Lukomir Nomad village hiking tour at Bjelašnica Olympic Mountain is simply must “hike” and experience journey for any true nature lover. On this hike you will visit highest nomad village in whole region of Balkans – Lukomir village, and one less remote – Umoljani village, admire one of the deepest and most remote canyons in Europe – Rakitnica canyon and enjoy the most amazing panorama views and scenery nature was ever able to create.
You will learn about local Lukomir nomad traditions that have been preserved for several centuries, taste traditional Bosnian food and coffee, meet local people and hear some amazing legends.
At the end of the day, you will conclude it was one of the best days of your amazing Bosnian holiday.
Daily at 8 AM from April to October (Definite departures from 1st of June until 31st of October). Rest of the year depending on the snow conditions.
This tour will begin with transfer from Sarajevo to Umoljani village, across Bjelašnica Olympic Mountain.
Just before we arrive to Umoljani village we will make first short stop of the day at Dolovi Stećak Necropolis. This necropolis is listed as UNESCO World Heritage site. What “Stećci” are and who made these medieval tombstones? We are happy to share answers.
At Umoljani village we shall leave our car and explore the village most important sites such as: Studeni Potok (Cold Creek), Stoned Dragon – Ažbaha – the legend of birth of Umoljani. We will shortly visit Umoljani Mosque and learn story of Sarajevo Haggadah.
First part of the Umoljani to Lukomir village trail will be 3.30 hour long hike. Trail will take us from starting point of roughly 1275 meters (Umoljani) across peak of Obalj at around 1896 metres.
On the way we will pass by old Gradina settlement, believed to date from Illyrian period. During the ascent you will enjoy amazing scenery, especially the Studeni Potok (Cold Creek) panorama.
At the top of Obalj, Rakitnica Canyon and mountains of Treskavica, Visocica and peak of Bjelašnica mountain with numerous small villages in distance will be simply stunning.
After some rest and full time body and spirit enjoyment we are ready to hike down to Lukomir village at altitude of 1500 which will be “one of a kind” story as well.
Please note that depending on time of the year we can get lucky to have fields of blueberries, rose-hip, certain types of mushrooms, thyme or other plant species around us free to pick up.
Lukomir – on the language of locals “harbour of peace”, is the village which dates at least 600 years ago, and where most of the century old traditions have been kept alive until today.
It is the only remaining semi-nomadic traditional mountain village in Bosnia and Herzegovina
As soon as we arrive to the village we will have locally prepared lunch, meet some of the local people, learn about their customs and enjoy the best Bosnian coffee.
Later we will visit the village mosque, see more Stećci tombstones, climb the Vijenac peak and admire the stunning 800 m deep Rakitnica canyon. Here, mother nature is at its best.
After Lukomir village explorations, it is time to start hike back.
After exploring Lukomir village, return hike will mainly be pleasant 2.30h hours flat hike to Umoljani village through Canyon of Rakitnica river.
Rakitnica canyon is the probably European most remote and unexplored canyon. With length of 26km it separates massif of Bjelašnica and Visočica, and without doubt it is longest canyon in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Firstly explored in 1956, until today very few people have walked the full length of it, as in some parts it can be over 800 meters high and only 1 meter wide, making it very hardly accessible.
The trail we will take will be on the upper edge of the canyon, so you can see and feel the “magnificience” of this place.
Return to Umoljani should be around 5 pm, and arrival to Sarajevo around 6.15 pm.
If you are fan of mountain biking, this tour can be organised as amazing mountain biking experience.
Upcoming on 15th of June. Stay tuned.
Five days of amazing mountain biking adventure.
If you are not fan of hiking but would prefer to see village in easy pace and relaxed way, there is nothing to worry about as we can organise SUV village explorations with minimum walk.
Also this hiking can be done as 3 hour easy flat hike, instead of full day hike.
A wonderful experience!
Our trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina was probably the most meaningful trip I have ever taken. I was initially interested in learning more about the war (which I did) but left with the desire to return again and see more of the beautiful countryside, thanks to the excursions we did with Sarajevo Funky Tours! I can’t say enough positive things about this company. They were organized, efficient and on time. The office responded quickly to all of my emails and gave helpful, detailed answers. They also made great suggestions without being pushy.
We did a hiking tour from Umoljani to Lukomir, a spectacular alpine trail ending at the small alpine village of Lukomir. Adnan was a fantastic guide and very kind and patient with our two young boys (8 and 10 years), even when they were more interested in playing than hiking. We ate lunch in Lukomir in a charming lodge with several other hiking groups. The relaxed conviviality of the guides was a joy. The drive up and down through the narrow mountain roads was spectacular, and also relaxing due to our careful driver Faris.
We also did the Mostar Day Trip and it was fantastic. We were in Bosnia and Herzigovina for a week but I wished we had stayed longer – there is so much to see! Thank you to Sarajevo Funky Tours for making our time there so memorable!
A scenic adventure
The mountains in and around Lukomir village are unlike anything I’ve seen. They’re breathtaking. The air is fresh and the breeze is cool and refreshing. There are some dangerous ridges that add to the adventure. And Funky Tour’s guides are like the brothers I wish I had. It all ends with a lunch from the farms of Lukomir(not for vegetarians).
An incredible cultural experience and fun day of hiking!
We spent an amazing day with our guide Saudin hiking Bjelasnica Olympic Mountain to the village of Lukomir! Everything was incredibly well-organized and timely. The hiking itself wasn’t too intense, but the length of the day (about 12 hours) made the experience challenging from an endurance standpoint. But we had plenty of opportunities for breaks, and one of the highlights was lunch, an amazing, authentic meal in Lukomir village! Along the way, we hiked to the peak of the mountain range, saw an amazing waterfall, and learned about the history of the region. It was both an incredible cultural and hiking experience, and we can’t recommend it enough for people up for the challenge!
Best Tour Company I’ve EVER Found!!
I was lucky enough to get to spend 2 and a half months in Sarajevo and was even luckier to find Sarajevo Funky Tours. I found them on a google search, they had really good reviews so I decided to walk in, talk to them and see what they had to offer. Ajla, Ema and Dada really took the time to go through all the tours with me and get to know me. That first day I must’ve spent at least an hour in the office hanging out with them, which was nice because I had just gotten to Sarajevo, was traveling alone and didn’t really know anyone. Over the next 2.5 months, with Sarajevo Funky Tours, I did the Siege of Sarajevo, Lukomir Nomad Village hiking tour, Belgrade to Sarajevo UNESCO, Jajce with Pliva Lakes and Travnik, Dubrovnik to Sarajevo, Sarajevo to Herzegovina Day Tour (so the Mostar tour twice basically) and of course the free Walking Tour with food tasting…twice! I got to know the Balkans well through Funky Tours. The tours were comfortable, safe, adventurous and full of photo ops. I’m a self-proclaimed photographer and I couldn’t take a bad picture in B&H, its a country with endless picturesque beauty. All the guides I spent time with were exceptional (Adnan “Gondzo”, Saudin, Taib, Ejub, Armina), they were all incredibly knowledgeable, intelligent, fun, approachable, hospitable and kind. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this company, nothing.
Double shout out to Gondzo, Ajla, Ema, Dada, I miss you already! Keep up the good work but don’t work too hard.
Hiking Bjelasnica Mountain, Umoljani and Lukomir earlier this month was undoubtedly a highlight of my Balkan trip. Stunningly beautiful landscapes, the chance to visit and learn about the history and culture of the area, as well as the natural history of these parts. Our guide Saudin was one of the best I’ve ever had. I must also give special thanks to their super helpful and friendly office for making this hike possible by bringing together and organizing us two solo travelers to take this hike the next day. Excellent in every way. Thank you!