Hiking, mountaineering & ski touring

Storžič (across Peto Žrelo ravine)

Peto Žrelo is a ravine in the north wall of Mt. Storžič, its gradient is 40-50º. It is more popular amongst alpinists as a descending ravine after going up to Storžič across a nearby (more difficult) Kramar's route. We should not mistake Peto Žrelo for the summer via-ferrata to Storžič called Žrelo, which runs west from Kramar's route. The described tour is difficult – only experienced and properly equipped mountaineers/alpinists should tackle it in good snow conditions!

1 - Storžič (across Peto Žrelo ravine)2 - Storžič (across Peto Žrelo ravine)3 - Storžič (across Peto Žrelo ravine)4 - Storžič (across Peto Žrelo ravine)

Basic information
LocationTržič (Kranj), Gorenjska
Difficulty:
Duration: 6 h
Start point elevation: 1120 m
Highest point: 2132 m
Total vertical climb: 1010 m
Skiing difficulty:
Starting point:
Dom Pod Storžičem in Lomščica valley (1120 m). In Tržič turn right at a gas station towards the town center, drive through Tržič and on the exit from the town turn right towards Lom or Grahovše (well visible signposts). Drive through villages Lom Pod Storžičem and Grahovše and follow signposts (very small) for 'Dom Pod Storžičem' (= hut below Storžič). If the road is not negotiable the whole way to the hut due to snow, park as low as necessary.

Description:
From the hut below Storžič go across Jesenje meadow along a marked path westwards in the direction of 'Škarjev Rob'. The path runs through a beech forest at the beginning, until you reach a rather steep bare slope, from where a view on the north wall of Storžič opens. Here you leave the marked path, direct towards Storžič and proceed ascending. Ascend across the bare terrain past the entrance to Kramar’s route (see GPS data) and continue through a narrow stretch between dwarf pines (it can be pretty challenging when there is little snow). After this the slope widens a bit again, but you turn to the right, where a pointy rock marks the entrance to 'Peto Žrelo'. Behind it the ravine narrows and widens again only just below the summit. In the upper section cross to the right and ascend directly to the summit of Storžič. From the ravine you can only view the ridge of Košuta behind your back, but from the summit a whole new world opens. The view is amazing. You should be especially careful when descending down the 'Peto Žrelo'. GPS reception is quite limited near the wall of Storžič - the track is a bit 'confused'.

Highest point:
Storžič: 2132 m

Duration:
'Dom pod Storžičem' – Entrance to 'Peto Žrelo': 1.30 h
Entrance to 'Peto Žrelo' – Storžič: 2.30 h
Descent: 2 h
Total: 6 h

Duration: 5 (only experienced and properly equipped mountaineers/alpinists should tackle it in good snow conditions!)

Skiing:
We ski down the path of the ascent. Even going down on foot is challenging, let alone on skis. Only for excellent skiers with appropriate ski-touring mileage. 
Skiing difficulty:   5+ (alpinist skiing III+, S4+)
Skiing duration:  ca. 1 h




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Storžič (skozi Peto Žrelo)
Peto Žrelo is a ravine in the north wall of Mt. Storžič, its gradient is 40-50º. It is more popular amongst alpinists as a descending ravine after going up to Storžič across a nearby (more difficult) Kramar's route. We should not mistake Peto Žrelo for the summer via-ferrata to Storžič called Žrelo, which runs west from Kramar's route. The described tour is difficult – only experienced and properly equipped mountaineers/alpinists should tackle it in good snow conditions!