We are Croatian Long Distance Trail Association and efforts to create, build, waymark and keep alive the Croatian Long Distance Trail is the essence of our existence as an association. Although coming from different parts of Croatia we are tied together with a common string that resonates within our beings – love towards mountains, nature of our beautiful planet Earth.

We are putting our efforts together into something that will become a pledge for future generations – for generations already in peril of losing the wilderness forever – Croatian Long Distance Trail – over 2000 km long uninterrupted mountain-hiking trail.

Our work

  • maintaining the trail
  • curation, promotion and education regarding the information about the trail
  • building a strong trail community
  • development of rural tourism in beautiful Croatia
  • promotion of Croatian natural and cultural heritage
  • promotion of outdoor activities
  • development of Croatian national hiking trail system
  • development of long distance hiking community in Croatia

Mission, Vision & Values

If the landscape is the body of the trail then people are it’s heart and soul. CLDTA is group of individuals with common wish to create a hiking trail all across Croatia and make possible to thru-hike Croatia in one single push. United in that vision under the banner of the CLDT association came into being . Our mission is to create a strong CLDT community and the trail that will be maintained for generations to come – to give future generations an opportunity to explore natural and cultural heritage of our beautiful country and knowledge to follow Leave No Trace values to minimize their impact on natural environment in Croatian backcountry.

CLDT belongs to all citizens. Through volunteerism and philanthropy individuals can invest in the programs that keep the trail accessible for generations of hikers to come. We could not achieve our mission without the generosity, commitment and philanthropic support of our volunteers, members and donors who share the same values.

Our team

Theology Master and first Croatian thru hiker who hiked the famous Pacific Crest Trail in 2016 thus becoming the first Croat who managed to “kick-it”. First CLDT thru-hiker (class of 2018).

nikola horvat

Association president

Entrepreneur, owner of publicity agency Lakota Ltd. Admirer of nature and open space. Has extended experience in organizing state and European sports events and tournaments.

tihomir klement

Volunteers coordinator

Mountaineer for years, and a very good connoisseur of Croatian Mountain regions. Specialized in building and maintenance of mountain trails, leader of Samobor Scout Trail and licensed trail marker of Croatian Mountaineering Association.

boris davčev bimbo

Trail builder and trailblazer

Baccalaureate in radiology technology, ultra trail distance runner. Patron of “Leave no trace” philosophy.

milan gržan

Fireman and a cook – admirer of American hiking and staying-in-nature concept, supporter of trail angel and trail magic philosophy, loves to help and support hikers on their journeys.

miroslav horvat


Professional fireman of Public Fire Station Vinkovci, member of Croatian Mountain Rescue Association in Vinkovci and longtime mountaineer. Collected entire Croatian mountain stamp booklet, and some others. His motto: “For mountains and mountaineers – anything, anywhere, anytime…“

igor nađ


Trail runner and second person to hike the CLDT in it's entirety (class of 2019).

matija culjak

Web developer

Thru-hiker in the making, currently attempting to thru-hike the CLDT (class of 2021).

alen kozić

Thru hiker

Father of two, Master of Nautical Studies, educator. He has privilege of living next to Velebit mountain and uses every free moment to explore it’s beauties.

josip knez

Mother. Nature lover. Passionate about hiking, running, cycling and photography.

Bianca Knez

A true lover of all things nature, especially forests and mountains, who alongside hiking and mountaineering organises parties and electronic music festivals. Despite being a fan of loud music, he prefers tranquility and peace of the wilderness. Available to all CLDT hikers from Zagreb to Rijeka.

Ivor Bošnjak

Hiking tours guide.

Dražen Cenčić

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