Krn lake: the Alpine waters in the heart of the Julian Alps

Very popular hiking route in the heart of Julian Alps with the scenic lake and colorful alpine flora. The trail to the Krn lake starts at the end of the Lepena valley, by the mountain hut Dom dr. Klementa Juga. On the way to Lepena you could stop for 5 minutes and admire the emerald waters of the end of the Great Soča gorge.

Two and a half hour walk to the Krn lake at Julian Alps
Two and a half hour walk to the Krn lake at Julian Alps.

Green forests are a good refreshment!

The first part of the path is comfortable, as the gentle path winds through the forests which in summer months provide the much needed shade. After that part the slope eases and in 15 minutes you walk to the Koča pri Krnskih jezerih mountain hut. You continue 15 minutes walk across the Duplje pasture, where the cheese and homemade cottage is sold. In the surroundings you will find a smaller Duplje lake.

Mountain pasture near Krn lake in Julian Alps.
Mountain pasture near Krn lake in Julian Alps.
Cottage cheese and sour milk could be bought near Krn Lake.
Cottage cheese and sour milk could be bought near Krn Lake.

Krn lake is one of Slovenian registered natural wonders

Krn lake, 400 m long and 17 m deep, is the largest high-altitude lake in Slovenia. It lies at an altitude of 1391 m. The lake fills the glacier-shaped depression at the foot of Krn which can best be viewed from the lake shore. There are more than 40 different kinds of flora and around 24 different fauna species in the lake. The remains of the WW1 are seen in all the are of Krn mountain range.

Krn lake is an important natural heritage in Slovenia.
Krn lake is an important natural heritage in Slovenia.
  • WHEN TO GO: late spring, summer, autumn (depends on conditions)
  • DURATION OF THE TRIP: 5-6 hours (2.15h of walking to Krn lake, 690 m height diff.)
  • DIFFICULTY: moderate
  • HOW TO GO: Turn into the Lepena valley at the marked junction and follow the asphalt road to Dom dr. Klementa Juga where you can leave your car, than hiking
  • APPROPRIATE FOR: couples, families (but not small children), group trips
  • WHERE TO SLEEP AND EAT: Krn lake mountain hut
  • MORE INFO: TIC Bovec

NOTE: When visiting the mountains, it is recommended that you hire a qualified guide and use appropriate equipment. Familiar with the surrounding mountains, the local guides can help you choose the right route. As conditions in the mountains can change rapidly, please pay special attention to the weather forecast, the risk of sunshine but above all do not overestimate your skills and abilities. We do not take the responsibility for the content.

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