Trupejevo poldne is a 1931-meter-high mountain in the western part of the Karavanke Mountains and lies exactly on the border between Slovenia and Austria.
The grassy and rather steep summit offers wonderful views. Ideally, the view from the Trupejevo poldne mountain reaches far into Austria, down to the Lower Turen, and on the other, Slovenian side, the amazing Julian Alps, with mountain Špik (2472 m.a.s.l.) standing out among other peaks.
The mountain Trupejevo poldne is less visited than other peaks, so it invites hikers who love peace, unspoiled nature and like to avoid crowds. The fact that the mountain is less visited is probably caused by unmarked, wild trails and a slightly longer hiking route since the summit requires the will of the hiker and does not allow high parking with a car for lazy legs, who want to go to the top solely for an Instagram picture.
Useful information: The highest peak in the group of Lower (also eastern) Turen is Hochgolling, which is almost as high as the highest Slovenian mountain Triglav. The difference is only 1 m in favor of Triglav, which reaches an altitude of 2864 m, while Hochgolling rises 2863 meters above sea level.
Considering the most known starting point Srednji vrh, located at 960 meters above sea level, hiking to Trupejevo poldne means several hours of walking through unmarked paths, forests, fields and pastures. In short, ideal for those who love adventure and the journey into the somewhat lesser-known.
Along the path, which also means 971 meters in elevation difference, there are no noteworthy views, but nature is beautiful. Here, the peaks of the Julian Alps are revealed behind the tree canopy.
About the name
How did the name Trupejevo poldne (literal translation is Trupe’s Noon) come about?
The name is related to the farm on the Austrian side, “Pri Trupeju” or “At Trupe’s”. At noon, the sun is exactly above the mountain. Of course when looking from the farm. That’s why the title of Trupe’s noon.
Starting point Srednji vrh leads along a path called “across the railway”, probably named after the valley. The trail is not marked, but this has been slightly corrected by the rarely seen Adria Trail markings. They are set at about 150 – 250 m (my personal assessment and not the official information), but they help the hiker a lot. The tags are positioned slightly higher on the trees along the path.
Occasionally muddy, occasionally dry and occasionally rocky path leads to a meadow where the trail is lost. When you reach this point, proceed in the direction of the last 10 steps and you will not miss the continuation of the path. The path then leads through the forest and requires attention or you can get lost.
The trail is not difficult, but it requires stamina since the whole hike (up and down) can take from 5, up to 8, even 9 hours. Depending on the weather and your speed. The final part of the trail becomes steep and leads through the dwarf pine.
The village where the route begins dates back to Turkish invasions. Along the path to the top, you will find abandoned stables and wooden huts and in the second half of the trail a hunters lodge. Along the path, there is a creek with a memorial to the men who died in the avalanche in 1777. The youngest is supposed to be 19 years old.
And finally – The view
The view from the Trupejevo poldne is just breathtaking. Deep into Austria with Lake Faaker See to the left, in the distance, you can see the peaks of Lower Tauren and closer hills. A view towards Slovenia reveals the beautiful peaks of the Karavanke, Julian Alps, Upper Sava Valley etc.
Trupejevo poldne has definitely become one of my favourite peaks. It reminds me a bit of the Dovška baba due to the view and position and the structure of the ridge itself.GPS NAVIGATION - Starting point Click to open navigation on mobile device.
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