<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Itinerario 8


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  Itinerary 8: ascent to mount Matajur(on horse and on foot)  
A rather long Itinerary but of extreme interest and is not difficult. Advisable in spring or autumn.

Description of the route
Departure from Savogna/Sauodnja, climb up towards Stefenig/Stiefinči, Tercimonte/Tarčmun, Vartacia/Vartača, Masseris/Mašera,
Val Polaga/ Paluoga, Pelizzo Refuge.

The total length of the route is approximately 15km. Here are the kilometres for each section:
Savogna/ Sauodnja-Masseris/Mašera approximately 6km;
Masseris/Mašera-Pelizzo (via val Polaga/Paluoga) approximately 9km.

Approximately 1100 metres up to Pelizzo Refuge. Altimetry:
Savogna/Sauodnja 200m;
Tercimonte/ Tarčmun 644m;
Vartacia/Vartača 624m;
Polaga/ Paluoga Valley 1221m;
Pelizzo Refuge 1325m;
Mount Matajur 1641m.

Level of dificulty:




. Departure from the tavern of Crisnaro/Kranjae of Savogna/Sauodnja, altitude 200m, where it is possible to park near the bowling green. Just passed the bridge on the Alberone/Aborna river take the road on the left towards Ieronizza/ Jeronišče, between beautiful meadows. After approximately 500m there is a junction: take the tarmac road on the right up to Stefenig/Stiefinči. Here the road becomes a dirt windy road and goes up towards Tercimonte/Tarčmun, 644m, a panoramic position on an isolated summit on the last offshoot of Matajur spanning between the Alberone/Aborna and the Rieca/Rieka valleys. Before entering the village there are meadows, vegetable gardens and orchards. All of a sudden there is a view of Matajur crowned by apple trees which in spring are like white waterfalls and in front there are all the little villages settled on its slopes: Masseris/Mašera, Iellina/Jelina, Dus/Duš, Montemaggiore/Matajur, Stermizza/ Starmica, Pechinie/Pečnije. After 3km we reach Tercimonte/Tarčmun, a village once famous for the fabrication of rakes; today a few rakes are still produced by hand. In the little square of the nucleus below there is a fountain where horses can drink. Following the road we climb up to thehighest point where the church of San Giovanni (saint John) is situated with its square of old lime trees. From here a paved mule track descends into the woods and then opens out onto the col of Vartacia/Vartač (with a bar/restaurant). A little further on, on the road that goes up towards Masseris/Mašera, take the forest road on the right that a little after 800m crosses Sentiero Italia (marked with the red and white Cai trail sign n°736) arriving from Cepletischis/Čeplešišče. Follow the path to the left, which initially is a steep track crossing meadows and then at altitude 888 becomes partially flat and flows into the forest road that comes from Masseris/Mašera. The path continues with numerous shortcuts but for commodity it is worth following the road that passes under Mount Kal and which arrives to the stavoli of Tamoršča. We are practically following the main road Rommel took in his conquest of Mount Matajur during the Battle of Caporetto. See itinerary n° 6, on page 70.



For every metre of height gained the view is evermore spectacular and opens out onto the valleys. The road ends in Polaga/Paluoga Valley. Behind the border there are beeches here and there, a field with numerous small dolines and a very small “mirror of water”, the lake of Val Polaga/Paluoga valley. Return on our steps for approximately 200 metres and take the marked path on the right that goes up to the little valley up to 1315 above sea level, on the Italian-Slovenian border. Here on the left take (on the right) there is a very long forest road that goes down to Avsa and Livek. (See itinerary n° 6 on page 69) the path that links once again to Sentiero Italia and that goes round the slopes of Mount Glava, passes through the Skrila spring and reaches Pelizzo Refuge.
For those who would like to reach the top of Matajur they can follow the main path from Pelizzo Refuge.

from Polaga/ Paluoga valley it is possible to descend along the forest road to Masseris/Mašera. From here we descend along the bendy tarmac road down to the village so as to take the shady forest road on the right up to Stermizza/Starmica, and then downhill along a wide road free from traffic that with lots of bends takes to the old mill of Ieronizza/Jeronišče. Again there is a forest road along the Alberone river which runs between half abandoned small fields and orchards and takes to the main nucleus of Savogna/Sauodnja, a little higher with respects to the road, from where in a few minutes you can go down to the tavern of Crisnaro/Kranjac.