Allthough often considered as a secondary peak, Brana is a brave 2000er, a known thunder collector that takes a 1600m bow above the Kamniška Bistrica source. The first mass we notice from the Kamniška Bistrica trailhead is the front range: Kaptan, the immense S slopes of Brana that are abundantly covered with vegetation. Above the Kaptan head (glava), the S ridge easily continues towards the summit.
East of Brana, the Kamniško Sedlo saddle links Brana with the Planjava massif.
To the W, the Kotliči notch separates Brana from Turska gora and the western part of the range.
Brana has 3 faces:
The tall, steep and awesome W face drops from Blek, the summital basin, into the Kotliški graben ravine.
The E face, a confusion of pillars and gullies rises above the Pastirji meadow.
Unfortunately statitiscally shadowed, the Brana N face quite expressly drops upon the Okrešelj meadow.
> As far as hiking is concerned (summer alpine-hiking along marked and secured paths), Brana offers probably the easiest and shortest summitting in the range.
The standard ascent (see left column) takes ca. one hour from the Kamnik saddle hut. This makes the mountain very popular >> but special attention should be given to the conditions at season begin <<
The ascent crosses Brana's upper north slopes, and in case snow is still in place, one should be equipped for the situation, as a slide is lethal.
> Alpinistic ascents are most popular on the east face (for instance the upper pillars, or the Bos gully).
The west face offers very attractive, but difficult routes.
The southern slopes (Kaptan) are mainly done along a summer scramble (tricky orientation), or the often avalanchous Bobnar gully (the drummer) in winter.
- East, along the standard path that starts at the Kamnik saddle hut (check the hut page for the South access to the hut).
- North (from the Okrešelj hut / Frischaufov dom), along a marked and secured path which first reaches the Kamnik saddle.
- West, crossing Turska gora.
- South, directly above the Kamniška Bistrica trailhead along a demanding scramble.
Kamnik-Savinja Alps 1:50000
Red TapeUnless signalized (barrier, signpost), and upon your own responsibility, macadamized roads are allowed and visible on maps (these roads are mainly maintained for lumbering and hut cable station access purposes).
Fishing & hunting is regulated.
Wild camping and open fires are not allowed.
The Kamnik-Savinja Alps are part of the Natura 2000 program.
The Logar valley (Logarska dolina) is a Landscape Parc and there is a reasonable fee for the road up the valley, in the summer months during the daytime.
External LinksKamniška Bistrica climbing guide
Logarska Dolina Western Part climbing guide
Slovenske stene (Slovene walls), featuring the classic combination of the upper pillar (Zgornji steber) and Šija (the nape).
plezanje.net Brana east face page (alpine climbs)