Geographical structure: Eastern Alps
> Julian Alps
> Razor and Prisojnik group
A Beautiful panorama of Razor (on the left) and Planja from Golicica.
is a very powerful mountain in south part of Razor & Prisojnik group
Planja is not very important mountain in nearness of Prisojnik
, 2547m and Razor
, 2601m. Razor is its neighbour. Between Razor and Planja is Sedlo Planja pass
, 2349m. The Planja pass is from the summit of Planja in NE direction. From Planja pass leads the normal marked route on Planja, which is not hard and it is very short. From the summit is in SW direction very famous ridge over Prevcev stolp
, 2213m, Kanceljni
, 2133m, Germlajt
, 2051m and before it falls down to Trenta valley
is the last peak in this ridge called Golicica
, 2108m. This is one of the wildest parts of Slovenian mountains. The ridge Golicica – Razor
is in the plan of many climbers. But the ridge is very hard. If you want to climb it you must be good in climbing around UIAA IV-V but you can come to harder places if you lose the best passages.
Planja is very heterogeneous mountain. But from all sides it is magnificent. On the south side has very steep grassy slopes and one of the strangest faces called Ogledalo (the Mirror)
. It is very popular face for sports climbers. This south face is very hard approachable.
The second famous and interesting sight is Utrujeni Stolp or Tired Pillar
, a cliff that got ‘tired’ and leaned on Planja, forming a window.
Planja has beautiful north face
. This face is one of highest and hardest in Slovenian mountains. Here are the most reputable climbing aims. For that famous north face is typical the magnificent series of plates. In this face you can find only hard climbing routes. The height, sheer slope and difficulties are graduated from left to right side of face.
Planja is place with a very fine view
. You can see all the highest peaks of Julian Alps.
is by many most beautiful and most romantic valley of Julian Alps. It is certainly one of longest (around 22km), placed in the heart of Julian Alps, dividing them into western and eastern part. Its mouth or end is near the small town of Bovec
where it enters Bovec basin. Through it runs the most beautiful Slovenian river, crystal clear Soca
! It has amazing light blue – light green color and is very popular for rafting. Along the river there are few villages and hamlets. Largest and most beautiful are Soca and Trenta villages. Trenta is very deep valley. Some of the peaks rise 2000m above it. Trenta begins bellow beautiful Bavski Grintavec
(2347m) peak. Its 5km long upper part, squeezed between Jalovec and Mangart group and Trentski Pelc ridge is called Zadnja Trenta. This is wildest and most beautiful part of the valley. At the end of Zadnja Trenta, where valley begins to make 180 degree turn around Trentski pelc group is source of Soca river. It appears on the surface 100 meters above valley floor, coming out of deep hole filled with crystal clear blue water, surrounded by smooth and dark cliffs. A kilometer lower, at bridge over Soca and Limarica rivers, Vrsic pass road begins to ascend. Few hundred meters up the road is famous monument to Julius Kugy which as ever looking at Jalovec. This is one of most beautiful panoramas in Julian Alps!
Starting point of one of the routes is Koca v Krnici hut
(1113m), which lies in Krnica valley. The valley is beautiful, with stunning scenery. All around are some of the highest peaks of Julian Alps that fall into the valley with huge walls: Skrlatica
(2740m), Rakova Spica
(2601m) and Prisojnik
(2547m). Krnica ends with probably most beautiful amphitheater in Julian Alps – Kriska Stena
Hut is accessible from Kranjska Gora
to Vrsic pass road. Junction towards the hut is some 2 kilometers behind Kranjska Gora, just at the bridge where main road crosses over Pisnica river to the right, you continue straight. From the bridge is 3 kilometers to V Klinu pasture where you have to park. From here is 20 more minutes to the hut. If you are on foot from Kranjska Gora you will need 1.30-2h.
The detailed map. Red spots are summits, posted on SP.
The heart of the region is Kranjska Gora
resort town, 84 kilometers from the Slovenian capital Ljubljana
. Starting point for Planja is either Vrsic pass (12 kilometers south of Kranjska Gora), Trenta valley or Krnica valley.
If you want to reach Ljubljana by plane check a timetable on the site of Adria Airways
, a national airline.
From Ljubljana buses depart towards Kranjska Gora every 60 minutes.
From Ljubljana trains depart in Kranjska Gora direction quite often but only up to Jesenice town. There you have to change to bus, which come from Ljubljana anyway.
From Ljubljana 84km.
From central Europe via Villach, Austria: Via Karavanke tunnel (around 40km) or Korensko Sedlo pass (around 30km).
From western Europe via Udine, Italy: exit Udine – Villach highway in Tarvisio. Tarvisio – Kranjska Gora 20km.
Julijske Alpe - Zahodni del. Planinska zveza Slovenije. 1:50000
Tabacco: Alpi Giulie Occidentali Tarvisiano. No: 019. 1:25000
You can reach Planja over many marked routes from diffrent valleys and huts. I named some of the possibilities. Then I put some hard climbing routes in north face and south face.
From Trenta valley over Pogacnikov hut to Planja pass. Nice marked route.
From Vrsic pass
over Prisojnik and Razor slopes on Planja pass. Nice marked route, some secured details.
From Krnica valley. Over Kriska stena (wall) and down to Pogacnikov hut and up to Planja pass.
Mansarda. UIAA VI, A2/V, VI-. 500m. 7-10 hours. First climbed by Danilo Cedilnik-Den and Boro Krivic.
Riviera. UIAA V+/IV. 550m. First climbed by Suzana and Viktor Relja.
Lastovka. UIAA VI/V.
Many others climbing routes too.
Ogledalo. UIAA VIII-/VII+.
Nova smer. UIAA III-IV+.300 m. 5 h.
Crossing ridge Golicica - Razor.
UIAA V-/II-IV. 6-10 hours. A lot of possibilities.
Beautiful flowers on Planja.
No limitations but Planja leads in Triglavski Narodni park
so you must be kind to the nature and other beauties.
The only thing you might pay is parking on selected locations.
When To Climb
The best time for climbing on Planja is from early Summer to Autumn. Be careful in early Summer on some snowfields.
Some information about huts.
KOCA V KRNICI
hut (1113m) stands on a small meadow in conifer forest on the bottom of Krnica valley. The valley is surrounded by high peaks: Skrlatica (2740m), Razor (2601m) and Prisojnik (2547m). Opening year was 1933. It is open from May 1st till October 31st, while outside that frame during weekends and holidays. It has 20 beds, water and power from a generator.
POGACNIKOV DOM NA KRISKIH PODIH
hut (2050m) is standing on the edge of Kriski Podi basin, high above the Trenta valley. Kriski Podi are bare rock basin, which is ascending in few steps. At the foothills of those steps lie 3 beautiful alpine lakes: lower, middle and upper Krisko jezero lakes. Area is surrounded from 3 sides by peak. Highest of them is Razor (2601m). The hut was opened in 1951 and named after a Joze Pogacnik whose idea was to build a hut here. Unfortunately he died on the way from Trenta valley to hut opening ceremony. In 1985, near the hut, load aerial ropeway and winter room were built. The hut is open from July 1st till the end of September. It has 67 beds + 16 in winter room, water and electricity from a generator. View from the hut is beautiful towards Trenta valley and Soca River, which shines on the afternoon sun and the wild peaks around.
POSTARSKI DOM NA VRSICU
hut (1688m) is highest standing of 3 Vrsic pass huts and has most beautiful view. Since it is not accessible by car it remained truly mountaineering hut. It has been built in 1952 on a small terrace bellow the Vrsic peak (1737m), after which pass was named. It has 65 beds, electricity, phone, hot water and its open from June 1st to September 30th. 15 minutes on foot from Vrsic pass.
TICARJEV DOM NA VRSICU
hut (1620m) is standing on the southern side of Vrsic pass, just by the road. First hut here was opened in 1912 and was named Slovenska Koca (Slovenian Hut). Between 1964 and 1966 a new hut has been built, just by the old one, which was demolished upon finishing the new one. In April of 1975 huge avalanche from Mojstrovka destroyed part of the hut. It has 91 beds, hot water and electricity, phone etc. and is open from May 1st till the end of October.
Camping inside the Triglav National Park is forbidden. Beside the mountain huts there are plenty of hotels and private apartments in the towns and villages, which surround the area. Here are few links where you can find info on accommodations closer and further away:
Mountain conditions in Julian Alps are well known, thanks to Kredarica (2515m) hut and meteo station, which is bellow the Triglav.
You can observe current conditions and forecast for Kredarica on the Wunderground meteo site. Here is direct link to Wunderground - Kredarica
Some weather informatin can also be found here