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Via Alpina Slovenia: Purple Trail: Stage 6 (Roblek-Dobrča)

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  • Roblek - Begunjščica
    Roblek - Begunjščica
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The route follows the southern slopes of the Begunjščica. The climb from Preval pass is quite hard, but not very problematic. The trail runs mostly through forest.  
Distance 8.1 km
3:23 h
485 m
658 m
1,639 m
1,218 m

From Roblek hut the trail climbs down to the Preval pass where a shepherd's hut still serves milk, dairy products and beverages. You could still see the old pastures where alpine grazing was very popular in the old days.

Alpine grazing has been affected by the general situation in stock farming and agriculture and by the decline of farming. Many of the alpine pastures at higher altitudes are difficult to reach and are being abandoned, whilst those at lower altitudes and closer to vital farming areas are being maintained. Permanent settlements have grown on a number of pastures, whilst others have been overwhelmed by tourism or have wholly been transformed into tourist residences. 

You will also find a vantage point on Ukanov štruc below Čisovec, en route. Dobrča is a popular destination for MTB riders, hikers and sledging (in winter), so you might find a few people up there at any given time.

Author’s recommendation

It is almost compulsary to tryout the dairy products on one of the pastures :)

Make reservation at the hut on Dobrča in advance.

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Peter Lenarcic 
Update: May 24, 2019
Highest point
1,639 m
Lowest point
1,218 m
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Safety information

Carefull on the climb, otherwise no special safty issues.

Tips and hints

Check in advance when the shepherds huts are open.


Roblek hut under Begunjščica (1,638 m)
46.417747, 14.211992
46°25'03.9"N 14°12'43.2"E
33T 439443 5140765


Hut on Dobrča

Turn-by-turn directions

This stage starts at Roblekov dom below Begunjščica (1,657 m). Signposts indicate the direction to Koča na Prevalu. Descend southeast to the crossroads, where a path branches off across Poljška planina to the village of Begunje. 10 min. Our route turns east across the southern slopes o Begunjščica, then descends towards Preval. To the left, the slopes climb steeply towards the ridge of Begunjščica and its highest peak Veliki vrh (2,060 m), and to the right there is a view of the valley, Bled and its lake, and Radovljica, birthplace of Slovene writer A.T. Linhart. The Skofja Loka hills can be seen in the background. There is a wealth of Alpine flora along the route. Follow the path down to road from Poljška planina. Close by is the Roža stream, offering a refreshing drink of pure mountain water. 50 min.

Follow the road eastwards for 15 minutes to Preval. 1h 15 min from Roblekov dom. Preval (1,311 m) is a broad pass connecting Begunjščica and Dobrča. There is a shepherd's hut here where home made dairy products are served. Preval also marks the border between the Karawanken mountain range and the Kamnik Alps. Alternative: From Roblekov dom, follow the Slovene balcony trail to Preval via Veliki vrh. The route runs along a ridge and includes a difficult descent. Caution is advised because most of the route crosses a steep and grassy terrain.

There is a danger of slipping when the grass is wet. Rejoin the VA route at Preval, then follow the Slovene balcony trail. Climb up along the edge of the wood to a small pass. After a short descent, climb up a steep slope to Čisovec (1,418 m), and along its south-eastern slopes. Continue walking along the ridge. To the left are numerous rocky outcrops and scree slopes known as Šobrove čeri. There follows a rather steep descent to the Vrh Luž pass (1,202 m). 1h15 min. The deep ravine of the Beli stream winds to the east, and the ravine of the Črni stream winds to west. From Preval, climb up the steep slope through woods and pass along the eastern side of a small peak. A relatively level footpath runs along the ridge and past the Sivora peak (1,310 m) to a sign on a tree pointing out a nearby stream. Climb up the steep western slope of Dobrča.

After the climb, the path levels out and leads to Podgorska planina pasture. Cross the pasture and go through the wood to Koča na Dobrči. 1h. It is a 2h 15 min walk from Preval. Dobrča is a broad mountain in the western part of the Kamnik Savinja Alps. Although it is not particularly high, it offers a good view. According to one explanation, its name is derived from the Old Slavonic word "dobr"; meaning oak. The hut lies at the edge of the steep southern slope.


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Public transport

There is no acces with public transport. The stage is in the mountains all the time.

Getting there

From Završnica valley or Ljubelj pass


Završnica sports park and Ljubelj pass offer free parking.


46.417747, 14.211992
46°25'03.9"N 14°12'43.2"E
33T 439443 5140765
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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

Karavanke ~ Planinska zveza Slovenije (ISBN 961-6156-04-7)

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

 Karavanke, osrednji del ~ Planinska zveza Slovenije (1 : 50 000)

Stol in Begunjščica ~ Planinska zveza Slovenije (1 : 25 000)

Gorenjska ~ Geodetski zavod Slovenije (1 : 50 000)

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8.1 km
3:23 h
485 m
658 m
Highest point
1,639 m
Lowest point
1,218 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest


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