Welcome & Introduction: In this virtual tour, you may visit Zla Kolata, at 2,534m Montengro's unofficial high point. This summit lies in the Prokletije mountains on the Albanian border along with it's twin Dobra Kolata 2,528m. Zla Kolata (or Kolata e Keqe in Albanian) translates as bad/evil Kolata, whilst Dobra Kolata (Kolata e Mirë in Albanian) translates as good Kolata. The meaning of Kolata itself is unclear; the mountains can also be found refered to with Kolac substiting Kolata meaning stake, or pile in Serbian/Montengrin. In Albanian Kala means fortress, so perhaps this is another clue. Neither peak is the highest on the Maja Kolata massive on which they are found, this honour goes to Podi e Kolates (2,556m) which lies entirely in Albania.

The 360 degree panoramic virtual tour follows a mule path from the village of Vusanja to the outlying homes at Zarunica before ascending through the pastures of Fuš sirma to Ćafa Borit, a pass on the Albanian border. Thus far the route is easy to follow, and probably why I missed the poorly defined waymarked route that forks off to the right above Fuš sirma to the small meadow of Katun Grlata. Katun Grlata is easily gained from Ćafa Borit and the waymarked path followed to Ćafa e Preslopit before the ascent in the glaciated basin to the sadle between Dobra Kolata (on the left) and Zla Kolata (on the right).

Before you start : Visit the Virtual Shop and collect an map of the area to take with you on your tour..

Let’s go : Float cursor over picture button below to view start location, allowing time for Google Map to update. Click picture button to begin tour. Good Luck.

Button with track going into forest

Routes of Virtual Tour:

Waymarked route:

Red Route, Waymarked route.
Vusanja to Zla Kolata.

Alternative Route:

Blue Route, alternative route Mule track to Ćafa Borit, and down to Katun Grlata.

More : I hope you enjoy this virtual mountain experience. I took the panoramas on my iPhone then converted for QuickTime and added the hotspots using Smokey City's Panorama Factory V5.

This was my second visit to Montengro, the first had been a few years previous when I had hiked up Bobotov Kuk on Durmitor in May 2007, the country's official high point and subject to an existing virtual tour. Zla Kolata was a far more favourable trip with excellent weather and visability rather than the snow, slush, and whites outs that dogged me on Bobotov Kuk.

I will be delighted to receive feedback, good or bad. Please email derek@virtualmountains.co.uk.

© Derek Stillingfleet 2012