About EST Adventure
20 years of adventure experience
20 years of adventure experience
EST Adventure is one man’s dream come true. No achievement in life, no peak climbed and no journey to the remotest part of the world can be fully appreciated if there is no friend with you to share the joy. It is for this very reason that EST Adventure was established – to share with you the wide experience gained by a small group of people in expeditions, explorations and adventures over the past fifteen years.
We believe that deep down in every one of us lies a little explorer, who, if given proper support, could climb even the highest peaks of the world. It only takes a little persistence to regain lost confidence and everything is possible. The people who have joined us and achieved their dreams, the dreams they could not even say loudly before are undeniable proof. Under our guidance over 1000 mountaineers have successfully climbed peaks over 5000 m high, 400 successfully climbed peaks over 6000 m high, and over 50 of them have had the opportunity to view the world from summits over 8000 m high. The youngest of them was 18 years of age when he reached the top of Aconcagua (6962 m), while the oldest celebrated his 70th birthday on the same peak.
We shall not forget to mention those to whom objectives and major achievements do not represent the essence of their efforts, but it is the path they follow and the vastness they explore that they cherish. With them, we have traveled around areas seen by only a very few, met people whose simplicity of life and purity of soul changed our views of the world.
Our basic principle is unus pro omnibus et omnes pro uno – one for all and all for one because we believe that good team spirit creates an atmosphere where everyone can express their value. We can thank this approach for the fact that our expeditions, treks, and adventures represent true schools, where we all learn something new
Climbing to the top of a mountain is not just about testing your abilities; the experience that slowly penetrates your mind during the expedition, continuous questioning of yourself, insight into and discovering of your own inner self. It is a permanent process of self-knowledge in communication with Nature, and with other people in extreme conditions of life. It is also the communication with the people you meet there that will make you reconsider some of your own beliefs and prejudices. The encounter with another culture and way of life helps us gain a better perception of ourselves when we return home. What is important is not whether their or our views are right, but the broader viewing angle we gain by considering their points of view, either inward or outward.
In everyday life we are witnessing a great alienation between people, flourishing of individualism and egocentrism, fear of straightforward and honest communication, loss of confidence, which are all occurring before our own eyes… To travel together with like-minded people and share an experience can mark the beginning of a new chapter in your life. So, I am inviting you to join us on our adventures, to change together and go back home feeling completely renewed after each trip, with a secretive smile at the corners of your mouth, the meaning of which will remain unknown to all but a few. Life is wonderful.
The team behind your adventure
EST Adventure founder.
On May 26, 2000, Dragan became the first man from Serbia to climb the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest (8848m). During the 1998. post-monsoon season, he climbed Cho-Oyu (8201m), and during the 1999. winter season, he climbed Ama Dablam (6854m). During his long and fruitful career as a top-level guide, he climbed the highest peak in South America, Aconcagua (6962m) - 7 times.
As an expedition leader, he set several records in 100% successful ascents. At the end of July 2004, 34 mountaineers under Dragan's leadership successfully conquered Mt. Elbrus (5642m). After that, in February 2008, he took all 22 expedition members to the peak of Aconcagua (6962m). In his career so far, he has led successful expeditions to Mt. Everest
(8848m), Manaslu (8163m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Ama Dablam (6854m), Lobuche East (6119m), Island Peak (6189m), Aconcagua (6962m), Kilimanjaro (5895m), and Elbrus (5642m).
Under his guidance, over 250 mountaineers from the Balkan region climbed the highest peaks around the world. Notable being, the first woman from Serbia, the first mountaineer from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the first Macedonian who successfully ascended Mt.
Everest (8848m). Dragan's greatest quality is the fact that all his expedition members returned home safe and well.
He participated in several humanitarian actions to help children without parental care, and he’s especially proud of helping the Sherpa community, by helping renovate the primary school in village of Namche Bazar (Khumbu, Nepal).
Petar is a mountain guide and a professional photographer. His long-time dream of climbing Mt. Everest came true on May 20th 2007, when he became the first person from Bosnia and Herzegovina to reach the roof of the world. Before that, he successfully climbed Aconcagua (6962m), Cho-Oyu (8201m), Denali (6194m), Lobuche East (6119m), Kilimanjaro (5895m), Mt. Elbrus (5642m), Mont Blanc (4807m) and many other peaks in Alps and Balkan peninsula.
He is a passionate photographer which he combines with his undying love of nature and mountains. His wish is to dedicate his life to leading expeditions, as well as to sail around the world one day with other members of EST.
He is a member of Mountain guide association of Serbia.
Alek is our calmest guide, and also the expedition photographer and cameraman. In 2008 he climbed
Aconcagua (6962m) and Manaslu (8163m).
He has led groups several times to Manaslu (8163m), Aconcagua (6962m), Denali (6194m), Damavand (5671m), Mt. Elbrus (5642m), Mont Blanc (4810m) as well as Mt. Everest (8848m).
During 2015 he led the first all women expedition in Himalaya.
He is a member of Mountain guide association of Serbia.
Goran Ferlan began his career in sports as a marathon runner, participating in over 50 marathon races all around the world.
Following that, in 1996, he began his career as an alpinist. Climbing four peaks over 8000 meters in height, Goran has additionally participated as a guide in the following expeditions: Kala Patthar (5545m), Aconcagua (6956m), Mont Blanc (4807m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Ama Dablam (6812m), Mount Everest (8848m), Mount Ararat (5112m), Kilimanjaro (5895m), Baruntse (7129m), Shishapangma (8013m) and Gasherbrum II (8035m).
A mountain guide with a great deal of experience, he is also a licensed mountain guide and a member of Mountain guide association of Serbia.
Intern Alpinist since 2001(hardest grade: 8- UIAA, longest route: 650m)
- Half-Dome (Yosemite NP, USA) in 2009
- Matterhorn (Alps, Switzerland) in 2010
- Boreal Mountain (Gates of Arctic NP, USA) in 2011
- Maltatal (Alps, Austria) ice climbing in 2012
- Bobotov Kuk (Durmitor, Montenegro) winter ascend in 2012
- Grossglockner (Alps, Switzerland) in 2013
- Fansipan (Vietnam) in 2014
- Mount Kinabalu (Malaysia) in 2014
- Mount Oberlin (Glacier NP, USA) in 2014
- Balkan mountains (Prokletije, Durmitor, Triglav, Olympus…) throughout last 10 years
Mountain Rescue Squad member since 2012, and member of technical team since 2014. Worked as instructor for last two basic courses. Regular as a ski patrol and basic technical rescuer. Advanced winter rescue course successfully finished in Romania in 2016.
More than 25 years of skiing experience (including several ski mountaineering and ski touring ascends in France, Montenegro, Romania, Slovakia, Albania).
More than 10 years of mountain biking (including several trails in USA, Thailand, Austria)
Toma has almost 20 years of experience in the outdoor sports, and he’s an active alpinist for more than 15 years. He already has a few hundred routes climbed under his belt, with more than 50 first accents. His main passion is climbing and exploring the hidden gems in the Balkan region, where he climbed everything, from frozen waterfalls to big, middle century walls. He is a member of Alpine club Belgrade, for over 10 years as an instructor, where he focuses on teaching new climbers their first steps in the world of climbing. He’s a backcountry skier too.
He successfully summited numerous peaks above two thousand meters.
He is a licensed mountain guide according to UIAA standards.
For the last 7 years Toma found his new passion. Kayaking on calm and white waters, taking him from sea costs all the way up to mountain rivers.Read more
He’s also a certified scuba diver and is licensed as a rescue diver (PADI).
Building on that diving experience, he started exploring and spending time in canyons all over Balkan.
He’s a passionate MTB rider and explorer of hidden paths and mountain secrets.
For the last 5 years he’s a licensed mountain and kayak guide. He successfully guided people from easy kayak rides, to high mountain peaks. More the 500 people was under his tour leadership for the past few years. A true Balkan expert, Toma always has something new to teach you or show you of the beaten path.
Nikola was born in Belgrade in 1979. and he lives there since.
Spending holidays in the mountains of Serbia and Croatia, early, he realized that real adventure was in the nature, so Nikola’s main interests and passions became within mountaineering disciplines such as hiking, trekking, alpinism and sport climbing. More than 100 summits, in which majority are the summits above 2000m, with a very high degree of success, gives him a great deal of experience. Mountains that require endurance and technique are the epithet which he wants to build his name. He personally guided or assisted over 500 climbers to reach their peak or goal. He’s an avid alpine climber, climbing over 200 alpine and sport routes all around Europe, with a lot of first accents, thus focusing on his technical skills as a climber. He always says that he acts like an athlete and thinks like an engineer, which gives Nikola a sort of calm stability and high focus when the situation requires.Read more
Member of Belgrade alpine club, where he still participates and helps in training of new alpine climbers.
He’s a licensed mountain guide according to UIAA standards.
Other interests are running - half marathon, 5K and 10K races, cycling, skiing, scuba diving. He works and lives in Belgrade with his wife and son.
Danijela grew up in Paklenica National Park (Velebit) and that made her life calling a bit easier to choose. Today, Danijela is a professional mountain guide with a license from the Croatian Mountain Guides Association and an international UIMLA license. She is an active member of PD Paklenica and vice president of the Association of Mountain Guides of Croatia.
She has been an active climber since 2004. and since then, she has participated in many trail and adventure races. She is also an organizer of several trails and vertical races in Croatia, and the coordinator of the Coastal & Mountain Trails league. She loves nature and mountains, exploring new destinations, is a great friend and a wonderful colleague.
Kenan is born on 17th of January 1975 in Sarajevo, where he lives and work as well. He fell in love in nature and mountains ever since he was a little boy, and continued on this path today, as an active mountaineer and alpinist for over ten years. He is also a caver and quite active backcountry skier.
Last years he was working on landmine clearance projects abroad, and he spent more than five years in the fields of Africa and Tajikistan. He successfully summited numerous peaks above two thousand meters, but his most significant ascents are highest peak of Ethiopia – Ras Dashen 4550 m, highest peak of Swiss Douforspitze 4632 m, Peak Energy (5120 m) in Fan mountains (Tajikistan), highest peaks of Kenya, Nelion (5188 m) and Batiyan (5199 m), Kilimanjaro 5890 m, and Ama Dablam 6812 m.
In last five years he led Kilimanjaro expeditions for EST Adventure with a success rate of 100%.
For ascent on Ama Dablam, Kenan has been awarded honorary golden badge Mountaineering Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is a head of mountaineering and alpinism section of Mountaineers Club “Zeljeznicar” from Sarajevo and member of expedition commission of Mountaineering Association of B&H.
Aleksandar is the only active sportsman in the world that has competed in three different disciplines (cycling, nordic skiing and biathlon) at the winter and summer Olympic Games. At EST he works as a mountainbike guide handling all tours across the Balkans, and the world as well. As a member of EST he climbed the highest peak of South America – Aconcagua (6962m).
His career was marked by the following achievements:
- Clubs : ACBB (1993) , Velos Vente (1994) , Paris Cycliste Olympique (1996) , professional contract with Cross Montagnani – Selle Italia (1997)
- Mediterranean Games (1991)
- Ten-time champion in Yugoslavia
- Twelve-time champion in Serbia
- Participant in the 1992 Summer Olympics, Barcelona
- Balkan team cycling champion (1985).
- First Serbian to be a member of Selle Italia (1997)
Rode in total over 600.000km in his career
Winter triathlon (10km running, 20km mountain biking and 10km cross-country skiing):
- Competed in various winter triathlons out of which he won 5th place at the Silca Cup and 4th place at the Cortina d'Ampezzo cup, Italy (1999 – 2002)
- 65th place at the 1992 Winter Olympics, Albertville in 50km freestyle
- 23rd place at the 2002 USA Cross Country Championship in 30km freestyle
2000 - Mountaineering and alpine club “Jelencica”- Rožaje, Montenegro
2004 - Mountaineering alpine and ski club “Hajla”- Rožaje, Montenegro
2008 - Mountain Rescue Team “Dermandol”- Rožaje, Montenegro
2009 - NGO “Monte Green”- Rožaje, Montenegro
2010 - Extreme Summit team – Belgrade, Serbia
Trainings – Climbing,Mountainnering
2002- Sumer school of Mountaineering and orienteering
2003- Winter school of Mountaineering
2004- Sumer training for first level Mountain Guide
2005- Training of alpine climbing in summer condition
2007- Training for Mountain Guide in winter condition, Rescue training in summer condition
2008- Rescue training in winter condition for rescue of glacial and avalanche
2009- Winter training for alpine climbing
2011- Winter and summer rescue trainings
2012- Training for guide to the peaks of the Balkan and guiding international groups
2014- Training for winter trekking and hiking guide
2015- Guide training for snowshoeing and ski touring
2016- Training for VIP DINARICA GUIDE and „Leave no trace“
First Aid training
2006- First Aid Training - basic level
2008- First Aid Training - upper level
2009- First Aid Training - advanced level
Experience and expeditions:
Climbed almost all peaks in Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania, most notable are: Olimp – Greece, Musala - Bulgaria, Vihren - Bulgaria, Karapates - Romania, Maja e Jezerces –Albania, Šar planina - Macedonia, Djeravica - Kosovo, Mont Blanc - France, Dome de Neige - France, Materhorn - Switzerland, Aconcagua - Argentina, Island Peak – Nepal, and many, many more.
Experience: 12+ years of experience as a mountain ang hiking guide.
• License for mountain guides (Category E-heavy winter tours) - MOUNTAINEERING ASSOCIATION OF MONTENEGRO AND MINISTRY OF TOURISM.
• Tour guide - DAV DEUTSCHER ALPENVEREIN
• LICENSED HIKING GUIDE - PEAKS OF THE BALKANS
• HIKING GUIDE - DAV SUMMIT CLUB-BERGREISEN WELTWEIT
• “LEAVE NO TRACE” GUIDE
Other: Skiing Instructor, sport climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, caving, nature lover and wildlife research…etc.
An active mountaineer and climber trainee in the last 7 years, Igor is also an mountain guide, cyclist, skier and member of the Mountain Rescue Service. His significant climbs are: Elbrus 5642 m, Mon Blan 4810 m, Gran Paradiso 4061 m, Grossglockner 3798 and many other peaks in the Alps, with a narrow specialty in mountain ranges on the territory of Bosnia & Herzegovina and the whole Dinaric mountain range, where we can safely say that he climbed pretty much all peaks on them.
For his achievements and work, he has received many awards and recognitions such as: Special recognition for the promotion of the sport of the Municipality of Gradiška, recognition by the Mountaineering Union of the Republic of Srpska for the rise and lead to Elbrus.
He also completed the PSRS Guides School, Summer and Winter Alpinism course in AOB, attended the Mountain Rescue Training and licensed the "trail scout" of the "Leading Quality Trails - Best of Europe" marking and equipping of pedestrian roads under the auspices of the European walking organization ERA-EWV-FERP.
Biljana Medenica was born on December 31st 1980 in Kolasin. Beside mountaineering, sports climbing and orienteering she is into speleology. She is particularly fun of winter sports (she drives snow board and Nordic skies). She like spending time in nature.
She climbed on multiple peaks around 2000 m in Montenegro and in region of the Balkans. Peaks on higher elevation on which she climbed are: Lenin peak 7134-Pamir, Island Peak 6198 and Tharpu Chuli 5663 - Himalaya, Elbrus 5642-Caucasus, Ararat 5137, Mont Blanc 4808 and Grand Paradiso 4061- Alps, etc.
She completed summer and winter alpine courses organized by Mountain Rescue Service of Montenegro. She is instructor for establishment and marking of mountain and bicycle trails. She has recognized national licence for guide of E category (guide for difficult mountain tours), which includes all lower categories (guide for easy winter tours, difficult and easy summer tours).Read more
She completed guiding course for hiking during spring, summer and autumn organized by Austrian Montenegrin Development Agency. She completed guiding course for snowshoeing organized by Austrian Montenegrin Development Agency. She is licenced Master Educator Course for Leave No Trace (ethical behaviour in nature with as little possible influence on environment). Won a gold medal and participated at National championships in orienteering.
She is a winner of plaque for top results and special contribution to development of mountaineering in Montenegro which was awarded to her by Mountaineering association of Montenegro. With the ascent on Lenin peak she became the first woman from Montenegro that climbed on the peak above 7000 m.
Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.LET'S TALK