Julian Alps Day 2
Presihajoče Jezero – Dvojno Jezero
Hiking 8 km Ascent: 488 m Descent: 295 m Max Elevation: 1842 m
We can’t wait to get out of the forest; our primary problem is our decreasing water supply. Fortunately, we find a water source right at the Shepherds’ huts we already passed yesterday. During our water break, I take out the drone and search for the lake, where we were supposed to sleep last night. I finally find it: a mosquito infected swam and far away from a romantic alpine lake.
We follow the signs towards the next lake. After a steep climb, we decide to have a breakfast noodle soup. So much variety! The spot we pick is perfect; with a ridiculous view over Mount Vogel which is accessible by cable car. Naturally, we extend our stay with a delicious mountain coffee.
The coffee you have carried all the way up a mountain tastes always better than any other.
We relax for nearly an hour and just stare into the extreme landscape of the Julian Alps.
From here on nature changes, the constant up and down stops, and we reach a plateau with lush vegetation. The gray limestone mountains, sharp ridges, karst plateaus, wide valleys and deep ravines, set up for a perfect day in the mountains. We’re feeling ecstatic.
We reach Planina Ovcarija a beautiful accumulation of small wooden shelters on a huge plateau; we can see Mount Triglav in the distance. The weather is wondrous and our mood even better.
Descending to Dvojno Jezero
The path leads us towards Velika Tivarica (2091m), the first small mountain on our tour. Before reaching the top, the path turns left towards Dvojno Jezero: today’s campsite. But we have a tiny problem, the trek turns from a relaxing hiking path into a climbing adventure. From up here, we can already spot the lake, but that’s not cheering us up. We have to swallow the gravel pill and climb slowly downhill. From up here, we can see the turquoise alpine lake that will mark the end of today’s trail.
With our heavy backpacks, it’s a slow climb down, and we are both happy to arrive at the bottom.
The landscape of the Triglav National Park is like a snapshot of history with its ever-changing landscape. The erosion forces of the long-gone glaciers which shape the landscape, the deep valleys, and steep drops, will mesmerize you.
We walk around the lake and spot the perfect campsite on a small island in the middle of the lake. After pitching up our tent, we have another noodle soup, while staring at the rock and stone formation.
We get up in the middle of the night, to take a few Milky Way images. The freezing cold air didn’t make it easy to get out of the tent. Our first attempt at taking Milky Way pictures isn’t perfect, but I am still happy that we gave it a shot.