Slovenia: Prisojnik's Window – The Largest Stone Window in All of The Alps – VIDEO
We go to the Vršič saddle at an altitude of 1611 meters on a motorbike from a campsite in the village of Trenta to save altitude meters. Thunderstorms often break in the afternoon in the summer, so it's better to be back downstairs as soon as possible.
The ascent begins calmly, leads with a slight ascent around one of the local mountain huts and a defensive bunker and almost along the contour line through a stone field. At the Na Robu crossroads, however, it begins to rise sharply, and even though the sun is hiding behind the clouds, sweat drips down our bodies.
Fortunately, the view of the Sochi river valley below us and the opposite peaks is more breathtaking with every step and thus works as a good motivation for the next ascent. In the end, we manage the way to the rock window in about an hour and a half, fortunately the direction signs at the beginning count on a reserve.
We stand at an altitude of 2300 meters and through a huge hole in the rock we look at the other side of the rock massif. We had seen the window from a distance the day before on the way through the Vršič saddle, but it just looked like a hole in a rock. Only up here I understand how big a hole. And I don't care how it came about.
I would like to continue to the top of Prisojnik (or also Prisank), from which we are only about 250 meters high. Unfortunately, clouds are gathering over us and the wind is rising. That is never a good signal in the mountains. After a few photos and a moment of enjoying the view, we therefore turn to the way back by the rock window and literally run down some sections. You really don't want to encounter a storm on a bare rock, believe me.
I recommend connecting the hike with the path to the source of Sochi, which I wrote about in one of the previous parts of the series. You will definitely not miss the turn to it on the way to the Trento valley and it is definitely not a problem to catch both in one day. Alternatively, you can stretch the trek and continue along the ridge towards the majestic peak of Razor.
The very hike to Prisojnik is worth it. The incredible rock window is just a nice icing on the cake.
Text, photos, and video: Matouš Vinš
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