While I was flying in the sky ( check out my Paragliding Experience ), intrigued by nature, hills and mountains, I’ve got the great idea: why not hike to the Javorca Memorial Church, through the mountains, and not take the easy way ( via Tolmin town)? Bought a good map with walking paths, prepared my bag (food, water,raincoat, camera,mobile phone: gps,etc,…) and I was ready for another adventure.
Left Kobarid 9am in the morning, in direction of Ladra. At the edge of the field in the west part of Ladra village stands an Italian Military Chapel that served for the outdoors religious ceremonies. Altitude: (only) 216m above sea level
From Ladra village, walked straight into Smast village. Altitude: 244m
From Smast village, I had already a nice view on the higher located village of Libusnje and the Parish Church of the Holy Spirit. The way to Libusnje? Uphill:)!!!! Altitude: 413m
Next stop: Vrsno. What’s to see there? Another WW2 memorial,and some bunkers along the way.
That was already a very tough part! My bottle of water came empty,so in the next village (Krn) I had to fill my bottle. I knocked someone’s door, A lovely old lady opened the door and with a huge smile she filled my bottle. She went to her kitchen, came back with a cup of tea and she even offered me to have a dinner with her. A perfect example of the Slovenian hospitality I experience during my stay in this lovely country. It’s a pity, but I couldn’t accept her offer, noticed already some dangerous clouds. I had to reach my target, Javorca Church!
Curious to the altitude? Meanwhile 870m above sea level .
From now, my hike became really though and hard. Through the forests and hills, through the green. Smell the Julians Alps. But, I loved it!!!! The clouds made me a bit scary.
The scenery was mind blowing. I wished I could take more pictures but unfortunately, it started raining. And I had to hurry up: mountains, raining and losing time: dangerous combination. Safety first. Altitude unknown, more then 1000m for sure.
After an 1,5 hour hiking in the rain, I reached my target: The Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit. A church that is dedicated to the fallen Austro-Hungarian defenders on the Tolmin Battlefield of the Isonzo front (1915-1917). The church is also built by the Austro-Hungarian soldiers. Inside the church, you can find in the oak panels the names of the 2564 soldiers who fell in the surrounding battlefields and are buried in Loce, close to Tolmin. Church is open till 5pm. In summer time till 7pm.
And, it was still raining! Way back? About 3 hours to Tolmin (normal road). I was thinking to hitchhiked back,why not give it a chance. Along the way I saw a parked car. Still hoping, maybe this car will go down later? Yes! An hour later,this car came down and stopped before I could show my thumb up(hitchhiking sign). The driver opened the door,asked me that I was ok and if I need a ride… Yes!!!!! Slovenian hospitality! Without asking, they offer you help! Was a great ride, and great talk with this guy. Many locals, work in the tourism industry or have experience with adventure sports (driver was a flyfishing guide). And more important, they know that the nature is always stronger! He dropped me in Tolmin, there I took lunch… I was EXHAUSTED! But still have to go back to my base, Kobarid. Let’s hitchhike! The 4th car, stopped by and took me to Kobarid, and dropped me at my hotel. The driver, also an experienced adventure guide(Solo paraglider, Canyoning) shared me a lot of interesting stories and recommended me a lot of places to discover.
Left Kobarid at 9am. Back in Kobarid: 6,30pm. Do I recommend this hike? Yes, but NOT if you have kids. When you pass Krn town, easily you can get lost, so make sure you have GPS or a good map with you. And a raincoat!:). It was a fantastic feeling: day before Paragliding, now an adventures hike. So happy and proud to stepped out of my comfort zone!