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.

Quick Details

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


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.

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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 map

Pisnica river

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.

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

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.

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 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.

Even if you go further, be aware that the route is a dead-end. Sooner or later, you must turn back, as the hiking path ends at some point. It's hard to tell where the route ends, as it might change every season. For this reason, we advise you not to go far on the trail. Some routes are closed, which can not be used!

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.


Pisnica valley video


No, the trails in the valley are unsuitable for wheelchairs or prams.

Dog friendly?

Yes, you can bring a dog into Pisnica.

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