Snowshoeing & Winter Walking in Bosnia
Discover untouched landscapes and a fusion of cultures
Reviews 6 Reviews5/5
Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate / Challenging
Group Size Small Group
Bosnia is the perfect place for a winter adventure and where better to start than in Sarajevo, the host city of the 1984 Winter Olympics. The wild and remote mountain ranges surrounding Bosnia’s capital are ideal for adventurous exploration. Climbing through snow-covered and tranquil forests we follow crystal-clear streams to glacial lakes, frozen waterfalls and snow-covered summits. This itinerary also offers plentiful opportunities to discover rich the Bosnian cuisine and culture. With sightseeing in the historic and cosmopolitan Sarajevo and an opportunity to visit the enchanting city of Mostar also possible, this intriguing country will not disappoint.
* All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners
* 4 nights pension, 2 nights traditional mountain chalet, 1 night hotel
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
* Snowshoes and poles provided
5 days guided snowshoeing & winter walking. Group normally 4 to 15 plus leader. Min age 16 yrs.
- Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
- Five days adventurous snowshoeing & winter walking through remote and spectacular winter mountain scenery
- Discover diverse & captivating Sarajevo
- Optional visit to the historic & charming town of Mostar
- Unique Bosnian culture & cuisine; a fusion of influences from the East, West & Mediterranean
- 4 nights pension, 2 nights traditional mountain chalet, 1 night hotel
- 5 days guided snowshoeing & winter walking
- Group normally 4 to 15 plus leader. Min age 16yrs
- Altitude maximum 1828m, average 450m
- Travel by private minibus
The trip begins at our hotel in Bosnia’s capital.*Pansion Kandilj or similar, Sarajevo*
Transfer 1.5 hours to Umoljani Village on the Olympic mountain of Bjelasnica. Snowshoe to Visocica Mountain and Crveni Kuk Peak (1733m).
Transfer 1.5 hours to Umoljani Village on the Olympic mountain of Bjelasnica. Winding through Bjelasnica’s back roads we’ll reach the Rakitnica River and cross over towards Visocica Mountain. Tucked in the hills just above the ridged walls of this mountain sits Sinanovici Village (1,250m). The walk up will take us through beech forest and then open rocky terrain up to the summit of Crveni Kuk Peak (1,733m). You will be rewarded with far reaching views of the highest mountains in Bosnia & Herzegovina, as well as those in neighbouring Montenegro. We overnight in Umoljani.*Pansion Umoljani or similar, Bjelasnica*
Snowshoeing around the villages of Umoljani and Gradina, including the cascades of Studeni Potok, Rakitnica Canyon and Saruk Peak (1828m).
This morning we start snowshoeing directly from our pension around the villages of Umoljani and Gradina. From the traditional style Bosnian mosque in the village of Umoljani we’ll trek to the watermills and beautiful source used for centuries as energy to grind wheat into flour. We hug the ridge until Rakitnica Canyon opens up before us. After 45 minutes of an uphill through thick snow we reach the Cascades of Studeni Potok. Here, at certain times of the year, the stream falls in numerous cascades into Rakitnica River, more than 300 metres below. Following the stream up we hit Studeno Polje (Field) and the serpentine formations of Studeni Potok (Stream). Here we’ll have a super view of Obalj and the long flat valley of Studeno Polje (Fields). The shepherd’s summer village of Gradina is just up the road and and from here we will slowly ascend today’s peak, Saruk (1,828m) where we will take our lunch break. From here we will return through the “back door” to Umoljani Village for a welcoming homemade dinner.*Pansion Umoljani or similar, Bjelasnica*
Ascend to a spectacular ridge with views across to Montenegro, continue to Babin Do ski resort.
Leaving Umoljani Village we snowshoe toward Babin Do, the main ski resort on this mountain. An ascent to the saddle right above Stirna Lokva offers extraordinary views of the mountains of Treskavica and Visocica and on a clear day the towering mountains on the Montenegrin border are often visible. On the way to Stirna Lokva we enjoy a picnic lunch and a hot tea or coffee. We then take the eastern ridge to the open valley on the opposite side of Belasnica’s highest peak, arriving at the Babin Do ski resort. Here we will stay at a newly built hotel (close to the ski runs) with an indoor swimming pool and an option to use the sauna.*Hotel Bjelasnica or similar, Bjelasnica Ski Resort*
Walk through spruce and fir forest to a mountain hut on Igman Mountain, see two 1984 Olympic sites. Overnight in Sarajevo.
A beautiful spruce and fir forest trail takes us towards a wonderful mountain hut, hidden deep in the thick forests of Igman Mountain. As we walk, we will pass next to two Olympic sites, the first one is Veliko polje (Big field), the place where Cross country skiing took a place in 1984. After approximately 3 hours, we reach the mountain hut of Hrasnicki stan, having a well deserved lunch, rest and refill our water bottles with fresh spring water. After a pleasant break we continue our forest snowshoe walk to Malo polje (Small field), where the Ski jumping event happened, which is also our final destination for today. A short 30 minute transfer will take us to our accommodation in the Old Town.*Pansion Kandilj or similar, Sarajevo*
Free day to explore the fascinating city of Sarajevo, or for an optional visit to the city of Mostar with its famous old bridge.
Today is a free day to explore the fascinating city of Sarajevo or take an optional trip to Mostar.Sarajevo is where influences from the East & West merge to create an exotic and cosmopolitan city that is worth discovering. During the early 1900’s, it was in Sarajevo where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assisinated sparking the outbreak of World War I and the fall of the Austo-Hungarian Empire. During the 1990’s the city was besieged and on the edge of destruction due to the Balkan War conflict. The city has witnessed many remarkable and tragic events and today its restored historic centre houses welcoming cafés and an electic mix of architecture; Ottoman, Yugoslav and Austro- Hungarian buildings. Spending a day checking out the main sights or wandering around Sarajevo’s streets discovering its rich cultural tapestry is a perfect complement to a week of winter adventure.If you are wishing to explore further afield, there is an option to visit to the city of Mostar with its famous old bridge. Mostar was founded in the 15th century and well worth a visit. The architecture is a combination of Turkish ingenuity and Herzegovinian and Dalmatian workmanship. Many people will have heard a great deal about this city, which was split during the conflict in the early 1990’s. You will still see the scars of war, but these days Mostar is a warm and bustling place with a fascinating history.*Pansion Kandilj or similar, Sarajevo*
To Trebevic peak (1629m) for spectacular views of the surrounding area.
Today we snowshoe on Trebevic Olympic Mountain, a popular route that provides views back over Sarajevo on a clear day.We take the back road to Jahorina via Vraca to Brus, where we park our vehicle and start our 500 metre ascent to the peak of Trebevic (1,629 metres). Our walk takes us along a long and winding mountain trail. Although we will be traveling most of the way through pine and spruce covered forests you will be treated occasionally to beautiful views of surrounding mountains. From the summit there are wonderful views of the surrounding towns and villages, as well as mountains of Romanija, Maglić, Volujak, Zelengora, Lelija, Treskavica, Visočica, Prenj, Čvrsnica, including our previous two destinations Olympic Mountains Bjelašnica & Igman.We descend via an alternative shorter trail to the mountain hut where we take a break for some hot tea, cocoa or even a cold beer.*Pansion Kandilj or similar, Sarajevo*
Our trip ends in Sarajevo after breakfast. Should you wish to spend more time in the city please enquire about post tour nights.
Hotel & Pensions
Over the week, we spend a total of four nights in the friendly and traditional Pansion Kandilj, located next to the Old town of Sarajevo, where all rooms are en suite and the pension offers free Wi-Fi.
We stay two nights in a traditional mountain chalet in the village of Umoljani, which is heated by wood-burning stoves. It has shared toilets and showers inside the house and we usually share 3-4 person rooms.
Our final night in the mountains is in the newly opened Hotel Bjelasnica, a stylish mountain hotel in the Babin Do ski resort offering free Wi-Fi and an indoor pool and wellness centre.
Single supplements are available on request. Please note that this is only for 5 nights as single rooms are not available in the mountain chalet in the village of Umoljani.
All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 3 dinners are included on this trip.
Breakfast will usually be a choice between hot and cold buffets.
Breakfast in Bosnia and 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.
Lunches will be picnics and may include bread, cheese, sausage, meat or vegetarian paté, salad, chocolate bars, cookies and trail mix.
Evening meals usually include a soup, 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 specialties 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.
Vegetarian and special diets can be catered for, but options are limited throughout Bosnia & Herzegovina – please inform our office of any specific requirements upon booking.
Activitly level: 4 – Moderate/Challenging
Snow conditions dictate whether we will walk with snowshoes or hiking boots during the trip. The difficulty of this trip depends very much on the snow conditions, and our final route will be dictated by the conditions, although in general you should expect the following:
Altitude gain: between 200-600 metres ascent on most days. Some of the ascents are quite steep, snowshoes can be removed if necessary.
Duration of walks: will usually be around four to six hours walking, plus photo, lunch and snack breaks; the longest day is up to 7 hours.
Walk distances: averages about 7 kms (4-5 miles) but will feel longer in the snow.