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Juliana SkiTour 3 - Over Lanževica (2003 m) to Bohinj, a ski trip across the hills of Komna

Back-country skiing · Triglav national park
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  • Iz Lepene proti Krnskemu jezeru
    / Iz Lepene proti Krnskemu jezeru
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  • / Zamrznjeno Krnsko jezero
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  • / Okrog Monture, zadaj Vrh nad Peski
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  • / Mali in Veliki Bogatin (Mahavšček)
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  • / Proti vrhu Lanževice, desno zadaj Krn
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  • / Vrh Lanževice, pogled čez Bohinjsko-Tolminski greben
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  • / Spust z vrha, zadaj Dolina Triglavskih jezer in Triglav
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  • / Pomladansko veselje
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  • / Bleščeč pogled proti Tolminskem Kuku in Zelenem vrhu
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  • / Iz Komne proti dolini
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  • / Bohinjsko jezero
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  • / Zasluženo pivo
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A connecting tour from the Soča Valley to Bohinj is not exactly the first choice if you are seeking speed and sharply cut turns. But it is a great opportunity to switch to a completely different world. An adventure that will open your horizons and calm you down in your daily rush.
difficult
Distance 21.1 km
9:00 h
1,461 m
1,494 m
The connecting ski tour from Lepena over Lanževica to Bohinj is a real winter trip through the heart of the Julian Alps. Climb past the largest lake in the Slovenian mountains, which at the end of April still sleeps under snow and ice; past the ruins of  Italian barracks, silently testifying to the transience of borders and our envisions of the world; to the top of Lanževica which reigns over the mysterious Komna, a landscape of unique shapes and unique light. Ski down through soft and rounded forms of high mountain karst terrain to the friendly and always hospitable Dom na Komni hut. Through the steep beech trees below the hut, descend into the valley - to the legendary source of Savica and on to the shores of Lake Bohinj. It is very interesting to observe that in April and May, despite the similar altitude, spring in Bohinj comes at least fourteen days later than on the Primorska side.

The described tour is not exactly the first choice for those seeking speed and sharply cut turns. But it is a great opportunity to switch to a completely different world; to an adventure that will open your horizons and calm you down from the daily rush.

Author’s recommendation

This ski tour is not too demanding but it is long and requires proper physical fitness. If you do it in the opposite direction, the freight cable car can take your skis to Dom na Komni hut. It is open all year around and offers a friendly refreshment to the tour.It is possible to stay there overnight.
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Author
Janko Humar 
Update: August 24, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Lanževica, 2,003 m
Lowest point
Koča pri Savici, 653 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
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Safety information

This tour is one of the safest choices in these mountains. There are no dangerously exposed places,nor excessive exposure to avalanches. The biggest problem in the case of poor visibility can be orientation. It will be difficult to find the top of Lanževica and the appropriate direction of descent in fog. It is important to start the tour only in good visibility.

Tips and hints

Since you finish the tour on the completely different side of the starting point, organize transport properly. Someone has to take you to the starting point in Lepena or you have to return for the car later. On the Bohinj side, it is best that someone waits for you at Savica or you order a taxi. If that is not an option, extend the tour for a further 2.8 km walk from Savica to Ukanc to the bus stop. The bus to Ljubljana or to the train station runs every hour.

Start

Dom dr. Klementa Juga in Lepena (700 m); an asphalt access road leads to it. (699 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.303950, 13.681319
DMS
46°18'14.2"N 13°40'52.7"E
UTM
33T 398452 5128664
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Destination

Lanževica (2003 m) - Dom na Komni (1520 m) - Savica (653 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Start at the mountain lodge Dom dr. Klementa Juga in Lepena (700 m). Follow the path which takes you in a gradual ascent over steep slopes above the canopy of the valley towards Lake Krn. This part is best done on foot.

Skis can be put on at the upper station of the freight cable car at the latest. Continue above the Planinski dom pri Krnskih jezerih hut on to the nearby planina Duplje (Duplje mountain pasture) (1428 m). If you have the time, it is worth making a fifteen-minute detour to Lake Krn. The view over the flat surface of the icy lake towards the top of Krn is always breathtaking.

From planina Duplje continue below Montura along the valley up towards Bogatinsko sedlo.

When the terrain opens up over a slightly steeper ascent past the remains of the former Italian barracks Za Lepoče, you no longer follow in direction towards the saddle, but continue left over the first gradual, nicely rounded and then steeper slopes towards the top of Lanževica (2003 m).

There are several options to descent from the summit to Bohinj. The simplest is the descent to Bogatinsko sedlo and in direction of the annual path to Dom na Komni hut. A nicer option is to take the left around Srednji vrh above Lepa Komna to Koča pod Bogatinom hut. A suitable middle option is, instead of going to the saddle, ski past Vrh nad Gracijo and follow the first valley to Gracija, a hilly valley below Bogatin, which leads you to Koča pod Bogatinom hut. Continue in direction of the well-travelled path to Dom na Komni hut (1529 m).

From the mountain hut ski to the valley in the area of ​​the summer trail, which is welltravelled and therefore easy to follow. In winter it is possible to ski all the way to Savica (653 m). But from March onwards the snow starts to melt in the lower part and you have to finish at least part of the way with skis on your shoulders.

 

The tour can also be done in the opposite direction. When ascending from Savica to Dom na Komni hut, backpacks and skis can be taken up by a freight cable car. From Dom na Komni hut continue to Koča pod Bogatinom hut. Orientationally, the easiest option is to climb the valley through Gracija to Bogatinsko sedlo and from there right along the ridge to the top of Lanževica. From the summit ski down to the south (in direction of Vrh nad Peski) and below Montura follow the valley Za Lepočami which leads to planina Duplje. From there you can visit Lake Krn, which is a few minutes away on the western side. After, follow in direction of the well-travelled path above the mountain hut to the freight cable car. From there ski to Lepena or as low as the snow allows you.

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Public transport

There is no public transport. If returning to Primorska from Bohinj, taking the train is the best option. There is a bus from Bohinj to Ljubljana every hour.

Getting there

On the road from Bovec to Trenta, before the village of Soča, turn right to Lepena Valley. Continue along the road until the end of the road where you park in front of the mountain hut.

Parking

The parking lot is next to Dom dr. Klemeta Juga hut. The road is usually plowed even in winter. However, since you are not returning to the starting point on this tour, the best solution is to organize transport which then returns to the valley.

Coordinates

DD
46.303950, 13.681319
DMS
46°18'14.2"N 13°40'52.7"E
UTM
33T 398452 5128664
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Igor Jenčič: Veliki turno smučarski vodnik (Sidarta)

Author’s map recommendations

Triglav 1:25.000 (Sidarta)

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Equipment

Avalanche trio (avalanche beacon, avalanche probe, shovel), touring skis, bindings, ski boots; skins, ski crampons; ice axe, crampons.

Basic Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 pairs of Gloves: lightweight, breathable and windproof for going uphill, regular ski gloves for downhill
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
  • Additional warm jacket
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Lightweight wind- and waterproof ski pants
  • 20 to 28 liter rucksack, preferably backcountry type
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski touring boots
  • Ski touring bindings to fit boots
  • Ski touring skins to fit skis
  • Skis
  • Ski poles, preferably telescopic type
  • Avalanche safety equipment to consider: beacon, avalanche probe, avalanche shovel
  • Ski touring crampons
  • Crevasse rescue kit
  • Ski touring harness
  • Light ice axe
  • Ski touring ropes
  • Avalanche airbag backpack
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
21.1 km
Duration
9:00 h
Ascent
1,461 m
Descent
1,494 m
Linear route Scenic Refreshment stops available Summit route High-altitude ski tour

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