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Via ferrata in Mount Mangart, Julian Alps

Mount Mangart
Mount Mangart
Mount Mangart
Mount Mangart

Join Blaz, an IFMGA mountain guide, on a 1-day via ferrata round-trip in Mount Mangart, a peak on the border between Italy and Slovenia, in the Julian Alps.

Julian Alps

1 Day

Mar - Oct

Intermediate

Beginner


Description

Lying on the border between Italy and Slovenia, Mount Mangart (2679 m) is among the highest peaks of the Julian Alps. It's also the perfect setting for a via ferrata adventure!

To get there, we'll take the Mangart road. This is the highest alpine route in Slovenia and goes up to 2000 m height.

After a nice hike from Mangart saddle (where the route ends), we'll find 2 different options: climbing a via ferrata on the Italian side, or the one on the Slovenian side. The Slovenian via ferrata is more sustained.

Both of them will demand 2-3 hours to the summit, on rope, with 700 m of altitude gain. The temperatures are around 10-15C in the morning and 20C on the way back, depending on the wind. Usually, the weather is rather fine and warm, so in case any cold front passes us, I will inform you if you need another layer of clothes, but in most cases, this is not necessary.

The idea is to do a via ferrata round-trip, using one of them to go up and the other one to descend.

Besides the amazing landscape, if you catch the early summer season, you'll find plenty of endemic flowers. This maybe specially interesting for botanic excursions with photo cameras.

Are you ready for a via ferrata climb in the third highest mountain of Slovenia? Get in touch with me so we can start organizing this trip.

If you have a wide mountaineering experience and you're looking for a challenge, check this 3-day Slovenian ridge traverse!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

Price details

I will provide the equipment for the ferrata: climbing harness, ferrata clip and helmet for each participant.


Details

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You will need to bring clothing for the mountain (long trousers, T-shirt, a fleece, and jacket), high hiking boots, sunglasses, a cap, some food that you like for the day (sandwich, energy bar, chocolate, apple) and drinks (at least 1L water per person is suggested) for the day. The poles are not mandatory as the approach is fairly straightforward. You may want to bring over/buy here some thin gardening gloves (2-5 eur / pair).

Meeting point

Bovec, Tarvisio, Kranjska gora, Soča Valley.

About the guide

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Blaz

4.90

(27)

Mountain Guide

I’m an IFMGA Mountain Guide and an Alpine Instructor from Slovenia.

At the back of the house where I grew up, past a slope, a higher hill and some rocks, you could see Mount Triglav rising towards the blue sky.

Mountains were a part of my backyard and I started practicing alpinism when I was a schoolboy. At that time, I enrolled for a sport climbing school and I became an alpine instructor in 1995.

Between 1995 and 1997, I’ve been a member of the Sub-commission on Extreme Alpinism for the Slovene Alpine Society. Some years later, I was Chief of the Commission for Alpinism.

As a member of the alpine team, I went on several expeditions in North and South America, the Himalaya, the Tian Shan and the Kookshall-Too mountain range.

I climbed more than 700 routes in Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and France. Long winter climbs and ridges are always among my favorites.

I made some first winter ascents: on two routes on the north wall of Ribezni, Možnica (700m, V+, 5, UIAA VI/A1) and in Jof di Montasio / Poliški Špik, Grapa (700m, UIAA 4, ascent and complete ridge traverse). Other memorable climbs were a winter traverse of 4000 m peaks in Mont Blanc (4807 m) and the Slovenian Peuterey ridge traverse, among many others.

After 6 years of training, I obtained my IFMGA certification in 2010.

I organize many guided ski touring, rock climbing and ice climbing trips in Slovenia, especially in the surroundings of Mt. Triglav and the whole Soča valley.

Languages

Slovenian | Italian | German | English

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What people are saying about this trip

Kanika

5.00

Blaz is a great guide, offering interesting tidbits of information about the hike and points of interest along the way. Though we couldn’t hike Mangart due to weather conditions, the proposed hike was just as fun and Blaz was incredibly patient and helpful throughout! Wouldn’t hesitate booking with him again!

Elizabeth

5.00

We had a fabulous trip with Blaz. Highly recommend it. No mean feat to inspire our 9, 14 and 17 year olds at the same time and leave us all feeling well exercised and challenged. The early start (rejected 5am offer in favour of the more relaxed 6am!) meant even the grumpy 14 year old learned the benefits of climbing up to the beginning of the actual via ferrata before the heat set in. Breakfast up a mountain looking down on the cloud filled valleys at 8am was a real treat. But then the proper fun began. Roped together and often secured to the rocks with carabiners on the fixed wires, we climbed up gulleys and along rock faces that we could not possibly have tackled without Blaz's encouraging leadership. Along the way he delighted the boys with tales of Slovenian history and had constant stories to distract our young daughter. His photos provide a great reminder of the day (ok, long morning) and meant we didn't need to worry about cameras, and he and Igor (our second guide) made very good company over a well earned cuppa and pancakes at the Vrisic pass cafe at the end. Not cheap, but well worth it. We'll be back.

Dylan

5.00

Great trip. Felt super safe with Blaz and had a very enjoyable day out in the mountains.

Kanika

5.00

Blaz is a great guide, offering interesting tidbits of information about the hike and points of interest along the way. Though we couldn’t hike Mangart due to weather conditions, the proposed hike was just as fun and Blaz was incredibly patient and helpful throughout! Wouldn’t hesitate booking with him again!

Elizabeth

5.00

We had a fabulous trip with Blaz. Highly recommend it. No mean feat to inspire our 9, 14 and 17 year olds at the same time and leave us all feeling well exercised and challenged. The early start (rejected 5am offer in favour of the more relaxed 6am!) meant even the grumpy 14 year old learned the benefits of climbing up to the beginning of the actual via ferrata before the heat set in. Breakfast up a mountain looking down on the cloud filled valleys at 8am was a real treat. But then the proper fun began. Roped together and often secured to the rocks with carabiners on the fixed wires, we climbed up gulleys and along rock faces that we could not possibly have tackled without Blaz's encouraging leadership. Along the way he delighted the boys with tales of Slovenian history and had constant stories to distract our young daughter. His photos provide a great reminder of the day (ok, long morning) and meant we didn't need to worry about cameras, and he and Igor (our second guide) made very good company over a well earned cuppa and pancakes at the Vrisic pass cafe at the end. Not cheap, but well worth it. We'll be back.


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