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MTB routes in western part of Bosnia-Herzegovina

As a perfect MTB adventure in Bosnia-Herzegovina, we would recommend you to pay a visit to mountain peaks located in its western part. They are part of Dinaric Alps system that stretches across Balkans peninsula from Slovenia to Albania. All the mountains you visit either by bike or by foot are unique in their special way and are worth visiting because, combined with karstic fields, they form a wholeness of untouched and authentic beauty. Karstic fields are typical landscapes for Dinaric Alps, they are inhabited by various animal and plant species. These fields surrounded by mountains form a unique landscape of surreal beauty that we are privileged to show you either by foot or by bike. By climbing these mountain peaks, you will be able to experience the beauty of nature as well as to enjoy the feeling of possessing the whole mountain only for yourself, since members of our team have had tours without meeting a single person, except a lone shepherd with his herd. You will enjoy the feelings that only can be brought by winds coming from the Adriatic Sea and meeting continental climate in ultimate peace and absence of all negative sides of our civilization.

Our routes are designed to provide you with the possibility to choose amongst one-day, two-day or several-day tours that include various activities during your stay in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Here are some of our proposals:

Day 1

Your MTB adventure can start in the Una National Park with a smooth ride from Gorjevac to Štrbacki Buk as we enter the National Park and its gravel paths from the main road at Gorjevac. This route will take you on a winding gravel path that climbs through forests that are rarely seen on other places. Once we climb this path, we will descend towards Strbacki Buk, a waterfall of astonishing beauty. There you will see tremendous quantities of water that splashes from 24 meters high waterfall with rumble and sprays its surrounding. The River Una is magnificent here with the turquoise color of its cascades and the indigo color of its deeps. If we are lucky enough, we could encounter rafters and witness them descending down the waterfall. After visiting Štrbacki Buk, we will proceed towards Kulen Vakuf and Martin Brod and have a lunch there. Following the lunch, we would advance through a long climb towards Vrtoče and Čardaklije village where our ride ends.

Strbački Buk

Strbački Buk

Day 2

The second day of your MTB adventure can start from Bosanski Petrovac by climbing on Klekovača mountain which peaks at 1,962 meters above the sea level. Depending on your preferences, the MTB ride can either start in the city of Bosanski Petrovac, following the asphalt road to Ostrelj, or in Ostrelj itself after a short drive that can be arranged. In any case, the ride from Ostrelj can start either from Tito’s train “Proleterka”, or from Pasijak. If we start from Tito’s train, we will follow abandoned railroads and smoothly climb towards Klekovaca through mixed forest. The biggest part of our ascent follows a very good gravel road which becomes more challenging as we reach the famous serpentines that represent the most demanding part of our ride. Three kilometers from the peak, the forest becomes less dense and turns into juniper grows which the mountain was named after (kleka = juniper).

If we decide to start our route at Pasijak, it will lead us on asphalt and gravel road that connects Pasijak with aforementioned serpentines.

As we reach the summit of Klekovaca, we are set to climb it down either towards Ostrelj or Pasijak.

 

Day 3

The third day of your adventure we visit Šator Mountain. The route starts in the middle of a karstic field at Šator’s foothill, at 800 meters above sea level. The ascent starts on an asphalt road that turns into a gravel one soon. The quality of the road decreases as we enter the forest which is comprised of beech and pine trees which are under protection at some locations. Once we climb up, some 700 meters we will reach the Šator Lake situated at 1,500 meters above sea level. We take the opportunity to rest at the lakeside, and to refill our water reserves before packing our bikes at our backs and continuing our ascent by foot. The remaining part of our route leads us via old mountaineers’ path to the summit of Sator Mountain which provides us with astonishing view of a landscapes made of karstic fields and mountains. Excellent – and we mean very excellent – riders can try to descend down the mountain on their bikes from the very summit.

Šator lake

Gravel road leading to Šator lake

Once we climb down the mountain, there are two ways to proceed, depending of the group’s preferences.

The first option is to follow a gravel road down to the village of Preodac and to enjoy in numerous crystal clear springs that later confluence to make the Unac River, one of the Una River’s most important tributaries. The path goes mostly through forest and offers a view to karstic fields that divide mountain peaks. This option has total length of about 80 kilometers and is considered as a whole-day tour.

Another option is to take a gravel path downhill to the villages at the foothill, and to return to the starting point of our tour following single trail paths through meadows. This route is somewhat easier and has total length of 70 kilometers and height of 1,500 meters.

Both options have their highlights that include the visit to the mountain lake, bike hiking and the view from the top of the mountain. First option also gives you the possibility to see cold and crystal clear springs in Preodac village, while the second option provides you with great experience of riding on single trail path that connects Livno Field and Grahovo Field.

Unfortunately, in both cases we will go through partially destroyed villages, abandoned farms and houses that are deteriorating because no one lives in them. Sadly they will be a monument to human stupidity and a senseless war that has raged through the region some twenty years ago.

Šator lake

Šator lake

Day 4

The fourth day of our adventure is reserved for hiking on the Mt. Vitorog, which is a mountain we gladly visit very often. There are several ways to climb this mountain. The best way to climb it in spring and fall is from the direction of Glamoč. The tour starts at grasslands of Glamoč Field at some 800 meters above the sea level and follows not so demanding gravel paths through meadows and small forests up to serpentines which lead us towards the top of the mountain that is situated at 1,906 meters above sea.

The other way to climb Mt. Vitorog is from Šipovo and begins with two or three kilometers of asphalt road alongside the Pliva River. It starts on 450 meters above sea level and goes through thick and rich forests that are habitats of rare grouse birds, and continues along a gravel road that used to be a narrow-gauge railway. The slope here is not so steep and the first kilometers can be passed very quickly. The view from the top of Vitorog is very exciting and breathtaking. It’s also possible to ride to the top from the direction of Glamoč, and then descent down to Šipovo which provides you with opportunity to enjoy the beauty of rivers Pliva, Janj and Sokočnica, as well as to enjoy the food prepared by restaurants placed at the bank of Sokocniča River. Roasted veal, homemade bread made of floor from local mills, as well as rakija brandy and cold spring water will take your fatigue away and boost your energy to carry on with the adventure.

The total length of these routes is between 60 km and 100 km, depending on the chosen option.

Vitorog peak

Vitorog peak

On the peak of Vitorog Mt.

On the peak of Vitorog Mt.

 

Day 5

On the fifth day we go to Mt. Cincar, starting our tour from the city of Livno and passing through Kruzi grasslands inhabited by hundreds of wild horses which can be seen if one is lucky enough. From Kruzi we will follow the ancient Roman gravel road up to the point where we will put our bikes on our backs and start bike hiking, as the gravel road turns into walking pathway that leads us up to the summit located at some 500 meters above the sea level. Some parts of this pathway can be passed on bike, but the way downhill is demanding even for very skilled bikers. The way down follows the wreath of mountain and gives you a clear view to two completely different sides of the mountain – the north one rich in forest and the south one which is completely free of vegetation but full of karst valleys and ruins of stone stables used for farming a century ago. Also, the view from this point encompasses mountains next to the coast of the Adriatic Sea.

Kruzi plato

Kruzi plato

View from Cincar on the Glamoč fields

View from Cincar on the Glamoč fields

In case that bad weather prevents you from climbing mountains, or if you simply want to take rest, we advise you to try rafting on the Una River which is situated in the Una National Park, or on the Vrbas River that hosted the 2009 World Rafting Championship. The experience of our partners guarantees an ultimate adrenaline adventure combined with food and drinks available at more than reasonable prices.

If you like our proposal for your MTB adventure in Bosnia-Herzegovina but you want to have it additionally customized, we will be glad to assist you. Please, contact us and tell us what your wishes are and we will prepare the MTB adventure of your dreams together!

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