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Via Dinarica HR-W-15 Southern Velebit (II) – route to Stap

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The section from Šugarska duliba to Stap offers genuine wilderness, with forest calm and tranquility dominating this wide area. The only longitudinal trail in this area is the Velebit Hiking Trail. This section requires 5 hours of hiking.
moderate
Distance 11.6 km
6:00 h
365 m
883 m
1,386 m
868 m
From the shelter and water cistern at Šugarska duliba, the route first takes us straight through the forest to the southeast, and then along the slope of Veliki Stolac (1406 m.a.s.l.) and across beautiful meadows to a road in poor condition leading from Rizvanuša to Panos (1258 m.a.s.l.) – a pronounced peak with a destroyed military facility. We continue down the winding road to the left for 2.5 kilometers (one hiking shortcut can be seen already after some thirty steps, and the next shortcut is at the second band), until we reach a place where a steep descending forest path branches to the right, leading to the remains of a ranger station in Jelova ruja (we can also take the road, which is a somewhat longer option). From the ruins of the ranger station in Jelova ruja, we continue by following the markings leading uphill to the pass above Jelova ruja. What follows is a climb through the forest to a mountain pass below Debeli kuk, not far from Stap. After that, we descend to Gornje njivice, where we come across a marked trail branch leading to the right to Debeli kuk (25 minutes of hiking) and then also across a branch leading to the peak of Čučul (20 minutes of hiking). The trail briefly continues descending to Donje njivice, where there is a trail branch to the right leading to a unique stone called Čučavac (10 minutes of hiking). By continuing straight, we reach the mountain shelter Tatekova koliba at Stap in 20 additional minutes of descent.
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Alan Čaplar
Update: August 17, 2018
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1,386 m
Lowest point
868 m
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Šugarska duliba (1,386 m)
Coordinates:
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44.450452, 15.255452
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44°27'01.6"N 15°15'19.6"E
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33T 520325 4921937
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Mountain hut Tatekova koliba na StapuJužni Velebit III - do Struga

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44.450452, 15.255452
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44°27'01.6"N 15°15'19.6"E
UTM
33T 520325 4921937
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Laurie . 
August 01, 2022 · Community
If I were to do this section again I would defiantly miss out Jelova Ruja. There really isn't anything to see and a big 'dog leg' down a gravel road, then back up through some tricky steep forest terrain. Jelova Ruja itself is just a ruined single story building. Save time, your feet and your sanity and follow alterative route via Panos! Didn't camp at Stap but the water there is AMAZING and fresh. Camped just before plane towards next water stop at church (marked on next stage). Saw plenty of different snakes and reptiles so just keep your eyes peeled when moving over grassy or on the tops, rocky terrain.
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When did you do this route? July 19, 2022
Marion Du
May 21, 2022 · Community
From Šugarska Duliba to Tatekova, there is a shortcut marked, without going North (that other hikers on Via Adriatica took). We should have took it at tHis "North loop" was a bit boring to us.. We loved the old Tatekova hut and decided to stop there for the night. Water available there.
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Jérémy Bigé
July 08, 2021 · Community
Again tough trail in the forest. Following the gps it is safe (mine areas). At Jelova Ruja, I stayed on the gravel road and catched the gps later. No water until Tatekova Koliba. Only few hours to go there. Nice trail between big rocks at the end.
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.6 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
365 m
Descent
883 m
Highest point
1,386 m
Lowest point
868 m
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