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Trek and Raft the Via Dinarica Trail across Bosnia and Montenegro

Discover one of Europe’s hidden wonders as you hike through Bosnia and Montenegro and raft the huge Tara River Canyon

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Adventures / Adventure Tapas

Trek and Raft the Via Dinarica Trail across Bosnia and Montenegro

Discover one of Europe’s hidden wonders as you hike through Bosnia and Montenegro and raft the huge Tara River Canyon

DURATION

7 nights

LOCATION

Bosnia and Herzegovina

ANNUAL LEAVE

5 days off work

SEASON

Jun—Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 15 people

MEETING POINT

Sarajevo

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel · Mountain hut · Guesthouse

DIFFICULTY

Challenging

No hiking experience required, but you'll be crossing untamed terrain for up to eight hours a day.

Hike Europe’s wildest trails through Bosnia and Montenegro along the relatively unknown Via Dinarica

Visit UNESCO protected natural wonders, including the Tara River Canyon – the deepest gorge in Europe, and ascend Bosnia’s highest peak, Mt Maglić (2386m)

Explore limestone peaks, glacial lakes, ancient villages and an unforgettable landscape of untouched beauty that's teeming with wildlife

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Siriporn, September 2019

Our guides, services and schedules were great.

Rob, August 2019

The guide and driver (who was like a second guide) were great!

Included

Guides

Qualified English speaking mountain guides

Accommodation

7 nights in guesthouses and mountain huts

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in-between

Equipment

All your rafting and safety equipment

Permits

All national park entrance fees and taxes

Luggage Transfers

So just hike with a daypack of essentials

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

The Area

map

Logistics

Starts

Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ)

13.00 on Day 1

Ends

Podgorica Airport (TGD)

12:00 noon on Day 8

Transfers

You’ll be met in Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ) in Bosnia and Herzegovina by your guides. Please arrive by 13.00 on Day 1

The trip ends with a transfer to Podgorica (TGD) after breakfast on Day 8. The transfer itself takes around 2.5 hrs to Podgorica Airport (TGD). You will arrive there around noon so are free to book flights returning after 14:00.

If you would prefer to be collected/dropped off in the town centres please let your host know.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Sarajevo from airports across the UK and Europe.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Mountain hut

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Lunches will consist of picnic-style treats, like bread, cheeses, meats and sausages, pate, salad, chocolate bars, cookies, trail mix and coffee/tea. Dinners meanwhile will mostly be taken in restaurants known for their tasty, local delicacies. Umoljani village especially will give you a chance to sample a variety of the region’s traditional dishes. When you’re in the mountain huts, your guides will prepare your food. Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request on your passenger info form and note that options are limited throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.

What is the accommodation like?

Sarajevo

In Sarajevo, you’ll stay at a newly built, traditionally Bosnian family-run guesthouse called Pansion Kandilj. All rooms come with air-conditioning and private facilities.

Sutjeska National Park

In Sutjeska National Park, you’ll stay in a Hotel Mladost in Tjentiste Valley (days 2 & 3).

Tara River

On Day 4 you'll stay at simple wooden bungalows next to the river, enjoying the sound of water and campfire.

Montenegro

On the first night in Montenegro (Day 5), you’ll stay in a rustic guest house called Sokolina that’s based in a converted old barn. Expect homecooked meals and stories told around a campfire with your charismatic host Dragan.

Durmitor National Park

You'll spend the night of Day 6 in Skrka Mountain Hut. The hut is simple, and facilities will be shared, but it’s located in a beautiful spot.

Final Night

For the final night, you’ll sleep in Zabljak’s Hotel Zlatni Bor. It includes comfortable double, triple and quadruple rooms with en-suite bathrooms and has its own traditional restaurant

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price . Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability) This is available on days 1, 2, 3 & 7 of the itinerary only and is subject to availability.

Day 1

Sarajevo

Check into your hotel in the old, oriental trading quarter, settle in and then head our for a tour of historic Sarajevo alongside your guides.

Day 2

Sutjeska National Park

Hiking

4-5hrs · 9km · 560m up · 635m down

Leave Sarajevo and hike to the beautiful Donje Bare Lake in the Sutjeska National Park. After lunch, cross the rugged and unspoilt terrain to the summit of Uglješin (1,858m) and enjoy the views across the Zelengora Peaks and the rocky cliff wall of Volujak. Hike to Gornje Bare lake via the Tovarnica ridge and then catch the bus to your hotel in the lovely Tjentište Valley.

Day 3

Maglić Mountain

Hiking

9hrs · 14km · 1350m up · 1300m down

Take on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s highest peak, Maglić Mountain (2,386m) and enjoy your lunch while staring across the valleys into Montenegro. Take a dip in Trnovačko Lake, descend into Prijevor and then back to your hotel in time for dinner.

Day 4

Raft Europe’s deepest canyon

Rafting

3-4hrs

Time to face-off against the Tara Canyon - the deepest gorge in Europe - as you white water raft the class II-IV rapids against a backdrop of untouched wilderness. The canyon marks the border between Bosnia and Montenegro, so you’ll spend the day traversing it and then stay in a wooden cabin on the river bank.

Day 5

The Sokolina Plateau

Hiking

6-7hrs · 18km · 1360m up · 580m down

Enter Montenegro and travel to the Mratinje Dam - at 220 metres, one of the highest in Europe. Hike into the beautiful Durmitor National Park and end the day at a guesthouse on the far side of the Tara Canyon.

Day 6

Škrćko Lakes

Hiking

4-5hrs · 9km · 730m up · 200m down

Explore Montenegro’s medieval past as you hike to the lovely village of Nedajno. Discover Škrka Mountain, swim in Sušićko Lake and then stand beneath the Skakala waterfall, before reaching the Mountain Hut where you’ll spend the night.

Day 7

Botun Pass

Hiking

8hrs · 20km · 900m up · 1200m down

Cross through the Botun Pass and descend into Žabljak, a quaint little town hidden in the heart of Durmitor National Park. Today you’ll have to carry a backpack with your overnight gear, a sleeping bag, packed lunch and a small share of the food.

Day 8

Head for home

Say goodbye to your guides before heading back to the airport in time for your flight home.

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What's available to hire?

  • Sleeping bag (10Euros) see Optional Extras

What do I need to bring?

Bags

  • Daypack (30-40 litres)

Clothes

  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproofs

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag

Other

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sun protection including sunglasses, sun hat (or cap) and sunscreen
  • Flashlight and small pocket knife
  • Toiletries

Single Room in Zabljak

Payable Before Departure

Single Room in Zabljak

Twin/Double Room in Zabljak

Payable Before Departure

Twin/Double Room in Zabljak

Single Room in Sarajevo

Payable Before Departure

Single Room in Sarajevo

Per Night

Twin/Double Room in Sarajevo

Payable Before Departure

Twin/Double Room in Sarajevo

Per Night

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Airport Transfer Sarajevo airport to start

Payable Before Departure

Airport Transfer Sarajevo airport to start

Airport Transfer (Zabljak - Podgorica)

Payable Before Departure

Airport Transfer (Zabljak - Podgorica)

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 298kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

The rafting is entry level, so no previous experience is needed, however, expect to get wet and up close and personal with the enormous Tara Canyon.

You'll need a good level of physical fitness with some previous hiking experience and the ability to walk for six to seven hours a day. Your bags will be transported for you each night so you will just need to carry a daypack with the essentials.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Bosnia and Montenegro have similar climates to most of central Europe. Expect warm temperatures, but pack for mountain weather (layer up) as you never know when a thunderstorm may appear on the horizon.

Unfortunately no. As you start and end in different countries you'll need to have everything with you, however, you do not need to carry all your luggage during the hike.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

For current advice about travelling in Bosnia and Montenegro, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

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