To the Kuhinja pasture in the Krn mountain range and to the Church of the Holy Spirit in Javorca.
Distance 52.4 km
Start along the Soča River and ride uphill through the villages below Krn mountain to the sunny Kuhinja pasture, uphill to the Pretovč Saddle and descend via the Zatolminske planine pastures to the memorial Church of the Holy Spirit in Javorca and along the Tolminka River to Tolmin.
The trail is marked with blue signposts and markers indicating a mountain biking loop. We recommend using the Krn Map, issued by Planinska Zveza Slovenije (Alpine Association of Slovenia).
This stage involves the highest difference in altitude and runs on the most demanding surfaces along the Juliana Bike trail. Less prepared and skilled bikers are recommended to divide this stage into two stages and spend one night at the Koča na planini Kuhinja mountain hut (make a reservation in advance!).
Update: July 22, 2021
Best time of year
The descent via the Zatolminske planine pastures runs along a stone unpaved road, so ride carefully. Please do not scare the grazing cattle.
Tips and hints
Tourist Information Centres
There many interesting views, so take time to enjoy them.
Plan enough time to visit Javorca (timetable!) and the Tolmin Gorge.
Čezsoča (368 m, E 13.55024904, N 46.32061718) (369 m)
33T 388393 5130692
Tolmin (194,1 m, E 13.7330284 ; N 46.18269613)
Descend from Čezsoča along the left bank of the Soča River to the bridge in Trnovo ob Soči, turn left uphill towards Magozd, Drežnica and Koseč villages that are located on a wide natural ledge below Mt Krn. From Koseč descend along unpaved roads and a forest road to Libišnje and continue uphill along a paved road through Vrsno and Krn villages to the Koča na planini Kuhinja mountain hut.
Rest and have a snack because you are headed for a steep climb along the rough trail to Pretovč Saddle, where you will probably have to walk alongside your bike for some time. Descend across the Zatolminske planine pastures to the Tolminka Valley. Take some time to visit the Church of the Holy Spirit in Javorca, the most beautiful monument dedicated to World War I in Slovenia. Continue along an unpaved road above the Tolminka Gorge, past the Tolmin Gorges that are worth a visit. Soon you will arrive at Tolmin.