The best hike around Lake Bohinj
Despite a steep climb from Stara Fužina over the Vogar meadows, the hike up to Mt. Pršivec (1761 m) is surprisingly forgiving and offers sparkling views across the surrounding Alpine mountains. From the summit, the landscape is simply divine with panoramic views of the broad forests & highest peaks of the Julian Alps to the north, the rolling Koma plateau to the west and over the Bohinj valley to the east. Shimmering below is the biggest permanent lake in Slovenia, Lake Bohinj (Bohinjsko jezero) with its crystal blue waters only adding to the beauty.
Starting point: Stara Fužina (651 m)
In the town of Ribčev Laz next to Lake Bohinj turn right over the bridge in the direction of Stara Fužina village. In Stara Fužina follow the signposts, which lead you left (direction: Voje, Vogar) before crossing a bridge over the Mostnica stream. Continue past the houses (the last house number you will see it’s no. 87 to your left) until you come to a largish carpark, with an information hut. The path starts from a bit up the hill from the carpark through the metal gate.
Check out that map of Stara Fužina below and simply follow the red line. The numbers represent the numbers of the houses.
source: Tourist Information office in Ribčev Laz/Bohinj
Firstly, head up on the path on the left via a rough, stone road that turns back on itself three times and climbs steeply to the Vogar alpine meadows, 1054 m. Soon after reaching the first mountain hut (Kosijev Dom na Vogarju), where you can buy food, drinks and have a little rest, you will have the choice to go left (steeper up, more relaxed down) or right (visa-versa). It simply depends if you feel more comfortable going up or coming down the very steep hill at the end.
The beginning of the hike, just before you start going up
The right path leads first to the Pri Jezeru alp trail, through thick woods ascending the ascend the Viševnik alp. The next mountain hut (Kosijev Dom Pl. Jezery: 1500m) lies in the Viševnik alpine meadow and offers splendid views over a glacial lake. Just one more stretch to go and you will be up the top!
Then the final climb to the peak of Mt. Pršivec. From here you have a fabulous view over Bohinj Lake as well as Triglav, the highest peak of the Julian Alps.
If you have decided to take the right path after Kosijev Dom na Vogarju, like us, looking for the path down the peak can be a little tricky. It is marked in red on a small rock, but hard to spot. If you turn your back to the lake and look in that direction, it should help a little. The descend is very steep, though, and for a while we couldn’t believe that this was the way to go, but it was! Just be very careful and make sure you’re not at the top after dark!
The way down Mount Pršivec
Duration of hike: 6–7 hours
Length: 15 km
Difficulty: moderately difficult
Transport: If you’re staying near Bled, you can take a bus to Bohinj Jezero. The journey takes 40 min and you can catch a bus every 1-2h. The last bus departs from Bohinj at 19:50, but don’t worry if you miss it like we did – you can always hitchhike back and it’s pretty easy. Check the timetable here.
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written by: Jon