Vranica Mountain, with its highest peak of Nadkrstac (2,112 m) and the amazing Prokoško Glacial Lake (1,636 m), is the ideal hiking destination for any true nature lover who seeks amazing scenery, untouched nature and an understanding of Bosnian rural/nomad village life.
While visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is an excellent idea to explore its wilderness and natural beauty. This tour is for eco-minded individuals who adore nature, fresh air, and greenery. Before the tour begins, all passengers must be at the departure point, where their guide will inform them of all details relating to the tour. The tour will begin early so that we can reach the town of Fojnica as early as possible.
When we get to Fojnica, the town historically known for its healthy, thermal waters and gold mining, we will focus our attention on the Franciscan Monastery dating some 650 years ago. We will learn the interesting story of the Ahdnama- regarded as the “oldest written document on human rights” some 550 years ago after the Ottoman conquest of Bosnia in 1463.
We will then start our 16-km long trek across macadam roods and through the forest to Prokoško Lake. As we cross several small creeks along the way, we will learn why this area is nicknamed “Bosnian Swiss.” Nested at 1,636 m, the Prokoško Glacial Lake has several old, shingle-covered, wooden, shepherd huts. With Katuni in its vicinity and the amphitheater of Vranica Mountain behind it, this is something no nature lover wants to miss. Before the hike begins, participants are free to explore the region, and may even be lucky enough to see its endemic species such as Vraničko Zvonce (Edraianthus niveus), Bosanska Zvonička (Symphyandra hofmannii) or the famous amphibian Triton, which only lives in Prokoško Lake (Triturus alpestris reiseri).
Our goal for the day is to complete a 6-hour hike to Vranica Mountain’s peak of Nadkrsac (2,112 m). Our starting point will be Prokoško Lake (1,636 m), giving us roughly 500 m of altitude gain. Vranica is full of small, clean, and cold creeks running down its cascades, creating an image of “water heaven.” Depending on the time of year conducting this tour, please note that Vranica Mountain is famous for its various types of mushrooms, cranberries and blueberries- some of which can easily be found on our “foodie menu.”
Once atop, the stunning views of the mountain plateaus and peaks will leave you breathless. At this point, all of you hard work will pay off: you’ll finally get to taste the local food and hot tea in the amazing scenery. After the break, we will head back. The descent will be slightly easier as we take a different route than we did for the ascent.
As soon as we get back to Prokoško Lake, we will organize a local lunch you do not want to miss when in this area. We’ll also learn how certain types of Prokoško cheeses are made, the general shepherd life in Vranica Mountain, and what it’s like to be there during the winter season. Cultural insight is quite important in order to understand how life was and is today. We can also pay a visit to its unique mosque—possibly one of Europe’s most elevated—located 1,666 m above sea level. Afterwards, we will take a 90-minute trip back to Sarajevo, where we expect to return around 18-19 hrs.