The vast valley along the Pisnica River is one of Slovenia's most beautiful hiking destinations and the Triglav National Park. Huge mountains surround the 5 km long closed, wide valley. 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 primaeval forest with one of the oldest and strongest larches in Europe.
|Season||Jan - Dec|
|Opening hours||0 - 24|
|Area||Triglav National Park, Julian-Alps|
|Closest major city||Kranjska Gora|
|Ljubljana distance||1 hours / 90 km|
|Bled distance||1 hour / 50 km|
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.
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- 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 (Reka Pišnica in Slovene) later flows into the better-known Sava River. Its water mostly originates from glaciers, so its temperature only reaches 10 degrees in summer.
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 estimate it is 1,370 years old)!
Following the river (upstream), you get deeper into the valley. You won’t be bored because the terrain is quite technical, and the level difference is increasing. 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.
The forest path through the valley begins at Lake Jasna, Kranjska Gora. The hiking trail in the lower part of the valley was destroyed years ago in the 1980 earthquake. Years later, the trail almost disappeared due to several further collapses. The route is ruined, so the area is only recommended for experienced hikers.
At the beginning of the valley, you can hike on easy terrain. But before you reach the closure, the path will be trickier. The lack of a well-maintained hiking route makes it harder to explore the valley.
Opening hours and season
There are no opening hours; you can enter the valley all seasons - but the hike is not recommended in winter. Do not hike in the valley after dark and in bad weather conditions to avoid accidents.
Free, no entrance fee required.
No, the trails in the valley are unsuitable for wheelchairs or prams.
Yes, you can bring a dog into Pisnica.
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