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Lake Krn

The trail to Lake Krn starts at the end of the Lepena valley, by the mountain hut Dom dr. Klementa Juga. 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. When you reach the upper station of the freight cableway, the slope eases and in 15 minutes you walk to the Koča pri Krnskih jezerih (Hut by the Krn Lakes).

From here it is a 15 minutes' level walk across the Duplje alp, past the shepherds' dwellings which are quite well-preserved although the alp has been abandoned since 1997. Lake Krn, 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.

Right below the Koča pri Krnskih jezerih lies another, smaller Dupeljsko jezero (Duplje Lake).

Access: 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 at the car park.

Estimated time: 2.15h of walking to Lake Krn. Height difference: 690 metres.

The lake fills the glacier-shaped depression at the foot of Krn.


Food and accommodation

Dom dr. Klementa Juga at the end of Lepena is open in the summer season and offers food and drinks and accommodation in private rooms and dormitory rooms.

Koča pri Krnskih jezerih (Hut by the Krn Lakes) is open in the summer season and offers food and drinks and accommodation in private rooms and dormitory rooms.

The Jelinčič Tourist Farm offers local food, home-made sheep cheese, accommodation in rooms and a tour of the farm dairy.

The Korita Campsite is located in the immediate vicinity of the Jelinčič Farm.

In the village of Soča, about 200m from the church, the Pri Andrejcu restaurant is located, providing guests with food and drinks and nice accommodation in rooms.

In the village of Soča, the following accommodation facilities can be rented: private rooms (Pretner, Likar), and rooms and apartments (Mitja Cuder).

Pristava Lepena, a charming holiday village, stands at the beginning of the Lepena valley. In addition to restaurant and accommodation in rooms and apartments, Pristava Lepena offers a number of attractive additional services: organisation of workshops and conferences, sauna, horse riding, fitness, tennis, archery.

Further in the valley, there is a friendly Penzion Kamp Klin which offers typical local dishes and accommodation in rooms and in the campsite located at the confluence of the Soča and Lepenca rivers. Kamp Klin also sells fishing permits.

In the heart of the valley, on a hill rising above the right bank of the Lepenca, apartments (Jožica Pretner) and rooms (Jože Hosner) can be rented.

The Soča Campsite is located above the Soča river, 500m from the turn-off for the Lepena valley from the Bovec – Vršič road.

On the other side of the road, apartments can be rented at Apartmaji Ada or at Apartmaji Jožica Komac further down the road towards Bovec.