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

· 6 reviews · Mountain Hike · Croatia
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  • Balinovac i Velebitski botanički vrt
    / Balinovac i Velebitski botanički vrt
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Dvoglava stijena u Modrić dolcu
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Jutro u Zavižanskoj kotlini
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Kapela sv Ante
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  • / Kolona djece u Zavižanskoj kotlini
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  • / Krk sa Zavižanske kose
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  • / Mali Bajinac i Rožanski kukovi s Veliko Zavižana
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  • / Modrić dolac i Balinovac
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  • / Mountain hut Zavižan
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  • / Mountain hut Zavižan sa Zavižanske kose
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  • / Recepcija NP Sjeverni Velebit na Babić Siči
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  • / Uspon do planinarskog doma Zavižan
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  • / Uspon na Balinovac
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  • / Velebitski botanički vrt u Modrić dolcu
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  • / Velebitski botanički vrt u Modrić dolcu
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  • / Veliki Zavižan
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  • / Vidik na otoke s Vučjaka
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  • / Vrh Vučjak i planinarski dom Zavižan
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  • / Zavižanska kotlina
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  • / Zavižanska kotlina sa Zavižanske kose
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
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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.
moderate
11.3 km
7:00 h
889 m
178 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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Updated: August 03, 2016

Difficulty
moderate
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Stamina
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Highest point
1677 m
Lowest point
942 m
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Start

Oltari (942 m)
Coordinates:
DD
44.873742, 14.983984
DMS
44°52'25.5"N 14°59'02.3"E
UTM
33T 498734 4968925
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Destination

Vrh Zavižana

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
44.873742, 14.983984
DMS
44°52'25.5"N 14°59'02.3"E
UTM
33T 498734 4968925
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Thomas Furter
September 11, 2020 · Community
Be aware when hiking through the Velebit you only can eat in Baske Ostarije and on Alan hut (snacks). The whole Velebit trail until Gracac will take you 7-10 days, means you have to buy enough food in advance. All the huts and shelters were open and are more ore less in a good state. Water was available close to every hut in cisterns. It‘s recommended to filter the water.
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Thomas Furter
September 11, 2020 · Community
Well marked trails. A pleasure hiking real trails after the Northern part of Croatia:-) Park entry ticket 45kn.
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Elina Mattila
July 01, 2018 · Community
Again, easy and well marked trails. Entry ticket to the national park 30 kuna.
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.3 km
Duration
7:00h
Ascent
889 m
Descent
178 m
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