Have you ever heard of Mount Krn? Can you pronounce it? Do you care? Well, if you care about breathtaking mountain panoramas, and want to enjoy one from an easily reachable (ahem… more on that later) peak, take a look at the trail to Mount Krn in Slovenia’s Soča Valley.
We tell you how we ended up finding this strangely named peak, how we conquered it with a 10 months old baby (and we’d like to repeat that at least 5 times in this article, applause please, we deserve it 😛 ) and why you should choose it instead of any other peaks in the Julian Alps.
Once upon a time…
We visited Slovenia for the first time 4 years ago. Our most ambitious goal on that trip was conquering 2863 metres Triglav peak, the highest peak of the Julian Alps – and of Slovenia. Of course, we start with the highest!
We’ve hiked to 2000+ meters peaks before. Not too many, but some. So this plan was challenging, but seemed possible. Triglav peak is not a day hike, so we planned to spend the night in a mountain hut near the summit. We were prepared for the extremely steep climb supported by iron chains right before the summit. Then several days of summer thunderstorms washed away our plan.
When we returned to Slovenia last year, it was quite different. We had our 10 months old baby boy with us. And we had fabulous weather for almost each and every day of our two weeks long trip. Hiking Triglav peak with a baby, though, was not an option. We can’t help but feel some disappointment that we can’t even try. We longed for that wonderful panorama of the Julian Alps – and also the feeling of overcoming ourselves.
How did we find Krn? And how can you?
We started searching for other options. We wanted that wonderful panorama, but we also wanted the trail to be safe with a baby carrier. Not an easy requirement for 2000+ meters peaks in the Alps. Obviously, you know the solution, because it’s shouted in the title of this blog post: 2244 meters high Krn peak.
The Krn mountain range is in the Soča Valley. As we drove from Kobarid to Tolmin, we took a detour on a narrow, steep mountain road that took us to the village of Krn – and beyond that, all the way until a large parking lot at Kuhinja Mountain Pasture (Koča na planini Kuhinja) at 1012 meters. That’s where the trail starts…
What does an easy hike to Krn really mean?
The quick facts. Krn is said to be one of the most easily reachable 2000+ peaks in the Julian Alps. The trail to the peak has an elevation gain of 1200+ meters, and it’s basically a long (5 kilometres long, to be exact), zigzagging path.
So does that sound easy to you? The explanation is simple. (Some people might find it easy. We admire their fitness level.) Easy means that this trail is not technical. There’s no section where you have to climb, there’s no section with iron chain support. It’s a regular hiking trail where you only need to use your legs and your stamina.
No, we didn’t find it easy. It was pretty tiring to get to the top, especially with the extra weight of our boy (~10 kg at that time). But it was safe all the way. It allowed us to finally enjoy that wonderful panorama of the Julian Alps and the Soča Valley. We could even see all the way to the Adriatic Sea.
It wouldn’t have felt so extremely hard without our baby, but this way it allowed us to overcome ourselves, too. Not to mention that our boy was the only baby on that trail that day which made him everyone’s favorite.
Why should you choose Krn?
Our hike to Krn peak offered us everything that we love about conquering a mountain peak! It offered great views from the very first step. It already starts from 1012 meters, so there’s hardly any trees to block your view. It was challenging, but also safe. It can be done as a day hike. It rewarded us with the most fabulous view we’ve ever seen in the Julian Alps! (We know, we haven’t been to Triglav peak, so we can’t judge about those views…)
Do you have favorite peak views in the Julian Alps? (Have you incidentally conquered Triglav peak? How was it?)
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