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After a two-hour drive through canyons and forests, we’ll pass into BiH’s oldest National Park. Not far from there we’ll venture up a mountain dirt road to the heart of the park – Zelengora. At Donje Bare we’ll park the vehicle and take a short walk and leave our packs at the newly rebuilt mountain hut at Donje Bare. The lake of Donje Bare is lined with thick forest to one side and open mountain meadows to the other. We’ll pass her on our way to Ugljesin peak at 1,858 m. It’s no coincidence that we’ve chosen the Pyramid Peak as our destination. From here the highest peak of BiH (Maglic at 2,386 meters) towers above us, as well as Volujak’s rock face barrier, and the 1,200-meter deep canyon of the Sutjeska River. We’ll return via Gornje Bare to the hut to complete the fantastic four-hour hike.
Accommodation: Hotel Mladost, Tjentište
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
We offer two options for today; A moderate hike to Trnovacko Lake or strenuous hike up to Maglic summit, highest one in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Today the drive to Perucica medieval forest will take us a little more than 45 minutes. The park is a true gem in terms of wildlife and a large number of endemic plants. The park also includes Bosnia and Herzegovina’s highest and impressive mountain Maglic, named after the thick fog that often surrounds its rocky peak. We will briefly stop at Dragos Sedlo with its colorful view of one of two remaining medieval forests in Europe – Perucica. Jumping out from eternity, we are graced by a lonely waterfall “Skakavac” plunging itself 75 meters down into the dark spruce and beech forest of Perucica.
Here we will split up the group into those who are interested in a challenging 4-hour hike up to Maglic at 2,386m and those opting for a moderate 2-hour hike to Trnovacko Lake. At the end of the day, we will all meet up again at the Trnovacko Glacier Lake, which is set in the middle of a huge amphitheater of rocky peaks, at 1,500 meters.
After a well-deserved break, we find our way back to the vehicle and return to Sarajevo completely amazed by our adventure in Sutjeska National Park, what we’ve done and the natural beauty we’ve encountered.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
*NOTE: Please, bring your passport since we’re crossing into Montenegro.
Period: May through October
Category: Moderate to Challenging
Activity: Day 1: 5 hours,
Day 2: Maglic Ascent 9 hours,
or Trnovacko Lake Hike 5 hours
Departure time:09:00 AM
Estimated Time of Return: 7:00 PM
What is included: Transport from Sarajevo to location and back, coffee or tea at the hikes, breakfast (1x), lunch (2x), dinner (1x) and snacks, accommodation in Hotel Mladost, admission to the National Park and Perucica forest, one fully-equipped and experienced English speaking guide.
What is not included: Optional tipping to leader, guides and local staff; souvenirs and items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, etc.).
What to bring: Hiking boots are essential, pocket knife, sunglasses, sun cream, 1 liter of water, personal hygiene kit, fleece/jumper, swimming gear, towel, rain gear, change of clothes (e.g. dry socks, T-shirt& underwear, trousers), and a small 30-40l backpack.