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.
Distance 3 km
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.
On the way back you can stop for a lunch in the mountain hut on Mangrtsko sedlo.
Update: May 21, 2019
Safety informationThere are no easy paths up Mangart. All trails require ascending via ferratas so don't forget your harness and helmets.
Tips and hintsNear 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.
Getting thereFrom 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.
ParkingFree 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.
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EquipmentSturdy 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).
Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes
- Climbing helmet as required
- 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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