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Juliana SkiTour 3a - Kanjavec (2568 m), the king of ski touring peaks of Julian Alps

Back-country skiing · Triglav national park
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  • Vzpon začnemo pod mogočnimi stenami Kanjavca in Vršaca
    / Vzpon začnemo pod mogočnimi stenami Kanjavca in Vršaca
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  • / Skozi Zadnjiški Dol
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  • /
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  • / Planjave Hribaric
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  • / Na vrhu Kanjavca
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  • / Pogled čez Debeli vrh in Zelnarico proti Bohinjsko-Tolminskim goram
    Photo: Janko Humar, The Julian Alps
  • / Čez zahodni vrh Kanjavca proti Jalovcu, Mojstrovkam, Prisojniku in Razorju
    Photo: Janko Humar, The Julian Alps
  • / Triglav, najvišji sosed
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  • / Start z vrha
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  • / Prečnica pod Debelim vrhom
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  • / Med Debelim vrhom in Ogradi proti Planini v Lazu
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  • / Planina v Lazu
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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.
difficult
Distance 16.4 km
11:00 h
1,763 m
1,542 m
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.

Author’s recommendation

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.
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Author
Janko Humar 
Update: October 12, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Kanjavec, 2,569 m
Lowest point
Zadnjica, 930 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
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Safety information

This 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 hints

If you want to do the tour in one day, you have to start as early as possible.

Start

End of the road in Zadnjica Valley, depending on the snow (706 m). (934 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.376980, 13.794830
DMS
46°22'37.1"N 13°47'41.4"E
UTM
33T 407316 5136639
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Destination

Prehodavci (2071 m) – Kanjavec (2568 m) – Planina Blato (1147 m) – Stara Fužina (551 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

In winter it is possible to drive to the end of the forest road in Zadnjica Valley (approx. 950 m). In the summer the road is closed for cars.

From the valley continue in direction of the well-travelled path to Prehodavci below the walls of Vršac and through Zadnjiški dol up to the saddle Čez Dol (1632 m), which separates Zadnjiški Ozebnik from the main mountain group.

On the other side of the saddle, where the slopes begin to descend again, find a steep and strenuous passage on the left that takes you to gradual slopes of Zelena griva. Do not climb the ridge along the first couloir below the wall of Zadnja Lopa. Climb the next one, just around the corner in direction of Vršac. At the edge it opens up a view of the Valley of the Seven Lakes, and just below there is a bivouac and a mountain hut on Prehodavci (2071 m).

You can go down to the bivouac or head directly across the valley to the other side. The ascent continues along a wide gully between the walls of Vršaki on one side and Poprovec on the other (winter signs for Triglav path). When the view opens up over the plateaus of Hribarice, continue to the shallow valley, which on the left branches off from both peaks of Kanjavec. Here ascend to the eastern peak (2568 m).

There are many options for skiing from the summit with three general directions: heading west back to the Valley of the Seven Lakes, from where you came; heading east below Triglav; or in the direction towards Bohinj leading to the south – where the orientation point is the summit of Debeli vrh mountain.

The most tempting ski descent from the summit is straight down to the Hribarice plains, however, the pleasure will be paid for with a short ascent to the edge of the valley, which descends below Debeli vrh. If you want to avoid the ascent, ski to the left, to the saddle at the foot of the steep Mišelj konec, and continue from the saddle in a slight semicircular descent to the edge of the valley below Debeli vrh, from where you  continue descending.

When the view to the bottom of the valley begins to open up, turn right into the steep slopes of Debeli vrh and ascend to the edge on the other side (approx. 2220 M) in a long but gradual cross-section. In front of you is the most beautiful part of the ski descent - choose the best slopes down to Lazovski preval (1966 m) and further to planina V Lazu (1560 m).

From planina V Lazu continue in direction of the well-travelled path to planina Blato (1147 m). First you have to ascent where you ski between the spruce trees around the foot of Ograd.After that, ski through the forest to planina Blato, where the descent from Kanjavec usually ends. If there is enough snow, it is possible to ski on the forest road all the way to Stara Fužina (551 m) and add up the whole two kilometers of altitude difference.

 

The tour can also be carried out in the opposite direction if there is no snow on the road and if you are able to organize transportation to planina Blato. From planina Blato continue to planina V Lazu and further to the Lazovski preval. Through Dolina za Debelim vrhom ascend to Hribarice and to the top of Kanjavec. If you are skiing on the Primorska side, the western head of the Kanjavec peak (2567 m) is a better choice to complete the ascent. From the summit ski to the Valley of the Seven Lakes towards the Green Lake (Zeleno jezero) which is is not visible in the winter. Cross the valley in a gentle ascent to the north side to the bivouac and to Koča na Prehodavcih hut. From the bivouac, climb to the first head on the left and ski down towards the Čez Dol saddle. Keep to the left and descend low enough over the Zelene grive to find the only steep passage on the right that takes you to the saddle. From the saddle ski below the walls of Vršac into the valley. In terms of skiing, this option is more demanding. However, the ambience is more dramatic.

Note


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Public transport

There is no public transport on the Trenta Valley side. On the Bohinj side there is an hourly bus that drives to Ljubljana.

Getting there

In Trenta, at the last 50th turn of the Vršič road, a gravel road branches off and takes you into the Zadnjica Valley.

Parking

You 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.

Coordinates

DD
46.376980, 13.794830
DMS
46°22'37.1"N 13°47'41.4"E
UTM
33T 407316 5136639
w3w 
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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 (PZS)

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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
16.4 km
Duration
11:00 h
Ascent
1,763 m
Descent
1,542 m
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