The stage starts in Tolmin, continues across the Soča River, through Volče, and on to Kolovrat, which is also the route of the Alpe Adria Trail, which runs across the former border to Veneto on the Italian side. We, however, descend along the ridge down to the Pod Ježo mountain hut.
Kolovrat is most certainly the highlight of the stage, and its highest point at Na Gradu (1115 m) offers fantastic views of the dramatic peaks of the Julian Alps on one side, and the hilly vineyard landscape on the other, all the way down to the Adriatic. A stop at the outdoor museum is a must, since you can see remnants of World War I there: caverns, trenches, artillery positions with various interesting details, such as the staircase in one of the caverns and preserved original materials used at that time (metal nets, steel plates, stone roof tiles, etc.).
The trail towards the peak of Ježa (949 m) runs along the Kolovrat ridge and steeply ascends along the right bank of the Soča River, offering a beautiful view of the former battlefield and the hinterland of the Isonzo Front: Kanin, Krn mountain range, Sveta Gora, Veneto, Friuli Plain, all the way to the Gulf of Trieste. Then the trail descends to the Pod Ježo mountain hut.
The entire trail stage is part of the Walk of Peace, running between the Alps and the Adriatic.
Rest StopSTAMP - Na Gradu - Kolovrat, 1115 m
STAMP - Ježa, 949 m
Safety informationThere are no difficult sections along the trail. Act according to weather conditions. The trail is technically undemanding but can be strenuous, since the ascent from Volče to the Kolovrat ridge is one of the highest along the entire Juliana Trail. You need to overcome almost 1,000 metres change in altitude.
Tips and hints
- Accommodation and meals at the Pod Ježo mountain hut.
- Easy ascents to the peaks near the Pod Ježo mountain hut: Deveti konfin 930 m (40 min); Bukova Ježa 958 m (1h 15 min); Platena 1038 m (1 h).
Getting thereTolmin is the starting point and the administrative centre of the Soča Valley. You can reach Tolmin by car or by bus from Ljubljana, Nova Gorica or Bovec, or by train to the Most na Soči railway station, from where you can take the bus to Tolmin.
ParkingFree public parking in Tolmin at the Brajda sports park.
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EquipmentHiking equipment, suitable for the season and current weather conditions.
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)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- 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.