...mt. Radusa is one of
those not particulary high mountains
that sometimes attract our interest because of the
surroundings, rather then striking geological features.
By the geological structure, it is part of the internal
Together with mountains Vran,
Ljubusa, Vranica mountain
group (Vranica, Stit & Bitovnja), Bjelasnica,
creates natural border between forrest and fertile ground rich
the north, and rocky, harsh karst environment enhanced Herzegovina on the
Vukovsko polje on the north, Zahum pass (1224m/4015f)
and Rama basin with large man made lake on the south, mt.
Stozer(1758m/5766f) on the east,
Makljen pass(1123m/3683f) on the west. Makljen pass is
connection between Vrbas river valley
and Neretva river valley. Nearest town is Prozor on the east.,
Tomislavgrad (ex Duvno) on the west.
Common ascent is from Zahum pass over the southern
slopes to Idovac
(highest peak of Mt. Radusa)
Elevation gain: 732m/2401f
Time required: roughly 3 hours
From the Zahum pass, hit uphill north through the Zahum village.
After leaving the village, follow the - at the time of visit poorly
marked - trail up the southern slope (not too steep,
mixed grass/rough grazing with small crags and rocks). Inside hour of
walk, you will reach pastures and meadows rich
area and perhaps a herd or two and some sheppards enroute. If
no sheppards, pay some attention to sheppard dogs
(local breed, named tornjak)
and stay at reasonable and common sence driven distance both from the
dog and the herd.
Near the Radusa kamen peak (1664m/5458f), trail enters then leaves the
small woods, catching with the upper meadows again.
As you reach the highest point of the mountain, trail will continue
toward the lake (cca 1850m altitude), leave the trail and continue
uphill to the main summit. Once you have noticed collapsed concrete
pillar with name "Idovac" and altitude "1956" indicated,
this is it. Now , one may enjoy the views.
views: The cone shaped
Idovac is the highest peak mt Radusa and, arguably, top
lookout summit in central Bosnia.
Southbound, vista stretches accross the undulated mt. Ljubusa towards
mt. Cvrsnica and mt. Vran.
Deep down is what once was the Rama river valley. Rama river is the
western tributary of the Neretva river.
It was dammed after WWII, flooding the walley, but not the
hills in the valley. They still peak out of the water.
Those small islands, together with the newly formed small gulfs, make
Rama lake one of the most scenic man made lakes of Southeast
(285km long Neretva is the only Bosnian river flowing into the Adriatic
it is well known for its gorge between mt. Cvrsnica
and mt. Prenj).
Vranica group of mountains entertain our views on the east, whilst on
the west side, view stretches accross the so called Trium camporum,
Kupresko polje, Glamocko polje and Livanjsko polje,
the largest polje district
of the entire Dinarides, stretching SW->NE between Dinara massif
and Kupres pass.
(Polje is one of the key ladforms of the limestone Dinaric mountains,
formed as a result of collapsing underground caves and caverns. Overall
number of poljes
in Dinarides mountains exceed 100,
Livanjsko polje being the largest one).
On the way back from the summit, you can
visit the small lake.
Nothing spectacular, more like pond. Still, it is the highest
lake of Bosnia & Herzegovina.