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Via Dinarica HR-W-01 Prezid - Čabar - Tršće

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  • Čabar
    / Čabar
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Frankopanski dvor u Čabru
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Izvor Čabranke
    Photo: Jasna Žagar, Via Dinarica
  • / Jelendraga
    Photo: Jasna Kosović, Via Dinarica
  • / Kozji vrh
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Planinarska kuća Frbežari
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Prezid
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Sokoli i Sokolska stijena
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Tatinska draga
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Tršče
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
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In the northern part of the region of Gorski kotar, north of the mountain area of Risnjak and the city of Delnice, there is a mountainous and forested area with the settlements of Gerovo, Čabar and Prezid as key centers. This area offers a sight of the most beautiful mountain oasis in that part of Croatia. The area is surrounded by the Slovenian territory on two sides. To the east, it is bordered by a small river called Čabranka; to the west, its border passes through immense forest expanses; at its northernmost point, in Prezid, there is a border crossing point where Via Dinarica enters Croatia from Slovenia. After the cessation of the Schengen border procedure at the border between Croatia and Slovenia and following some other preconditions, the idea is to move the White Line route of Via Dinarica to the route of what was once the Snežnik – Snježnik path.
Distance 18.5 km
8:00 h
847 m
775 m
Along the edge of the area of Čabar and Prezid, the main part of the route is the Gorski Kotar Hiking Trail, marked by standard hiking trail markings. The key starting point for excursions is Tršće, with a mountain hut in the hamlet of Frbežari. Interesting climbs are possible from there to the peaks of Rudnik and Sokolska stijena. Despite being isolated in terms of transport connections, this area is well developed thanks to the wood industry in Čabar and the vicinity of Slovenia. One thing that visitors are bound to notice is that the settlements are in very good order, with plenty of pleasant houses with flowers in the windows. In addition to the wood industry, the entire area is also focused on hunting tourism.

From the border crossing point Babino Polje / Prezid, the road leads to the center of Prezid. At the entrance to Prezid, one can see hiking trail markings on the main road – those to the right take hikers towards Milanov vrh (hunting lodge), and those to the left lead towards the peak called Vražji vrtec (a nice viewpoint). From Vražji vrtec onwards, it is best to follow the well-marked route of Gorski Kotar Hiking Trail (Goranski planinarski put, GPP) along the northern and eastern edge of the valley of Prezid. The trail leads across the area of Kozji vrh covered in grass (with a transmitter station), and descends to the road at an inn in the village of Kozji Vrh. Hiking trail markings along the road lead through the village of Gorači towards Tatinska draga (there is a monument on the left side of the road), and the route then steeply descends through the forest in many bends to the source of the Čabranka River. This river represents the border between Slovenia and Croatia. From the source of the Čabranka River, a walk along the right bank of the river will bring us to the center of the city of Čabar in 2 kilometers. From the cemetery at the church in the center of Čabar, hiking trail markings of Gorski Kotar Hiking Trail lead uphill towards the village of Kraljev Vrh (the second highest village in Croatia). From there, it is easy to descend to the settlement of Tršće by road.

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Update: September 21, 2016
Risk potential
Highest point
933 m
Lowest point
513 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Bife kod Marta


Prezid (755 m)
45.645861, 14.560138
45°38'45.1"N 14°33'36.5"E
33T 465723 5054795


Mountain hut Frbežari


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45.645861, 14.560138
45°38'45.1"N 14°33'36.5"E
33T 465723 5054795
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Alan Čaplar: Planinarski vodič po Hrvatskoj

Author’s map recommendations

Goranski planinarski put (SMAND i HPD Zagreb-Matica)


Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Geoffrey Bois
September 17, 2021 · Community
We slept in bife kod marta(other name on Google) in Kozji vrh, really good local food( 30€/pp dinner-night-breakfast) Market in Cabar was closed (definitely ?) We slept in frbezari hut near Trsce, owner very kind, good food (20€/pp beer-dinner-night-breakfast). No WiFi. In Trsce, shop, atm, post office. What we did for the tricky part in the forest : - follow marks and gps until you reach the little river bed - follow the gps track and the the river bed - at some point it gets too difficult to progress, we went down and continued in the river bed - when the river bed goes in the forest again, go 20m back and turn left. The path is ok then. For the cementery path (after Cabar): - enter and cross the cementery - don t follow gps track ! - exit by the small gate at the bottom right ( you will see the mark) - after the gate you enter the forest on your left and take time to see each mark on trees and path on the ground - first part is difficult because it's overgrown but after it is ok to reach the road, then take left (you will meet the gps track a bit further)
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Tom Rnge
July 23, 2021 · Community
A lot of parts of the Via Dinarica in this area are completely devastated cause of a Ice Storm 2014, especially the valley after Goraci and the way to Sveta Gora and the following ascent to Hrib. You should avoid this part if your are not keen for bushwhacking and tree climbing, because in this parts the trail is almost completely vanished and it can be hard to find the right path. The way is partly pretty dangerous, especially the Valley after Goraci. You should follow the riverbed there, as mentioned earlier here in one of the reviews. On the other side the people in this area are unbelievable helpful and the nature is stunning. We stayed at Robinzinkis Campsite and the owner Mladen helped us with everything we could ask for.
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footsteps and a tent
July 01, 2021 · Community
We tried to walk this trail, but unfortunately the trail disappeared. From where you leave to road (at the statue), the trail goes into the forest. Markings becomes spare and the path the might have been there, is not walkable anymore (steep/overgrown/unexisting). So after 1 km of hard work (an hour of walking), we turned around and followed the road to Cabar. Not sure how the trail is afterwards, because we did not walk that.
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18.5 km
8:00 h
847 m
775 m
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