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Balkan Kingdoms Trek

Est Adventure - 7 days

  • Balkan Kingdoms Trek
  • 7 days / 6 nights
  • Max. group: 16 Persons
  • Difficulty: Medium
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
FAQ
Packing List
Safety
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Overview

> Climb the highest peaks of Bosnia and Montenegro
> Go rafting through the deepest canyon in Europe
> Hike to several glacier lakes

Take a walk through the paths of old Kingdoms. Explore a past world, filled with history, unspoiled nature and gorgeous views in just 7 days. Climb the highest peaks of Bosnia and Montenegro, raft through the deepest canyon in Europe and hike to several glacier lakes. Encompassing all this into one dynamic, adventure and history riddled tour.

If you are, like ourselves, in a constant search for adrenaline and irreversibly in love with nature, you will definitely find something for yourself. You are bound to experience the extremes of both adrenaline and hedonism. All whilst learning about the history, culture and the way of life of these lands.

Our adventure will take us across Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro; through mountains, rivers, hidden places, and ancient cities.

Note: For this trek, the minimum number of trekkers to open a new group is 4. If you are alone or less than 4 people, get in touch with our trekking experts to find a group to join!

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1: Saturday

- Arrival in Dubrovnik airport
- Transfer to Tjentište – Sutijeska national park (3,5 h)
- Trek to peak Kuk
- Overnight stay in Tjentište

After a brief and warm welcome, we head directly to Tjentiste. Our first location is in the Sutjeska National Park, the oldest, as well as the largest of its kind in Bosnia and Herzegovina, known for its profound natural riches.

We’ll kick off our adventure in the beautiful surroundings of Mount Volujak.

With peaks above 2,000 meters with a large number of glacier lakes (17 to be exact), it presents a perfect place for hikers and trekkers alike. The path leads us through its green hills and lakes to its peak, simply called Kuk.

Due to its preserved and unspoiled nature, here lives one of the largest colonies of brown bears in the Balkans, as well as other wildlife.

After a couple of hours of trekking, we descend to the south and to our accommodation in Tjentiste for dinner and a well-deserved rest.

Day 2: Sunday

- Breakfast
- Climb Bosnian highest peak Maglic (2.386 m)
- Trek to Trnovacko lake
- Overnight stay

After our first day of trekking and essentially warming up, today we are ready for our first serious ascent – to the highest peak of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maglic. With our transfer, we reach to a passage at 1.700 m. From here, our interesting and challenging climb begins. We’ll be in some parts exposed to the elements, but if needed, always secured by steel cables, all along the ascent.

After climbing to the top (approx. 4h), we descend to Trnovo Lake, the heart of the national park of Sutjeska. Here, a well-deserved break awaits on its shores, giving us the strength to descend all the way down to the foot of the mountain, all while enjoying our downhill walk through deep, coniferous forests.

We arrive at our accommodation on Tjentiste just in time for dinner, freshly made from local produce. We rest and sum our impressions of our first proper adventure.

Day 3: Monday

- Breakfast
- Transfer to Tara River rafting (1h)
- Rafting through Tara canyon
- Overnight stay

The Tara River cuts through the Tara River Canyon, the longest canyon in Europe and the second-longest in the world after the Grand Canyon, being 78 kilometers long. The canyon is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is part of the Durmitor National Park.

Armed with helmets and neoprene suits, here we will set out on an unforgettable rafting tour, an intense adrenaline experience that will fully engage for a proper adventure.

After the conclusion of our rafting adventure, we’ll take a break on the banks of river Tara for lunch and afterward you’ll have free time to bathe and enjoy the sun.

As the night falls, dinner and a good night’s rest await.

Day 4: Tuesday

- Breakfast
- Transfer to Zabljak, Montenegro (3 h)
- Trek around Black and Snake lake
- Rest
- Overnight stay

On our fourth day, we’ll head over to Montenegro, for a nice and easy trek of Durmitor’s glacial lakes. Following our walk around Black Lake, we’ll have an opportunity to visit one of the other, nearby glacial lakes, but we could also simply lounge around and enjoy the astonishing views offered by our accommodation in Zabljak.

The depths of these lakes harbor numerous underwater passages, through which water flows into the rivers of Tara and Piva, representing a distinct natural phenomenon, a bifurcation of sorts. Black Lake, as well as the remaining glacial lakes in the vicinity of Durmitor, are collectively known as the Eyes of the Mountain.

In the afternoon we rest, preparing ourselves for tomorrow’s climb to Bobotov peak, the highest peak of Montenegro.

Day 5: Wednesday

- Breakfast
- Trek to Bobotov peak (2.522)
- Overnight stay in Zabljak

Today we’ll climb the highest peak on Durmitor, called Bobotov peak (2522 m). It’s one of the most attractive peaks of Durmitor, offering a stunning view of Škrcka lakes and surrounding peaks. During the ascent, we’ll hike and master an altitude difference of about 700 meters.

And for the final part, just before the summit, there is a section that’s secured by steel cables, where, with our help of experienced instructors, we’ll overcome this final obstacle and have a little congratulatory dance on the top.

After our successful ascent and safe descent back to Zabljak, we’ll have an opportunity to enjoy the local cuisine from this area. After this long hiking day, a good night's sleep will come as a guarantee, so we can recuperate our strength for the adventures that await us.

Day 6: Thursday

- Breakfast
- Transfer to Trebinje (3 h)
- Guided city tour of Trebinje old town
- Visit Tvrdos winery, with tasting of their selection of wine
- Overnight stay in Trebinje

After breakfast, we descend to the south and the city of Trebinje.

We take a tour of Trebinje’s old town, established as a small hamlet in the 18th century which quickly developed into a significant trading center in the region.

There is scarcely a town in Herzegovina that was not erected alongside a freshwater river. Trebinje is no exception; its old town lines the banks of the Trebisnjica River that flows through the heart of the city.

The river and the city have always been known for the enormous old mills which tread the Trebisnjica. Although they are not fully functional today, they remain a symbol of Herzegovina’s not-so-distant past when everything was directly connected to the power of nature.

We’ll spend our last day in this little, charming city, taking a guided tour on a leisure pace, summarizing our experiences, touring around little streets of Trebinje, leaving plenty of time for some quick, or not-so-quick gift shopping and just enjoying each other’s company. After, as a treat, we’ll head on to monastery Tvrdoš to visit and taste some of their famous wine selection, indigenous for this region.

Finally, we arrive back at our accommodation for our last dinner.

Day 7: Friday

- Breakfast
- Transfer to Dubrovnik airport

On our last day, after breakfast, we’ll be transferring back to Dubrovnik, from where we’ll say our goodbyes and wish for a safe flight home.

What's Included

Included:

√ Transport
Airport transfers and all local transfers during the trek are included. On the first day of the trek we will pick you up at Dubrovnik Airport and we will take you to Trebinje. On the last day of the trek, you will be driven back to Dubrovnik Airport, where you’ll catch your flight home. All other transfers needed during the trek are included.

√ Accommodation
During this trek, you will spend 6 nights of accommodation in private cabins and/or 3-star hotel rooms depending on the location (based on sharing a twin or double room). Your trekking company will take care of all the arrangements.

√ Meals
All breakfasts, dinners and lunches are included in the price of the trek. The food is local, fresh, home-cooked and hearty. Common food items include domestic cheeses and other dairy products, dry meats, fish, freshly baked bread and pastries, and local fruits and veggies. Let us know if you have any dietary needs we should meet.

√ Guide
You will be accompanied by a professional, local, English-speaking, UIAA licensed guide during the whole trek.

√ Taxes and fees
The tourist taxes and Sutjeska National Park fees required for this trek are included in the price of the trek. The trekking company will take care of all the arrangements for you.

√ Winery visit
On day 6 of the trek, you will visit Tvrdoš Monastery and you will enjoy a wine-tasting activity where you will try their famous wines.

 Rafting adventure
On day 3 of this adventure, you will go rafting on the Tara River. The trekking company will provide the helmets and neoprene suits necessary and you will be accompanied by a professional guide at all times.

Excluded:

× Airfare
You have to make your way to Dubrovnik Airport (DBV). The total amount is exclusive of flights. 

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Single supplement
If you want to stay in a single room, you will have to pay an additional fee.

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

× Extra drinks
Your trekking company will provide all meals during the trek. Drinks, however, are not included.

× Tipping
Tipps for the guide are not included in the price of the trek. You decide how much to tip, but if you got a good service from your guide, be generous.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During this trek, you will spend 6 nights of accommodation in private cabins and/or 3-star hotel rooms depending on the location. The rooms are based on a twin or double room shared basis. If you prefer a single room, you can have one at an extra cost. Your trekking company will take care of all the arrangements.

FAQ

FAQ

Can I start the trek from somewhere else?
This 7-day trek through the Balkan Kingdoms begins and ends at Dubrovnik Airport, in Croatia. However, if you are already in Bosnia and Herzegovina, you can arrange with the trekking company to meet at some other point, just let them know in advance.

Best season
Summer and early fall is the best season to experience the Balkans. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, daytime temperatures in summer range from 22 – 30 °C. However, at night it can get cooler, so don’t forget to still bring some layers of clothing to keep you warm! Also, during autumn days are a little bit shorter and thus colder with a higher chance of rain, so some kind of rain jacket is advised.

The interior of Montenegro has a sub-alpine climate, which means that summers are warm but winters can be quite harsh, with temperatures falling down to -15 °C and heavy snowfall. Summer and early fall are the best times to visit Montenegro (June to September). Overnight lows in the mountains range from 3 – 8 °C and daily highs range from 13 – 20 °C. Across the country, it generally rains about a third of the days each month. 

Tipping
Tipping is not so common in the Balkans and it is by no means a mandatory requirement. However, if you got a good service from your guide and you want to thank him, it will always be much appreciated. How much to tip your guide is up to you. 

Training
A reasonable level of fitness is required for hiking, approx. ascending 700 m at a relaxed pace. You will need to be able to handle 5 – 6 hours of hiking at a continuous pace for this adventure.

Being fit for this trek is not only important for your own safety but also for the whole team's. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the trek. If you are in good shape, this trek shouldn't be a problem for you. However, if you are worried that it might be too much, you can always train in advance, walking a few hours a day and climbing some stairs.  But don’t worry, your guide will be with you at all times and help you if needed, to complete your adventure securely and safely.

Packing List

Packing List

There are many things to take into account when getting ready for a trek. Packing the right stuff should be at the top of the list: the right clothes and equipment can make the difference when spending several days in the mountains. This is the reason why we always ask our partners to recommend a packing list for their trekkers. Here is EST Adventure's packing list:

- Hiking shoes
- Hiking trousers
- Breathable, quick-drying, sport clothes
- Sandals
- Swimsuit and towel
- Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
- Warm layers for evenings
- Rain (Gore-Tex) jacket
- Backpack (30L minimum)
- Shorts
- Energy/protein bars

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment.

EST Adventure

EST Adventure

EST Adventure is one man’s dream come true. No achievement in life, no peak climbed and no journey to the remotest part of the world can be fully appreciated if there is no friend with you to share the joy. It is for this very reason that EST Adventure was established – to share with you the wide experience gained by a small group of people in expeditions, explorations and adventures over the past fifteen years.

We believe that deep down in every one of us lies a little explorer, who, if given proper support, could climb even the highest peaks of the world. It only takes a little persistence to regain lost confidence and everything is possible. The people who have joined us and achieved their dreams, the dreams they could not even say loudly before are undeniable proof. Under our guidance over 250 mountaineers have successfully climbed the peaks over 6000 m high, and over 20 of them have had opportunity to view the world from summits over 8000 m high, the youngest of them was 18 years of age when he reached the top of Aconcagua (6962 m), while the oldest celebrated his 70th birthday on the same peak.

We shall not forget to mention those to whom objectives and major achievements do not represent the essence of their efforts, but it is the path they follow and the vastness they explore that they cherish. With them, we have travelled around areas seen by only a very few, met people whose simplicity of life and purity of soul changed our views of the world.

Our basic principle is unus pro omnibus et omnes pro uno – one for all and all for one, because we believe that good team spirit creates an atmosphere where everyone can express their value. We can thank this approach for the fact that our expeditions, treks and adventures represent true schools, where we all learn something new

Climbing to the top of a mountain is not just about testing your abilities; the experience that slowly penetrates your mind during the expedition, continuous questioning of yourself, insight into and discovering of your own inner self. It is a permanent process of self-knowledge in communication with Nature, and with other people in extreme conditions of life. It is also the communication with the people you meet there that will make you reconsider some of your own beliefs and prejudices. The encounter with another culture and way of life helps us gain a better perception of ourselves when we return home. What is important is not whether their or our views are right, but the broader viewing angle we gain by considering their points of view, either inward or outward.

In everyday life we are witnessing a great alienation between people, flourishing of individualism and egocentrism, fear of straightforward and honest communication, loss of confidence, which are all occurring before our own eyes… To travel together with like-minded people and sharing an experience can mark the beginning of a new chapter in your life. So, I am inviting you to join us on our adventures, to change together and go back home feeling completely renewed after each trip, with a secretive smile at the corners of your mouth, the meaning of which will remain unknown to all but a few. Life is wonderful.

How to Book

How does it work?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company.

Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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