Komovi Mountains

Komovi Mountain is one of the three most impressive and most magnificent mountain ranges of Montenegro and also of the Dinaric Alps – Dinarides. Komovi Mountains range is situated in the eastern Montenegro and stretches between the farthest upstream parts of the Lim River to the east and the Tara River on the west, to Drcka River to the north and Prokletije ranges to the south. From the south and east Komovi Mountain is encircled with a complex of Montenegrin – Albanian mountain range known as Prokletije – Accursed Mountains, the highest peaks at the altitude of 2534 meters – Kolac/Maja Kolata, 2694 m – Jezerski Vrh/Maja Jezerce), and on the north by Bjelasica Mountain, with its highest peak Crna Glava at the altitude of 2139 meters.

The Komovi mountain massif is 40 km long and 30 km wide, and is covered from all sides by the vast plateaus at average altitude of 1900 meters – Štavna and Ljuban to the north, Rogam to the west, Crne to the south and Varda to the east. The highest peaks of Komovi mountains are: Kučki Kom (2487 m), Ljevoriječki Kom (2469 m, north peak of Kucki Kom) and Vasojevički Kom (2460 m). Eastern and southeastern side of Komovi Mountains belongs to Polimlje and to the municipality of Andrijevica. It is the eastern side of Vasojevicki Kom which, from its top (2460 m), slopes down to Štavna and Varda plateaus at the altitude of 1900 meters and to the Lim River at 700 meters. Confluent valleys along the Lim and Tara rivers are sharply cutting lower parts of Komovi mountains in radial manner and make this area accessible from all sides. This area is known for its direct openness and vicinity of the shortest tourist-frequented route between southeast Montenegro and its coastal region and a favorable continuity and exposition of its slopes.

Komovi mountain fascinates everyone with its diversity of natural attractions, rich flora and fauna and numerous cultural monuments, churches and monasteries. Komovi Mountain peaks are encircled with dangerous cuttings formed around springs in pre-glacial water sources. Basic morphological characteristics of cuttings are their vertical and conical shape, always being bare, with open asymmetric sides and extremely jagged edges. Komovi Mountain has always been shelter to mountain goats and a plant treasury. According to the legend, fairies used to summoned one another to its slopes. Enchanted with peaks and pastures of Komovi Mountain nature lovers have rightfully named it “the king of the mountains” and “the divine giant”. The peaks of Kucki Komovi (2.487 m) and Vasojevicki Komovi (2.461 m) exceed in height the surrounding cliffs and crests. From the Komovi Mountains the sights spread all the way to the Adriatic Sea, the Lovcen Mountain, Kopaonik Mountain, Durmitor massif, Kosovo, Albania ….Nature has played with the mountain mass of Komovi Mountain and has carved tremendous forms in the wild rocky chaos. The tame valleys have concealed themselves among the wild peaks, and a lake glistens from here to there.

Almost everywhere around Komovi Mountain ridges from their very tops there are big heaps of sandy and rocky materials that were made out of the processes of erosion. They look like rivers of rock as they descend to the cuttings and river valleys of Perucica and Kucka rivers. The biggest rocky heap is located on north-eastern side of Vasojevicki Kom and is almost 3 km long. These unusual valleys and “rocky chaos” complete an outstanding composition on the Komovi Mountain space. There are numerous well marked climbing and hiking trails on Komovi Mountain, as well as operational and well experienced mountaineering club which organizes traditional treks along this wild mountain.

The authentic Vasojevic and Kucki type of houses still preserve the traditional highlander lifestyle of Northern Montenegro. The high katuns slowly surrender to the beautiful cruelty of the mountain and gradually disappear from its slopes. However below the Komovi Mountain peaks on Stavna vast plateau, there is the “Eko katun Štavna” (Ecological complex of houses for renting) with 10 houses to rent for very affordable daily rental price. Each house has 5 beds, living room, bathroom and shower with warm water. Also, within the Stavna Eko katun there is the restaurant serving genuine highlanders food.
Various and unique flora and fauna of Komovi Mountain, myriad crystal clear mountain springs and rivers, numerous monuments of culture, churches and monasteries, such is the Saint George Monastery of Budimlja, near Berane, dating from the 12th century, as well as genuine warmth and hospitality of the locals who live beneath the Komovi Mountain peaks, leave nobody indifferent. St. Ilija’s church on Carine, beneath Komovi Mountains, is a church built on the highest altitude in Europe till now. The church is located at 1800 meters above sea level. On the contrary – once you get to the paradise of beech and coniferous forests above which dominates giant Komovi mountain – you immediately become speechless.

 

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