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Via Dinarica BH-W-11 via Lelija and Zelengora Mountain to Sutjeska National Park

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This is a great mountain hike through pristine nature over Lelija and Zelengora that includes three summits and and five lakes.
Distance 36.8 km
14:00 h
2,076 m
1,696 m
2,032 m
1,121 m
The trail follows the forest road towards Cemerno and Orlovacko lake, and in Osllji turns towards Lelija Mountain. It continues on the trail after the forest road ends, passes by Jablan spring and gets on the pass below Velika (Great) Lelija summit (2032m). The summit is just 15 minutes away, so it is worth climbing.

The trail continues south through really remote and wild terrain. At a nice long mountain meadow, the trail will continue south uphill over a bit more difficult of terrain. The trail descends to Stirine – a remnant of the old shepherd settlement and Stirinsko lake.


There are two trails from here, but the shortest to Orlovacko lake is the one heading east. The trail ends in beech forest, where it might be difficult to navigate due to a mess of logging roads created over the last few years. The meadows at the end of the forest surround Jugovo lake, which is just below in the valley. Further east is the road that brings you to Orlovacko lake located nearby.

From Orlovacko, the trail climbs to the highest summit of Zelengora – Bregoc at 2014 m. After Bregoc the trail goes over open terrain to the end of the plateau and descends through a steep and exposed gully. From there, the trail leads back into the forest, then again through mountain meadows and a new ascent to Ugljesa’s peak. The views from Ugljesa’s are great as the BMW group (Bioch, Maglic and Volujak) is ahead, as well as Lebrsnik and many other mountains in the distance.

From this summit you descend to Gornje Bare Lake, from where you follow a dirt road along to Donje Bare lake. Here, there is a park mountain hut. This is where your long Zelengora journey ends. 

Author’s recommendation

Contact National Park Sutjeska and reserve huts in advance. 
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Update: July 25, 2019
Risk potential
Highest point
Velika Lelika, 2,032 m
Lowest point
Jelasca, 1,121 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

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Rest stops

B&B at Lalovic family

Safety information

Consider 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.


The mountain rescue service is reached by calling 112.

Tips and hints 


Jelasca village (1,121 m)
43.480798, 18.477877
43°28'50.9"N 18°28'40.4"E
34T 296032 4817299


Donje Bare, mountain hut

Turn-by-turn directions

Follow the road to Oslji do, and turn right on the junction with the big info board “Dr. Jovo Elcic Mountain Trail”. Once in the open area, continue straight (left) to the end of the road. It is more pleasant to walk along the meadow in parallel with the road, and join the road at the end.

After the road, follow the trail up to Lelija. Refill at Jablan vrelo, but there is also another water source beneath Lelija summit. There is a junction on shoulder of Lelija, where your trail continues straight south (summit is right, and left down is Poda locality).

The next crossing is close by Jovic vrelo (spring), where you turn left towards the hill side.

Before the lake you should turn left again (east).

Next lake is Jugovo lake. The lake is elongated in direction north-south, and the road is east from the lake (left from direction that you are coming from). Turn left again on the road and follow it to Orlovacko lake. There will be one more junction, and turn right there.

From Orlovacko continue to the south east. There will be a few paths going left or right, but remain on the one going straight up. When you reach the path (T junction) go left, and the next right will be towards the summit of Bregoc.

From Bregoc the trail goes toward the south and south west, and on the path in scree slopes it goes east (right).

It will be pretty clear through the forest, but after the forest you may not see markings in the oen area. Just head straight towards the elevation on the south east from where you’ll see markings again. The trail climbs up to Ugljesin Vrh and descends over it.

North above the lake you will notice the track, so follow it till the end of the road. Them, follow the road to a crossing and turn right here. Donje Bare is little bit more than a kilometer away.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Only to Kalinovik and from Tjentiste. 

Getting there


From Kalinovik (or before Kalinovik) drive towards Miljevina and turn soon right to Jelasca. 


From Kalinovik follow trail from the fromer military barack.


Check with the owner of the farm at the trailhead. 


43.480798, 18.477877
43°28'50.9"N 18°28'40.4"E
34T 296032 4817299
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Bosnia & Herzegovina (Bradt Travel Guide) by Tim Clancy - Sutjeska National Park has a special attention.

Author’s map recommendations

contact park info centre!


Standard hiking equipment. 

If you book your place and food in the mountain huts, it is possible to hike this tour just with the daily pack and enough water. 

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Becki Grannan
July 06, 2022 · Community
Beautiful stage - great to be back in the mountains - but challenging terrain in parts. Also so many flies 24/7 which drove us mad. Good wild camping opportunities around Golija (we slept there) but make sure to fill water at Jablan Vrelo (spring before Velika Lelija) as we looked really hard for the spring after (Jović vrelo) but couldn’t find it. Rough terrain to Štrinkso jezero which was more swamp than lake - not suitable for swimming, but we got in to thigh high and splashed about. Orlovačko jezero good for swimming and a spring just above it that’s not in the guide. We were a bit confused about the camping situation - a local told us you couldn’t camp by the lake itself but instead just above the woods, and a worker would come and take 10KM each. Few locals with cars camping there, not super nice ground, we camped there (v tired haha) but no one charged us thankfully. Path up to Bregoč is great quality, but worst fly forest of the trek so far going up to Uglješin. Waymarking also pretty much disappears. We had the place entirely to ourselves though which was incredible. We contemplated doing the ridge round but it looks v steep so we stuck to the trail. Don’t think you can swim in Gornje Bare but we did in Donje Bare although it felt a bit swampy. From memory no water between Orlovačko and Donje Bare - we carried 4L. We got a lift down to the road from some people we met and hitchhiked to Foča to resupply - ATMs and lots of shops. We stayed in Motel Bavaria for 23€ b&b 2 people and got a good nights sleep!
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Paul Heilbronner
July 23, 2021 · Community
Great trail. We spent a night in the mountain hut in Orlovacko. But we are not sure whether the hut was officially open or not. As they were some workers. But the man in charge allowed us to stay. We had a room and some water. But due to the construction work no hot water nor electricity. We wanted to stay a bit at the other mountain hut in Donje Bare but I still do not get why it is on the App. It is managed by the national park. You have to book in advance and when you arrive at the lake you need to hike another 10 k to go to Tjenjisge to pick the key up and do another 10 k the following morning to give the key back. So not useful at all for Via Dinarica hikers. Going up to Bregoc was really nice and worth it.
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Maruša Orel
July 22, 2021 · Community
Nice trail across Zelengora. First 8km you have gravel road, on 8,9km is a spring. Trail on Velika Lelija is signed good and visible. When you return from the peak be carefull to follow the right signs (there are three signed trails at junction under Velika Lelija). Looks like trail that's signed goes around a little bit, so I followed gps track. But soon they match and it's quite easy to follow the signs to Štirinsko (needed some help from gps tracks, one part pretty overgrown) and Orlovačko lake. From there I followed signed trail on Bregoč-I turned right at 23,2km and it was really nice, easy to follow trail to the top. From there I followed the signs (easy to follow) until the beggining of ascent to Uglješin. Here I couldn't find the trail so I just went straight up and hiked on the best looking terrain to the peak. From there you have a visible trail to Gornje bare lake, where I camped for the night. Water from the lake was warm so I filtered it twice (Sawyer+pill). It was a long day, but duable (and I followed wrong trail from Velika Lelija and did aprox 6km and 500m elevation extra). There is a nice trail directly from Gornje bare lake to Dolnje bare lake. Good water source (spring) by Dolnje bare hut.
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When did you do this route? July 22, 2021
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
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36.8 km
14:00 h
2,076 m
1,696 m
Highest point
2,032 m
Lowest point
1,121 m
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