South-east route

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Julian Alps, Italy/Slovenia, Europe
Route Type:
Hiking, Mountaineering
Summer, Fall
Time Required:
Most of a day
Walk-up, easy climb

Route Quality: 2 Votes

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South-east route
Created On: Sep 15, 2004
Last Edited On: Feb 6, 2015


The trailhead starts in Tamar, where at the end of the road into Planica valley the mountain hut stands on 1108 m. The hut is reachable by car outside winter season. In winter a cross-country ski track goes there.

Route Description

Visoka Ponca and Srednja...
Bor - Srednja and Visoka Ponca from the SE
First ascent: Julius Kugy and Andrej Komac, 1897.

We proceed a few minutes by the valley towards Jalovec and soon reach the point where our marked path deters right, towards the west. Our route uses a ravine, going towards two distinct big caves (the left one is vertical, the right one horizontal). Below the right cave the path turns left and climbs into another, grassy and rocky ravine. The path is not strong, but well marked. Ascending by it, we reach out of woods on a ridge above the broad basin, extending below the walls of Strug and Ponce. Below last larches there's a nice place to rest.

Now the path turns and ascends far towards right, crossing the slopes of Srednja Ponca. When it reaches the slopes below the summit, it becomes weaker, but marks are still reliable. The summit slopes are steep and rocky, they require some scrambling. It's wise to use marked passages, till we reach the summit ridge and soon the summit itself.

From Srednja Ponca we continue by the main ridge towards the north. First we descend to the notch (Planiška skrbina, 2156 m) and beyond it climb a good 100 meters more to the main summit. The route is marked and secured, but exposed and needs some experience (ferrata). When on the ridge, take care if weather is deteriorating (lightning!). From Tamar cca 4:30h.

Essential Gear

Good shoes, telescope poles.

Rating the Route (by hiking standards)

Overall: Not hard, but quite steep terrain requires reliable step and keeping to the marked path. A few exposed places on the ridge. Hot, no water.

0. General: 1108 m to 2274 m, exposition SE, marked, steep path, on most exposed passages protected rock route.

1. Effort: 1200 m, 4 h 30 min.

2. Power: 3 - medium (only the short summital part).

3. Psyche: 3 - medium.

4. Orientation: 2 - easy.