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Hiking trail recommended route Stage 35

Via Dinarica BH-W-10 from Ljuta around Treskavica Mountain to Kalinovik City

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  • Treskavica
    / Treskavica
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  • / Blick auf Ljutha
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  • / Vlaholje Village
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  • / necropolis and cemetery in Vlaholje
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  • / Stecci Mirkova kosa
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  • / Stecak
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  • / Jelašca
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This trail stage gets you from Ljuta to Kalinovik by hiking or mountain biking. The hiking tour goes over southern slopes of Treskavica and Lukavac summit to Vlaholje village.
moderate
Distance 30.9 km
12:00 h
1,252 m
1,001 m
The trail mainly follows the macadam road from Ljuta to Kalinovik. At the crossing to Jakomislje, a hiking trail turns left up towards the Lukavac summit. From Lukavac the trail goes over the southern ridge of Treskavica over Orlov Kuk towards Kutski grad and inside to the mountain to Red Gorge (Crveni klanac). There it turns down to Vlaholje village, while the other trail continues via an old shepherd settlement called Nenkovci to the attractive Treskac summit and Gvozno field.

From Vlaholje, the trail follows a local road to the center of Kalinovik and continues to a former military barrack. It passes by an old German cemetery at Vezac, which is definitely worth visiting.

At the military barracks, the trail turns inward and follows a dirt road over the fields of Mirkova kosa to the last houses of the village Jelasca.

This Via Dinarica trail stage ends in Jelasca.

Author’s recommendation

Take this stage by bike to gain some time to explore Kalinovik. Hiking Lukavac and Treskac is also highly recommended.
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Via Dinarica BiH
Update: September 21, 2017
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Lukavac, 1,768 m
Lowest point
Ljuta, 873 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Hotel Moskva
Oko Treskavice Household
B&B Simović Guesthouse
B&B at Lalovic family

Safety information

The area around the road is suspcted on landmines at some sections, so you should remain on that road when you see warning sign boards.

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

Contact Mountain Club Lelija from Kalinovik for assistance regarding this trail stage - +387 (0)65 762 703.

This couple from Belgium has passed part of this trail from Nenkovci - read about it on Debbie's blog.

Start

Ljuta village (872 m)
Coordinates:
DD
43.578774, 18.305240
DMS
43°34'43.6"N 18°18'18.9"E
UTM
34T 282423 4828618
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Destination

Jelasca village

Turn-by-turn directions

Bike or hike the macadam road for 10 km to the crossing to Jakomislje. There, turn left onto a trail going into the beech forest. The trail climbs up to just below the summit of Lukavac (1768 m), where you should turn right to continue on towards Vlaholje. The summit is just 10 minutes away, so you can visit it and come back to the same point.

From here, follow the trail to the next crossing, where you should turn left towards Nenkovci. At the next crossing after that, do not continue to Nenkovci, but turn right to Vlaholje.

The trail descends to Vlaholje and the first houses you pass are Simovica houses (Simovica kuce), where you can stay over night if needed. Near the first house, turn left onto the trail, instead of joining the road going to the houses. This trail brings you a road and there you should turn right, cross the creek and after the cemetery turn left. For the rest of the way, follow that road all the way to Kalinovik and watch for the sign pointing to Vezac if you want to visit it.

In the center of Kalinovik, the trail goes left following the main road towards Sarajevo and Foca.

After the fuel station, you will spot abandoned buildings and structures on the right side of the road. Here, you should turn right through the gate and continue on the road through this ex-military facility to the next gate. The road brings you to open, grassy fields and somewhere near the center of the field there is a nice medieval tombstone necropolis (Stecci) known as Mirkova kosa. It is just a hundred meters from the road, so it is worth visiting.

This dirt road brings you to Jelasca village where this stage of the trail ends. The next stage will continue by following the once regional macadam road towards Cemerno (direction right on the T junction at the end of Jelasca).

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

No public transport to Ljuta village. 

Getting there

After Sinanovici continue straight on the macadam road to Ljuta village.

Parking

In the center of the village, close by the school and the mosque.

Coordinates

DD
43.578774, 18.305240
DMS
43°34'43.6"N 18°18'18.9"E
UTM
34T 282423 4828618
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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Equipment

Standard hiking equipment. 

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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Rating

3.9
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Sven Nit
August 05, 2021 · Community
Beautiful stage, hiked northbound,signs at lake stirin sko were misleading, try to stick to gps route. Cafe Leon in Kalinovik has clean rooms and dirty bathrooms for 6€ p.p. Owners are friendly.
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Maruša Orel
July 22, 2021 · Community
Long boring gravel road (you pass by many water sources) until the turn for Lukavac. I enjoyed a lot in hiking from Lukavac to Vlaholje. From Lukavac peak to 19,2km I followed gps track, nice trail but hard to see it, but from 19,2km you can stop looking at your screen and just follow the signs :) One star less because a lot of road walking. I stayed at B&B Simović, not really very clean and smell of cigarettes everywhere inside, but owners are very nice and friendly, food is great. 5€/night, 5€/breakfast-on photo, 5€/dinner, 2€/laundry washing, no wifi. You sleep either in camper trailer or in a bedroom with 3 beds in their house, you share bathroom with them. Because of bad weather I also stayed at B&B Lalovic. 10€/to sleep in a little wooden house with 2 beds, 5€/dinner (they said it's usually 10€). Another really nice family and good food. There are 2 showers and 2 toilets available, inside dining area is really nice, exept cigarette smell, which I'm realising is normal for Bosnia😅). No wifi. Kalinovik has pharmacy, ATM and few really small shops.
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When did you do this route? July 20, 2021
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
Maxo Pl.
July 15, 2021 · Community
enough water along, hiked with constant 1l. no highlights (for me). The fact that the village kalinovik has a lot of old school jugoslavian flavour and the owners REALLY worship Putin is interesting though. I recommend to finish the stage at the camp site, hotel Moskva isn't worth the money.
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
30.9 km
Duration
12:00 h
Ascent
1,252 m
Descent
1,001 m
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