In the northern part of the Triglav National Park, next to the alpine village Kranjska Gora, you will find the Tamar and Planica valleys. The two most beautiful valleys in the region are real tourist magnets. They are located between 2,500-meter-high mountains, making them perfect for mountaineering and climbing and family-friendly cycling and hiking.
The names of both glacier valleys may sound familiar to ski lovers, as the ski jumping ridge here is famous all over Slovenia.
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Where are the Tamar and Planica valleys?
Map, distance, approach, parking, entrance
The Planica Valley and the Tamar Valley can be reached in 2 minutes from the famous Zelenci Reserve and less than 10 minutes from Kranjska Gora.
- Distance to Kranjska Gora: 15 minutes / 8.5 km
- Zelenci Reserve distance: 10 minutes / 4 km
Starting from Kranjska Gora, you first reach the Planica Valley, where you can enter by car. However, you have to look for a parking space here, as cars cannot enter the Tamar Valley! From here you can only walk on foot, by bike or ski.
One of the most beautiful sights of the Planica Valley is the Ledine Lake below the village of Rateče. The lake fills with water during all the heavy rains in spring and autumn - and dries out and disappears during the summer. When it is full of water, flowers and plants cover its surroundings.
In winter, the lake freezes several times and can be used for ice skating.
- Distance to Kranjska Gora: 19 km / 25 minutes
- Slovenian name: Presihajoče jezero Ledine
- Address: Rateče- Planica, 4283 Rateče Planica, Slovenia
- Opening hours: 0:00 - 24:00
- Admission: free
More about the valleys
Excursion, hiking, sights
There are not too many attractions to look forward in the surrounding nature - and that’s what gives the beauty of the valleys. Those who come here expect peace and quiet.
The three major attractions in the Planica Valley are:
- the previously mentioned Lake Ledine (not visible in summer)
- the Planica ski jump
- the 70-meter-high Crne Vode waterfall.
At the end of the valley you will find a smaller chapel and also a hut.
Hiking in the valley
From the ski jump, you can reach the "dom" (tourist hut) at the end of the Tamar Valley with a comfortable and easy walk of about 1.5 hours. The terrain is not technical, the difference in level is insignificant.
There are also two roads leading through the valleys. One is a dirt road, the other is more gravelly. During the trip, you can go on any of them.
Planinski dom Tamar
Planinski dom Tamar is located at an altitude of 1108 meters. Here you can use a washbasin, have a soft drink and lunch. There are 12 beds in private rooms and an additional 50 people can sleep in the common area.
The hut is the starting point for many climbing routes and hiking trails! From here, Jalovec is one of the most popular destinations (about 6 hours).
The valleys are open to visit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Admission to the valleys is free.
Yes, dogs can be brought into both valleys.
We have no official information or personal experience.