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Mount Mangart

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  • Mangart (2679 m)
    / Mangart (2679 m)
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / A nice sheep you can meet on the way :)
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / A steep section of the trail (via ferrata).
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / View on the Italian side.
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Julian Alps
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / A wooden cross at the top of Mangart.
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Nearby Triglav and Jalovec.
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / A nice view on Predil pass and Italian side.
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
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Take a drive up Slovenia's highest road to reach the base of the mighty Mangart mountain, a perfect hike to get the high elevation views without the 1000+ meter climb. 
moderate
Distance 3 km
2:00 h
426 m
428 m
This trail is really one of the best day hikes in the area. Starting on Slovenia's highest road you are presented with stunning views of the Julian Alps, taking you all the way up to 2000+ meters, where you can park your car. From the car park there is an obvious trail leading up to the base of the mighty Mangart mountain. After reaching the base of the mountain you are presented with two choices. First is the right side, staying on the Slovenian side however this path requires more skill to reach the top. Option number two is to choose the left hand side, following an easy via ferrata up a section of cliffs and over the border into Italy. From here the trail circumnavigates half of the mountain and follows an easy, yet steep, scree filed leading to the top of the mountain., where a permanent cross has been installed. From here you can see all of the major mountains of Slovenia as well as the Austrian and Italian side. 

Author’s recommendation

On the way back you can stop for a lunch in the mountain hut on Mangrtsko sedlo.
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Author
Trever Swelland
Update: May 21, 2019
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
2,457 m
Lowest point
2,036 m
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Safety information

There are no easy paths up Mangart. All trails require ascending via ferratas so don't forget your harness and helmets. 

Tips and hints

Near the top of the road there is a sign indicating a rock slide just ahead. It is possible to drive though this section to a parking lot that is further up the hill. 

Start

Mangartsko sedlo (Mangart saddle parking lot) (2,043 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.443720, 13.641621
DMS
46°26'37.4"N 13°38'29.8"E
UTM
33T 395661 5144246
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Destination

Mangart summit

Turn-by-turn directions

Mangart (2679 m) is one of the highest and most easily accessible mountains in Slovenia and on top of that you can access it by driving on one of the highest roads in Slovenia. However this road is not for the faint of heart, it is a steep mountain road  with plenty of narrow sections, steep switchbacks, and 5 tunnels drilled into the rock ending at 2055 m above the sea level. The road is partly closed at the very top due to construction and there is a road fee of 5 EUR. You can park at the lower carpark where the road closure starts and walk to the Mangartsko sedlo ( additional 30 min) or you can drive up to the top one (on your own risk due to the rock slide).

From Mangartsko sedlo (2072 m) follow the obvious and prominent trail traversing  the grassy ridge towards Mangart (the largest mountain on your right hand side). The path gradually ascends to the base of the first rock outcropping. This is where you will encounter the first intersection. To the left is a very difficult via ferrata route descending on the Italian side before reversing and climbing back up the mountain. For the easiest and most common path turn right at this fork and continue on towards the peak. Shortly after the first intersection you will pass through an easy cabled section of rocks, arriving at the ridge line, with a steep cliff lurking on the other side. Continue on the path and within ten minutes you will once again encounter two options. The path on the right is a more difficult via ferrata, staying on the Slovenian side of the mountain the entire way up. Use caution on this path and only continue on if you have the proper equipment.The easier, more common route is on the LEFT trail heading up the Italian face of the mountain to a smooth rock slab where the track becomes quite steep. There are a series of cables drilled into the rock to clip into for protection. The track veers to the left at the top of the rock slab, on the Mangart's Italian side, and continues into a steep scree field, where find some patches of snow are present even during the begging of the summer season. The track later starts to turn on the right to the intersection Jalovec –Mangart. Head up on the right side towards the top of Mangart following the prominent path and the abundance of cairns, reaching a big wooden cross marking the summit. The top presents spectacular views  Jalovec, Triglav, Log pod Mangartom, Mangartsko sedlo and the Italian Alps. To return follow the same path all the way back to the parking lot.

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Public transport

There is no public transport available to reach Mangart. It is best to plan your trip up the mountain from the nearby town of Bovec. 

Getting there

From Bovec drive north on road 203 towards Predil pass and the border of Italy. After the village of Strmec you will cross a bridge. On the opposite side of the bridge is road 902 leading up Mangart pass where it ends at the base of the mountain. 

Parking

Free parking is available at the end of the Mangart pass road. It is also possible to park at the bridge where the road to Mangart diverges from Predil pass road if you want a longer hike. 

Coordinates

DD
46.443720, 13.641621
DMS
46°26'37.4"N 13°38'29.8"E
UTM
33T 395661 5144246
w3w 
///marsh.aptness.variously
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Equipment

Sturdy hiking boots with ankle protection and good grip, harness, Via ferrata set up, helmet and plenty of water (no natural springs are found during the summer months). 

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Matthias Rauber
August 10, 2020 · Community
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
3 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
426 m
Descent
428 m
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