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Velika Lelija

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It's an intermediate walk on the beautiful Lelija, technically undemanding. The mountain is rich in raspberries, brambles and blackberries.
15.6 km
5:05 h
805 m
805 m
At 2032 metres, Velika Lelija is the highest peak of Mt Lelija. Because of its proximity to Mt Zelengora many consider it one of Zelegora's summits, while others think it's a separate mountain.

The road to the starting point near the village of Jelašca is extremely difficult and full of serpentines. Although it's a stretch of only 67 km from Sarajevo, it feels a lot longer. The road goes to Kalinovik, there's a marked fork for Lelija near Jažići and there's about 10 more minutes of macadam after Jelašca.

From the starting point on, the road goas through the forest most of the time, which makes this rout suitable for hot summer days. The gentle ascent makes the walk pleasant, as does the picking of brambles that grow along on the side of the road. As the altitude increases, the brambles disappear and are supplanted by raspberries, and finally blueberries.

There are two springs on the way to the summit. The first one is called Jablan vrelo, it has been tapped, and the other one is near the summit and is a lot smaller. Not far from the small spring you come out to a clearing which commands a wonderful view of all of Mt Zelengora. There are signposts there, one of which shows that there are only 20 minutes of ascent left to reach the peak. This is where the incline becomes steeper, so you might need to use your hands to climb here and there.

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Updated: December 23, 2015
Highest point
2,007 m
Lowest point
1,203 m

Safety information

The trail is technically undemanding and there is no risk of landmines.

Tips, hints and links

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Start

Jelašca village (1,202 m)
Coordinates:
DD
43.462928, 18.510372
DMS
43°27'46.5"N 18°30'37.3"E
UTM
34T 298600 4815235
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Destination

Velika Lelija

Turn-by-turn directions

It's easy to find your way. Go south down the marked trail. Pass through Mrki do to Jablan vrelo, where you can replenish your water supply. Continue to the signpost pointing to Lelija, where you should turn right (west) uphill to the trail leading to the peak. Return the way you came.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

N/A

Getting there

From Sarajevo take M18 to Trnovo. In Dobro polje turn right onto R433 leading to Kalinovik. Before Kalinovik turn left towards the village of Jelašca and proceed down the macadam road to the signpost pointing to Lelija.

Parking

Park on the lay-by.

Coordinates

DD
43.462928, 18.510372
DMS
43°27'46.5"N 18°30'37.3"E
UTM
34T 298600 4815235
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Standard mountaineering equipment, in accordance with the weather.

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Distance
15.6 km
Duration
5:05h
Ascent
805 m
Descent
805 m

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