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Velika Planina
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Velika Planina

 
Velika Planina

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Slovenia, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.29859°N / 14.64362°E

Object Title: Velika Planina

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 5472 ft / 1668 m

 

Page By: visentin

Created/Edited: Dec 22, 2009 / Sep 29, 2010

Object ID: 584162

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Page Score: 79.04%  - 10 Votes 

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Overview

Velika Planina
Mala Planina

Velika Planina means large pasture.
These pastures form together a very large terrain of undulating meadows proper for cattle grazing.
This "mountain" (indeed not really a mountain; the highest point is Gradisce, 1668m) forms the southermost extension of the Kamnik Alps, and overlook the eponym town. By clear weather the sight goes to the Lubljana basin and even further.
 
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Huts on Velika Planina

 
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Winter on Velika Planina
Velika Planina
Kamnik Alps in the background

But what hits the eye of the visitor from the very first sight is the amazing quantity of wooden huts located in this location. All of these huts are made of wood, and built in the traditional mountain style. There are only few locations in Europe of this kind and this size.
This is the reason why the place, a real mountain landmark for the Slovenes, is so famous. During the summer, it is not rare to see there some events like concerts of folk music, handcraft exhibitions, etc.
 
Velika Planina
Crowdy Concert
 
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Slovene folk custure
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Sunrise on Velika Planina

A significant number of the many huts on Velika Planina, mostly the oldest ones (till the 16th century !), are functional: in the summer months, it has a significant population of herdsmen who bring their flocks to the highland pastures. But most of the other ones were built more recently than their aspect suggest, from the moment Velika PLanina became a well-known ski-resort, and eventually, served with a cable-car.
 
Krvavec from Velika planina
Sea of clouds
 
Velika Planina
Chapel of "Our Lady of the Snows"
Velika Planina
Panoramic view

Before 1939, the architect Jože Plečnik prepared the plans of a church based on the unique architecture of the surrounding huts. In 1939, the shepherds and dairymaids of Velika Planina used Plečnik's designs and built the Chapel of "Our Lady of the Snows". Located just above the settlement, the small church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. In the Second World War, the chapel was burnt down, along with 100 other wooden huts. A new chapel was built in 1988 and is particularly known for its Christmas Eve midnight mass.

Unlike the huts seen on other parts of the Slovenian Alps (for example those in the Julian Alps, reminding the Tyrol style), these huts have an unique UFO-looking shape, and remind more of the classic shape of wooden huts in the Dinaric Alps (personal observation based on photos of SP...).
Kamnik, the perfect place to stay (and to visit !) half-way between the Slovenian Alps and Ljubljana
Kamnik, beautiful town one must visit

Getting There

 
Kamnik, the perfect place to stay (and to visit !) half-way between the Slovenian Alps and Ljubljana
Velika Planina from Kamnik

 
Kamnik, the perfect place to stay (and to visit !) half-way between the Slovenian Alps and Ljubljana
Velika Planina from Kamnik
 
 
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Track leading to Mala Planina
 
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Morning view

 
Velika planina
Winter
Kamnik, the perfect place to stay (and to visit !) half-way between the Slovenian Alps and Ljubljana
Kamnik, beautiful town one must visit

There are many ways to get near the mountain, including one leading to the pasture itself. However, and despite there is no explicit mention about it, the chances that this track is allowed to all tourists, and not only people working there, are thin.
The Kamniška Bistrica Trailhead is a location where the North-West trails are starting. The valley to Podvolovjek is another option on the opposite side, while the town of Kamnik serves the south.
Kamnik is 25km far from the capital Ljubljana and can be reached by train or bus.


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Velika Planina map
MAP of the marked and secured mountain-hiking paths

Routes

 
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Winter


 
Velika planina
Winter
Velika Planina
Panoramic view

The most simple consists in taking the chairlift, but it would be a pity because a handful of other hiking pathes are leading to Velika Planina.

The most famous, and probably most interesting is certainly the one from Kamnik, going along two churches of Sv. Primož and Sv.Peter.

The one from Kamniška Bistrica is said to be very steep. But it makes the best possibility for a loop for those taking the lift on the way up or down.

Krivčevo is another possibility in the South East. A last one exists form the Kališe road, near where the land-rover track starts, but cutting the laces.
 
Velika planina
Winter

 
On Velika planina. Behind is...
Winter
Velika Planina
Land rover track running in the middle

As for the land-rover track, it probably makes a rewarding and challenging route by bicycle.

On the North, the trail running on the ridge is a fine walk, leading to the peaklets of Rzenik and Konj. After them, and a steep scramble down, it's possible to continue till the Korošica meadow and the hut Kocbekov dom.
 
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Huts

Accomodation

 
Velika Planina
Huts
 
Velika Planina
Huts
 
Velika Planina
Huts
 
Črnuški dom na Mali planini
Črnuški dom na Mali planini
 
Gostišče Zeleni Rob
Gostišče Zeleni Rob
Velika Planina
Typical hut
There are three main public accomodations on Velika Planina, more exactly the three of them on Mala Planina, south and just a bit lower from Velika Planina. They can be found here. More details about each of them are available on the site of the Slovenian mountain federation :

* Domžalski dom na Mali planini (Google-translated). The biggest of the three, a huge building one cannot miss.

* Črnuški dom na Mali planini (Google-translated). Just below the first, and much smaller. Perhaps better for more intimacy.

* Jarški dom na Mali planini. Also smaller, and seems to be the most popular and the most picturesque of the three, with folk music and occasional cultural events. Seems not to belong to the federation.

There is a fourth one, located on Velika Planina, which serves only food, but which seems to have been a guesthouse in the past too: Gostišče Zeleni Rob

Finally, there are also many of these wooden cottages for rent, but usually for longer terms, like several days in a row, and for many people in the same time. This list is constantly changing (and possibly uncomplete), so here is the link
 
Velika Planina
Huts

 
Velika Planina
Huts
Velika Planina
Mala Planina

The city campsite of Kamnik is also worth mentioning. It is a very quiet place with stunning views to the range, very affordable prices and friendly staff. Internet for free, and the hey driers around very practical to dry wet tents after rain !
 
Velika Planina
Locals

External Links

 
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Locals
Velika Planina
Sunrise on Velika Planina

Wikipedia has some good articles into which I took most of the historical facts, in English as well as in Slovenian (Google-translated)

There is a little page in English on the Slovenia tourist board website.
And Velika Planina also has its facebook group !

[img:438556:aligncenter:medium:Sunrise on Velika Planina]

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visentin

Voted 10/10

I just added one section.

I see also a section about trails leading to Velika Planina (making route pages for each perhaps do not make sense as they are easy hiking paths)
Posted Jan 5, 2010 9:07 am
visentinRe: accomodations

visentin

Voted 10/10

Maps added :)

The second one is the one which was in our pockets while being there (folds witness it :), for sale in the Kamnik Tourist Information
Posted Jan 28, 2010 6:56 am
visentinRe: accomodations

visentin

Voted 10/10

I deleted them ! I think you're right :)
Posted Jan 28, 2010 8:06 am
visentinRe: accomodations

visentin

Voted 10/10

I'd like to use your link (http://prostor.gov.si/iokno_ang/iokno.jsp)

But I don't know how to open it with a pre-defined position...
Posted Jan 28, 2010 8:35 am
visentinRe: accomodations

visentin

Voted 10/10

yes, but the idea is to enbed it into the Velika Planina page inside a frame, pre-set to the Velika Planina location :)
Posted Jan 28, 2010 9:46 am
visentinRe: accomodations

visentin

Voted 10/10

I dropped an email to the Slovenian maps website you mentionned, and the positioning feature I thought about is, as expected, not possible. We'll have to find other ways to introduce a map in it !

Perhaps I'll make a Google map with GPS routes based on the real trails of the paper map...
Posted Feb 5, 2010 4:40 am
visentinRe: Ext Link

visentin

Voted 10/10

Done, as well as the Velika Planina facebook group !
Posted Feb 25, 2010 8:38 am

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