Via Dinarica

Tim Clancy

Via Dinarica

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This is the first detailed guide to the Bosnian part of the new Via Dinarica hiking trail that carves its way through the Dinaric Alps, one of Europe's least explored mountain ranges and last true wilderness frontiers, connecting the seven nations of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, and Albania. In total, this trail system will span over 1,350km, 333km of which is in Bosnia Herzegovina.
The Via Dinarica consists of three routes - White, Green and Blue - and this guide focuses primarily on the White Trail through Bosnia and Herzegovina, following the natural flow of the highest peaks of the Dinaric Alps. Detailed descriptions of each of the 12 stages of the White Trail through Bosnia and Herzegovina are included, along with maps, altitude charts and helpful tips, as well as recommendations for waypoint visits and nearby highlights. Also included are an overview of the flora and fauna of the region, details of accommodation for each step of the way, and information on local public transport, culture, food and language.
The natural and cultural wonders of the Dinaric Alps are the best-kept secret of the Balkans, a region with some of the wildest, most impressive natural beauty in the world. All of the countries along the Via Dinarica boast beautiful mountains, alpine lakes, karst caves, forest preserves and pristine rivers that have forged extraordinary canyons and gorges. Here, there is also an abundance of enduring mountain communities that maintain their traditional ways of life and sustainable reliance on the land.
Although the Via Dinarica is primarily a hiking trail, there are opportunities for many different outdoor adventure sports along the way, such as rafting, skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, canyoning, caving, etc. The Via Dinarica White Trail in Bosnia and Herzegovina is 333km long, takes an estimated 125 hours to complete, climbs the highest, often snow-capped mountains of the Dinaric Alps, and passes through or near over 5 national parks and many nature preserves, as well as one of the two remaining European rainforests, the Perucica primeval forest. With this handy, portably guide, you can discover it all.

About the author

Tim Clancy has lived and worked in the Western Balkans region for over two decades and now works as an expert in the field of tourism and the environment for many international and local development agencies. Tim currently lives in Sarajevo and is working on developing the new Via Dinarica long-distance trail that extends from Albania to Slovenia. He speaks fluent Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. He co-founded and previously owned an eco-tour company that gave him great insight into Bosnia and Herzegovina's off-track destinations. More details are available on his website, The Bosnia Guy blog: www.thebosniaguy.com and www.viadinarica.com

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Contents

PART I - GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
. Geography
. Geology
. Climate
. Flora and fauna
. Environmental considerations
. Language
Chapter 2 Practical Information
. The Via Dinarica Trail - a summary
. The countries of the Via Dinarica
. When to hike
. Highlights and route planning in BiH
. National Parks and protected areas
. Tourist offices
. Tour operators
. Red tape
. Getting there and away
. Public transport
. Accommodation
. Eating and drinking
. Money
. Budgeting
. Telephone numbers and mobile phones
. Internet
. Public holidays and festivals
. Outdoor activities
. What to see and do
. Travelling with kids
. Maps and apps
. Trail markings
. Emergency phone numbers
. Mountain rescue
. Long-distance hiking: travelling light
. Safety in the mountains
. Low-impact trekking
. Useful links
Chapter 3 Gateway towns and trail access points
. Gateway towns
. Via Dinarica hubs

PART II - THE ROUTE
. SHORT INTRO TO VIA DINARICA BiH
. Stage 26: BH-W-01 the Our Lady of Sinj Route
. Stage 27: BH-W-02 via Grabovicka planina to Bukovica and Duvanjsko polje
. Stage 28: BH-W-03 Lib and Svinjar
. Stage 29: BH-W-04 Vran Mountain and Blidinje Lake
. Stage 30: BH-W-05 Cvrsnica mountain and Jablanica city
. Stage 31: BH-W-06 Prenj Mountain
. Stage 32: BH-W-07 Ruiste and Boracko
. Stage 33: BH-W-08 Neretva and Rakitnica Canyon to Lukomir village
. Stage 34: BH-W-09 Lukomir via Visocica mountain to Ljuta
. Stage 35: BH-W-10 from Ljuta around Treskavica Mountain to Kalinovik City
. Stage 36: BH-W-11 via Lelija and Zelengora Mountain to Sutjeska National Park
. Stage 37: BH-W-12 Donje Bare via Suha and Prijevor to Trnovacko Lake
. Stage 38: BH/CG-W-01 Maglic to Pivska mounatin via Piva Canyon

APPENDICES
Appendix 1: Language
Appendix 2: Further information
Index