A one day visit to Žabljak might be enough for moderate outdoor enthusiasts who simply want to see the *Tara Canyon (map) and *Black Lake (map), while enthiusiasts of trekking, hiking, rafting, canyoning, and skiing will enjoy longer stays.
OpenStreetMaps have a very good map data of Durmitor national park. Mapy.cz seems to implement this data the best for hiking, because they provide information about height and elevation profiles. Don’t forget to download Montenegro maps for offline use, as the cell signal may be weak in the mountains.
One problem hampering the development of Žabljak as major regional mountain tourism destination is the lack of quality road infrastructure. The situation has been improving somewhat in recent years. Žabljak’s main road connection with the rest of Montenegro is the road that links Žabljak with Mojkovac and the E65, the main road connection between the Montenegrin coast, Podgorica and the north.
The usual and the most visited one is to go around the Crno Jezero (map) and then Malo Jezero adjacent to it. Allow 1.5 hr for leisurely walk.
A few peaks can be conquered, and those are pretty exhausting although rewarding hikes. E.g. hike to Bobotov Kuk Peak (map) which can take up to a full day (at least 5-6 hr one way). It’s possible to get to the peak from the village of Sedlo (map), and it’s a much easier option as the starting point is much higher than Crno Jezero, after traversing the mountain go down to Crno Jezero. (+ alltrails.com)
+ Skiing – Durmitor’s snow cover lasts 120 days per year and its best slopes are Savin kuk (map), Štuoc and Javorovača (map). Savin kuk has two chairlifts, a ski lift, nursery lift and a ski service. Savin kuk slope is 3,500 m long. Štuoc is somewhat shorter (2,600 m) but very exciting, and Javorovača’s 800 m are perfect for those preferring short runs. The Nordic skiing tracks are 3 to 12 km long.
+ Rafting – 1.3 km deep Tara river canyon offers unforgettable rafting experience. You can go rafting by boat or a wooden raft down the 100 km of the most beautiful and exciting part of Tara. The usual route is from Splavište down to Šćepan Polje (map), and in between you can see Ljutice Falls, the 165-m-high magnificent Tara bridge, an old Roman road, and Lever Tara.
The scenery at Tepački bukovi, Sušica canyon, Bailove sige, and Brstanovića bukovi is breathtaking. Rafting tours can also start at Radovan luka or Brstanovica. There is a couple of travel agencies offering rafting tours.