From the lake, the path heads east and orientation should not be difficult, as your goal is to descend into the canyon of Sutjeska River. Before turning left and starting your descent, it would be nice to visit the Borić viewpoint. Overlooking the Canyon of Sutjeska River from Borić, it’s possible to see the highest peak of B&H - Maglić, as well as Volujak Mountain.
Once you are back at the junction, there is a sign pointing towards Kovačev Panj. Follow the gully across the meadow and soon, red and white circles will appear on the trees, as you will enter a forest of tall beech trees.
Although the path is not frequently used, the markings are still good and visible, and path is very obvious and easy to follow. After two hours, you should reach the main road of Tjentiste. This road goes north to Tjentiste, which is where the administration center of the National Park Sutjeska can be found. Historical monuments, a hotel, a restaurant and additional facilities can also be found there.
However, the VD trail follows the road to Dubrovnik, heading south for another couple of kilometers. The hike continues from the parking at Suha (650 m), follows the forest road for a while and splits towards the ridge above on the left. The ridge leads you towards Prijevor – a pass beneath Mount Maglic, the highest summit of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2386 m). It joins the road again, which disappeares first as a track, then as a trail again. It descends to the valley of Suva (Dry) Jezerina. From Suva Jezerina, the trail climbs up to Trnovacko Lake which is your final destination. The border line with Montenegro is actually across the Suva Jezerina.
Safety informationConsider that this tour goes trough remote wilderness. Mind your step on difficult terrain and watch for snakes when reaching with your hands or sitting on the grass in the shade.
There are couple of spots suspected of landmines at the end of meadows on Donje Bare, and by the road to Suha. Those areas are clearly marked with warning signs, so respect the signs!
The mountain rescue service is reached by calling 112. The park rangers can be reached on +387(0)58/233-102
Tips and hintsPark's page
Getting thereFrom Tjnetiste follow signs to Donje Bare (to the right at the entrance to Tjentiste).
ParkingAt the end of the macadam road.
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EquipmentStandard hiking equipment. If you are not staying at Prijevor mountain huts, then camping equipment is needed as well.
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