Fly to Sarajevo, where you will be met by your tour leader at the hotel in the Old town of Sarajevo.
Transfer 1.5 hours to Umoljani village on the Olympic mountain of Bjelasnica. Winding through Bjelasnica's back roads we'll reach the Rakitnica River and cross over towards Visocica Mountain. Tucked in the hills just above the ridged walls of this mountain sits Sinanovici village (1,250m). The walk up will take us through beech forest and then open rocky terrain up to the summit of Crveni Kuk Peak (1,733m). You will be rewarded with far reaching views of the highest mountains in Bosnia & Herzegovina, as well as those in neighbouring Montenegro. We overnight in Umoljani.
Distance: 10km / Altitude gain 550m, loss 550m / Time 5-6hrs
This morning we start snowshoeing directly from our Pansion around the villages of Umoljani and Gradina. From the traditional style Bosnian Mosque in the village of Umoljani we'll trek to the watermills and beautiful source used for centuries as energy to grind wheat into flour. We hug the ridge until Rakitnica canyon awesomely opens up before us. After a 45 minutes of an uphill through thick snow we reach the Cascades of Studeni Potok. Here, at certain times of the year, the stream falls in numerous cascades into Rakitnica river, more than 300 meters below. Following the stream up we hit Studeno Polje (Field) and the serpent like formations of Studeni Potok (Stream). Here we'll have a super view of Obalj and the long flat valley of Studeno Polje (Fields). The shepherd's summer village of Gradina is just up the road and a hop-skip- and from here we will slowly ascend our today's peak, Saruk (1,828m) where we will make our lunch break. From here we will return through 'back door' to Umoljani village for another great night sleep and homemade dinner.
Distance: 12km | Altitude gain 450m, loss 450m | Time 6-7hrs
Leaving Umoljani village we snowshoe toward Babin Do, the main ski resort on this mountain. An ascent to the saddle right above Stirna Lokva offers extraordinary views of the mountains of Treskavica and Visocica and on a clear day the towering mountains on the Montenegrin border are often visible. On the way to Stirna Lokva we enjoy a nice picnic and a hot tea or coffee. We'll hike around the eastern ridge to the open valley on the opposite side of Bjelasnica's highest peak, arriving at the Babin Do ski resort. A very short transfer (15mins) takes us to our accommodation on the neighbouring Olympic Mountain, Igman. This area has an interesting micro climate caused by the particular relief of the area, with natural sinkholes and distinctive mountains and vegetation. Bosnia's lowest ever January temperature was recorded here, a chilly -43 degrees C. This isn't the norm, but it can get very cold here so its worth packing a few extra layers!
Distance: 8km / Altitude gain 150m, loss 350m / Time 5-6hrs.
A beautiful spruce and fir forest trail takes us towards a wonderful mountain hut, hidden deep in the thick forests of Igman Mountain. In an hour or so we reach the hut, rest and refill our water bottles with fresh spring water. After a pleasant break we continue north, down into the valley of Sarajevo city. After some two hours of fairly steep descent, we reach a plateau with views over the city in the distance. We finish this beautiful and fairly straightforward walk in Hrasnica, a suburb of the city of Sarajevo. Short 20 minutes transfer will take us to our accommodation in the Old town.
Distance: 6.5km / Altitude gain 200m, loss 800m / Time 4-5hrs.
Free day to explore the fascinating city of Sarajevo or for an optional visit to the city of Mostar with its famous old bridge. Mostar was founded in the 15th century and well worth a visit. The architecture is a combination of Turkish ingenuity and Herzegovinian and Dalmatian workmanship. Many people will have heard a great deal about this city, which was split during the conflict in the early 1990s. You will still see the scars of war, but these days Mostar is a warm and bustling place with a fascinating history.
Today we will make a day snowshoe hike so close to your accommodation yet so far away from every daily life in Sarajevo. A great pre-war Sarajevo favorite and a chance to see Sarajevo on a beautiful day from Olympic Mountain of Trebevic. We take the back road to Jahorina via Vraca to Brus, where we park our vehicle and start our 500 meters ascend to the peak of Trebevic (1,629 meters). Our walk takes us along a long and winding mountain trail. Although we will be traveling most of the way through pine and spruce covered forests you will be treated occasionally to beautiful views of surrounding mountains.
We arrive at the top and if the weather permits you will stand at the centre of a white universe and see Sarajevo, all immediate surrounding towns and villages, as well as mountains of Romanija, Maglić, Volujak, Zelengora, Lelija, Treskavica, Visoćica, Prenj, Cvrsnica, including our previous two destinations Olympic Mountains Bjelanica & Igman... Having been soaked in the sights we descend via an alternative shorter trail to the mountain hut where we will make a break for some hot tea, cocoa or even a icy cold beer.
Distance: 10km / Altitude gain 600m, loss 550m / Time 6-7hrs.
Transfer to Sarajevo airport; fly to London.