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Zelnarica is one of landmarks of the Valley of Triglav Lakes. As we approach the upper part of the valley, its western wall starts rising above Veliko jezero, the biggest of lakes, until, from the path to Hribarice plateau it shows its famous tilted cone profile. So, the mountain is in every respect similar to others, rising above the valley. Giant natural forces have been pushing these young sediment (limestone) mountains over a little older plateau, which, despite showing several karst phaenomena, on some places also holds water, forming a set of beautiful lakes. All walls of Mala Ticarica, Velika Ticarica, Kopica, Mala Zelnarica and Velika Zelnarica are almost vertical, while the opposite side is in most cases much less steep.
Despite a nice looking wall, Zelnarica is not a climbing polygon. Its rocks are not solid enough. The majority of mountaineers ascend the summit if chosing not to go through the Valley of Triglav Lakes, but through the parallel valley Za Kopico (=Behind Kopica) instead. From the marked path there, to be precise, from the saddle between Zadnji Vogel, 2327m and Zelnarica, 2320m, there's only a short jump to the summit. Also mountaineers, coming up from Bohinj alpine meadows, might choose this peak as one of the last, which can still be reached in a one day hike. And the same holds for tour skiers. The ski tour from Zelnarica to Planina Jezero and further down in Bohinj is in good conditions one of the most beautiful ones in Bohinj mountains.
The view from the summit is specific and nice. The most attractive is to look down on blue eyes of Triglav lakes. Beyond the valley a vast Komna plateau stretches and from the summit of Zelnarica you can see all mountain chains above it: The Lower Bohinj Chain, Veliko Spicje chain and in distance the Krn group. Towards the other side the view is a bit obscured with other, a little higher mountains of the Bohinj group: Vogli, Debeli vrh, Vrsaki.
A self-made map of Zelnarica and its routes
For a broader overview see the Bohinj Group page!
How to reach Koca (hut) pri Triglavskih jezerih and Prehodavci (hut) see the 7 Triglav Lakes Valley route on the Triglav page - sections 1 and 2!
How to reach the Planina Jezero (hut) see the Bohinj Group page, section Camping & Huts!
3. Encircling Za Kopico Valley is another proposal for a nice one-day route, combining #1 and #2.
Almost no one reaches Zelnarica from the east. It would be possible to cross from Hribarice plateau the eastern slopes below Vrsaki to Zadnji Vogel. Or to reach Zadnji Vogel from the big karst plateau behind Debeli vrh. But there is one deep basin, called Globoka konta and only e few have experience where to get out of it on Vogli ridge.
Getting ThereBohinj Group page and the Julian Alps page!
On the map on the right you can see that all roads end in the Bohinj valley. The mountaineering trail for the Valley of Triglav Lakes starts at Savica, 653m, the trail for Planina Jezero starts in Suha valley, 1150m or below in Voje, cca 700m.
Red TapeZelnarica stands in the Triglav National Parc. So, please do everything to preserve nature!
Almost all parking places around Bohinj lake need to be paid. Also the road through Suha valley needs to be paid (10€ in 2007).
When To ClimbZelnarica can be ascended in almost all seasons. Only in hard winter condition the ascent is not recommended. So, in snow-free times the best months are June to October in times of tour skiing March to May.
For weather see here. Even better site is wunderground - here's the direct link to Kredarica station, 2515m (below Triglav summit).
Huts and CampingKoca pri Triglavskih jezerih, 1685m.
Zasavska koca on Prehodavci Pass, 2071m.
Koca pri Savici, 653m, (050) 622695.
Koca na Planini pri Jezeru, 1453m, (041)901 999, (050) 632738.
Kosijev dom na Vogarju, 1054m, (01)2912297, (050) 613367.
Dom v Vojah, 690m, (04) 57 23 213, (051) 308 959.
For ascents and more details see the Bohinj Group page.