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Zelenica
Paradise beneath the north wall of Begunjščica

Less than an hour from Ljubljana is a true mountain paradise beneath the north wall and magnificent screes of Begunjščica. And as the song says, we are drawn to this place again and again.

There are three possible routes that you can take to Zelenica Mountain Hostel: a marked hiking trail, an unmarked border patrol path, and a transport and rescue path.

Not quite halfway up, on an overgrown meadow before the hut on Vrtača, the middle station of the former chairlift, you can see beautiful lady's slipper orchids in full bloom at the end of May or the beginning of June. But don't forget, this beautiful flowering plant, which has the largest flower of all the European orchids, is a protected species, and its habitat is part of the European network Natura 2000.

The hostel is located on the Zelenica saddle between the north wall of Begunjščica to the south and the border ridge called Na Možeh to the north. From here you can continue your way to Roblek Mountain Hostel on Begunjščica, to Begunjščica, Vrtača and Stol, and there are also other interesting routes in the area, for example to the hut at the source of the Završnica, to Palec or to Zelenjak.

In winter Zelenica is a popular destination for backcountry skiers from Slovenia and the neighbouring Austrian province of Carinthia, due primarily to its easy access.

Maps:

  • Karawanks-central part 1:50 000, PZS
  • Stol and Begunjščica 1:25 000, PZS
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