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Base Camp: Hiking in the Tržič area

The Karawanks are every bit as beautiful and rugged as the other two Slovenian mountain ranges.

The Karawanks offer easy family hikes to scenic alpine pastures and rounded peaks as well as spectacular via ferrata routes traversing precipiitous slopes on both the Austrian and Slovenian sides of the border for the more adventurous.

At Base Camp, located in the village of Križe, you can make arrangements with Boštjan and Barbara for virtually any kind of route in the Karawanks, from Golica to Tolsta Košuta, or in the Kamnik savinja Alps, from Grintovec to Dobrča. Both are qualified mountain guides with more than a decade of experience and particularly extensive knowledge of the Karawanks. You can also borrow any equipment you may lack from them.

Among the most popular are family-friendly trips to Kriška Gora, Kofce, Šija, Spodnja Dolga Njiva, Korošica, Preval and Zelenica. Some of the more challenging routes are approaches to the most-visited summits on Košuta, Stol, the highest mountain in the Karawanks, Grintovec and Storžič. A special treat are the magnificent ridge and below-ridge traverses of the whole of the "Gorenjska Balcony", Kriška Gora from the centre of Tržič to Tolsti Vrh, Košuta from Veliki Vrh to Turn, and from Stol to Golica. With plenty of mountain hostels, most routes also offer the possibility of refreshment along the way.

The hiking route selected will be suited to the wishes and experience of hikers; on request an individually tailored route can be put together to reflect your specific preferences and needs. 

Package includes:

  • professional guiding by a mountain guide,
  • hire of particular pieces of equipment,
  • fantastic mountain hikes from 4 to 9 hours in duration
  • spectacular views and photographic memories

Prices range from 30 to 170 EUR per guided tour.

Hike "Across the Gorenjska Balcony"

The gathering point is in front of the Tržič dragon. From there you set off on a pleasant forest path, which starts along the stairs from the town centre, passing by Mala Mizica and the panoramic Velika Mizica. The ascent starts out gently but later becomes steeper as you move along the wide and panoramic ridge of Kriška Gora. You will walk the whole time through a pleasantly cool forest, and you can treat yourself to a rest and a light snack or full meal at Kriška Gora Hut, where a view opens up over the whole of Gorenjska. Another hour's walking following a panoramic trail along one of the most beautiful curved ridges around will bring you to the highest point of Kriška Gora.  From Tolsti Vrh descend along at first rocky and then forested terrain by way of Ježa until you come to a wide trail, which after an hour of pleasant walking will bring you to the village of Gozd. Your ride back to the starting point will be waiting for you there. You can also opt for a shorter route by coming to Gozd from the hut.

Tržič-Kriška Gora Hut-Tolsti Vrh-Gozd: easy marked trail; walking time 5 to 7 hours.

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