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Ice Climbing in Slovenia: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Climb a collection of Slovenia's frozen falls over picturesque alpine landscapes

During the winter season, the Slovenian mountains turn into an outstanding natural scenery for ice climbing, with a large number of frozen waterfalls, mainly in the Julian Alps and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Kranjska Gora, a village on the northwest of the country, is an excellent starting point for an exhilarating ice climbing experience as well as other winter sports. There are guided trips for all levels: easy routes for first-timers, intermediate for those who want to train their skills and challenging routes for advanced climbers.

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FAQs: Ice Climbing in Slovenia

What should I know about Ice Climbing Slovenia?

Slovenia lies in the south of Central Europe, where it is placed at the meeting point of many of the main European cultural and trading routes. The mostly mountainous country, with the Julian Alps to the north, and over half of its surface blanketed in forest, also has an elaborate cave system, with over 10,000 across the country. In the winter, thick carpets of snow are rolled out across the mountainside, while its large collected of waterfalls freeze over.

Why should I choose Slovenia for my Ice Climbing adventure?

Spectacular scenery

In the wintry months, the cascading waters begin to feel the tips in temperature, and slow down until they freeze over, forming fantastic walls of ice that is perfect for climbing. Swing the ice axe into the rock, feel the crampons on your feet as you push yourself up giant sheets of ice. Come and climb with us, whether it’s your first time on the ice, or want to upgrade your climbing skills.

Blend of culture

Bordering Austria to the north, Hungary to the east, Croatia to the south, and Italy to the west, the location of Slovenia has cultivated a special blending of culture. And territories of the country has been torn apart and shared among many previous empires and states, such as the Roman and Byzantine empires, the Republic of Venice and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Sustainable tourism

The wide variety of stunning landscapes are dispersed across the country, which spread out the steady streams of tourists. This means that Slovenia has avoided large-scale environmental pressures, contributing to the county’s title of having the world’s most sustainable tourism.

What can I expect from the weather in Slovenia?

The winter months experience a large supply of snowfall, especially in the western regions of the country.

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What’s the high season for Ice Climbing in Slovenia?

Visit in the winter months between December and March for prime ice climbing conditions.

What people are saying about Ice Climbing | Slovenia



I have chosen Mitja three times as my guide in the Julian Alps and now I would not consider anyone else to lead me on my trips. Mitja is friendly, highly enthusiastic and is great at keeping you feeling at ease, even on the most exposed ground. He excels at reading his clients pace and ability, moving neither too quickly or slowly. Mitja obviously has an excellent knowledge of the routes in the Julian Alps (and beyond) as well an impressive level of technical knowledge. Mitja is excellent at English, never struggling to communicate what he requires from his guests. I would not hesitate to recommend him to guide you on any route, whether it be your first via ferrata or a bold north face climb.



Great Experience, a lot of fun....



Myself and my dad went ice climbing with Matevz Vukotic and we had the most amazing day. Great guidance through techniques as well as a lot of fun and laughter. I would highly recommend and we will definitely join again.



We signed up for a winter climb of Triglav and a half-day of ice-climbing for my family of 4 (including 15 & 16 year old children). We achieved neither objective. We had travelled from Australia. We had previously winter-climbed Morocco's Mt Toubkal and we are an adventurous family, but are not mountaineers. The Triglav description stated it was technical but appropriate for beginners. The equipment list stated 'Shoes (high hiking boots recommended)'. On booking, Mitja told me he was unavailable but that his colleague Luka would guide us. One week prior to the trip, I emailed expressing concerns with some of our footwear, as two of us did not have high hiking boots. We were willing to buy them and wanted to seek advice. The weather was looking stable, warm, and no snow had fallen for at least one week. Luka asked me to send photos of what footwear we had. I did that and he replied that none were suitable, and that we all needed 600 Euro mountaineering boots. I was surprised given the equipment list. Over the next few days he suggested the climb was quite technical and said things like 'Do you have any experience with this kind of mountaineering?' I began to get nervous especially for my wife and daughter. I sought clarity but never really received it. Correspondence became patchy. New Years Eve was upon us and we still had no clarity, and shops were closing. Then climbing pants with ventilation were mentioned. At this point we were looking at spending upwards of $4000 AUD on equipment for a climb that might be beyond us. So we pulled the pin. Luka took us instead on a two day alpine trek and we achieved two summits near 2000m. It was pleasant. However we carried ice picks the entire time but never once took them off our packs (except for a brief lesson). At one point we traversed a 40-50 degree slope on crunching snow with a long fall - but for some reason our ice picks stayed attached to our packs. It was kind of scary. When he proposed a second, similar, traverse we declined and took a safer downhill route instead. The hut we stayed in, Lipanca Hut, was pleasant, warm and uncrowded. On the third day we were meant to go ice climbing however the facility was closed due to warm weather. Luka instead took us rock climbing which was good fun. My two comments, however, is that we all had to wear helmets the entire time but Luka did not; in my mind this is a failure in leading by example. Also we started with the hardest climb and worked towards the easiest; that's because the easier climbs were in use when we arrived, which would have been fine if it was explained to us but it wasn't until the end of the day. I struggled on the first climb but made it, however it left me feeling initially bad that I had struggled so much on what I expected to be a more gentle start. Anyway despite all that it was a pleasant 3 days. It was just not what we had signed up for.

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