Trekking in Sutjeska N.P

Walking in Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Trip code: 
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Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
18
Group size:
5–15

Explore the rugged natural beauty and intriguing history of Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnia & Herzegovina is a beautiful country with swathes of rugged wilderness. The Sutjeska National Park is one such area and boasts one of Europe’s last primeval forests, as well as the mighty Durmitor Mountains. This itinerary includes all the essential elements: ascending Bosnia's highest peak, Maglic Mountain (2,386m), passing hidden waterfalls and glacial lakes and sightseeing in the beautiful cities of Sarajevo, Mostar and the Croatian town of Dubrovnik.

Highlights

  • Discover a stunning country with beautiful scenery and a fascinating culture
  • Climb Bosnia's highest peak - Mt Maglic (2,386m)
  • Experience a very warm welcome from the local community
  • Delve into the highlights of Sarajevo, Mostar and Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Have time for optional rafting

Key information

  • 8 nights hotels, all rooms have en suite facilities
  • 5 days point-to-point and circular walks
  • Group normally 5 to 15, plus leaders. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 2,386m, average 1880m
  • Full porterage throughout

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 4 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Approximately 6-8 hours walking per day

Terrain:

Moderate to difficult

Day by day breakdown
Day 28.0km/5.0miles
Day 315.0km/9.0miles
Day 511.0km/7.0miles
Day 69.0km/6.0miles
Day 78.0km/5.0miles
Capturing the views from Maglic, Bosnia

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Trebinje.

    The trip begins late afternoon in Trebinje in Bosnia & Herzegovina. After a main briefing with your leader, the group will enjoy a welcome dinner in a beautiful setting of a local winery set up in the hills above the town.
    Hotel Leotar or similar

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Transfer to Sutjeska N.P. Walk to Donje Bare Lake, then through beech forest to summit of Ugljesin Peak (1858m), with magnificent views of the Zelengora peaks.

    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 (1858m), for one of the best panoramic views of the Zelengora peaks and the rock face wall of Volujak. We continue on the stunning circuit back to Gornje Bare lake via the Tovamica Ridge (1.5 hours) with Bosnia's highest peaks a constant companion on the horizon. We then transfer back to the hotel in the Tjentiste Valley for a well deserved dinner. 

    Hotel Mladost or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Ascent of Maglic Mountain (2,386m); walk over the border to Trnovacko Lake in Montenegro before returning to hotel.

    We transfer to Lokva Derneciste (approx. 1 hour) and head for Bosnia’s highest peak, Maglic Mountain (2,386m), through dense forest and open mountainous terrain. The ascent itself will take approximately 3-4 hours over fairly well-maintained mountain trails with steep cliffs, and is by far the most demanding part of today’s trek. Please note. this walk is not suitable 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.

    Hotel Mladost or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Transfer to Sarajevo; city tour and free time explore.

    We transfer to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo which is at the heart of the Balkan Peninsula. On arrival, we take a tour of the major historic cultural and war sites in the city that will help us to piece together its complex and intriguing history. The afternoon is then free to explore this varied and beautiful capital city. 

    Hotel Hecco or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Short transfer in morning. Walk to summit of Crepoljsko (1,524m), Bukovik (1,534m) and to the beautiful Skakavac Waterfall.

    Within half an hour's drive to Crepoljsko is a very well known local picnic place where we will start today's hike toward Bukovik peak (1,534m), the highest point north from Sarajevo. This is a peak that offers some of the best views of mountains to the south. After leaving our start point, a pleasant hike takes us through meadows and coniferous forests up to Bukovik hut, with wider and wider views of mountains in the distance and the city in the valley right below us. After a short break at Bukovik hut, we ascend the nearby Bukovik peak and continue from there through a beautiful pine forest to the Skakavac waterfall.

    This waterfall is the largest continual flowing waterfall in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is 98m high. A soothing lunch break and some tea or coffee welcomes us here before we head down through thick forest to the base of the waterfall. Once we reach the base, a fantastic view of water, mist and forest awaits us. From here we wind through the forest to the small lodge, where we end our hike with an ice cold drink.

    Hotel Hecco or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Full day hike to Lukomir Highland village, Bosnia's highest village (1469m) and summit of Obalj (1,896m).

    Today we have a full daywalk in the Bjelasnica Mountains, home of the 1984 Winter Olympics, ascending Obalj peak (1,896m) and visiting Lukomir, Bosnia and Herzegovina's highest village (1,469m).

    From the traditional style Bosnian Mosque in the village of Umoljani, we walk to the Gradina, a village which locals of this area used for centuries as their base for summer pastures. From here we will start ascending toward Obalj ridge and slowly we will rise above Studeni potok (Studeni stream). The views will start to open in front of us. With the mountains to the south, Treskavica and Visocica will offer us fantastic and breathtaking scenes. Once we reach the slopes of Obalj, we will slowly continue and progress to the summit itself. From the peak, we'll see Lukomir village below us where we will descend from the top.

    Lukomir is Bosnia's highest village at 1,469m, with its ancient stecci (mediaeval tombstones) where villagers still follow a traditional shepherd way of life. On the edge of the village, there is a fabulous view of Rakitnica canyon, Obalj and Visocica. After a simple but tasty homemade late lunch we transfer back to the hotel in Sarajevo.

    Hotel Hecco or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Half day walk through the beautiful Rakitnica Canyon, or optional rafting along the Neretva River; transfer to Mostar.

    Today we have the option to go rafting deep into the Neretva Canyon or walk a beautiful ridge overlooking the Neretva and Rakitnica Canyon.

    The Neretva River is the emerald of Herzegovina, flowing over 200 kilometres from its source into the Adriatic Sea. In the upper canyon is some of the most beautiful rafting in Europe. The water is usually calm from Spring to Autumn, and the trip provides ample opportunity to enjoy the canyon and its unique flora and fauna. Depending on the season, there will be class 2-4 rapids. The trip lasts for 3-4 hours and costs approximately EUR 45 per person (paid locally).

    For those who prefer to keep on trekking, we continue on to the isolated hills around Kasici village for a magical canyon walk above the Neretva River. After crossing a suspension bridge we descend to meet the spectacular river itself where the rapids rush into the mouth of the relatively unexplored Rakitnica Canyon. The scenery here is truly breathtaking. After crossing another bridge at the mouth of the canyon we can rest either in one of the caves or on the numerous beaches.

    We return via Konjic to meet up with those who opted for the rafting. At the end of the day, we continue our journey to Mostar.

    Hotel Kapetanovina or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Morning in Mostar, visit iconic old bridge; afternoon transfer to Dubrovnik.

    We spend the morning exploring Mostar, the former oriental trading centre of Herzegovina, situated on the Neretva River. This city was regularly in the news when it was split during the conflict in the early 1990s. We will still see the scars of war, but these days Mostar is once again a warm and bustling place, with a fascinating history and architecture.

    We leave Mostar just before noon, to be in Dubrovnik in the afternoon. On arrival, we have free time to explore. Dubrovnik is our final destination and a great way to end our week trekking. This magnificent walled town lies at the southernmost tip of Croatia. Formerly a prosperous trading centre, Dubrovnik is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its perfectly preserved Old Town and rich cultural life draw many visitors each year.
    Hotel Zagreb or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    End Dubrovnik.

    The trip ends this morning after breakfast in Dubrovnik. Should you wish to spend more time in this beautiful Croatian town please ask our sales team about post tour nights.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Bosnia & Herzegovina

No visa required for British passport holders.

Croatia

Visas are not required by the following nationalities: British and other EU countries, Nationals of Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada. Other nationalities should check with the relevant authorities.

Montenegro

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Bosnia & Herzegovina

There are no specific health risks.

Croatia

There are no specific health risks.

Montenegro

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 4 dinners are included on this trip.

Typical Meals:

Breakfast across the Balkans usually consists of bread and pastries, dairy products such as yoghurt and cheese, cereal, eggs cooked in a variety of ways, smoked meats, honey, tea and coffee, milk and juices.

Breakfast in Sutjeska will be a choice of a warm or cold set meal. In Sarajevo, Mostar and Dubrovnik there will be a choice between a hot and cold buffet.

Lunches will be picnics including bread, cheese, sausage, meat and vegetarian pate, salad, chocolate bars, cookies, trail mix, and coffee/tea.

Evening meals in Sutjeska are 3 courses and include soup, a selection of traditionally prepared meat, vegetables and a dessert.

Typical Bosnian cuisine consists of ingredients such as tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms, spinach, courgette, beans and dairy products such as milk, cheese, pavlaka (sour cream) and Kajmak (similar to clotted cream). Meat dishes usually consist of beef and lamb and specialities include cevapi, burek, dolma (stuffed vegetables with meat) and goulash. Desserts often have an Eastern influence with baklava being very popular. The alcoholic drink rakija made from apples or plums is common in this region also.

Croatian & Montenegrin cuisine both share similarities to Bosnian cuisine but are also heavily influenced by Greek and Italian food.

Vegetarian and special dietary requirements can be catered for, but options are limited throughout Bosnia & Herzegovina - please inform our sales team of any specific requirements upon booking.

Weather

Bosnia & Herzegovina enjoys a similar climate to most of central Europe - hot summers, cool springs and autumns and cold winters with considerable snowfall. We visit from June to September when temperatures will be generally warm (25-30ºC), but these temperatures will be a little lower in the mountains. Rain can fall at any time of the year, although in mid-summer it is more likely to come as short, sharp thunderstorms. Walking on Maglic and Volujak can be unpredictable and it has been known to hail in August!

Sarajevo

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level 4- Moderate/Challenging

This itinerary includes 5 daywalks through moderate to difficult terrain, where you will need to carry a day pack. We usually walk between 4-8 hours a day, with a picnic lunch taken on the way. The trails are mostly rocky and uneven and with that often rough and stony underfoot. The daywalks involve steady ascents and descents (maximum 1,000m). The walk on day 3 will be long but worthwhile.

There are steep, long drops on sections of this trip, as well as paths that traverse along ridge lines. The daywalk on day 3 is not recommended for clients who suffer from vertigo.

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Accommodation

Hotels

Please be advised that the below accommodation listed in each location are the standard hotels used. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at similar hotels of the same standard and quality.

You will spend 8 nights in a mixture of standard tourist class hotels in good locations in Sarajevo, Trebinje and Mostar. In the Sutjeska National Park you will use a simple but clean hotel in a spectacular location. All hotels have en suite facilities and offer free Wi-Fi.

Trebinje- Hotel Leotar

Sutjeska National Park- Hotel Mladost

Sarajevo- Hotel Hecco

Mostar- Hotel Kapetanovina

Dubrovnik- Hotel Zagreb

Single supplements are available on request and are subject to availability.

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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  • Reviewed September 2018
    Hugh Stronge

    Bosnia hertz walk

    Very good, particularly impressed by ou magnificent guide Kanaan who spoke English perfectly, was passionate about his country, informative and balanced when describing recent conflict,great with people and made time for everyone. This is a good trip and appropriately rates in terms of challenge presented

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All of it

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cannot rate highly enough

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just enjoy

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just our thanks. Would be nice to see more younger people - are there options for a more budget/roughing it experience?
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Jill Kilpatrick

    Beautiful Bosnia

    Yet again Exodus has offered an amazing package. The best guides, the best views and the best locations. The Bosnian mountains are stunning and the local people are so welcoming.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the highest peak.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was fantastic. The group gave him a couple of challenges and he was so calm and sorted everything out. Bring toiletries.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring toiletries. Bosnian hotels do not supply anything bar hand soap.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great mixture of culture and hiking.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Marion Neale

    A beautiful country

    Bosnia & Herzegovina is a really beautiful country with stunning mountain scenery. Although I'm not usually a fan of cities, all 3 cities visited on this trip were well worth a visit. The mountains were also lovely and quiet, no hoards of tourists everywhere, in fact we hardly met another person on any of the walks.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many but the highlights were the ascent of Maglic Mountain and the river rafting.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both our leaders, Kenan and Branko, were excellent. They were happy to share their extensive knowledge of the areas we visited. They were both humorous and engaged brilliantly with the whole group. They were very well organised, very safety conscious and always put in the effort to make sure the trip was thoroughly enjoyable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for quite a few hours in the minibus as the transfers are often quite long and the roads can be winding. The ascent of Maglic Mountain is a long day with some steepish sections of scrambling/via ferrata but well worth the effort as it is a very rewarding hike. The steep sections were not difficult but if anyone has not experienced this type of terrain before they'll find it more challenging than a regular mountain path. Take insect repellent, a couple of sections of walking had quite a few midges/mozzies! You can easily change up Bosnian currency once you arrive - there was an ATM and a currency exchange very close to the first night's hotel in Trebinje. There is a lot to fit in to 9 days but you do get to see a lot of Bosnia in that time and it is well worth visiting.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was very moving to see so many cemeteries, a poignant reminder of the war in the early '90's but this is a beautiful country that deserves to be visited.
  • breathtaking scenery

    I really enjoyed this trip. Both the guide (Kenan) and the assistant guide (Branko) contributed a lot to this and ensured everything was going smoothly and were listening to the group as well as the individual's requests and tried to accommodate to those requests as much as possible. In summary, excellent guides, very good group as well as good weather. What else could I ask for?! ;) Good weather is important since on a rainy day the climb to the various summits would not be possible as the terrain would be too slippery and quite dangerous. Bosnia & Herzegovina is a beautiful country with breathtaking scenery. The image of walking through the green meadows covered with variety of wild flowers and surrounded by high mountains will always stay with me and just the thought of it will give me positive energy.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    - Hiking through the beautiful meadows covered with varieties of wild flowers surrounded by high mountains. - Having homemade cheese and potato pie and coffee in Lukomir village made by a local lady. - Arriving at Maglic summit and looking at the breathtaking scenery all around us. - Our guide (Kenan) showing us a personal family album and telling us about his family's contribution towards preserving the national park. - The assistant guide (Branko) explaining about various plants and flowers and mushrooms.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kenan was an excellent guide in spite of being so young. He was full of energy and passionate about his country as well as the nature. His family was in Sarajevo during the siege and he shared with us their experience during that time which provided me a deeper understanding of the history of this beautiful country. The day after the summit he showed us the old family album and how his family specially his grandfather contributed to the Sutjeska national park and the summit. Hearing all these and looking at those old photos was very touching. Branko, the assistant guide was as good as Kenan. They were both lively and energetic and were good friends and both were passionate about hiking/nature/history/etc. Even though Branko is a very adventurous person and does quite dangerous activities in his personal time, when it came to us, he was very caring and considerate and was always alert and aware of our safety. What I enjoyed most about Branko was his passion for nature and the desire to share his knowledge with us. Walking alongside him, you could see his eyes were looking around and then he would point out a unique flower or plant or mushroom and tell you all about it. :)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The summit day can be demanding so ensure you are fit enough before the trip. Also there are sections where you have to use both hands and feet ;) , so once again make sure you are aware of this before you sign up.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would definitely recommend this trip.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Gina Kramer

    Already Planning my Return with Exodus

    Have you ever connected so deeply with a country, you couldn't put it into words? That's how I felt about Bosnia and Herzegovina. As an avid traveler, it's one of the few places with which I felt a bond this strong. Perhaps that's due to the nature of this tour -- you get a taste of various cities across the country, experiencing different energies and landscapes along the way. The one thing that remained consistent was the beautiful people and invigorating culture. Of course, the focus of this trip is the outdoors. I was happy to see the level of difficulty exceeded my expectations; it was more hiking and climbing (and even included a surprise via ferrata route!) than scenic "strolling" which is what I had envisioned -- still, it's fit for those who only hike occasionally. Overall, the trip was a nice balance of active/offbeat adventure (the majority) and opportunities to soak up the culture.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    During our time in Sarajevo, before our trek to Lukomir, we hiked to that top of a mountain that played a role in the Bosnian War. Our guides were both children at the time of the war, and shared their stories with us -- not negatively, but in an inspiring, positive tone. It was something we needed to hear, from a locals' perspective, to fully grasp the past and understand the present... how it all started, what life was like during the time, how it ended and how far they've overcome and continue to grow from it. It was a powerful, emotional and beautiful moment.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader, Eldar, was a perfect leader. He established an open foundation for communication early on, which was a nice ice breaker for the group. He's fun, humorous, caring and accommodating ... the list goes on. His assistant, Nedim, also contributed to our group's incredible experience -- they're personalities meshed really well together; by the end of the trip, we all felt like family.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring sleeping pills to knock you out the first few days -- the beginning of the trip is the most active/exhausting. You'd think all the hiking/climbing would wear you out, but a few of us actually found it to raise our adrenaline and keep us up at night!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Exodus is amazing. Bosnia and Herzegovina is breathtaking. And I can't wait to do both again. :)
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Scott Brohinsky

    Walking in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Great trip with outstanding hiking and informative city visits. Leader was exceptional with excellent support staff. An authentic and exhilarating hiking and cultural experience.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the peak of Mt. Magic.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Samer was a knowledgeable, professional and caring leader. His knowledge of the mountains was vast and love of Bosnia was inspirational. It was a pleasure and an honor to participate with him.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for changing weather conditions that are likely to occur in the mountains.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We also appreciated the wonderful and interesting traveling companions.
  • Reviewed September 2016

    Everything you want in a hiking trip and much much more!

    This was my first trip to this part of the world and went with an open mind regarding the turbulent recent history of the country but what I found was a wonderfully warm, hospitable and friendly country with no hangover from the past. The walking was truly wonderful with spectacular views wherever you looked, from the magnificent Sutjeska national park where Bosnia's highest mountain (Maglic) resides along with some wonderful ancient forests to the mountains around Sarajevo and the visit to Bosnia's highest inhabited village (1469m). Walking in the Bosnian mountains really is a hidden gem and something anyone that enjoys walking should do before the world finds out about this. The city trips of both Sarajevo and Mostar were equally a great part of the trip and both city guides were not only informative and knowledgeable but also warm, friendly and answered every question that was put to them.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Meeting the inhabitants of the country's highest inhabited village and having lunch that they kindly prepared for us, the walk to the village was truly spectacular with stunning views wherever you looked, the friendliness and unassuming nature of the villagers was indeed inspirational as it is a tough life living off the land and I can imagine that the winters can be harsh and long!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Samer was a wonderful leader, his knowledge of the mountains was second to none and he looked after the group with patience and encouragement throughout, even on some of the more arduous climbs. He was more than just a leader though, he was a historian always happy to answer any question the group might have, he was an interpreter when we had problems getting out requests across to the locals and at times he was a comedian with his own brand of humour!....... if you get Samer as your guide you can be reassured that you will be in safe hands!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The walking is rather strenuous and a fair bit tougher than we have in the UK but it is easily done with anyone that is a regular walker and the views more than make up for the effort!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Bosnia is a wonderful and diverse country and really is somewhere to visit before the "secret" get out!.... Sarajevo is a wonderful city and somewhere I would go back again to spend more time in, Mostar has its own natural beauty beside the famous bridge, with its rich history and narrow cobbled streets. One great upside of Bosnia is the cost of living, dinner with wine or beer would not be much more than about 20marka (£10) and I bought the whole group (15 of us) an ice cream in Sarajevo and still had change from £10... If there was a downside in Bosnia it is that they still allow smoking in restaurants, cafes and bars but this should not distract you from visiting this wonderful country and the air in the mountains is unpolluted and smoke free!!... I cannot recommend this trip highly enough.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Katherine Davies

    Variety and challenge

    Apart from hiking there is a big emphasis on getting to know the history of the area, which I really appreciated. Bosnia is a beautiful and friendly country and you will enjoy getting to know it better. We found local people really keen to talk, even if we didn't share many words. We enjoyed really perfect weather.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me, by far, was the rafting. A glorious day, peaceful and a little bit different. Working as a team was fun. I enjoyed the walks and the city tours too. We enjoyed eating out in the evening with the group. The town at the top of the hill was very interesting and I enjoyed talking to the people who lived there.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was good, but he failed to keep the group together sufficiently during the hikes which was unfortunate. Other Exodus leaders worked harder to be inclusive. Other than that he was very nice, enthusiastic, well organised and informative.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Practice walking up hills. I used a much smaller pack than suggested which was just fine. The two star hotels are adequate - however we didn't always have hot water. Coffee is really important and generally delicious.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food always includes both cheese and meat, and not much in the way of vegetables/salad. It can be heavy and creamy. It is generally good. We felt the restaurant in Dubrovnik was a rip off.
  • Walking in Bosnia

    Fine walking in a very interesting part of Europe. Lots of turbulent history! But now peaceful and accommodating.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The day on Maglic. "Entertaining" climb to the top. A very steep descent down scree to a tranquil green lake. Once at the water it really seemed like paradise. Sarajevo is a great city. Standing at the waters edge in Mostar at night. Looking up at the iconic re-built bridge.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eldar and Kenan were exceptionally good Very knowledgable. Friendly. The best!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The weather in June was blisteringly hot. Take suitable protection.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great country. Ignore the past troubles. You will enjoy it.
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Pam Peers

    Superb and varied trip in beautiful mountains and historic cities

    This was our first trip to the Balkans and we were amazed how much we were able to see in just over a week. The country has recovered exceptionally well from a very tumultuous recent history, and we felt inspired by the warmth and enthusiasm of all the BiH people we met. The countryside is pristine, with absolutely no pollution, and the walking very varied and interesting. We all loved Sarejevo and Mostar, both fascinating and sophisticated cities.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The entire group of 15 reached the summit of Maglic. The ascent included a challenging stretch just below the summit, including some scrambling and a short stretch of via ferrata, but with guidance and support from the guides we all managed this without difficulty. Watching Euro football matches in the open air Fanzone in central Sarejevo was a great experience.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eldar was brilliant at everything. It would be difficult to find anyone who knows the mountains better, he's a great team leader, all the arrangements worked like clockwork, his communication was clear and unambiguous, and he was very patient with our constant questions (as none of us spoke any of the local languages). There appeared to be no problem he couldn't solve, including repairing my sunglasses, very professionally, when the lens fell out!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get as fit as possible before you go so that you can really enjoy the superb walking on this trip. Maglic is a bit of a challenge but more than worth the effort ... Take insect repellent as the pristine, unspoilt countryside is not at all polluted by insecticides. Don't be put off by this - it's beautiful with wonderful wild flowers everywhere. BiH gets very warm - take light clothes and plenty of sunscreen.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was a superb trip and I'd advise anyone to do it

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Carpathian Walking & Bears

Hike through the majestic mountains and rustic villages of central Romania whilst looking for wild Brown bears

Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures

Wildlife
8 days Excl. Flights
From 1,805 CAD
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
4.5 / 5
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