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Blatačko Lake

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The walk is requires a high level of fitness. You will see lake Blatačko and enjoy a wonderful view of the canyon of the river Rakitnica, and Mt Visočica on the other side of the canyon. The end point is the village of Lukomir.
Distance 28 km
8:49 h
1,109 m
1,109 m
The road to lake Blatačko leads across the following points: Džepi - Vrdolja - lake Blatačko - Markovac - Veliki lisac - Lovnica - Lukomir - Čuhovići - Džepi. Lake Blatačko is located on Mt Bjelašnica and is most easily reached from the village of Džepi, near the town of Konjic. It is of glacial origin, 400 metres long, around 150 metres wide, up to 4 metres deep. It lies at 1150 MASL.

The village of Lukomir is usually not included in this walk as it makes it too long and strenuous, but you can visit it if you like. You can reach the village of Vrdolja by car, and then set out on foot towards Blace. The lake can be reached via a road connecting all the surrounding villages. It , kojim su povezana sva okolna sela. The road to Lukomir branches off just after you set out, as to the roads to the villages of Ćuhovići and Blaca a little further down. The ascent to the peaks Markovac (1450 MASL) and Veliki lisac (1504 MASL) starts by the lake. Both peaks offer a wonderful view of the canyon of the Rakitnica. Markovac is the only place in the area where there is mobile phone signal. The upper road to Lukomir via Lovnica is rough, tiring, and takes a long time to travel.

The return is easy, without ascents. You pass by the village of Ćuhovići and continue to the starting point, the village of Vrdolje.

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Update: December 22, 2015
Highest point
1,525 m
Lowest point
1,004 m

Safety information

The trail is technically undemanding (but it does require a high level of fitness) and there is no risk of landmines.

Tips and hints

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Start

Vrdolje village (1,013 m)
Coordinates:
DD
43.652235, 18.050681
DMS
43°39'08.0"N 18°03'02.5"E
UTM
34T 262158 4837476
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Destination

Lukomir Village

Turn-by-turn directions

Take the road east from the village, and follow the signposts pointing to Blace. From the lake go uphill in the direction of Markovac, then along the rigde over Veliki lisac. Descend to the left (north) down the grassy slope after you leave the forest, then head to Lukomir via Lovnica.

From Lukomir go back the same way you came via Lovnica, then at the foot of Mali Lisac take the road leading northwest towards the village of Čuhovići. From Čuhovići keep going west to the village of Vrdolje.

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Public transport

Bus or train to Konjic, then look for transport to the villages of Džepi and Vrdolje.

Getting there

Take M17 from Sarajevo and drive to the west, in the direction of Konjic. Just before you enter the town, by the petrol station, turn left towards the village of Džepi. Drive up the narrow road, pass through Džepi and park in the village of Vrdolje.

Parking

Park on the lay-by.

Coordinates

DD
43.652235, 18.050681
DMS
43°39'08.0"N 18°03'02.5"E
UTM
34T 262158 4837476
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Standard mountaineering equipment, in accordance with the weather.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Distance
28 km
Duration
8:49 h
Ascent
1,109 m
Descent
1,109 m

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