From Kobarid town in Soca valley you drive up to Dreznica village (554m), through it and by a narrow mountain road towards north through Drezniske Ravne on alpine meadows Zaplec and Zaprikraj (1200m).
The characterThis is a 12-14 hours scramble. Because of interesting remnants of the World War 1, you will probably need some more time to explore. This is certainly one of the most beautiful approaches to Krn. Panoramic, lonesome (you will even in summer hardly meet anyone) and it gives you a scent of adventure too. Be careful at orientation and on a steep terrain!
Route DescriptionAfter "enjoying" a bad road so long time we joyfully pack heavy rucksacks with all bivouac equipment. As there are many caves from World War I, we don't need tents. First 750 meters of altitude to Velika Vrata pass (1938m) are quite tiresome (marked path). There we hide our equipment.
The ascent to Krncica (2142m) is technically not demanding. It is best to scramble directly by the ridge, if this one becomes too narrow we can allways look for the old military path, climbing on the right (westwards), just below the ridge. From the summit we have a great view.
Also continuing by the ridge is only a medium hard scramble. It is best to go by the top, but interesting remnants of WW1 often attract our attention to deflect a bit. It seems that we shall this way reach Krn itself, but the last part of the ridge is a hard climb. So just below the summit rocks we descend from the ridge to the left on broad carst plateau and traverse below the north slopes of Krn to Krnska Skrbina notch (2058m).
From the notch we can ascend Krn (to the right) but it is also valuable to ascend the nearby Batognica (2164m), which is on the left.
On return we go the same route to the foothills of Krncica ridge (where we descended from it previously). On the east side some 50 meters below it we must now find an old military path, going all along the ridge. This is one of the most interesting parts of the tour. Old walls, positions, caves, everything still quite preserved. In this wilderness, we can not miss, all the time we go north. Approaching the summit of Krncica it is worth visiting the summit of Griva. There are rests of a whole military village. These positions were Italian, Austro-Hungarian were just some 50 meters below, but through no-one's land also no path goes.
Returning below the summit of Krncica it is worth to continue to the summit of Skutnik. We use military paths again, but the top few meters are steep and exposed. On return we cross the Krnica basin and ascend to Vrata pass where our equipment waits.
If we have enough for today, we can arrange now a comfortable bivouac in one of nearby military caves or under the blue sky, of course.
Next day the long part of NW ridge beyond Vrata pass awaits for us. This is a panoramic hike, partly going by the ridge itself, partly left below it. We use all the time military paths. The last distinctive summit of the ridge is Kal. Here were also Italian positions, but just some 20 meters in rocks below there were already Austrians. Also here Austrians were digging tunnels to blow up Italians, holding the summit. On Kal you just look back to the long NW ridge, then you can start to descend. Return a little by the ridge and find a military supply path, going down to alpine meadows.