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Jelašca Village – a Bosnian Hobbiton

Where beautiful adventure begins

In one of the most remote areas of the Via Dinarica White Trail in Bosnia and Herzegovina, at over 1, 000 m.a.s.l. lies a Hobbiton-like, tiny village of Jelašca – a starting point for a great adventure.

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Zelengora Mountain and its five ‘mountain eyes’

The whole mountain hike which includes three summits and five lakes over Zelengora and Lelija Mountains is only for the really fit and adventourus hikers. It would take you 14 hours to hike over 37 km of pretty challenging terrain (stage BH-W-11). The trail connects Zelengora and Maglić Mt. within Sutjeska National Park and continues further towards Durmitor NP in Montenegro. This trail over stunning Zelengora Mt. will take you to 5 out of 9 crystal clear lakes, known as ‘mountain eyes’: Štirinsko, Jugovo, Orlovačko, Gornje and Donje Bare Lake. The last of them (Donje Bare Lake) is famous as a place to spot a bear.

Lalović B&B

Thanks to the support of Via Dinarica, Lalović family, Milica and Dragoslav Lalović and their 3 lovely children, decided to provide shelter and food to the avid hikers walking this path. Dragoslav, a creative and enthusiastic carpenter made a cozy mountain hut and 5 bungalows with his own hands and plans to make more.

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Etno museum

The whole place is like an etno museum filled with knick knacks from their family heritage. You can entertain yourself for hours learning about history and the way of life of their ancestors and Dragoslav is more than happy to share some of the stories with his guests. They started construction in 2016. and at the moment they can host 30 people, but they plan to continue building.

Home made and organic food

Lalović B&B also provides their guests with delicious home grown organic food. They have their own cows, chickens and sheep that provide them with meat and dairy products and a green house for veggies. Milica tells me that they are dedicated to health and don’t spray the garden with any chemicals. She also tells me how much her guests enjoy taking part in the whole rural household experience and love to work with her. You can enjoy the full experience of a mountain rural lifestyle if you like.

Making rakija

Naturally, they also make their own rakija (delicious fruit brandy made in the Balkans) and Dragoslav enthusiastically shows me the entire process. Making rakija is done in five main stages: harvest, preparation for fermentation, fermentation, distillation and aging & storage. In the process of distillation he is heating the fermented fruit to separate the alcohol from the water and pulp. Alcohol rises into the coils or pipes leading from the top of the still, then travels to the condenser to cool and then condenses into liquid. The purest rakija is found in the heart of the batch. The first ¼ or ½ liter is very potent, and can be poisonous. Traditional stills can be made from copper or steel and vary in size, shape and materials, and these are just part of the many elements that can influence the batch of rakija.

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Coming back

Even though I just came for a day visit I feel sorry to leave without spending the night in one of the lovely bungalows, enjoying the full experience. For now I am happy to get a taste of this place, as well as some home made rakija. Finally, they generously fill my bags with their delicious dairy products and wish me farewell. I am certainly looking forward to coming back here for the full experience.

 

Source: The Nomad Planet

The continuation of the Via Dinarica project began with the activities of maintaining and establishing new Via Dinarica trails in Bosnia and Herzegovina. So far, most of the trail work has been done on the White Trail sections, in the area from Ljuta village to the Sutjeska National Park, i.e. on the BH-W-10 and BH-W-11 stages.
Work on these trails have been actively run by the Mountaineering and Sports Association "Lelija" from Kalinovik, our partner in the development of the Via Dinarica route in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2015.

Led by club president Novak Govedarica, a team of volunteers worked on the trail maintenance and improvement, as well as well as on the new trail sections development along the Via Dinarica trail.

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 New trails that have been established:


• Javič - Štirinsko Lake + part of the Obalj – Romani - Graiseljići trail
• Barracks at Donji logor - Ravni - Graiseljsko polje - Tatinac
• Obalj - Suvo polje - Bukove glavice
• Obalj-Kladovo polje-Čengić bara - Kladopoljsko Lake
• Kladovo polje - Kladopoljsko Lake - Gnjila bara - Rukav-Jović vrela
• Poda - Omarni do - Urdeni dolovi - Podlelija
• Lukavac - Nenkovci
• Kuta(Vrela) - Radojev do-Sutulija

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Maintained and improved trails:

• Ljuta - Jakomišlje
• Jakomišlje - Lukavac - Vlaholje
• Vlaholje - Kalinovik - Jelešačko polje
• Ošlji do- Jelašca-Ješačko polje
• Jović vrela - Štirinsko Lake
• Ošlji do - Lelija- Jović vrela

The old markings were restored and new ones added. Since this is a mountainous area with frequent fogs and mists, it was necessary to repeat the markings and add new ones for better visibility. A large section of the trail was cleared since a large number of trail markings were covered with shrubs and bushes. New poles have been installed on several locations as direction-poles on the trail.

All trail information is available at trail.viadinarica.com

 

The second phase of the Via Dinarica project is implemented and co-financed by the United Nations Development Program in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNDP BiH), with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID BiH) and the Agency for Development Cooperation of the Republic of Italy (AICS). The second phase of this project is carried out in cooperation with local partners - the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the Ministry of Trade and Tourism of Republika Srpska, local authorities, as well as the non-governmental and private sectors active in tourism.

 

Due to numerous inquiries regarding volunteering options along the Via Dinarica trails, please fill in this online form so that we can contact you when opportunities arise.

We will be organising volunteering camps and will work together on the Via Dinarica trails!

Thank you for your trust!

Via Dinarica BH Team

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With the highest mountains of the Dinaric Alps, Kosovo* and Albania have to be fully integrated into the Via Dinarica White Trail. In order to integrate both Kosovo* and Albania, the good practice and expertise will be obtained, and assessments conducted by adventure tourism expert.

Therefore 200 km of new trail have to be GPS marked and at least 30 accommodation facilities recorded.

The adventure tourism expert have the following Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Conduct desk studies to gather information on existing trails and capacities.
  • Identify businesses and service providers operating along the trail.
  • Conduct a series of structured and semi-structured interviews with companies, existing and potential customers, local and international tourists.
  • Conduct comparisons and analysis of existing capacities and adventure tourism potential in the respected areas.
  • Conduct field visits in order to identify attractions and service providers operating along the trail and evaluate their current capacities and offer.
  • Assist on inclusion of new routes/tours, offers, products and services to mountain tourism markets via Via Dinarica web platform.

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General information about the Project

Responsible Party Agreement Identification Number: BIH10/00107611&00111453-Terra Dinarica-001

Title of the Project: Improvement of accessibility of Via Dinarica trails in Bosnia and Herzegovina and further affirmation of Via Dinarica brand

Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo*

Duration: 24 months (March 2019 - March 2021)

UNDP Grant/Total budget (EUR): 211.000USD

Implementing Partner:

Terra Dinarica (TD)

 

Executive summary:

The project builds on existing Project Via Dinarica: Assessment and Capacity Development (Phase II) and through previous projects funded by UNDP.

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) still struggle in achieving economic stability. Tourism, and in particular adventure tourism, has been identified by both local and international institutions as great potential tourism development in BiH. Job creation and income generation is a key factor in achieving that stability. Terra Dinarica aims to utilize the vast comparative advantages for BiH and the region in this field by developing the Via Dinarica as a mega brand that will be the foundation for broad, cross sector, environmentally sustainable development and job creation with a strong focus on vulnerable populations, such as women, elderly, youth and returnees in rural areas in the Dinaric region.

The project will be implemented over a 24 months span.

The project aims to provide follow-up on development activities on the White, Green and Blue Trails; to provide best practice and know – how on Via Dinarica trail assessment in Kosovo* and Albania; to promote and make visible all above mentioned through Via Dinarica web platform (OA - Outdooractive), and to gain Leading Quality Trail (LQT) – Best of Europe certificate for White Trail in BiH.

Therefore, above mentioned challenges will be addressed and goals achieved by:

  • Maintaining and improving the Via Dinarica trail infrastructure in BiH;
  • Identifying and assessing tourism stakeholders and resources along the Via Dinarica White trail in Kosovo* and Albania;
  • Promoting the Via Dinarica destination through OA web platform and social media channels;
  • Certifying the Via Dinarica White Trail in BiH under the LQT – Best of Europe quality certificate

Objective:

Kosovo* and Albania have begun to become an attractive adventure tourism destination. With the highest mountains of the Dinaric Alps, these two countries have to be fully integrated into the Via Dinarica White Trail. Even though, both countries have many trails that are marked and connected to Via Dinarica, there are still gaps along the trail as well as proposed variants. In order to integrate both Kosovo* and Albania trails into the Via Dinarica trail platform, the good practice and expertise will be obtained, and assessments conducted by adventure tourism expert. Therefore 200 km of new trails have to be GPS marked with at least 30 accommodation facilities recorded, as well as other points of interest.

In order to achieve above mentioned, the adventure tourism expert have the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Conduct desk studies to gather information on existing trails and capacities;
  • Identify businesses and service providers operating along the trail;
  • Conduct a series of structured and semi-structured interviews with companies, existing and potential customers, local and international tourists;
  • Conduct comparisons and analysis of existing capacities and adventure tourism potential in the respected areas;
  • Conduct field visits in order to gather GPS data, conduct assessment of trails conditions, identify attractions and service providers operating along the trail and evaluate their current capacities and offer;
  • Assist on inclusion of new trails, tours, points of interests, offers, and services to mountain tourism markets via Via Dinarica web platform;

Timeframe for implementation:

  • Kosovo assessment by the end of June 2020
  • Albania assessment by the end of June 2020

 

Profile of Expert(s)

Good knowledge of the topics required for the Assessment;

Previous work experience in outdoor adventure activities;

Good health and fitness

Experience in trail assessment and development

Experience in managing GPS data

Good computer skills

Good knowledge of English

Experience with GIS software platforms is an advantage

 

  1. Budget
  • Max 5.000USD including transport, accommodation, and other costs.

Please send by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) your technical and financial offer in line with the requirements of this ToR by no later than 28th Feb at 16:00 hrs. On the basis of the above requirements, the consultants shall submit an updated CV, pro-invoice in the form of the offer, valid certificates, and copy of the ID Card

 

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The second phase of the Via Dinarica project is implemented and co-financed by the United Nations Development Program in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNDP BiH), with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID BiH) and the Agency for Development Cooperation of the Republic of Italy (AICS). The second phase of this project is carried out in cooperation with local partners - the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the Ministry of Trade and Tourism of Republika Srpska, local authorities, as well as the non-governmental and private sectors active in tourism.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Delegation from Bosnia and Herzegovina, consisting of representatives of UNDP, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Spain, visited UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid to explore ways to jointly advance tourism development in the region, in particular in the framework of the Via Dinarica project.

 

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PARTNERS

viadinarica@viadinarica.com 

Via Dinarica BiH Terra Dinarica | Vladimira Nazora 2, 71000 Sarajevo, BiH
Phone: +387 62 393 393 e-mail: bosnia@viadinarica.com

Via Dinarica Croatia Ivanićgradska 59A, 10000 Zagreb, Cro
Phone: +385 91 500 55 27, Valentina Futač, e-mail: info@viadinarica.hr

Via Dinarica Slovenia RRA Zeleni kras, d.o.o., Prečna ulica 1, 6257 Pivka, Slo
Phone: +386(0)5 72 12 243, Fax: +386(0)5 72 12 245, slovenia@viadinarica.com

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