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Via Dinarica HR-W-10 Northern Velebit National Park (I) - Zavižan

5 Mountain Hike • Croatia
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Terra Dinarica
  • Balinovac i Velebitski botanički vrt
    / Balinovac i Velebitski botanički vrt
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Dvoglava stijena u Modrić dolcu
    / Dvoglava stijena u Modrić dolcu
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Jutro u Zavižanskoj kotlini
    / Jutro u Zavižanskoj kotlini
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Kapela sv Ante
    / Kapela sv Ante
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Kolona djece u Zavižanskoj kotlini
    / Kolona djece u Zavižanskoj kotlini
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Krk sa Zavižanske kose
    / Krk sa Zavižanske kose
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Mali Bajinac i Rožanski kukovi s Veliko Zavižana
    / Mali Bajinac i Rožanski kukovi s Veliko Zavižana
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Modrić dolac i Balinovac
    / Modrić dolac i Balinovac
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Mountain hut Zavižan
    / Mountain hut Zavižan
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Mountain hut Zavižan sa Zavižanske kose
    / Mountain hut Zavižan sa Zavižanske kose
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Recepcija NP Sjeverni Velebit na Babić Siči
    / Recepcija NP Sjeverni Velebit na Babić Siči
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Uspon do planinarskog doma Zavižan
    / Uspon do planinarskog doma Zavižan
    Photo: Franjo Novosel, Terra Dinarica
  • Uspon na Balinovac
    / Uspon na Balinovac
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Velebitski botanički vrt u Modrić dolcu
    / Velebitski botanički vrt u Modrić dolcu
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Velebitski botanički vrt u Modrić dolcu
    / Velebitski botanički vrt u Modrić dolcu
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Veliki Zavižan
    / Veliki Zavižan
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Vidik na otoke s Vučjaka
    / Vidik na otoke s Vučjaka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Vrh Vučjak i planinarski dom Zavižan
    / Vrh Vučjak i planinarski dom Zavižan
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Zavižanska kotlina
    / Zavižanska kotlina
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Zavižanska kotlina sa Zavižanske kose
    / Zavižanska kotlina sa Zavižanske kose
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
Map / Via Dinarica HR-W-10 Northern Velebit National Park (I) - Zavižan
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The wider area of Zavižan, together with the sites of Rožanski kukovi and Hajdučki kukovi, is one of the most beautiful mountain areas in Croatia, and therefore protected as a national park. That area of Velebit and the name of Zavižan are well known not only for their beauty, but also for the mountain meteorological station Zavižan, established in 1953. The Zavižan group of mountain peaks occupies a central position in the northern area of Velebit. It consists of picturesque peaks surrounding the valley of Zavižanska kotlina like a wreath of sorts: V. Zavižan (1676 m.a.s.l.), Balinovac (1602 m.a.s.l.), Zavižanska kosa (1620 m.a.s.l.), Vučjak (1645 m.a.s.l.), Zalovačko bilo (1630 m.a.s.l.) and Pivčevac (1676 m.a.s.l.). From Pivčevac towards the southeast, the series continues with the peaks of M. Rajinac (1699 m.a.s.l.), V. Rajinac (1667 m.a.s.l.) and Lomski vrh (1464 m.a.s.l.). Almost all these peaks are covered in forest interspersed with meadows, while the crowns themselves are bare, which makes them all good viewpoints.
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11.6 km
7:00 h
890 m
164 m
The path from Oltari, located at the transverse Velebit road Sv. Juraj – Krasno – Otočac, to the Zavižan mountain lodge covers 600 meters of elevation difference, but it is pleasant nonetheless, because there are no extremely steep sections, and the trail itself mostly passes through forest shade. This is the shortest and the most suitable hiking approach to the northern area of Velebit. From Oltari, we start by taking the road towards Krasno for 200 meters, and then we proceed to the right and descend to the Zavižan road. We take this road for 1800 meters, and then proceed to the right and into the forest, onto a forest road where we follow the markings taking us through the forest and meadows, and bringing us back to the Zavižan road again after one hour of hiking. What follows is a short ascent to the ranger station at Babić Siča, which also represents the middle of the route. This is the entrance to the Northern Velebit National Park. Behind the entrance, the markings proceed to the left, next to the road. Then, after 10 minutes, the markings cross to the right side, where a steeper climb begins along the meadows of Vučjak to the beginning of the Premužić Trail. This trail passes through the area of Bijele stijene and takes hikers to the Zavižan mountain lodge.

Hikers who wish to visit the Velebit Botanical Garden should descend along the asphalted access road from the mountain lodge to the longitudinal Velebit road that leads to the entrance to the Velebit Botanical Garden. At the edge of a widening that serves as a parking lot at the entrance to the Botanical Garden, there is a trail to the left that leads uphill to the peak of Veliki Zavižan. This trail ascends through the thicket and clearings to an intersection on a meadow. The branch to the right is the second access trail to the loop trail in the Botanical Garden, and the left branch is the climb to the peak. Markings lead hikers through the forest, and then through tall thicket in the final part of the route, all the way to the peak.

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Author
Alan Čaplar
Updated: 2016-08-03

Difficulty
medium
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1677 m
942 m
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Start

Oltari (942 m)
Coordinates:
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44.873742 N 14.983984 E
UTM
33T 498734 4968925

Destination

Vrh Zavižana

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Comments and ratings (5)

Elina Mattila
2018-07-01
Again, easy and well marked trails. Entry ticket to the national park 30 kuna.
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Iaroslav Timofeev
2018-04-21
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Eva Smeele
2016-09-21
Easy hike down if you hike from south to north :-)
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Difficulty
medium
Distance
11.6 km
Duration
7:00 h
Ascent
890 m
Descent
164 m
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