ApproachThe trailhead starts in Tamar, where at the end of the road into Planica valley the mountain hut stands.
Route DescriptionWe proceed a few minutes by the valley towards Jalovec and soon reach the point where our marked path deters right, towards west. Our route uses a ravine, going towards two distinct big caves (the left one is vertical, the right one horizontal). Below the right cave the path turns left and climbs into another, grassy and rocky ravine. The path is not strong, but good marked. Ascending by it, we reach out of woods in a broad basin, extending below walls of Strug and Ponce. Below last larches there's a nice place to rest.
Now the path turns and ascends far towards right, crossing the slopes of Srednja Ponca. When it reaches slopes below the summit it becomes weaker, but marks are still reliable. Summit slopes are steep and rocky. It's wise to use marked passages, till we reach the summit ridge and soon the summit itself.
From Srednja Ponca we continue by the main ridge towards north. First we descend to the notch (Planiska skrbina, 2156m) and beyond it climb a good 100 meters more to the main summit. The route is marked and secured, but exposed and needs some experience (ferrata). When on the ridge, take care if weather is deteriorating (lightning!). From Tamar cca 4:30h.
Essential GearGood shoes, telescope sticks.
Rating the Route (by hiking standards)Overall: Not hard, but steep terrain requires reliable step and keeping the marked path. A few exposed places on the ridge. Hot, no water.
0. General: 1108m to 2274m, exposition SE, marked, steep path, on most exposed passages protected rock route.
1. Effort: 1200m, 4:30h,
2. Power: 3 - medium (only the short summit part),
3. Psyche: 3 - medium,
4. Orientation: 2 - easy.