Mt. Viševnik is probably the most visited 2000-meter peak in Slovenia. The altitude of its starting point and the simplicity of ascent are the main causes for its popularity. Plus the view is great too. The most popular path is the direct one from Rudno Polje to Viševnik, but less hikers decide to ascend aross 'Srenjski Preval' saddle. We will do a round trip and if you wish, you can make a short 'detour' in the lower section of the descent and 'loose yourself' for a moment on lonesome unmarked footpaths.
Starting point: In Bled follow signposts for Gorje and Pokljuka. Drive to Rudno Polje on Pokljuka, where a military and sports center are situated. Drive to the right onto a forest cart road between the military buildings and sports center. Shortly you come to a tiny ski resort, next to which you park (1380 m).
Description: Look for signposts for Viševnik on the left side of the ski slope. A marked path ascends on the edge of the ski slopes throughout. At the top of the first ski lift turn left and proceed above the second ski lift on a slightly steper slope to a flat area where you reach a marked crossroad. A direct path to Viševnik goes straight on, but you should follow the signposts for Lipanca and go right. Go around Viševnik through a pretty larch forest, then later the footpath starts to wind up through dwarf pines and comes to a flat land below the pyramid of 'Mali Draški Vrh' summit. Soon you will see 'Srenjski Preval' saddle in front of you between Viševnik and Mali Draški Vrh. Follow the marked path the whole time. On the saddle head along the ridge southwards. From here on the path is more narrow. At first it runs on the left side of the ridge and then it comes over to the right and soon reaches the panoramic summit.
Descend on the edge of a grassy ridge towards south, where the majority of hikers both ascend as well as descend. You will come to a marked crossroad, where you turned towards Lipanca during your ascent. It is easiest and simplest to go to the starting point down the path of your ascent past the ski slopes. But if you are not in a hurry and do not wish to walk on the same path again, turn right on an unmarked footpath. Soon you arrive to a long meadow where the path gets lost a bit. Simply cross the meadow and you'll find the path again at the end of the meadow. After a while the path turns right and gets lost at every small meadow. With a little sense for orientation you will come to a marked path, which leads from Rudno Polje towards 'Studorski Preval' saddle (or further to 'Vodnikova Koča' hut and Mt. Triglav). Go left here and follow the path to a dirt road where a parking lot is. Behind the parking lot go right and reach the starting point on a footpath in a few minutes.
Highest point/summit: Viševnik: 2050 m
Duration: Ski slopes on Rudno polje - Viševnik (past 'Srenjski preval' saddle): 2.30 h Viševnik - Ski slopes on Rudno polje (with the unmarked 'detour' in the lower part): 1.30 h Total: 4 h
Difficulty: 2 - The direct path to Viševnik is technically easy when the land is dry. However, the path from 'Srenjski Preval' saddle to Viševnik is slightly exposed in some places.
Type of path: Marked path - The path is marked. Only if you decide entirely for the described option of descent, you will walk on a more or less unmarked footpath in the lower section.
Mt. Viševnik is probably the most visited 2000-meter peak in Slovenia. The altitude of its starting point and the simplicity of ascent are the main causes for its popularity. Plus the view is great too. The most popular path is the direct one from Rudno Polje to Viševnik, but less hikers decide to ascend aross 'Srenjski Preval' saddle. We will do a round trip and if you wish, you can make a short 'detour' in the lower section of the descent and 'loose yourself' for a moment on lonesome unmarked footpaths.Viševnik
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