Escape to Bohinj

Pršivec Hike

Pršivec is the highest peak on the northern shore of Lake Bohinj. With a summit height of 1,730m, it’s a steep climb and a very full day, taking you more than a vertical kilometre above the surface of the lake. 

prsivec lake bohinj

The route described below takes you along the shore of the lake and up the steep cliff of Komarča to Črno Jezero (Black Lake). From there, the path winds through forest to Planina Viševnik, where a small mountain hut offer refreshments in summer. The final ascent is over karstic limestone rock, and you reach the summit clearing quite suddenly, with magnificent views over the lake and lower Bohinj mountains to the south and Triglav to the north.

The descent is delicate in some places, and on wide paths bouncy with pine needles in others. You pass the Vogar paragliding take-off site on the way back down to Stara Fužina.

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Difficulty – strenuous – a full-day hike, steep & exposed sections up and down. Snow can linger into June on high sections

Start point – Escape to Bohinj, Stara Fužina

End point – Escape to Bohinj, Stara Fužina

Highest point – 1730m

Total climb – 1220m

Total distance – 21km

Walking time – 7-9 hours

Path type – single-track forest paths, rocky and steep in places

Refreshments – available at Savica, Planina Viševnik (summer) & Vogar

This interactive map allows you to view the route, and should show your location if you have GPS enabled. Click here to download a .gpx file for use with GPS-enabled devices.

Hiking up Pršivec, Julian Alps, Slovenia

Directions to Pršivec

From the bridge in the centre of Stara Fužina, head uphill away from the Mostnica river and down through the meadows to Lake Bohinj. Once you reach the shoreline, head right and follow the path all along the northern shore to the small beach at Ukanc. Bear right across the beach meadow and follow the path towards Slap Savica.

As the wide path approaches the Slap Savica car park, it levels off. Look out for a red signpost on the right directing you to Črno Jezero (Black Lake), and follow the path as it zig-zags up through the forest. This section, known as Komarča, is steep, narrow and quite exposed in places, with a few metal pegs and ropes to help climb up.

At the top of Komarča, the path heads away from the cliff you have just climbed up and quickly reaches Črno Jezero, a good spot for a snack. Retrace your steps from the lakeside for about 50m and follow the signs to Planina Viševnik and Pršivec heading east. This section varies enormously depending on the time of year, with deep snow replaced by flower-filled meadows in May or June. 

In summer, you can grab lunch and other refreshments at the hut in Planina Viševnik. The path switches back to the southwest here and passes through forest, clearings and finally some pretty rocky terrain. Look out for the red circles which guide the way – it is quite easy to miss the path.

And then, quite suddenly, you reach the top! The views in all directions are fantastic. North is Triglav, dominant above the other peaks in the area. To the west, the pointy stump of Krn can be seen above the Soča Valley. Closer to home is Bogatin, purported site of Zlatorog’s buried treasure (bogat means rich in Slovene). And on the other side of Lake Bohinj is Vogel, mountain and ski resort, and the ridge of the Lower Bohinj Mountains.  

The path down from the summit is signposted to Vogar. It drops steeply in places, and is quite exposed, with cliffs heading down towards the lake. After a while, it levels out, and you walk partly on paths and partly on logging tracks. The descent to Vogar is on a lovely forest path, wide & gentle, which takes you to a small crossroads. Head straight on, and the Kosijev Dom na Vogarju mountain hut is just a minute away.

The final descent from Vogar is short, if steep. You will have had a long day – and will hopefully be returning tired, but happy!