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Best Hiking Trails in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Overview

Abutting Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina is a mainly mountainous country that is off the beaten path for hiking, but it should be more well-known.  The Dinaric Alps and its many subranges dominate here and there are hiking trails laced throughout the mountains.  Some of the main hiking regions include Blidinje Nature Park, Sutjeska National Park (known as the Yosemite of Bosnia and Herzegovina and where the highest peak of Maglic is found), and Una National Park.  There are plenty of trails outside of these parks.  The best months to hike in Bosnia and Herzegovina are May – October.  Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Capital: Sarajevo

When To Hike in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

May – October: For higher altitudes, the summer months are the best time
November – April: Cold and rainy/snowy

Climate: Mildly continental – warm/hot summers and cold, snowy winters

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: There are not a lot of national/nature parks.  Hiking infrastructure is not as well established as in neighbouring countries. 

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in Bosnia & Herzegovina for hiking:

  • Sarajevo
  • Jablanica
  • Umoljani
  • Tusila

Most popular hikes in Bosnia and Herzegovina

There is a lot of potential in this mountainous country, where the Dinaric Alps and its many subranges dominate. The map shows some of the more well-known areas. It is divided up into two parts (Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina – the northern part; and Republika Srpska – the southern part). Highest Mountain: Maglić (2386 m), in the Dinaric Alps.

Filter out hiking places of Bosnia and Herzegovina by month

Click on the red map pointers to see more info.

Maglić

  • Highest peak in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • On the border with Serbia

Blidinje Nature Park

  • Jablanica is a good base; other hikes in the area
  • Mostar is a well-known city close by

Sutjeska National Park

  • Known as the ‘Yosemite’ of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Near border with Montenegro

Una National Park

Long Distance Trails of Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • The White Trail of Via Dinarica – VIA DINARICA v2
  • Camino Dubrovnik-Međugorje – 147 km route connecting Dubrovnik in Croatia with Međugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Hiking Books:

  • Via Dinarica: Hiking the White Trail in Bosnia & Herzegovina, by Tim Clancy, 2018, Bradt Trekking Guide – https://amzn.to/4acJwfx
  • Forgotten Beauty: a hiker’s guide to Bosnia and Hercegovina’s 2000 metre peaks – and other adventures, by Matias Gomez, 2005, Buybook – https://amzn.to/3wX02BU
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina, 6th Edition, 2022, Bradt Travel Guide – https://amzn.to/4cl8I5e
  • Lonely Planet Eastern Europe, by Lonely Planet, 2019, Lonely Planet Global Limited – has a little bit of info on hiking – https://amzn.to/43AJ3BT

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina Hiking Associations/Clubs:

 

Best Hikes in Bosnia and Herzegovina: 

You can find more details on hiking these trails mainly from websites and trail maps/apps as there is little official information on hiking in Bosnia and Herzegovina, aside from the Via Dinarica:

  • Sofe Peak
  • Nahorevo – Skakavac
  • Crveni Kuk
  • Zelena Glava
  • Lupoglav
  • Umoljani – Lukomir
  • Hadjucka Vrata
  • Maglic
  • Tusila – Vito

Easy Hikes in Bosnia and Herzegovina:

  • Sator
  • Dio Jelinak Plocno

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina Hiking Websites:

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina Weather Website:

  • Meteorological Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina –  METEOBiH 

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina Official Tourism Site:  

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina Hiking Apps: 

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina Hiking Maps: 

What Else To Do

  • Visiting cities such as Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Jajce, Mostar (and the Stari Most bridge) 
  • Medjugorje’s Apparition Hill
  • Kravice Falls

Other Important Points

  • Landmines in a lot of places