Hiking, mountaineering & ski touring

Debeli Vrh (above Pokljuka)

This is a tour to rarely visited places above Pokljuka plateau. Most of the hikers and skiers ascend to the nearby Viševnik or Mrežce summits and you will probably have Debeli Vrh all for yourself. The tour is diverse and offers incredible views on Veliki and Mali Draški Vrh and Triglav that 'reigns' on the other side of Krma valley. From a ski-touring perspective this trip is a more 'traveling' one, but it offers good ski terrains when going down from Debeli Vrh.

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Basic information
LocationPokljuka (Bled), Gorenjska
Difficulty:
Duration: 4.5 h
Start point elevation: 1350 m
Highest point: 1959 m
Total vertical climb: 790 m
Skiing difficulty:

Starting point:
From Bled follow signposts for Gorje and Pokljuka. Drive through villages Spodnje and Zgornje Gorje and then the road starts to ascend. Go all the way up to Rudno Polje on Pokljuka and park on a large parking lot near the buildings of Slovene army and the new sports center (about 1350 m).

Description:
Turn upwards between the army building and the sports center towards the tiny 'ski resort'. After a few 100 meters you come to a small ski slope with two ski lifts. Ascend on the left side of the ski lift all the way to the top of the second ski lift. After that continue straight ahead through a steeper gully. Once you reach flatter terrain, the path to Višvenik turns left, but you slowly turn to the right (north-east) and go around the east 'shoulder' of Viševnik in a gentle ascent through a sparse larch forest. Keep on the east slope of Viševnik throughout, but when the terrain allows it turn left to the north side of Viševnik. An intriguing flat land opens up here; the horizon is marked by a stone pyramid of Mali Draški Vrh and the north slope of Viševnik. Descend gently towards Mali Draški Vrh, start to turn right (northwards) and search for appropriate passages across the land filled with sinkholes. Head to a valley behind Veliki Selišnik (the first summit on your right, which is a bit distanced from the ridge of Krma valley), which has a gorgeous skiing slope southwards and a vertical stone face northwards. Descend for about 150 altitude meters through a wide valley to a basin called 'Beljska Konta' and then finally ascend to Debeli Vrh along its west ridge. At the summit opens a marvelous view towards Karavanke, Bohinj mountains and central Julian Alps.

There are several options to descend. The quickest to go back to Rudno Polje is the following one: From the summit descend back towards 'Blejska Konta' basin and stick to its left side. Go down on the far left side amongst sparse larches to a dense forest, which you cross towards south-east. Sooner or later you will come to a forest road, where you go right and follow it back to the ski lifts and onwards to the starting point.

Highest point:
Debeli vrh: 1959 m

Duration:
Rudno polje - Debeli vrh (across 'Kačji rob'): 3 h
Descent: 1.30 h
Total: 4.30 h

Difficulty: 2

Skiing:
From Debeli Vrh ski down in the direction of descent.
An option during the ascent: Before you start to go down through the valley behind Veliki Selišnik towards Blejska Konta, you can also ascend to the summit on your left that offers good ski slopes.
Skiing difficulty: 2
Skiing duration:  ca. 1 h





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Debeli vrh (nad Pokljuko)
This is a tour to rarely visited places above Pokljuka plateau. Most of the hikers and skiers ascend to the nearby Viševnik or Mrežce summits and you will probably have Debeli Vrh all for yourself. The tour is diverse and offers incredible views on Veliki and Mali Draški Vrh and Triglav that 'reigns' on the other side of Krma valley. From a ski-touring perspective this trip is a more 'traveling' one, but it offers good ski terrains when going down from Debeli Vrh.