Zelenica Mountain Hostel
Zelenica Mountain Hostel (a Category II hut) is located on the saddle of Zelenica between the ridge Na Možeh, which marks the boundary between Slovenia and Austria, to the north and the wall of Begunščica to the south.
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In 2011 construction was completed for a new mountain hut on Zelenica (the previous one had been destroyed in a fire 12 years earlier). Mountaineers were thus once again provided with the possibility of organizing a variety of activities requiring accommodation at the hut (courses, seminars, exams, mountaineering schools, etc.) at this formerly very popular location.
The new buildling makes possible reception of larger groups, overnight accommodation and preparation of hot meals, carrying out a variety of programmes in a spectacular mountain environment and in the hostel, and as an additional service also logistical and expert support in carrying out specialized training seminars and events relating to mountaineering.
It has received two certificates that the Alpine Association of Slovenia awards to the best huts and hostels: an award for environmental friendliness and an award for family friendliness.
The Zelenica Climbing Instruction Centre (GUC Zelenica in the Slovene acronym) operates out of the renovated mountain hostel, and is intended for all kinds of educational and training purposes on a wide range of topics covered by the term mountaineering (skills training, courses, accident prevention and other information, outdoor education, lectures, etc.). It offers programmes of its own design as well as support for the programmes of other organizations (Alpine Association of Slovenia, Association of Slovenian Mountain Guides, Mountain Rescue Association of Slovenia, and others) and provides ad hoc services (information, guiding, equipment supply, organization). The hostel and its surroundings are ideal for training courses (mountaineering courses, Association of Slovenian Mountain Guides, alpine guides, trail maintenance workers, mountain environment conservationists, mountain rescue services, etc.), for schools in nature, and for mountaineering education and training for all interested.
Visitors to the hut have free WiFi internet access, which is useful primarily for carrying out actvities of the Climbing Instruction Centre.
In winter there is a low rope tow of 132 metres located next to the building. It is free of charge for young children. In favourable weather conditions it operates on the weekends from 11 am – 2 pm and is available for use by groups during the week when booked in advance. Children can make their first runs on skis without their own equipment since it is available for hire from Zelenica Mountaineering Instruction Centre (GUC Zelenica).
The Tržič Mountaineering Club in cooperation with the company Elan d.o.o. has also set up the Elan ski touring demo centre. Visitors to Zelenica Mountain Hostel can view the current collection of ski touring equipment in Elan’s corner. Touring skis and splitboard are also available for hire.
- 50 beds (1 double room, 1 triple room, 1 quadruple room, 3 5-bedded rooms, 2 8-bedded rooms, and 1 10-bedded room - dormitory)
- bathroom and toilet on each floor,
- lecture room with multimedia equipment for 20-10 persons,
- dining room with 70 seats.
From here you can continue your way towards Roblek Mountain Hostel on Begunjščica, to the summits of Begunjščica, Vrtača, and Stol, and there are other hiking possibilities in the area, for example to the mountain hut at the source of the Završnica, to Palec or to Zelenjak. In winter Zelenica, due mainly to its easy access, is a favorite destination of ski mountaineers from Slovenia and neighbouring Austrian Carinthia.
The hostel is open nonstop during the summer season. During the off season it is open only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
Pets are welcome.
German and English spoken.