Capture one of nature’s most beautiful natural monuments – Hajducka Vrata (Outlaw’s Gate) on Čvrsnica Mountain
Activity: 1 day, 7 – 8h hike (5-7h daily; 1000 ascent)
Period: June to October
Čvrsnica Mountain, as a part of mountains representing Dinaric extension of the Swiss Alps, is located in northern Herzegovina. It has more than ten summits above 2000m. Its highest peak – Pločno (2228m) is actually the highest mountain peak in all Herzegovina and bears the name „Herzegovina’s roof top”. Čvrsnica also hides beautiful lakes: Blidinje, Crepulja and Crvenjak. Its bio-life is characteristic with numerous endemic species (like Munika Pine) and is also known as a home of chamois. We find it as the ideal place for all those who desire silence, wilderness and mountain peacefulness, complemented only with sounds of wind and hidden forest inhabitants.
Transport from Mostar to the starting point of mountain trail and back, English speaking, fully equipped, and experienced mountain guide, sandwich, snack, coffee or tea.
Hiking boots or sturdy sneakers, large backpack, minimum 3 l of water, rain coat, warm shirt, spare t-shirts, thin gloves, hat or sun hat and sun protection crème.
From your accommodation site at 7:00am where our guide will be greeting and transporting you to your starting point. We return at 8:00pm to your accommodation site.
This hike leads us through endemic Munika Pine woods of Čvrsnica Mountain. Along the way we pass down valleys and rare small huts once inhabited with cattle breeders during summer periods but today returned to the wilderness of nature. Near to the end of our route we walk by Lake Crvenjak often completely frozen at winter times. After approximately 4-5 hour hike we reach one of the most beautiful destinations in mountains of Bosna and Herzegovina, Hajdučka Vrata (Outlaw’s Gate) that are protected as Natural Monument of the country since 1985. Formed by wind, rain and sun during thousands of years the Gates rise from the rocks and form an exquisite arch. The legend says that Hajduci (Outlaws fighting for freedom among people during Ottoman Empire) proclaimed themselves there and everyone who passed the gate became bulletproof. This spectacular spot brings us breathtaking views all around, overlooking the nearby mountains hidden behind this stunning phenomenon. We take our time for some camera shots to memorize the power of nature and after a good rest and snacks we head back on our route. Upon return we visit the hut Vilinac situated 1960m above sea level. It overlooks nearby mountain tops and deep river canyons. After 3-4h return enjoying fresh, perfumed air of Čvrsnica Mountain, we drive back to Mostar.
Mountains invite you to sharpen your senses