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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.