Via Dinarica: a Hiking Adventure through Bosnia & Montenegro

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Explore the Via Dinarica in Bosnia and Montenegro, an area that is yet to be discovered by many hikers. On this adventure, you’ll find a playground for active travellers: Spectacular limestone peaks; the Tara Canyon – a UNESCO Nature site; glacier lakes; amazing views; colourful wildflowers; medieval villages; and welcoming culture.

Come and explore Durmitor & Sutjeska National Parks: two stunning areas located at the heart of Dinaric Alps. During your trek, you’ll ascend Maglic (2,386m) – the highest peak of Bosnia, raft the Tara river, a UNESCO protected site and Europe’s deepest canyon, and visit Sarajevo, Bosnia’s capital city, which hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics. Sarajevo offers an ancient mix of European and Eastern culture and living history. This will be an unforgettable week of exploring.
 

DEPARTURE DATES


  • June 04, 2022 - June 11, 2022
  • June 25, 2022 - July 02, 2022
  • July 09, 2022 - July 16, 2022
  • July 30, 2022 - August 06, 2022
  • August 27, 2022 - September 03, 2022
  • September 10, 2022 - September 17, 2022
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit Sarajevo, the Jerusalem of the Balkans
  • Scale Maglic (2,386m), the highest peak in Bosnia
  • Rafting through the Tara Canyon, Europe’s deepest canyon
  • Emerald glacier lakes of Durmitor National Park, UNESCO heritage

Day 1 Sarajevo Arrival

Arrive in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Your trip leader will meet you outside of the customs and immigration area at the airport. He or she will answer questions, brief you on the immediate arrangements, and escort you to our hotel in the old oriental trading quarter of Sarajevo.

In the afternoon there will be an organized tour of the major historical, cultural and war sites in the city that will help you to piece together its complex and fascinating history. In the evening we will enjoy a ‘welcome’ dinner and trip briefing. Our hotel tonight is in the old Ottoman trading quarter of Sarajevo.

Dinner / Pension Kandilj, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Day 2 Sutjeska National Park and Hike to Donje Bare lake & Ugljesin peak (1,858m)

In the morning we transfer to our hotel in Sutjeska National Park, before continuing to the tranquil lake of Donje Bare. After lunch, we walk through a beech forest and open mountainous terrain to the summit of Ugljesin Peak (1,858m), for one of the best panoramic views of the Zelengora peaks and the rock-face wall of Volujak.

We continue the stunning circuit back to Gornje Bare lake via the Tovarnica ridge (1.5 hours) with Bosnia’s highest peaks a constant companion on the horizon. We will be transferred back to the hotel in Tjentiste valley, before an early dinner.

Moderate walk / 4-5hrs walk / 400Δh / 9km
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Hotel Mladost – Tjentiste, Sutjeska National Park, Bosnia and
Herzegovina

Day 3 Ascent of Maglic Mountain (2,386m), Bosnia and Herzegovina’s highest peak

We transfer to Lokva Derneciste (approx. 1 hour) and head for Bosnia’s highest peak, Maglić Mountain (2,386m), through the forest and open mountainous terrain. The ascent itself will take approximately four hours over fairly well-maintained mountain trails with steep cliffs and is by far the most demanding part of today’s trek. Please note it is not recommended for anyone suffering from vertigo.

Each step takes us further above the surrounding peaks until we reach the summit. Here we have lunch and enjoy wonderful views over Montenegro and of our next stop, the emerald green waters of Trnovacko Lake. After descending to the lake in the afternoon we head for Prijevor where we meet our transfer to the hotel in Tjentiste.

Challenging walk / 9hrs walk / 700Δh / 14km
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Hotel Mladost – Tjentiste, Sutjeska National Park, Bosnia and
Herzegovina

Day 4 Tara Rafting, the deepest canyon of Europe

The Tara is one of the four beautiful whitewater rivers in Bosnia and Herzegovina that offer professionally guided rafting tours. Tara river ranks among Europe’s best for classes II-IV. This Tara River Rafting Tour will pleasantly surprise you with its stunning wilderness and unforgettable landscapes. A jewel amongst the world’s natural heritage spots, the Tara River boasts the deepest canyon in Europe.

The river follows the natural border between Bosnia & Montenegro most of the time. Near the end of the rafting, we enter Bosnia & Herzegovina. The 1,300-meter canyon has created some of the best rafting and kayaking in Europe. We’ll enjoy an early dinner on the Tara River. Tonight we stay at simple wooden bungalows next to the river, enjoying the sound of water and campfire.

II-IV class rapids, 3-4 hours of Rafting 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Bungalows at Highlander Camp, Tara river, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Day 5 Hike to Crkvicko polje and Sokolina plateau

After a short transfer from Rafting Camp to Montenegro side and Mratinje dam, which is 220 meters high, which makes it one of the highest in Europe, we’ll start today’s hike. The hike takes us in first bit uphill for about two hours after which we come out on the plateau and continue over it, with a great view on surrounding mountains.
We end the day on the edge of Tara canyon at Sokolina guest house, with amazing views of the Durmitor massif and the Tara river we rafted the day before.

Moderate walk / 6-7hrs walk / 600Δh / 19km 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Sokolina Guesthouse, Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

Day 6 Hiking from Susica hut to Skrka lakes and Skrka mountain pass (2,112m)

Today’s hike continues onwards from Susica mountain hut via the Susicko lake and Skakala waterfall, all the way to Skrka Mountain Hut and lakes. Beautiful spot where we will make a lunch break and if you're brave enough enjoy the cold glacier waters dip. From here we continue via Skrka pass at 2,112m and all the way down to Dobri do valley.

Today’s hike is a total of 12km, which takes us from forested trails, over rocky, mountain terrain and finally descending to the plateau of Dobri do. Today we will enjoy some tremendous views, and stunning peaks surrounding us.

Moderate walk / 5-6hrs walk / 950Δh / 12km
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Pension Javorovaca, Zabljak – Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

Day 7 Ascent of Bobotov kuk (2,523m), a Montenegro pride

Our last day of hiking ends with another high point: a climb of Bobotov Kuk (2,523m), Montenegro’s highest peak. Starting relatively high, on Sedlo (1,900m), we hike over the grassy slope of Surutka toward Zupci (“Teeth”), a magnificent massif with 14 sharp rocky “teeth” - a trademark of Durmitor. 

After circling the “teeth,” we arrive at the glacial Zeleni Vir Lake, the highest in Durmitor, and then begin a steep ascent toward Bobotov Kuk. With every step, the views expand, until we reach the top of Bobotov Kuk—and of Montenegro. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the Adriatic Sea from this vantage point. 

We enjoy lunch here and then descend back via Zeleni vir. This part of the trip is easy and we hike over grassy meadows, followed by a short ride back to Zabljak for a well-deserved rest.

Challenging walk / 6-7hrs walk / 650Δh / 14km
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Pension
Javorovaca, Zabljak – Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

Day 8 Transfer to Podgorica

Transfer to Podgorica Airport (2.5hrs) will be provided for your homeward-bound flight.

Breakfast

Fact File


Period: June through September
Category: Moderate to Challenging
 

What is included: Transportation during entire trip with 8+1 MiniVan or 20+1 MiniBus (including Airport transfers); Fully equipped English speaking Tour Leader / Guide; Accommodation for 7 nights; Meals specified in itinerary; Sarajevo City Walking Tour (with all entrance fees where needed); Tara Rafting with all fees and safety equipment; All fees and taxes for Durmitor & Sutjeska National Parks & VAT.

What is not included: Flights to Sarajevo, Bosnia & from Podgorica, Montenegro; Meals not specified in itinerary; International travel insurance; Optional tipping to leader, guides and local staff; Sleeping bag or walking poles rental (10EUR per trip, paid locally); Souvenirs and items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.); Any items not specifically mentioned in the program.