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Via Dinarica BH-W-04 Vran Mountain and Blidinje Lake

· 7 reviews · Mountain tour · Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Good hiking with great views on Cvrsnica Mountain and Blidinje lake to the east, Ljubusa and Duvanjsko field to the west, and Radusa in the northwest. The trail crosses the mountain ridge from Mali (Little) Vran to Vran and descends to Blidinje lake where a mountain hut is located, then continues towards monastery Masna Luka. There is also an alternative via Great Vran summit.
Distance 11.2 km
5:15 h
770 m
956 m
2,020 m
1,189 m

The trail starts in the pine forests on the southern slopes of Vran. There are few private properties and holiday houses, and some of them are available for rent or camping nearby. The walk through the forest is nice and pleasant. From Omrcenica, the ascent to Mali Vran starts, which is not long but is a bit steep. After Mali Vran, the trail follows a wide ridge with splendid views on Blidinje and Cvrsnica. The ridge hiking ends on Vran summit and from there descends over steep terrain down to the Mountain Lodge Blidinje on the shore of the lake. The descent is pretty steep and hard on the knees. 

There are also alternatives  continuing towards Veliki (Great) Vran summit for another 2 hours with descend down to Hajducke Vrleti mountain hotel where great food is served. From Veliki Vran the trail continues even further over less steep terrain. If you opt for alternatives, you have a chance to visit Stecci necropolis in Dugo polje, one of those on UNESCO haritage list. 

From Blidinje lake the trail continues across the field and ends in Masna Luka where a Franciscan Monastery is located. 

Author’s recommendation

If undertaking the complete Via Dinarica hike, plan your overnight at Omar or Omrcenica. You can arrange camping or staying in holiday houses with locals from Omolje or Mandino villages. Check the contacts provided in accomodation!
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Via Dinarica BiH
Update: September 27, 2017
Risk potential
Highest point
Vran, 2,020 m
Lowest point
Velika Draga, 1,189 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Be aware of the thunder and lightning storms. 112 emeregency number, also for Mountain Rescue Service. 

Watch out for deep pits close by the trail!

Tips and hints 


Omrcenica (1,376 m)
43.647511, 17.418810
43°38'51.0"N 17°25'07.7"E
33T 695073 4835566



Turn-by-turn directions

 Turning off the road will be to the left, uphill. At the ridge beneath Mali Vran, turn right towards the summit (other trail goes down toward the holiday house). From here just follow the blazings all the way to the summit of Vran. At Vran turn right down and descend to the local road which will bring you to the lodge. The trail actually continues across the field to Boricavac settlement and there you look for the trail dividing left from the main track.


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Public transport

No public transport yet.

Getting there

Drive from Tomislavgrad to Blidinje Nature Park and stop soon after pass at Svinjacha.


Posible when you turn onto the gravel road. 


43.647511, 17.418810
43°38'51.0"N 17°25'07.7"E
33T 695073 4835566
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Standard hiking equipemnt. 

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Sven Nit
August 15, 2021 · Community
Hiked in reverse.Beautiful and easy to walk. Signs are not so good but path is obvious most of the time. About 2 hours climb from Blidinje. Steep but safe. A bit short, I added the next section and camped at Kisac Spring.
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Jérémy Bigé
July 08, 2021 · Community
Awesome Vran ridge but dry section. I asked for water at Omrcanica and the guy offered me a beer. On his house there was the elevation profil of the VD stage made in wood ! Terrible steep downhill if you follow the gps from Vran.
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Photo: Jérémy Bigé, Community
Maruša Orel
July 06, 2021 · Community
Place where you can stay in Omrčanica, that's mentioned in comments, doesn't exist anymore. Really nice hike on a ridge of Vran mountain. Trail signes are good. Still some snow, if you run out of water. I decided to go on Veliki Vran as well. For descent I took a trail that goes back a little bit in the way to Vran (signed really good). From Hajdučke Vrleti to lake is 5km long, boring, never ending walk by the road that made me wondering if Veliki Vran and food at restaurant were worth it.😅 I called the number for hut Blidinje and owner told me that it's usually opened on weekends and during the week for groups. But definitely call ahead to make sure they are opened. He said that is the same with two huts on the next stage. He was really kind and left me a key so I could sleep inside (one of his relatives drove by, because he lives far from here). 😍
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When did you do this route? July 06, 2021
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
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11.2 km
5:15 h
770 m
956 m
Highest point
2,020 m
Lowest point
1,189 m
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