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Mountain tour

Three-day hiking tour to the Triglav Lakes and Mt. Krn (2244 m)

Mountain tour · Julian Alps
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  • Zasavska koča na Prehodavcih Mountain hut and Mt. Razor in the background
    / Zasavska koča na Prehodavcih Mountain hut and Mt. Razor in the background
    Photo: Darjo Berra, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Pools of the Trebiščnica Stream above the village of Trenta
    Photo: Darjo Berra, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Hunting lodge on the Trebiški dol Mountain pasture
    Photo: Darjo Berra, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / View of Mt. Bavški Grintavec along the trail to the Prehodavci Mountain pass
    Photo: Darjo Berra, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Prehodavci Mountain pass and Mt. Triglav in the background
    Photo: Darjo Berra, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Mountain goats beneath the Prehodavci Mountain pass
    Photo: Darjo Berra, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Mt. Razor and the Kriški podi Plateau viewed from the Prehodavci Mountain pass
    Photo: Darjo Berra, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Village of Drežnica (bottom left), Soča Valley towards the village of Žaga and the Kanin Mountain range
    Photo: Darjo Berra, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Top of Mt. Krn
    Photo: Darjo Berra, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Krn Lake in early spring (viewed from the top of Mt. Krn)
    Photo: Darjo Berra, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Mt. Triglav and the Seven Lakes Valley far in the background (viewed from the top of Mt. Krn)
    Photo: Darjo Berra, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Gomiščkovo zavetišče Mountain hut on Mt. Krn
    Photo: Darjo Berra, Turizem Dolina Soce
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This three-day hiking tour will take you to the centre of the Triglav National Park and impress you with all the beauties of the mountain area of the Julian Alps.
difficult
44.2 km
20:32 h
3003 m
3096 m
The trail starts in the wonderful Trenta Valley and continues uphill to the Zasavska koča na Prehodavcih Mountain hut (2071 m) where the Triglav (seven) Lakes Valley ends. From here, it descends along the lakes to the Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih Mountain hut (1685 m) where you will spend the first night. The second day stage leads past the Dom na Komni Mountain hut and over the Vratca Mountain pass (1803 m) where you can decide to ascend to the nearby Mt. Bogatin (1977 m) - to the Koča pri Krnskih jezerih Mountain hut (1385 m) - where the second day stage of the hike in the Julian Alps ends. The third day stage will take you past the Krn Lake to the highest point of the tour - the historical Mt. Krn (2244 m), a mighty sightseeing hill above the Soča Valley, and down its south-west slope to the village of Drežnica where the tour in the Julian Alps ends.

Author’s recommendation

This tour is appropriate for physically well-prepared hikers as well as families with adult children.
outdooractive.com User
Author
Darjo Berra
Updated: June 23, 2019

Difficulty
difficult
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Mt. Krn 2245 m, 2215 m
Lowest point
Drežnica, 542 m
Best time of year
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Exposition
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Safety information

The entire trail is routed along practically non-hazardous hiking trails. If the weather goes bad, you can find shelter in at least five mountain huts along the trail. Use of the hiking trails is at your own risk! The majority of the trail is very exposed to the sun, which is why we recommend you to use protection headgear and protective creams. We advise you not to take this trail in full winter conditions. If you intend to take this tour during the winter months you should be particularly cautious when ascending from the Trenta Valley to the Prehodavci Mountain pass because you will have to cross several active avalanche areas. You can find bivouacs (unfortunately not staffed) next to all mountain huts along the trail.

Tips, hints and links

The tour is undemanding but long in terms of time and distance, which is why we recommend it only to physically well-prepared mountaineers. If you believe that the distance and strain are too great for three days you can prolong the tour and make it in four days. In this case we recommend you to spend the first night at the Zasavska koča na Prehodavcih Mountain hut, the second night at the Koča pod Bogatinom Mountain hut and the third night at the Gomiščkovo zavetišče Mountain hut on Mt. Krn. We recommend inexperienced mountaineers to hire a mountain guide https://www.soca-valley.com/sl/dolina-soce/ponudniki-storitev/vodniki/.

For more information about hiking trails visit www.pzs.si.

During the summer months it is almost mandatory to book accommodation in the mountain huts.

Start

Parking lot in front of the Triglav National Park Information Centre Dom Trenta (634 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.380655, 13.752285
DMS
46°22'50.4"N 13°45'08.2"E
UTM
33T 404051 5137098
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Destination

Jelkin hram Guesthouse with accommodation in the village of Drežnica

Turn-by-turn directions

This almost 50-kilometre and three-day-long tour starts in the village of Trenta located in the upper part of the Soča Valley. Park your vehicle at the parking lot in front of the Triglav National Park Information Centre Dom Trenta (in the immediate vicinity of the bus stop). Start walking in the direction of the town of Bovec and after approximately 300 metres turn on the gravel road leading uphill towards the Lepoč Mountain pasture. After a couple of hundred of metres of the gravel road, turn on the gradually ascending marked hiking trail leading across the Trebiški dol Mountain pasture to the junction for the Zadnjica Valley and the Prehodavci Mountain pass. From here on, you can admire the ingeniousness of the constructors of this former military supply road from World War I practically all the way to the mountain hut. The trail does not require great effort and is logically routed to the Zasavska koča Mountain hut on the Prehodavci Mountain pass. After you have refreshed yourself and enjoyed in views of the major part of the Julian Alps (Mt. Razor, Mt. Prisojnik and Mt. Jalovec), continue along the marked and well-worn trail downhill to the Triglav (seven ) Lakes Valley. Along this trail you will have a chance to see almost all of the lakes, however, we would like to ask you not to bath in these lakes because this is the cause of their pollution. After approximately eight hours of walking you will notice the lovely Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih Mountain hut where you will spend your first night.

The next day, start walking towards the Koča pod Bogatinom Mountain hut which you will reach after approximately three hours of walking in a wonderful ambient of high-mountain larches and pine trees. After you have refreshed yourself, continue uphill towards the Vratca Mountain pass (1803 m). From here, you only have to walk for approximately another hour in order to reach the nearby Mt. Bogatin (1977 m) which offers splendid views of almost all of the trail you already made and of course of the prominent Mt. Triglav (2864 m). Return to the mountain pass along the same trail you came from and slowly continue past the ruins of the former military facilities from World War I towards the Duplje Mountain pasture and the nearby Dom pri Krnskih jezerih Mountain hut (1385 m). After an entire day of walking you will certainly enjoy resting at the mountain hut amongst the mighty and peaceful mountain pine trees.

 

On the third day you will only need fifteen minutes of walking in order to reach the Krn Lake – the pearl among the Slovenian Alpine lakes. Above the lake, the trail starts to gradually ascend to the top of Mt. Krn (2245 m) - the highest summit you will conquer on the entire tour. Just beneath the summit you can refresh yourself at the Gomiščkovo zavetišče Mountain hut where you can also spend the night if the weather deteriorates or if you become too tired. From here, you will descend to the village of Drežnica along the usual hiking trail (you will avoid the Silvo Koren climbing trail because it is too demanding for a descent). After the entire day of walking you will reach the idyllic village of Drežnica in the afternoon, Here you can choose between several accommodation options or engage a transportation provider to drive you to the nearby town of Kobarid. If you are staying in the upper part of the Soča Valley make sure not to miss the last bus to the town of Bovec which leaves at 21:00.

If you believe that daily stages are too long or too difficult you can also prolong the tour to four or five days.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

From June to the end of September, there is a bus line connecting the village of Trenta with the towns of Bovec and Kranjska Gora.

In July and August there is a Hop On Hop Off shuttle bus running from the town of Kobarid to the village of Drežnica and back.

Getting there

This tour starts in the village of Trenta by the national road No. 206.

Parking

There is a free unsecured parking lot available next to the Triglav National Park Information Centre Dom Trenta.

Coordinates

DD
46.380655, 13.752285
DMS
46°22'50.4"N 13°45'08.2"E
UTM
33T 404051 5137098
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Jože Dobnik: Vodnik po planinskih kočah v Sloveniji (PZS).Planinska zveza Slovenije: Slovenska planinska pot.

Author’s map recommendations

Tourist map of the Municipality of Bovec 1:40 000 (Turizem Dolina Soče).

Triglavski narodni park 1:50 000 (Kartografija). Julijske Alpe 1:50 000 (Sidarta).

Triglavski narodni park 1:50 000 (PZS).

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Equipment

Good mountaineering footwear, trekking poles, protection headgear, clothing for two days, cape, first aid kit, sufficient supply of drinks, eventual sleeping bag.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
44.2 km
Duration
20:32h
Ascent
3003 m
Descent
3096 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family friendly Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Summit route

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