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Via Dinarica BH-W-10 from Ljuta around Treskavica Mountain to Kalinovik City

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This trail stage gets you from Ljuta to Kalinovik by hiking or mountain biking. The hiking tour goes over southern slopes of Treskavica and Lukavac summit to Vlaholje village.
Distance 30.9 km
12:00 h
1,252 m
1,001 m
1,768 m
873 m
The trail mainly follows the macadam road from Ljuta to Kalinovik. At the crossing to Jakomislje, a hiking trail turns left up towards the Lukavac summit. From Lukavac the trail goes over the southern ridge of Treskavica over Orlov Kuk towards Kutski grad and inside to the mountain to Red Gorge (Crveni klanac). There it turns down to Vlaholje village, while the other trail continues via an old shepherd settlement called Nenkovci to the attractive Treskac summit and Gvozno field.

From Vlaholje, the trail follows a local road to the center of Kalinovik and continues to a former military barrack. It passes by an old German cemetery at Vezac, which is definitely worth visiting.

At the military barracks, the trail turns inward and follows a dirt road over the fields of Mirkova kosa to the last houses of the village Jelasca.

This Via Dinarica trail stage ends in Jelasca.

Author’s recommendation

Take this stage by bike to gain some time to explore Kalinovik. Hiking Lukavac and Treskac is also highly recommended.
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Update: September 21, 2017
Highest point
Lukavac, 1,768 m
Lowest point
Ljuta, 873 m
Best time of year

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Rest stops

Hotel Moskva
Oko Treskavice Household
B&B Simović Guesthouse
B&B at Lalovic family

Safety information

The area around the road is suspcted on landmines at some sections, so you should remain on that road when you see warning sign boards.

Mind your step on difficult terrain and watch for snakes when reaching with your hands or sitting on the grass in the shade.

The mountain rescue service is reached by calling 112.

Tips and hints

Contact Mountain Club Lelija from Kalinovik for assistance regarding this trail stage - +387 (0)65 762 703.

This couple from Belgium has passed part of this trail from Nenkovci - read about it on Debbie's blog.


Ljuta village (872 m)
43.578774, 18.305240
43°34'43.6"N 18°18'18.9"E
34T 282423 4828618


Jelasca village

Turn-by-turn directions

Bike or hike the macadam road for 10 km to the crossing to Jakomislje. There, turn left onto a trail going into the beech forest. The trail climbs up to just below the summit of Lukavac (1768 m), where you should turn right to continue on towards Vlaholje. The summit is just 10 minutes away, so you can visit it and come back to the same point.

From here, follow the trail to the next crossing, where you should turn left towards Nenkovci. At the next crossing after that, do not continue to Nenkovci, but turn right to Vlaholje.

The trail descends to Vlaholje and the first houses you pass are Simovica houses (Simovica kuce), where you can stay over night if needed. Near the first house, turn left onto the trail, instead of joining the road going to the houses. This trail brings you a road and there you should turn right, cross the creek and after the cemetery turn left. For the rest of the way, follow that road all the way to Kalinovik and watch for the sign pointing to Vezac if you want to visit it.

In the center of Kalinovik, the trail goes left following the main road towards Sarajevo and Foca.

After the fuel station, you will spot abandoned buildings and structures on the right side of the road. Here, you should turn right through the gate and continue on the road through this ex-military facility to the next gate. The road brings you to open, grassy fields and somewhere near the center of the field there is a nice medieval tombstone necropolis (Stecci) known as Mirkova kosa. It is just a hundred meters from the road, so it is worth visiting.

This dirt road brings you to Jelasca village where this stage of the trail ends. The next stage will continue by following the once regional macadam road towards Cemerno (direction right on the T junction at the end of Jelasca).

Public transport

No public transport to Ljuta village. 

By road

After Sinanovici continue straight on the macadam road to Ljuta village.


In the center of the village, close by the school and the mosque.


43.578774, 18.305240
43°34'43.6"N 18°18'18.9"E
34T 282423 4828618
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Wouter Beliën
October 15, 2022 · Community
Lots of gravel road walking in the first part, but trail became really nice after the turn to the Lukavac Mountain. Since my GPS was broken, I had to stick to the markings, which unfortunately disappeared after descending the mountain. I followed one of the multiple tracks, going more or less in the right direction, until trail marking appeared again. I followed these markings through a beautiful open and - later on - forested landscape, meeting the main trail again south of Vlaholje, so skipping some asphalt road. GPX @ As already mentioned, Kalinovik is a bit unfriendly, with no ATM, however a postoffice where one could withdraw money. Also great noodle soup for sale in one of the grocery shops. The friendly Lalovic family is 100% recommended!
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When did you do this route? July 03, 2022
Jasper Bongaards
July 07, 2022 · Community
The ATM in Kalinovik is out of order. However, there is a post office just near the ATM where we withdrew money without extra costs. The Simovica guesthouse was a really nice place to stay!
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Becki Grannan
July 06, 2022 · Community
Days like today make me hate this trail honestly 😅😅 Loads of flies but also several water fountains up the road to the Lukavac turning - you wouldn’t need to carry more than 1L until this point. Look on, I think they’re all on there. Easy walking up a road. A few people have mentioned here but indeed be careful coming off Lukavac and down past Orlov kuk - we followed the track and then came upon clear trail markings which differed to the GPS but we followed them. Historically the markings have been better, but not this time! Took us down a totally different way into a forest on a nice path which was fine (although hot) until the markings completely disappeared in the forest, and we weren’t even on a trail on We just carried on going on v muddy paths and came out just below Viaholje. We then had to go back north to stay at Simovića Kuce household which we LOVED (for more info see my review on there). Next day is an easy road to Kalinovik, a slightly odd town with a couple of shops and unfriendly people. As stated before not great food for hikers - no noodles for example - but enough to get you through. Also a small pharmacy. Water both in Kalinovik and Lalović family, who let us use their tap even though we didn’t stay.
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12:00 h
1,252 m
1,001 m
Highest point
1,768 m
Lowest point
873 m
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