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.
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.
Departure Times Daily at 8 AM.
Pickup Locations For guests leaving from Sarajevo, we can start from our office or arrange free pick up on request as well.
Activity Note: The tour is adapted to all ages and is medium demanding. Due to the distance of the locations, we use vehicles during to get to the starting hiking point and the rest of the tour is done on foot via idyllic winter natural surroundings.
Meet our team at the office or your preferred pickup location. 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. 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.
>> 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arrival time back to Sarajevo is around 5 or 6 PM.
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