Mt. Vogel (1923 m), along the ridge above the Razor Mountain pasture
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Starting point at the Podkuk Mountain pasturePhoto: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
There is a gradually ascending cart track routed from the parking lot in front of the Podkuk (Kuk) Mountain pasture to the mountain hut at the Razor Mountain pasture. Next to the mountain hut you can notice signs directing you through the forest to a junction. where you turn to the right towards Mt. Vogel. You walk through a thin forest for a while. When you get out of the forest, you follow the long crossing trail with intermediate bends to the mountain pass. The trail to the right leads to Mt. Žabiški Kuk, whilst the trail to the left leads to a short ridge from where you only have to make a few steps to arrive to the summit of Mt. Vogel.
Here, you can enjoy in views over the wider area. You descend along the marked trail to the mountain pass on the other side of the mountain and continue following the markings directing you to the left beneath the ridge towards the Globoko Moutain pass. Just beneath this mountain pass you have to overcome a less comfortable and steep gravel ascent. This section is secured with a wire rope, however, caution is advised.
When you arrive to the pass, views open towards the Razor Mountain pasture and the valley below. You descend past the neatly arranged bivouac and a bunker which you can visit. The preserved bunker was constructed in the times of the Rapal border.
The winding trail takes you to the Razor Mountain pasture from where you only need to walk for another hour to get to the starting point.
It is really worth you time to walk from the mountain pass to Mt. Žabiški Kuk. This ascent will prolong your tour for approximately 90 minutes.
There is a bivouac with two beds located beneath the Globoko Pass.
Safety informationThe trail is not demanding and the only less comfortable section of the trail is the last steep and rocky ascent to the Globoko Mountain pass. You can help yourself climbing by holding the wire rope.
Tips and hintsYou can also start this tour in the village of Tolminske Ravne. From this village you first have to overcome an approximately one-hour-long ascent to the Razor Mountain pasture where you continue along the already mentioned trail.
After an approximately one-hour-walk from the Podkuk Mountain pasture you approach the Razor Mountain pasture where you follow the signs towards Mt. Vogel. The marked trail from the thin forest turns to the east to the well-visible mountain pass between Mt. Žabiški Kuk on the right and Mt. Vogel on the left, and continues along the ridge to the summit of Mt. Vogel.
From Mt. Vogel, the trail descends to the mountain pass where the sign initially directs you downhill and later to the left beneath the ridge of Mt. Vrh Krnic. This nice crossing trail with small ascents and descents ends beneath the Globoko Mountain pass which you reach along a somewhat unpleasant gravel ascent. The trail from the pass winds down to the Razor Mountain pasture and follows the access road back to the starting point.
Public transportThere is no public transportation to the starting point.
Getting thereFrom the town of Tolmin, follow the regional road towards the village of Most na Soči. Turn left at the intersection with the sign for the village of Ljubinj and continue through the village of Poljubinj to the village of Ljubinj. At the end of the village, follow the sign pointing left towards the Stador and Razor Mountain pastures. The road is narrow and at some sections in somewhat bad condition but drivable all the way to the Podkuk Mountain pasture.
ParkingParking is available at the parking lot in front of the Podkuk Mountain Pasture.
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This hiking trail is also routed over rocky terrain, which is why it requires good footwear with well-profiled soles. Hikers who like to use trekking poles will find such equipment very useful.
There is no water source along the trail from the mountain hut to the above summits, which is why you have to bring a sufficient supply of water. This applies especially to the summer months.
Winter climbs to Mt. Vogel require complete winter equipment.
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