Hike the less-frequented Dinaric Alps with MTS, the first North American adventure travel company to open its doors to Bosnia
The Dinaric Alps are a sight to behold and possibly Europe’s best-kept secret. This range of stunning limestone peaks, spanning some 400 miles and six countries along the Adriatic Sea, harbors abundant, verdant valleys, primeval forests, clear rivers, and pristine lakes. We were the first North American travel company to offer hiking trips to Bosnia and Montenegro, earning us the title, “the vanguard of American tour companies,” by The New York Times. On this challenging hike through the Dineric Alps, you’ll open your eyes to a Europe that’s entirely off the beaten path, while learning about the region’s turbulent past, vibrant cultures, and spectacular national parks. This is an ideal adventure for the Europhile who thinks they’ve seen it all!
7 days moderate-strenuous hiking, 1 day easy whitewater rafting, 1 day cultural touring
- Experience insider’s access with MTS, the first North American travel company to open doors to Bosnia and Montenegro
- Witness east meets west, ancient (Silk Road) and modern history (Sarajevo and former Yugoslavia), and today’s resilient citizens
- Hike amid lush valleys, forests and peaks of Sutjeska, and Durmitor National Parks, and raft the Tara River, Europe’s deepest canyon--all untouched by mass tourism
Duration: 10 days Start Location: Sarajevo End Location: SarajevoDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Sarajevo
Arrive in Sarajevo, Bosnia. After meeting your guide at the airport, you’ll head to the hotel, have lunch, and enjoy a tour of the major historical sites in town.
Day 2 : Remote Highland Villages of Lukomir and Umoljani
Today, we’ll hike in the Bjelasnica Mountains amid green pastures, evergreen trees, streams, and limestones. We’ll visit Lukomir and meet its semi-nomadic villagers. Enjoy a very special traditional meal tonight.
Day 3 : Sutjeska National Park
Hike through Sutjeska National Park to the tranquil lake of Donje Bare, where we’ll walk through beech forests and mountainous terrain on our way up Ugljesin Peak.
Day 4 : Sutjeska National Park and Mount Maglic
The trail leads up challenging goat herder trails today to the iconic Maglic, Bosnia’s highest peak. Cool off with a dip in the emerald green Trnovacko Lake!
Day 5 : Sutjeska River and Valley – On to Montenegro
We’ll transfer to the remote and scenic town of Zabljak, Montenegro, and enjoy an afternoon walk around the mirrored lakes of Crno and Zminje.
Day 6 : Durmitor National Park and Crno and Barno Lakes
Today we’ll enjoy a scenic and vigorous hike up to Savin Kuk (7,586’), one of the most beautiful and most photographed peaks of Durmitor. Views from the peak will be memorable.
Day 7 : Durmitor National Park and the Beautiful Limestone Peaks
Softly sloping, deeply green, and named for its fascinating oblique prutovi (wands), Prutas Peak is an amazing site—and our destination for today. After our 5-hour round-trip hike, we’ll return to Zabljak for dinner.
Day 8 : Durmitor National Park and Bobotov Kuk
Our last day of hiking ends with a climb to Bobotov Kuk, Montenegro’s highest peak. Views expand at the top, with a possible glimpse of the Adriatic!
Day 9 : Return to Sarajevo
Today, we leave the park by way of the deep Piva River Canyon into Tara Canyon, the largest canyon in Europe, where we’ll raft rapids before returning to Sarajevo.
Day 10 : Depart
After breakfast, we’ll bid each other farewell and transfer to the airport for our flights home.
DATES: Best time to go: July - August Departures: Jul 5 - 14, 2015 Aug 23, 2015 - Sep 1, 2015
Hotel AdaSarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
In the heart of the old city, a 5 minutes walk from Bašcaršija will take you to Ada Hotel, a new hotel with a beautiful view of Sarajevo. Ada Hotel offers comfort, peace and intimacy of home. If you are in Sarajevo for business or tourism, you will enjoy comfort of the hotel and kindness of staff.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.
Samer is originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; and lived through the Siege of Sarajevo. Sarajevo continues to be his home to this day. He is a Certified mountain guide by Mountaineering Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina and UIAA standards (Official International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation, partner of International Olympic Committee), and has a degree in Sociology. He has been guiding this trip for MTS since 2007. Samer says, “In year 2000 was my first touch with magical world of the mountains. My passion for the mountains and the rigours of the outdoors, combined with the warm-heartedness of the local people, left an indelible impression on me. It will be my great pleasure to show you this part of the world and area which takes special place in my heart – the Dinaric Alps."
Having jumped into the outdoors at the age of seven - and never gotten out of it, Lorenc became more than passionate about (and fell in love with) the natural environment and pristine wilderness in what was then known as Yugoslavia. He soon discovered his other joy in life, that of sharing the beauty of the region with all those visiting his little corner of the globe - a place rich in culture, history and gorgeous nature. Lorenc is a Certified Mountain Guide and Ranger for the BiH Mountain Association, and a member of a Mountain Rescue Team, and has been leading MTS trips for Bosnia and Herzegovina for since 2007. When not leading trips, Lorenc is responsible for the development of new outdoor adventure itineraries, and training tour leaders and mountain guides in Bosnia. His other interests include transcendental meditation, nutrition and the environment, and he received his degree from the Maharishi European Research University, Switzerland in the Science of Creative Intelligence.