The Via Dinarica is a mega-trail that extends through the entire Dinaric Alps from Slovenia to Albania. National Geographic has named it as one of the best new destinations in the world for 2017. We want to make sure that the Via Dinarica lives up to its name! If you or your company consider yourselves to be socially responsible and looking for a tangible, effective and affordable way to give back to local communities that will make a lasting impact, our program might be something for you. The Via Dinarica needs your help to sustain as one of the key locomotives to the development the Dinaric Alps region. In order to promote sustainability and support the local communities benefitting from the Via Dinarica, the trail needs to be maintained and prepared for every season to ensure safety and access to visitors and domestic hikers alike. This difficult work is usually conducted by selfless volunteers from various hiking clubs throughout the region. More often than not they have to supply their own tools and materials to keep the trails in good shape. We’re aiming to help them do their volunteer work even better.
With the generous support of UNDP and USAID in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as the EU, GIZ and local institutions in other countries, most of the hiking trails have been marked and signposts placed. However, maintenance of trail infrastructure remains an open issue in most places.
Maintenance and preparation of the trails is a serious responsibility. Every spring the trails need to be cleared of branches and rocks, landslides or wash-off need fixing, and markings refreshed. Sometimes signposts are damaged by weather or animals and need replacing. Unfortunately, trees with trail markers are occasionally cut down by loggers. All these issues need to be fixed promptly.
Most hikers and tourists are not aware how much work stands behind properly maintained trails in popular hiking destinations. Most places have institutional support or mechanisms in place to ensure the safety and enjoyment of hikers. Our region struggles with resources to keep up this type of support…and that’s why we’ve developed this concept to create a sustainable support system that is beneficial to all.
You, as an individual or socially responsible company, can also take a part in maintaining the Via Dinarica trails and the Via Dinarica initiative by adopting a section of the trail. You can also adopt a shelter or support the work of the Via Dinarica support center.
In order to guarantee accountability and reliability for your assistance we will send each sponsor a short report each year on the activities along your adopted section of the trail. Also, any registered individual on the trail.viadinarica.com site can rate and leave a comment and/or describe the current conditions at the trail. Inspected spots can be marked on the map and photos uploaded to the site. These reviews cannot be controlled by site administrators and are placed on the heading photo on each trail description as seen below:
The reviews are published automatically on the Via Dinarica site, but also on several other channels of the Outdooractive platform, the largest outdoor portal in Europe. When someone reports on a trail conditions, the Via Dinarica support centre is alerted by e-mail. Local volunteers will be informed to check on reported condition and provide feedback. The report will not be removed from the site, but followed by the response from the field. This ensures that the entire history of interventions will be always be visible on the site. It is a highly transparent and efficient system!
Those who adopt a section of the trail will be listed on the supporters’ page and among the partners.
Those companies and individuals supporting maintenance of sections and stages enjoy following benefits:
1. On-site plaques (15x 20 cm) with the name and/or logo of the sponsor with desired inscriptions will be place on the trail on signposts or other location on at least each fourth kilometer along particular section.
2. The trail description includes remarks about and link to sponsors website (if applicable). In case the sponsor adopts an entire stage of the Via Dinarica trail, the author’s avatar can be replaced with the sponsors logo.
3. Number of photos from the trail are stamped by adopter’s logo and inscription supported by.
4. All sponsors are listed as partners and are included in the stories and blogs section to the particular section of the trail that you adopted.
Although many aspects of the project and the trail are still under development, the Via Dinarica popularity has been on the rise. During our first year in 2016 our content was displayed through our partners network, Outdooractive.com, more than 5,5 million times. Small print-out booklets and GPS tracks were downloaded over 5000 times.
The Via Dinarica has been listed among the top destinations in Europe and the world by several well-known publications. The Guardian included Via Dinarica tour among the 10 best holidays in Europe. Vogue recommends the Mountain Travel Sobek journey along the Via Dinarica as a top honeymoon trip, but also as the one of 9 destinations every woman should visit in 2017. Lonely Planet has regularly written about us and the German Geo lists Via Dinarica as a top trend destination. The most prestige recognition, however, was inclusion of Via Dinarica among the best travel destinations for 2017 by National Geographic Traveler. So our visibility and popularity continue to increase which makes it more important than ever to make sure we live up to the high quality expectations of international guests.
The Via Dinarica is more than just a trail. It is a one of a kind product that connects communities and pristine nature that represents the backbone of one the last European wilderness corridors. It is a hope for a better tomorrow for the people living in rural communities all along Dinaric Alps and a positive experience for every hiker, tourist or adventurer undertaking this challenge and taking that message home with them.
Here is the list of the Via Dinarica trail sections in Bosnia and Herzegovina available for "adoption":
|Stage/ section||Length||Adopted/Supported by||Maintained by|
|28||BHW03- Lib and Svinjar||22 km||PD OrlovaStina|
|29||BHW04- Vran mountain||20 km||PD OrlovaStina|
|30||BHW05-1 Čvrsnica: Vilinac||10 km||PD Plocno|
|30||BHW05-2 Čvrsnica: Plasa||18 km||PD Vilinac|
|31||BHW06-1 Prenj: Međuprenje||8 km||PD Prenj-Gl 1979|
|32||BHW06-2Prenj:Zakantar/Tisovica||10 km||PD Prenj-Gl 1979
|32||BHW06-2a Lučine-Poljica||10 km||HPD Prenj|
|32||BHW06-3a Poljica-Vršine||8 km||HPD Prenj|
|34||BHW08-2:Blaca/Lukomir||13 km||PD Zeljeznicar|
|35||BHW09-1 Umoljani-Tušila||18 km||PD Zeljeznicar|
|35||BHW09-2 Tušila-Ljuta||12 km||PD Zeljeznicar|
|35||BHW09-1a Umoljani –B.Vode||12 km||PD Zeljeznicar|
|36||BHW10 around Treskavica||31 km||PD Lelija|
This way, including Via Dinarica in "Travellers 21 Best of the World" programme, National Geographic Traveler, except from recognizing Balkan's natural beauties, acknowledged all organizations, mountain clubs and unions, mountaineers, adventurers and all other enthusiasts devoted to this concept in past several years.
In Terra Dinarica, coordinating Via Dinarica organization in BH, outline that this prestigious acknowledgement is a result of persistent, hard, but also visionary work of partnering organizations, volunteers network and support of international development agencies, UNDP and USAID in B&H. It is important to notice that Bosnia and Herzegovina is the first in region that prepared and marked all stages of Via Dinarica White Trail going through this country, officially opened in Blidinje this year in June.
Via Dinarica is not only chance for development, but also our reality and confirmed fact, say in Terra Dinarica. Due to this, it is necessary to encourage local governments and partnering organizations to give even bigger efforts to preserve natural heritage in BH, which can be and has to be used in sustainable manner that secures economic prosper to local people.
„Via Dinairca has replaced politics with nature. What could be more beautiful?!“ says Thierry Joubert, owner of Green Visions agency from Sarajevo.
Via Dinarica encompasses three trails in B&H: Green, White and Blue. Green trail passes through BH forests and it is ideal for family mountaineering and recreation; Blue Trail passes through SE Herzegovina and connects this region with Adriatic coast. White Trail, connecting summits of our highest mountains is most interesting to thru-hikers, adventurers, mountaineers and all other people looking for untouched natural beauty and mountain peace and tranquility.
If you wish to experience real adventure, to enjoy the untouched nature of Dinaric Alps, and get to know some of the Via Dinarica trails in Bosnia and Herzegovina, we are inviting you to apply for the Via Dinarica camp.
Cleaning and maintaining the trail, sleeping in tents, camp fire, orienteering, and carthographie are some of the activities and skills you can acquire during this camp, from 21st april to 2nd may 2017 on some of the most beautiful locations of the Via Dinarica White trail. How do you feel about visiting Prenj, Čvrsnica, the area of the river Rakitnica and the National Park of Sutjeska?
Age is not that important, but you have to count on rather difficult terrains. However you have time for a training and preparation until April. Participants are required to have standard hiking equipement with them, and the other equipement and tools will be provided.
Accomodation and food are covered by the organizer but participants are responsible for their travel expenses. Participants will be accomodated in the mountain huts and shelters, households and tents (depending of the accomodation capacity at the specific location).
The deadline for the aplication is 15.02.2017., and the maximal number of participants is 50.
After the selection, the chosen candidates will be informed about the details concerning the camp. Selected candidates are required to pay a deposit, which will be refunded to them upon the arrival to the camp. The payment of the deposit is a guaranty that the chosen candidates will come and participate, so that the organizer wouldn't have excess costs due to cancellations of candidates.
This is a great opportunity for all interested adventurers, outdoor enthusiasts, activists, volunteers and nature lovers. Spend your time in an useful and noble way!
I hiked more than 1200K through 4 different countries and added another 300K in Slovenia. The original Via Dinarica White Trail follows the Javorniki mountain range from Snežnik to Postojna. Although the forest up there is one of a kind, I decided to spend a bit more time in Slovenia, made a detour and set out an more ˝scenic route˝ through the beautiful Green Karst landscape. The last part of my Via Dinarica journey started in Ilirska Bistrica from where I headed back into the mountains, to Mašun, Sviščakih and Snežnik. I was blessed with fantastic weather. Cold, sunny and colorful. Autumn at its best.
Ilirska Bistrica memorial monument dedicated to fallen Slovenian soldiers
lirska Bistrica, Sveti Peter
Autumn coloured hills
Planinski Dom na Sviščakih
Early morning view on Snežnik forest. Super sunny freezing cold amazing autumn! Yes, this is why I hike.
On the top of Veliki Snežnik
After Slovenia’s highest non-Alpine mountain I decended to the municipality of Loška Dolina, at the foot of Snežnik mountain. Instead of hiking through the forest for the next few days, I stayed in this valley to see the other (in)side of Slovenian Dinaric Karst. Caves, sinkholes disappearing lakes and rivers, but also the culture that the mountains bring along. It’s an interesting rural area that in a way is still isolated from the big-city-influences. Loška Dolina has it’s own slang and own traditions. Dormouse hunting in order to survive the long, cold winters for example!
Who doesn’t want a room like this?!
The temperature dropped significantly, even in the valleys it was below zero at night so I thought it was a good idea to visit one of Slovenia’s coldest places, the Bloke Plateau… A perfect moment to change my little green house for a sweet wooden hut. Glamping!
At this point I was much further up north than I expected, I wanted to hike around Cerkniško Jezero and go up Veliki Javornik, but this would mean many more kilometres. I changed my plan and continued to Cerknica, said hi to the witches on Slivnica and found out that with my northern variant, I avoided the Bura that blew on the Javorniki mountainrange. Haha, ˝elk nadeel heb zijn voordeel˝ – Johan Cruijff.
Happy hiker?! The witches on Mount Slivnica are cooking some bad weather especially for me…
Dark dark Bura clouds…
Cerkniško Jezero: ˝More than just a lake˝, it’s a mystical disappearing lake
I took my time in Notranjska Regional Park to learn more about this beautiful Karst region, paid a visit to the Museum of Lake Cerknica and hiked along river Rak in Rakov Škocjan. When I arrived at Predjamski Grad, I reached the end of my route, but it didn’t feel like a finish. There was one more mountain which was absolutely impossible to ignore. Nanos.
Rakov Škocjan mali naravni most
Rakov Škocjan view from veliki naravni most on River Rak
Random tree art
Suhi Vrh, Nanos. Looking back. The trail lies behind me.
On Nanos I looked back. Poehh, this is it! Wow, I made it. I did it. I hiked the Via Dinarica!
Or a new beginning…
After a little break in Ljubljana I hopped back on a bus. The bus to Vipava, a little town on the other side of Nanos. I couldn’t get enough those mountains and I couldn’t deal with the fact it was over. A few more days… And I started to hike back, exploring and searching. For what? Something I might never find, but I enjoy doing!
Via Dinarica in BiH – Assessment and Capacity Development project office
Terra Dinarica Džemala Bijedića 185, 71000 Sarajevo, BiH
Phone: Phone: +387 63 272 935
Via Dinarica Croatia
Palmotićeva 27, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: +385 91 51 41 740, Alan Čaplar