The Kamnik Saddle (Kamniško Sedlo) is the mountain saddle between Mount Brana (2253 m) and Mount Planjava (2394 m) in the Kamnik-Savinja Alps in Slovenia.
This is one of the most visually spectacular places in the Kamnik Alps and a very popular day hiking destination among locals.
Situated just below the grassy saddle, you’ll find the Kamnik Saddle Lodge (Kamniška koča na Kamniškem sedlu).
This mountain hut is a great place to stay when planning a multi-day hike through the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. It’s also a nice place to rest, eat, and drink during your day hike.
For many, the Kamnik Saddle is the starting point for hikes to the surrounding peaks. When you get to the Kamnik Saddle, you can continue to Brana (1 hour), or Planjava (2 hours). Helmets are absolutely essential if you plan to summit either peak.
Recently, we hiked from Logar Valley to the Kamnik Saddle and then up to Planjava. This ascent took 4:30 hours.
This is a serious hiking route, which requires concentration and a head for heights. To tackle the summit, you should be comfortable navigating difficult, highly exposed footpaths, and scree.
Logar Valley to Kamnik Saddle and Planjava Hiking Guide
- Trailhead: Parking lot at the end of the Logar Valley Road | Google Maps
- Distance: 12.9 km out-and-back
- Time Needed: 9 hours
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 1594 meters
- Difficulty: Challenging
- Minimum Elevation: 1023 meters
- Maximum Elevation: 2367 meters
- Route: Logar Valley road end parking lot (930 m) – Slap Rinka – Okrešlj (1396 m) – Kamniško Sedlo / Kamniška koča na Kamniškem sedlu (1864 m) – Planjava (2392 m)
- Where to Stay in Logar Valley: Lenar Farm (midrange), or Hotel Plesnik (luxury)
- Where to Stay in Solčava: Guesthouse Planinski Dom Majerhold (budget), Turistična kmetija Čerček (budget), Farm Stay “Alpine Dreams” (midrange), or Natur Bajta (midrange)
- Recommended itineraries: 5 Day Slovenia Road Trip or 2 Week Slovenia Road Trip
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Logar Valley to Kamnik Saddle and Planjava Hiking Trail Map
Kamnik Saddle Ascent Routes
The Kamnik Saddle is accessible from both Logar Valley and Kamniška Bistrica.
Logar Valley to Kamnik Saddle: 2:30 hours, Difficult
You should have a helmet and climbing gloves like these Black Diamond half finger gloves for this ascent route. There are some difficult passages that require the use of both hands and alpine hiking experience. If you want to summit Brana, or Planjava, this is the better approach to the Kamnik Saddle, because it’s faster.
Kamniška Bistrica to Kamnik Saddle: 2:45 hours, Moderate
This is the easier route. You don’t need any special gear to get to the Saddle. However, if you want to extend your hike to Brana, Planjava, or Turska Gora, you do need a climbing helmet. If you want to hike this way, read day 1 of our Kamnik-Savinja Alps Trek.
When To Hike to Planjava
Late June – Late September, when the trail should be clear of snow.
We also recommend getting an early start (6 am latest), to avoid the midday heat and possible thunderstorms, which often develop in the afternoon.
How to Get to the Kamnik Saddle Trailhead in Logar Valley
To reach the trailhead, drive to Logar Valley in the Solčavsko region of Northern Slovenia. To enter the valley, you first have to pay an entrance fee.
- Passenger Car: 7 EUR
- Van: 8 EUR
- Bus: 30 EUR
- Motorcycle: 5 EUR
- Bicycle/Foot: Free
Continue driving to the very end of the valley. There’s a parking area at the end of the road. The trail starts here.
Kamnik Saddle and Planjava Route Description
The Logarska Dolina ascent route to Planjava can be broken up into 3 sections.
- Logar Valley – Okrešelj (1 hour) – moderate
- Okrešelj – Kamnik Saddle (1:30 hours) – difficult
- Kamnik Saddle – Planjava (1:45 – 2 hours) – very difficult
Logar Valley to Okrešelj (1 hour)
Okrešelj is a glacial cirque high above Logarska Dolina.
Starting at the end of the valley road, you’ll ascend past Slap Rinka waterfall, steeply along the Savinja River, and ultimately through the forest to Okrešelj.
Follow signs to Dom na Okrešlju (also called Frischaufov dom na Okrešlju).
Note: this mountain hut on the Okrešlj cirque burned down in 2019. The hut is now a construction zone (summer 2020).
Okrešelj to Kamnik Saddle (1:30 hours)
From the meadow at Okrešelj, head left. Follow signs to Kamniško sedlo (signed 1:30 hrs).
At first, the trail continues to gently ascend through the forest. Above the timberline, the trail crosses scree slopes, ushering you to a rock wall.
Until this point, the hike is fairly easy. Keep your eyes out for “ the Monk,” a natural rock sculpture located in the scree slopes above you on the right side.
With helmets on and collapsed hiking poles, continue climbing up the wall. There are some steel cables and climbing aids to help you ascend safely. Though exposed, this is only moderately difficult.
Because of the loose rocky terrain, be aware of falling rocks. The views of Mrzla gora (“Cold Mountain”) are outstanding as you gain elevation.
Ultimately, the path levels out and you walk horizontally across a scree slope to the grassy Kamnik Saddle. Hike to the mountain hut, just below the ridge.
Kamnik Saddle to Planjava (2 hours)
From Kamniška koča (Kamnik Saddle Lodge), continue towards Planjava.
First, you’ll hike across a scree slope along a level path.
Looking behind you, you’ll see Brana, Turksa Gora, the Rinka Peaks and the Kamniška Bistrica trail to the Kamnik Saddle.
When you start the “climbing” section, use the steel cables and pegs as handholds for stabilization and safety.
The trail continues up loose scree to the grassy southern slopes of Planjava.
As you continue, the trail gets actually easier and technically less demanding.
About 10 minutes before reaching the summit, there’s a signed intersection (1:20 hours to Korošica / 2 hours to Ojstrica).
Continue to the top and enjoy the views of Ojstrica, Korošica, Logar Valley, and the surrounding peaks.
Planjava – Kamnik Saddle – Logar Valley (4 hours)
We descended by the same route.
We grabbed lunch at the Kamnik Saddle Lodge and then hiked back down to Logar Valley.
Where to Stay near the Kamnik Saddle
Midrange | We highly recommend staying in Lenar Farm, a historic farmstead in Logar Valley. Here, you’ll start your day with a delicious breakfast and equally delicious views. This family-run farm stay feels like your home away from home. People return here year after year to relax and soak up the peace of Logarska Dolina for a few days.
Luxury | Hotel Plesnik is an alternative option if you’re looking for a more luxurious stay in Logar Valley. From the hotel’s outdoor natural pool and sun terrace, you can enjoy unobstructed views of the Kamnik Alps. You’ll also have access to a renovated wellness center with an indoor whirlpool, sauna, and rest area. Guests can dine in Hotel Plesnik’s on-site restaurant and bar. Breakfast is included in the room rate.
Here are a few more excellent guesthouses and farm stays located near Logar Valley.
Budget | Guesthouse Planinski Dom Majerhold is a guesthouse with a gardena and on-site restaurant. Breakfast is available (extra charge).
Budget | Prenočišča Valentina is a great value guesthouse in Solčava with simple, but spotless and spacious rooms. Breakfast is available (extra charge).
Budget | Turistična kmetija Čerček is a farm stay happily situated on the bank of the Savinja River in Solčava. 2 nights minimum stay. Breakfast is available (extra charge).
Budget-Midrange | Farm Stay “Alpine Dreams” is a farm stay situated on the Solčava panoramic road, overlooking Logar Valley and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Some rooms have shared bathrooms. 2 nights minimum stay. Breakfast is available (extra charge).
Midrange | Natur Bajta offers two one-bedroom apartments in Solčava, housed in a renovated barn. Natural wood and black fixtures dominate, lending the place a rustic yet stylish look. 2 nights minimum stay.
Slovenia Trip Planning Essentials
Use our Slovenia Travel Guide to plan an unforgettable trip.
When to Visit Slovenia
Summer and Fall Seasons. The best time to travel to Slovenia is between May and late October.
The best time to hike in the Slovenian Alps is between June and October. For hut-to-hut hiking, we recommend planning your trek between early July and mid-September.
Winter Season. For skiing and winter activities, the best time to visit Slovenia is between mid/late December and March.
It’s possible to visit Slovenia without a car if you want to concentrate your time in Ljubljana, Lake Bled, and Lake Bohinj.
When we visited without a car, we planned two linear hut to hut hikes.
Unless you’re trekking, we recommend renting a car, because many places are simply not accessible with transit. For example, there are no buses to Logar Valley, Vrata Valley, the Košuta mountain pastures, and the Debela Pec trailhead.
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Top Things to Do
- Summit Mount Triglav.
- Eat Štruklji Borovničevi at Kofce Mountain Hut.
- Trek across Triglav National Park along this epic 4-day Triglav National Park Trek.
- Visit an alpine dairy like Koča na planini Dolga njiva.
- Stay in a farm stay like Tourist Farm Šenkova domačija in Zgornje Jezersko.
- Swim in the crystal clear waters of Lake Bohinj.
- Watch the sunrise at Mala Osojnica, overlooking Lake Bled.
- Hike to the Seven Lakes Valley.
- Glamp in a treehouse like Ribno Alpine Glamping.
- Uncover hidden gems in Slovenia like Koseč Korita, Solčava Panoramic Road, and Planina Lazu.
Slovenia Packing List
- Lonely Planet Slovenia
- DK Eyewitness Slovenia
- Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia
- The Julian Alps of Slovenia: Mountain Walks and Short Treks
- Trekking in Slovenia: The Slovene High Level Route
- Trekking Slovenia’s Juliana Trail: Three-week trek: Bled, Triglav and the Julian Alps
- Day Pack: Osprey Tempest 30 Women’s Backpack / Osprey Talon 33 Men’s Backpack
- Grade B/C high-cut hiking boots: Meindl Schuhe Island Lady (Kati’s Boots), Women’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX (Sabrina’s Boots), Men’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX (men’s equivalent)
- CAT 4 Sunglasses: Julbo Shield Mountain Sunglasses
- Hiking Poles: Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles
- Reusable Water Bottle: Ion Leakproof 32 oz Water Bottle
Outdoor Photography Gear
- Camera Body: Sony Alpha a6400
- Mid-range Zoom Lens: Tamron 17-70mm 2.8 Di III-A VC RXD
- Wide angle Zoom Lens: Sony – E 10-18mm F4 OSS Wide-angle Zoom Lens
- Backpack Camera Clip: Peak Design Camera Clip
Slovenia Hiking Guides
Slovenia is heaven on earth for hikers. We recommend allocating sufficient time to discover both the Julian Alps and the Kamnik Savinja Alps.
In Best Hikes in Slovenia, we’ve summarized the most thrilling day hikes and multi-day hikes across the Slovenian Alps, ranked by difficulty.