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Čvrsnica Mountain with Hajdučka Vrata Hiking – Full Day Tour from Sarajevo or Mostar

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12 Hours
Availability : Every Day
Min Age : 8+
Max People : 8 persons
Tour Overview

Čvrsnica mountain, with its peaks reaching well above 2100m above sea level, together with Prenj is an absolute must visit mountain range if you are visiting Herzegovina.

Located on the right side of Neretva river with it’s steep cliffs on the east and mild ones on the west, Čvrsnica mountain offers an amazing hiking and trekking experience for anyone in love with highland mountain ranges.

Hike one of the highest peaks of Čvrsnica – Veliki Vilinac, visit glorious Hajdučka Vrata, Crvenjak and Blidinje glacier lake and enjoy the best of Bosnian part of the Via Dinarica trail.

Highlights

  • Meet the Blidinje lake – the biggest Bosnian and Herzegovinian natural lake, located at 1200m above sea level.
  • Hike the 2nd highest peak of Čvrsnica mountain – Veliki Vilinac at 2118m above sea level.
  • See the most amazing natural phenomenon of the Herzegovina region – famous “Outlaws gates” (bos. Hajdučka vrata).
  • Enjoy the best of Bosnian mountain picnic lunch.
  • Enjoy the amazing panorama views overlooking the stunning Neretva river valley and magnificent peaks of Prenj mountain.
  • Hike the Via Dinarica trail through some of the most amazing Herzegovinian gorges.

Important Notice

Region of Čvrsnica mountain trail is completely safe from any perspective of mines. Funky Tours will NEVER conduct trips to any areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina having ANY risk at all from perspective of mines. Safety of our guests and ourselves, is our most important priority.

What's Included

INCLUDED

Guide
English speaking local-expert mountain guide and driver. Guide in different language available on request.
Food
Picnic lunch. Vegetarian options available.
Free pickup
Either if you go from Sarajevo or Mostar we can arrange free pickup.
All Transfers
All tour transfers are provided by Funky Tours.
Taxes & Flexible Cancellation Policy
No hidden costs. VAT 17% included in the price. Cancel 1 day prior for full refund or change dates anytime.
Availability
Tour is available from late April to November.
Group Discounts
For bigger group bookings, discounts are available.

NOT INCLUDED

Insurance
Travel insurance is not included. Please buy it at home country.
Guide Tipping
Tips are not included in the tour costs. If you receive excellent service, please consider tipping.
Private Tour
All tours are shared, unless specifically booked as private.

Starting Point & Departure Times

Logistics

This tour can depart from Mostar or Sarajevo. For Mostar departure we shall pick you up at your address. For guests leaving from Sarajevo, we can start from our office or arrange free pick up on request as well.

Departure Times: Daily: 7 AM from Mostar or 7 AM from Sarajevo.

Itinerary

Either if you start this tour from Mostar or Sarajevo, the morning ride will take us via Jablanica town to Bilidnje Nature Park. 

This 358m2 area of the high mountains of the central Dinarides, with mostly untouched nature, is home to several amazing mountain ranges and one of the most beautiful natural lakes in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Bilidnje lake.

Blidinje Lake with Cvrsnica Mountain and Bosnian medieval tombstones
Blidinje Lake with Čvrsnica Mountain and Bosnian medieval tombstones

Due to its geomorphological features, richness of flora and fauna, and beautiful and untouched nature, on March 24, 1995., this area was declared a nature park.

The first part of the hike will take us through beech and pine forest with steep ascent, and later, when we are above the treeline, amazing panorama views of the nearby mountains of Vran, Čvrsnica and Blidinje lake will be simply stunning. 

Enjoying the beautiful views over the Blidinje lake from Cvrsnica mountain
Enjoying the beautiful views over the Blidinje lake from Čvrsnica mountain

The ascent will continue until we reach the peak of Mali Vilinac at 1980m above sea level. After the short break we will continue towards the Veliki Vilinac located at the height of 2118m above sea level. The amazing 360 panorama views will offer once in a lifetime experiences.

Group enjoying their time at Cvrsnica mountain peaks
Group enjoying their time at Čvrsnica mountain peak
Writing our names into a mountain books of Veliki Vilinac peak at Cvrsnica mountain
Writing our names into a mountain books of Veliki Vilinac peak at Cvrsnica mountain

Once we start our descent, just 20 min later we shall make a main break at the Vilinac mountain hut. At Vilinac hut we shall prepare picnic lunch, refill our water supply and take a necessary rest, needed for the 2nd part of the day.

Nearby water supply for refill is available during the whole period of the year.

Mountain hut Vilinac at Cvrsnica mountain
Mountain hut Vilinac at Čvrsnica mountain

Mountain hut Vilinac was originally built in 1938., and unfortunately destroyed several times, and finally reconstructed in 2010. This unique mountain hut is a great place for overnight stay at Čvrsnica mountain when you are planning a multi-day stay in the high gorges of this amazing mountain range.

After a well deserved break we continue our descent via hike to Hajdučka vrata (eng. Outlaws gates), as a must see destination for any nature lover. 

Hajducka Vrata (eng. Outlaws gates) at Cvrsnica mountain
Hajducka Vrata (eng. Outlaws gates) at Cvrsnica mountain

Located in the eastern part of the mountain Čvrsnica, they represent a natural phenomenon created for centuries. It is an extremely unique ring in the rock, created by the natural processes of erosion, and is located on the edge of the Diva Grabovica canyon. 

Hajdučka vrata is located at 2000m above sea level, from where we can enjoy a truly beautiful, unique view of Diva Grabovica valley, the rock of Veliki Kuk, Čabulja, Velež and Prenj.

On the way to and back from Hajdučka Vrata, to the main trail, we shall pass by Crvenjak or Crljenak glacier lake, located at height of 1970m above sea level, making it the highest lake in Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the mid-late summer time, this lake is an amazing opportunity for chill refreshments.

Crvenjak lake at Cvrsnica mountain at 1970m above sea level
Crvenjak lake at Cvrsnica mountain at 1970m above sea level

After an amazing photo shoot at Hajdučka Vrata and time of our lives, we shall start the final part of our hike, descending towards Vitlenica. Our final part of the hike will take us through beautiful pine forest until we reach our final destination.

Last part of the day is return to Sarajevo or Mostar, depending what your starting point of the tour is.

Technical Specifications

  • Tour Class: Medium to Challenging
  • Walking Distance: 17 km
  • Minimum Altitude: 1300m
  • Maximum Altitude: 2118m
  • Total Elevation Gain: 1186m
  • Total Elevation Loss: 1019m

What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Comfortable hiking boots or thick bottom sport sneakers
  • 1.5 l water
  • Sun cream and hat (summer time)
  • Rain jacket (in case of bad weather)
  • 2 spare t-shirts to change
  • Light-weight, breathable walking trousers
  • Variety of snacks
  • A small backpack to carry personal items (water, snacks, shirts to use during the hike)

Optional Extras

  1. Čvrsnica mountain two day hiking tour with overnight at Vilinac mountain hut
    The most amazing way to explore this beautiful mountain is to conduct two day hiking tour covering the trail from Diva Grabovica via Veliki Vilinac and Hajducka Vrata trail, with overnight at Vilinac mountain hut.

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Trip Photos

Overlooking the Polje valley and Blidinje Lake from low hills of the Cvrsnica mountain
Overlooking the Polje valley and Blidinje Lake from low hills of the Cvrsnica mountain
Beautiful Blidinje Lake at Polje Valley
Beautiful Blidinje Lake at Polje valley
Cvrsnica Mountain Steep Cliffs
Cvrsnica mountain steep cliffs
Overlooking beautiful peaks of Cvrsnica mountain
Overlooking beautiful peaks of Cvrsnica mountain
One of the steep ascents of Veliki Vilinac peak at Cvrsnica mountain
One of the steep ascents of Veliki Vilinac peak at Cvrsnica mountain
Writing our names into a mountain books of Veliki Vilinac peak at Cvrsnica mountain
Writing our names into a mountain books of Veliki Vilinac peak at Cvrsnica mountain at 2118m
Mountain hut Vilinac at Cvrsnica mountain
Mountain hut Vilinac at Cvrsnica mountain
Cvrsnica mountain lodge Vilinac is ideal for overnight accommodation when exploring stunning Cvrsnica regions
Cvrsnica mountain lodge Vilinac is ideal for overnight accommodation when exploring stunning Cvrsnica regions
Taking a well deserved break at Vilinac hut at Cvrsnica mountain and having a open air bbq
Taking a well deserved break at Vilinac hut at Cvrsnica mountain and having a open air bbq
Mountain hut Vilinac at Cvrsnica mountain interior
Mountain hut Vilinac at Cvrsnica mountain interior
Vilinac hut interior wall with historical images depicting workers working on the first hut in 1938/39., marriage group in 1970.
Vilinac hut interior wall with historical images depicting workers working on the first hut in 1938/39., marriage group in 1970.
Descent from Veliki Vilinac towards Hajducka Vrata at Cvrsnica mountain
Descent from Veliki Vilinac towards Hajducka Vrata at Cvrsnica mountain
Crvenjak lake at Cvrsnica mountain at 1970m above sea level
Crvenjak lake at Cvrsnica mountain at 1970m above sea level
Hajducka Vrata natural phenomena created by rock erosion at Cvrsnica mountain
Hajducka Vrata natural phenomena created by rock erosion at Cvrsnica mountain
Crljenjak lake (1970m) at Cvrsnica mountain is the highest lake in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Crljenjak lake (1970m) at Cvrsnica mountain is the highest lake in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Beautiful panoramas of Cvrsnica mountain as the group passes through beatiful Mugo Pine forest
Beautiful panoramas of Cvrsnica mountain as the group passes through beautiful Mugo Pine forest
Group enjoying their time at Cvrsnica mountain peaks
Group enjoying their time at Cvrsnica mountain Mail Vilinac peak
Hajducka Vrata (eng. Outlaws gates) at Cvrsnica mountain
Hajducka Vrata (eng. Outlaws gates) at Cvrsnica mountain
Enjoying the beautiful views over the Blidinje lake from Cvrsnica mountain
Enjoying the beautiful views over the Blidinje lake from Cvrsnica mountain

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this tour for me?
    This is an easy to moderate hiking tour which requires normal to advance aerobic fitness; muscular strength and endurance.
  2. I would like to join this tour but I do not have the necessary hiking equipment.
    In case you have decided to join our hiking tour but forgot to pack your hiking boots or some other relevant part of hiking equipment you might be worried about, feel free to contact our team and we will do our best to provide the necessities. 
  3. Is lunch included in costs?
    Yes, costs include picnic lunch. Please inform us in case of any dietary restrictions.
  4. Can I join this tour other than from Sarajevo?
    Yes you can join this tour if you are staying in Mostar, Konjic, Jablanica too.
  5. Can I book as a solo traveller?
    Yes you can. Significant number of our fellow travelers are solo.
  6. How much should I tip?
    Tips are not included in the tour costs, nor they are heavily expected in Bosnian culture. However when you receive excellent service, we recommend tipping.
  7. How much in advance do I need to book this tour?
    It is recommended to book at least 5 days in advance but our team will go above and beyond to confirm the trips even 24h before the supposed departure.
  8. Can I pay for the tour online with credit card?
    Yes, we accept all credit cards.
  9. Which currency is accepted for cash payment?
    We are fans of our local currency (BAM), but you can also pay in EUR, HRK, USD, GBP or even combined.
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