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OverviewIt is widely known that islands along the Croatian coast in Adriatic see are hilly, actually they are mountains, sunken into the sea. But it would be normal, that the highest mountains would rise closer to the coast, where, for example Velebit rises up to the altitude of 1757m. Osorscica is one of exceptions. Being situated on Losinj, one of outside Kvarner islands, it offers a great panorama over the whole area. In a clear day you can see the eastern coast of Istra with Ucka, 1394m, Velebit, 1757m, islands like Krk, Rab, Pag down to outposts of Kornati archipelag, in a very clear day also Triglav, 2864m in Julian Alps looks close (even if the distance is some 200km). And vice versa, of course - from all around Kvarner a high cone of Osorscica will catch your eye. Sleeping on the summit of such a mountain is an unprecedented experience. The sky playing with all sorts of warm colours, clear, deep blue see all around you with some lonely boats on it and a few lighthouses, guarding difficult passages, karst, rocky terrain, but still covered with colourful pillows of flowers, grass and bushes, respectful high-mountain woods with their serenity, after a pleasant ridge hike a small church of St. Mikul (St. Nikola) just below the summit, what else could you wish! And, it's a real mountain hike, which can take you half of a day, if you wish.
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Like other islands along the Adriatic coast also Osorscica is built of limestone from cretaceous period. There are no considerable walls for climbing, but on its western slopes there are some wild ravines, above which some vertical rocks rise. But who would come to climb there?
The mountain has its name by the town Osor, which stands - how strange - on the neighbouring island. But between Cres island and Losinj island, in Osor town, there's only a few meters wide channel, where the road crosses by a bridge, which, if rotated, allows also ships to pass. And immediately, on the northern side of Losinj island a 10 km long and 588 m high mountain rises. It's eastern slopes are a bit less steep than western slopes, the summit ridge is quite sharp, but still alowing a comfortable path to cross it. The ridge itself is quite compact, but when crossing it, you can still distinguish a few separate summits. The highest one is Televrin, 588m, less than 30 minutes south of it there's St. Mikul (St. Nikola), 558m and there are some others, less important. Besides Osor, the other town where trailheads for Osorscica start is Nerezine, east of the highest point.
Getting ThereYou can reach Cres and Losinj by car, using one of two regular ferry-boats:
1. Brestova - Porozina (from Istra to Cres) - during summer and early autumn it goes in 1h intervals, outside this period less frequently,
2. Valbiska - Merag (from Krk to Cres).
You can see itineraries of ferryboats here.
There are also long-distance ferry boats, stopping on these islands on their way from Pula (Istra) or Zadar (Dalmacija).
The other possibility to travel Kvarner islands is by ship. This way you can reach many towns on Cres or Losinj islands.
The nearest airports are near Rijeka Pula and Zadar. Small airports are also on Krk and Losinj.
Places To See and Other Mountains of KvarnerTravelling by Cres and Losinj islands you can see interesting towns, like Cres, Osor, Mali Losinj, Veli Losinj, interesting villages, like Lubenice, Beli, Valun, Predoscica, Orlec, on Cres there's a natural phaenomenon - a big fresh water lake Vransko jezero (5.5km long and 1.5km wide, its surface is above the sea level, but its bottom is 74m below the sea level), and both islands are also very developed with tourist facilities of highest quality.
Some more information, you can find on: Losinj island tourist page and elsewhere.
On Osorscica mountain, places of interest are: Televrin (the highest summit), St. Mikul (small church and second highest summit), St. Gaudent's cave (where this hermit lived around 1050).
Other mountains of Kvarner.
The highest mountain of Kvarner islands is Sis, 639m, actually a less known Gorice, 648m a bit north of Sis. The panorama from it is excellent! Sis can be easilly reached from the main Cres road, which ascends from Porozina (ferryboat) on the altiture of allmost 400m. Where the island is narrowest, the trailhead over the south ridge starts. 30min.
On Krk island, the highest summit is Obzova, 568m. It can be reached from the main road to Baska village - on the saddle you continue by a cart track and when it finishes, continue by a marked route (almost no path) over two fore-summits to the main summit. Great panorama also from here. On Krk it is also worth visiting (hard to pass!) the Target gorge - on one place it is said to be only 1-3m wide and its walls are around 400m high.
Other SummitPost pages:
Along the continental side of Adriatic See, there is Velebit mountain, 1757m,
On Istra peninsula, the highest summit is Ucka, 1394m,
The highest summit of Pag island is Sveti Vid, 349m.
It is recorded, that mountaineering tradition started on Losinj in 1887, when Rudolf Habsburg, the Austro-Hungarian heir to the throne, ascended Osorscica and boosted tourism on Losinj island. But we know, of course, that natives were the ones, who explored the mountain far before. Nowadays some 15 km of mountaineering paths are built (and much more for walking and jogging along the coast).
1. From Osor. The marked path ascends (from autocamp Preko) gently first towards W, then towards NW, reaches the N ridge (mountain hut) and by it (a bit more demanding) to the summit. 3h.
2. From Nerezine. The marked path leaves the village towards W (here, you can still drive by a narrow road), and goes from the parking place in many turns over the whole E slope to the summit of St. Mikul. Excellent panorama here! From the church you can reach the main summit by the S ridge. 2h.
3. From Nerezine over Pocivalice. The marked path goes more southwards than #2, reaches the Pocivalice and ascends St. Mikul by the south ridge. To the summit 2:30h.
4. From Cunski. Osorscica ridge finishes on south at Cunski village. Here also the marked path goes up and follows the whole S ridge to St. Mikul and to the main summit. 4h.
So, the obvious, and recommendable crossing would be: Osor - mountain hut - Televrin (summit) - St. Mikul - Nerezine - Osor. 5h. You can prolongue this crossing, going over Pocivalice.
Red TapeThere are no restrictions on the mountain.
To reach Krk island (and continue from there with ferryboat), you pay to cross the bridge.
When To ClimbAll the year. In any case do choose a clear day, which will offer you good visibility. Nothing can be more valuable! Usually the best visibility is, when bura wind (north wind) blows. Also, you can choose to climb up early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when it's not so hot. By far the best option is to sleep on the summit. Take care not to make fire under any conditions! Woods would be in flames immediately!
You can see mountain conditions on: WeatherOnLine.
CampingYou can do any tour in a single day.
Camping outside touristic destinations is not allowed, but high on the mountain you will have no problems. Again: take care not to make fire under any conditions! Woods would be in flames immediately!
On the north ridge of Osorscica, there's a mountain hut. St. Gaudent hut stands on the altitude of 274m and can split your ascent in two equal parts. Make sure in Osor if the hut is opened.
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