Kamniško Sedlo (“Kamnik Saddle”) occupies a stunning location in the middle of the magnificent main ridge of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. It rises up above the broad grassy slope and screes between the towering peaks of Brana and Planjava, both well over 2,000 metres high, and the valley of the Kamniška Bistrica on one side, and above the sheer grey rock faces over the Logarska Dolina valley on the other.
Just below the saddle is a mountain hut, which is another reason for its popularity. On fine summer days, especially at weekends, it can get quite crowded up here, with many climbers using it as a base from which to climb Brana and Planjava. Things quieten down in autumn, while in winter caution is required because of the danger of avalanches.
The route we propose for a hike up to Kamniško Sedlo is the most popular one, although it is quite long and involves a considerable altitude difference, so a certain amount of fitness is required. A good part of the route is also fairly steep. The first two-thirds ascend through the forest over roots, rocks and rubble, although for the most part the trail is not exposed. The last section, which begins at the edge of the forest by a wooden herdsmen’s bivouac (“Pri pastirjih”), winds across more open terrain on a scree-covered track between scrub vegetation and grass meadows.
The route includes a picturesque section beneath overhanging crags and a section that follows a stream bed, where more luxuriant vegetation indicates the proximity of water. Once on the saddle, above the Kamnik Hut (Kamniška koča), you can see the Alpine valley of Logarska Dolina below you, while beyond it the view extends into Austria. On the other side, you can see Ljubljana in the distance, while the peaks and faces of this part of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps rise up all around.
Same route as the ascent
Access to the starting point
By car (car parks by the Dom v Kamniški Bistrici lodge and slightly above it)
Food and drink
- Kamnik Hut on Kamniško Sedlo – open every day in summer and on fine weekends the rest of the year
- Dom v Kamniški Bistrici (in the valley of the Kamniška Bistrica river)
- Gostišče pri planinskem orlu (in the valley of the Kamniška Bistrica river)