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Mountain Hike Stage

Via Dinarica BH-W-11 via Lelija and Zelengora Mountain to Sutjeska National Park

(1) Mountain Hike • Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Photo: Olja Latinović, Terra Dinarica
  • View from Bregoč peak
    / View from Bregoč peak
    Photo: Olja Latinović, Terra Dinarica
  • View from Bregoč peak
    / View from Bregoč peak
    Photo: Olja Latinović, Terra Dinarica
  • View from Bregoč peak
    / View from Bregoč peak
    Photo: Olja Latinović, Terra Dinarica
  • View from Bregoč peak
    / View from Bregoč peak
    Photo: Olja Latinović, Terra Dinarica
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    Photo: Olja Latinović, Terra Dinarica
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    Photo: Olja Latinović, Terra Dinarica
  • Donje bare Lake
    / Donje bare Lake
    Photo: Elma Okić, Terra Dinarica
  • Zelengora
    / Zelengora
    Photo: Elma Okić, Terra Dinarica
  • Zelengora
    / Zelengora
    Photo: Elma Okić, Terra Dinarica
  • Vipera ursinii
    / Vipera ursinii
    Photo: Elma Okić, Terra Dinarica
  • Zelengora
    / Zelengora
    Photo: Elma Okić, Terra Dinarica
  • Zelengora
    / Zelengora
    Photo: Elma Okić, Terra Dinarica
  • Zelengora
    / Zelengora
    Photo: Elma Okić, Terra Dinarica
  • Zelengora
    / Zelengora
    Photo: Elma Okić, Terra Dinarica
  • Zelengora
    / Zelengora
    Photo: Elma Okić, Terra Dinarica
  • Zelengora
    / Zelengora
    Photo: Elma Okić, Terra Dinarica
  • Zelengora
    / Zelengora
    Photo: Elma Okić, Terra Dinarica
  • Zelengora
    / Zelengora
    Photo: Elma Okić, Terra Dinarica
  • Orlovačko Lake
    / Orlovačko Lake
    Photo: Adnan Bubalo, Terra Dinarica
  • Lena, Lois, Florian and Dado
    / Lena, Lois, Florian and Dado
    Photo: Olja Latinovic, Terra Dinarica
  • View from Bregoc
    / View from Bregoc
    Photo: Olja Latinovic, Terra Dinarica
  • Stirinsko lake
    / Stirinsko lake
    Photo: Kenan Muftic, Terra Dinarica
Map / Via Dinarica BH-W-11 via Lelija and Zelengora Mountain to Sutjeska National Park
1200 1500 1800 2100 2400 m km 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Lalovic Campsite Mountain Hut at Orlovacko Lake Orlovacko Lake Orlovacko Lake Bregoč
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This is a great mountain hike through pristine nature over Lelija and Zelengora that includes three summits and and five lakes.
difficult
37.4km
14:00
2,145 m
1,766 m
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The trail follows the forest road towards Cemerno and Orlovacko lake, and in Osllji turns towards Lelija Mountain. It continues on the trail after the forest road ends, passes by Jablan spring and gets on the pass below Velika (Great) Lelija summit (2032m). The summit is just 15 minutes away, so it is worth climbing.

The trail continues south through really remote and wild terrain. At a nice long mountain meadow, the trail will continue south uphill over a bit more difficult of terrain. The trail descends to Stirine – a remnant of the old shepherd settlement and Stirinsko lake.

 

There are two trails from here, but the shortest to Orlovacko lake is the one heading east. The trail ends in beech forest, where it might be difficult to navigate due to a mess of logging roads created over the last few years. The meadows at the end of the forest surround Jugovo lake, which is just below in the valley. Further east is the road that brings you to Orlovacko lake located nearby.

From Orlovacko, the trail climbs to the highest summit of Zelengora – Bregoc at 2014 m. After Bregoc the trail goes over open terrain to the end of the plateau and descends through a steep and exposed gully. From there, the trail leads back into the forest, then again through mountain meadows and a new ascent to Ugljesa’s peak. The views from Ugljesa’s are great as the BMW group (Bioch, Maglic and Volujak) is ahead, as well as Lebrsnik and many other mountains in the distance.

From this summit you descend to Gornje Bare Lake, from where you follow a dirt road along to Donje Bare lake. Here, there is a park mountain hut. This is where your long Zelengora journey ends. 

Author's recommendation

Contact National Park Sutjeska and reserve huts in advance. 
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Author
Kenan Muftic
Updated: 2017-01-29

Difficulty difficult
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Via Dinarica trails


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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.

 

The mountain rescue service is reached by calling 112.


Equipment

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. 


Tips, hints and links

Start

Jelasca village (1,121 m)
Coordinates:
Geogr. 43.480798 N 18.477877 E
UTM 34T 296032 4817299

Destination

Donje Bare, mountain hut

Turn-by-turn directions

Follow the road to Oslji do, and turn right on the junction with the big info board “Dr. Jovo Elcic Mountain Trail”. Once in the open area, continue straight (left) to the end of the road. It is more pleasant to walk along the meadow in parallel with the road, and join the road at the end.

After the road, follow the trail up to Lelija. Refill at Jablan vrelo, but there is also another water source beneath Lelija summit. There is a junction on shoulder of Lelija, where your trail continues straight south (summit is right, and left down is Poda locality).

The next crossing is close by Jovic vrelo (spring), where you turn left towards the hill side.

Before the lake you should turn left again (east).

Next lake is Jugovo lake. The lake is elongated in direction north-south, and the road is east from the lake (left from direction that you are coming from). Turn left again on the road and follow it to Orlovacko lake. There will be one more junction, and turn right there.

From Orlovacko continue to the south east. There will be a few paths going left or right, but remain on the one going straight up. When you reach the path (T junction) go left, and the next right will be towards the summit of Bregoc.

From Bregoc the trail goes toward the south and south west, and on the path in scree slopes it goes east (right).

It will be pretty clear through the forest, but after the forest you may not see markings in the oen area. Just head straight towards the elevation on the south east from where you’ll see markings again. The trail climbs up to Ugljesin Vrh and descends over it.

North above the lake you will notice the track, so follow it till the end of the road. Them, follow the road to a crossing and turn right here. Donje Bare is little bit more than a kilometer away.

Public transport:

Only to Kalinovik and from Tjentiste.

http://www.centrotrans-ad.com/English.aspx 

Getting there:

Driving

From Kalinovik (or before Kalinovik) drive towards Miljevina and turn soon right to Jelasca. 

Hiking

From Kalinovik follow trail from the fromer military barack.

Parking:

Check with the owner of the farm at the trailhead. 

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!

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Claire Leenen
2016-07-20
Stunning views out here! At some parts the marking is scarce, but navigating isn't a challenge out here. If you're a solo female hiker and there's no other hikers around don't sleep around/bivouac near the hut at Orlovajcko lake - I had a very unpleasant experience with one of the local men.
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Eva Smeele
2016-07-18
Zelengora is badly marked, adventurous ;)

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Difficulty difficult
Distance 37.4 km
Duration 14:00 hrs
Ascent 2,145 m
Descent 1,766 m

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