Join a Full Day Lukomir Nomad village hiking tour at Bjelašnica Olympic Mountain and have a once in a life time outdoor + cultural experience which is simply a “must” when in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
This beautiful hiking journey is perfect for any true nature lover and will enable you to visit the highest nomad village in whole region of Balkans – Lukomir village and meet with the Nomadic community.
Region of Bjelašnica mountain is completely safe from any perspective of mines. Sarajevo 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.
Departure Times Daily at 8 AM.
Pickup Locations If you are staying in the old town of Sarajevo meet us at our office. If you are bit away from us, please let us know and we can organise advance pickup.
Activity Note: The tour is adapted to all ages and is medium demanding. Due to the distance of the location, we use vehicles during the tour to reach the starting hiking point and the rest of the tour is on foot through breathtaking natural surroundings.
Meet our team at the office or your preferred pickup location. This tour will begin with 1.15 hours transfer from Sarajevo to Umoljani village, across Bjelašnica Olympic Mountain. Your guide is an adventurous and knowledgeable enthusiast who will introduce you to all of the Bjelašnica beauty. He will make sure no questions remain unanswered, even of personal nature, so don’t refrain from sharing your thoughts and opinions at any moment of time.
At Umoljani village we shall leave our car and explore the village most important sites such as: Studeni Potok (Cold Creek), Stoned Dragon – Ažbaha – the legend of birth of Umoljani. We will shortly visit Umoljani Mosque and learn story of Sarajevo Haggadah.
>Umoljani Mosque at Umoljani village at Bjelasnica mountain
First part of the Umoljani to Lukomir village trail will be 3.30 hour long hike. Trail will take us from starting point of roughly 1275 meters (Umoljani) across peak of Obalj at around 1896 metres.
On the way we will pass by old Gradina settlement, believed to date from Illyrian period. During the ascent you will enjoy amazing scenery, especially the Studeni Potok (Cold Creek) panorama.
>Lady at Umoljani village selling local products – Bjelasnica mountain, Bosnia and Herzegovina
At the top of Obalj, Rakitnica Canyon and mountains of Treskavica, Visocica and peak of Bjelašnica mountain with numerous small villages in distance will be simply stunning.
After some rest and full time body and spirit enjoyment we are ready to hike down to Lukomir village at altitude of 1500 which will be “one of a kind” story as well.
Please note that depending on time of the year we can get lucky to have fields of blueberries, rose-hip, certain types of mushrooms, thyme or other plant species around us free to pick up.
Lukomir – on the language of locals “harbour of peace”, is the village which dates at least 600 years ago, and where most of the century old traditions have been kept alive until today.
It is the only remaining semi-nomadic traditional mountain village in Bosnia and Herzegovina
As soon as we arrive to the village we will have locally prepared lunch, meet some of the local people, learn about their customs and enjoy the best Bosnian coffee.
Later we will visit the village mosque, see more Stećci tombstones, climb the Vijenac peak and admire the stunning 800 m deep Rakitnica canyon. Here, mother nature is at its best.
After Lukomir village explorations, it is time to start hike back.
>Lukomir village in Bosna and Herzegovina
After exploring Lukomir village, return hike will mainly be pleasant 2.30h hours flat hike to Umoljani village through Canyon of Rakitnica river.
Rakitnica canyon is the probably European most remote and unexplored canyon. With length of 26km it separates massif of Bjelašnica and Visočica, and without doubt it is longest canyon in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Firstly explored in 1956, until today very few people have walked the full length of it, as in some parts it can be over 800 meters high and only 1 meter wide, making it very hardly accessible.
>Hiking Trail on the edge of Rakitnica canyon – Bjelasnica mountain, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The trail we will take will be on the upper edge of the canyon, so you can see and feel the “magnificience” of this place.
Return to Umoljani should be around 5 pm, and arrival to Sarajevo around 6.15 pm.
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I took several day tours with Funky Tours and they were all memorable and very well planned. I particularly enjoyed the siege tour with Adnan (who brought to life very well what the siege years were like during our visits e.g., of the tunnel) and the Srebrenica tour with Almir (where Leila and Farid welcomed us in their home with a delicious meal and shared their experience openly with us). I would also recommend the Lukomir hike which is a perfect day out to explore the dinaric Alps.
Overall, the team was very helpful and prompt to find space for me on the tours. Communication was simple and departures were timely.
Some of the tours can be quite full days so if you are thinking of doing a few, you may want to plan for a day off in Sarajevo in the middle.
An amazingly beautiful hike to the isolated village of Lukomir. My guide, Elvira, was fantastic and the views can’t be beat! Highly recommend
To drive to the Lukomir is like driving to the top of the world. A little ruff but it is worth it as the view was to die for, air was so pure and the water for drinking which is in abundance was icy cold. We climbed up to Vidikovac from where you can see all surrounding mountains and a canyon which is almost 1000 deep. We had lunch at NA KROVU SVIJETA and a wonderful host Nermin NERA Mustajbegovic and his wife welcomed us with traditional Bosnian coffee and a home made spinach and cheese pita.
We drank home made yogurt with pita which go really well together. They also showed us around their hut where you can sleep overnight if you like to go hiking and come back to a scrumptious meal and a good rest. Thank you both for the wonderful welcome😀
Funky Tours is a great tour organiser in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
They organised a 6-days tailor tour for us and were very flexible. The team members are professional, very well informed and most importantly super kind and friendly.
Ema did the whole tour organisation and was very responsive before, during and even after the tours. With Emin we did the Sarajevo streets tour, he is a passionate of the modern history of the Balkan and provided in 4-hours all the information to understand the history of Bosnia & Herzegovina with focus on Sarajevo. With Skender (Founder of Funky tours) and Enis we did a amazing 8-hours hike to Lukomir village. With Edna and Tarik, 2 young motivated students working as tour guide on part time basis, we visit Tito’s bunker and did a short hike next to Sarajevo. With Emir and Sara, we visit Jajce and Travnik, a full day tour where Emir (an archaeologist) took us on a journey covering Bosnian history and heritage from ancient time to modern days. With Almir, a war veteran, we did the Sarajevo siege tour, a must do tour to understand the atrocity of war and learn from what happened in Sarajevo so it won’t be repeated.
In a nutshell, visiting Bosnia & Herzegovina with Funky Tours is highly recommended.
Efficient, energetic, engaging
Did multiple tours with Funky Tours and they are great!
Young, professional staff are easy to relate to and also very good at sharing their stories. I did a hiking tour and was so impressed that I signed up for a city tour. They’re also really good at arranging last minute, offbeat requests (like tickets to a European Conference League playoff!).