Sušica Canyon

Page Type Page Type: Canyon
Activities Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
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 Susica Canyon (read...Sušica Canyon surrounded by the high cliffs

National park of DURMITOR is surrounded by 5 impressive canyons - Tara Canyon, Piva Canyon, Komarnica Canyon, Draga Canyon and Sušica Canyon. On the western side of Durmitor is placed one of the most beautiful canyon of Montenegro - Sušica Canyon. Precisely, that impressive canyon with its amazing untouchable wild beauty is placed between the high cliffs of the SW part of Durmitor's massif. On both sides, Sušica Canyon is surrounded by high vasty plateaus. Sušica Canyon is connected with Dolina Škrčkih jezera (Škrka Lakes Valley), another pearl of Durmitor National Park.

In the past Sušica river flows in usual river's valley. After glacial erosion the water of Sušica river created Sušičko Jezero (Sušica Lake), which belong to the group of few periodical lakes in Durmitor. The glacier which was moved through the Sušica Canyon was 10 km long. During time of most intensive glaciation that glacier created some geological and morphological effects at the altitude 1140 m. Because of that influence Sušičko Jezero was formed. During melting of glacier the lake existed like a permanent object.

 Susicko Jezero (read...Sušičko Jezero lake in Sušica Canyon

Today Sušičko jezero is a periodical hidrographic object. The water source of Sušičko jezero lake is Susica river, which starts at the bottom of Skakala waterfalls. The lake is largest and full of water in spring time when glaciers melting. Sušičko jezero is 450 m long, 200 m wide. The deepness is about 4-5 m, on some places also 7 m. The surface of lake is about 70.000-80.000 square metres and capacity is 220.000 cubic metres, the altitude at 1140 m. In the summer time, specially in late summer, the water of Sušičko lake disapear and you can see just a green grassy meadow.

Sušica canyonSušica Canyon from Krecmani

Sušičko jezero lake with its form of ellipse is placed in North-South direction. From both sides the lake is surrounded by high cliffs and old pine forest. Trekking through this amazing canyon is really unforgetable experience. At the edge of Sušica Canyon, approaching from Dolina Škrčkih jezera (Škrka Lakes Valley), you can enjoy in great scenery of Skakala waterfalls.

Getting There

GrudaGruda peak and Sušica Canyon from the summit of Prutaš

From Mala Crna Gora village: Mala Crna Gora village you can reach by the road which starts from Zabljak town, and continue over Štuoc massif in SW direction. On the road between Mala Crna Gora Village and Sušica Canyon you'll come also to Nedajno village. After that you can descend into Sušica Canyon and reach the Sušičko Jezero lake.

From Zabljak town: The easiest approach to Sušica Canyon is by Žabljak-Virak-Sedlo-Trsa road, by the path from Škrčka Jezera lakes, and by the path which starts from Pištet (Bjelinovac) water source and leads accross Krecmani, Crveni Pas, Žuta Greda and Skakala waterfalls, and finally near the flow of Sušica river.

From Tara Canyon valley: Sušica Canyon you can reach also from the valley of Tara Canyon, by the path near Sušica river.

Nedajno villageNedajno village and Sušica Canyon

Gateway to Durmitor National Park and Sušica Canyon is Žabljak (1456 m) town. Information how to get there:

By Plane
~To Beograd (Belgrade, Serbia&Montenegro capital) airport. Than with plane to Podgorica, capital of Montenegro, or with bus or car to Zabljak town.
~To Podgorica airport. Than with bus or car to Zabljak town.

Information about flights find on the sites of JAT Airways, a former Yugoslav airlines, or on Montenegro Airlines.

By Bus
~Beograd (Belgrade)-Zabljak

Buses go to Zabljak from Beograd (Belgrade) twice a day and from Podgorica, Niksic, Pljevlja and Mojkovac several times per day.

By Car
~Beograd (Belgrade)-Zlatibor-Nova Varos-Prijepolje-Pljevlja-Zabljak
~Niksic - Savnik (47km) - Zabljak (37km): 84km; Niksic to Zabljak approach from south.
~Niksic - Savnik (35km) - Zabljak (37km): 72km;
~Podgorica - Niksic (55 km)-Savnik (47 km)-Zabljak (37 km): 139 km; Add this length if you are going to Zabljak from Podgorica via Niksic. Road to Niksic from Podgorica is good.
~Podgorica - Kolasin (71km) - Mojkovac (21km) - Zabljak (67km): 159km; road is good all the way to Zabljak. Behind Podgorica (56m) you go inside Moraca River canyon (one of spectacular Montenegrin canyons). It is up to 1000m deep and has wild sides. That's spectacular drive. After that, from "Djurdjevica Tara" bridge to Zabljak - 23 km.

Than from Žabljak town to Sedlo (1907 m) pass by Žabljak-Virak-Trsa road, 16 km from Žabljak town. From Sedlo pass the path road continue to Dobri Do or finally to Todorov Do cirque.

Red Tape

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Optimal place for camping in Sušica Canyon is Planinski Dom "Sušica" - Sušica Mountain Hut, which is placed near Sušičko Jezero lake. That hut is open in May-October period.

Camping permitted on camping dedicated spots only. Major huts are in good condition, but with no service. Still, open to the general public. Hikers/climbers are supposed to bring all the jummy stuff with them.

Susica HutSušica Hut near the Sušičko Jezero lake

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