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.
Coming soon. Stay tuned.
Five days of amazing mountain biking adventure.
4 Tage, 4 verschiedene Touren – und kein bißchen enttäuscht
Sarajevo Funky Tours verdient definitiv 5 Sterne… Das Team ist sehr hilfsbereit, schon vor unserer Anreise. Anfragen wurden prompt beantwortet. Wir hatten 3 verschieden Guides auf 4 Tage verteilt. Alle waren super freundlich und teilten gerne mit uns ihr umfangreiches Wissen und Erfahrungen. Fahrzeuge und Fahrer waren sicher und im guten Zustand. Ich empfehle jedem, der etwas über Bosnien, den Balkankrieg und die Menschen wissen möchte, unbedingt eine Tour mit SFT zu machen. Auch wenn man vieles vielleicht alleine erkunden kann, dass Wissen und die Geschichten dahinter, kann man nur von einem Guide/Einheimischen mitbekommen.
Auch auf unserer Wanderung durch Lukomir hatten wir einen sehr verständnisvollen und hilfsbereiten Guide, der uns trotz unserer schlechten Kondition, sicher und ruhig rauf und runter gebracht hat.
SFT buche ich immer wieder gerne. Auch beim nächsten Mal wieder! Das war jetzt mein 2. Mal, dass ich mit SFT Touren buche. Das letzte Mal in 2013. Damals fingen sie gerade erst an. Aber es freut mich riesig zu sehen, dass sich SFT nach 6 Jahren zu so einem großartigen Team entwickelt hat.
Ema helped us plan 4 great tours
Ema from Sarajevo Funky Tours is a master at planning tours tailored to your interests and time. My wife and I did the Belgrade to Sarajevo tour with Saudin, the Siege tour with Adnan, the Lukomir mountain tour with Ado, and the Sarajevo to Mostar to Dubrovnik with Arna. All of our guides were very accommodating, informative, and just fun to be with. All of the private tours provided flexibility so that we could where our time was spent. We loved Bosnia and I think that much of the reason for us being taken by the country was because of the well-planned tours and the gregarious, energetic, and guides dedicated to their clients.
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!