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| 4h00 | 8.5 km | 369 m | 1500 m
The violet way crosses the mountainous Julian Alps, in close proximity to Slovenia's highest peak, Triglav (2,864 m), climbing which requires a small detour. This is home to two well-known flowers – the Pink Cinquefoil (legend says that it sprang up from the blood of the mythical ibex Goldenhorn), and the Edelweiss. The descent from Luknja passes under Triglav's Northern Rock Face. >> WARNING! THE TRŽAŠKA KOČA NA DOLIČU HAS BEEN COMPLETELY DESTROYED BY AN AVALANCHE IN THE WINTER 2008-2009. IT WILL BE REBUILT BUT THIS WILL TAKE SEVERAL YEARS. IN THE MEANTIME START FROM ZASAVSKA KOČA NA PREHODAVCIH, GO DOWN INTO THE VALLEY OF THE TRIGLAV LAKES AND FIND THE RED TRAIL OF THE VIA ALPINA NEAR ZELENO JEZERO (GREEN LAKE). FOLLOW IT THROUGH THE HRIBARICE PASS TO THE DESTROYED MOUNTAIN HUT AND THE START OF THE PURPLE TRAIL: WALKING TIME KOČA NA PREHODAVCIH -> ALJAŽEV DOM V VRATIH: 5H00, DISTANCE: 12.2 KM, +900M -2000M <<
The Purple Trail begins at Tržaška koča na Doliču and follows a wide mule track along the one-time border built by the Italian army after the First World War. The signposts indicate the beginning of the trail and the direction of Luknja and the Zadnjica valley. After a few minutes' walk, there is a junction where the trail branches off to the right on a very rigorous ascent of Triglav (2,864 m). Alternative: If you wish to climb Triglav, turn right at the junction and walk up the mule track. The track leads to a spacious Karstic meadow. There is a junction at the top where a signpost guides you to the steep and rocky slope leading up to Triglavska škrbina and via the ridge to the peak. Descend on the other side by way of a narrow ridge across Mali Triglav and Triglavski dom na Kredarici (2,515 m), then continue past Dom Valentina Staniča (2,332 m) and Begunjski studenec stream. Go across Prag to the Vrata valley and Aljažev dom v Vratih (1,015 m). This route is very difficult but well protected with steel cables and pins. Take the mule track from the junction below Tržaška koča na Doliču. Walk down the relatively level but winding path towards the Zadnjica valley. The path leads past the southern edge of the spacious Zelenica plateau. To the right is a view of the tattered northern rock face of Kanjavec. Bare rock is gradually replaced by dwarf pine and larch. The path encircles Skok and leads to the junction at Korita. 1h 15 min. Korita (trough) is a deep incision that descends into the Zadnjica valley on one side, and rises to the Luknja pass (1,758 m) on the other. Because Korita is impassable, the route follows the mule track which runs above it. The climb up the steep slope should be attempted in stages as it covers an altitude difference of 250 m. The 1h 30 min climb eventually leads to the Luknja pass, from where there is a magnificent view of the Vrata valley below. This grassy pass is a good spot to stop and rest after the climb. Descend Luknja from the other side through a narrow and rocky valley, then across a scree slope lying below the Triglav North Face. The terrain below the scree slope levels out and gradually gives way to growth. Follow the well-trodden path to the valley and pass the monument on the way to the bed of the Bistrica stream to the junction with the route from Triglav via Prag. The pure drinking water here offers good refreshment but the stream disappears during the hot Summer months. 1h10 min. Walk through the beech wood to the level floor of the Vrata valley and pass the monument to fallen Partisan soldiers, reaching Aljažev dom na Vratih in 20 minutes. The entire route takes 4h 15 minutes. Aljažev dom lies in the upper reaches of the Vrata glacial valley. It was named after Jakob Aljaž, the "Triglav priest", one of the most important figures in the history of mountaineering in Slovenia: He is merited with building the first timber hut here in 1896.
The Luknja Pass is a deep cut in the western border of Triglav's Northern Rock Face. It lies at 1,758 m and marks the boundary between the western and eastern Julian Alps, and between the Mediterranean and Alpine zone. The Luknja Pass is a natural barometer and lies on the hydrographic watershed of the Adriatic and Black seas: the waters to the west of the Luknja Pass flow into the Soča river, and those to its east flow into the Sava river. A hydrographic watershed is a ridge or line dividing two river catchments determined on the basis of the natural flow of surface or subterranean water. The Adriatic-Black Sea watershed divides Slovenia asymmetrically. Water from 81% of the territory flows east and eventually into the Black Sea. Only 19% of the territory provides a watershed for the Adriatic, even though it accounts for 29% of the flow. This discrepancy is the result of the fact that in western Slovenia rainfall is plentiful.
Other long-distance trails and alternative routesTriglav (2,864m) - variation: Follow the Tominšek trail from Aljažev dom and climb to Dom V. Staniča, then walk through the rocky terrain to Triglavski dom na Kredarici. It is another 45 min hike to the summit from here. Descend from the opposite side to Tržaška koča na Doliču. The trail is very difficult and exposed but secured (via ferrata). This climb is recommended for experienced hikers only.
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Last update : 2011-08-17