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Via Dinarica BH-W-05 Čvrsnica mountain

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  • view on Prenj
    / view on Prenj
    Photo: Elma Okic, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / view from Vilinac
    Photo: Elma Okic, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Crvenjak lake
    Photo: Elma Okic, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Hajducka vrata (Rebels Gate)
    Photo: Elma Okic, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Administration building - Nature Park Blidinje
    Photo: Olja Latinovic, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / The Saint Elijah’s Church in Masna Luka
    Photo: Olja Latinovic, CC BY-ND, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
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    Photo: Elma Okić, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Mountain lodge Vilinac
  • / Mountain Hut Plasa
    Photo: fb.MC Plasa,
  • / Masna luka close to the trailhead
    Photo: Via Dinarica BiH, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Hajducka vrata
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  • / Hajducka vrata
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  • / Hajducka vrata
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  • / Trinjaca 2038 m
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    Photo: Džana Bordanić, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
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    Photo: Elma Okić, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Blidinje Lake
    Photo: Elma Okić, CC BY, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
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    Photo: Sabina Sirćo, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Most na Neretvi
    Photo: Adnan Bubalo, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / View over Diva Grabovica
    Photo: Adnan Bubalo, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
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The great hike over Cvrsnica, the highest Herzegovinian mountain. The trail follows Vilinac and Trinjaca ridge and descends to Jablanica city from the Plasa plateau. 
35.5 km
13:13 h
1,329 m
2,343 m

Cvrsnica is one of the most beautiful mountains in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and definitely one of the highlights of the Via Dinarica. It hosts the most elevated mountain lodge along the entire Via Dinarica– Mountain hut Vilinac located at 1964 masl, as well as a couple of small lakes and a glorious rock eye Hajducka Vrata (Rebel’s Gate). The tour offers great views on Vran mountain, Plocno summit, Pesti brda, Diva Gragovica valley and Doljanka valley as well. Exluding the end point, the trail goes through pristine mountain wilderness, beginning in endemic munika pine forest and traveling through alpine scrub habitats for most of the remaining tour. 

It starts from the Blidinje Lake, close by a newly built mountain lodge of the same name. Accommodation is available at this place. All bottles should be filled here, as the rest of the mountain is not so rich in water.

The first part of the tour goes through young munika (Pinus heldreichii - endemic species of pine) forest and some beech at the end of the forest belt. Highland landscapes are dominated by alpine scrub and carpets of dwarf-pines (Pinus mugo). Further into the second part on Plasa mountain, there are also tame alpine meadows.

Trail runners and light and fit hikers can complete this stage in one long day. However, it is nice to take your time and fully enjoy the mountain over two or even tree days of hiking. The nights can be spent in Vilinac or Plasa mountain huts. The view point close by Vilinac hut is spectacular.

Other highlights include the Great Vilinac summit at 2117 m (Veliki Vilinac), Crvenjak lake, Hajducka vrata, Trinjaca peak 2045m, and Plasa. Summits and huts are also under the authority of High Herzegovina Mountain Transversal.

Water can be found in only a few places, so note that you will need to refill at each of them. Most of the hiking is pleasant, with not such steep ascents and altitude loses; nevertheless it can be hot in windless summer days.

The descending part is unfortunately not as interesting as the hike over the mountain, as it follows old forest roads till it reaches asphalt that brings you to Jablanica city through its quarters. It is possible that in the future, some old hunting trails will be re-established and the trail will descend directly to Jablanica.

Jablanica city is of course the main place to re-suply, but also to visit sites such as a museum of the fabulous Neretva Battle of WW2,  the fallen bridge and to taste famous lamb on spit – a great treat after a great hike!

Author’s recommendation

Take at least two days for this stage. It is worth it! Book your place in Vilinac mountain hut and enjoy a sunset and sunrise at the view point in the vicinity.
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Via Dinarica BiH
Updated: July 25, 2019
Risk potential
Highest point
Veliki Vilinac, 2,117 m
Lowest point
Jablanica, 176 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Mountain Lodge Vilinac
Putnik Bakery
Caffe Fresh

Safety information

Consider that this tour goes trough remote wilderness. Mind your step on difficult terrain and watch for snakes when reaching with your hands or sitting on the grass in the shade.


The mountain rescue service is reached by calling 112.

Tips and hints 

Also, have a look at one of the most popular Yugoslavian action movies with Yul Briner and Franco Nero. You’ll recognize some scenes when in Jablanica. 


Blidinje Lake (1,189 m)
43.619447, 17.503624
43°37'10.0"N 17°30'13.0"E
33T 702007 4832652


Jablanica city

Turn-by-turn directions

From the spring follow the trail into the forest. The first crossing will be after the forest, and there you should turn left. The next one will be also left.

After crossing a scree slope and approaching the Great Vilinac, the next turn should be right towards the Great Vilinac, while Little Vilinac remains on the left.

Follow the ridge of Great Vilinac to saddle Prigon. The mountain lodge is a couple hundred meters below on the right, but the trail continues left to the other side. It is recommended to visit the lodge (Vilinac hut) and take a trail vie the view point, which will bring you back below Prigon. The next crossing is just a couple hundred meters ahead, and from there you go right.

At the Hajducka vrata (Rebel’s gate), you need to continue straight up to Trinjaca summit and not descend down to direction of Diva Grabovica valley.

At Plasa hut you’ll go east and the trail will bring you to the 4x4 road. Follow this main road and disregard the less used branches off it. If in doubt, turn left. There will be one junction, and there you should turn left. The water source on the descending way is marked by a signboard. The road will pass by Jablanica’s landfill (not a nice place after Cvrsnica, but only option at the moment) and soon the asphalt road will be reached.

After a couple of kilometers you arrive to Jablanica. There is a big curve, as the main road turns left. At this point you just cross this road and go straight, then right at the T crossing where this smaller street brings you. Follow the road to the cemetery and look for the path in the bush and trees on the left side opposite of the cemetery. Follow the path which brings you to the stairs, descend and you are at Jablanica main road. Musem is just behind the fuel station.

The next head of the next stage of the trail is on the other side of the river Neretva, after the tunnel.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Taxis or buses to Blidinje can be arranged in Mostar, Posusje, Tomislavgrad and also Jablanica. 

There is a bus station at the arrival point with several lines from/to Mostar, Konjic or Sarajevo.

Getting there

From Jablanica: follow signs to Posusje and Motel Hajducke Vrleti (left in the city on the way to Prozor-Rama)

From Tomislavgrad: to Blidinje from round about (via Mandino selo)

From Posusje: to Blidinje - right up from the centre of city

When in Blidnje Nature Park follow signs to Masna Luka or hiking signs from Hajducke Vrleti or Blidinje lake. 


close to trailhead.


43.619447, 17.503624
43°37'10.0"N 17°30'13.0"E
33T 702007 4832652
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Čvrsnica: kamena tvrđava Hercegovine Planinarsko smučarsko društvo "Vilinac" Jablanica, 2011

Author’s map recommendations



Standard hiking equipment. 

If you book your place and food in the mountain huts, it is possible to hike this tour just with the daily pack and enough water. 

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Thomas Furter
December 05, 2020 · Community
Wonderful stage. We put our tent close to the Plasa mountain hut. Not many water sources, we filtered water from the Crvenjak lake. In Jablanica there are only few rooms. Motel Hollywood had no beds available, it looks closed Restaurant Ruža offers some beds, one hotel in the center, Hotel Jablanica
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When did you do this route? September 22, 2020
Miriam Maeder
August 02, 2019 · Community
We started at Blidinje Lake and slept after having crossed the plane. On the second day we went till the Vilinac hut but there was no water (we went in July) so we decided to turn back and descend to the ski resort the same day. The views were nice and the trail well indicated. The descent was pretty adventurous and steep, especially with big backpacks. We had called in advance to know if there is water at the Plasa hut and they told us there is.
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Nina M
September 23, 2018 · Community
Blidinje to Jablanica Took a taxi from Jablanica for 40 Mark for two people. Lost the path at the beginning, but found it again on the 4x4 road. After 3km there is a crossing which isn't marked well. We went down to Masna Luka (near the monastry is a good water source) and then through the forest up. (This is not the one on the map) Path is well marked. Both ways lead to the same path again, though. Orlovaca Spring had water. Don't go straight up from the path at the closest point, but walk a bit further. There is a stone with a sign on it after 5 minutes. Mountain Lodge Vilinac is closed if you don't call in advance. They provide food as well. Guys were really friendly and helped us with further plannings. Spring a bit down from the hut is good. Next day we continued all the way down. Plasa Hut is closed as well if you don't call. Has rain water outside. Really nice path until you get to the 4x4 road (it starts earlier than marked on the map), this part is long and boring. Slept in Jablanica in a Restaurant, just ask around. Especially the second day was quite hard. Would recommend to do it in 3 days and organize either Plasa Hut or sleep in Plasa Shelter.
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When did you do this route? August 31, 2018
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July 2019
Via dinarica

35.5 km
13:13 h
1,329 m
2,343 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Summit route Point to Point Ridge traverse


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