Have you ever wondered where Europe’s deepest river canyon is situated? You may be surprised to discover that it is hidden away in the Black Mountains of Montenegro deep inside the Balkans.
The pristine and untouched Tara river cuts through an immense karst rock canyon to form a truly stunning spectacle of nature. Although an UNESCO world heritage site, the Tara is little known to the world’s paddling community, despite offering a spectacular wilderness adventure right here in Europe. This adventure involves an incredible self supported multi day trip in pristine wilderness, without the cost or time needed to travel further afield.
After warming up for a few days on some balkan classics, the trip down the Tara takes us 3 spectacular days, staying at river side camps along the way. The Morača and Lim offer the perfect opportunities to get used to paddling your loaded kayak. You will also get the chance to take in the beautiful coastal city of Dubrovnik, before travelling off the beaten track through the heartland of the Balkans.
- Day 1 Arrival at coastal City of Dubrovnik in Croatia. An afternoon drive to Tara Bridge in Montenegro overland through Bosnia.
- Day 2 to 4 Our multi day trip down the Tara River Gorge
- Day 5 Paddle the Morača River Canyon Class III, and stay the Alpine town of Kolašin
- Day 6 Lim another Class III adventure in southern Montenegro
- Day 7 Out and along the coastal road to Dubrovnik in Croatia with an evening stroll in Dubrovnik
- Day 8 Day of departure
Of course, this schedule’s only a guideline: we’ll chop and change depending on how you’re getting on, what the levels are like and what everyone wants to do
The trip will be led by an experienced Gene17kayaking appointed trip leader. In selecting suitable leaders, we not only look to ensure that they have the relevant qualifications but we also ensure that they have an excellent track record of white water paddling from around the world.
Whilst qualifications and experience are essential requirements, we also make sure that our leaders have the right temperament to lead a trip group comprised of individuals who have a range of previous experience and expectations.
The leader is a vital contributor to the enjoyment and well-being of the trip members and he or she will be there to deal with any unexpected problems. To that end, we aim to provide a leader who will make the trip both successful and enjoyable throughout.
Our leaders hold current wilderness first aid certificates and have experience of dealing with remote river related medical conditions.
We will take a maximum of 6 paddlers on each trip, although the number may well be less than this. With every 3 paddlers we have on the trip, we’ll have a highly experienced Gene17kayaking Teacher/Guide.
Montenegro Multi Day takes place on Class III/IV- whitewater.
The Montenegro Multi Day is suitable for experienced paddlers who are able to paddle for 3 – 4 hours in a day on Class III Generally the rivers are accessible with far road access, but occasionally there may be some exposed terrain.
This trip begins on an easier section of whitewater, but will soon reflect conditions expected at the grade.
Participants should therefore expect to be in a river environment during peak runoff for sometimes extended periods of time.
You are welcome to Contact Us, if you would like to discuss the trip in more detail.
What the Price Does/Does not Include
TRIP COST: 1500€
What the price does include
- Guiding and Instruction
- Full accommodation including all meals
- Airport & River shuttles*
- Use of a full spec whitewater kayak** from a locally sourced fleet
* The Montenegro Multi Day Adventure Picks up from Dubrovnik, Airport in Croatia 1700-1800 on the Day of Arrival, and Drops off at 1000 on the Day of Departure.
** Gene17 has access to a very small selection of locally sourced kayaks in a range of different models and some different sized options, & these are available on a first come, first served basis ONLY. On late bookings, or requests for kayaks we can not source, please consider bringing your own boat.
Accommodation & Catering
You’ll be staying a first rate accommodation in Dubrovnik, Tara & Kolašin and all the food will be fresh and hygienically prepared. During our multi-day we’ll stay on sandy riverside lodges using supplied bed linen, (sleeping bags not provided)
The Personal Paddling Equipment you should bring:
A good semi-drytop or drytop or drysuit
Whitewater PFD, spray deck and good helmet
Solid footwear for bank support – no sandals
Rescue gear, including a throwbag, knife, sling and karabiner
What the price does not include
River Permit for Tara River (Normally 50€)
Travel & Boat insurance
Dinner on the final night
Note: we can not guarantee the use of a locally sourced kayak, will depend of notification before booking and local availability at the time of booking.