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Krvavac via Greda

Winter hiking · Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Photo: Olja Latinović, Terra Dinarica
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    Photo: Olja Latinović, Terra Dinarica
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The walk requires an intermediate level of fitness. It leads to the rather isolated peak of Krvavac on Mt Bjelašnica. Since the peak is overgrown in scrub it can be accessed only from the eastern face.
Distance 13.1 km
4:55 h
960 m
943 m
2,050 m
1,338 m

Krvavac is the second highest peak of the Olympic mountain of Bjelašnica. It can be reached via the Umoljani - Gradina - Crveni klanac - Dugo polje - Greda - Krvavac route, return on the same route. You leave your car in the village of Umoljani, which you reach from Sarajevo via Bjelašnica and the village of Šabići.

From Umoljani a short ascent leads to the village of Gradina, where you can fill up your water bottles, then turn right and follow the trail to Crveni klanac (flat ground, 15 minutes of walking). After you cross Crveni klanac and a gentle decline, you reach the plain of Dugo polje, known as the Desert of Bjelašnica, which is cut in half by a macadam road leading to Lukomir, another remote village. When you reach Dugo polje, you will see a weekend house, above which the ascent continues all the way to Greda - an unusual ridge to the left of Kotlovi, an enormous ravine. This is an ideal resting spot, because what follows is the ascent to the top, through the scrub. The view from the summit is spectacular, encompassing a number of mountains in the region, from Visočica and Prenj, to the whole of Bjelašnica, and many others.

The trail is well marked, there is no risk of land mines, but fellwalkers often find tracks of wolves and bears, so it's recommended to stay in groups and have firecrackers and whistles on hand. The route is not demanding, and it takes around five hours both ways.

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Update: March 04, 2017
Highest point
2,050 m
Lowest point
1,338 m
Best time of year

Safety information

The trail is technically undemanding and there is no risk of landmines.


Umoljani (1,337 m)
43.669498, 18.223819
43°40'10.2"N 18°13'25.7"E
34T 276185 4838911



Turn-by-turn directions

Head northwest from Umoljani, on the road to the villages in Gradina. Continue through Crveni klanac to Dugo polje. Cross the road in Dugo polje and go into the cleft between two hills where the spring Grkarica is located. Continue the ascent along the road to Greda. When you reach the top of the ridge, climb up the road through the scrub to the peak.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Van to Sinanovići. Get off near Umoljani.

Getting there

Take M18 to Krupac, just after the quarry turn right onto R442a towards Mt Bjelašnica and Mt Igman. When you reach Hotel Maršal on Bjelašnica continue straight ahead, then descend all the way down to Šabići. From Šabići continue to the right till you reach the junction where the road to Umoljani branches off by the bridge. Turn right and go up the road to Umoljani.


Park at the lay-by.


43.669498, 18.223819
43°40'10.2"N 18°13'25.7"E
34T 276185 4838911
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Standard mountaineering equipment, in accordance with the weather.

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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13.1 km
4:55 h
960 m
943 m
Highest point
2,050 m
Lowest point
1,338 m
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