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 6, 2020 - June 13, 2020
  • June 27, 2020 - July 4, 2020
  • July 11, 2020 - July 18, 2020 
  • August 1, 2020 - August 08, 2020 (2 more to guarantee)
  • August 29, 2020 - September 5, 2020 
  • September 12, 2020 - September 19, 2020
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Hiking

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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 / 5-6hrs walk / 600Δh / 11km 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Sokolina Guesthouse, Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

Day 6 Hiking from Nedajno Village to Susicko and Skrcko lakes

Today’s hike continues onwards to Skrka mountain hut via the Susicko lake and Skakala waterfall, starting from the village of Nedajno. Today’s hike is a total of 11km with rocky, mountain terrain descending to plateau and forested trails, amazing views, and stunning peaks surround us.

Moderate walk / 4-5hrs walk / 550Δh / 11km
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Mountain Hut Skrka – Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

Day 7 Ascent from Skrcko lake to Botun pass (1,877m), descent to Zabljak

Depart after an early breakfast. Today’s hike is 16.5 km with 900m ascent and 1,000m descent and approx eight hours hiking via the Botun pass, descending straight to the Zabljak, town located in the heart of Durmitor National Park. Part of the trail is scree with exposed and steep or narrow paths in some areas. Clients will be required to carry a backpack with overnight gear, a sleeping bag, and packed lunch as well as a small share of the food.

Challenging walk / 8hrs walk / 1,000Δh / 16.5 km
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.