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Incredible Croatian Karst - Via Dinarica White Trail

Mountain Hike • Bosnia and Herzegovina
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  • Gospa Sinjska, Sinj
    / Gospa Sinjska, Sinj
    Photo: Eva Smeele , EVAdinarica Project
  • Kamensko
    / Kamensko
    Photo: Eva Smeele , EVAdinarica Project
  • That hiker Girl!
    / That hiker Girl!
    Photo: Eva Smeele , EVAdinarica Project
  • Dinara crossroad
    / Dinara crossroad
    Photo: Eva Smeele , EVAdinarica Project
  • Dinara, I'm coming
    / Dinara, I'm coming
    Photo: Eva Smeele , EVAdinarica Project
  • Bivouac at the foot of Dinara
    / Bivouac at the foot of Dinara
    Photo: Eva Smeele , EVAdinarica Project
  • How to get water from a well?
    / How to get water from a well?
    Photo: Eva Smeele , EVAdinarica Project
  • ¨Hotel¨ Crnopac
    / ¨Hotel¨ Crnopac
    Photo: Eva Smeele , EVAdinarica Project
  • Trailhead to Crnopac
    / Trailhead to Crnopac
    Photo: Eva Smeele , EVAdinarica Project
  • Stop and Stare, Paklenica NP
    / Stop and Stare, Paklenica NP
    Photo: Eva Smeele , EVAdinarica Project
  • Dinara here I come!
    / Dinara here I come!
    Photo: Eva Smeele , EVAdinarica Project
  • Kamp Dinara
    / Kamp Dinara
    Photo: Eva Smeele , EVAdinarica Project
  • Rozenbottel, Velebit
    / Rozenbottel, Velebit
    Photo: Eva Smeele , EVAdinarica Project
  • Velebit
    / Velebit
    Photo: Eva Smeele , EVAdinarica Project
  • Stapina
    / Stapina
    Photo: Eva Smeele , EVAdinarica Project
  • Ždrilo
    / Ždrilo
    Photo: Eva Smeele , EVAdinarica Project
  • Premužićeva Staza
    / Premužićeva Staza
    Photo: Eva Smeele , EVAdinarica Project
  • A lovely morning in the forest
    / A lovely morning in the forest
    Photo: Eva Smeele , EVAdinarica Project
  • Hiking Via Dinarica White Trail
    / Hiking Via Dinarica White Trail
    Video: EVAdinarica Project
  • Hiking Via Dinarica CROATIA
    / Hiking Via Dinarica CROATIA
    Video: EVAdinarica Project
Map / Incredible Croatian Karst - Via Dinarica White Trail
0 500 1000 1500 2000 m km 100 200 300 400 500 Dinara Crnopac – peak Debeli kuk at Stap – peak Veliki Stolac – peak Kiza – peak Gromovača – peak Bijele stijene – peak
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Highlights definetely are Dinara, Crnopac, Paklenica, Velebit, Samarske Stijene and Risnjak.

This is the route I hiked. Yes, I skipped some parts of the original Via Dinarica hiking trail and choose to walk the bikingroutes instead. In Croatia the White Trail is not officially ¨open¨ yet, they (Via Dinarica HR team) actually suggested me to hike the ¨pearls, flowers or highlights¨ and use public transport in between. Getting the right bus to the right place was such a hassle that walking on the roads (good views all the way) was much easier. 

There is one part where I got a ride. From Knin to Gračac is very busy road, in my opinion not safe to hike. The hiking trail is also not completely safe, since it is still a mine suspected area. According to the experience of another hiker who tried to follow the original GPS track, it was impossible to get through the wilderness (and he got chasen by a mad dog)...

I wanted to hike from Snežnik in Croatia to Snežnik in Slovenia, but that's not an official bordercrossing. So I went to Rupa where I continued via Ilirska Bistrica to Mašun and Sviščakih (see my Slovenian tours). This is an alternative route that starts from Risnjak. I avoided the parts where the hiking trails are not maintained at all, but again, I walked quite a lot of asphalt. Which I again actually liked. Quiet, scenic roads through these typical rural areas which people might call ¨less developed¨, but in my opinion have more soul than the touristic coast villages.. 

It is possible to hike more hiking trails and include some peaks from Risnjak to Rupa, I suggest to be creative :)

 

difficult
707.4 km
213:49 h
20766 m
20829 m

At this moment the White Trail as it is uploaded on the Via Dinarica website is for some parts not ready for hikers yet. But, with a little bit of improvisation here and there it allready is a great route. I really enjoyed it all the way (my way).

Download here the official Via Dinarica White Trail GPS tracks.

 

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Author
Eva Smeele
Updated: 2018-03-23

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Here is the link to all the maps I used (photo's)

https://flic.kr/s/aHskF3MbYj

 

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Distance
707.4 km
Duration
213:49 h
Ascent
20766 m
Descent
20829 m
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