The Trail
Stage 11

Dolenjske Toplice - Otok

We say farewell to the idyllic spa and wellness village of Dolenjske toplice (266m).

We walk along a fairly busy asphalt road to Dobnidol for about 7.5 km. We then leave the asphalt for a beautiful forest road. After about 2.5km we reach Laze, and we’re back onto the asphalt. We then ascend to Pesek (420m) followed by a descent to the railway station at Rožni dol (385m) at 13.5km.

We then leave the main road. The road is steep for about 1km until it becomes flatter as the asphalt turns into a forest road. At 15.5km we reach the highest point of today’s walk near Ples (530m).

This is followed by a steep 2.5km descent on asphalt to Semič (238m) where we stop for lunch after 18.5km.

From Semič to Otok, we’re on the main road for another 12.5km.

After 31km we finish the day under an old Dakota plane (160m) from WWII that commemorates the escapees being airlifted from the area during the war. Congratulations, you’ve made it!

This walk takes around 10 hours.

On occasions Neil Churches, son of the famous escapee Ralph Churches, will join us for dinner and to recount his fathers memories of this extraordinary feat. And what better way to finish the trip than with Ralph’s extraordinary stories and a traditional Slovenian meal at the Kapušin Guesthouse.

Stage Details

Stage Distance

31.0 km

Stage Duration

10 hrs

Asphalt Roads

26.0 km

Forest Roads

5.0 km



Elevation Start

180 m

Elevation Finish

150 m


500 m


530 m

Highest Point

530 m

Lowest Point

150 m
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