: Kolata (2534 m)
“The most inexplicable, the
most unapproachable and the wildest mountain range on Balkan peninsula and,
after Alps, in Europe. Southern
Alps of Europe!”
Ami Boue, French travel writer
massif has many high and impressive peaks which with their beautiful outlook
and amazing forms decorates incredible beauty of highest mountain range of Dinaric Alps. For sure, one of them is Kolac (Kolata), the
highest peak of Montenegrin
part of Prokletije and also of Montenegro.
Kolac (Kolata, 2528 m) from Rosni Vrh (Maja
This magnificent peak attract each year many climbers to climb it, specially in
early and late spring, where snow is stil on the
mountain, which offer enjoyment in some kind of climbing in winter conditions.
Actually, Kolac massif has two peaks – Dobra
Kolata (2528 m) and Zla
Kolata (Kolata e Keq, 2534
m). Both peaks are placed in Montenegro/Albania
border area, but they belong to Montenegro.
of Kolac (Kolata, 2528 m) from Preslopit Pass (2130 m)
Kolata – Kolac peak is
known as peak with many amazing summit panoramas. From them, two are most
attractive – view to massif of Maja Jezerce (2693
m) and view to beginning of amazing Ropojana Valley. Also, from Kolata – Kolac summit you can
enjoy in amazing view to giant massif of Majet
e Zabores Group (Zabores
e Krasnices) which is 13 km long! This whole long and amazing
massif can be seen from Kolata – Kolac
summit! Between the peaks of Majet e Zabores Group specially dominates Maja
Hekurave (2561 m), Maja Grik e Hapt (2625 m) with it’s 500 m high & 300 m wide North Face,
and Maja Briaset
with it’s 900 m high & 900 m wide impressive
wall, one of the bigest in whole Prokletije
Ocnjak (Canine Tooth, 2185 m), Karanfili Peaks (2460 m, 2490, 2441 m), Presto (Maja Koprishtit, 2554 m), Maja Lagojvet (2466 m) and Maja Shkurt (2499 m) from Grbaja Valley, Montenegrin part of Mt Prokletije.
Waterfall of Grlja river
Prokletije peaks above Ropojana Valley
Beograd (Belgrade)–Kraljevo– NoviPazar-Plav-Gusinje.
Gusinje town and Plav
town (in Montenegro)
are the main destinations you would head first. In Gusinje
you can buy everything (food, shampoo, soap, clothes,…
and many other things), all what you need for few days of trekking and climbing
in heart of Prokletije massif.
From Gusinje town deeper in Prokletije massif till Vusanje
village. Distance: Gusinje – Vusanje: 7,5 km, (2 h of walking
with big rucksack (backpack).
Vusanje (1060 m) village in Ropojana Valley. From here starts the Kolata – Kolac (2528 m, 2534 m) climbing route.
Route: Vusanje (1060 m) – Zarunica (1240
m)(T2) 1h – Grlata
2h – Preslopit Pass (2130 m)(T3) 1h – Dobra Kolata Peak (2528
m)(T3) 2h – Zla Kolata (2534
m)(T3) 30 min
High difference: 1474 m
Duration: 6.30 h
Route start from Gusinje town. The village
is in the Ropojana
Valley, by a narrow
asphalt lane. The beginning of this trail is at an army barracks. From there go
east, ascending through the little village
to the Grlata katun
(shepherd hut), by the carriage road. Continue on the pasture trail south
towards the start of the lower Preslopit Pass
entering the narrow gorge. By either side of this passage is the upper part of Preslopit.
From there go toward the distant yet
recognizable trapezoid form, through the Dvojni
Prevoj (Double Pass, 2430 m) which is
located at the foot of Kolata – Dobra Kolata & Zla Kolata. From there, the ascent goes along dangerous steep,
exposed and grassy slopes, to easier terrain of grassy steppes and rocky
plates. From Kolata (2528 m) summit, use the
ridge on the Albanian territory, easily passing to the Zla
Kolata (Kolata e Keq, 2534
m), which is 6 m higher.
On the end of Ropojana
Valley exist hut Ropojanski
Zastan where you can stay before and after
climbing of Kolata – Kolac
That’s the nearest camping place, but still 4-5 h by walk far from the Kolata mountain. The best camping solution is to stay in
your personal bivouac below Kolata massif, somewhere
in Ropojana Valley.
Camping is not allowed but not
In June and July, you will find snow
area on some places, specialy on north side of
massif. Don’t worry, snow is hard. Like in many mountains, you will see full
lakes from April till July. If you want to take a photos of lakes, better come
in this period, because the lakes are full and snow is still on the peaks which
Jun or July is the best for this.
You’re in Montenegro-Albania border
area and you must before your climbing of Kolata
– Kolac (2534 m, 2528 m) peaks just to contact the Border
Security Department in Plav town. For the
visit of certain (Albanian) parts of the range, where is highest peak of Prokletije massif – Jezerski Vrh/Maja Jezerce/Lakes
Peak (2694 m)
and beautiful Lakes Valley with few glacier lakes, you must get a special
military permission in the Border Security Department in Plav town.