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Mountain Hike

Via Dinarica HR-B-02 Ćićarija

Mountain Hike • Slovenia
  • Brest i Žbevnica
    / Brest i Žbevnica
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Brest s vrha Žbevnice
    / Brest s vrha Žbevnice
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Brgudačka Korita
    / Brgudačka Korita
    Photo: Vladimir Rojnić, Terra Dinarica
  • Lanišće
    / Lanišće
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Mali Planik
    / Mali Planik
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Na putu prema Semićima
    / Na putu prema Semićima
    Photo: Vladimir Rojnić, Terra Dinarica
  • Na vršnim livadama Žbevnice
    / Na vršnim livadama Žbevnice
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Na vršnim livadama Žbevnice
    / Na vršnim livadama Žbevnice
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Orljak (Munski) iz Račje Vasi
    / Orljak (Munski) iz Račje Vasi
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Panorama vrha Orljaka
    / Panorama vrha Orljaka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Mountain hut Korita
    / Mountain hut Korita
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Mountain hut Žbevnica
    / Mountain hut Žbevnica
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Planik s Brajkovog vrha
    / Planik s Brajkovog vrha
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Putokaz prema Orljaku
    / Putokaz prema Orljaku
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Veliki Planik
    / Veliki Planik
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Veliki Planik s Malog Planika
    / Veliki Planik s Malog Planika
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Veprinačka cesta ujesen
    / Veprinačka cesta ujesen
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Vrh Orljaka
    / Vrh Orljaka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Vršne livade Žbevnice
    / Vršne livade Žbevnice
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Žbevnica s ceste prema Brestu
    / Žbevnica s ceste prema Brestu
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
Map / Via Dinarica HR-B-02 Ćićarija
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Ćićarija is a mountain that represents the eastern border of the Istrian peninsula. Unlike the mountain of Učka, which is tall but narrow and small in surface, the mountain of Ćićarija is a wide elevated area approximately 30 kilometers long and 15 kilometers wide, spreading from the Slovenian border to the mountain pass Poklon. In Slovenia, the continuation of the mountain of Ćićarija is the mountain of Slavnik. One interesting fact is that the Istrian side of Ćićarija is characterized by vertical rocky steps interspersed with wide plateaus, more clearly than any other mountain in Croatia, so one cannot see the peaks of Ćićarija from Istria, but only its rocks that represent the first step of the mountain. The slopes facing the mainland are less steep and more forested, merging into hilly area in the hinterland of the city of Rijeka (Pliš, Obruč, Slovenian Snežnik). The entire area has all the characteristics of arid karst terrain with Mediterranean forests and meadows. A large part of Ćićarija is covered in forests of black pine and juniper vegetation. Beech forests dominate in other areas.
moderate
40.2 km
18:00 h
1642 m
1616 m
The peak area of Ćićarija consists of several parallel series of peaks. From the hiking perspective, the most interesting peaks are Planik, Šija, Crni vrh, Orljak, Gomila and Žbevnica. In beautiful weather, most peaks of Ćićarija offer wonderful views of Istria, the mountains of Gorski kotar, the Slovenian Snežnik and the Julian Alps. The western slopes of Ćićarija also offer views of the cities of Koper and Trieste, and the eastern slopes offer views of the city of Rijeka, the region of Croatian Littoral and the islands of Cres and Krk.

The Blue Line enters Croatia on the mountain of Ćićarija, from the direction of Slavnik in Slovenia. On the westernmost Croatian site exceeding the 1000-meter mark called Žbevnica, there is a connecting hiking trail leading from Slovenia into Croatia. This path is known as Sakomanov put, named after the mountaineer Josip Sakoman who designed hiking trails in Istria. However, due to the Schengen border procedure, this trail cannot be used at present. Instead, hikers crossing the state border need to use the border crossing point Slum - Rakitovec.

One option for visitors who wish to get better acquainted with Istria is to take the route of the European Long-Distance Path (E-12) from Plovanija to Motovun, and then to continue along the Istrian Hiking Trail (IPP) to Buzet and to Brest pod Žbevnicom.

From the border crossing point Slum – Rakitovec, it takes 3 kilometers by road to get to the village of Brest. From the village, we follow the hiking trail markings to the hill of Žbevnica. From Žbevnica onwards, along Ćićarija and Učka, the Blue Line follows the IPP route (to Poklon and to the peak of Vojak). The route is marked by hiking trail markings, and it is easily passable throughout the year. The main starting points for excursions to Ćićarija can be found along the asphalt road leading from Lupoglav to Lanišće, Račja Vas, Rašpor and Trstenik, and then descending across Brest to Buzet. In Račja Vas, we come across the old Veprinac road branching off. It can serve as the closest approach to Orljak, Šija and Planik. Taking into account the elevation, approach from Poklon is also suitable. Almost all peaks in the area offer wide views of the surroundings.

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Author
Alan Čaplar
Updated: 2016-08-03

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Altitude
1272 m
683 m
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Start

Granični prijelaz Slum - Rakitovec (900 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
45.472306 N 13.996803 E
UTM
33T 421585 5035909

Destination

Vrh Veliki Planik

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
40.2 km
Duration
18:00 h
Ascent
1642 m
Descent
1616 m
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