A roundtrip track from the center of Bovec leading up to the Čelo fortress on the foothills of the scenic Svinjak mountain. The Čelo fortress played an important role for the Austro-Hungarian army in protection of the Bovec valley from an Italian invasion. Construction was completed in 1915 and much of the fortress is still intact today. Strategically, the fortress was built to cover the entrances to both Vršič pass as well as Perdil pass, therefore it is a great place to view the Bovec basin.
To reach the Čelo fortress walk on the main road in the direction of Mt. Svinjak to Mala vas road, where you will encounter the first sign. The path continues to Kal-Koritnica, up to the fortress and back down through Vodenica campground and into the center of Bovec.
This is a 9 km trail with a total trip time of approximately 2.5 hours, suitable for the whole family.
Tips and hints
- This track passes by Ravelnik and Čelo, two outdoor World War 1 museums. For more information please follow the link: Ravelnik, Čelo, Pot miru.
- Both outdoor museums are reachable by car as well. Ravelnik is located 1 km north from Bovec. You can get to Čelo if you follow the same road to Kal Koritnica, where you can leave your car. There is a 30 min walk to Čelo.
The starting point of the track is from the center of Bovec, originating at the information center.
To get to Bovec you can come from the North or the South.
- From the North: Via Kranjska Gora through Vršič Pass or through the Italian town of Tarvisio through Predil pass.
- From the South: Follow road number 102 from Tolmin to Kobarid, turning on 203 from Kobarid to Bovec.
ParkingDuring the summer months, parking can be difficult in Bovec. There are a few larger parking lots that generally have space available. Option number 1: directly across from the Mercator supermarket there is a large parking lot. Option number 2: there is a large parking lot near the school and the church.
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EquipmentThis is a standard trail, requiring no special equipment. Bring gear according to the weather and the season.
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
- Blister kit
- 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.