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Zla Kolata | VR Tour
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 (2,553m) which lies entirely in Albania.
The 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).
The 192 km Peaks of the Balkans trail follows some of the same paths in this tour, namely from Ćafa Borit to Ćafa e Preslopit. So perhaps this VR tour can be a taster for this developing wilderness trail.
Now its your time to explore.
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