Ice climbing is a unique way to discover the mountain. A guide from the Mitja Šorn Team will take you to the best ice climbing spots in Triglav, Slovenia.
Mount Triglav (2864 m) is Slovenia's highest peak, and also the highest peak of the Julian Alps. There are many great spots for ice climbing in this area, forming at the beginning of every winter.
Ice climbing on waterfalls started in Canada and Scotland in the 1970's. But already in the 1980's, this sport had become very popular and expanded to many of the Alpine countries. Nowadays, if you are a climber and you like being in the mountains during the winter, ice climbing is a must!
Ice climbing can be for all ages, whether you are or not experienced. I can design a program to fit your level, adapting it to your wishes, as well as your abilities.
For example, I can offer for:
– beginners: Matuljški slapovi, Tamar, Prednja glava…
– more experienced: Prisank, Lucifer…
Please get in touch with me if you want to experience ice climbing in Slovenia. I will be very glad to guide you here and enable you to progress!
Or, if you want to experience a great climbing trip during the week, you can join me for some rock climbing in this region!
- Guiding fee
The price listed is for the Easy waterfalls: (Tamar, Matuljški slapovi, Prednja glava…)
Price for the advanced waterfalls: (Lucifer, Prisank…) - 400€ per person – 1 participant - 220€ per person – 2 participants
Price for ice climbing at night at Mlaca climbing route in Mojstrana: - 80€ per person, at least 3 participants required.
Equipment provided by me for 15€ per kit: ice axe, crampons, helmet, harness.
Please bring warm clothing and appropriate mountaineering shoes.
I am a UIAGM mountain guide, ski instructor and sports teacher and the current president of the Slovenian Mountain Guide Association.
I am still the only guide who can make a living working exclusively in Slovenia. I climb Triglav more than 25 times per year, which means I have climbed the most famous peak in my country over 200 times.
If you want to climb or ski in Slovenian mountains I am the right choice. I guide via ferrata, rock climbing, snow climbing, ice climbing, hikes, heliski, freeride skiing and ski touring.
Slovenia has good options for all of these activities, so you are welcome to take a look at my trips and find something for yourself. If you don't find anything let me know and I will see if I can help you!
I speak English. Ich sprache auch ein bischen Deutsch. Parla anche un pocho Italiano e abla tambien un po Espanol.
If I am not available to guide you, one of the super experienced guides in my team - Rok, Peter, Grega or Igor - will be your guide.
Slovenian | Italian | German | English
ZGVS | IVBV | UIAGM | IFMGA
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.
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.
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