Maglič (2388 m) / Bioč (2397 m) / Volujak (2294 m) / Trnovački Durmitor / Vlasulja (2337 m) is one of most beautiful and most impressive mountain ranges of Montenegro. That mountain range include four large mountains - Maglić (2388 m), Bioč (2397 m), Volujak (2294 m) and Vlasulja (2337 m), and it stretches in the NW part of Montenegro, creating a natural border between Montenegro and Bosnia&Herzegovina. All these mountains are placed above beautiful Trnovacko Jezero lake and makes an extraordinary mountain scenery.
The highest peak of Maglić / Bioč / Volujak / Trnovački Durmitor/ Vlasulja range is Veliki Vitao (2397 m) - the highest peak of Mt Bioč. On the Mt Maglić the highest peak is officially Veliki Maglić (2386 m), while the highest peak of the Mt Volujak is Studenac (2296 m). Finally, the highest peak of Mt Vlasulja is Volujak (2336 m). So, exist the Mt Volujak and Volujak peak. The first one is a large mountain, while the second one is just the highest peak of Mt Vlasulja.
Maglić (2386) is the highest although not the largest mountain in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the most beautiful mountains of Montenegro (Serbia&Montenegro). One part of Maglić massif is placed on Bosnia&Herzegovina side, while it's second part is on Montenegrin territory. Maglić peak has two summits, Bosanski Maglić (2386 m) peak on Bosnia&Herzegovina side and Crnogorski Maglić (2388 m) on Montenegrin side, which is 2 m higher then Bosanski Maglić summit on Bosnia&Herzegovina side. But, officially, the pride of the highest summit of Mt Maglić belong to Bosanski Maglić (2386 m), even that the Crnogorski Maglić (2388 m) is 2 m higher. Montenegrin part of Maglić massif is decorated by amazing beauty of Trnovačko Jezero (Trnovačko Lake), one of the most beautiful of Montenegro.
Maglić massif is located about 20 km on the southwest from the city Foca near the border with Montenegro. On Montenegrin side, the nearest place to Maglic; is Mratinje town. The mountain is on the north and west bordered by river Sutjeska, on the southwest by mountain Volujak, on the east by rivers Drina and Piva and on the south by valley Mratinjska Uvala.
All hillsides, except northwestern, are very steep and overgrown with coniferous and beech trees. Forest line is approx. at altitude of 1600 m. Above is plateau with excellent pastures. Many summits and ridges raise from the plateau – the most important are Vučevo (Crni Vrh 1591m), Rujevac (1835m), Sniježnica (1804m), Prijevor (Makaze 1668m), Mratinjska Gora (1576m) and the Maglic; ridge itself (2388m).
The foothill and the hillsides are rich with water but the plateau isn’t. There is a spring at Dragos Sedlo (just below the road) - near the monument to Nurija Pozderac (war hero from World War II). There are springs on both Rujevac and Ulobic but it’s dry in late summer. The most plentiful is a spring in Carev Do that never dries out.
There are no permanent settlements on the mountain. Before the war, during summer, many shepherds came with flocks of sheep on the plateau but now (after the war) I don’t remember I’ve seen a single one.
The most attractive point of Maglic is definitelly its main ridge with the highest summit. The summit is accessible only from southern side overgrown with grass and mountain pine. All other hillsides are steep, barren and rocky. The view from the summit is just marvellous – first of all to neigbouring Volujak and Bioc and Trnovacko Lake, but also to Durmitor (in Montenegro) and other bosnian mountains on north and northwest.
Trnovacko lake is particularly beautiful – at height of 1700 m, long 700m and wide 400m, squeezed among Maglic, Volujak and Bioc whose ridges slope to the lake valley. It’s open only to the north toward wooded Vratnice. Colour of the lake is amazing green-blue.
From Sarajevo go to Foca. Then turn to Tjentiste. Just before entering Tjentiste valley, there is a small gas station on the right. You turn on the left - tiny asphalt road leads to Maglic (unfortunately there is no any sign on the road). Only first 1-2 km of the road is aspahlted but that's not the problem - the other part is quite good too (no need for 4x4). The road is quite curved and goes through the forest. When you leave the forest you'll reach a saddle (I call it "saddle" beacuse it's a place when the road ends rising but it's more like plateau). Then slow down and concentrate on the right side of the road. You should notice a small forest road and some hut without walls - only benches and table with roof (sorry but I don't know the english term :)). Leave the car there. Follow that road (by foot of course :)) about 20-30m (meters). After these 20-30 meters, the road turns left but you keep going straight. You should notice first mountain mark on the tree - that's start of the trail. The trail is quite good marked. After 2h and 40min you'll reach the ridge of Maglic. Then turn right and you'll see the summit. The rest is history :)
Note 1: There is no water on the trail.
Note 2: There are no minefields in this area.
No permit required.
When To ClimbThe optimal place for climbing in Maglic / Bioc / Volujak / Vlasulja range is mid June - mid October. But, prefer dry weather - some rocks over abysses can be slippery if wet.
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