Hiking in Bosnia

A land of beautiful, yet somewhat inaccessible mountains.

I initially thought that hiking in Bosnia and Herzegovina was dangerous, but have found out that the areas which still have land mines are well marked with a red skull and crossbones. If you see any other red marking on the route (flags, sticks or general make shift signs) other than the red circle route markings, then be wary. There are still land mines around from the Bosnian War between 1992 and 1995, which lead to this country having the worst land mine contamination in the world, but don’t let that put you off! There are some great hiking routes in Bosnia.

Here is a comprehensive list of the best hikes in Bosnia and Herzegovina and from an app we use which has an offline feature, OutdoorActive. This is the route we took up Vran, 2020m in Blidinje Nature Park, which encompasses part of the Via Dinarica, a route that takes you from Slovenia to Albania.

Some other great location to go walking are near the capital Sarajevo, Mostar and Lukomir. The only mountain region which you need a permit for hiking is for Preučica, one of the last of two remaining primeval forests in Europe, found in the Sutjeska National Park in Bosnia’s oldest national park. It is here that the highest peak can be found – Maglić, 2396m. There are many places to explore here, just make sure to do your research first.

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