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Via Alpina Slovenia: Purple Trail: Stage 2 (Vrata-Dovje)

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    Peričnik waterfall
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This route passes through the impressive Vrata valley. Most of the route follows a tarmac roadpast Peričnik waterfall. The end of the valley leads out of Triglav National Park.
Distance 10.8 km
3:02 h
29 m
359 m
1,005 m
646 m

Pause for a moment in front of Aljažev dom (1,015 m) to view the spectacular Triglav North Face before setting out for the hike through the Vrata valley. The deep, U-shaped Vrata valley is a typical glacial valley.

The trail follows the tarmac road (you don't have to walk on the road, there is a hiking trail next to it) and gradually descends to A detour to view the Peričnik waterfalls (a 15-minute walk, Peričnik is the common name for the two waterfalls in the Vrata valley.) is warmly recommended.

Mojstrana is a settlement at the confluence of the Sava Dolinka and the Bistrica rivers along the main Jesenice-Rateče road. Mountain tourism is the way of life in this village. Mojstrana was the starting point for climbers trying to conquer the north face of Triglav and other challenges of the region. You will find Dovje just across the main road, already on the slopes of Karavanke.

Author’s recommendation

Visit Peričnik waterfalls, stop in the Mountain Museum in Mojstrana and contemplate the sacrifaces made to conquer surrounding mountains in Dovje.
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Update: May 24, 2019
Highest point
1,005 m
Lowest point
646 m
Best time of year

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Safety information

No special safety issues.

Tips and hints

Entrance fee to the museum is 6€ (2019)


Hut Aljažev dom in Vrata valley (1,004 m)
46.409162, 13.843083
46°24'33.0"N 13°50'35.1"E
33T 411080 5140160
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centre of Dovje village

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Pause for a moment in front of Aljažev dom (1,015 m) to view the spectacular Triglav North Face before setting out for the hike through the Vrata valley. The deep, U-shaped Vrata valley is a typical glacial valley. Start at the road that runs through the bottom of the valley to the north-east.

Walk past the parking area, then through the wood and around the edge of Turkov Rovt, a small glade in the middle of the wood. Continue along the level road through the valley, which gradually narrows. At the next glade, known as Poldov Rovt (approx. 2 km, 25 min), the route branches off to the right onto a dirt track, which runs above the Triglavska Bistrica stream. The dirt track gives way to a forest track, which leads across an area known as Galerije.

The path then descends slightly and gives way to a pastoral track. Follow the track past overgrown meadows and a hayloft to reach the tarmac Mojstrana - Aljažev dom road (30 min). The Triglavska Bistrica stream runs far below this point and rising above it is the rock face of Cmir. Continue walking along the road, which turns to the right, and climb down the steep Kreda slope. The inclination of the slope is up to 25 degrees at places. After a 20-minute walk, you will reach Koča pri Peričniku. 1h 15 min from Aljažev dom. A detour to view the Peričnik waterfall (a 15-minute walk) is warmly recommended. Follow the signposts. The Peričnik waterfall consists of two falls. The Spodnji (lower) fall is the taller of the two (52 m) and cascades over an overhanging wall, which makes it possible to walk behind the thundering curtain of water. A secured path leads to the Zgornji (upper) fall.

The Via Alpina route follows the road for a few minutes then turns right and crosses an iron footbridge onto the right bank of the Bistrica stream. The route continues down a gently declining and shady track. At the bridge over the Bistrica, turn off the track (which continues along the stream's right bank) and follow the path marks across the bridge back to the road. Walk past a small glade, known as Pri Rosu, and the houses by the road. The steep, wooded slope to the right is Črna gora (1,378), which separates two large Alpine valleys - Vrata and Kot. Continue walking along the road until you reach a large wooden illustrated chart with information on the Triglav National Park. From here, the road descends all the way to the village of Mojstrana. 1h. Walk along the road through the village, passing the shop to the left. The road crossing the bridge at the end of the village takes a sharp left turn and follows the stream, whilst the route runs up a tarmac track towards the main Jesenice -Kranjska Gora road. 15 min. The stage ends at the bus station next to the monument to clergyman Jakob Aljaž, one of the foremost figures in the history of the Julian Alps. The hike from Koča pri Peričniku takes 1h 15 min.


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Public transport


There is a regular bus connection between Jesenice- Mojstrana- Kranjska Gora.

Getting there

Follow the main road Jesenice- Kranjska Gora


Free parking available in Mojstrana


46.409162, 13.843083
46°24'33.0"N 13°50'35.1"E
33T 411080 5140160
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

 Slovenska planinska pot ~ Planinska zveza Slovenije (ISBN 961-6156-11-x)

Vodnik po Julijskih Alpah ~ Planinska zveza Slovenije (ISBN 961-6156-08-x)

Vodnik po planinskih postojankah v Sloveniji ~ Planinska zveza Slovenije (ISBN 961-6156-10-1)

Die stillen Pfade der Via Alpina, Evamaria Wecker ~ Bruckmann (ISBN 978-3-7654-4857-7)

Author’s map recommendations

 Julijske Alpe, vzhodni del ~ Planinska zveza Slovenije (1 : 50 000)

Gorenjska ~ Geodetski zavod Slovenije (1 : 50 000)

Triglav ~ Planinska zveza Slovenije (1 : 25 000)

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10.8 km
3:02 h
29 m
359 m
Highest point
1,005 m
Lowest point
646 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Geological highlights Suitable for strollers


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