Treskavica (2088m) is located 30 km away from Sarajevo and offers unique alpine experience. With 2088 meters above the sea level, it is the highest Sarajevo mountain, and only 300meters lower than the highest peak in the country, Maglić. Mountain lakes, as well as bold contrasts between lush vegetation and rocky grounds make Treskavica one of the most beautiful mountains in the region. The largest and most beautiful of the five glacial lakes is Veliko jezero (The Great Lake), 220meters long, 185 meters wide, 6 meters deep and located at an altitude of 1548 meters.
The numerous springs and lakes distinguish Treskavica from all the other mountains. The legend says that Treskavica had as many as 265 river sources, including five major rivers: Željeznica, Bistrica, Ljuta, Bijela and Rakitnica. There are also lakes Platno, Crno, Bijelo and Zmijsko, as well as Turov stan, Kućare, Trokunsko, Gornja bara and Simovića bara. The first five lakes are of glacial origin, located over 1500 meters above the sea level and represent the most recognizable traces of the Ice Age on the mountain. In addition, they represent valuable ecosystems with specific flora and fauna.
The crystal clear water of the lakes as well as untouched environment offer unforgettable experience, especially during the hot summer days when the view stretches all the way to Montenegro and the Adriatic Sea.
Village Turovi – Crno jezero (Black Lake)
Lenght: 19 km
The best way to reach Treskavica is from the village Turovi, which is 4km away from Trnovo. It is a marked country road which is not suitable for cars. It’s best to leave your car in Turov. After an hour’s hike, you will reach the mountain house Sustavac. The house is open on weekends or, by prior arrangement on other days as well.
Treskavica was the scene of many battles during the last was, and it is still not fully demined. However, the route leading to the lake is completely clear of landmines and well marked, so it would be very difficult to get lost.
The trail from Sustavac leads on towards Veliko jezero (The Great Lake), next to the former Josip Sigmund mountain hut at Kozja Luka, and it slowly becomes more difficult and narrow. It takes about one and a half hour to reach Veliko jezero. Some 700 meters away, after a steep climb to 1675 meters above sea level, we reach Crno jezero (Black Lake).