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Via Dinarica BH-W-12 Donje Bare via Suha and Prijevor to Trnovačko Lake

(3) Hiking Trail • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Donje bare Lake
    / Donje bare Lake
    Photo: Olja Latinovic, Terra Dinarica
  • Donje bare Lake
    / Donje bare Lake
    Photo: Olja Latinovic, Terra Dinarica
  • Trnovacko Lake
    / Trnovacko Lake
    Photo: Elma Okić, Terra Dinarica
  • Trnovacko Lake
    / Trnovacko Lake
    Photo: Elma Okić, Terra Dinarica
  • View over Trnovačko Lake
    / View over Trnovačko Lake
    Photo: Olja Latinović, Terra Dinarica
  • Pogled na Maglić sa Prijevora
    / Pogled na Maglić sa Prijevora
    Photo: Adnan Bubalo, Terra Dinarica
  • Konji na Prijevoru
    / Konji na Prijevoru
    Photo: Adnan Bubalo, Terra Dinarica
  • Maglić
    / Maglić
    Photo: Adnan Bubalo, Terra Dinarica
  • Donje Bare
    / Donje Bare
    Photo: Olja Latinovic, Terra Dinarica
  • Signange
    / Signange
    Photo: Olja Latinovic, Terra Dinarica
Map /  Via Dinarica BH-W-12 Donje Bare via Suha and Prijevor to Trnovačko Lake
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This trail connects Zelengora and Maglic. The hike from Suha brings you near to the borders of Perućica indigenous forest nature reserve, passes below Maglić and descends to the heart-shaped Trnovačko lake.
moderate
20.5 km
8:00 h
1285 m
1225 m
The hike starts from the parking area at Donje Bare (1490 m) and finishes at the main road of National Park Sutjeska, just 3, 5 km away from Tjentiste (600 m). Parking is situated near the lake, and there is a mountain hut that is possible to rent, but we advise making a reservation at the info center of National Park Sutjeska, due to availability issues during the main visiting season. Behind the hut, at the most western part of the lake, is a source of fresh water. 

From the lake, the path heads east and orientation should not be difficult, as your goal is to descend into the canyon of Sutjeska River. Before turning left and starting your descent, it would be nice to visit the Borić viewpoint. Overlooking the Canyon of Sutjeska River from Borić, it’s possible to see the highest peak of B&H - Maglić, as well as Volujak Mountain.  

Once you are back at the junction, there is a sign pointing towards Kovačev Panj. Follow the gully across the meadow and soon, red and white circles will appear on the trees, as you will enter a forest of tall beech trees. 

Although the path is not frequently used, the markings are still good and visible, and path is very obvious and easy to follow. After two hours, you should reach the main road of Tjentiste. This road goes north to Tjentiste, which is where the administration center of the National Park Sutjeska can be found. Historical monuments, a hotel, a restaurant and additional facilities can also be found there.  

 

However, the VD trail follows the road to Dubrovnik, heading south for another couple of kilometers. The hike continues from the parking at Suha (650 m), follows the forest road for a while and splits towards the ridge above on the left. The ridge leads you towards Prijevor – a pass beneath Mount Maglic, the highest summit of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2386 m). It joins the road again, which disappeares first as a track, then as a trail again. It descends to the valley of Suva (Dry) Jezerina. From Suva Jezerina, the trail climbs up to Trnovacko Lake which is your final destination. The border line with Montenegro is actually across the Suva Jezerina.

Author's recommendation

Reserve a night at the hut in Prijevor, and travel to Trnovacko lake and do the Maglic ascent the next day. The ascent from Prijevor is challenging, but a great accomplishment. 

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Via Dinarica BH
Updated: 2017-09-21

Tour route Nice views Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Via Dinarica trails
Difficulty
moderate
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Altitude
1665 m
616 m
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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.

There are couple of spots suspected of landmines at the end of meadows on Donje Bare, and by the road to Suha. Those areas are clearly marked with warning signs, so respect the signs!

 

The mountain rescue service is reached by calling 112. The park rangers can be reached on +387(0)58/233-102

Equipment

Standard hiking equipment. If you are not staying at Prijevor mountain huts, then camping equipment is needed as well.

Tips, hints and links

Park's page

Start

Donje Bare lake (1488 m)
Coordinates:
Geogr. 43.318777 N 18.629894 E
UTM 34T 307814 4798943

Destination

Trnovacko lake

Turn-by-turn directions

Go over the meadows to the trail crossing with the option of going to Boric view point, and turn left here, till coming to a road that somewhat remains on the marked trail. When you reach the asphalt road with a sign to Dubrovnik, go right and follow the road for a couple of kilometers to the entrance to Suha and a parking area.

From the parking area, follow the dirt road that goes up the valley. Very soon the road will make a sharp turn left; there, you should continue straight following the white and red trail markers, taking the shortcut through the forest. In the forest there is a national park watchtower near which you should pass, before getting on the road again. From that moment, only twenty meters away, you will encounter a sign on your left, showing you a junction and hiking path towards a ridge up above. This point is only about 20 minutes from the starting point.  

After you take this left turn, the path is marked by white-and-red circles and goes steep uphill all the way to the ridge. Approximately one hour later, you should reach a ridge and a new junction. The left path leads down into Perućica primeval forest and should be ignored, while you should take the right one, which follows the ridge (south-east direction). From this point, there’s no more white and red signs on the trees, but the orientation shouldn’t be difficult as the path is very visible and all the time goes along the ridge until you reach the Prijevor pass. At one point, the path comes to a flat part of the ridge and it’s harder to see, but looking to the right, should direct you towards the last parts of the ridge where the path is more overgrown by young trees and shrubs. 

After approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes you should reach a meadow with the peak of Maglić (2386 m) dominating the landscape in the background; passing near the watchtower, you will reach the road and parking spot at Prijevor pass. 

Just beneath the parking area in the westernmost point, you can refill your water as there is a source of fresh water that exists all year long.  

From here, your trail goes south, following the dirt road where some shepherd’s huts can be seen above and later on, below the road. At a few spots, the road is taken away by rockslides and some 30 minutes away from Prijevor, the road divides into two paths. In the end, both paths will get you down to the Suva Jezerina, but the one on the right, which pitches downhill, will take you to the crossing that has a sign pointing left towards Trnovacko lake. You’ll reach the lake in less then 30 minutes from here.

Public transport

No public transport to Donje Bare, but there are bus lines to Dubrovnik passing through Tjentiste.

Getting there

From Tjnetiste follow signs to Donje Bare (to the right at the entrance to Tjentiste). 

Parking

At the end of the macadam road.

Coordinates

Geogr.:43.318777 N 18.629894 E
UTM:34T 307814 4798943
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Bosnia & Herzegovina (Bradt Travel Guide) by Tim Clancy - Sutjeska National Park has a special attention.

Author’s map recommendations

contact park info centre!

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Seth S
2017-08-27
The huts at the to of Prijevor are AMAZING!!! We highly recommend them! If you'd like more tips about hiking the Via Dinarica Trail, check out our website at www.forsomethingmore.com
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Photo: Seth S, Community

Roos Muylaert
2016-10-19
I made the detour to Tjentiste in september, hoping to find a campsite, restaurant, NP information centre, ... Everything was already closed down, except for one hotel. The old forests were booming with hundreds of species of fungi in this time of year.
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Claire Leenen
2016-07-25
A lot of work has been done on the trails between Donje Bare and the road and up to Prijevor, thank you! The trail from Prijevor to the lake is like a red carpet: a fast and easy hike.
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
20.5 km
Duration
8:00 h
Ascent
1285 m
Descent
1225 m
Tour route Nice views Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Via Dinarica trails

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