Brasina is one of the best offroad experiences in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brasina is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.873m (6,145ft) above the sea level, located in south-eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. Definitely it’s one of the best offroad experiences in the country. Due to hazardous area (mine fields) do not hike or ride outside of the dirt road. The climb is very steep, with sections up to 14%.
The road to the summit is very steep. The off-road trip involves some sections that are at a significant incline, with 24 hairpin turns. Starting from Mostar, a city in in south-eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, at 177m above the sea level, the ascent is 23.4 km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.696 meters. The average gradient is 7.24% with sections up to 14%. Driving along the road you can see the remains of two Austro-Hungarian fortresses, “Fortica” and “Merdžan Glava”.
The dirt road to the summit is very dry and rocky. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. Water sources in the entire area are scarce, so the riders are advised to bring along sufficient quantities of water, especially during the summer. Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. The road is usually impassable from November to May. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice.
Located in the Velež mountain, the drive is certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. It still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. At the top there are the remains of a military base of the army of the former state and ruins of a military radio relay station. This road tests the skill, and courage, of any driver. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides. One mistake and it's a free fall to your death.
It’s an old military road. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. Due to hazardous area (mine fields) do not hike or ride outside of the dirt road. There are some narrow sections -scarcely wide enough for two cars- where if two vehicles have to pass each other, one might have to reverse for some kilometers of winding narrow road to get to a place wide enough to pass. It shouldn’t be attempted by those who don't know how to reverse.
The drive is definitely worth it. A drive not to be missed! There are many excellent photo opportunities. The peak rises above the eastern side of Mostar, the biggest town in Herzegovina. Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory, fully charged batteries and an empty memory card! The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. From the peak, in good weather, it is possible to see a large part of Herzegovina with the Adriatic Sea in the distance. Also here it’s possible to enjoy the unforgettable view of the many mountains in the region, such as, mountain Prenj, Čvrsnica, Čabulja, Crvanj, Visočica and Bjelašnica.
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