In the footsteps of the first explorers of the Škocjan Caves

3-4 hours

Experience the same adrenaline rush as the first explorers of the Škocjan Caves, in the Hanke Channel, one of the largest underground canyons in the world!

A visit to the Hanke Channel offers a brand new way to discover the underground Reka canyon, as well as the opportunity to experience the earliest explorations of subterranean Karst, and walk the trail that dates back more than 120 years. Attached to the steep walls above the canyon, the trail is a unique piece of historical heritage, and the only one of its kind in the world.

Over 100 m high, the Hanke Channel in the Škocjan Caves Park is where the Reka river flows over rapids and waterfalls deeper and deeper underground. Starting out as a tall, narrow tunnel only 5 m wide in places, the Hanke Channel eventually broadens out into larger chambers and halls. Further on it gets wider and wider, eventually opening into the Martel Chamber. Measuring over 2.5 million m3, this is Europe’s largest subterranean chamber with flowing water.


  • Aults: 100,00 EUR per person
  • Students: 100,00 EUR per person

*Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18 are required to present written permission from a parent or guardian before visiting.

Introduction to basic caving equipment and its use, presentation of the trail, and instructions for a safe visit, a tour of the Hanke Channel to Swida’s viewpoint in the company of an experienced guide.

Essential equipment:

  • Comfortable clothing (e.g. sportswear, or ski wear in winter),
  • Suitable footwear (rubber boots or hiking boots),
  • Headlamp.

For the duration of the tour, visitors will be given caving overalls, a helmet with a lamp, a safety belt and a transport bag with water, and a bag for waste. The borrowed equipment must be returned after the tour.

Important: A good physical condition is required for tours of the Hanke Channel. The trail is some 2 km long and includes 400 stairs. The trail gets quite narrow in places. Tours are not available for children under 15 years of age.

Opening hours

Upon prior reservation. 

In the event of force majeure (e.g. high water), tours will be cancelled despite previous confirmation. Tours will be carried out if all the safety conditions are met.

3-4 hours
Language of experience
Slovenian, English
Number of persons
2-8 persons
100,00 EUR per person

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