The vast valley along the Pisnica River is one of Slovenia's most beautiful hiking destinations and the Triglav National Park. The 5 km long closed, wide valley is surrounded by huge mountains. Despite the slightly difficult (debris) terrain, relaxation, fresh mountain air, and a fabulous view are guaranteed.

In the upper part of the valley, there is even a remnant of a primeval forest with one of the oldest and strongest larches in Europe.

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Pisnica valley Details
Season Jan - Dec
Opening hours 0 - 24
Admission Free
Barrier-free? No
Dog-friendly? Yes
Country Slovenia
Area Triglav National Park, Julian-Alps
Closest major city Kranjska Gora
Local name Pišnica
Ljubljana distance 1 hours / 90 km
Bled distance 1 hour / 50 km
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The other name of the valley is Mala Pisnica Valley

Photos

Pisnica Valley, Slovenia - Kranjska Gora surrounding

Map - Where is the Pisnica Valley?

The valley is located along the river Pisnica, not far from Kranjska Gora (a town in the northwestern part of the Triglav National Park). The valley can be reached from the most famous lake in the area - Lake Jasna.

  • Distance from Bled: 1 hour / 50 km
  • Distance from Bovec: 1 hour / 35 km
  • Distance from Kranjska Gora: 30 minutes on foot
  • Distance from Ljubljana: 70 mins / 90 km

Pisnica river

The river Pisnica (Reka Pišnica in Slovene) later flows into the much better known Sava river. As its water is mostly origins from glacials, its temperature only reaches 10 degrees in summer.

You can swim in the river (in paper), but in reality, it is so cold that no one does it.

It later flows into the Sava Dolinka, which later into the Sava (Sava) River.

More about the valley

The valley is protected as a forest reserve and natural landmark since 1951. In the upper part, you can also find the oldest trees in Slovenia - the Great Larch - which is said to be more than 1,000 years old (some estimates that it is 1,370 years old)!

Following the river (upstream) you get deeper and further into the valley. You won’t be bored because the terrain is quite technical, the level difference is getting higher. Along the way, you can see several smaller waterfalls, and at the end of the valley, you will find a lodge and the 30-meter Mala Pisnica waterfall.

Mt Prisojnik is also visible from the valley. Mt Prisojnik or Mt Prisank is one of the most famous mountain peaks in the park.

Hiking trail

The hiking trail in the lower part of the valley was destroyed years ago in the 1980 earthquake. Years later, as a result of several further collapses, the trail almost disappeared. The route is now ruined to such an extent that the area is only recommended for experienced hikers.

The lack of the well maintained tourist route makes it harder to explore the valley.

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The forest path through the valley begins at Lake Jasna, Kranjska Gora.

Attention! In the valley, some routes are closed. Do not use these roads!

Opening hours and season

There are no opening hours, you can enter the valley in 0-24 hours - but the hike is not recommended in winter. To avoid accidents, do not hike in the valley after dark and in bad weather conditions.

Prices

Free, no entrance fee required.

Video

Pisnica valley video

Barrier-free?

No, the trails in the valley is not suitable for wheelchairs or prams.

Dog friendly?

Yes, you can bring a dog into Pisnica.