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Via Ferrata

Maglić

Via Ferrata · Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Demanding walk, both technically and in terms of fitness requirements. Not recommended for walkers with no rock-climbing experience.
Distance 12.4 km
7:20 h
1,157 m
1,158 m
2,357 m
1,361 m
For this walk we chose the most difficult direction of ascent, the so-called Banja Luka direction. One part of the walk consists of climbing rocks and can be dangerous, and it's not good when the rocks are slippery.

Even in summer, Mt Maglić often lives up to its name (Misty Mount), so you can expect fog even at Prijevor. The starting point is Prijevor (1659 MASL), a meadow, in summer full of flowers, where the ascent begins. The flowery meadow soon gives way to scree, a slope covered with small and large rock debris that is very difficult to walk on. You have to be careful as it's easy to sprain your ankle. It's not recommended to walk on such terrain without mountaineering boots which will provide a measure of protection. In addition, when moving in a file you must mind the rockfall set off by the person in front of you. Still, all of this is the easier part of the walk. We're going from the direction of Banja Luka, the most difficult and demanding direction for ascent. The trail is semi-alpine and extremely demanding. It requires basic knowledge and experience in Alpine mountaineering, and is not recommended to those who are afraid of heights. You reach the rock where a cable is installed to make the climb easier and safer for mountaineers. However, it is in such a condition that it can only give you a false sense of safety.

After some two and a half hours you reach the summit (2386 MASL). When there is no fog, the view is fantastic, but when it's foggy you see nothing but a sea of white as far as the eye can see. From the summit the walk continues towards the Montenegrin peak of Maglić. The biggest and most dangerous part of the route is behind you, and now everything seems a walk in the park. Again beautiful meadows full of flowers. The Montenegrin peak of Maglić (2388 MASL) is soon reached. There are no symbols typically found on summits in Bosnia and Herzegovina, no flags, no seal box, just a little cairn.

This is followed by a descend, a bit boring after everything that precedes it, via Carev do to the lake of Trnovačko jezero (1517 MASL). We recommend taking a break at the lake, perhaps taking some time to bathe on a hot summer day. From the lake, go back to Prijevor via Suva jezerina.

 

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Update: December 23, 2015
Highest point
2,357 m
Lowest point
1,361 m

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Safety information

The climb to Maglić from Prijevor is technically demanding. The cable is torn in many places. When climbing up the via ferrata, the use of protective gear is mandatory: a helmet, a harness and a ferrata kit (or a Prusik with two carabiners). No risk of landmines.

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Start

Prijevor (1,659 m)
Coordinates:
DD
43.287888, 18.716549
DMS
43°17'16.4"N 18°42'59.6"E
UTM
34T 314747 4795316
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Destination

Maglić

Turn-by-turn directions

From Prijevor, head southeast across the meadow, cross the scree to get to the foot of the Maglić rock. Be careful during the climb, as the cable is damaged and torn in places. The track is rather exposed and is not recommended for people who are afraid of heights. When you reach the peak of Maglić on the Bosnian side, head southeast along the ridge to the Montenegrin summit, then continue south via Carev do and Šarena lastva all the way to lake Trnovačko.

From the lake north through Suha jezerina to Prijevor.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Bus to Tjentište via Foča, then find transport to Prijevor.

Getting there

Take M18 from Sarajevo to Foča via Trnovo. Before Foča turn right in the direction of Tjentište onto M20. When you pass Tjentište, turn left in Suha and drive all the way to Prijevor on the bad macadam road. There's an entry fee for the National Park Sutjeska.

Parking

Lay-by on Prijevor.

Coordinates

DD
43.287888, 18.716549
DMS
43°17'16.4"N 18°42'59.6"E
UTM
34T 314747 4795316
w3w 
///duller.campus.indicates
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Equipment

A helmet, a harness and a ferrata kit (or a Prusik with two carabiners). In winter an ice axe and crampons. Standard mountaineering equipment in accordance with the weather.

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Distance
12.4 km
Duration
7:20 h
Ascent
1,157 m
Descent
1,158 m
Highest point
2,357 m
Lowest point
1,361 m

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