Kanjavec is a great ski tour, from whichever side you climb it. Not considering the extreme alpine descents, Kanjavec is the highest Slovenian mountain that is easily skiable from the top.
Distance 16.4 km
A trip from Trenta to the Bohinj side is an ambitious ski tour. From Trenta, climb through the dramatic valley of Zadnjica below the northern wall of Kanjavec, the highest among Slovenian mountains. Continue ascending in the shadow of the steep walls of Vršac, all the way to Prehodavci, where the fairytale Valley of the Seven Lakes opens up below. Between Poprovec and Vršaki, ascend to the edge of the sprawling Hribarice and to the top of Kanjavec, where you come face to face with the neighboring Triglav. From the top ski to the Bohinj side, around the thick head of Debeli vrh, to the mysterious planina V Lazu (pasture V Lazu) and further through the spruce forest to planina Blato (pasture Blato). If the snow conditions are favorable, it is possible to ski on the forest road all the way to Stara Fužina on the edge of Lake Bohinj.
Kanjavec is a long and demanding tour, proper physical fitness is required. The tour can be facilitated, extended, and decorated with a sunset if you sleep in the bivouac on Prehodavci.
Update: October 12, 2021
Safety informationThis tour is recommended only in stable and good snow conditions. After new snow there is a great danger of avalanches. In hard snow there are quite a few places dangerous for slipping. The passage above the Čez Dol saddle is steep and exposed, on the Bohinj side the cross-section below Debeli vrh is exposed to avalanches. In bad conditions, if you are careless or in poor visibility, you can quickly lose the direction you are heading in the forest between the mountains. A GPS track on your phone can be very useful.
Tips and hintsIf you want to do the tour in one day, you have to start as early as possible.
Getting thereIn Trenta, at the last 50th turn of the Vršič road, a gravel road branches off and takes you into the Zadnjica Valley.
ParkingYou can park wherever suitable at the end of the road, which is maintained only up to the last homesteads in the valley, further on the road gets worse. However, since you are not returning to the starting point on this ski tour, the best solution is to organize a transport that takes you as high up the road as conditions allow.
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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.
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