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Mt. Matajur (1642 m), ski touring to the Italian side of the mountain

Back-country skiing · Julian Alps
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  • Parking lot above the village - occasionally crowded
    / Parking lot above the village - occasionally crowded
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • Above the tree line
    / Above the tree line
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • Towards the summit
    / Towards the summit
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • Chapel of the Christ the Redeemer on the top
    / Chapel of the Christ the Redeemer on the top
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • Iced over chapel
    / Iced over chapel
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • Ridge of Mt. Stol and Mt. Kanin in the background
    / Ridge of Mt. Stol and Mt. Kanin in the background
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • Mt. Krasji vrh, Mt. Krnčica and Mt. Krn
    / Mt. Krasji vrh, Mt. Krnčica and Mt. Krn
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Mt. Krn and the peaks of the Tolmin area
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Adriatic Sea, view towards the town of Grado
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Dolomites Mountain range
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Skiing
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / View of the Adriatic Sea along the road
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
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Tour to Mt. Matajur is a safe option to choose when there is great danger of avalanches in high altitude mountains. It is an appropriate destination for morning or afternoon skiing and an excellent tour to a magnificent sightseeing hill. 

moderate
7.5 km
1:51 h
641 m
628 m

Park your vehicle above the village of Montemaggiore and follow the trail past the former pastures and the mountain hut of the Benečija Mountaineering Society to the chapel located on the highest point.

Ski along the friendly slopes on the other side of the mountain until you reach the Italian Pelizzo Mountain hut and continue along the road until you reach the village. If there is enough snow you can shorten the bends by taking shortcuts across the meadows.

Ski touring from Mt. Matajur is undemanding but always pleasant and fascinating in the weather is fine.

Author’s recommendation

The author prefers afternoon ascents with the chance to enjoy in splendid views from the top and to wait for the sunset which provides just enough sunlight for a safe descend back to the vehicle. 

outdooractive.com User
Author
Janko Humar 
Updated: May 16, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1650 m
Lowest point
991 m
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Safety information

There are no objective dangers along this trail and the chapel on the top of the mountain provides shelter. The biggest problem can be the occasionally icy road from the Pelizzo Mountain hut back to the village.

Equipment

Regular ski touring equipment.

Tips, hints and links

Mt. Matajur is a ski touring destination appropriate also for ski touring beginners.

Start

Matajur/Montemaggiore (990 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.195943, 13.528264
UTM
33T 386443 5116871

Destination

Summit of Mt. Matajur - Matajur/Montemaggiore

Turn-by-turn directions

Park your car along the road above the village. Just above the first bend, a hiking trail turns uphill to the left and is usually already waded or includes ski tracks. 

Continue across the hay-fields and through the forest to the first mountain pasture and along the open area and the sightseeing ridge past the mountain hut of the Benečija Mountaineering Society to the top of the mountain.

Ski down the wonderful and gradual slopes to the road which ends at the Pelizzo Mountain hut. Continue skiing along the road to the starting point. If the weather conditions are nice, skiing is even more enjoyable if you cut the bends and ski across the meadows. 

Public transport

There is no public transportation available.

Getting there

In the village of Idrsko, in the vicinity of the town of Kobarid, leave the regional road Kobarid – Tolmin. Continue across the mountain pass and through the village of Livek to the Italian side of the mountain. Behind the village of Čepletišče, turn towards the village of Montemaggiore.

Parking

Park your car along the road just above the village. The road continues to the Pelizzo Mountain hut, but you will usually come across a stop sign just above the village.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Sidarta: Julijske Alpe.

Tabacco: Valli del Natisone.

Book recommendations for this region:

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
7.5 km
Duration
1:51 h
Ascent
641 m
Descent
628 m
Loop Scenic Summit route

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