Due to an ongoing vestibular problem (more on that later), for the past five months I haven’t been able to do the kind of adventurous hikes that I’m accustomed too. Fortunately, there are plenty of hikes of all levels in the hills and mountains in the area where I live. So, this time, I decided that, since I can’t scale the dizzy heights of Mt. Storžič itself, I can at least walk to the Dom pod Storžičem mountain hut (1,123m) beneath it and gaze up longingly at it, hoping that one day I might again be able to make it to the top of this, and other, mountains.
The walk from Grahovše to the Dom pod Storžičem mountain hut makes an ideal family walk. It only takes around an hour and isn’t strenuous.
To reach the starting point in the village of Grahovše, drive through Tržič in the direction of the Dovžan gorge (Dovžanova soteska) until you reach a road on the right that leads up to the hamlet of Slap. Note: if you don’t have a car, you can start the walk here, and you should allow an extra hour or so to reach the mountain hut.
Follow the road up to the idyllic village of Lom pod Storžičem, with its imposing church.
Drive onwards to reach the village of Grahovše, where you will see a large gravel parking area on the left-hand side. Although it is possible to continue further by car, the tarmac road turns into a track, and there is also a notice opposite the aforementioned parking area, requesting that visitors kindly park in the allocated parking area, thus respecting life for the villagers and helping to preserve nature.
After just a few hundred metres you reach a junction and a signpost to the left marked Dom pod Storžičem. Follow the dirt road and you will soon get your first glance of majestic Mt. Storžič (2,132m) – the highest mountain in the western part of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.
Continue on the road adjacent to the stream for around 10-15 minutes, passing a source of fresh water (on the left) and a somewhat hidden shrine (on the right).
On reaching a junction, you can either continue on the road (the longer, less scenic route) or take the right fork uphill (the more direct, scenic route). The latter soon leads up over a pasture with a few scattered wooden huts.
A short, steep incline awaits then, before you know it, you’ve reached the mountain hut.
From the hut, those wanting a longer, full-day hike, have several options. You can hike to the top of Storžič (cca. 3 hours from the hut), but note that part of the route is considered demanding, so only experienced and well equipped hikers should tackle it, or up to Tolsti vrh (cca. 2 hours from the hut), among other options.
If, however, the hut itself is your destination, then sit back and enjoy a drink and/or snack before heading back to the valley. The strudel looked delicious, though, of course, not gluten free so I could only look on. Note: in order to be able to sit indoors the hut, you must have proof of being double vaccinated, or have a negative COVID-19 test, or proof that you have recovered from the virus in the past 6 months. There are no restrictions on sitting outside the hut.
Click here for more information about this and other walks in the Tržič area.
Finally, as I mentioned above, without wishing to whinge in public, I feel I owe it to regular readers and followers of my blog, particularly those that use it as a source of reference/inspiration for hiking in Slovenia, to write a short word about my current ‘problem’ (since I’m not even sure what to call it). At the end of February this year my world changed, when I thought there had been an earthquake, but it turns out it was something going on in my head, i.e. my inner ear. Since then I have felt as if I’m on a boat on rough seas 24/7, with the world swaying and rocking around me, and the accompanying feeling of sea sickness. I’ve seen 7 doctors/specialists, had scans and various tests, and even tried several types of alternative medicine, but all to no avail. To the outside world I look fine, but, believe me, inside my head it’s a living nightmare, which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, and it’s something no one can possibly understand unless they have had vestibular-type issues. Therefore, with little to no balance, my adventurous outdoor pursuits are currently resigned to those of someone twice my age, but I’m trying (though not always succeeding) to remain optimistic, and keep as active as I can. And on that note, until next time…
© Adele in Slovenia
9 thoughts on “Hiking in Tržič – Dom pod Storžičem”
Sorry to hear about your health problem Adele. I hope it resolves soon. I know a couple of ladies who have had the same problem and in both cases it is now resolved. 1 took longer than the other but it was very debilitating for them both. It’s hard to stay positive when you feel so awful but you are doing a good job of it. Slovenia is looking beautiful as always x x
Hi Alison, lovely to hear from you and thanks for your good wishes. I’ve spoken to a top neurotologist in the UK now and have finally got a diagnosis, just a shame that none of the 7 doctors I have seen here could help, hence it’s gone on for so long and, in fact, got worse. There’s no quick and easy route to recovery, but now I at least have hope that I can start moving in the right direction. Best regards to you all xx
I’m sorry you aren’t feeling yourself. Have doctors considered Ménière’s disease?
sorry to read about your inner-ear-problems… I hope you will get soon rid of that nasty “ship-at-high-sea”- feeling…
I loved this blog – any of your blogs ‘though. They are certainly inspiring for the next time I will be travelling to/in Slovenia!
Best regards and stay safe in all possible ways…
Hi Pauline, thanks for your good wishes. I’m glad my blogs provide you with some inspiration. Best regards to you too. Adele
Can’t imagine how you must be feeling, but as an active person myself can appreciate how devastating it must be. Hope you recover soon and try to stay positive. Jan
Thanks for your kind words Janet. Much appreciated. Regards, Adele
Another great post. Everything crossed for a speedy recovery. Take it easy and enjoy that beautiful scenery at a more chilled pace.
Hi Sue, thanks for your feedback and good wishes. Much appreciated and, yes, you’re right, I need to adopt a somewhat more chilled pace right now, though that’s easier said than done when the mountains are calling my name! Regards, Adele