Trekking and Hiking Holidays in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Trek between mountain huts, scale ancient peaks and descend into deep limestone canyons and underground caves.

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Trek through deep limestone gorges, explore subterranean sinkholes and hike the highest peaks on the Via Dinarica trail.

Hike to the summit of Maglić Mountain at 2386m along the iconic Via Dinarica trail. Discover Europe’s oldest primaeval forest in the Sutjeska National Park and follow trails deep into the limestone gorges carved out by the Upper Neretva river – the only major river that forges a route to the sea.

While it may be a small country, hiking in Bosnia and Herzegovina, its unique karst landscapes and rugged terrain won’t disappoint. Hike hut to hut as you scale peaks, walk through grasslands and pass glittering, glacial lakes. In summer, temperatures hang in the balmy mid-twenties, making trails more accessible than in winter, when they can be concealed by snow.

Both the capital of Sarajevo and Herzegovina’s capital Mostar, with the 16th-century Stari Most Bridge and UNESCO-protected old town, provide good access to the mountains located between them, as well as a wealth of cultural attractions.

Whichever city you start from, here are our favourite places to hike in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Via Dinarica

The Via Dinarica is a mega hiking trail that spans over 2000km through six countries from Albania to Slovenia. The route follows the spine of the Dinaric Alps, through its karst peaks and plunging canyons with Bosnia and Herzegovina’s section often considered to be the best.

The White Trail, one of three, is presently the only one that takes you from start to finish and includes the highest peaks in each country. You’ll hike along well-maintained trails, through rugged and mountainous terrain, passing glacial lakes and forested canyons. Just when you feel you’ve left all civilisation behind, you’ll stumble upon Lukomir, Bosnia’s most remote village, perched above Rakitnica Canyon.

You can also trek through the Zupa Valley, fed by the Neretva River, and discover the depths of the 800-metre deep limestone canyon found in the river’s upper stretches. Challenge yourself to tackle the country’s highest peak, Maglic, or explore dense beech forests below.

Maglic Mountain and Mount Volujak

Take on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s highest peak as you hike to the summit of Maglić Mountain (2386m), boasting spectacular views across the Dinaric Alps and into Montenegro.

Maglić is a mountain of many faces and the difficulty of the ascent largely depends on the route you take. As you ascend its slopes, you’ll pass through the oldest primaeval forest in Europe, tackle tricky via ferratas and scramble past lush grasslands full of medicinal herbs.

To the north-east of Maglić is Mount Volujak – the two are interconnected by their limestone slopes - the trail to the top is more remote and slightly more challenging than Maglić but with an equally impressive summit of 2336 metres.


Many of the region’s hikers will tell you that Prenj is Bosnia’s most attractive hiking destination, but also the most unforgiving one. Often called the ‘Bosnian Himalayas' It is located in the very heart of the Dinaric Alps and is home to some of the region’s most epic karst scenery.

The ascent takes you through thick Bosnian fir forests before you scale the range’s highest peak, Zelena Glava (2155m). The quickest route to the top is from Jezerce Hut, taking approximately two to three hours. You’ll need to have a good level of fitness for this one, but the challenging, rocky route means you won’t share the summit with crowds.