For the first mountain adventure of our Bosnia/Montenegro trip, Claudia and I went backpacking for two nights at Trnovacko Lake along the border of Bosnia and Montenegro. The lake itself is located on the Montenegro side of the border, but is only accessible via Sutjeska National Park on the Bosnian side. Sure enough, while we were camped there a warden came by to check our passports, which is kind of a novel thing to have happen while backpacking!
The heart-shaped, emerald-colored Trnovacko Lake provides a great base camp for hiking up Maglic (pronounced Mag-leech), the highest mountain of Bosnia — which we did, of course. From the summit we had a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and canyons, including the neighboring Durmitor mountains to the south (our next destination).
Magli? (2397 m / 7864 ft) is the highest peak in Bosnia, though the summit is actually right along the border of Bosnia and Montenegro.
It was a fantastic first outing here; our expectations were blown away and we were filled with excitement for further adventures in other beautiful ranges along the Dinaric Alps, which I will be posting about soon.
P.S. – To any Bosnian or Montenegran readers, I apologize for omitting the proper special characters from some of the names and words; I just can’t get those to display properly in WordPress right now!