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Prokoško Lake Snowshoeing – Full Day Tour from Sarajevo

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7520
10 Hours
Availability : December to April
Sarajevo
Sarajevo
Min Age : 8+
Max People : 8 persons
Tour Overview

One of the best winter outdoor experiences in the vicinity of Sarajevo is snowshoeing at Vranica mountain and fairytale explorations of the frozen, snow-covered Prokoško glacier lake.

Located at the altitude of 1670m above sea level, Prokoško lake and the village on its edges, during the winter time becomes the ghost region. Due to the road impassibility when the large snow drifts block the connecting road, the whole village from December to May is completely abandoned and snow-owned, making it an ideal place to explore and admire the beautiful and human-free natural wonder. So the only way to reach is by snowshoeing adventure.

Highlights

  • Visit Prokoško lake at the winter time, between December and May, the time when the region is fully covered by snow.
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery reserved only for your pleasure, as the lake and the village are totally cut off during the winter period, making the whole experience completely crowd-free.
  • Explore some of the most beautiful pine forest trails at Central Bosnian regions
  • Taste the great Funky Tours picnic lunch by the frozen lake side
  • Enjoy the medium snowshoeing adventure, adjusted for anyone of normal fitness level, even the kids of young age.

Important Notice

Region of Vranica mountain trail from Jezernica to Prokoško Lake 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 May to October.
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

For guests leaving from Sarajevo, we can start from our office or arrange free pick up on request as well.

Departure Times: Daily: 8 AM.

Itinerary

The morning 1hour ride will take us from Sarajevo towards Fojnica, via Kiseljak and rural parts of central Bosnia. Central Bosnian mid-high mountain of Vranica is mainly covered in beautiful pine trees and the beautiful scent of the mountains is mind-blowing.

Scenery of the Vranica mountain on the trail towards Prokosko lake
> Scenery of the Vranica mountain on the trail towards Prokoško lake. Bosnian mountains are pine rich regions.

The starting point of the snowshoeing is a place called Jezernica, which usually during the winter is the furthest accessible part of the road towards Prokoško lake.

Enjoying the snowshoeing experience on the trail towards the Prokosko lake
> Enjoying the snowshoeing experience on the trail towards the Prokosko lake at Vranica mountain

Once we leave our car and start our snowshoeing adventure, the trail will take us past the beech and pine forest along the beautiful Jezernica river.

During the winter snowshoeing towards Prokosko lake under the fresh snow is very unique experience
> During the winter snowshoeing towards Prokosko lake under the fresh snow is very unique experience

The first part of the trip until we reach the lake is around 2.30 to 3 hours of pleasant slightly uphill terrain, making the total length of the first part of the tour around 4.5 km.

Proskosko Lake (on the left) frozen and covered in snow. The village (on the right) is fully deserted during the winter.
> Prokosko Lake (on the left) frozen and covered in snow. The village (on the right) is fully deserted during the winter.

Once at the lake, we’ll have a well deserved break, taste our delicious funky-style picnic lunch and explore the village. The picnic lunch is prepared fresh and tasty, according to a Bosnian style of mountain cuisine with hot Bosnian herbs made tea.

Proskosko lake (left) frozen and covered in snow with a village (right) fully frozen and covered in snow. The massif of the Vranica mountain in the fog (background)
> Prokosko lake (left) frozen and covered in snow with a village (right) fully frozen and covered in snow. The massif of the Vranica mountain in the fog (background)

As mentioned, the village and the lake itself during the winter are completely inaccessible by the road, meaning the only way to reach it is by snowshoeing. Local villagers usually leave the village with the first snowfalls, so mostly from December to May, sometimes even until June the village remains completely empty and deeply covered in snow. 

Prokosko lake is famous for winer time adventures throughout the deserted village
> Prokosko lake is famous for winer time adventures throughout the deserted village

During those months the Prokoško lake and village are an amazing opportunity to explore this beautiful, completely human-free region. Numberless houses around the lake, during the rest of the year make Prokoško lake quite a busy place, with tourists from all around the world rushing to witness the ultimate beauty. However, if you happen to travel around Bosnia during the winter, then this is a must experience adventure.

Exploring the winter time deserted village is the reward for daring to take beautiful snowshoeing tour at Vranica mountain
> Exploring the winter time deserted village is the reward for daring to take beautiful snowshoeing tour at Vranica mountain

The lake being quite shallow, is usually frozen for most of the winter and deeply covered in snow, making it quite an interesting place to explore. The lake is located at the altitude of 1675m above sea level and maximum 13m deep.

After free time at the village, it is time to go back. The return time is around 1.30 hours, making the total snowshoeing time around 9km.

Taking a rest on the way down from Prokosko lake towards Jezernica
> Taking a rest on the way down from Prokoško lake towards Jezernica. Breathing in the beautiful nature.

Arrival time back to Sarajevo is around 5 or 6 PM.

Technical Specifications

  • Tour Class: Medium
  • Walking Distance: 9 km
  • Minimum Altitude: 1185m
  • Maximum Altitude: 1675m
  • Total Elevation Gain: 630m

What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Layered clothing
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • 1 l water
  • Hat, gloves, scarf etc.
  • Spare t-shirts to change
  • Light-weight, breathable walking trousers
  • Snacks
  • A small backpack to carry personal items (water, snacks, shirts, etc.)

Optional Extras

  1. Hike to the highest peak of Vranica mountain
    For those of advanced fitness level, additional 4-5hrs of snowshoeing to the peak of Vranica mountain can be arranged in a single day. The peak Nadkrstac is at 2112m above sea level and presents an amazing opportunity to experience more of winter joy and untouched nature.
  2. Overnight stay at Prokoško lake at romantic mountain hut
    If you can spare two days, then overnight stay at one of the romantic traditional mountain huts is an amazing opportunity to experience the mountain Vranica’s harsh conditions in safe environment of traditional mountain huts built by the local people. The two night day experience is combined with snowshoeing adventure to the Nadkrstac peak and further explorations of Vranica mountain. It is great physical and mental escape into the paradise of snow and untouched nature.

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Trip Photos

Beautiful Jezernica creek at Vranica mountain
Beautiful Jezernica creek at Vranica mountain
Snowshoeing at Vranica mountain
Snowshoeing at Vranica mountain
Beautiful snow covered Proskosko lake and village under the Vranica mountain massif
Beautiful snow covered Prokosko lake and village under the Vranica mountain massif
Drinkable water spring at Vranica mountain
Drinkable water spring at Vranica mountain
Jezernica creek at Vranica mountain - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Jezernica creek at Vranica mountain – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Winter time at Prokosko lake at Vranica mountain
Winter time at Prokosko lake at Vranica mountain
Winter time in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Prokosko Lake at Vranica mountain
Winter time in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Prokosko Lake at Vranica mountain
Prokosko Lake village at Vranica mountain during the winter
Prokosko Lake village at Vranica mountain during the winter
Snow covered mountain in central Bosnia
Snow covered mountain in central Bosnia

Trip Video

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this tour for me?
    This is an easy to moderate snowshoeing tour which requires normal fitness level.
  2. What snowshoeing equipment does the tour include?
    The tour include pair of snowshoes and hiking poles.
  3. I would like to join this tour but I do not have the necessary equipment.
    In case you have decided to join our snowshoeing tour but forgot to pack your hiking boots or some other relevant part of winter time hiking equipment, 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 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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