Mountains of Croatia -

Istria


In these tours you will be able to visit the HPO's in Croatia's Istria; those on the Učka massif and in the Ćićarija.

The Riječka planinarska obilaznica starts near sea level at Lovran skirting 166km through the mountains back to sea level at Crikvenica In addition to the HPO's, these tours cover other peaks and sections of long distance footpaths including the Istarski Planinarski Put (Istrian Mountain Path) abbreviated to the IPP, the Riječka planinarska obilaznica RPO (formerly the RT and still signed as such in many places), and the Opatijska planinarska obilaznica (Opatija Mountain Bypass) OPO .

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Žbevnica, Ćićarija1014 mHPO 10.1No VR Tour
Orljak, Ćićarija1106 mHPO 10.2Račja Vas
Županj Vrh, Ćićarija1138 mHPO 10.3Brgudac
Veliki Planik, Ćićarija1272 mHPO 10.4Poklon
Knezgrad, Učka0612 mHPO 10.5Poklon or Lovran
Vojak, Učka1396 mHPO 10.6Poklon or Lovran
Sisol, Učka0835 mHPO 10.7Brseč

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Županj Vrh:


Županj Vrh is an unimpressive peak, it's summit easily gained from the hamlet of Brgudac. Instead it offers wide views, particularly southward towards Učka, and some other interest on route.Expand Icon

Once the steep initial climb to Korita is accomplished, the going is becomes easier. When I hiked this route in 2016, taking the photos for this tour, it was with my two sons, it was with some delight that we reached the spring beneath Brajkov Vrh, itself formerly an HPO before being moved to Županj Vrh. Expand article

Sisol:


The hike to the summit of Sisol from Brseč is steep, and in the summer heat, draining. The views on the ascent over the bay are fine, and once the Krševiti Ridge is obtained, you are well rewarded. Expand Icon

A natural stone arch, a window through the ridge crest is the first wonder to be met. It is marked as Provrtenica on the map, but the name does not translate. As an additional bonus the arch lies in the shade of a small wood, so offering a good place for a break.

The natural stone arch near Sisol on the Krševiti ridge.
The natural stone arch on the Krševiti ridge, 2013.

Moving on, the second reward is some easy scrambling on sun baked rock. A short distance later the geodetic pillar on the summit is reached. The path continues along the ridge, descending as part of the Istarski Planinarski Put (IPP, Istrian Mountain Path) to Plomin.

The photos used in this tour were taken using an iPhone 4 stitch app, during the summer of 2013 on a hike with my two young sons. Expand article