Snežnik

Photo of Snežnik

Photo by Anton Kolenc

Details

Elevation (feet): 5892
Elevation (meters): 1796
Continent: Europe
Country: Slovenia
Range/Region: Balkan Peninsula
Range/Region: Dinaric Alps
Latitude: 45.5885
Longitude: 14.4476
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Nearest major airport: airport of Jože Pučnik Ljubljana
Convenient Center: Ilirska Bistrica

Thanks to Marko for adding this peak.

Description

Sneznik is the highest non-Alpine peak in Slovenia, at 1796 metres, known area with beautiful summers and incredibly hard winters and all this only 30 km from Adriatic sea.

Snežnik is an important nature-conservancy area, which sufficed for it to be stipulated as a NATURA 2000 area, particularly owing to its biodiversity, which is among the highest in Slovenia and Europe. The Rakov Škocjan valley bears the status of a nature park, where as the Snežnik peak has been proclaimed a botanical reserve. Among the area's animal and plant species and habitat types that are either endangered and/or of European concern, let us mention just a few: the Brown Bear, Wolf, Lynx, Mountain Pine, subalpine Beech forest, karst limestone grasslands.

Snežnik´s altitude ensures that it is seen from everywhere in Slovenia and from a big part of the neighbouring Croatia, and of course also a broad panorama from its summit. What characterises Sneznik most are its endless forests. Nowadays more than 50% of Slovenia is covered with forests, but really broad and connected areas are on Sneznik massif and around Kocevje town. In both areas there are still many places where man has not step his foot on. This is the area where wild animals can still live in unspoiled nature. It is for example estimated that today some 300 brown bears live in Slovenia (they say some 100 more came temporarily from south during war activities in 1990's). And many of them are in Sneznik forrests.

A guided trip through Sneznik forrests gives you a complete different experience. Endless woods, beautiful meadows, wild karst canyons, places, where it's better not to enter because of wild animals, on the southern and western part open grassy slopes with a complete different flora and, finally, the panoramic peak, rising a few hundred meters above forrests. On such a trip you soon understand how is it possible that some people can spend a whole life exploring and enjoying these forrests. Marked paths ascend to the summit from all sides. A nice option would also be biking through these vast forrests. But altitude differences are quite big. In winter from Sneznik ski tours can be done. The very summit has nice but unfortunately short slopes for real skiing, but also through forrests in winter distance can be made much better with skis than without them. All outdoor activities are supported by a mountain hut on the very summit and two tourist centres on Sviscaki (some 2 hours away) and Mašun (4 hours).

Some material used from Vid pogačnik and ZRSVN

Thanks to Marko for this description.

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