Banja Luka area is characterized by the mountains of medium height, such as Manjaca, Osmaca, Tisovac and Cemernica. Cultural and natural heritage, a gentle terrain and preserved nature provide ideal conditions for hiking and a better understanding of the environment.
In the area of Banja Luka, there are several tourist trails for hiking:
Cemernica (20km, 6 hours)
Cemernica is the highest mountain in the area of Banja Luka, with the height of 1349m. From the top of the mountaion you have a magnificent view of the river Vrbas, valley and the canyon of the river Vrbas, Manjaca and other mountains and hills in the area. The start of the trail is in the small town of Bocac which is 25km from Banja Luka. The trail goes all the way through the forest and the terrain is rock, gravel, earth and grass. Hiking to the top takes up to 3 hours, and if necessary longer rest stops and slower pace are possible. On top of Cemernica there is a mountain hut where we rest, and take photos and enjoy the unique view that stretches from the mountain. After a good rest, we descent to the foot of the mountain and after a short break, we return to Banja Luka. The trail is rated as moderately difficult, but we recommend that you set aside one full day for this walk to enjoy the charms of this beautiful mountain.
Kocic Trails (60km, 17 hours)
The hike starts about 20 kilometers from Banja Luka in Ada, and goes upstream along the right bank of the Vrbas River to the Krmine bridge in village Krmine. From there it goes to Krupa on Vrbas and on to the monastery Krupa. After the cascades and mills on the river Krupa the trails leads to the spring of the river Krupa and Strika`s cave, and continues to the village Tesanovic and Lusic.After that we go to Stricici and all the way the Manjaca Lake. From the lake the trail continues down to the river Gomionica and ends at Gomionica monastery.
Due to the length and numerous cultural and historical monuments, we recommend hiking for two days.
Tisovac (25km, 7 hours)
The trail starts in Krupa on Vrbas and goes to the village Krmine and over the mountain Tisovac to the village Tisovac located on the road to Kneževo. After a short rest, we return to Krupa on Vrbas.
Banja Luka-Karanovac (20km, 6 hours)
Trail starts from Banja Luka and goes to the picnic resort Banj Brdo where there is the monument to fallen soldiers from World War II. Then the trail continues through the forest to picnic site Tresnjik and village Vranjes. Then we go to Bastasi and all the way to the unique Svrakava canyon, featuring many waterfalls, rivers and cauldrons, which is ideal place for canyoning. From the canyon the trails goes to Karanovac where we end our hiking trip.
History Trail (25km, 7 hours)
The start of this course is in Karanovac and goes to the village of Prnjavor. Further trail continues to the village Grbic and extends further to the remains of the fortress Zvecaj which offers fantastic view of the canyon Tijesno and the valley of the mighty river Vrbas. From the fortress Zvecaj the trail goes upstream along the creek Raskovac all the waz to the villageVukojevic and Tovilovic where zou can see the church from the thirteenth century. Further the trails goes to the cascades and mills on the river Krupa, Krupa monastery and to the old town Greben.
Krupa on Vrbas (12km, 4 hours)
The trail starts in the center Krupa on Vrbas and passes by cascades and mills on the river Krupa and continues to the spring of the river Krupa and Strika´s cave. From the cave the trails goes along the other river bank to the monastery Krupa and on to the ruins of the old town Greben which offers a beautiful view of the river Vrvas valley. From there the trail leads back to Krupa on Vrbas.