Bosnia and Herzegovina being at the heart of European least explored mountain range – the glorious Dinaric Alps, offers an amazing opportunity to explore probably the most interesting part of the Mega Hiking Trail across the Western Balkans, called Via Dinarica.
The following 8 Day Via Dinarica trekking holiday across Bosnia and Herzegovina, is extremely diverse itinerary offering anyone with medium and advanced fitness to fully enjoy this amazing holiday.
What’s Food Alike?
Bosnian food is unique mix of eastern and western cuisine which blended with local customs is creating probably the most diverse cuisine in the Balkans. Bosnian food included a lot of meat, but don’t worry we have you covered in case you prefer vegetarian options. We will focus a lot on traditional village/mountain food with great mix of tasty urban dishes as well. Tasting local specialties Ćevapi or Burek is must have. Roasted lamb and homemade pita (eng.pie) are out of this world delicacies.
Transfer from Sarajevo International Airport to your accommodation. Complimentary local Bosnian Dinner for first time meeting, briefing and chats included. If possible, please plan your arrival before dinner time (8 PM) or if you arrive earlier consider joining our Sarajevo Free Walking Tour or any additional tour of your choice.
On this day we shall be enjoying an amazing hike at the pearl of Herzegovina region, Čvrsnica mountain. First part of the hike will take us around region of Blidnje Nature Park with ascent to Vilinac peak at 2112m. After enjoying time at Veliki Vilinac we shall conduct 25min descent to Mountain Hut Vilinac. At the hut we shall have lunch, free afternoon time followed with the dinner and overnight.
Moderate / 5 hrs walk / 600Δh / 10km
After delicious breakfast and beautiful sunrise, it is time leave our beautiful Vilinac hut and head towards the most amazing natural phenomenon on Čvrsnica mountain – famous Hajdučka vrata (eng. Outlaws Gates) located at the 2000 m asl. On the trail just before the Outlaws Gates, we shall pass by beautiful glacier lake, called Crljenjak.
This amazing natural phenomenon is great opportunity for amazing photography before we start our decent towards Diva Grabovica valley.
The trail to the valley is some 1750m beneath us, at all time offering us amazing views over the Neretva river canyon. By the time of arrival to Diva Grabovica valley, our transportation will already await us to transfer us to our overnight accommodation at Boracko lake.
The lunch is planned at the Jablanica where we will taste famous Bosnian roasted lamb, and dinner will be served at the accommodation.
Moderate to Challenging / 6 hrs walk / 1800Δh / 11km
Being the most beautiful Bosnian and Herzegovinian, almost mythical mountain, Prenj is a must visit mountain for any true highlander. On this day we are doing the challenging hike to the most amazing peak of Prenj mountain – Zelena Glava at 2155m asl.
Challenging / 12 hrs walk / 1300Δh / 21km
Since the first four days were a bit more demanding, it is time to have some relaxing time enjoying the amazing Neretva rafting. Amazing Neretva river canyon, it’s color, together with it’s tributary Rakitnica river will surely be highlight of your Bosnian holiday.
Easy / 5 hrs rafting
Hiking via the famous ridge of Visočica mountain, and visiting European most remote Rakitnica canyon. It is possible in summer months to take a swim in Rakitnica canyon so bear that in mind. Evning arrival to Lukomir, followed with dinner and overnight at one of Lukomir nomad houses.
Moderate to Challenging / 6-7 hrs walk / 1000Δh / 12km
In the early morning before the delicious, Lukomir nomad style breakfast, we shall learn how about the lifestyle of Lukomir nomads. If preferred it is possible to organize to milk the cow or sheep.
Later you will have free morning to explore the village on your own, and the midday is planned for Bosnian food workshop, where we shall learn how to make Bosnian specialty food – Burek (meat) or Potato/Cheese/Spinach pita (pie).
After the great lunch, the afternoon is planned for return hike across the one of the highest peaks of Bjelasnica mountain, called Obalj at 1896m asl, towards the another amazing rural village at Bjelasnica mountain, village of Umoljani.
From the high mountain peaks, we shall see one of the most amazing valleys in whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Studeni Potok (eng. cold creek), learn the story about Umoljani dragon, see the famous Umoljani mosque, before we meet our driver and head towards Sarajevo.
Overnight in Sarajevo at 4* hotel. Goodbye dinner is planned at one of the local Sarajevo restaurants
Moderate / 5 hrs walk / 700Δh / 8km
Free time in Sarajevo until airport transfer. In case you are leaving in the later afternoon, let us know if you would prefer to have any additional services or tours. You can easily combine our Sarajevo Siege Tour with your airport transfer.
Sarajevo Airport Transfer
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Map of the route itinerary.