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.
Safety informationThis 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 hintsSince 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.
Getting thereOn 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.
ParkingThe 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.
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EquipmentAvalanche trio (avalanche beacon, avalanche probe, shovel), touring skis, bindings, ski boots; skins, ski crampons; ice axe, crampons.
Basic Equipment for Ski Touring
- Ski Helmet
- 2 pairs of Gloves: lightweight, breathable and windproof for going uphill, regular ski gloves for downhill
- 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
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Ski Touring
- Ski touring boots
- Ski touring bindings to fit boots
- Ski touring skins to fit 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.