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Rock climbing in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina has been an underrated climbing destination in Europe.  It is a great location for a rock climbing holiday to get off the beaten track, experience a different culture, and climb on routes that aren’t polished and avoid the crowds.  Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country rich with diverse mountain landscapes, rocky canyons, hilly forests, quiet villages, welcoming locals, great food and plenty of high-quality limestone crags in wild romantic locations.

The map opposite shows the 4 main rock climbing areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which are:

  1. Krajina Region in northwest Bosnia around Banja Luka
  2. Central Bosnia around Zenica
  3. Sarajevo and Eastern Bosnia
  4. Herzegovina Region around Mostar

Rock climbing in the Krajina Region around Banja Luka

There are 11 separate crags in the Krajina Region and it is the largest climbing area in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Along the Vrbas River around Banja Luka there is plenty of great sport climbing on excellent rock.

Map showing the main rock climbing areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Map showing the main rock climbing areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina Rock climbing around Banja Luka rock climbing in Central Bosnia around Zenica Rock climbing in Sarajevo and eastern Bosnia rock climbing in Herzegovina and around Mostar

Pecka is the largest crag in the Krajina Region and it is certainly one of the top three climbing areas within Bosnia and Herzegovina in terms of beauty, rock quality and quantity of routes.  The crag lies in a remote area full of green forests where you only hear the animals at night and the stars are magical.  The limestone rock is extremely pocketed with a mixture of sharp crimpy edges.  Here there are well over 100 sport single pitch sport routes, with most of these in the F5a to F7c range.

The other major crag is called Tijesno Canyon that has multi-Pitch routes up to 210m long. 

Rock climbing in Central Bosnia around Zenica

Central Bosnia is very mountainous area with a good network mountain huts.  In terms of sport climbing there are 7 small crags with over 80 routes in total.  These areas have only been bolted since 2015 and there is a lot of potential for new routes that are still hiding in the forests, mountains and caves of Central Bosnia.

Rock climbing in Sarajevo and Eastern Bosnia

Sarajevo is situated in a basin that is surrounded by green hills, mountains and canyons.  There is a rich history of climbing within Sarajevo with 8 established crags, situated on all sides of the city.  There are 3 crags situated close to the city centre including Dariva one of the oldest sport climbing areas within Bosnia.  Bukovik and Ormanj are further away from the city and offer compact picturesque climbing.

Rock climbing in the Herzegovina Region around Mostar

Bosnia and Herzegovina rock climbing guidebookHerzegovina has a growing number of high class and comfortable sport climbing areas (8 in total) that can be climbed all year round. Dreznica is the largest crag situated in a picturesque canyon with over 100 routes mainly from F5a to F6c.  There are a couple of crags close to the centre of Mostar, whilst Blagaj is quickly growing to become the new climbing epicentre of this region.

Bosnia and Herzegovina climbing logistics

The only comprehensive guidebook available is simply called “Bosnia and Herzegovina rock climbing guidebook” that covers 34 climbing areas, and details around 800 single pitch sport routes, 60 multi-pitch routes and an additional 100 boulder problems.  It also includes valuable information regarding travel and accommodation.

Sarajevo is the main International airport for getting to Bosnia and Herzegovina, though there are smaller International airports at Tuzla, Banja Luka and Mostar.  Other options include flying into neighbouring Croatia (Zagreb, Split or Dubrovnik) and driving into Bosnia.  Car hire is relatively cheap in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as is accommodation with plenty of options from hotels, motels, hostels and pensions.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina rock climbing guidebook

The Bosnia and Herzegovina rock climbing guidebook covers 34 climbing areas and details around 800 single pitch sport routes, 60 multi-pitch routes and an additional 100 boulder problems. 

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