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Mountain ranges / Julian Alps / Krn / Drežnica - Krn (Silvo Koren route)

Drežnica - Krn (Silvo Koren route)

Starting point: Drežnica (553 m)
Starting point Lat/Lon: 46.2555°N 13.617°E 
Destination: Krn (2244 m)
Path name: Silvo Koren route
Time of walking: 5 h
Difficulty: very difficult marked way
Difficulty of skiing: very demanding
Altitude difference: 1691 m
Altitude difference (by path): 1691 m
Map: Julijske Alpe - zahodni del 1:50.000
Views: 87,529
Trip rating: 12 votes
Number of pictures: 67
Access to starting point:
From Tolmin or Bovec we drive to Kobarid, from there we follow the road in direction of Drežnica (turn off of the road is from Kobarid bypass). We continue over a bridge over the river Soča and immediately after the bridge we turn left in direction of Drežnica. We then follow this mostly ascending road to center of Drežnica, where we turn right and drive ahead to primary school, which is a starting point of our path.
Path description:
From the parking lot we go past the chapel and primary school on a marked path to Krn. Further, the path leads us through the forest and then by the lea to the signpost Triglav National Park. Here also the path on the road joins (road from Drežnica) and we continue on a marked path, which a little higher crosses the stream Ročica, after that we get to a marked crossing, where we continue left in direction of bivouac and very difficult path on Krn (right easier path on Krn).
Path ahead passes into a dense forest, through which it is moderately ascending by the stream Ročica. Further, the path turns a little to the right and takes us to Bivak na Črniku.
From the bivouac we go sharply left and we still continue the ascent on path, which is ascending through the forest. When after few minutes of additional walking we step out of the forest we turn a little to the left, and after a shorter crossing of slopes below the walls of Krn we get to the beginning of the climbing part of the path.
Already immediately at the beginning of the climbing part with a help of stemples and a steel cable we almost vertically ascend on a rocky slope. After a shorter very steep ascent path turns slightly to the left and for a short time becomes a little less demanding. Next follows an ascent by the steel cable and then hairpin ascent on very steep and unsecured grassy slope (in wet on this part is a great risk for slipping, and also in dry quite some caution is needed). Path ahead turns right and brings us on a marked crossing.
Right (Zahodna drežniška) path crosses exposed western slopes of Krn and further joins the path from mountain pasture Kuhinja and easier path from Drežnica, and we continue left in direction of the path Pot Silva Korena.
Further path runs on very steep and exposed ridge, which is well secured. Such path then brings us to inscription box with inscription book, which is situated before the most exposed part of the path. Path ahead runs on a relatively narrow and precipitous ridge, where we twice ascend on vertical ladder. Next follows some very steep ascents by the steel cable, after that path flattens and it brings us to the cottage Gomiščkovo zavetišče na Krnu.
From the cottage we continue in direction of Krn, and we reach it after approximately 10 minutes of additional walking.
We can descend on easier south path.
On the way: Bivak na Črniku (1160m), Gomiščkovo zavetišče na Krnu mountain hut (2182m)
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