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General remark: When reading Slovenian words on maps or in books, you will find special characters for ch, sh, and zh. They are written with c, s and z with a caron - little v above them.
Peca (pronounced: Petza) is the last high mountain in the Karavanke/Karawanken range, going towards the East. Actually, if the whole long arc of European Alps would not have a strange tail towards NE, towards Vienna, the whole Alps would end here, where high mountains blend into forehills and finally lower down on the Panonia plane. To a certain degree, Peca is also a cult mountain, at least for Slovenian people. I'll tel the fairy tale later.
From all sides Peca is seen as a broad massif. If there were no forrest roads, ascents to the summit would be high and long, as town and villages around the mountain are lying some 1500m lower. Geography is not complicated, but many side ridges would require quite a long description - it's better to look on a good map. The whole massif is lying south of Drava, roughly at the place, where this river crosses the Austrian-Slovenian border. But the massif is divided from the surrounding mountains by several creeks and saddles. When said that Karavanke/Karawanken mountains end here, we were not entirely correct. Actually from Peca last outposts are stretching towards the East, so Urslja gora is considered to be the last high peak (1696m) on the East.
Peca consists of several almost equally high summits, forming a more than 3km long summit ridge. On the East the highest summit stands, Kordezeva glava / Kordeschkopf, 2125m. Towards NW there is Koncnikov vrh / Knieps, 2109m, then Bistriska spica / Feistritzer Spitze, 2114m and finally Veska kopa / Wackendorfer Spitze, 2074m. All these summits are accessable by marked paths.
In the past Peca and its surroundings was also known by its lead mines. They are abandoned now, but holes in the mountain and some names still remember us on them. Few mines are also arranged for touristic visits.
What To Do There?
Peca is equally a hiking, skiing and mountain-biking mountain. Many marked paths allow us to ascend its summits comfortably, but utilizing a few of mountain's rocky faces, there are also two short ferratas for those, who like to stretch their bodies a bit more. On northern slopes of the mountain there an ordinary ski resort.
The view from Peca's summit is very broad. Towards SW Kamnik/Steiner Alps are beautifully seen, other mountain groups are more remote. But in a clear day, we can see Triglav on the West, Hohe Tauern right of it, the whole range of Niedere Tauern on the North, Lavanttal Alps on the North and North-east and almost the whole hilly Slovenia towards the South.
For the broader overview see the Karavanke/Karawanken
A self-made map of Peca massif, some of its roads and marked paths.
From the North Peca trailheads are reached from Drava/Drau valley. The towns are Globasnitz/Globasnica and Feistritz/Bistrica. From the latter the road reaches the bottom station of Peca cable-car.
From the West Luza/Lusa alpine meadow can be reached by forrest roads, either from Globasnitz/Globasnica, or from Eisenkappel / Zelezna Kapla.
On the South trailheads start in Topla valley, which in turn can be reached by the valley of Meza. We park close to the Fajmut farm, where you can also get food and a bed if needed.
And finally on the East many trailheads start on Podpeca, a plateau, which can be reached by many roads and forrest roads from Meza valley (from Crna or Mezica town). The highest road (2005) ascends the SE slopes to the altitude of some 1260m, where the majority of hikers start the ascent to the hut (Dom na Peci) and further to the summit.
Routes OverviewN approach.
Either by the marked path, either by the cable-car you first reach Siebenhuetten (hut) and from there towards S on Knips saddle, 2012m, on the main ridge and towards E to the summit. From the hut to the summit 1h 45min, easy, marked path. East of the cable-car bottom station starts the new ferrata, callec Walter Mory Klettersteig. In less than 3 hours the path (ferrata is only a part of it) brings you to the upper station. Exposed, helmet needed (and a self-protection set).
From Lusa/Luza alpine meadow you ascend over meadows and woods towards NE and reach in some 1h 15min the summit of Bistriska spica / Feistritzer Spitze, 2114m. From there you need 1h 30min more to the main summit. Easy, marked path.
From Fajmut farm, some 1100m, you can hike by a marked path towards NE and reach Dom na Peci (hut), where you join the E approaches. But the direct ascent goes northwards and reaches over steep slopes the Knips saddle and from there the main summit. 3h. Marked.
From the parking place at the end of the road you reach Dom na Peci (hut) in less than 45min. From the hut you continue towards NW, reach the saddle below Mala Peca, above which you have two options. The right one is easy, goes around a bit and then follows the summit ridge. The left one crosses southern slopes until it enters rocky towers. From there the ferrata (easy) goes some 200m up, reaches the summit plateau and the highest point. From the parking place 2h.
In the southern rocks of the highest summit there are several short routes up to UIAA V degree. The approach for all of them goes from Dom na Peci to the saddle below Mala Peca and further left below rocky towers.
You can see a detailed map (1:50000) on-line on: http://www.austrianmap.at/
When To Climb
Any time of the season.
Huts and Camping
As all ascents are rather short, there's no need to camp on the mountain.
Dom na Peci, 1665m. Opened from June till October (outside this periods on weekends). 81+19 beds, tel.: +386 (2) 82 38 406, mobile: +386 (41) 324 817. Near the hut (10 minutes away) there's a cave with King Matjaz's statue.
Siebenhuetten, 1692m. Private, opened June to September and in spring, depending on snow conditions. 20+10 Beds, tel.: 04235/5116, 0664/3522527.
The Tale of Kralj Matjaz
King Matjaz (pronounced: Matiazh) was good and powerful, but didn't know what the salt was. When some day an old man put some salt into his dishes he found it delicious and asked the old man to show him where to get it. The old man was willing to do it but his price was half of Matjaz's kingdom. After the agreement was made, the old man showed the king a hill, made of salt only. But the king realised that that hill belonged to his kingdom anyway, so he refused to give the old man what they agreed and challenged him on a duel instead.
King Matjaz came with his whole army and the old man came alone. But when the fight was to start the skies became dark, a huge storm occured and King Matjaz realised that he challenged God himself. To save his life he cried: "Mountains cover me and my army!" and so it happened.
He still sleeps there, in a cave below the summit of Peca, behind a stone table. It is to be believed that when his beard will grow enough to encircle nine times his table, the World will see hard times. But King Matjaz will awake and help people. A new golden age will begin.