What's New On This Page?April 7th, 2013: SP V3 design updated.
> January 31st, 2011: Links updates, pictures attached/detached, Menina planina shortly described.
Slovenian charactersWhen reading Slovenian words on maps or in books, you will find special characters for ch, sh, and zh (zh like in measure). They are written with c, s and z with a caron - a little v above them, like č, š and ž.
The nameThe group I am describing here is named Kamniške and Savinjske Alpe (Kamnik is a town; kamen=stone, Savinja is a river). In German it is called Steiner Alpen (Stein=stone), which is a direct translation from Slovenian language. But I shall refer to the group shortly Kamnik Alps.
General characteristicsKamnik Alps are the easternmost limestone group of the long chain of Southern Alps. Their area is 900 square kilometers. They look like Carnic Alps or Julian Alps - steep, rugged, with high and almost vertical north walls and with much less steep southern slopes. Although their altitude is not extremely high, Grintovec reaches 2558 m, their slopes are still considerably high. Kočna, for example, rises some 1800 m above Kokra valley and Grintovec rises 1900 m above Kamniska Bistrica valley.
On the North Kamnik Alps are hard to distinguish from Karavanke range. You can see on the map below how the two groups are divided. To the South and to the West of the group Sava river plain lies, while towards the East higher mountains softly merge with forehills.
Summit Views and Other Vistas
Rising on the edge of European Alps, Kamnik Alps are high enough to offer splendid vistas. The neighbouring higher groups are already a bit remote, so, standing in a nice day on top of Grintovec, you already see them on a horizon. Julian Alps, Hohe Tauern, Niedere Tauern, Dachstein - they are all quite remote, but clearly seen. From the West to the East the long range of Karavanke/Karawanken is passing Kamnik Alps on their North side. Karavanke are a bit lower, but still interesting to see. Further to the North, beyond Drava/Drau river valley the rounded Gurktal Alps and Lavanttal Alps are clearly seen. Towards the South and the East you can freely see plains and hills of almost the entire Slovenia. While the Slovenian part of Dinaric Alps is well seen (Snežnik, for example), you must be very lucky to see also the Istrian hills and perhaps the mirror of Adriatic see as well.
Kamnik Alps as a group itself can best be seen from the summits in Karavanke, above Jezersko - from Stegovnik, Virnikov Grintavec and Pristovski Storžič. The other great point of view is the panoramic road below Olševa, also in Karavanke. From Gorenjska plane and from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, Kamnik Alps form a characteristic scenery, which is on all tourist flyers of Slovenia. Also when arriving on Brnik airport, your plane will fly very close to the southern slopes of Kamnik Alps.
What To Do In Kamnik Alps?
I have only one day - two tips>You'd try an ascent: Go on Jezersko (by car or by bus) and ascend Grintovec or Kočna and Grintovec in one day.
> You'd just drive around: Drive from Ljubljana over Jezersko to Austria, then over Pavličevo sedlo (saddle) and by the panoramic road below Olševa. Return through Savinja valley and Podvolovljek.
Mountaineering ActivitiesYou can enjoy all outdoor activities in Kamnik & Savinja Alps. In the group there are two quite popular ordinary ski resorts: Krvavec and Velika planina. The cable-car on Velika planina operates during the whole season, while on Krvavec, you can get in summer by car and in winter by cable-car. As for mountaineering, this is a great place for hiking, climbing (from short to long routes, all grades of difficulty), tour skiing, mountain biking, etc., to name just a few activities. If you plan just a short visit, here are a few highlights:
- Do the central part of the group, for example from Grintovec to Ojstrica (2 days). Parts of this tour will be a medium hard ferratas.
- Do any of the high tours from Jezersko (medium hard ferratas: Kočna & Grintovec, Rinke or perhaps even Skuta).
- Ascend Ojstrica from Logarska dolina (medium hard ferrata).
- Go from Logarska dolina on Okrešelj and from there on any of the high summits above (ferratas). Also a round tour possible.
- Ascend Mrzla gora from Matkov kot in June (to see 'Škaf' - a big snow cone, holed in the middle by water).
- Ojstrica N face.
- Stajerska Rinka N face.
- Dolgi Hrbet N face.
The best areas for waterfall ice-climbing are: Jezersko (some 10 waterfalls), Kokra valley, Logarska dolina (almost 40 waterfalls) and Matkov kot (quite remote).
- From the summit of Grintovec (to Kamniška Bistrica or Kokra valley). Medium hard.
- Veliki Zvoh from Cerklje.
- Velika planina from Kamnik.
SubgroupsOne rarely speaks of Kamnik Alps subgroups, because the entire group is not big. Still I shall divide it into six subgroups. The central one holds almost all important peaks, while in others there are just a few more important mountains. I shall name these groups: (1) Storžič group, (2) Krvavec group, (3) Central group, (4) Velika Planina - Dleskovška planota - Rogatec group, (5) Menina hills and (6) Raduha - Smrekovec group.
An interactive map of Kamnik Alps. Point on red spots to see mountain names, click on them to get their SummitPost pages!
1. Storzic group
West of Kokra river Storzic dominates the surroundings. Its small group stretches to Trzic town, beyond which, further to the west there are some more forehills.
2132m Storžič:. A very dominant cone peak, rising 1500m above the Gorenjska plane. Excellent panorama, many marked hiking routes, hard ski tour from the summit, some rock climbs in the North face.
1853m Srednji vrh. Highest point of a plateau-like eastern part of Storzic group. Nice panorama, marked hikes.
1715m Tolsti vrh. Nice panorama, hiking routes.
1634m Dobrča. The summit just reaches out of woods to offer nice panorama.
(1) Koca na Dobrci, 1487m, (04) 5971536, (031) 635396,
(2) Koca na Kriski gori, 1471m, (041)784175 Ivan Likar, (050) 615623,
(3) Dom pod Storzicem, 1123m, (04) 59 45 050, (040) 349 593,
(4) Dom na Kaliscu, 1540m, (04) 2367850, (050) 614586.
2. Krvavec group
Krvavec is not the highest summit of this group. But as it is so eye-catching from Kranj or Ljubljana, and so popular as a ski resort, let's name the group by it. The group rises to its highest point (Kalski greben), north of which Kokrsko sedlo, 1793m, an important saddle, divides the group from the central part of Kamnik Alps. On the East, slopes of this subgroup fall down to Kamniska Bistrica valley.
2224m Kalški greben. Nice panorama, marked hikes, very nice ski tours, solid rock in the North wall for some hard climbs.
1999m Vrh Korena. Nice panorama, ski tours, marked hikes.
1989m Kompotela. Nice panorama, ski tours, marked hikes.
1989m Košutna. A rounded side hill, south of Kompotela. Ski tour.
1971m Veliki Zvoh. Actually the highest point of Krvavec. Ski resort, nice panorama.
1259m Kamniški vrh. A grassy summit above Kamnik, much used as a starting poit for paragliding. Marked hikes.
(1) Planinski dom na Gospincu, 1479m, (04) 2367850, (050) 633035,
(2) Cojzova koca na Kokrskem sedlu, 1793m, 01 / 8391345, (050) 635549,
(3) Dom v Kamniski Bistrici, 600m, (01) 8325544.
3. Central group of Kamnik Alps
Kamnik/Steiner Alps from the North, across Logarska dolina (valley).
In this group all the highest summits are gathered. It is a wonderful mountain resort! High, almost vertical walls are falling towards north, so Jezersko resort and Logarska dolina (valley) are first-class starting points for all sorts of hard climbs. Borders of the group are: on the West Kokra river and Jezersko valley, on the North Bela valley and Pavlicevo sedlo (saddle), On the East Savinja valley and Robanov kot (valley) and on the South Kokrsko sedlo (saddle), Kamniska Bistrica valley and Korosica alpine meadow.
2558m Grintovec. Marked hikes, ferratas, first-class ski tour, hard climbs in the north wall, excellent panorama.
2540m Kočna. Mighty rocky fortress with 3 peaks, marked ferratas, scrambles, extreme ski tours.
2532m Skuta. Beautiful, sharp pyramid, ferratas, some climbs in the north wall.
2473m Dolgi Hrbet. A ridge mountain which a medium hard, exposed ferrata crosses. N wall great for climbing.
2457m Štruca. The summit a bit south of the main ridge. Funny, belly-shaped wall, hosting good climbs in a solid rock.
2453m Rinka. Three summits, quite comfortably ascended from the south, from the north a medium hard ferrata.
2394m Planjava. Broad, massive mountain, impressive north face. Marked hike, scrambles, many harder climbs.
2350m Ojstrica. Sharp cone peak, marked hike, hard ski tour, nice north wall with hard climbs.
2253m Brana. Nicely shaped mountain on the main ridge. Marked path and several scrambles and easy climbing ascents.
2251m Turska gora. A ridge mountain wich a secures path crosses. Some harder ascents in the N wall, also an attractive couloir from the N side.
2203m Mrzla gora. A remote, wild mountain indented towards the N. Ferratas and secured paths reach the top.
2127m Zeleniške špice. A wild side ridge, falling down to Kamniška Bistrica valley. Nice ridge climb.
2127m Velika Baba. Attractice summit in the N side chain. A marked, exposed path crosses it.
2110m Vellacher Turm / Storžek. A cone peak at the end of Vellacher Kotschna / Belska Kočna. Short ferrata on top.
2100m Kogel. A secondary summit above Kamniška Bistrica valley. Nice S wall with many hard climbing routes.
2083m Krofička. Nice, stand-alone mountain Between Logarska dolina and Robanov Kot. A secured path reaches its top.
2064m Krnička gora. A hardly reachable mountain N of Mrzla gora. No path reaches its top.
1957m Matkova kopa. A rugged, hardly reachable summit in the N ridge of Mrzla gora.
1761m Jerebičje/Grintoutz. The northernmost, unimportant summit above Pavličevo sedlo. Nice view.
(1) Dom v Kamniski Bistrici, 600m
(2) Dom v Logarski dolini, 837m.
(3) Cojzova koca na Kokrskem sedlu, 1793m
(4) Ceska koca na Spodnjlh Ravneh, 1543m
(5) Kranjska koca na Ledinah, 1700m
(6) Frischaufov dom na Okreslju, 1396m
(7) Kamniska koca na Kamniskem sedlu, 1864m
(8) Koca na Klemenci jami pod Ojstrico, 1208m
(9) Kocbekov dom na Korosici, 1808m
Bivouac Pavel Kemperl on Veliki Podi
Bivouac Pod Skuto on Mali Podi
Bivouac in Kocna
4. Velika Planina - Dleskovska planota - Rogatec group
In this group I am gathering two high plateaus and summits above them and a lower mountain ridge on the other side of Podvolovljek valley. Dleskovska planota (also called Veza) is a high carst plateau, with peaks above it that hardly exceed the 2000 meters altitude. Velika planina is different. Also a high plateau, hosting many opened, grassy alpine meadows. Both plateaus are connected by a sharp ridge with an impressive NW face. The Rogatec ridge is mostly covered with woods, only the two highest peaks are grassy and rocky. The whole area has the following frontiers: Robanov kot (valley) on the North, Savinja valley on the East, Dreta valley and Crna valley on the South and Kamniska Bistrica valley, Kamniska Bela valley and Korosica alpine meadow on the West and North-West.
2110m Veliki vrh. A lonesome rocky cone above the plateau. Easy scramble, also a ski tour.
2023m Lučki Dedec. A rocky summit above the Korosica alpine meadow. Unmarked path, some hard climbs in the west face.
1980m Vežica. Unimportant summit south of Dedec, but with some fine rock climbs in the west face.
1909m Križevnik. The edge of the north drop of Veza plateau. Unmarked path, some hard climbs in the north face.
1833m Rzenik. From south a grassy summit north of Velika planina, marked path, easy ski tour. North-west face with very hard climbs.
1666m Gradišče. A grassy hill, the highest point of Velika planina. Ski lifts, nice panorama.
1557m Veliki Rogatec. A sharp, rocky mountain, the highest in its own ridge. Ferrata, steep, marked hike. The nearby Lepenatka is also a nice, panoramic summit, appropriate for tour skiing.
(1) Dom v Kamniski Bistrici, 600m, (01) 8325544,
(2) Kocbekov dom na Korosici, 1808m, (03) 4924850, (050)615625 and (031)749811, Milan Kozelj
(3) Domzalski dom na Mali planini, 1534m, (01) 832 57 16, (050) 647523,
(4) Crnuski dom na Veliki planini, 1526m, (040) 502 896 Janez Kutnar, 031) 519 753.
5. Menina planina
A broad area of hills, covered with woods, south of Dreta valley. Nice for hiking and mountain biking. The plateau can be accessed from both sides - south and north. From the south you start in Tuhinj. In the beginning the road has a sign that it is prohibited for drive, but the plate below says you can proceed on your own responsibility. Above, the first big meadow is Biba planina, higher on, there's Menina planina. Close to the hut on menina planina (15 minutes away) rises the highest point.
1508 m Vivodnik
(1) Dom na Menini planini, 1453 m, (03) 5843249, (041) 783 668,
(3) Planinsko zavetisce na Bibi, 1309 m,
6. Raduha - Smrekovec group
The easternmost part of Kamnik Alps. Raduha is a broad, rocky ridge mountain, while Smrekovec is a long grassy ridge, the only ex volcano in Slovenia. On south-east there is a hilly Golte plateau, hosting a ski resort.
Below Raduha summit (10 minutes from the road) there's a nice Snezna jama (Snow Cave), arranged for tourist visits.
2062m Raduha. Easy marked path, also a ski tour. Nice ice cave. Some rock climbs in the north face. Nice panorama.
1684m Komen The westernmost summit of Smrekovec ridge. Easy marked path.
1577m Smrekovec The easternmost summit of the ridge, the only extinct volcano in Slovenia. Easy marked path.
(1) Koca na Grohatu, 1460m, (03) 8384220, Moliènik Franc, (050) 629150 and (041) 968022
(2) Koca na Loki, 1534m, (050) 612678, (041) 690011
(3) Antejevo zavetisce, 1520m,
(4) Koca na Smrekovcu, 1375m, (02)8238084, (050) 632459,
(5) Mozirska koca na Golteh, 1360m, (03) 5831121.
One Tiny GlacierBelow Skuta, oriented a bit towards the NE, a small glacier persists, the only one in Kamnik/Steiner Alps and, together with the disappearing Triglav glacier the most south-eastern one in Alps. Its altitude is from 2020m to 2120m, inclination some 30–35 degrees, and area only some 0,7 hectars. From almost hundred years ago (1913) a picture of Josip Kunaver still shows big crevasses, today the average thickness of ice is only 7 meters.
As a predominantly limestone formation, Kamnik Alps are a nice example of a high, mountain karst. Erosion effects can be seen everywhere, some most typical examples are on Dleskovska planota (plateau). On higher regions all water soon disappears underground.
The deepest cave, discovered so far, is the Molicka pec system, 1130m of depth. Two entrances of this system are 200m apart on the altitude of 1900m, East of Veliki vrh and Velika zelenica and South of Poljske device ridge. This is nowadays the fourth deepest cave in Slovenia, the deepest one outside Kanin mountain group. On Dleskovska planota and elsewhere there are some more objects, none of them appropriate for a tourist visit.
On Raduha, however, there is Snezna jama (Snow cave). It was discovered only in early 1970-ies, when snow on the entry melted enough. Today it is arranged for tourist visit and the 2-hours visit can be really recommended. At the begining there are nice ice waterfalls, while deeper the cave is nicely decorated (even if it is situated rather high on the mountain). In forehills, near Sempeter, there's also a nice cave, called Pekel (Hell), also arranged for tourist visite. Bit it's already very low, not in high mountains.
There are some more interesting objects, like for example Medvedja jama (Bear Cave) above Kamniska Bistrica valley. There, bones of hundreds of cave bears were found. It can be an interesting hike, although the place is not so easy to find.
Valleys, Rivers and Waterfalls
In the vicinity of Jezersko resort, many sources join and flow down towards Gorenjska plane as Kokra river. While offering some nice scenes, Kokra is touristically not very important. But Jezersko itself is a very nice place. A small plane, formed by glaciers, was once a natural lake (today, you can only see a small artificial lake) and is on one side surrounded by a high wall of Kamnik Alps and on the other side by a few lower peaks of Karavanke. Some of the sources on Jezersko have mineral water. In the walls of Kocna one of the sources immediately falls down in waterfall. This is Cedca, the highest waterfall in Slovenia (but poor with water). It is best to visit it early in spring. In Reka valley, the right tributary creek of Kokra tufa was mined. You can still see big blocks close to the mountain road.
Kamniska Bistrica has its source (a small lake) in the valley with the same name. This glacial valley is deeply cut in the heart of Kamnik Alps group. The altitude difference between the river source and Grintovec is more than 1900 meters. The canyon towards Kamnik town is nice to see (in spring, for example), along a big part of it a nice marked path goes. The side tributary creeks of Kamniska bistrica also hide a few nice places. One such place is a small waterfall and some ponds in Repov kot, the other one is Orglice waterfall on Bela creek.
Savinja is also a nice river in the eastern part of the group. Our kids were doing it by tyre tubes, otherwise there are some rafting and kayaking possibilities. The most beautiful waterfall in Kamnik Alps is Rinka, close to Savinja source. A fine stream of water is falling over an interestingly red rock. Further down, the canyon of Savinja is most beautiful on the place, where the river cuts its way between the main part of Kamnik Alps group and Raduha, rising East of the river. Driving through, you can for example stop by Igla (The Needle) and do some sightseeing).
On the upper part of Savinja river basin there are three famous mountain valleys: Robanov kot, Logarska dolina and Matkov kot. Above all of them high walls of surrounding mountains are rising, the first two are flat in the lower part, with nice meadows, while Matkov kot is covered with woods.
At the end of Matkov kot, already quite above the valley, each year the so called Matkov skaf (Matk's Tub) is formed. Big amounts of snow are falling over the walls, but in spring, water carves a broad hole, from the top to the bottom of the snowdrift. In old guidebooks it is said that the phaenomenon can have a diameter from 20m-30m on top and can be 40m deep! When I visited it in 2008, it was half of that size, but still very impressive.
The nearest airport is close to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.
The next closest airport is in Klagenfurt, Austria.
Timetable for Slovenia
Austrian train schedules
The roads leading to the trailheads may be seen by clicking the coordinates in the primary info, and then using the map version.
See the map.
You can reach Trzic and the Lom valley (behind Storzic).
To Jezersko resort and up by a few forrest roads.
To Kamnik and in Kamniska Bistrica valley. Further up by a few forrest roads.
To Kamnik and Crnivec pass (902m), further north to Volovljek pass (1029m) and down in Podvolovljek. From Volovljek pass up by forrest roads to Mala planina. From Podvolovljek up by forrest roads to Dleskovska planota (plateau).
From Savinjska dolina (valley) deep into valleys of central part: Robanov kot, Logarska dolina, Matkov kot. By a forrest road to Koca na Grohatu.
From Austria into Bela (Vellach) valley. Further over Pavlicevo sedlo (pass, 1339m) to Savinjska dolina (valley).
By forrest roads to Smrekovec hut and Golte.
By forrest roads on Menina planina.
The main trailheads may be attained by bus. Bus info: enter Jezersko, Kamniska Bistrica, Logarska dolina, Lom or Trzic in the destination field.
Here is info for the Vellach trailhead (Austria).
Kamniske in Savinjske Alpe. Planinska zveza Slovenije, 1:50000.
Grintovci. Planinska zveza Slovenije, 1:25000.
These two maps give a general idea of hut access for the central group.
In the whole area there are no major limitations.
Currently some areas are protected as natural reserves, but that has no impact on mountaineering and visiting those areas. On December 19th, 2005 an agreement was signed that almost the whole central area of the group will become a regional parc. The formal establishing of the parc is foreseen in 2007. Natura 2000
For the road into the Logarska dolina (valley) you must pay toll.
When To Climb
In summer best months are from start of July till end of October.
For tour skiing the best months are from February till May. First snow usually falls in November, in certain areas skiing is possible till start of May.
Best areas for tour skiing:
Parts of Storzic group, the whole Krvavec group, Grintovec, area aroun Rinke, Ledine area, Okreselj area, Dleskovska planota, Velika and Mala planina.
Best areas for climbing:
Walls above Jezersko, walls above Logarska dolina, walls above Robanov kot, many shorter climbs in areas above Savinjska dolina, sunny walls above Kamniska bistrica (valley) and a shadow wall of Rzenik.
In valleys there are many tourist resorts. Huts are mentioned above. In the massif itself there are no camping places. Some mountain farms are also licensed to accept tourists. That's certainly one option to recommend. People who spent vacation on Roban's farm, for example, can not praise enough the quality of their service - zither concerts in the evening included.
Camping around the range:
Mountain ConditionsFor weather see here.
A More Distant History of This Page- June 29th, 2009: Links updates, pictures attached/detached.
- January 12th, 2007: The 'One Tiny Glacier' chapter added.
- December 11th, 2006: A major renewal of the page. Links to Krizevnik page added.
- Added links to new SummitPost Pages: Dobrca, Mrzla gora, Veliki vrh.
- Info about establishing a regional parc posted.
- November 5th, 2005 - Added links to the new SummitPost Page: Kroficka.
- June 24th, 2005 - Added links to the new SummitPost Page: Rzenik and Konj.
- May 12th, 2005 - Added links to new SummitPost Pages: Planjava, Brana.
- April 25th, 2005 - Added links to new SummitPost Pages: Vrh Korena, Veliki Zvoh and Krvavec.
- March 13th, 2005 - Inserted an overview picture from north.
- March 13th, 2005 - Added links to the new SummitPost Page: Kosutna. A detailed map of Krvavec group added.
- March 9th, 2005 - Added links to the new SummitPost Page: Kompotela.
- February 16th, 2005 - Added links to the new SummitPost Page: Velika Raduha.
- January 16th, 2005 - Added links to the new SummitPost Page: Velika Baba.
- December 13th, 2004 - Added links to the new Rinke SummitPost Page.
- September 17th, 2004 - Added links to the new Skuta SummitPost Page.
- September 3rd, 2004 - Added links to the new Kalski greben SummitPost Page.
- July 5th, 2004 - Added links to Ojstrica SummitPost Page.