In Slovenian language č, š and ž are pronounced like ch, sh, and zh. The meadow, where the hut stands, is Korošica (meaning: 'The Carinthian').
Kocbekov dom is standing on the western edge of a big, completely horizontal alpine meadow, called Korošica, on the altitude of 1808m. It is named by Fran Kocbek (1863-1930), the deserved initiator and organiser of mountaineering in Savinjska dolina.
The first hut was built in 1876 by a German-Austrian mountaineering club, but in 1881 it burned down. In 1882 a new hut was built. After the World War I, the hut was taken over by 'Savinjska podružnica' - a part of Slovenian Mountaineering Organisation, after which it was several times renewed. During the World War II, the hut was taken over by the German Alpine Club and after the war Celje Mountaineering Club (Planinsko društvo Celje Matica) is running it. Major renewals were done again in 1973 and in 2003.
Just above the hut, the southern face of Ojstrica is rising. But due to its strategic point, Kocbekov dom serves more than only the ascents on Ojstrica. It is a crossroads of many hikes, a home for climbers, who challenge the hard routes in the nearby Dedec in Vežica and in winter and spring also a welcomed refuge for tour skiers.
The hut is opened from mid June till mid September. In the dining room it has 80 seats, in 4 rooms there's 17 beds and in a common room 40 beds more. The winter room with 10 beds is opened all winter.
Managed by: Planinsko društvo (Mountaineering Club) Celje Matica, Stanetova 20, 3000 Celje, Slovenia. Tel: +386 (0) 3 492 48 50, mobile: +386 (0)41 479 487 or +386 (0)51 338 358.
1. From Kamniška Bistrica
Marked, medium hard hike-up, 4h. See also the description here. The trailhead is in Kamniška Bistrica valley, 1 km before the big parking place at the mountain hut. We enter the Kamniška Bela valley where the main road crosses the creek, which has at this point a nice waterfall. The altitude is only 571m. A comfortable path leads into Kamniška Bela in the NE direction. Close to the point, where the path starts to climb steeper, we can also visit a nice waterfall, called Orglice (if the creek has enough water). Our path goes in many turns upwards, allways in the NE direction, until it reaches the Presedljaj (saddle), 1613m. Till here 2.5 to 3 hours. On the other side of the mountain ridge our path now goes more in a northern direction. We move high above the valley of Lučka Bela, ascending only moderately, until we reach the Prag (saddle), 1910m. From there we descend 100m on a broad green Korošica plateau, where the hut stands.
The direct ascent over Šraj peski is much harder.
2. From Lučka Bela
Marked, easy hike-up, 3h. From Podvolovljek valley we drive towards the west into the side valley of Lučka Bela. The mountain road ends on a parking place on some 1080m, the place is called "Za loncem" (because of a nice rocky 'pot' in the nearby creek). From there, the marked path goes northwards by the valley. There are valley steps and more flat parts, but we steadilly gain altitude. After Vratca, 1655m, a nice ex pasture appears. It is called Stare Stale, a charming place with a small pond. We continue northwards, until the valley closes and the marked path leads us a bit left towards Prag, 1910m. There we hit the path #1, coming from Presedljaj. To the hut we have now only a short descent.
3. From Below Podvežak
Marked, easy hike-up, 2h. This is the shortest and easiest approach, also the most recommendable one in winter. From Podvolovljek valley we drive up by a mountain road on Dleskovška planota (plateau). See the main page of Kamnik & Savinja Alps for more details. On the crossroads, we take the left branch, which brings us to the parking place below Podvežak alpine meadow, 1440m. There's a big pano with many inscriptions about trails. To Podvežak alpine meadow we can walk by a road (closed for public traffic) or by a marked path. From the meadow we continue in the N direction. The path is well marked and goes by a broad valley. From a broad saddle we descend a bit to a small meadow (Inkret), where the path has already the NW direction. After another ascent we are on the upper part of the plateau. By several flat valleys, the terrain is typical karstic, we continue towards the NW. Finally we reach a saddle below Beli vrh (on the left) and start descending slightly. Crossing the slopes above Molička planina (meadow) we reach Sedelce (saddle), 1900m. From there towards the W, down on Korošica meadow and to the hut.
4. From Ravne meadow
Marked, easy hike-up, 2h 30min. This approach starts even a bit higher than the one below Podvežak, but is also a bit longer. From Podvolovljek valley we drive up by a mountain road on Dleskovška planota (plateau). See the main page of Kamnik & Savinja Alps for more details. On the crossroads, we take the right branch, which brings us to the parking place on Ravne alpine meadow, 1500m. From there we continue northwards by a good, marked path. When it passes the summit of Dleskovec (on the left), it starts turning and finally gets the western and even south-western direction. So we ascend Sedelce, 1840m, between the summits of Dleskovec and Veliki vrh. From there we continue towards the SW, all the way around Veliki vrh, and then towards the NW on Prag (saddle), 1870m. There are ups and downs on this route and also the continuation is similar. The marked path brings us towards the NW on Molička planina (meadow) and towards the west up again on Sedelce, 1900m. There we join the route #3, descend on Korošica meadow and continue to the hut.
5. From Robanov Kothere. The trailhead is at Roban's farm, 700m - see the main page of Kamnik & Savinja Alps for more details. A decent macadam road goes through the beautiful valley till its end, to Robanova planina (pasture). From there you follow the marked path, which soon starts turning a bit towards left, then crosses two ravines and finally reaches steep and rocky slopes of Velika Zelenica. In spring and early summer here's a snow field and a weak waterfall. From the waterfall the marked trail ascends steeper, allways keeping right of a big ravine. When reaching walls, it goes right again, well marked and protected. Using a few narrow and exposed ledges as the most natural passages, ascending also directly upwards, we come over the rocky part in an hour. In next few minutes we reach over grassy slopes the saddle, cca 1750m. Now we are on the northern edge of Dleskovška planota carst plateau. The marked path leads us horizontally towards the west, soon we reach Molička planina, where on the edge a small hut and chapel stand. We don't need to go just to the hut, but proceed westwards. The path starts to ascend slowly again, leading us around Mala Ojstrica to Sedelce and further down to Kocbekov dom.
6. From the Kamniško sedlo
If we ascend the summit of Planjava (by any of the two south routes), we can continue by the main ridge towards the east. Also this path is marked, but again on a few places quite steep and narrow. It goes over the picturesque summit of Lučka Brana (Baba) on Škarje notch, where it joins the path, coming from the north, from Logarska dolina (#7 below). From Škarje notch we descend towards Kocbekov dom in the SE direction in less than 1 hour. Coming from Kamniško sedlo, this route is some 30 minutes longer, but we take also the summit of Planjava and the route is more beautiful.
7. From Logarska dolinahere. From Logarska dolina (valley) you first ascend by a marked path to Koča pod Ojstrico (hut), 1208m. 1h. From there we continue towards the S, crossing through a forrest the western slopes of Kroficka. On the altitude of 1480m, 30min from the hut, there is the path branching. Our 'Škarje Notch' route is easier and goes right. We cross the slopes below Ojstrica's N face towards the SW, towards the passage between Ojstrica and Rjavčki vrh, 1898m. By a steep scree we ascend towards the S we, then the path crosses towards the SW and at the end even towards the W again and we reach the saddle below Rjavčki vrh. The altitude is a bit more than 1800m. Here the path turns left, aiming to the notch in the main ridge. In many turns it is winding up the scree slope. Finally the last meters below Škarje notch are more steep, but we reach the sunny side without any problems. A well deserved grassy balcony is awaiting us to take some rest. Down to Kocbekov dom we have now less than 1 hour more.
8. From Mala planina or Velika planina
Marked, a medium hard, partially exposed and artificially protected path, 4h. The route from mala and Velika planina goes over the summit of Konj, 1803. See here the description. From alpine meadows we go all the time towards the north. From the summit of Konj, down on Presedljaj pass the path is narrow, protected and exposed. On Presedljaj we hit the path #1 and continue by it over Prag to the hut.
Summits and PassagesFrom Kocbekov dom, you can go further to:
Summits> Lučki Dedec, 2023m, 1h,
> Ojstrica, 2350m, 1h 30min,
> Planjava, 2394m, 2h,
> Veliki vrh, 2110 m, 1h 30min.
...And other summits above Dleskovška planota, like: Tolsti vrh, Deska, Lastovec, Dleskovec...
Passages> To Kamniško sedlo, 1864m, 3h.
> To Mala planina or Velika planina, 1526m, 4h.