrk katun. Tonight you will stay at a friendly local house with a welcome drink of home made brandy called Rakija.

Riding information: 3h before lunch
3h of riding after lunch

Day 5
Today's ride will take you through even more wild and beautiful scenery. After a morning ride to Savina Voda lake you ride upwards to Sinjavina plateau, near the Ruzica church and continue to Zabojsko lake. Here you can spend some time to relax and enjoy the unspoilt nature. Hidden in Sinjajevina cliffs and surrounded by dense coniferous trees, there is an emerald green lake with a depth of 19 meters. This lake is largely unknown jewel and is one of the three deepest lakes in Montenegro. Its beauty and quality is preserved by a strict regime of protection within the Durmitor National Park. After picnic lunch and a rest you will ride to Gomile Katun where you will stay overnight at the house with locals.

Riding information: 5h30min riding + small breaks before picnic
2h ridding after picnic

Day 6
After breakfast the ride goes across Sinjavina meadows, through local villages and continues to Durmitor mountain, Zminjicko lake, where we will have lunch in restaurant next to the lake. After lunch we continue our ride to local farm just next to Riblje lake. This breathtaking national park was formed by glaciers and is traversed by rivers and underground streams. Along the Tara river canyon, which has the deepest gorges in Europe, the dense pine forests are interspersed with clear lakes and harbour a wide range of endemic flora. It was on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1980. Lunch will be organized in local village. If there is enough time you will visit Black Lake in the afternoon. You will stay overnight in a local farm house, next to Riblje lake, Zabljak.

Riding information: riding about 2.5h + 20min breaks before lunch

Day 7
After a morning ride across Dutmitor meadows to Riblje and Vražije lakes (oportunity to swim with the horses). After lunch in the farm we will have transfer (about 30 min) to Djurdjevica Tara bridge where we will enjoy the view of Tara canyon (with its depth of 1300m, the Tara canyon is the biggest in Europe and 2nd world biggest canyon after Colorado). We will have oprotunity to fly on Zip line. *this is optional. After visit of Djurdjevica Tara, we will drive to another National Park –Biogradska Gora & Biogradsko lake, surounded with primeval forest, one of the 3 oldest in Europe. Tranfer to Kolasin where we will overnight again at Bijeli Potok cabins.

Riding information: riding about 4h + break before lunch

Day 8
Transfer to airport. Depending on flight times, it may be possible to organize a visit to Virpazar & Skadar lake.

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

Balkan mountain horses. This is not a fast ride and there are some steep slopes with drops either side. Cantering on last day.


Rider requirements

Able to walk, trot and canter. There can be some steep and challenging terrain at times. Riders are expected to help groom and tack up the horses each day. The minimum age for this ride is 14 years.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 264 lb/120 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

Eco cabins and huts (katuns) in wilderness locations only accessible in the summer months. The accommodation on this ride is traditional and simple and provides a great way to experience the way of life of local people. Traditional Montenegran cuisine, some meals taken at the homes of local people. Soups, meats, lot of fresh vegetables, dessert.


Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip.

NB: Be sure to check the COVID status of the country you plan to visit including entry procedures

Your passport should be valid for six months from the date you arrive.

You will need a visa to enter or travel through Mongolia as a visitor. You should contact the nearest Mongolian Embassy for the most up-to-date advice on entry requirements and visas. Arriving passengers should follow instructions given by the authorities on arrival. Arrival requirements into Mongolia are subject to regular change.

Passport and Visa requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country.

Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate should you need a visa.

In the UK the British Foreign Office gives advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mongolia

In the US: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Mongolia.html

In Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/mongolia

Health

COVID: Be sure to check the latest COVID regulations for travelling in any country you visit.

You should always bring any regular prescription drugs you may need with you, and spare, just in case.

Please refer to your country’s latest health guideline for travel in Montenegro and contact your own GP for up to date advice on vaccinations and prophylaxis prior to travel.

While pharmacies across the country stock a good supply of medicines, not all medicines prescribed in the UK are available in Montenegro. You should make sure you have sufficient medical supplies (including prescription medicines) for the duration of your stay and any unforeseen delays.

Health (ride specific)

Sunscreen, any personal medication, insect repellent. Please be aware that it can be cold in the mountains at night, so please take warm clothing.

Electricity

In Montenegro the supply voltage is 230V. If the appliance is a single voltage rated appliance, it will need to operate at the same voltage as the supply voltage of the country i.e. 230V. If this is not the case it should be used alongside a voltage transformer or converter to allow the appliance to work safely and properly.

Film and Camera Equipment

There will be wifi connections on the first and last night. It is possible to charge cameras and phones throughout the trip.

Packing List

Come prepared for heat as well as cold. Mountain climates can be very changeable, layers are essential. All riding gear including hat, gloves (also warm), riding trousers, jacket, boots that are also suitable to walk.
Water bottle (optional, you will be given 500ml mineral water bottles each day)
Warm and rain/windproof gear - can be supplied by the guides if needed
Riding Hat, can be supplied by ride if needed
Binoculars
Mosquito repellant (this is not a problem, but more to have protection against flies)
Indoor shoes
Warm fleece
Sport sunglasses
Sunscreen
Warm sleeping clothes
Towel - the accommodation doesn't provide bathroom towels
In the summer months bring a swimming trunks/costume for the mountain lake or just sunbathing in the siesta at noon.

Programmes

This is an 8 day/7 night programme with 6 days riding available on set dates throughout the year.

Departure Dates

2023: 3, 14, 24 Jun; 5, 15, 26 Jul; 5, 16, 26 Aug; 6, 16, 27 Sept.

Pricing
No single rooms available (on some or all nights). Riders must be prepared to share with someone of the same sex.


No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
20228d/7n6double pp925
20228d/7n6supplement for group 2-455
20228d/7n6single supplement for 4 nights109
20238d/7n6double pp1,195
20238d/7n6supplement for group 3-588
20238d/7n6single supplement for 4 nights109
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
20228d/7n6double pp1,049
20228d/7n6supplement for group 2-463
20228d/7n6single supplement for 4 nights125
20238d/7n6double pp1,365
20238d/7n6supplement for group 3-599
20238d/7n6single supplement for 4 nights125
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
20228d/7n6double pp1,159
20228d/7n6supplement for group 2-469
20228d/7n6single supplement for 4 nights139
20238d/7n6double pp1,505
20238d/7n6supplement for group 3-5109
20238d/7n6single supplement for 4 nights139
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
20228d/7n6double pp11,609
20228d/7n6supplement for group 2-4695
20228d/7n6single supplement for 4 nights1,385
20238d/7n6double pp15,065
20238d/7n6supplement for group 3-51,105
20238d/7n6single supplement for 4 nights1,385
Other Activities

Rafting, zip lining

Wildlife

Summer meadows, wildflower meadows and wild blueberry fields.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Podgorica airport, Montenegro (TGD)
Transfer:
Included from meeting point, 1h 30 min drive.
Flight Guide:
London Stanstead with Ryan Air £400 return
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