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Via Dinarica BH-W-06 Prenj Mountain

· 13 reviews · Mountain Hike · Bosnia and Herzegovina
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  • / Hiker in Zakantar area
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  • / Otis 2093 m
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  • / View on Otiš (left) and Zelena glava on the right
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m 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 -500 30 25 20 15 10 5 km Zelena glava Mountain Hut Međuprenje Otiš Mountain lodge … Prenj Mountain hut Milanova koliba Motel Hollywood
This is an epic hike over one of the most attractive mountains in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prenj is an adventure including ascents to high peaks and amazing karst scenery.

 

difficult
Distance 36 km
16:12 h
2,929 m
2,061 m
This trail crosses Prenj from West to South. 

This trail crosses Prenj from West to South. From the city of Jablanica, pass over local hills to the village of Ravna and follow the trail ending on an exposed ridge with great views on Cetina rock face – more than 1000 m high. It continues to a green mountain pass Medjuprenje where there are two mountain huts (one is always open). It continues towards Lucine valley, but turns East over Zakantar, a huge karst plateau and a natural habitat of the endemic Prenj salamander (seen only during the night and rainy weather). Zakantar will end below the amazing Tisovica valley which ends on the slopes of Prenj's highest peaks – Zelena Glava. Half an hour from Tisovica there is another mountain hut called Vrutak. The trail leads across Zelena Glava ( 2155m) and Otis summit ( 2093m), and continues to another valley and further to Bijele Vode ( White waters) where you will find another mountain hut and an old shepherd hut (Katun) which serves as a shelter. From BIjele Vode, the trail descends down towards Ruiste settlement and recreation area. Ruiste is a popular destination for Mostar citizens. There you will find two other mountain lodges, a hotel and a small ski center. From here you can get a lift to Mostar, call a taxi or continue towards Boracko lake.

Author’s recommendation

Contact local guides for a great experience. There are many places along the trail worth seeing.
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Author
Via Dinarica BiH
Updated: April 18, 2018
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Zelena Glava, 2,155 m
Lowest point
Jablanica, 192 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Exposition / cardinal direction
NESW

Rest Stop

Mountain lodge “Adnan Krilić”, Bijele Vode Prenj
Mountain Lodge Rujište

Safety information

Some areas of Prenj are still suspected of landmines. This trail is safe; however, it crosses one suspected area of 500 m in length after leaving the road (over the meadow). The trail (and around it) is clear and safe, but you should not wonder around behind the marking signs. If you don't feel comfortable with this, stay on the road until you join the trail again.

Also there are a couple of other places (Zakantar spring and close by Vrutak hut) where landmines are suspected, but the area is cearly marked. Just respect these signs!

Watch for snakes and mind your steps because the terrain is very rocky. 

Waether on Prenj is quite unpredictable. It is not uncommon that it snows during the summer and the temperature drops below zero.

121 - Call for Rescue. Also note that part of the mountain are not covered with mobile phone signal.

Tips and hints

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwOoreIrAWc 

 

 

Start

Jablanica city, after the Bridge on Neretva (191 m)
Coordinates:
DD
43.652450, 17.765087
DMS
43°39'08.8"N 17°45'54.3"E
UTM
33T 722982 4836988
w3w 
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Destination

Ruiste

Turn-by-turn directions

Cross the road in Ravna and look for the trail signs leading up to the woods. After joining the trail going to Cetina from Medjuprenje, turn left to take a break at the huts or continue towards Cetina and Greda to the left. On Greda (pass) go right. You'll find a spring at the bottom of the scree slope to the right beneath a rock when descending down towards Lucine. Past the newly built shelter in Lucine, turn left (east). At the next crossing towards Lupoglav summit, you remain on the trail (left, straight). Before the main crossing in Tisovica (you can see signage pole from distance) you'll join a trail going towards Vrutak, so go right there. The trail climbs up to Podotis and close to its highest point there is a crossing where you should go right. The trail to Zelena Glava and Otis will climb to the right and return the same way. If you don't want to climb Zelena Glava, continue straight (south). Keep straight all the way to Bijele Vode and beyond. After a couple kilometers on the old truck road in the woods you can turn to the left over a small meadow, but you can remain on the road as well as it will lead you to the same point. At the ruin look for trail blazings again, and follow it all the way to Ruiste. When you reach the main road again go left. 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Several bus lines go through Jablanica to Mostar and Sarajevo direction.

Getting there

From the centre of Jablanica walk over the bridge and through the tunnel. The trail starts on the left side after the small bridge. 

Parking

At the trailhead or in Jablanica city.

Coordinates

DD
43.652450, 17.765087
DMS
43°39'08.8"N 17°45'54.3"E
UTM
33T 722982 4836988
w3w 
///emperors.deed.paradoxical
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Only in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian

Author’s map recommendations

http://www.libricon.hr/Prenj---karta-1--40-0000_b280.aspx

Equipment

Good boots are a must. Protect yourself from the sun. Though many people drink regularly from the Prenj springs, the usage of water filters on small springs is recommended. 

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Rating

4.8
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Maruša Orel
July 14, 2021 · Community
Beautiful Prenj mountain, exept really poor marking on some parts and staying on the trail was very tiring for me. Trail to Ravna: I tried to follow the signs as Jérémy recommended which was on some places quite hard because of many trails you come across and not really frequent signs on some parts. Also overgrown in some parts, I got lost few times, but I made it with some screams of desperation.😅 But I think still much better than the road and you get some pretty nice views on Jablanica. Trail to Milanova koliba (opened): very steep, I was dead when I came to the hut, some parts overgrown, thanks god it's in shade, plan to hike slow. Trail to Vrutak: on many parts trail is not visible, signed terrible (I think people who were signing it should take a lesson how to do it properly), needed 5h for it, you are constantly scanning with your eyes to find signs, very tiring for me because they say "stay on the trail because of mines" and you are constantly getting lost and are searching for a trail.😔 At Lučine shelter (opened, simple but nice, not on the map, on 13.2km, 2h from Milanova koliba) DO NOT follow the gps track (read a comment from Max to see why), but go back a little bit until you see a rock on a first photo and here turn right, in few meters you'll see a sign. By Vrutak hut is a small shelter (on photo) that doesn't look the best, you can't even close the doors properly. Trail to Rujište: signed good, you can hike fast. Didn't check shelter at Bijele vode, but hut was closed. Jezerce shelter looks nice. Agree with Max, I also needed just 25min to the Zelena glava peak, those "climbing" sections are not really climbing, at least for me. Did it in three days because I also went on two peaks off trail. 1st day: Jablanica-Ravna-Milanova k. 2nd day: Milanova k. - Vrutak-Kruna and Velika kapa (without a backpack, nice view on Prenj mountain, needed aprox 90min to the peak, signed quite good, you can find accurate gps tracks here: https://gorja.net/putopisi/201/pl-skloniste-vrutak-kruna-velika-kapa-pl-dom-rapta/) - Vrutak-Jezerce shelter. 3rd day: Jezerce-Zelena glava-Rujište-Boračko lake. Water: 2 full tanks at Milanova k, 1 full tank at Vrutak, just few liters in canister at Lučine, full well 2min before Bijele vode hut (on photo), half full well at Bijele vode hut, spring by Jezerce shelter. Mountain lodge Rujište closed, I called them several times in advance, but they didn't answer, the same story on their FB page, I saw a person inside, but the doors were locked, I didn't fell welcome there. I can confirm that food at motel is very good.
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When did you do this route? July 13, 2021
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
Paul Heilbronner
July 13, 2021 · Community
The first part till Meduprenje is really bad. Looks like the trail is not maintained at all. It goes up in the forest. After it goes better and you have an amazing landscape all stage long. You can find water in Meduprenje or Vrutak. Even if the hut are closed. For Vrutak you can get the key but you have to pick it up and give it back in Konjic. So not really useful if you hike the via Dinarica. Nevertheless there is some room in front of the hut for your tent. That’s what we did.
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Jérémy Bigé
July 08, 2021 · Community
Disagree with the previous com about the trail to ravna 😇 Don’t follow the gps and stay focus on the signs. I made it in a big hour without getting lost. Terrible push from Ravna. If you can, sleep at the village and go earlier because it was really hot in June ! Be careful just after Ravna, there is a clean trail on the right of a isolated house, this is not the one ! Water at Meduprenje. Trail quite easy to follow across prenj with beautiful views but quite hot. Before Vrutak I kept following the marks and not the gps because of the previous com. Really few water in June a the spring under Vrutak. The shelter was closed. I put the tent. After, the trail is easy to follow. Some big snowfields under the pass but ok. Water at Adnan Krilic but the lodge was closed at this period (June).
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