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Prokoško Lake & Vranica Mountain Hiking – Full Day Tour from Sarajevo

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

Nested at the altitude of 1636m, amazing glacier Prokoško Lake at Vranica Mountain with its highest peak – Nadkrstac at 2112m above sea level is the ideal hiking destination for any true nature lover seeking for amazing scenery, untouched nature and understanding of Bosnian rural/nomad village life.

As locals call it, “mountain eye”, this amazing – Prokoško glacier lake, being surrounded by numerous shepherds huts famously called “Katuni”, and Vranica mountain peaks, where some of them are way above 2000m, is where you want to be at one moment of your life.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the amazing views over the dense forest and small creeks lurking over at each corner during the 16 kms of drive on a narrow and rocky mountain road.
  • Take a stroll down the village and admire the architecture of small wooden shepherds huts.
  • Observe the dove-white mist raising above the ocean blue lake and go for a search of endemic amphibian Triton which only lives in Prokoško lake (Triturus alpestris reiseri).
  • Hike the amazing trails of Vranica Mt. and discover the abundance of small, clean and cold creeks running down the cascades.
  • Conquer Nadkrstac, the highest peak of Vranica Mt. being at 2112 meters above the sea level.
  • Meet the locals and taste some of their fresh organic locals farmed products during the picnic lunch.

Important Notice

Region of Vranica 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 Prokosko lake. 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.

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

We’ll have to start our journey quite early from Sarajevo at 8 AM in aim reach town of Fojnica as early as possible.

  • STOP 1: Prokoško Lake
Prokosko lake aerial view - Vranica mountain - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Prokosko lake aerial view – Vranica mountain – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Fojnica, town historically known for healthy thermal waters and gold mining, is home to Franciscan Monastery dating some 650 years ago. Today it is location which “most likely”, is home to the oldest written document on human rights – Ahdnama” written some 550 years ago after Ottoman conquest of Bosnia in 1463.

However visit to this place is optional and requires advance arrangements and is not covered in the standard tour, which is focused on nature explorations of Vranica mountain and Prokoško lake regions, but can be arranged on request.

As soon as we leave Fojnica, we start our 16 km long, macadam and totally forested drive, with plentiful of small creeks crossing our way, to reach Prokoško Lake and get to see why this area is nicknamed for “Bosnian Swiss”.

Glacier made, Prokoško Lake is “nested” at 1636 m.a.s.l, with number of old, shingle covered, shepherd’s wooden huts – Katuni at its vicinity and amphitheatre of Vranica mountain behind, are definitely something not to miss for any nature lover during the trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina. No doubt about it.

Prokosko Lake at Vranica mountain - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Prokosko Lake at Vranica mountain – Bosnia and Herzegovina

As soon as we arrive at lake and dozen of photos already taken, we’ll get ready for our hike and pack up some of the local specialties, most importantly local bread, sheep cheese and locally made tea.

Before start, visitors are free to explore region of the lake itself and maybe get lucky to see endemic species such as Vraničko Zvonce (Edraianthus niveus), Bosanska Zvonička (Symphyandra hofmannii) or the famous endemic amphibian Triton, which only lives in Prokoško lake (Triturus alpestris reiseri), discovered in 1891 by Othmur Reiser, ornithologist of National Museum in Sarajevo, when this species are was named after him.

  • STOP 2: Nadkrstac Peak at Vranica Mountain (2112m)

Our goal that day is to do roughly 3 hour hike and climb up the Vranica mountain peak – Nadkrstac, at 2112 meters above sea level. Starting point will be at Prokoško lake at 1636 meters above sea level, what will give us roughly 500 meters altitude gain.

Mountain of Vranica is full of small, clean and cold creeks running down the cascades which makes scenery looks like “water heaven”.

Prokosko lake view from Vranica mountain peak - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Prokosko lake view from Vranica mountain peak – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Depending on which period of the year you are conducting this tour, please note that Vranica mountain is very famous for various kinds of mushrooms, cranberries and blueberries so some of them can easily be on our “food menu”.

Hiking trail to Nadkrstac peak at 2112 m at Vranica mountain
Hiking trail to Nadkrstac peak at 2112 m at Vranica mountain

Once on top, stunning views with numerous mountain plateaus and peaks in our eyesight will surely take our breath away. Then, our 3 hour hard work will pay off and we’ll finally get to taste food and snacks we brought all the way up, enjoying amazing scenery.

  • STOP 3: Prokoško Lake Village
Local woman making home made sheep cheese, Prokosko Lake, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Local woman making home made sheep cheese, Prokosko Lake, Bosnia and Herzegovina

After rest, it will be time to head down, and this time will be bit easy and different trail will be taken. It will take us around 2.30 hours to be back to the Lake.

As soon as we are back to Prokoško Lake we’ll organise coffee break, something unmissable when out in these areas. We’ll learn more about how certain types of Prokoško cheese are being made, how general shepherd life at Vranica mountain looks like and what happens when winter season is there. Cultural insight is quite important, to understand how life was, and is today. Free time at the village.

Village itself has unique mosque, possibly highest one in whole of Europe at altitude of 1666 m.a.s.l. and is possible to visit.

Later on we go back to Sarajevo for around 2 hour transfer, expecting to be back around 8 PM.

Technical Specifications

  • Tour Class: Medium
  • Walking Distance: 9 km
  • Starting Altitude: 1636m
  • Ending Altitude: 2112m
  • Altitude Gain: 500m

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

  • For People not interested into hiking but just visiting Prokoško Lake

This day-tour is ideal for middle hikers and will offer some of the regions most amazing scenery, especially views of Prokoško Lake area.
For people with low physical level who are not capable of hiking at this level, but heavily interested to experience natural and cultural beauty of this region, we can organise this tour as SUV/JEEP journey which will cover great amount of amazing sights and will deliver amazing sightseeing experience.

  • Visit Franciscan Monastery at Fojnica

Franciscan monastery of the Holy Spirit is a Bosnian Franciscan monastery in Fojnica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was founded in 1668 and it includes a library of ca. 12,500 volumes, including 13 incunabula and 156 works written in Bosnian Cyrillic. It is a designated National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

Map

Trip Photos

Prokosko Lake at Vranica mountain - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Prokosko Lake at Vranica mountain – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Local man showing big jar of cranberries, locally picked and preserved in sugar at Prokosko lake - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Local man showing big jar of cranberries, locally picked and preserved in sugar at Prokosko lake – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Local woman making home made sheep cheese, Prokosko Lake, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Local woman making home made sheep cheese, Prokosko Lake, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Prokosko Lake during the winter, Vranica mountain - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Prokosko Lake during the winter, Vranica mountain – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Prokosko lake view from Vranica mountain peak - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Prokosko lake view from Vranica mountain peak – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Hiking trail to Nadkrstac peak at 2112 m at Vranica mountain
Hiking trail to Nadkrstac peak at 2112 m at Vranica mountain
Prokosko lake aerial view - Vranica mountain - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Prokosko lake aerial view – Vranica mountain – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sheep at Vranica mountain grasslands - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sheep at Vranica mountain grasslands – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I see Prokosko lake if I don’t want to do any hiking?
    Easily, just book this as private tour, and we shall organize SUV transfer to the lake 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.
  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.
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