I planned to do a proper write up of this and a number of other hikes I did when I visited this side of the world last year. I never did. Then my camera and all my kit got lost on the plane back to NZ, so I only have a few rubbish photos from my cellphone. So, apologies for the messy vague tale here. Route: http://www.hps.hr/english/velebit-hiking-trail/ It took me 7 days. When I first read this website, it said 10 days. I think 9 is probably more accurate for the average person. I went off-piste a fair bit, the maps have nicely marked "points of interest." The maps are also.... not reliable. Sooooo... Be ready to be frustrated and lost and points. I accidentally camped on private land that, at least according to the maps, was fine for me to camp on (the owner was very upset, but inability to communicate meant he let me stay as long as I didn't light a fire). Up to date info is hard to find - as I found out when one of my planned huts was in fact derelict (fine because I had my shelter). This lead to panic when I found the derelict hut and couldn't find the marked water source (it was sunset, I was out of water, and the next water source was over 5 hours away). Thankfully there was a well a couple of hundred metres off trail, and my panic had clouded my judgement. It was sweet tasting water. The plan: I didn't have much plan. I was hitching around the balkans, and when couchsurfing somewhere I had a quiet day where I realised I hadn't done much hiking. There isn't a lot of info in English on the Croatian mountains - and I don't think many people think of mountains when they think of Croatia. But outside the tourist traps, Croatia is a wonderful and fascinating place. The Balkans are a truly special place to hitchhike, everyone has fascinating stories. If you do find yourself hitching, take the coastal road - it's much slower, but much more interesting and beautiful. Anyway, this was one of the longer routes that came up on google, so without much more I went to go buy the maps and just get on with it. As it turns out, maps are actually hard to find. I had to hitch back a few hundred kilometers back from where I had come to get maps from Rijeka. You can get maps of the mountains in Rijeka and in Zagreb, elsewhere... nope. Anyway, here's my phone images, with some kind of narration. Don't seem to have any photos of day 1. It took a long time to get a hitch from Sveti Juraj to Oltari to start the trail. I got there later than expected and ended up walking 17km up a dirt road to the start of the trail! A good test in mental stamina I suppose. Entertained myself by spotting foreign insects on the dirt road. There's a staffed hut, Zavižan, about an hour from the road head. One benefit of arriving late was there was no one to pay my National Park entry fee to... I wasn't checked at the hut. I had planned to tent, but was exhausted and the wind was something fierce. Took refuge in the hut. Note: Expect a grumpy hut warden if you walk around in socks instead of the provided slippers. I'm not sure if this was just this warden, or part of the culture. Between Zavižan and Alan there is another bivouac, Rossi. If you got going at the right time, you would probably have the quiet Rossi to yourself. It's unmanned, unlike Alan and Zavižan. Day 2 The section here is really exciting. Unfortunately no phone photos because I was busy hiking (and photos I took were "proper" ones!) Lots of exciting rock formation, a fascinating alpine botanical garden, and a few nice summit opportunities. The route described has you stop at Hut Alan. I kept going because I arrived before lunch. I slept in a bivouac halfway between Alan & Skorpovac, it was nice to have the place to myself. Pretty good sunset over the coast. Day 3 Went off the planned route here, and spotted a way over Bačić kuk. Bačić kuk is stunning and I was drawn to it, so I couldn't really say no right? Approaching Bačić kuk. Unfortunately, I got a bit spooked trying to climb the route to the top. I got all but 2m away. (angle doesn't sell it, but you have to squeeze up and around that overhanging rock on the right, without any rope to help you). Already shaken, the way over the other side didn't help. It's both better and worse than it looks. Very slippery, but once down the ladders (which are excitingly loosely attached to the rock) there's not huge danger. Reasonable view for encouragement. This was the night I got in a spot of trouble camping on private land I did not realise was private. In this case I think my terrible serbo-croatian helped in generating enough sympathy (frustration) that I was allowed to stay where i pitched. Day 4 I do not remember the name of the ridge I wanted to pass over (there is a note on the map, but the map doesn't really do a good job of distinguishing what is hike-able and what requires ropes etc). But it was this in the distance I wanted to climb over. "Maybe you try, maybe you die" was the advice I received when I ran into a group of younger climbers who spoke some english. And with that, I stuck to the original route. I also rolled an ankle pretty badly. So I stopped half a day early at Baške Oštarije. I rested at a restaurant/hostel there. German is much more useful than English here. Expensive. And they don't exactly cater to non-meat-eaters. I cooked with my cooker in the parking lot to some confused looks. Still swollen the next day, I hitched down to the coast to rest for a few days. Men On Boats II (Coming this Fall). Day 5 Just a little bit to show how diverse this landscape is. You're on the border of coastal and continental systems. Arrived much later than expected to Šugarska duliba as I became quite lost on the way - trails on the ground not agreeing with trails on the map, lack of blazes, making navigation a bit confusing. The map shows water right beside the "hut," but when I found it in disarray (I believe being rebuilt, based on the supplies outside) I panicked (nearest water source was another 4 hours away and the sun was setting as I arrived). But of course, there is a well less than 200m away. And a painted rock pointing to it. The hut. Assume this was to renovate/rebuild. Day 6 Didn't get used to signs like this.. A long 4-5 hour ramble across a meadow toward Pakelinica NP. No shade. Was brutal. There's a church about 3 hours in with a well. Presumably a conversion tactic. More homely. A bad image of Stapina Day 7 Unfortunately no images of Paklenica, which is a shame as it's very beautiful. Alas the phone battery needed to be conserved. Anića kuk is a fun climb to end the trip. Maybe 1.5hrs extra. The high peaks in Paklenica are well worth hitting. It was a bit of a shock being in the NP, as I hadn't seen any humans for a few days, and there were.. many there. Well that about does it.