This hiking route explores local architecture and history of two alpine villages that lie on the opposite banks of Sava Bohinjka River, a green-blue river that springs in the mountains of Triglav National Park.
The villages of Selo near Bled and Kupljenik are two typical villages of Slovenia’s Gorenjska Region.
The hiking trail with beautiful views runs through the forest and passes by green meadows.
From Selo to Kupljenik
The village of Selo sits on the left bank of Sava Bohinjka River. If you are at Lake Bled (in the settlement of Mlino), you can walk to Selo (the distance is around 1, 3 km or less than 1 mi).
This hiking route that will take you to another, even smaller village, Kupljenik, starts at the main crossroads in Selo.
When at the crossroads, turn onto the side road descending downhill. Follow the side road until you reach Selo Bridge over the Sava Bohinjka River.
During this two-hour hike you will have the opportunity to get closer to the rural life, see traditional architecture and enjoy the peacefulness of nature.
While walking up the hiking trail, you will hear Sava Bohinja River flow in the distance.
On the way up, you will pass by a Catholic shrine (on your left). There are also two wooden benches where you can take a rest and enjoy the view of Bled Castle and Lake Bled.
After some time you will reach Ravan Plateau that already lies beneath the village of Kupljenik. Walk across the plateau and you will soon see a tiny village spreading at foot of Jelovica Plateau.
In the village of Kupljenik
Kupljenik is a lovely village where you can capture the beauty of rural life. There are altogether 16 houses and a church dedicated to St. Stephen that stands on a hill.
While walking up and down the narrow road that goes through the village and experiencing its peacefulness, it is like going back in time.
It is said that Kupljenik was already inhabited in the 14th century, if not even earlier. Today this small village that lies beneath the northern side of Jelovica Plateau is home to around 30 people who enjoy a slower pace of life.
There is one interesting tradition connected to this village: due to its location, there is a lack of sunlight in Kupljenik during winter. It is said that the first sun rays reach the village on the 2nd of February (when Christians observe Candle-mas). As tradition has it, the owners of the house that is lit by sunlight on a specific day after a long winter fry doughnuts on that day.
From the village of Kupljenik, you can walk further to The cave below Babji zob or hike to Babji zob (Hag’s Tooth), 1128 metre-high peak (3700 feet) from where it is possible to see Lake Bled and its surroundings. In Kupljenik, there is also a rock climbing area.
- PRACTICAL INFORMATION -
LOCATION: Selo near Bled and Kupljenik are two villages that are situated near Bled, lying on the opposite banks of Sava Bohinjka River.
Starting point: Selo near Bled (Selo pri Bledu)
REACHING THE STARTING POINT: This hiking trail starts in Selo, a village that is located around two kilometres (one mile and a half) from Bled. You can either walk or cycle to Selo if you are staying in Bled (or go there by car). If you decide to walk, I would recommend you to start your journey in Bled-Mlino (settlement by the eastern side of Lake Bled).
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: You can take a bus from the main station in Bled and get off at Bled Mlino stop. You will need to walk from Mlino to Selo (approximately 15 minutes). Check the bus timetable here or call +386 45 74 11 14 (Bled Bus Station) for more info.
HIKING TRAIL: The hike between Selo and Kupljenik (approx. 180 metres of difference in altitude) takes approximately two hours. Click here to see the route on the map.
This is not a challenging hike and all the trails are well-beaten. However, one part of the route (via Koren Saddle) is quite steep, but not dangerous. Some locals even run or mountain bike on the trail Selo-Kupljenik.
HIKING ROUTE FROM SELO TO KUPLJENIK IN PICTURES
GEOCACHING: After crossing Selo Bridge, you will be close to a geocache that is part of Bled triangle. – Hint: You should bring a pen with you!
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