Mali Alan Pass

Mali Alan Pass, a challenging drive with danger of mines

Mali Alan Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.045m (3,428ft) above sea level located in the southern part of the Velebit Mountains (Croatia). Only asphalted half way, the pass is quite challenging.

Velebit range belongs to the Dinaric Alps and is located along the Adriatic coast. The route to Mali Alan Pass (or Halan) runs from a small city named Korenica. The road starts as a narrow paved road, and after crossing Sveti Rok tunnel, it turns into gravel. Sveti Rok tunnel is one of the major choke points on new highway from inland towards coast. The Sveti Rok Tunnel is a highway tunnel in Lika, Croatia. It is 5,679 m (6,211 yd) long and it passes through the Velebit mountain. Sveti Rok Tunnel is located on a part of the between highway exits Sveti Rok and Maslenica on the A1 highway (Zagreb - Split). The villages Sveti Rok and Posedarje are located near the tunnels respective northbound and southbound entrances, but they are accessible only by highway exits. The western shaft of the tunnel was opened in on 30 June 2003, and the eastern shaft was opened on 30 May 2009. During the climb to the peak, there’s a small church which was built during the road construction. Road was opened on October, 1832, built by Major Kajetan Knezic (1786-1848) famous engineer and road builder. Before arriving to the peak, there’s another construction through the trail. Is called Tulove grede, and an old legend says that dragons live there, and a chapel is dedicated to Colonel Damir Tomljanovic Gavran who fell there in 1994 during Croatian war for independence.

It’s highly recommended to stay always in the trail, because the zone is very dangerous offside the path. The whole area was frontline during the war and the Croatian authorities have posted several signs along the road, warning the danger of landmines, so everyone is asked not to leave the way. Traveling the pass brings you to places with spectacular views over the mountains and the seaside. The area is quite famous for the Karl May films. Lots of film scenes were shot in different parts of the pass.
Pic: Attila Bierbaum


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