Trekking in Paklenica NP

About Trekking in Paklenica NP

Summary

The Paklenica National Park is the most famous trekking and rock climbing location in Croatia. It covers the area of torrent flows of Velika and Mala Paklenica and their distinctive canyons carved vertically into the southern slopes of the Velebit mountains.

Activity code: PT1108

Duration: 1 Day

Activities: Trekking
Activity Level: Moderate
Duration of Activity: 4-5 hours
Location: North Dalmatia - Paklenica National Park
Season: May to September

If there was ever a morning worth getting up early, this is that morning. This small expedition takes you into Paklenica National Park, the most famous trekking and rock climbing National Park in Croatia. It covers the area of torrent flows of Velika and Mala Paklenica and their distinctive canyons carved vertically into the southern slopes of Velebit, and the broader surrounding area. This relatively small area has an abundance of exceptional diversity of geomorphologic phenomena and forms, diverse flora and fauna, attractive landscapes and intact nature. Having adapted to the geographic and climatic environment, the residents mostly engaged in nomad stock herding, which is confirmed by mountain shepherd residences. The fact that many people stayed in mountain residences in summertime is reflected in the ruins of numerous sacral buildings: churches, chapels, altars, holy hills and measures. The name Paklenica probably derives from black pine sap called “paklina”, which the locals used in traditional medicine, for wound treatment, for light and
for coating of wooden boats. Hiking is the only way to really get to know Paklenica.

No previous experience is needed and even children from 6 years of age, accompanied by parents, can participate. Don’t forget to bring your sun cream, picnic and water. In case of colder weather take a long-sleeved shirt. This activity program is a well-balanced mixture of activity, nature and culture.

DATES of OPERATION:

  • 15 May – 14 June (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • 15 June – 31 August (every day)
  • 01 September – 23 September (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Other dates on request.

Weather: the summers are typically warm and sunny.  From May to October temperatures are comfortable for hiking, paddling, and swimming. Rain is always a possibility in Croatia so it is essential to bring adequate rain wear and a jacket in case of inclement weather.

Group size: Min 4 – Max 16 people per group.
Note: if the group has less than 4 people signed up and you still wish to do the trip rather than cancel, a supplement is applicable.

Cancellation: In the unlikely case of extreme weather conditions, the activity will be rescheduled for a day or two after the date booked, if possible. If  rescheduling is not possible, payment will be refunded in full.

What's Included: guide, entry fee for national park, insurance, parking for personal cars at the start point.

Additional Transfers: on request

Itinerary

  • SHORT ITINERARY

    10:00 - arrival at destination – Starigrad Paklenica
    10:15 - preparation for the trip and instructions by your guide
    10:30 - start on your adventure
    12:00 - picnic break at the mountain hut
    13:00 - continue the trekking trip
    15:00 - finish your day's hiking back in Starigrad Paklenica
    15:30 - optional refreshments
    16:00 - departure

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