Zla Kolata

Elevation (feet): 8,314
Elevation (meters): 2,534
Continent: Europe
Country: Serbia and Montenegro/Albania
Range/Region: Balkan Mountains
Latitude: 42.485
Longitude: 19.897222
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Podgorica, Tivat, Dubrovnik
Convenient Center: Podgorica

Thanks to Sven Bugarski for adding this peak.

Although Zla Kolata with its height of 2534m is certainly the heighest natural point in Montenegro, this mountain is not very well known in Montenegro and does not draw crowds of hikers. The reason is that Zla Kolata is located in a remote corner of Montenegro that is comparatively little developed in terms of tourism and alpinism. Furthermore the peak is the border between Montenegro and Albania and the whole border area has been a military security area in the past. This has apparently changed, as no permits or restrictions applied recently.

The normal route to Zla Kolata starts in the small town of Vusanje (village near Plav) at 1050m of altitude. The first section until around 1800m consists of meadows, flower fields and short patches of forest. Further up rocks dominate and above 2000m, snow fields can be found even in summer. The last section is the steepest, but no technical climbing is required. Fantastic views of the Prokletije mountain range are possible from Zla Kolata's summit.

Thanks to Sven Bugarski for this description.