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From the village of Montemaggiore (Brezje) to the spring of the Nadiža River (Rio Bianco (Beli Potok))

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  • Starting point in Montemaggiore (Brezje)
    / Starting point in Montemaggiore (Brezje)
    Photo: Staša Mesec, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / The trail is mostly routed along a well-worn cart track
    Photo: Staša Mesec, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / View of Montemaggiore (Brezje)
    Photo: Staša Mesec, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / The ridge of Mt. Stol viewed from beneath Mt. Breški Jalovec
    Photo: Staša Mesec, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / A section of the trail in a pleasant shade of tall beech trees
    Photo: Staša Mesec, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Beneath Mt. Breški Jalovec
    Photo: Staša Mesec, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / View of the springs of the Beli potok Stream
    Photo: Staša Mesec, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / The warmest alpine river flows down the wide southern terrain
    Photo: Staša Mesec, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / View of the springs
    Photo: Staša Mesec, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Double waterfall as a reward for the trail taken
    Photo: Staša Mesec, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / The water is so clear you can drink it
    Photo: Staša Mesec, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Trail along the foothills of the ridge
    Photo: Staša Mesec, Turizem Dolina Soce
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This pleasant hiking trail from the almost abandoned village of Montemaggiore (Brezje) to the spring of the Nadiža River (Rio Bianco (Beli Potok)) is also appropriate for families and less experienced hikers.
moderate
Distance 7 km
5:09 h
477 m
475 m
845 m
745 m
The trail starts in the village of Montemaggiore (Brezje) where you can park at an arranged parking lot next to the church. After a couple of meters, turn from the paved road to a marked cart track and continue along the relatively well-worn terrain across the slope. On your left, you can admire the peaks and valleys of the Breginjski kot Valley, whilst on your right, you can admire the slope of Mt. Breški Jalovec (ridge of Mt. Stol) with several small streams which you can cross. The trail is undemanding and requires caution only at certain sections. After approximately 60 minutes of walking you arrive to a ravine with a somewhat larger stream – Rio Bianco (Beli Potok) – one of the sources of the Nadiža River. A short ascent along the gravel stones will reward you with a wonderful view – a double waterfall – where it is almost mandatory to stop and do a short meditation while admiring the nature. Return along the same trail. The entire tour will take you approximately 120 minutes, however, more experienced hikers, unaccompanied by children, can make it even faster.

Author’s recommendation

There are only six inhabitants still living in the village of Montemaggiore (Brezje), therefore it is well worth to stop and drink a cup of coffee or have a little snack in the only inn and pizzeria and say hello to the locals.
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Staša Mesec
Update: December 05, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
845 m
Lowest point
745 m
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Safety information

During the winter, the trail can get partially covered with ice, however, it is still safe. After heavy rainfall or when the snow melts in the spring time, certain sections of the trail can get flooded by the watercourses (you can jump across the water).

Tips and hints

Stop at the inn and pizzeria and a quick chat with the locals.

Start

Montemaggiore (Brezje), next to the church (784 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.267365, 13.370992
DMS
46°16'02.5"N 13°22'15.6"E
UTM
33T 374471 5125043
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Destination

Spring of the Nadiža River

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail starts in the village of Montemaggiore (Brezje) where you can park at an arranged parking lot next to the church. After a couple of meters, turn from the paved road to a marked cart track and continue along the relatively well-worn terrain across the slope. After approximately 60 minutes of walking you arrive to a ravine with Rio Bianco (Beli Potok). After a short ascent along the gravel stones you reach the double waterfall. Return along the same trail.

This trail includes a few gentle ascents but is routed entirely along a cart track. The tour partially follows the Camino Celeste pilgrimage trail.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

There is no public transportation available.

Getting there

We recommend you to reach the starting point from the village of Breginj, by crossing the Most na Nadiži (Ponte Vittorio) former border crossing and by passing through the village of Platischis (Plestišča).

Parking

Next to the church in Montemaggiore (Brezje).

Coordinates

DD
46.267365, 13.370992
DMS
46°16'02.5"N 13°22'15.6"E
UTM
33T 374471 5125043
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Equipment

Appropriate hiking footwear.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • 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
moderate
Distance
7 km
Duration
5:09 h
Ascent
477 m
Descent
475 m
Highest point
845 m
Lowest point
745 m
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