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Croatia Mountain Trek 2025

24th April to 28th April 2025

Croatia Mountain Trek 2025


Explore the hidden gem of Istria Peninsula in northern Croatia, away from the tourist crowds. Trek through lush green forested hills, limestone mountain peaks, vineyards, olive groves, and medieval hilltop towns on the Istria Mountain Trail.

ITINERARY – 24th to 28th April 2025:

Discover the stunning landscapes of Istria Peninsula:

Day 1: Fly and transfer to Buzet

We arrive into the region and transfer to the characterful town of Buzet, known for its production of local grappa (schnapps). There should be time to explore the old town, and visit the local brewery for a chance to sample the different grappa flavours! Night hotel.

Drive approx. 2 hours

NB: We do not always fly into the same airport for this challenge; Ljubljana (Slovenia), Trieste (Italy) and Pula (Croatia) are all suitable options. Group flight details will be confirmed nearer the time.

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. Our trek starts fairly gently on undulating wooded trails, passing small villages and farmland before climbing to a wonderful viewpoint over the River Mirna, with vistas stretching to Mount Učka. We then pass the imposing ruins of Pietrapelosa castle as we head downhill into the valley. After more undulating trails passing small villages, we enjoy beautiful views across to Buzet, perched picturesquely on a forested hilltop, and return there for the night. Night hotel.

Trek approx. 6-7 hours

Day 3: Buzet – Hum – Buzet

A long but absolutely beautiful day awaits! Walking alongside the river, dwarfed by sheer rock faces, we walk through woodland, gradually gaining height, and pass lakes and waterfalls. We pass an old abandoned village with traditional Istrian stone houses, and an old watermill beside natural pools, before reaching Hum for lunch. Officially listed as the worlds’ smallest town, Hum is also known for its grappa and is our mid-way point. We continue climbing through the wooded valley to a stunning viewpoint, before heading back to Buzet on a scenic, undulating path passing yet more waterfalls. Night hotel.

Trek approx. 8-10 hours

Day 4: Buzet – Učka – Lovran

A half-hour drive takes us to Brgudac, where we fill our bottles from the village’s wooden troughs, always brimming with pure spring water. We set off uphill through oak forests onto a mountainous plateau and onto Korita Peak (1050m); once above the treeline we can enjoy wonderful views of the Učka massif. We continue over the undulating karst plateau to the bare rocky peak of Veliki Planik (1272m), the highest point on the Ćićarija plateau. Mesmerising views over Central Istria are our just reward for this more strenuous haul. Descending to a saddle between the mountains, we are spurred on by fabulous sea views to Mount Učka – our highest point at 1401m. The limestone massif dominates the surrounding countryside and features heavily in local folk-lore. It’s a long haul to the top, but it’s possible to see the Alps to the north and the Adriatic islands to the south, as well as all over Istria: a fitting end to our trek! After soaking up the views, we drive to Lovran, a lovely historic town on the east coast of the peninsula. Night hotel.

Trek approx. 7-8 hours

Day 5: Transfer to airport; fly to UK

After breakfast we transfer back to the airport for our flight home.  (Lunch not included if not in-flight)


This challenge is designed to push your limits, but we provide a comprehensive training guide to prepare you. Participants of all fitness levels are welcome, and it’s not a race but a team effort to support Essex & Herts Air Ambulance.

Buzet old town


  • Flights and transport
  • Most meals
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation (twin share)
  • Discover Adventure crew
  • Entry to National Park and other sites
  • Local support and back-up equipment
  • Brewery visit and grappa tasting
  • Airline taxes


  • Some meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Optional activities
  • Any applicable surcharges


£199 is paid to the travel company and is non-refundable and non-transferable.

By participating in this trek, you’re raising money for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance. All profits help fund our life-saving work. We’re incredibly grateful to all those thinking of taking part.


For more information please call Charlotte on 01920 449 476 or email charlotte.evans@ehaat.org

And the booking email address is – https://secure.discoveradventure.com/booking/book-now/?scheduled_trip=3842&client=1983

More details can be found – https://www.discoveradventure.com/challenges/essex-herts-air-ambulance-trust-croatia-mountain-trek-2025