Total Distance: 82 kilometers
Highest point: 1300 m
Open end-to-end: all year
Road condition: paved, good.
The Tara River Canyon, also known as the Tara River Gorge, is a canyon on the Tara River in Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Tara River Canyon, also known as the Tara River Gorge, is a canyon on the Tara River in Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is 82 kilometers (51 miles) long and the last 36 kilometers constitute the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. The canyon at its deepest is around 1,300 meters (4,300 feet) deep. These parameters make the Tara River Canyon among deepest river canyon in Europe and indeed the world.
The canyon stretch within Montenegro is protected as a part of Durmitor National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Tara River cuts through the canyon. The Durmitor is a massif that gave its name to a national park in northwestern Montenegro. The highest peak, Bobotov Kuk, reaches a height of 2,523 meters. Durmitor features 18 glacial lakes, scattered over mountain massif and Jezerska Površ plateau.
The Tara River, at its end making confluence with the Piva, becomes the Drina, and is some hundred and fifty kilometers long. In its passage through the Tara National Park, the river has a main fall of 3.6 meters/kilometer, making a host of waterfalls and cascades possible, thus creating what is known as the Montenegrin Colorado.
All along its flow, the Tara gets massive quantities of water from numerous tributaries. The most important tributaries on the left bank of the Tara are Ljutica and Susica, and the most important tributaries on the right bank are Vaskovaska Rijeka and Draga.
TIPS FOR TRAVEL
- The tourist facilities are concentrated around the town of Žabljak. During winter, the main activities on Durmitor are skiing and, increasingly, snowboarding. In the summer, the activities shift to hiking, mountaineering and recreational tourism.
- For an accommodation, we recommend the Polar Star Hotel, Javor Hotel or the Soa Hotel.