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Overview of the Group
In the SW corner of North Velebit there is a bunch of beautiful and very panoramic peaks. Scenery of the area is very diverse and picturesque. It ranges from rocky seaboard slope to gentle undulating grasslands to tame and romantic beech forests. Peaks are similar; some are rocky, some grassy and gentle, some forested. Few are marked and easily accessible, most are unmarked and not so easy to reach. All this is gathered in quite small Alancic – Rozanski Vrh – Seravski Vrh group, which offers allot of beauty and stunning views, especially towards sea because several peaks belong among highest on North Velebit and are closest to the sea of them.
Borders of the group are well defined.
On the west is seaboard terrace of North Velebit which is squeezed between the rocky peaks of first step and the slope of seaboard streak of peaks, in this case our group. Terrace is at the altitude of around 1100-1300m and contains series of very beautiful meadows, a former pastures and places where people lived during the summers with their cattle. Meadows are surrounded with beech and black pine forests which are mixed on places with spruce and fir. Three of five important peaks of the group are located in the seaboard streak and above the terrace. Most beautiful and highest among the meadows on the terrace is the northernmost; Lisac Stanovi at around 1270m. It is NW of Lisac (1545m). Ripiste (1060m) and Vujinac (1110m) are smaller meadows and are west of Lisac. Next towards south are Struga (1170m) and Zelengrad (1200m) meadows and former pastures. Above them is beautiful Rozanski Vrh (1638m). Just south of Zelengrad seaboard terrace melts into the slope of Alancic (1611m) and disappears but immediately appears several hundred meters lower so Alancic has big uninterrupted slope towards the sea (west). Below it, some 900m lower, is Dundovic Pod (720m).
On the south border of the group is same valley or depression which makes the border between North and Mid Velebit. It begins with Alan pass (1375m), south of Alancic (1611m). It continues towards east but after few kilometers our group ends where side valley opens towards north. That valley makes western border.
On the west group is separated from Goljak (1605m) group by a valley which contains large grassy basin of Tudorevo while other half is forested (more about both is onVeliki Kozjak page). On the north valley opens into Veliki Lubenovac basin while on the south is Alan Pass road and valley between North and Mid Velebit. Pushed towards east sixth and last prominent peak of the group stands above this valley; Vucjak (1586m).
Northern edge of the group is widest and rises above two distinctive areas. On the west is southern end of Smrceve Doline/Cipala area which is large closed valley between seaboard streak of peaks (west), Alancic – Rozanski Vrh – Seravski Vrh group (south), Rozanski Kukovi group (east) and Zavizan group (north). This undulating closed valley is heavily forested and one of wildest areas on whole Velebit, completely untouched with only one marked path. More about it find on Rozanski Kukovi page. Two of five important peaks of this group rise above Smrceve Doline/Cipala valley; Seravski Vrh (1661m) and Goli Vrh (1670m). Eastern part of northern border is forested valley between our group and Rozanski Kukovi. On its western end are Smrceve Doline/Cipala area while on the east is Veliki Lubenovac basin.
In the mid part of the group, behind seaboard streak of peaks or east of them, is high undulating grassy plateau Rozano, placed above 1500m. This beautiful area, which is covered with flowers in late spring and summer and blinding white in winter, offers romantic views of inner Velebit. East of it terrain continues to be undulating with frequent funnel shaped depressions but is heavily forested and slowly descends into the western border valley.
Through the heart of the group, the Rozano undulating plateau, in north-south direction leads the only marked path; a section of famous Premuziceva Staza, which is also part of VPP (Velebit long distance trail), on the way from Rossijevo Skloniste refuge in Rozanski Kukovi to Alan pass. From it short branches lead to two of the peaks; Seravski Vrh (1661m) and Alancic (1611m). These two peaks are frequently visited by the hikers who are doing this section and especially Alancic which sees additional visitor from nearby Alan hut, which is most convenient base to visit this group. Other peaks of the group are lonely and almost not visited at all. Very few have reached their peaks. More about it in each peaks section.
Most convenient base to stay and visit peaks of this group is Alan hut. More about it and how to get there see on Satorina page. See Rozanski Kukovi group page if you are coming from that direction.
Note: Lat/Lon of the page is that of Alancic
Views vary from summit to summit and are great all over the group. Especially beautiful are those towards the sea, mainly from Alancic peak, as other great sea view point, Rozanski Vrh, isn’t marked and is hardly accessible. Views are also beautiful towards inner Velebit where main theme is rocky or grassy peaks, undulating grassy plain of Rozano and vast forests as far as eye can see. Here are few examples although almost every photo on the page represents the views all over the group.
Alancic (1611m)44°43'50.97"N, 14°58'7.89"E
Alancic (1611m) (read Alanchich) is bulky peak, last in the seaboard streak of North Velebit. Its first south neighbor, Buljma (1451m), is across the Alan pass (1375m) and on Mid Velebit. On the north first neighbor is Rozanski Vrh (1638m) and undulating high grassy plateau Rozano, at around 1500m. On the east Alancic shows its most modest side which gradually descends into undulating forested area of the group. On the contrary western side is highest. Above Dundovic Pod (720m) on the seaboard terrace Alancic rises some 900m. At the altitude of 1358m there is a small rocky/grassy terrace named Ostrik (read Oshtrik). From it are amazing views towards the sea. From all but northern side slopes above Rozano slopes of Alancic are forested. Summit is grassy cone which rises above the beech forests that reach 1550m on the eastern and southern side. On the eastern and northern side fir smaller fir trees are also scattered. On the SW there is longer grassy slope. High seaboard slope has various vegetation which changes with altitude. Below beech belt various types of trees grow and slope is forested with oak, maple, hornbeam, pine and ash communities.
Alancic is only 6km from the coast (airline) above which it almost rises in one piece because seaboard terrace is quite narrow here. This means Alancic is closest to the coast of any Velebit peaks that exceed 1600m! What this means considering sea panorama doesn’t have to be particularly stressed.
Alancic probably belongs among most visited peaks on Velebit. There are several reasons for that. First close to its summit leads quite frequent and popular section of Premuziceva Staza (Premuzich Path) between Rossijevo Skloniste and Alan pass. Second it is located above one of the most popular huts on Velebit, Alan hut, which is accessible by car. And third easy access is rewarded by fantastic sea panorama, one of the best on Velebit, because Alancic is so close to the sea. But this doesn’t mean you’ll have to fight for your spot on the summit, which is very broad anyway. Velebit is not visited by hordes of people, not even at the peak of tourist season, so chances are high that you’ll be able to enjoy panorama alone on the summit, especially out of season. And main focus of panorama is beautiful Rab island which is on your palm and looked at from bird’s perspective. If there wasn’t Alan pass road, that enables you to drive to only 30-40mins away from the summit, Alancic would be quite tough byte as any Velebit peak of similar altitude. From the coast it takes 4.30-5h to the summit.
Approach to the summit of Alancic is possible from two directions. First option is from the east with short marked path that branches from Premuziceva Staza path some 40mins from Alan hut. Second option, which is unmarked, also leads from Premuziceva Staza path. Some 25mins above Alan hut, when path leaves the forest for a short while and there makes sharp serpentine, you’ll see grassy/rocky dome of Alancic above. Leave the path on the serpentine and over the open slopes reach the summit in some 15mins. This is better option when coming from Alan hut while marked option is better when coming from Rossijevo Skloniste refuge (Rozanski Kukovi group).
Rozanski Vrh (1638m)44°44'37.95"N, 14°57'48.14"E
Shinning white limestone rocky dome of Rozanski Vrh (1638m) (read Rozhanski Vrh) rises in the seaboard streak of North Velebit. First neighbor on the south is Alancic (1611m). They are separated by a pass through which Rozano, high undulating grassy plateau, opens towards seaboards side of the mountain. Rozano lies east of Rozanski Vrh. Between the pass and Rozanski Vrh there is also minor rocky peak, made of smooth white cliffs, which is like a side peak but quite well separated with a pass from main bulky summit. It is around 1615m high. On the north is Lisac (1545m) peak. Between them is Strugov Stan (1360m) meadow, former pasture. Western side of Rozanski Vrh is highest. It descends over 400m to Struga (1170m) and Zelengrad (1200m) meadows on the seaboard terrace of North Velebit. Both were pastures during the summer while on Struga there was whole small village of houses. Today they are hardly recognizable ruins and forest has taken allot of former meadows. Sides of Rozanski Vrh are under beech forests, which are mixed with fir and spruce, except eastern side above Rozano plateau which is grassy. But that side of the peak like all other sides above forest are under dense belt of dwarf pine which is hardly passable. Above the dwarf pine are bare white cliffs of summit dome.
Behind Alancic Rozanski Vrh is second closest peak to the sea on Velebit, of those above 1600m! Distance is only 6-7km (airline), which makes it first class sea view point. I would say it is even better than from Alancic because Rab island is better centered below and very beautiful group of islands north of Rab is closer.
Rozanski Vrh is one of the most beautiful and elegant peaks of North Velebit and wider. Because it isn’t marked, and hopefully it will remain, Rozanski Vrh is one of the least visited peaks on North Velebit, especially among those in group above 1600m. By a dense belt of dwarf pine and smooth rocky summit dome it is well protected from already a small number of those interested but less adventurous. Rozanski Vrh is only visited by those who love to wander and explore the unknown. My guess is that even a year can pass without human foot stepping on its summit. Those that reach it are rewarded by the fantastic panorama of the Adriatic Sea beneath and North Velebit behind, even better than from Alancic. This is best view point in the group! Famous Rozanski Kukovi group are seen in very different light from this unique position.
Easiest approach, if there is one, leads from Rozano plateau. Try to find the place where dwarf pine belt is narrowest and ride it till you reach open cliffs of summit dome. Approach from the seaboard terrace is very difficult because of complicated mix of cliffs, forest and dwarf pine.
Seravski Vrh (1661m)44°44'45.38"N, 14°58'35.13"E
Seravski Vrh (1661m) is nice grassy cone with rocky summit that rises on the northern edge of Rozano, undulating grassy plateau. On the north is southern part of vast undulating forested area of Cipala/Smrceve Doline (Cipala/Spruce Valleys). Seravski Vrh closes the area from the south. On the west, south and east Seravski Vrh is surrounded by grassy waves of Rozano. On the other sides of large former pastures neighbors of Seravski Vrh are Rozanski Vrh (1638m) on the west and Goli Vrh (1670m) on the east. Naturally these sides are grassy while northern side above Cipala area is forested with beech and spruce. Just around the summit there is belt of stunted beeches and spruces. Some make it to the very summit but don’t obscure the view in any direction.
Seravski Vrh is lonely peak which doesn’t belong to any of streaks which generally appear on Velebit, like nearby seaboard streak of peaks to which neighboring Rozanski Vrh belongs.
Like Alancic Seravski Vrh is quite frequently visited by hikers who are doing Rossijevo Skloniste - Alan pass section of very popular and famous Premuziceva Staza (Premuzich Path). It passes just 10mins below the summit of Seravski Vrh and there is marked branch which leads to it. It is worth to climb it because of wide and beautiful view which reaches all the way to South Velebit. Part of the Kvarner Bay area of North Adriatic and islands is visible across Smrceve Doline towards NW. Also white Rozanski Kukovi are quite close. Marked branch can be reached from 3 directions; from Rossijevo Skloniste refuge it takes 2h, from Alan hut 1.30h and from Veliki Lubenovac 1.30h.
Rozano (read Rozhano) is beautiful undulating grassy high plateau in the SE corner of North Velebit. 4 of 5 most important peaks of this group are placed on its edges. On the south is Alancic (1611m), on the west is Rozanski Vrh (1638m), on the north is Seravski Vrh (1661m) and finally on the east is Goli Vrh (1670m). Well, to be precise Goli Vrh is in the NE corner so much of the eastern side of Rozano is open towards the undulating forested area that after a while descend into Tudorevo basin. Rozano is above forest line. It is separated into two parts, western and eastern. They are separated by grassy ridge so from the western part eastern is not visible and vice versa. Western part that is close to Alancic and Rozanski Vrh is lower (around 1500m) while eastern part which is closer to Seravski Vrh and Goli Vrh is higher placed (around 1570m).
Eastern part of Rozano is crossed completely from the north to the south end by the section of famous Premuziceva Staza (Premuzich Path) between Rossijevo Skloniste and Alan pass. Whole section is amazingly beautiful and Rozano is its second highlight after section through untouchable Rozanski Kukovi.
Western part is pathless but since orientation is easy it isn’t a problem to move away from the marks and explore a bit. Most beautiful combination if you are going from Alan hut towards Rozanski Kukovi is to leave Premuziceva Staza on the serpentine at the foot of Alancic and climb its summit (more in Alancic section). From the summit of Alancic continue towards north and descent into western part of Rozano. Continue straight till you reach a pass between Rozanski Vrh on the left (west) and grassy ridge on the right (east). From here northern section of western part of Rozano opens so