Hiking in Sutjeska National Park (Zelengora mountain, Perucica primeval forest, Trnovacko lake…)

hiking sutjeska national park

In addition to rafting, guests of our rafting center are almost always eager to learn more about our tradition, culture and nature, unique in its beauty. What we recommend to them is to stay one more day after rafting and spend it hiking (walking in the nature), where you will enjoy unreal landscapes and our professional guides’ the stories. Let us try to describe a hiking tour to Trnovacko Lake.

We socialize with breakfast while preparing to visit the most beautiful ice lake in these mountains - Trnovacko Lake. We start the drive from our Rafting Center Drina Tara at 9 am and after one hour of driving we will enter the National Park Sutjeska. The area of NP Sutjeska is 175 km² (about 1.9 bil. Ft²).

hiking sutjeska

Half an hour after entering the NP Sutjeska, while walking slightly uphill, we reach Dragoš Sedlo at 1242 m above sea level. Here is the last primeval forest  in Europe - Perucica, taking the area of 14.34 km² (154 mil. Ft²).


hiking sutjeska perucica


Criteria for the forest to be a primeval forest are the following: Must be untouched. A certain amount of wood mass per unit area is required.


The richness of the flora and fauna of Perućica make it unique in Europe, because it has over 170 species of trees and shrubs, and more than 1,000 species of herbaceous plants.

After a brief visit to the rainforest, we continue on.

After half an hour we come to the plateau, Prijevor (old Serbian word for ‘the notch’) at 1668m above sea level. The view from here is incredible. We are surrounded by more than 2000m high mountains. There is, above all, Maglic (2386m), the highest peak of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The wealth of the flora is astounding. We come across a variety of alpine and exotic plants. Starting with wild orchids, yellow and violet tiger lilies, mountain mints, thyme, wild oregano, mountain germander (which contains natural anesthetic), bearberry (used by Native Americans as a part of the pipe of peace, and for which they claim to possess hallucinogenic properties). There is also divers (Wooly Mullein), whose seed Native Americans use as a paralytic poison for fish.

At the Prijevor plateau we leave the vehicles and start walking. Descending, we arrive at the Suva jezerina  (Dry lake) (1357m), which used to be a lake. In early spring, the snow melting from the surrounding mountains forms a temporary lake, completely disappearing in early June.

hiking zelengora

From here we continue climbing. After half an hour we arrive at 1517m above sea level. The hiking is about 5.5 km long (1668m-1357m-1517m) and it takes about 1.5h of walking. We come to the final destination of our hiking - to Trnovacko Lake. The lake is of a unique heart shape, about 3 km in volume. The greatest depth is 9m. It is extremely clean and transparent, as well as all ice lakes, which is why they are known to the people as "mountain eyes". In July and August it is possible to swim in it. The brave ones sometimes do it  in June.

In return we also have 1.5 hours of easy walking. We leave Prijevor around 5pm and arrive to our rafting center around 7pm, just in time for dinner. Here, our guests happily exchange their experiences and photos from this (quite unique) day spent in nature..

hiking sutjeska

Once again this year we will be taking you to this undoubtedly magnificent and unusual hiking tours!

This post was created with the help of our professional guide on our hiking tours, Dragan Boškovich.

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