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Lukomir Nomad Village Hiking – Full Day Tour from Sarajevo

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10 Hours
Availability : Every Day
Min Age : 5
Max People : 8 persons
Tour Overview

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. 

Highlights

  • Enter the world of myths and legends and discover the story of Umoljani Village and Stoned Dragon.
  • Walk the beautiful trails of Cold Creek Valley, conquer the Obalj Peak and admire spectacular views, sceneries and lurking villages in the distance.
  • Reach Lukomir – 600 years old Balkans most isolated mountain village and learn about the old Bosnian crafts and traditions which have been kept alive until today.
  • Learn the story of the nomadic life of Bjelasnica highlanders and have a tasty local lunch. 
  • Experience a once in a life time hike while following the trail of the upper edge of spectacular Rakitnica Canyon – the Europe’s most remote and unexplored canyon. 
  • Take some amazing photos and enjoy almost spiritual experience of moderate hiking tour suitable for anyone who wants a bit of a challenge. 

 

Important Notice

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.

What's Included

INCLUDED

Guide
English speaking local-expert guide and driver. Guide in different language available on request.
Food
Local lunch at Lukomir. Vegetarian options available.
Free pickup on request
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.
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 March to November, while during the December to February it is available as snowshoeing experience.
Group Discounts
For bigger group bookings, discounts are available.
Online Payments
Pay safely online with a credit card. We accept payments for all types of credit cards.

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

  • Tour departs from Funky Tours office. If you need pickup please let us know in advance.
  • Departure Times: Daily at 8 AM.

Itinerary

This tour will begin with 1.15 hours transfer from Sarajevo to Umoljani village, across Bjelašnica Olympic Mountain.

  • STOP 1: Umoljani Village (start of the hike)

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
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
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.

  • STOP 2: Lukomir Village
Lukomir village in Bosna and Herzegovina
Lukomir village in Bosna and Herzegovina

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.

  • STOP 3: Rakitnica Canyon

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
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.

Technical Specifications

  • Tour Class: Medium
  • Walking Distance: 16 km
  • Minimum altitude: 1275m
  • Maximum altitude: 1896m
  • Altitude Difference: 621m

What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Comfortable hiking boots or thick bottom sport sneakers
  • 1 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 shirts and trousers
  • A small backpack to carry personal items (water, snacks, shirts to use during activities)

Optional Extras

Indeed, the best way to fully experience the amazing beauty of Bjelašnica mountain and it’s most famous village of Lukomir, is our medium demanding, roughly 16km long hike from Umoljani to Lukomir village via Obalj peak at 1895 masl, and back via Rakitnica canyon and Cold Creek valley.

However, for guests who are not able or not eager to hike, we have several other options available. Any alternative option you choose as way to reach Lukomir village, will still deliver the great way to experience the nomad lifestyle and the stunning beauty of Bjelašnica mountain.

  • A) Cold Creek & Rakitnica Canyon

During this hike, you will undergo one way hike from Umoljani to Lukomir village via Cold Creek and edge of the stunning Rakitnica canyon. It will be around 7/8 km of hiking, almost without any altitude gains. It can be done by children with age as low as 5 or 6 years.

If you are group of travellers where some would like to do standard hike and some would love to do short hike, we are happy to let you know that these are easily combinable.

  • B) Jeep/Van Safari

If you wish to have very low to none amount of walking, but are “poisoned” to see the Lukomir village, then the most convenient way to do it, is to book our Jeep Safari transfer from Sarajevo to Lukomir and back to Sarajevo. In this way, we bring you straight to Lukomir village, where you get to explore village at your own pace, eat local food, take easy walks around the village, visit one of the amazing viewpoints over Rakitnica canyon, meet the locals, and in the afternoon be in Sarajevo having not much energy spent.

We recommend this option for elder people or families with small kids who are not keen to walk, but still would love to understand nomad life of Lukomir village and enjoy Bjelašnica mountain scenery.

SHOULD YOU CHOOSE ANY OF THESE ALTERNATIVES, PLEASE NOTE THAT DURING THE BOOKING PROCESS.

Map

Trip Photos

Lukomir village sheep
Lukomir village sheep
Lukomir village in Bosna and Herzegovina
Lukomir village in Bosna and Herzegovina
A local Lukomir woman laughing in traditional bosnian village highlands costume clothing
A local Lukomir woman laughing in traditional Bosnian village highlands costume clothing
Descent towards Lukomir Village from Peak Obalj at 1896m at Bjelašnica Olympic Mountain
Descent towards Lukomir
Lukomir Hike toward Peak Obalj at 1896m at Bjelašnica Olympic Mountain
Lukomir Hike towards Peak Obalj at 1896 m
Lukomir Village view from Vijenac peak
Lukomir Village view from Vijenac peak
Lady at Umoljani village selling local products - Bjelasnica mountain, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lady at Umoljani village selling local products – Bjelasnica mountain, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Umoljani Mosque at Umoljani village at Bjelasnica mountain
Umoljani Mosque at Umoljani village at Bjelasnica mountain

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I see Lukomir if I don’t want to do any hiking?
    Easily, just book this as private tour, and we shall organize SUV transfer to the village so you can explore it in very relaxed pace.
  2. Is this tour for me?
    This is an easy to moderate hiking tour which requires normal aerobic fitness; muscular strength and endurance and is for anyone who is into a bit of challenge.
  3. 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. 
  4. Is lunch included in costs?
    Yes, costs include picnic lunch. Please inform us in case of any dietary restrictions.
  5. Can I join this tour other than from Sarajevo?
    In case you are staying outside the city of Sarajevo please feel free to contact us so we could find the best way for you to join us.
  6. Can I book as a solo traveller?
    Yes you can. Significant number of our fellow travelers are solo.
  7. 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.
  8. How much in advance do I need to book this tour?
    It is recommended to book at least 15 days in advance but our team will go above and beyond to confirm the trips even 24h before the supposed departure.
  9. Can I pay for the tour with credit card?
    Yes, we accept VISA and Maestro. Please note that, in case you would like to make a credit card payment, you will need to do it at our office or by prepayment via credit card authorisation form. Our guides can NOT accept credit cards. 
  10. 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.
43 Reviews
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Jeff S

Solo Traveller

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!).

Strongly recommended!

July 28, 2021

Jon B

Family Traveller

SARAJEVO FUNKY TOURS IS TRULY AWESOME!

My sister and I spent four days in Sarajevo and prior to leaving had booked 4 tours with them. We did the Transfer Day Trip from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Sarajevo, Utopia of Tito’s Yugoslavia Siege of Sarajevo full day tour, Lukomir Nomadic Village Hiking Day, and Transfer and Day Tour from Sarajevo to Belgrade, Serbia.

Every tour was just incredible. From the moment of booking Ema reaching out and confirming and organizing your trips with fantastic communication right down to the very on time pick ups by the guides.

The Guides and drivers we had… Adnan, Dimir, Arna, Elvira, and Faris were all people I wont ever forget and I truly hope to see again! The best guides I have had on any day tour across the world. They were so personable and knowledgeable and hard working and all truly loved their jobs and made sure we saw everything on the itineraries.

My favorite day was the Utopia of Tito’s tour, hearing Arna’s personal families story during the siege brought tears to my eyes and was very touching.

Bosnia is an incredible country with beautiful and resilient people, beautiful landscapes and mountains, delicious food, and a fantastic culture.

Book your day tours now with Sarajevo funky tours it will be the best decision you will make!

November 7, 2019

oshassan

Solo Traveller

Sarajevo Funky Tours made my trip unforgetable!

I only had a few days in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and got in touch with Sarajevo Funky Tours after having come across their website. I wanted to do some hiking and sightseeing, and had a few specifics in mind. Due to the potential for weather interfering with hiking plans, I left it to them to arrange the itinerary after having had a conversation with Ema about my wish list. I only had a few days in Bosnia and wanted to make the most of them. The staff is so friendly, accommodating, and warm!

At the top of my list was a trip to Srebrenica. Ejub was my tour guide, and was excellent; he is friendly, a good driver, and a great conversationalist with in depth knowledge of both history and contemporary sociopolitical issues in the region. The last stop on the tour was a fantastic lunch in town.

Next on my list was a hiking trip, and we ended up going to Lukomir with Elvira as our guide. She is also a great conversationalist, guided us to some beautiful viewing areas, and taught us about some of the flora and fauna. Her passion for the outdoors is wonderful, and she really made the hike a fantastic experience.

On my last day, I did the Sarajevo Siege Tour with Almir. He is also a fountain of knowledge and not only taught us both older and more recent history, but sincerely answered our questions and gave us a personal feel for the more recent history.

The only disappointing part of my trip was that I didn’t get to stay longer and spend more time in Bosnia and Herzegovina with these lovely people. I can’t thank you enough for making such a short trip so enjoyable, impactful, and unforgettable.

Thank you so much Eme, Ejub, Elvira, Almir and rest of the team at Sarajevo Funky Tours, and I hope to see you again!

Sincerely,
Omar

November 1, 2019

Habibah Ghazali

Solo Traveller

I used Sarajevo funky tour for my whole 8 days trip to Bosnia & Herzegovina, and I am certain I have made the best decision. I did daily tours with them except for just one day.

My favourite would be daytrip to Mostar and the hiking tour to Lukomir village. Bosnia was so much more than just a story about war. The country is so beautiful, the people were so lovely and the food were awesome. Please please please do the hiking tour! The landscape was breathtaking!

I love that the fact everyone that I have engaged into a conversation with was so open to share their opinions and thoughts. I feel so welcomed in this country, and Sarajevo funky tour made it even easier and better! All the tour guides were very informative and gave really good suggestions on things to do there. I will definitely come back and use this tour agency again in the future.

Special thanks to Ema for organising my daily trips in Sarajevo. I miss Bosnia already!

October 20, 2019

sharpmel

Solo Traveller

One of the best hikes of my life!

Everything from start to finish of the tour was wonderful! All of the staff and our hiking lead were all riendly, quick to respond, helpful in answering questions, fantastic all around. Transportation was easy and the food in Lukomir was fantastic. I went during the end of autumn and the mountains were truly spectacular. I’ll never forget this trip!

October 10, 2019
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