It's always very important to inform someone on the time you set out and the direction you're headed in, because this can save your life in case of an accident. If there is no lodge on your starting point, inform a fellow fellwalker who isn't going with you.
The road from Ruište to the Bijele vode lodge is well marked. The only place where you should be careful is the ridge of Vilin klanac, the entire length of which is marked for landmines. Yellow tape runs along each side of the road, and there are markers on the rocks, so it's impossible to get off the road even in the dark. It takes about two hours to reach the Bijele vode treba lodge. A few hundred metres from the lodge there is a shieling village.
The marked trail goes on past the spring towards Jezerce and Zelena glava. The road to Sivadije isn't marked, and the best course of action is to visually determine the easiest ascend route. A few hundred metres from the spring you get off the road to Jezerce and go uphill. It's a difficult climb, with a lot of scree and large rocks to skip. Sometimes, when you look for the easiest route, you end up finding the most difficult one. In one places you have to use a cable to climb a 10-metre rock. The path leads to the foot of the ridge west of the summit. From there you need to cover some 250 metres of incline to reach the summit.
Safety informationThe trail is not demanding but you should be careful climbing up the scree. There is risk of landmines in Vilin klanac, so stay on the trail.
Tips and hintshttp://planinarenje.ba/
Getting thereTake Exit West from Sarajevo on M17 and drive to Mostar. In Potoci (just before Mostar) turn left to Ruište. Leave your car by the lodge.
ParkingPark by the lodge in Ruište.
EquipmentStandard 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)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- 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.