- Remote and spectacular winter scenery
- Explore the historic highlights of both Sarajevo and Mostar
- Fascinating Bosnian culture, with its European and Near Eastern influences
Although Sarajevo played host to the 1984 Winter Olympics, these days it may not be the first place that springs to mind as a winter destination. But the incredibly wild and remote mountain ranges that surround Bosnia's capital are a wonderful playground for adventurous exploration on snowshoes. Climbing through pine forests we follow crystal-clear streams to glacial lakes, frozen waterfalls and spectacular snow-covered summits. The mountains are very peaceful and sparsely populated, but even in the middle of winter we will find life in the occasional 'katuni' settlement of the local shepherds. We spend a memorable night in one of their villages, learning about the local culture and feasting on traditional highland food. With time for sightseeing in Sarajevo itself and the option of a visit to the famous city of Mostar, there is far more to this week than simply the fantastic snowshoe walks.
What makes this trip responsible?
All guides and drivers used on the trip are local, and the accommodation is generally small and family run. Visiting in the winter is particularly important as tourism is very rare in the mountainous regions during these months and guiding work is hard to come by outside of summer months. Our local partners in Bosnia are extremely sensitive to responsible tourism and have gone out of their way to help to promote tourism in remote villages. They have assisted some local families in creating the guesthouse accommodation that we use in Umoljani and encouraged shepherds to host our groups at their traditional accommodation. This brings a useful form of income in the winter as well as helping to protect their traditional heritage and lifestyle.
Snowshoeing in Bosnia