Explore snow shoeing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Visit the beautiful scenery of Mount Čvrsnica and Hajducka Vrata (Outlaw’s Gate) in winter.
Category: Moderate - Demanding
Activity: 7-9 hours hike (600-800m ascent)
Period: December to April (depending on snow availability)
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 2000 m. Its highest peak – Pločno (2228masl) 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 and dinner at local national restaurant. Hiking poles and snowshoes included as well.
Hiking boots, medium backpack, minimum 2 l of water, winter outdoor clothes, spare shirts, warm gloves, hat and sun protection crème and sun glasses.
From your accommodation site at 6:00 am where our guide will be greeting and transporting you to your starting point. We return 8:00 pm to your accommodation site
High mountains in Herzegovina region are ideal for snowshoeing as they are covered with plenty of snow in winter. This hike starts in Nature Park Blidinje and leads us through endemic Munika Pine woods of Čvrsnica Mountain followed with open valleys offering spectacular views on highest mountain peaks. If you are in strong physical condition after approximately 4-5 hour we will as well be able to gaze upon one of the most beautiful destinations in mountains of Bosna and Herzegovina, Hajdučka Vrata (Outlaw’s Gate, 2000 masl) 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 had back on our route. Untouched snow and hiking in wilderness of complete silence is a unique experience awaiting you on this hike. After 3-4h return enjoying fresh, perfumed air of Čvrsnica Mountain, we finis our tour with a warm dinner with traditional national dishes of Herzegovina upon which we drive back to Mostar.
Mountains invite you to sharpen your senses