Alpine Resorts’ cabins: Slovenia’s mountain keep on Velika Planina

Set in one in all Slovenia’s most lovely places, on a big alpine plateau referred to as Velika Planina, these comfy cabins run by Alpine Resorts are solely a brief hike away from the closest car parking zone or chair raise, and the realm presents numerous mountaineering choices. 

Because the solar was saying a brand new day, popping out shyly from behind the mountains, the outdated shepherds’ settlement of 64 enchanting oval wood huts lit up in probably the most vibrant colours. First, the solar stroked the topmost huts, every inside a cute wood fence the place the cows used to relaxation after grazing. Then slowly the entire settlement lit up and the primary purple spring flowers playfully brightened the freshly inexperienced meadows. A glimpse of heaven, I assumed.

My son and I arrived the day earlier than along with our canine, and had already settled in our mountain house on Velika Planina. We had parked within the highest car parking zone referred to as Mačkin Kot and introduced alongside a rational quantity of 3-day-worth of issues on our backs. 

Beaming with happiness whatever the weight on his shoulders, my son pedalled his bike up with willpower. His thought was to check out his new bike on an 9-km bike path loop on Velika Planina and luxuriate in some jaunty downhill rides, whereas my thought was to hike and discover for 3 days. Evenings had been reserved for largely hanging out on the couch studying or enjoying playing cards by the fireplace. My type of vacation.

Our little piece of heaven on Velika Planina, one in all few Alpine Resort‘s mountain cabins

Sundown at Velika Planina

After unpacking and settling down within the cabin, comfortably outfitted with a number of bedrooms, a kitchen, eating room with a hearth, lavatory and sauna, we set off in the direction of the Domžalski Dom hut. We ordered the hearty Slovenian mountain dessert referred to as štruklji and sat down on a small perch behind the hut trying on the outdated shepherds’ settlement with a backdrop of snow-capped peaks of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.

The annual show of crocuses, which Velika Planina is known for, had began early this 12 months because of unusually excessive temperatures in March and was already dying off, displaying off solely patches of lovely purple flowers right here and there. For those who handle to plan your go to nicely, you might be rewarded with breathtaking views of actually carpets of crocuses as the entire planina turns purple. 

Nonetheless, Velika Planina is an astounding place with an extended and fascinating historical past and shows breathtaking nature whatever the season. Locals, in any case, have been utilizing these highland pastures and their nutritious grass for hundreds of years. Archeological proof on Velika Planina reveals indicators of people, most likely herdsmen, as early because the prehistoric occasions! 

As we basked within the heat early night solar up on the hill, which forged wonderful mild on the wavy pastures and the playground of pointy peaks within the again, the shepherds’ settlement alternatively slowly sank into shade. 

Dawn at Velika Planina

The subsequent morning the alarm set off sending an electrical shock by my physique and the keen enthusiasm began sipping away quick with each buzz. “Arghhhh, no!” After ten minutes of relentless buzzing it lastly dawned on me that I used to be going to overlook the dawn if I continued to obey my laziness. In all equity, getting up early on trip is a nightmare, but as quickly as I began operating in the direction of the shepherds’ settlement with the sky displaying off the primary traces of pink, I felt splendidly overwhelmed and blessed to have the ability to get up in a shocking place like Velika Planina. 

I nested myself in a snug spot between the outdated huts and took a second to understand the dreamy setting. The world round me was slowly awakening because the daybreak forged its first rays, stroking the whole lot with heat orange mild. The chapel of snowy Mary, which even these days holds lots each Sunday, illuminated first, perched on a small hill, and the remaining adopted, all bathing within the altering dawn colours.

The shepherdssettlement of Velika Planina consists of 64 enchanting oval wood huts, which have saved a novel Alpine structure following an entire reconstruction after the entire settlement burnt to the bottom in WWII

Biking on Velika Planina

After 5 minutes of relaxation and a giant breakfast, my son and I set off to check out Velika Planina as a biking vacation spot. Nicely, not less than my son did, I, alternatively, was busy maneuvering our nosy canine between the crowds who got here as much as see the final of the crocuses (tip for the clever: significantly, keep away from visiting Velika Planina on the flowering weekends!). We took a large gravel path that began from our cabin, handed Velika Planina’s shepherds’ settlement, continued to Mala Planina after which turned left at Planina Dovje Raven to cross the meadows again as much as the shepherds’ settlement and at last reached our cabin. The two-hour loop was an honest 9km, and 250m of ascent and descent.

Hike to Mt. Konj

These of you who love the style of excessive mountains will agree with me on this one. Okay, Mt. Konj is only one,803m however after two full days of inexperienced pastures, it felt good to really feel the rock once more, which this peak completely did have. It additionally revealed a extremely shut view of the excessive peaks of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, which crown each postcard from Velika Planina. Along with the neighboring Mt. Rženik it’s additionally the best level you possibly can hike from Velika Planina.

After breakfast and testing we stepped outdoors right into a windy and cloudy day to start out the 4.5-hour and 10-km loop hike with 770m of ascent and 930m of descent. We handed fairytale crocus-speckled meadows, snugly hidden away from the mainstream Velika Planina, forests with tall and wholesome fur bushes, three pastures cute as a button, and at last reached the highest of Konj. We may’ve simply hiked one other half-hour to the neighboring Rženik as nicely, however nestling down on the 360-degree panoramic peak felt a lot extra acceptable. 

Wanting on the dreamy highest peaks of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, I assumed again to our mini vacation on Velika Planina and agreed that the whole lot about our keep there was excellent. You guess we’ll be again!

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