Adorned with unique rock shapes (wands or rods), the name “Prutaš” (eng. mountain of branches), ideally reflects the real beauty of this peak. With easy ascent along the deep, green slopes, amazing views over the glacial “Škrčka lakes”, “SOA Nebeska” (eng. Altar of the Sky) including peaks of “Đevojka” (2440m), “Bezimeni Vrh” (2487m) and “Bobotov Kuk” (2525m), the Prutaš hiking trail is by probably the most beautiful trail at Durmitor National Park.
This is one of those hiking tours that offers the most beautiful views, and thus a real hiking pleasure and experience!
Pickup Time Tour departs at 8 AM from Žabljak, at 7 AM from Podgorica and 6 AM from Kotor Bay or Budva.
Pickup Locations We shall pick you up in whole region of Žabljak. Optionally start this tour from Podgorica, Kotor Bay or Budva.
Activity Note:Depending on which direction of ascent to Prutaš we choose, this tour can be characterized as moderate (direction from Dobri Do), to challenging (direction from Todorov Do). Extending the tour to Škrčka Lakes, makes the both tours even more challenging.
The safest, easiest and the most beautiful hiking experience and our preferred trail, is the trail that goes from Dobri Do, via Škrčko Ždrijelo to the top of Prutaš at 2393.
The planned departure from Žabljak is planned at 8 o’clock. If you prefer the tour to start earlier or later, just let us know in advance. We shall pick you up at your address, and after a tour briefing, we are ready to go.
The first part of the morning will be a short, 18.5km ride from Žabljak via “prijevoj Sedlo” (pass Saddle) to Šarban (Dobri Do) which is our starting point for the Prutaš hike.
>The beautiful Prutaš peak view from the road connecting Trsa and Žabljak
Our usual start is from Šarban and during the next 2-3 hours with a total ascent of 650m over the 4km trail, we shall reach this magnificent, grass covered peak. This access is from the southern side via “Škrčko ždrijelo” (2114m) and is considered the best and easiest access to Prutaš.
>The trail from Šarban before the ascent towards Prutaš is mainly grassed terrain offering easy and relaxed hiking experience.
The other side of the ascent to Prutaš is on the side of Todorov Do. This is the steepest path of ascent to the top of Prutaš and if preferred, can alternatively be used as a starting point.
From the “Škrčko ždrijelo” there is an excellent view of the highest peaks of Durmitor such as “Bobotov kuk”, “Bezimeni vrh” and Planinica.
>Beautiful grass covered regions on the trail towards Prutaš
Further towards the top of the trail, it continues along a beautiful grassy slope with few giving us stunning views both, left and right.
>Final ascent to Prutaš peak via beautiful grassed terrain
At the top, well deserved time for rest, while soaking up the beauty surrounding you will be the highlight of your Montenegro and Durmitor National Park adventure.
The top of Prutaš ‘spacious plateau is overgrown with grass, offering a safe and fantastic view in all directions.
>Beautiful views of the highest Durmitor peaks from Prutaš
To the south is a view of Sedlena greda, Dobri do, Boljske grede, Lojanik, Buručkovac, Ružica, Vojnik, Moračke planine and Sinjavina. To the west is Todorov do, road from Žabljak to Trsa, Maglić and Volujak peaks (Bosnia and Herzegovina). To the north is Tara and Sušica canyon, Mala Crna Gora and Nedajno village. Finally to the east are series of peaks such as Šareni pasovi, Bandijerna, Šljeme, Soa nebeska, Bobotov kuk, Bezimeni vrh, Planinica, Veliki Štuoc and Crvena greda.
>The view of Škrčka Lakes from Prutaš peak
Lastly, one of the most amazing views of the valley of Sušica and Škrčka Lakes is a few minutes lower to the east from Prutaš peak.
The return from Prutaš can be along the same route we came, with some 2hrs of easy descent or, can be extended for additional 3 hours with a visit to Škrčka lakes. This extension can be decided on the spot depending on your desire and fitness level, once we start our journey back.
>The view of Šareni Pasovi during the descent
Since we shall have rather late lunch, it is recommended that during the day you have several, carbohydrates rich, high quality snacks and at least 2l of water. Once back to Žabljak, get ready for the most delicious lunch of your lifetime. A beautiful mix of traditional Montenegrin, organic food will be served. The choice of food will be recommended and served according to our guests needs and choices.
>Last part of the trail Prutaš to Šarban before we reach the final destination
Once back to Žabljak, get ready for the most delicious lunch of your lifetime. A beautiful mix of traditional Montenegrin, organic food will be served.
The best way to introduce Durmitor cuisine is to try the food made by the local organic producers, and Funky Tours bring you the best of it.
Trying Montenegrin mountain side dishes such as “cicvara” (traditional dish made from milk, cheese, cream (kajmak) and flour), “kačamak” (or polenta, famous dish prepared usually from corn flour, served with yoghurt, cheese and kajmak) and variety of “japraci” (grinded beef meat with spices rolled and boiled into vine leaves or layers of onion), are always a good choice.
One of the most famous specialties of the Durmitor region is lamb meat. If you opt slowly cooked and then baked, or alternatively slowly cooked in milk, the taste will simply blow you away.
After the lunch we are saying goodbye until your next adventure with Funky Tours.
What Do I Need to Bring?
Start of the trail: 1,707 m above sea level, Šarban.
Altitude difference: 686
Trail difficulty: medium
Trail length: 4 km one way, 8 km for two way.
Time required for ascent: 2 h 30 min.
Time required for decent: 2 h (without extension to Škrčka Lakes – additional 3hrs).