Mt. Krn

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When military activities began in May 1915 in the Soča valley, the Austro-Hungarian Army moved to the left bank of the Soča (Isonzo) and fortified their positions on the summits of the Krn range. Mt. Krn was defended by the Honvéds (members of the Royal Hungarian Landwehr troops in Austria-Hungary) who were unskilled in mountain warfare. Thus on 16 June 1915, two companies of the alpini from the Battalion Exilles managed to conquer Mt. Krn in a surprise attack. In memory of this event, the Italians erected a monument at that place to Second Lieutenant Alberto Picco who was killed during the conquest of this peak. Nowadays, a mountain resort stands on the site.
During the war, Mt. Krn was one of the most important fortified mountains in the Soča Region. As the highest peak in the massif, it was a very good observation and strategic point. The neighbouring Mt. Batognica was likewise one of the bloodiest mountains.

Photos: Dan Briški, Turizem Dolina Soče; Matevž Lenarčič, Aerovizija, Fundacija Poti miru; Jošt Gantar, Turizem Dolina Soče; Željko Cimprič

Access and useful info


Access to Mt. Krn from the village Krn:
Kuhinja mountain pasture–Mt. Krn 3.5 hrs
Kuhinja mountain pasture–Lužnica–Mt. Krn 5.5 hrs
Drežnica–Mt. Krn (southern route) 5 hrs

Access from Lepena:
Lepena (Dom Klementa Juga)–Mt. Krn 5–6 hrs
Lepena (Dom Klementa Juga)–Lake Krn 2.5–3 hrs


TIC Kobarid
Trg svobode 16
SI–5222 Kobarid
+386 5 380 04 90

TIC Bovec
Trg golobarskih žrtev 47
SI–5230 Bovec
+386 5 3029 647

Info središče čezmejne Ekoregije Julijske Alpe
(Infocentre of the Julian Alps Crossborder Ecoregion)
Na Logu v Trenti
SI–5232 Soča
+386 5 388 93 30

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GPS coordinates

46.266084, 13.658948


2,244 m

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