Mrtvanjski Stanari is one of many beautiful spots on Bjelašnica Mountain. Only a 30-minute drive from Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this mountain has marvellous exploration grounds. Sabina Sirćo has been an avid explorer for a year now...
When you mention Bjelašnica Mountain, people usually think about the ski resort at Babin Do. But, if you start exploring this marvellous mountain, you will be swept off into a magnificent world of unspoiled nature! Thick forests, meadows, glacier lakes and caves; you will be enchanted by this fascinating world.
I started to actively explore Bjelašnica only a year ago, and if you ask me about my favourite part of this mountain, honestly, I couldn’t choose. Every part is exquisitely scenic and has its own story.
Bjelašnica is rich with pastures and since ancient times it has attracted shepherds from Herzegovina. They built their seasonal settlements, which over time have mostly grown into today’s villages. One of the previous shepherd settlements was Mrtvanjski stanari or Mrtvaje at 1,585m a.s.l. Today, however, it is just a few cottages and the Stanari mountain lodge.
This is a place to enjoy the silence and a wonderful view of cute, small cottages and the glorious Hranisava Peak. Paradise! Just sit on a bench in front of the lodge, drink a cup of hot tea and relax your mind, body and soul. Jasmin, the host of the lodge, will make your stay even more pleasant. He is an excellent chef and a storyteller! His specialties, like goulash, Bey’s soup or bean soup are so tasty you’ll lick your fingers! Later, at night, while resting after a full day of hiking, Jasa (as we like to call him) usually entertains guests with the stories about the history of the lodge and this area, about his encounters with wild animals and many more.
The lodge is in a great location, because from here many trails start and lead deeper into the untamed territory of Bjelašnica Mountain, luring hikers to come back again and again. I would recommend you to stay a few days in the lodge and explore different trails. Besides hiking, during the winter months, this area is perfect for ski touring and snowshoeing. Just imagine being surrounded by utter silence, untouched snow and a 360 degree of breathtaking scenery as you slide down the hills or while snowshoeing across the pastures.
What trails can you explore from the mountain lodge of Stanari?
Hranisava Peak at 1,964 m a.s.l., appr. 1h and 30 min.
Abandoned village of Krošnje, appr. 1h
Krvavac Peak at 2,062 m a.s.l., appr 2h and 30 min.
Mountain hut at Sitnik at 1,735 m a.s.l., appr. 1h
Observatory Peak, the highest peak of Mt. Bjelašnica at 2,067 m a.s.l., appr. 4h
Lokvanjsko Lake at 1,760 m a.s.l., appr. 1h and 30 min.
Mrazište at Veliko Polje (Mt. Igman) at 1,225 m a.s.l., appr. 4h
The Stanari mountain lodge is quite big. It has 49 beds arranged in a couple of rooms on the floor, indoor toilets and a large dining hall. It is open on the weekends and other days when arranged with the host.
How to get to Mrtvanjski Stanari:
From Sarajevo, drive along the main road towards Mostar and at the entrance to Pazarić (appr. 29 km) turn left on the asphalt road to Ljubovčići Village (approx. 3 km). Also, you can use public transport, bus line No. 33 Ilidža-Tarčin-Vukovići to the bus stop beside a mosque at the entrance of Pazarić. Then, you can go by foot to Ljubovčići Village.
Ljubovčići Village is the starting point of a well-marked hiking trail to Mrtvanjski Stanari. The trail leads through beautiful dense forest. It will take you approx. 2h and 30 min. of constant walking to get to the lodge (4,5 km). The altitude difference is 885 m.
If you are planning to hike the Via Dinarica Western Balkan mega-trail and you want to see more beauties of Bjelašnica Mountain, you can make a detour from Umoljani Village via Krvavac Peak to here.
For more information go to the official website of Via Dinarica https://trail.viadinarica.com/en.