Middle Velebit can be divided into Šatorina group and Dabarski Kukovi group. Although between them there is no sharp boundaries, and even dou the groups are connected with well known Premužiceva trail, this division is justified because of the different natural features and for practical reasons. Šatorina group is far from transport links and it is hardly accessible, while the Dabarski Kukovi are near the Baške Oštarije where is the regular bus line few times a day and moreover good accommodation options.
Dabarski Kukovi from Baške Oštarije
LeonardoDj - Dabarski Kukovi range from Bačić Kuk summit
Unlike the central ridge of the Middle Velebit from Zečjak to Visibaba, which is characterized by greater height, with the mild form peaks which are often covered by meadows - such as Šatorina and Budakovo hill, the continuation of the ridge starting from Bačić Kuk to Ljubički Kuk over Oštarije gives a completely different picture.
Limestone cliffs at Dabarski Kukovi range
The clearest picture of this group we can experience from its highest peak, Bačić Kuk. From here a proper range of white limestone rock cones, which are in almost straight line to the southeast providing a distance of almost 10 km long, are rising from the green mantle of forests and grassy valleys. Among all rock cliffs/cones the most important are Bačić Kuk, Kukaline, Butinovača, Kiza, Grabar and Ljubičko hill. This series of beautiful rocks is called Dabarski Kukovi.
The cliffs of Dabarski Kukovi rise above picturesque Dabar basins, after which they got their name. The most known basins are Crni Dabar (667 mtrs), Ravni Dabar, Došen Dabar (750 mtrs), Crna Duliba and the most beautiful Bačić Duliba (860 mtrs) below Bačić Kuk.
Baške Oštarije (927 mtrs) is an important pass/mountain village with some 50 residents on the Gospić-Karlobag road, which is also the geographical border between Middle and Southern Velebit. In the centre of the village is the "Velebno" hotel which was rebuilt as a 3-star object soon after its destruction by missiles in the recent Croatian War of Independence, and the church of the Visitation of St. Elizabeth, which has been rebuilt with donations by the faithful of Austria.
West of Baške Oštarije, at the pass known as Vrata (Gate) there stands a stone Cubus, a monument dating from the year 1.847 and erected on the completion of this very important Velebit road.
Important cliffs of Dabarski Kukovi
At Bačić Kuk is a beginning (or ending) of Dabarski Kukovi - long streak of white cliffs. From here this main, seaboard, streak slowly get away from the seaboard side towards inner Velebit. They end at Ljubičko Brdo.
BAČIĆ KUK (1.304 mtrs) N44 34 45.8, E15 05 46.0
Bačić Kuk is the largest, highest and most northern group of cliffs in Dabarski Kukovi range. It consists of several bare limestone cliffs of different heights, which are high above the beautiful green Bačić Duliba valley. Bačić Kuk is also decorated with enormous 100 mtrs high monolith tower.
ZASJČENI KUK (1.102 mtrs)
KUKALINE (1.102 mtrs)
KUK OD VISIBABE (1.160 mtrs)
RUJIČIN KUK (946 mtrs)
KUK VRANJKOVIĆ (940 mtrs)
BUTINOVAČA (1.127 mtrs)
ŠIROKI KUK (1.081 mtrs)
VRANJI KUK (1.121 mtrs)
ŽUTI KUK (1.180 mtrs)
KIZA (1.274 mtrs) N44 32 54.7, E15 09 35.2
Kiza is rocky ridge composed of many vertical and leaning cliffs of bizarre shapes. It is long about 2 kilometers. Kiza can be reached from Stupacinovo village (2 possibilites) or from NW direction and over Žuti Kuk.
KUK OD PEČICA
GRABAR (1.270 mtrs)
Grabar is huge cliff standing above Alaginac pass where the marked route leads towrds Crni Dabar. It is a nice and short climbing feat. On the NW side of the Grabar cliff is huge half-cave whose ceiling in one place has fallen down, so from the summit and through the hole we can see the
bottom of the cave (Grabar window).
Dabarski kukovi crag is a collection of buttress's offering multi-pitch rock climbing up to 185m high. All of the crags in this area are all limestone rock and are generally well bolted.
The crags of Dabarski kukovi (185m high) offer good multi-pitch climbing of up to 6-pitches. For all the crags that offer multi-pitch climbing, a set of nuts and friends are required. Also note for some routes at Dabarski kukovi a 70m rope is recommended.
The Spring and Autumn are the best time to climb in this area.
Because of preservation of plant and animal species climbing is prohibited at all locations except on Agin Kuk, Rujičin Kuk and Čelina. Equipping of new directions in these rocks can not be made without prior approval by the administration of Velebit Nature Park.
Agin Kuk and Rujičin Kuk
Vamos a la plaja
Bibl und Bubl
La forza dell ignoranza
Colori d autunno
Stanlio & Olio
6b+ (6a,6b,6b,6b+,5b, 5a)
La figlia del Capitano
L orecchio della Balena
6c+ (4c,6c+,6a,6c/c+, 3)
Stranger to the ground
6c/A0 (6c/A0,6c/A0, 6b+)
6b (2,5c/A1,6a,5b,6b, 4c)
Attraverso I arcobaleno
Singing in the rain
Feuer & Eis
Nekeg lepeg dne
It is also possible to climb following routes on Zasjčeni Kuk, Vranjković Kuk and Bačić Kuk, but before you have to announce your activities/climbing plans to the Velebit Nature Park administration.
l trono di Plutone
Il Risveglio dei Mascherini
Lost in space
Bačič Kuk cliffs
Osvar and Sabrina
6b/A0 (6a+,6b/A0, 6a+/A0,6a+,6a+,4c/A0)
Climbing guidebook for this area - Croatia Sports Climbing Guidebook by Boris Čujić
The most easiest way to come here at Baške Oštarije is definitely by car or by regular bus line from Gospić town at Lika region, or from Karlobag at the Adriatic coast. From Gospić town you have to drive for about 21 km, while from Karlobag 19 km.
Adriatic Sea and island Pag
Interesting road through limestone chaos of Dabarski kukovi
It is also possible to pass through Dabarski Kukovi by car along the longitudinal road towards Štirovaca meadow. From the main road Karlobag-Gospić on the 10th km, before abandoned village Šušanj, there is a crossroad near the ruins of an old sawmill where this road begins. The road is asphalted till Dabarska Kosa pass, which is very important point because here the road crosses with famous Premužiceva trail. Dabarska Kosa offers great view towards Ravni Dabar valley with mountain hut and one side and Adriatic Sea with island Pag on the other side.
From here the road goes through the cliffs of Rujičin Kuk, where starts the area of huge cliffs of different shapes. The road itself goes through this limestone chaos and it is a real touristic attraction.
Bačič Kuk & Ravni Dabar area
Area around Kiza
There are many routes in this area and various hiking combinations. The whole area of Dabarski Kukovi is well marked and all routes are in good condition.
The best way to start is at Baške Oštarije/Stupačinovo village from where you can explore everything around Kiza or at Dabarska Kosa pass for visiting Ravni Dabar and Bačić Kuk.
When to climb
Dabarski Kukovi can be climbed any time of the season. For winter ascent the crampons and ice axe are a must, also guiding rope can be very useful.
The road to Baške Oštarije in winter is regularly cleaned, but it is important to have winter car equipment.
Mountain hut Ravni Dabar (723 mtrs)
The hut is situated at Ravni Dabar valley (Middle Velebit). It is surrounded by picturesque limestone cliffs of Butinovača, Visibaba and Čelina. The building itself was a public school many years. The hut is equipped with 50 beds, large dining room and big water tank. It is open on weekend through out the whole year. Contact person is Mile Prpić +385 53 633016. The hut can be reached by foot or by car.
Prpa Houses (927 mtrs)
Prpa Houses are situated on Baške Oštarije pass (Middle Velebit). In fact these houses are privat bungalows made in alpine style, with capacity for about 40 people. It is open through out the whole year and it is equipped with water. Near the resort owner have made a small botanical garden. Contact person is Vlado Prpić +385 53 674012.
Mountain hut Vila Velebita (920 mtrs)
The hut is situated at Baške Oštarije, on the main road (about 600 mtrs from the hotel). It is a ground-floor house with an attic and capacity of about 20 beds. Contact persons Mile Maras +385 98 245855 and Tomislav Canic +385 53 574065.
Velebitska Degenija plant
Velebitska Degenija (Degenia velebitica) is an endemic plant of the family Brassicaceae. Strictly protected species, a symbol of Velebit and Croatia. It is extremely rare and endemic plant, which appears on the Velebit mountain rubble, but also in the crevices of rocks.
So far it is found only in three places. Two are on the southern Velebit - Krug and Kuk Plana near Šugarska duliba. The third site is on the middle Velebit - Soline slopes, near Budakovo brdo peak. These are natural sites, from where the plant was transplanted to some other places such as the Meteorological station Zavižan and botanical garden near Prpa houses at
Velebitska Degenija is gentle and humble low perennial plant. The stalk is as high and 10 cm. The leaves are narrow, spear, tapering tip, gathered into rosettes and silvery white. Bloom is corymb. It blossoms in May and June. It has beautiful yellow flowers. The fruits are greyish.
The root is long, creeping into the cracks of rocks and stones under the gravel seam.
It is named after the Hungarian natural scientist Árpád von Degen (1866.-30th Mar 1934.), who discovered the Velebitska Degenija plant on 17th July 1907.
No limitations, except for rock climbing.
Autumn magic at Dabarski Kukovi
Information on weather conditions in the area can be found on
Croatian State Hydrometeorological Institute site: