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GREBAJE’S GREATEST HIKE – VOLUSNICA, TALIJANKA, POPADIJA

Everyone knows that the greatest reward for a hike is view from the top. Now, imagine a hike where you get rewarded with what is possibly the best view of the Prokletije (Accursed) Mountain Range for almost the entire hike. That is exactly why this is greatest hike in Grebaje and maybe even in the whole region of Northern Montenegro.

This hike, which I am officially dubbing the “Triple Threat,” is a ridgeline hike that will take you to Katun Volušnica, followed by the two peaks Talijanka and Popadija. Almost the entirety of the hike is characterized by a breathtaking backdrop shown in the picture below.

The view from the top of Talijanka featuring the ridgeline that will be hiked

HIKE DETAILS

Grebaje’s greatest hike begins from the depths of Grebaje Valley in Gusinje, Montenegro and loops back around to where you started. The trail begins right after the entrance to the National Park. Pay your one euro entrance fee and take a right at the trail marker marking the start of the trail. Follow the sign that says Volušnica.

HIKE DURATION: 5 hours

HIKE DISTANCE: 10 kilometers

HIKE ELEVATION GAIN: 800 meters

HIKE DIFFICULTY: Moderate

Popadija Peak at sunset

NAVIGATING THE TRAIL TO VOLUSNICA, TALIJANKA, AND POPADIJA

Starting from the trail head right after the entrance to the National Park you will begin your climb. The first and toughest part of the hike is the initial climb through the forest. While your legs and lungs burn, remember the view that is waiting for you once you get out of the canopy. I promise it will all be worth the struggle.

Once out from the forest, you have reached Katun Volušnica. Continue on the trail bringing yourself to the ridgeline and enjoy the view. Follow the ridgeline continuing to gain elevation until you reach the peak of Talijanka. After Talijanka you have a short decent and accent to the peak of Popadija.

Descend Popadija and take a right bringing you back to Katun Volušnica where you will descend back into the forest and complete the hike in Grebaje Valley.

MY EXPERIENCE HIKING GREBAJE’S GREATEST HIKE

My first time doing Grebaje’s greatest hike was like winning the weather conditions lottery. I did the hike with my buddy Dino Mulamekic in hopes to catch a good sunset. We started hiking and saw what looked like rain clouds rolling in. We stopped to think for a second and decided to send it anyways.

An amazing decision was made. We arrived to the peaks of Talijanka and Popadija with our heads inside of clouds burning orange from the sun. This was my first time completing this hike and the view completely caught me off guard. It was like nothing I had seen before. The way the Karanfil Mountains seem to jut out of the sky is incredible.

The sun’s orange glow set everything on fire. The grass, mountains and sky radiated an incredible glow that will be forever burned in my memory. Our lucky conditions were just the cherry on top. This hike is unforgettable on the most uninteresting of days.

LOOKING FOR A GUIDE?

If you would like a guide to take you around the proper way, I will be more than happy :). Reach me on WhatsApp @ +18607597320 or Instagram @diaryofabalkankid. I also provide a jeep safari up that will take you a half hours walk from the peaks.

The view of Talijanka peak from the top of Popadija

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