'Walking the Via Dinarica' expedition climbes on top of Dinara and reaches Paklenica
The purpose of the field tour of the Dinarides which already crossed half of the planned trip is to map the potential for EU funding.
The successful three-month long expedition, "Walking the Via Dinarica," began in August in Albania and continued over high mountain ranges of the Dinarides, crossed half of the planned route through Croatia, and today continues its journey from National Park Paklenica. Because the expedition is part of a regional project which aims to promote rural development of the Dinarides, it is jointly led by the Adventure Tourism Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ATA BiH), the United Nations Development Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The expedition's implementing partner in Croatia is the Mountain Guide Station Zagreb.
Expert for sustainable development and a travel writer, Tim Clancy, also joined the expedition: “For those who believe true Croatian beauty can be found only in the crystal clear sea water, it is time for personal introspection. These hinterland jewels, such as National Park Paklenica confirm Croatia’s position as the new center for world’s natural heritage. It is one of the most popular climbing destinations.” claims Clancy. “However, other jewels exist which are less familiar such as Modric cave in Rovanjska, close to Zadar. That unnoticeable underground room leads you 850 meters into the center of the Earth with a perfectly conserved underground world. And all this is just the tip of the iceberg when we talk about the mountain terrain in Croatia. Via Dinarica aims to throw more light into the less famous Croatian attributes, and focus the attention towards adventure tourism which is in offer.”
“Project Via Dinarica indicates the region’s potential for development and adventure tourism, as well as for sport and social activities alike in the mountain area,” stated Dorijan Klasnić, Head of the Mountain Guide Service of the Croatian Mountaineering Association. “A realistic picture of the Dinarides can only be obtained by wearing hiking boots and holding a camera in the hand while visiting the people who live with the Croatian Dinarides. This way, their needs are promoted while at the same time people get to know their constantly improved offer and ways in which they conserve the area.”
Croatian journey lasts from 28 September to 10 October 2013, after which the expedition continues its way towards Slovenia.
28.9. Plitvice lakes National Park
29.9. Transfer to Biokovo Nature Park
30.9. Biokovo Nature Park; transfer to Mosor
2.10. Promina; transfer to Glavaš
3.10. Dinara; transfer to Paklenica National Park
4.10. Cave Modrič; climbing Paklenica National Park
5.10. National Park Paklenica; transfer to Baške Oštarije
6.10. Velebit Nature Park; transfer to Kuterevo
7.10. Kuterevo; North Velebit National Park (Premužić route)
8.10. Strict Nature Reserve White rocks (Bijele stijene) and Pack-saddle rocks (Samarske stijene)
9.10. Risnjak National Park (Snježnik and Platak)
10.10. Conclusion and transfer to Slovenia
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