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Mini-Expedition to Descend One of Europe’s Deepest Canyons

Never done commercially before, join local guides to pioneer an epic 3 day descent. Good idea? Probably. 1 day off work.

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Something Different
DURATION
3 Nights
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
COMFORT
Rough and Ready
LOCATION
Bosnia and Herzegovina
SEASON
May—October
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This canyoning adventure will take you into the 25km long Rekitnica canyon and immerse you in total wilderness. In the deepest canyon in Europe, you’ll be challenged to abseil the walls, swim in the pristine river, and wild camp under the cliffs on secluded beaches.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 3 days canyoning
  • 2 nights wild camping in the canyon
  • 1-night hotel accommodation
  • Local, certified guide
  • Additional mountain rescue guide
  • All canyoning safety equipment
  • All camping equipment
  • All meals
  • Local transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for: Pro adventurers looking to get lost in the complete wilderness for three days of challenging non-stop canyoning.

Need To Know

During this trip your group will be 100% isolated from the outside world as you’re navigating through the canyon. This means you’ll be supported by a support team that provides all equipment and supplies at the end of the day to build your camp for the night. Additionally, your host will bring along an additional guide who is specifically trained for wild water and flood rescues to ensure your safety throughout. This trip should be considered as a mini-expedition that can’t be done without a support team.

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights and transfers to Sarajevo
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This canyoning trip is not for beginners and is very challenging. You need to be very experienced, very fit and a very active person. You must be ready for 25 kilometres of canyoning for 3 days, without getting out of the canyon.

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The weather in summer is very comfortable for canyoning and camping, with temperatures at 15-30°C, sometimes more. It can get chilly at night so a warm jumper and some thermals are vital.

The portions are more than generous, all the food is fresh and any dietary requirements can be met (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, halal, kosher, etc).

Dinner and breakfast will be prepared by your guide over a campfire; the menu will vary but you can expect things like fresh vegetables, egg, sausages, and soups. There is also bread and sandwich filler for lunch breaks. Water, tea and coffee are also readily available.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

  • Neoprene suit
  • Small rafting boat
  • Dry-bag for personal gear transport/storage
  • Life jacket
  • Canyoning gear
  • Camping equipment
  • All safety equipment
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Rope
  • Tents
  • Sleeping bag + a thin foam sleeping pad (feel free to bring your own)
  • All cooking gear, plates, cups etc.
  • Rain jacket with hood
  • Warm clothes for evenings camping - warm jacket, long pants, fleece, extra socks, a set of base layers (trousers and top).
  • Small travel towel
  • Cap and a beanie
  • Sunglasses (with retainer strap)
  • Sun lotion
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Personal snacks
  • Thin gloves (protect from blisters)
  • Toiletries
  • Antihistamines/bite relief if you are allergic to insect bites
  • Liner for your sleeping bag
  • Flip Flops (for the campsite if your hiking boots get wet)
  • Headlamp

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

You’ll only carry your luggage for the day in a drybag. You will always have a support team on hand. They will bring down the tents, food, and other gear you need at the end of each day. They can also bring some personal items for the guests if needed.

No, you only need to be able to swim short sections but you should feel comfortable in the water.

Yes, your host will bring along an additional guide who is specifically trained for wild water and flood rescues to ensure your safety throughout. There will be at least two guides at all times with the group. Groups larger than five people will have three guides; at least one will be from the mountain rescue service. They are trained for rescue from the mountains, cave rescue and rescue from the heights.

The guides will also be “Rescue 3” certified, two courses; rescue from wild waters and floods, and advanced technicians in water rescue.

All of them with many years of experience.

There is an easily accessible point at the end of day two of canyoning. Other exit points during days one, two, and three are accessible via a steep hike for a couple of hours to reach the place where an off-road car can come.

Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) is not served by direct flights from the UK. Direct UK flights are available to Split Airport (SPU) or Dubrovnik Airport (DBV).

Airport transfers can be arranged with your host for an additional cost.

You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times.

Location

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Rakitnica canyon sits wedged between the Bjelašnica and Visočica mountains, deep in the Bosnian highlands. Vertical cliffs, rocky peaks and ridges rise high above the canyon. Only a small number of goat trails go down into the canyon, so you will experience pure wilderness.

Mostar is a city in southern Bosnia which straddles the Neretva River. It’s known for the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge); considered one of the finest examples of Ottoman bridges in the Balkans. Mostar’s alleys are full of shops and market stalls, and the Old Bridge Museum explores the bridge’s long history.

Start point?
You will be met by your host in Baščaršija square in Sarajevo at 08:00 on your first day. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end in Konjic at around 19:00. You will then be transferred to Mostar where the trip ends around 20:30. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Sarajevo Airport (SJJ) is not served by direct flights from the UK. Direct UK flights are available to Split Airport (SPU) or Dubrovnik Airport (DBV).

Airport transfers can be arranged with your host for an additional cost.

You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer and meeting times.

Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Day 1: Enter the Canyon

Your host will meet you in Sarajevo at 08:00 for the drive to the beginning of the canyon, deep in the Bosnian highlands. You’ll prepare your bags and gear and slowly enter the canyon.

You’ll cross by the confluence of rivers and watch the waterfalls on your way to the narrowest part of the canyon; here, the walls are just 50cm apart, allowing you to touch both mountains at one time.

It is here where you will set up camp for the first night on a small beach. You’ll prepare lunch as a group and get plenty of rest ahead of tomorrow.

Day 2: Canyoning Far From Civilisation

Wake early this morning and enjoy breakfast on the beach before packing your bag ready for the day ahead.

You’ll leave camp and head towards the middle section of the canyon, now far away from civilisation. You’ll spend your day abseiling, rock jumping, swimming and diving in the canyon playground.

You’ll set up camp tonight just before Oštro on a secluded beach and enjoy a final night around the campfire with your canyoning buddies.

Day 3: The Final Challenge and Raft to Victory

Enjoy an early breakfast this morning to set you up ready to tackle the last third of the canyon and its biggest challenge; the second narrowest section at the peak of Oštro.

As you pass through, you’ll take a break at the confluence with Neretva River before rafting the waters to victory to the town of Konjic.

You’ll arrive in Konjic at around 19:00 and be transferred to the town of Mostar where your epic adventure comes to an end.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

Both nights will be spent camping in tents on the bank of the river, deep in the canyon. A support team will deliver tents and equipment for the night at the end of the day.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Hotel in Mostar Payable Before Departure
Hotel in Mostar €50.00 Per Person
Transfers Payable Before Departure
From/To Dubrovnik €100.00
From/To Split €100.00
From/To Sarajevo €40.00

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