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Hiking adventure in Croatia

 

 

Join us in Croatia for a 6 day Hiking Adventure exploring parts of the Via Dinarica Trail in the Velebit Mountain Range

We’ll be trekking through two National Parks, staying in traditional shepherds huts and squeezing as much adventure into a week as possible.

 

 

PACKAGE £1109 | 12TH - 18TH OCT

✓ Exclusive Gutsy Girls Adventure created especially for us!

✓ Well researched multi-day hike to make the most of your annual leave

✓ Immerse yourself in mountain life, hosted by local guides and families.

✓ Varied landscapes and terrain to challenge all level hikers!

✓ Half a day rock climbing course for your level

✓ Remote location away from tourists!

✓ Join a super fun and friendly group of women for a week in the wild!

 

What to Expect

 

Join us for a multiday hiking adventure exploring the Velebit mountain range in Croatia. We’ll be hiking parts of the Via Dinarica, a 1930km mega-trail that runs from Slovenia to Albania, connecting 7 countries through the Dynamic Alps. Our trek will take us through two national parks, some the best preserved wilderness areas in south-eastern Europe.

We’ve partnered with fantastic guides who’ve researched the trail extensively to create a multi-day hike that offers varied landscapes and terrains, staying in traditional mountain huts and squeezing as much adventure in the week as possible. We’ll pass through dense beech forests, pastures and climb to peaks with incredible vistas. We’ll cover two UNESCO protected National Parks: Sjeverni Velebit and Paklenica, trekking on and off the trail of Via Dinarica.

This multi-day hike is the perfect adventure week in the wild, allowing you to disconnect and get back into nature. 

 
 

Location


We’ll be trekking the diverse landscape of Velebit mountain range in Croatia, running along side the Adriatic coasts. The Via Dinarica trial opened fully in 2017, uniting old trails and paths, shepherd huts, hunting grounds and military routes. It’s set to be one of the next big hiking destinations, join us before the rest of the world descents on it! 

We’ll be staying in cosy mountain huts and beautiful shepherds huts, offering a comfortable nights sleep after a long day of hiking. Staying in these huts allows us to pack light, so we can cover more distance with ease and reduces the gear you need to have to join this experience! 

Each evening we’ll enjoy delicious local cuisine prepared by our passionate guide and local hosts, offering a unique and authentic experience, immersing you into the mountain culture steeped in history.

HIKING and Climbing

This 6 day hike is the perfect introduction to multi-day hiking, squeezing as much adventure into 1 week off work with great company of likeminded women. If you’ve never hiked before and never knew where to start, this is the perfect trip for you! 

Maybe you’re an experienced hiker, but are looking for great company? You’ll still be challenged on this exciting trip and all the logistics are taken care of, so you can relax and immerse yourself in nature. 

We’ll be hiking between 12-20km per day, on varied terrain. We ask that you are fit and up for the challenge of long distance walking!

We’ve also teamed up with fantastic climbing instructors, we’ll have a full afternoon rock climbing in Paklenica. The group will be split according to ability, so if you’re a complete beginner, we’ll teach you all the basics, more experience climber? You’ll be challenged on one of the 100 sport climbing roots.

 

ITINERARY

SATURDAY

ARRIVAL DAY

We’ll pick you up from Zadar airport and drive to village Krasno, at the foot of the Northern part of the Velebit mountain range. We’ll have a briefing for the coming days, organise our backpacks and explore the village. 

In the evening we’ll enjoy dinner in a local restaurant, having our first taste of the delicious traditional dishes in from the mountain region of Croatia.  

Included: Dinner


SUNDAY

After breakfast we'll drive to Zavižan mountain hut and from here we’ll start the walk through Sjeverni Velebit National Park on the Premužić trail. 

Today we’ll hike 12km through stunning scenery and carbonated rock formations, with the option to climb to one of the exposed peaks to take in the incredible views. Tonight we’ll sleep in a refurbished Shepherd’s hut, and enjoy dinner that’s been brought to the hut through the valley.

Included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Highlights: Rožanski Kukovi, Sjeverni Velebit NP Activity: 12km hiking (6h), 200m altitude gain


Our guide will prepare a delicious light breakfast, perfect for starting our day in the peaceful location on the trail.

Today we’ll continue hiking on the Premužić trail, passing former Shepherd’s settlements and stopping for a break at the Škorpovac log cabin. Today’s hike will be 20km, we’ll be trekking up hill towards towards Budakovo Brdo then around Bačić Kuk to Bačić Duliba valley. Expect beautiful views of the sea and 'kukovi' rock formations. Dinner is prepared by a local family (people born in the valley - opportunity to learn about local life so far off the grid)

Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Highlights: Views of island Rab, Bačić Kuk Activity: 20km hiking (10h), 500m altitude gain

MONDAY


After breakfast we will walk along an old dirt road towards Dabarski Kukovi, a range of sharp rocky peaks with beautiful views of the area.

We’ll finish our day in Baške Oštarije, a tiny village in the mountains. Tonight we’ll stay in a comfortable hostel, with diary farm and restaurant. This evening we’ll have a delicious dinner and drinks  in the restaurant. 

Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Highlights: Dabarski Kukovi Activity: 10-15km hiking (5-7h), 200-500m altitude

TUESDAY 


WEDNESDAY

We’ll have an early breakfast and then we hop in the van for a short drive to Paklenica National Park (1h drive).

Today we’ll have our rock climbing course, adapted to your ability so all level climbers will be challenged! Paklenica has over 100 sport climbing routes, reaching up to 30m high! All equipment, including shoes are provided, along with expert coaching to get the most from your afternoon of climbing

We’ll hike through the Paklenica Gorge, finishing at a beautifully refurbished mountain hut with incredible views of the peaks around.

Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Highlights: Paklenica canyon and carbonate rock formations Activity: 5km hiking (2h)/480m altitude gain. 4 h climbing course


After breakfast we’ll hike for 3-4 hours through the maquis and oak forest to Struge valley. We take a break and continue to the barren peaks of Velebit and ideally finish on Vaganjski Vrh. Depending on the conditions, we’ll return to the hut via a different route on our return. A delicious dinner will be prepared for us.

Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Highlights: Three terrains: maquis, forest, alpine meadows and stunning views of Lika plain Activity: 12km hiking (6h), 1300m altitude gain

THURSDAY


After breakfast we’ll take an alternative route back to the entrance to the park. Expect great views of the valleys and cliffs, and a cave. We’ll head to Zadar old town, a beautiful cobbled waterfront town. For our last evening, we’ll enjoy a delicious restaurant dinner and have the chance to explore the lively bars for some great local wine
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Highlights: Stunning cliffs and caves Activity: 4-6km hiking (2-4h) /200m altitude gain

* Please view our Itinerary as a rough guide to the week! We want to provide the best possible experience for our guests, so may make changes to take advantage of great conditions. We are there for the adventure, not to tick off boxes!


FRIDAY

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WHAT'S INCLUDED 

  • 6 Nights Accommodation in Shared Rooms/ Mountain Huts

  • 6 breakfasts

  • 7 days lunches and snacks

  • 6 delicious dinners

  • All Shuttle Transport

  • Experienced mountain guide

  • Gutsy Girls Host

  • Entrance fees to National Parks

ARRIVAL

We’ll be picking you up from Zadar airport, please choose a morning flight so we can get to the mountains early!

ACCOMMODATION

We’ll be staying in mountain huts and hostels. We are unable to offer private accommodation on this tour, however after long days of hiking you’ll sleep great in these comfortable shared rooms.

FOOD

We can accommodate for all dietary needs!

GEAR LIST

  • Hiking boots

  • Rain jacket and waterproof trousers

  • 30-40L backpack

  • Sleeping bag liner


 

DATES

Saturday 12th October - Friday 18th October

Most guests choose to stay in Zadar an extra night at the end of the trip to catch the best flights. We’ll connect you up so you can plan a day of adventures together!

PRICE PER PERSON

£1109 / 1300€ Shared room option only.

*GBP guide price based on currency conversion, full balance due will be the full trip cost in Euros.

PAYMENTS

Deposit 30% of full trip cost.

Remaining balance due 80 days before travel.

Our provider works in Euros, the full trip cost will be the euro price shown above. Our payments are taken in GBP at currency conversion rate of the day.

You can request to pay us in Euros via Bank Transfer.

GROUP SIZE

This trip has a maximum of 8 spots. You’ll be accompanied by a Gutsy Girl host and experienced local guide.

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