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

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  • Donje bare Lake
    Donje bare Lake
    Photo: Olja Latinovic, Via Dinarica
m 1500 1000 500 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Trnovačko jezero Prijevor Maglić Perućica Mountain Hut at Donje Bare
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.
Distance 20.5 km
8:00 h
1,285 m
1,225 m
1,665 m
616 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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Update: November 28, 2017
Highest point
Prijevor, 1,665 m
Lowest point
Suha, 616 m
Best time of year

Track types

Dirt road 7.40%Forested/wild trail 2.25%Road 14.93%Unknown 75.43%
Dirt road
1.5 km
Forested/wild trail
0.5 km
3.1 km
15.4 km
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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

Tips and hints

Park's page


Donje Bare lake (1,488 m)
43.318777, 18.629894
43°19'07.6"N 18°37'47.6"E
34T 307814 4798943


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.


all notes on protected areas

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). 


At the end of the macadam road.


43.318777, 18.629894
43°19'07.6"N 18°37'47.6"E
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!


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

Questions and answers

Question from Amila Meškin · July 29, 2021 · Community
Hi everyone. Does one need to apply for a border crossing permit beforehand? Did anyone have issues afterwards? Thanks!
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Becki Grannan
July 06, 2022 · Community
We hitched from our hotel (see prev post) to the parking at Suha, having got a lift from Donje Bare the next day, so can’t comment on the first 9km. Beautiful beautiful stage! Hike up to Prijevor is almost entirely in woodland on a really great, not overgrown path - so don’t worry about doing it in the heat of the day. Stunning views from Prijevor, you could camp there for sure but lots of vans in the car park. We continued to Trnovačko and camped there - great place although busy and bit noisy with lots of other people. We paid 12KM to the man for park entry and camping 2 people. Writes down your passport details but nothing more. People we getting food and beers, they’ve got quite a set up here! Water at both Prijevor and Trnovačko. Lake lovely for a swim!
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Maruša Orel
July 29, 2021 · Community
Very good water source by the asphalt road at 7,5km. Many people stopped there to take water. Little wooden "house" next to it with table and bench. Kamp Suha is not an official campground, but a nice field with three wooden "houses" with tables and benches. You are next to the road and you hear all the traffic, but you're totally hided and it didn't even bothered me. I spent a nice night in my tent :) To come to that place you need to pass by the closed barrier gate. We paid 5€/pp to enter in n.p. Sutjeska. Next water source (constant running water) is on Prijevor, it's shown on the map. If you want to sleep in Prijevor hut, you need to take and return the key in Tjentište, so not useful. But you can pitch your tent by the huts (cows around) or by parking. We met a man that lives by Prijevor huts, he was really nice and friendy. You can buy cow's cheese at his place and he also has small wooden house, where you can sleep (on pictures). Trail to Trnovačko lake is really nice, guy by the camp checks your passports and you pay 1€ to enter n.p. Piva. There is constant running water. Cows all around, quite many tents by the lake.
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When did you do this route? July 24, 2021
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
Maxo Pl.
July 21, 2021 · Community
The "shortcut" from Prijevor up to Maglic is really challenging, it's more a climb than a hike! ~3h in rainy and stormy conditions,haha. Like Lenka said in a previous comment some skills are very useful up there, especially when your solo. To descent from Maglic on this route with a big bag pack requires some suicidal tendencies. But the whole Park is just incredible, really old forests and great panoramic views.
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1,225 m
Highest point
1,665 m
Lowest point
616 m
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