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Slavnik is the highest peak of the Slavnik range, the last mountain range before the gentle slopes of Slovenian Istra. It's also the last peak above 1000 meters visited by the Slovenian mountaneering path (a circuitous path that winds its way around across major Slovenian peaks). From its top, you’ll have a magnificent view of Adriatic sea, surrounding hills (including Vremščica and Nanos) as well as the high peaks of the Julian Alps in the distance.

The shortest routes to Slavnik lead from Podgorje, a small karst village south-west of the mountain. From this starting-point you can reach your goal by the Steep path (which deserves its name), the Gentle path (where you hardly even shed a drop of sweat) or an abundance of little paths and cart-tracks which ascend across the slopes of Slavnik.

Basic data


A clearly waymarked, gentle path


You start for Slavnik from Podgorje, only 8 km from the main road Ljubljana-Koper.


Podgorje-Slavnik 1 hour 30 minutes
Return: 1 hour
Total: 3 hours


Slavnik: 1028 m
Grmada: 1001 m

Height difference

Podgorje–Slavnik: 510 m
Including the visit to Grmada the ascent is almost 600 m.


You can visit Slavnik in any season. Since the path mostly runs through sparse forest, it is also good in mid-summer. I would only advise against it on windy days (the »bora« almost blew me off the summit), although precisely then you have the finest view.


As always, good footwear will do no harm but for the easier path to Slavnik, no mountaineering equipment is necessary.


Slovenska Istra, Čičarija, Brkini in Kras 1 : 50.000, PZS 1997
A map also awaits you at the start of the route.

A further tip: If you click on any picture, you will get a larger picture in a pop-up window.

Translated by Margaret Davis
© www.zaplana.net and Margaret Davis, 2007

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