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Tour to Mt. Vrh nad Peski (2,176 m) from the Lepena Valley

Back-country skiing · Julian Alps
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  • Mt. Veliki Šmohor
    / Mt. Veliki Šmohor
    Photo: Andreja Križnič, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Mt. Krn
    Photo: Andreja Križnič, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Along the route above the Na polju Mountain pasture
    Photo: Andreja Križnič, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Mt. Vrh nad Peski
    Photo: Andreja Križnič, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Mt. Batognica and Mt. Krn
    Photo: Andreja Križnič, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Lužnica Valley
    Photo: Andreja Križnič, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Soča Valley
    Photo: Andreja Križnič, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Ski touring adventure
    Photo: Andreja Križnič, Turizem Dolina Soce
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The tour to Mt. Vrh nad Peski from the Lepena Valley is long and overcomes a great altitude difference. It is distinguished by a wonderful environment and wonderful views from the top. The tour is only steep in the last section.
difficult
Distance 17.3 km
4:55 h
1,612 m
1,612 m
Start the tour in the Lepena Valley. Ascend along the old mule trail to the valley of the Krn Lakes. From there, ascend past the Krn Lake to the Prag Mountain pass and continue along the steep slope to the top of Mt. Vrh nad Peski. You should ski from the top along the same route you came from or in accordance with the directions on the map which also lead to the top.

Author’s recommendation

We recommend you to take this tour in appropriate snow and weather conditions. The tour is quite long, which is why you should bring a sufficient amount of food and drinks. In order to take this tour, you should reserve a sufficient amount of time. If the conditions in the last section are tough (e.g. icy slope) you can end the tour on the Prag Mountain pass or you can ascend from the Prag Mountain pass along the gentle ridge to Mt. Batognica.
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Author
Andreja Križnič
Update: July 15, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,176 m
Lowest point
702 m
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Safety information

You should take this tour in appropriate weather and good avalanche and snow conditions. Except for the last section, the tour does not include any steep ascents. The last part of the tour can be slippery, which is why you should bring crampons and the ice axe.

Tips and hints

Before you plan to take this tour, make sure to check the weather forecast. Clouds often form in the Krn Mountain range, which is why visibility can decrease. 

Start

Dom dr. Klementa Juga Mountain hut in the Lepena Valley (703 m) (703 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.303706, 13.681196
DMS
46°18'13.3"N 13°40'52.3"E
UTM
33T 398442 5128637
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Destination

Mt. Vrh nad Peski (2,176 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Start the tour in the Lepena Valley at the Dom dr. Klementa Juga Mountain hut from where a gentle mule trail will take you to the valley of the Krn Lakes. In the upper part of the tour, you can take shortcuts under the freight lift rope. After you cross the small mountain pass, the trail starts to descend gently and you are soon able to notice the Planinski dom pri Krnskih jezerih Mountain hut, however, do not descend to the hut, but turn to the right towards the Duplje Mountain pasture next to the Krn Lake. Walk around the lake on its left side beneath Mt. Veliki Šmohor. Start ascending along the wide valley towards the Prag Mountain pass located between Mt. Vrh nad Peski and Mt. Batognica. Just before you reach the Prag Mountain pass, turn to the left onto steep snow-fields beneath Mt. Vrh nad Peski. Just beneath the top, cross towards the mountain pass between Mt. Vrh nad Peski and Mt. Piramida and then turn right towards the top. You can ski down the same route you came from or to the north and then into the valley from where your came from. Continue descending along the route you came from.

Note


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Public transport

There is no public transportation available to the starting point.

Getting there

Follow the main road Bovec-Trenta and, in the village of Soča, turn towards the Lepena Valley. Follow the paved road to the Dom dr. Klementa Juga v Lepeni Mountain hut.

Parking

Parking lot is available next to the Dom dr. Klementa Juga v Lepeni Mountain hut.

Coordinates

DD
46.303706, 13.681196
DMS
46°18'13.3"N 13°40'52.3"E
UTM
33T 398442 5128637
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Equipment

Ski touring and avalanche equipment.

Basic Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 pairs of Gloves: lightweight, breathable and windproof for going uphill, regular ski gloves for downhill
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
  • Additional warm jacket
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Lightweight wind- and waterproof ski pants
  • 20 to 28 liter rucksack, preferably backcountry type
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski touring boots
  • Ski touring bindings to fit boots
  • Ski touring skins to fit skis
  • Skis
  • Ski poles, preferably telescopic type
  • Avalanche safety equipment to consider: beacon, avalanche probe, avalanche shovel
  • Ski touring crampons
  • Crevasse rescue kit
  • Ski touring harness
  • Light ice axe
  • Ski touring ropes
  • Avalanche airbag backpack
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
17.3 km
Duration
4:55 h
Ascent
1,612 m
Descent
1,612 m
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