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Over nine seas, over nine mountains… This is how usually begin the fairy tales which take us in a beautiful wonderland of fairy tales. Many times over they convert our quickly passing everyday life and litterally throw us into the environment where the time stops, where we forget for a moment our worries, obligations, difficulties and fast pace of life dicted by every daylife. We should all admit that we feel quite good in such a wonderful ennvironment.
However, does such a wonderland actually exist and is it even possible to experience it despite the today's rapidly changing modern era?
Is a small village under the Triglav mountain with slightly more than 60 residents and few houses that is still completely unknown to a great many of us, though in the past it has been already visited with appreciation by the kings and various nobles, who tried their hand at hunting chamois and other game with the help of the local guides and hunters. Apparently even the King Alexander in these places shoot the white chamois.
Why these days the Prince Charles during his visit to Slovenia, some presidents of the countries and other most famous names in the world had visited the Radovna valley is a question that certainly deserves an explanation, and in particular visiting the place itself.
We invite you to discover our places with us and to judge its beauty from your own eyes.
The village Zgornja Radovna is situated in the Radovna valley and it is named after the homonymous river originating in many places under the Jutrova skala in Zgornja Radovna. Located between the karst Pokljuka and Mežaklja plateau, the Radovna valley begins at the end of the Triglav glacier valleys Krma and Kot, and within the territory of the Triglav National Park. You can access the valley from Mojstrana (5km), by a nice paved road through the Kosmačev preval (847m), as well from the direction of Bled (17km), Zgornje Gorje and Krnice, by a partly unpaved but well maintained road.
The visitor will be fascinated by the silence and the beautiful and still intact nature, slight blowing of almost constant wind, the murmur of the Alpine rivers of Radovna and the elevated Kotarica river which descends through the rocky slabs into the beautiful waterfalls in the Kot valley and soon after mysteriously disappears into the gravelly karst soil.
The bird singing is a daily music, occasionally interrupted only by the distant voices of chainsaw, ax and tail hook blows, crackling trees falling, announcing that the forestry has been a cradle for a long time now. The cows and the horses are grazing across the whole valley and its pastures and there is nothing unusual to see them also during the winter time in the pastures covered by snow; since this reflects the attitude of the local people toward organic agriculture. .
Because of the beautiful nature, its position in the Triglav National Park, good traffic connections and especially because of the hospitality of the local people, the Radovna valley has become extremely popular with cyclists in the recent years. The Radovna river itself attracts many domestic and foreign fishing enthusiasts.
Even the visitors, who are not mountaineers discover this area of the Triglav National Park. In the heart of the mountains and always accompanied with a beautiful view on the surrounding peaks, you can visit over a 500 years old Gogala’s lime tree, and almost as old the Psnak Sawmill. In the village itself is also an old Pocar Homestead, which has been renovated into a museum.
The village is surrounded by high and steep peaks of the plateaus Mežakla-Jerebikovec (1593m) and a little bit more distant Pokljuka. From the very Radovna valley we enter in two beautiful Alpine valleys named Kot and Krma which take the mountaineers into a beautiful world of the mountains up to the top of the Triglav peak. Because of the harsh winter climate the agriculture was more modest already in the past, so the hardworking and resourceful local people invented other alternative activities, appropriated for this area. The stockbreeding, apiculture, and especially the culture of porters and, in consequence, the provision of the mountain huts have been developed in addition to the forestry.
The Kredarica mountain hut (2515m), Planika mountain hut (2401m) and Staniča mountain hut (2332m) had been provided by porters until 1995, when a decades-long work of porters and their horses, even though located in the very heart of the Triglav National Park, and despite the willingness of the locals to continue with the activity that provided their source of survival for many families, had been unfortunately replaced by the helicopter.
The Kot valley and the Krma valley are considered as one of the easiest approaches to Triglav peak, because we climb it from the south and gently sloping direction. The access from the Kot valley is particularly interesting because the marked path trail leads us to the two mountain huts, Staniča mountain hut (2332m) and Kredarica mountain hut (2515m).
It is precisely in this quite lonesome and rarely visited valley located between the mighty north rock wall Rjavina (2532m) and Urbanove špice (2299m-2408m) that we can often enjoy in the company of chamois, steinbocks, marmots and other alpine animals.
If, however, we choose the Krma valley approach to the Triglav, we start from the Radovna valley by going through a 5 km long unpaved road to the Kovinarska koča hut (870m), then we take a well marked mountainous path that leads us through the mountain pasture Zgornja Krma up to the crossroad where we can choose between a slightly easier path to the Planika mountain hut (2401m) or the path that leads to Kredarica (2415m). Prior to these two starting-points there are other possible mountain paths which are offered to us at the beginning of the valley. Not far from the the Kovinarska koča mountain hut we can take a path leading to the Blejska koča mountain hut (1630m) and then to the Debela peč mountain (2014m), slightly higher above the mountain pasture Zgornja Krma is a marked crossroads that will direct us to the Vodnik home (1817m). Due to its southern position, the Krma valley is a very popular destination also during the winter time and is a paradise for all of those who are winter backcountry skiing lovers and snowy mountains visitors.
We understand that the beauty of this nature is unable to be described and revealed through words, therefore we invite you to visit us on the occasion and to discover on your own the beauty of our beautiful Radovna valley. We also look forward to visiting us in our Farm Psnak, where we serve various traditional dishes based on the ecological production. If you will be charmed by our valley and you would like to stay here another day or longer, we invite you to spend some carefree days in our apartments.
Accommodation in apartments Psnak in Triglav national park. Restaurant and apartments are situated in Julian Alps Slovenia.We provide products from our eco farm Psnak in Zgornja Radovna.
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