Istria mountain trek
The Istria Peninsula in northern Croatia is relatively unknown, a hidden gem which feels a world away from the more touristic Adriatic coast to the south. With spectacular, diverse scenery of lush green forested hills and limestone mountain peaks, vineyards and olive groves, meandering rivers, untouched stone villages and medieval hilltop towns, the region offers rich rewards for those who like to trek away from the crowds. Following the Istria Mountain Trail across the peninsula, we trek from the wooded hills around Buzet east into Učka National Park, where we crest three mountain peaks, culminating in fabulous views over the entire region from the rocky summit of Mount Učka.
When are the trips? 5-9 October 2017, 26-30 April 2018 and 4-8 October 2018
Who can take part? Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can take part. The trip organisers Discover Adventures will provide you with a complete training guide when you register, and with advance planning anyone can achieve this challenge.
Accommodation and food
We stay in 2-3* hotels on a twin-share basis. All food is included except where specified in the itinerary. We eat in hotels and restaurants, with some packed lunches. The food is varied and tasty; this area is proud of its gastronomy. We drink from pure, natural springs on trek. Please let us know any dietary requirements well in advance.
- All transport from London to Ljubljana return
- All meals except where specified, and accommodation
- Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with group of 15+ participants; local guides and drivers
- Local support and back-up equipment
- Entry to National Park and any other sites included in itinerary
- Brewery visit and grappa tasting
- Airline taxes
- Two meals as specified in the itinerary
- Travel insurance
- Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
- Tips for the local guides and support crew
- Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at time of writing)
- Entry to any optional sites or activities
- Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
- Challenge itinerary
Day 1: Fly UK – Ljubljana – Buzet
Arrive in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and drive across the border into Croatia’s Istria Peninsula. Night hotel.
Drive approx. 2 hours
Day 2: Buzet – Oprtalj – Buzet
A 30-minute drive takes us to Oprtalj, a small and very picturesque town marking the start of the Istrian Mountain Trail. A day's trekking through undulating forest trails takes us through pretty villages, with views over the River Mirna, and past the historic ruins of Pietrapelosa Castele. Night hotel.
Trek approx 6-7 hours
Day 3: Buzet – Hum – Buzet
A beautiful day's trekking awaits! Walking alongside the river, our path takes us into woodland, passing lakes and waterfalls. Officially listed as the world's smallest town, Hum is also known for its grappa and is our mid-way point. Our scenic route home takes us past seven waterfalls. Night hotel.
Trek approx. 7-8 hours
Day 4: Buzet – Učka – Lovran
A half-hour drive takes us to Brgudac, the start of our big day! At the beautiful spot of Korita Peak (1050m) a wonderful view of the Učka massif shows us where we’re heading. Mesmerising views over Central Istria are our just reward for this more strenuous haul. Descending to Poklon Pass, we are spurred on by fabulous sea views to Mount Učka – our highest point at 1401m. From the top it’s possible to see the Alps to the north and the Adriatic islands to the south, as well as all over Istria. Night hotel. (Dinner not included.)
Trek approx. 7-8 hours
Day 5: Lovran – Ljubljana – UK
After breakfast we transfer back to Ljubljana and our flight home. (Lunch not included if not in-flight.)
For a more detailed itinerary please see here
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