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Hiking the Via Dinarica in Croatia

Via Dinarica | Croatia
Trip Highlights

Top three reasons to hike the Via Dinarica

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    A relatively new trail that remains largely untouched

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    The complete trail is 1,260 km long and takes about 60 days to complete

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    One of Europe’s least explored mountain ranges with old shepherd paths, ancient war routes, and long-established trails

This roughly 1,300 km long trail is all about exploring what has been there for millennia, almost untouched by human hand. The cross-cultural trip along the Via Dinarica connects all the countries of ex-Yugoslavia using old shepherd paths, ancient war routes, long-established trails, and some that are brand new. The area is filled with villages and stone fortresses, rich history, wildlife, and unique communities. White Trail — the most popular option for segment hiking — starts in Slovenia and summits the highest peak in each country all the way to Albania! There are also many shorter segments that can take less than a day to hike. You can find challenging ascents with spectacular panoramic views all along the Croatian coast, and some of the most accessible routes begin in the Sinj area. Summit Sinjal (1831 m) is the highest peak in Croatia overlooking Peruča lake, Kijevski Kozjak, Svilaja, and Troglav — another peak with a small curved plateau at the top. Dinara is also quite a wild mountain — if you’re lucky, you’ll spot all kinds of animals, from wolves and jackals to lynx, wild boar, and deer! Find out more about hiking the untouched nature of the via Dinarica from Ante Romac – local Croatian hiker and owner of Dinaric Guides.

Season

April through October, but May and October are prime time

Nearest city

Sinj, CRO, is about an hour away from the trailhead

Duration

1 day or more

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Itineraries

Choose how you spend your day

Half-Day of Hiking Debelo Brdo With a Private Guide

Half-Day

Debelo Brdo is the most prominent peak of Mosor, and due to its position, one of the best observation posts in the area! Magnificent vistas overlooking the highest Dinaric peaks, mountain Svilaja, Split, and the magnificent valley of river Cetina are what makes this hike so interesting. Let your guide take you on this short hike and explore the trails leading to a natural spring and a peak marked by a large cross.

Half-Day of Hiking Maglaj With a Private Guide

Half-Day

Explore the vivid Dinaric plateau with a guide and enjoy the magnificent views of the highest Dinaric peaks. The hiking trip starts at the mountain hut “Sveti Jakov” on the Vrdovo plateau. The trail to Maglaj leads slowly uphill, along the karst bear hill and macadam road. With each and every meter climbed, you will experience unforgettable sights that make this trip so attractive!

Hiking Sinjal With a Private Guide

Full-Day

Join your guide on an adventure to the summit Sinjal (1831m/6000ft) — the highest mountain peak in Croatia! The shepherd’s trails traverse through vast fields of grass and limestone, and as you hike, you can spot a myriad of wild animals specific to this area. Once you reach the top, enjoy the views in all directions and relax under the clear blue skies.

Hiking Troglav With a Private Guide

Full-Day

Troglav is a 30 km long three-headed mountain range just 2 km away from the Croatian border. This trail named after a Slavic deity offers unforgettable and wonderful viewpoints in all directions, overlooking Kijevski bat, Cetinsko and Livanjsko polje, Peruća lake, and Kamešnica. Most of the trail is forested, providing shade in the summer days. Explore a labyrinth of peaks up to 1700 m, ridges and plateaux with a guide, reach a small curved plateau at one of the peaks, and enjoy the spectacular 360° views!

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in Dinara, Croatia

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Dinara, Croatia, please refer to the Croatian’s Ministry of Internal Affairs website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • A half or full day of hiking depending on your chosen itinerary
    • Insurance policy
    • Reservation of transportation from Sinj and back

What’s not included:

    • Transportation 
    • Accommodation
    • Food and snacks

How fit do I need to be?

The Via Dinarica is a demanding hiking trail, and the terrain ranges from family-friendly to very challenging summit days. For beginner hikes, if you can walk for four to six hours with little elevation gain, you are good to go! Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between four to eight miles. Advanced hikes are full day treks with steep descents and challenging switchbacks. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
    • Hiking poles — optional
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
    • Snacks 
    • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
    • Spare clothes for layering
    • Waterproof rain jacket
    • Sunhat
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • For this private adventure, the usual client to guide ratio is 5:1. 
    • The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family!

Hiking along the via Dinarica can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to via Dinarica, most people fly into Zagreb International Airport or Dubrovnik International Airport. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to Sinj when your tour begins. Both Zagreb and Dubrovnik are less than 4 hours away by car.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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