07 January, 2016

63) Kamniško sedlo - 25/Dec/2015

Kamniško sedlo (1885m) is a prominent saddle in Kamniške Alpe range, connecting Planjava (2392m) and Brana (2253m).
The saddle is clearly visible from Ljubljana, and is a very popular hiking destination.
The usual trailhead is Kamniška Bistrica (601m), and this is where we started our hike.
The elevation gain on the hike is almost 1300m, which is quite respectable.
It's also possible to begin the hike at trailhead in Logarska dolina - this trail is a little shorter, but steeper.
All in all, it was a great way to spend the Christmas day.

06 January, 2016

62) Raduha - 12/Dec/2015

This video shows a winter hike to the summit of Raduha (2062m).
We've had very little snow this December, normally the mountain should have been covered under a thick blanket of snow.
We started the hike just below the mountain hut at Loka (1500m), and quickly arrived at the summit.
It was quite cold and windy at the top, so we didn't stay up there for long.
We took a different way down - to Planina Arta (1564m).

05 January, 2016

61) Korošica - 05/Dec/2015

Korošica is a grassy plateau below the summit of Ojstrica (2350m).
We started this hike at Planina Podvežak (1500m), and hiked up to Korošica.
A mountain hut named Kocbekov dom is located on Korošica, but we didn't go quite to the hut because it was getting late.

04 January, 2016

60) Begunjščica - 14/Nov/2015

This video shows a hike to the summit of Begunjščica (2060m) in Karavanke range.
We drove to the trailhead at Poljška planina (1180m) - the road is quite rough, so 4x4 comes handy.
It's an easy hike to Roblek (1657m), which is a very popular spot with great views and a mountain hut.
From Roblek, we hiked up to the summit - the trail is occasionally quite steep and can be slippery when wet. In icy conditions, crampons are a must.
From the summit, the nearby peaks in Karavanke (Stol, Vrtača, Košuta etc) can be seen, and also the peaks in Julian Alps and in Kamniške alpe range.
It was a cloudy day, so the views were a bit limited.
On the way down, we stopped at Roblek again, and had a good rest.

03 January, 2016

59) From Logarska dolina to Jezersko - 07/Nov/2015

We did this same hike a few years ago, but without the kids.
Now they are big enough to handle long hikes, so we took them with us.
The trail begins near Rinka waterfall in Logarska dolina.
In November, the waterfall is reduced to a tiny strip of water.
Above the waterfall, there is the source of Savinja river.
In a few minutes, we reach Okrešelj which is surrounded by some beautiful mountains: Turska gora, Rinke and Mrzla gora.
The hike becomes a little steeper, as we make our way up to Savinjsko sedlo (2001m).
This is the highest point of the hike, and it lies right on the border with Austria.
The second part of the hike is basically descent from Savinjsko sedlo, all the way down to Jezersko.
We pass north faces of the highest peaks in Kamniške Alpe range: Skuta (2532m), Grintovec (2558m) and Kočna (2540m).
The video shows a short stop at a hut named Kranjska koča na Ledinah (1700m), and then it ends with an evening view of Velika Baba (2127m).
Days are short in November, so we arrived to Jezersko in the dark.

02 January, 2016

58) Stol - 24/Oct/2015

Stol (2236m) is the highest peak in Karavanke range, on the border between Slovenia and Austria.
Access to the summit is easy from south and east, but more difficult from the Austrian side.
We started the hike at Valvasorjev dom (1181m), and hiked a little more than one thousand vertical meters to the summit.
The views from Stol are wonderful, once you are above the tree line.
All the highest peaks in Slovenia can be seen, and also the towns in Gorenjska (Upper Carniola): Jesenice, Bled, Radovljica, Lesce etc.
A mountain hut named Prešernova koča (2174m) is located just below the summit.
Once on the summit, a view into Austria opens up.
We took a different trail back to Valvazorjev dom - via Zabreška planina.

01 January, 2016

57) Debela Peč - 12/Sep/2015

Debela Peč (2014m) is an easy mountain in the Julian Alps.
The easiest way up is from Pokljuka plateau, there are trailheads at Medvedova Konta, at Šport Hotel, at Planina Zajavornik etc.
However, the mountain does have a steep north face above the Krma valley, so the trail from Krma is more difficult.
The video shows our hike to the summit of Debela Peč from the trailhead at Medvedova Konta.
It's a short hike (30 minutes) to a hut named Blejska koča na Lipanci (1630m).
From the hut, the summit of Debela Peč is just one hour 30 minutes away.
Once on the summit, the highest peaks in Julian Alps (Triglav & Škrlatica) are visible at close range.
The vertical drop across the north face down to Krma valley is quite impressive.
And there are great views across the Slovenian land towards east and south.