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Snowshoeing & Winter Walking in Bosnia - Exodus Travels
Snowshoeing & Winter Walking in Bosnia - Exodus Travels
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12 reviews
Starts
Sarajevo
Destinations
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Ends
Sarajevo
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Highlights

  • Explore Sarajevo's remote mountain ranges
  • Snowshoe around the villages of Umoljani & Gradina
  • Cross the famous old bridge in Mostar
  • Follow crystal-clear streams to glacial lakes
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
15
Start and end in Sarajevo! With the discovery tour Snowshoeing & Winter Walking in Bosnia, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Sarajevo, Bosnia and 6 other destinations in Bosnia. Snowshoeing & Winter Walking in Bosnia is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Snowshoeing & Winter Walking in Bosnia reviewer 1
    Written on March 8, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    We had a great holiday - in spite of the extreme weather conditions which meant that the itinerary had to be re-scheduled somewhat - I've never seen quite so much snow! The countryside was beautiful, the Bosnian people seem warm and friendly and with so much unknown history and culture, it was an extremely interesting place to visit.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The most thought-provoking, was standing outside the Catholic Cathedral in Sarajevo and learning that this had been a sniper hotspot, where many had been killed and wounded during the war - it makes things far more real to actually be there.The most surreal moments, were having a taste of white-out conditions, walking in a snow blizzard and realising you really can see nothing, but you know that people are walking right in front of you!The moments that will always make me smile, were coming in from the cold to a log fire in a mountainside house, where we enjoyed a local cuppa with chunks of chocolate, whilst being introduced to a range of Bosnian/Balkan folk music styles (and a bit of the Beatles thrown in on the side)!The most heart-warming moments were everyone's kindness when I wasn't well on our last walk out, so a big thank you to my fellow travellers, our super guides and all the residents at our lunch stop mountain hut/house.What did you think of your group leader?Our two group leaders were excellent. Knowledgeable, friendly, well organised. I think the constant need to re-organise and change plans would have made our week particularly tricky and they did an exceptional job under the circumstances, in far from ideal conditions. The mini-van driver was also very good in very difficult winter conditions - he got us delivered and collected safely every time!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Bosnia doesn't have an indoor smoking ban, so attitudes and ideas around smoking are quite different to the UK- whilst the guides can help in the guest houses, etc., out in restaurants and public places its something you have to put up with.The weather adds the element that gets this trip into the challenging category. Even with appropriate clothing and doing some good exercise it was extremely cold and it can take a while to get warm (if you tend to be one of those people who feels the cold more than others)!Is there anything else you would like to add?Overall a great holiday, with lovely fellow travellers and excellent guides. Only a couple of things I can think of that might have improved things a little.It would have been good to know that Sarajevo currently shuts the drinking water supply off over night to conserve water. It caught us out when we arrived late at night and had to leave early morning. Just knowing to fill up water bottles in advance, so you can clean teeth or get a drink would have been handy!I know things were rather in flux due to the weather, but it might have been good if Exodus could have let us know that the first stay in the 'mountain hut' was definitely off in advance. I think some people wouldn't have taken sleeping bags out with them if they had known they had, in effect, become an optional item. (I believe the decision was made a few days before we left, so an email might have been possible)?

  • Snowshoeing & Winter Walking in Bosnia reviewer 2
    Written on March 8, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    We had a great holiday - in spite of the extreme weather conditions which meant that the itinerary had to be re-scheduled somewhat - I've never seen quite so much snow! The countryside was beautiful, the Bosnian people seem warm and friendly and with so much unknown history and culture, it was an extremely interesting place to visit.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The most thought-provoking, was standing outside the Catholic Cathedral in Sarajevo and learning that this had been a sniper hotspot, where many had been killed and wounded during the war - it makes things far more real to actually be there.The most surreal moments, were having a taste of white-out conditions, walking in a snow blizzard and realising you really can see nothing, but you know that people are walking right in front of you!The moments that will always make me smile, were coming in from the cold to a log fire in a mountainside house, where we enjoyed a local cuppa with chunks of chocolate, whilst being introduced to a range of Bosnian/Balkan folk music styles (and a bit of the Beatles thrown in on the side)!The most heart-warming moments were everyone's kindness when I wasn't well on our last walk out, so a big thank you to my fellow travellers, our super guides and all the residents at our lunch stop mountain hut/house.What did you think of your group leader?Our two group leaders were excellent. Knowledgeable, friendly, well organised. I think the constant need to re-organise and change plans would have made our week particularly tricky and they did an exceptional job under the circumstances, in far from ideal conditions. The mini-van driver was also very good in very difficult winter conditions - he got us delivered and collected safely every time!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Bosnia doesn't have an indoor smoking ban, so attitudes and ideas around smoking are quite different to the UK- whilst the guides can help in the guest houses, etc., out in restaurants and public places its something you have to put up with.The weather adds the element that gets this trip into the challenging category. Even with appropriate clothing and doing some good exercise it was extremely cold and it can take a while to get warm (if you tend to be one of those people who feels the cold more than others)!Is there anything else you would like to add?Overall a great holiday, with lovely fellow travellers and excellent guides. Only a couple of things I can think of that might have improved things a little.It would have been good to know that Sarajevo currently shuts the drinking water supply off over night to conserve water. It caught us out when we arrived late at night and had to leave early morning. Just knowing to fill up water bottles in advance, so you can clean teeth or get a drink would have been handy!I know things were rather in flux due to the weather, but it might have been good if Exodus could have let us know that the first stay in the 'mountain hut' was definitely off in advance. I think some people wouldn't have taken sleeping bags out with them if they had known they had, in effect, become an optional item. (I believe the decision was made a few days before we left, so an email might have been possible)?

  • Snowshoeing & Winter Walking in Bosnia reviewer 3
    Written on March 4, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A week before we set out we wondered if it would happen because of too much snow, but it did and we had a great time. It wasn't possible to do the itinerary as planned because of the amount of snow but the leaders always had good alternatives to ensure we could enjoy the trip.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Visits to the frozen waterfall and the mountain village.Seeing all that snow!What did you think of your group leader?2 leaders, Samer & Lorenc. Both were excellent with a wide knowledge of their country and an eagerness to share it with us. They were well prepared for all eventualities and made sure we had a great experience.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go. Walking through pristine snow is magical and the people and hospitality are excellent. You will probably have an easier time than we did as the amount of snow was exceptional this year but be prepared for things to be changed if the weather dictates it. The experience will still be great.Is there anything else you would like to add?Don't be put off by the previous negative history of the area, it's a friendly place to be.We're hoping to do a summer trip next year

  • Snowshoeing & Winter Walking in Bosnia reviewer 4
    Written on March 4, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A week before we set out we wondered if it would happen because of too much snow, but it did and we had a great time. It wasn't possible to do the itinerary as planned because of the amount of snow but the leaders always had good alternatives to ensure we could enjoy the trip.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Visits to the frozen waterfall and the mountain village.Seeing all that snow!What did you think of your group leader?2 leaders, Samer & Lorenc. Both were excellent with a wide knowledge of their country and an eagerness to share it with us. They were well prepared for all eventualities and made sure we had a great experience.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go. Walking through pristine snow is magical and the people and hospitality are excellent. You will probably have an easier time than we did as the amount of snow was exceptional this year but be prepared for things to be changed if the weather dictates it. The experience will still be great.Is there anything else you would like to add?Don't be put off by the previous negative history of the area, it's a friendly place to be.We're hoping to do a summer trip next year

  • Snowshoeing & Winter Walking in Bosnia reviewer 5
    Written on March 3, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fabulous unspoit countryside, amazing people, interesting culture and a desire to return to Bosnia to explore even more of the country.   Energetic, energizing holiday and will be snow-shoeing again!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Scenery - unspoilt, dramatic and wild.What did you think of your group leader?Superb double act between Samer & Lorenc.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Its pretty active and the category given by Exodus is spot on.

  • Snowshoeing & Winter Walking in Bosnia reviewer 6
    Written on March 3, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fabulous unspoit countryside, amazing people, interesting culture and a desire to return to Bosnia to explore even more of the country.   Energetic, energizing holiday and will be snow-shoeing again!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Scenery - unspoilt, dramatic and wild.What did you think of your group leader?Superb double act between Samer & Lorenc.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Its pretty active and the category given by Exodus is spot on.

  • Snowshoeing & Winter Walking in Bosnia reviewer 7
    Written on February 28, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Marvelllous adventure in a beautiful country which was under record amounts of snow at the time of our visit. This meant the itinerary had to be changed but our leaders Samer and Lorenc always had great alternatives for us to enjoy.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Visiting a mountain village, enjoying the best of Bosnian hospitality and home-cooked food; going out in exhilarating blizzard conditions, before returning to the warm and dry.And a sunny walk in beautiful snow to a frozen waterfall (one of our leaders' 'Plan B' walks).What did you think of your group leader?Samer and Lorenc - marvellous leaders, giving us an adventure without ever compromising safety, and wonderful alternatives when the conditions didn't allow the original plan to be followed. full of enthusiasm for the activities and their country. Their vision for Bosnia's future is inspiring.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?GO!Take plenty of warm clothes and you won't feel cold.Is there anything else you would like to add?Conditions are very unpredictable - there may not be much snow, for us there was very deep soft snow which made hard slow work working through - but working as a team made it all the more enjoyable. This has got to be one of the best holidays available whatever the conditions.A visit to Bosnia is also very thought-provoking - a country which went through a terrible war so recently, but where you will meet some of the friendliest people in the world and see a vision of a brighter future.

  • Snowshoeing & Winter Walking in Bosnia reviewer 8
    Written on February 28, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Marvelllous adventure in a beautiful country which was under record amounts of snow at the time of our visit. This meant the itinerary had to be changed but our leaders Samer and Lorenc always had great alternatives for us to enjoy.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Visiting a mountain village, enjoying the best of Bosnian hospitality and home-cooked food; going out in exhilarating blizzard conditions, before returning to the warm and dry.And a sunny walk in beautiful snow to a frozen waterfall (one of our leaders' 'Plan B' walks).What did you think of your group leader?Samer and Lorenc - marvellous leaders, giving us an adventure without ever compromising safety, and wonderful alternatives when the conditions didn't allow the original plan to be followed. full of enthusiasm for the activities and their country. Their vision for Bosnia's future is inspiring.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?GO!Take plenty of warm clothes and you won't feel cold.Is there anything else you would like to add?Conditions are very unpredictable - there may not be much snow, for us there was very deep soft snow which made hard slow work working through - but working as a team made it all the more enjoyable. This has got to be one of the best holidays available whatever the conditions.A visit to Bosnia is also very thought-provoking - a country which went through a terrible war so recently, but where you will meet some of the friendliest people in the world and see a vision of a brighter future.

  • Snowshoeing & Winter Walking in Bosnia reviewer 9
    Written on March 25, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    Third snowshoeing trip with Exodus and the most varied yet.  A brilliant way to combine snowshoeing with ancient & modern history in a fascinating country.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Getting to the tops of well chosen peaks with classic 360 degree panoramas.The home smoked meat and stew in the katuni was remarkably good but if you have a clear night don't forget to look at the stars as it must be one of the few dark places left, especially with a bit of the home produced "apple brandy" to bring the heavens to life.    What did you think of your group leader?Superb. Lorenc and Samer were fantastic.  Really do not know how so much food for the lunches came out of their packs and they tailored the pace of the snowshoeing really well.  They went out of the way to provide insights on the places and history, including their experiences from the 1990's. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We had some warm and sunny weather (plus some fog) so take layers rather than really thick clothes.Loads of ATMs near the hotel and in the centre of Sarajevo but large denomination notes are not easy to use (you don't spend a huge amount!) so put in an odd amount (eg 90 or 190 Marks) rather than 100 or 200 to get some smaller notes and save coins for trams and museum entrance.  If reading older guide books, law changed in late 2010 so that tourist places don't take Euros directly.It was a small group and there wasn't enough take up for the Mostar trip but fear not as there is enough to keep you going for the day in Sarajevo.  If you want a blast of 1980s nostalgia - Torvill & Dean straight 6s - and happen to go near the Olympic stadium, the little (free) museum is quite quirky and the director was definitely a bit surprised to have some visitors in mid February.  For those who don't routinely take cold dips, a pack of wet wipes for the night in the katuni - it was a tad cool in the bathroom.  Is there anything else you would like to add?Reading The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway gives an insight to life during the awful siege especially as the hotel is in the part of town where the story is set.  The Tunel Museum (which we visited en route to one of the walks) and the Historical Museum are a must.  

  • Snowshoeing & Winter Walking in Bosnia reviewer 10
    Written on March 25, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    Third snowshoeing trip with Exodus and the most varied yet.  A brilliant way to combine snowshoeing with ancient & modern history in a fascinating country.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Getting to the tops of well chosen peaks with classic 360 degree panoramas.The home smoked meat and stew in the katuni was remarkably good but if you have a clear night don't forget to look at the stars as it must be one of the few dark places left, especially with a bit of the home produced "apple brandy" to bring the heavens to life.    What did you think of your group leader?Superb. Lorenc and Samer were fantastic.  Really do not know how so much food for the lunches came out of their packs and they tailored the pace of the snowshoeing really well.  They went out of the way to provide insights on the places and history, including their experiences from the 1990's. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We had some warm and sunny weather (plus some fog) so take layers rather than really thick clothes.Loads of ATMs near the hotel and in the centre of Sarajevo but large denomination notes are not easy to use (you don't spend a huge amount!) so put in an odd amount (eg 90 or 190 Marks) rather than 100 or 200 to get some smaller notes and save coins for trams and museum entrance.  If reading older guide books, law changed in late 2010 so that tourist places don't take Euros directly.It was a small group and there wasn't enough take up for the Mostar trip but fear not as there is enough to keep you going for the day in Sarajevo.  If you want a blast of 1980s nostalgia - Torvill & Dean straight 6s - and happen to go near the Olympic stadium, the little (free) museum is quite quirky and the director was definitely a bit surprised to have some visitors in mid February.  For those who don't routinely take cold dips, a pack of wet wipes for the night in the katuni - it was a tad cool in the bathroom.  Is there anything else you would like to add?Reading The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway gives an insight to life during the awful siege especially as the hotel is in the part of town where the story is set.  The Tunel Museum (which we visited en route to one of the walks) and the Historical Museum are a must.  

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  1. Day 1: Start Sarajevo.
  2. Day 2: Transfer 1.5 hours to Umoljani Village on the Olympic mountain of Bjelasnica. Snowshoe to Visocica Mountain and Crveni Kuk Peak (1733m).
  3. Day 3: Snowshoeing around the villages of Umoljani and Gradina, including the cascades of Studeni Potok, Rakitnica Canyon and Saruk Peak (1828m).
  4. Day 4: Ascend to a spectacular ridge with views across to Montenegro, continue to Babin Do ski resort.
  5. Day 5: Walk through spruce and fir forest to a mountain hut on Igman Mountain, see two 1984 Olympic sites. Overnight in Sarajevo.
  6. Day 6: Free day to explore the fascinating city of Sarajevo, or for an optional visit to the city of Mostar with its famous old bridge.
  7. Day 7: To Trebevic peak (1629m) for spectacular views of the surrounding area.
  8. Day 8: End Sarajevo.

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    When our chosen tour date was full other dates were suggested. The staff was patient in guiding us with regards to our many questions related to dietary needs and other information related to the trip. The staff was friendly and respectful on every phone call.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 262 km.
  • Sarajevo (Bosnia)
  • 20 km
  • Umoljani (Bosnia)
  • 5 km
  • Bjelasnica (Bosnia)
  • 5 km
  • Umoljani (Bosnia)
  • 20 km
  • Sarajevo (Bosnia)
  • 8 km
  • Hrasnica (Bosnia)
  • 8 km
  • Sarajevo (Bosnia)
  • 68 km
  • Mostar (Bosnia)
  • 68 km
  • Sarajevo (Bosnia)
  • 30 km
  • Jahorina (Bosnia)
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