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Mountain tour

Mt. Mrzli vrh (1359 m), a steep ascent from the village of Zatolmin

Mountain tour · Julian Alps
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  • Along the trail to Mt. Mrzli vrh
    / Along the trail to Mt. Mrzli vrh
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • Former hay meadows
    / Former hay meadows
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • View of Tolmin
    / View of Tolmin
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • Just beneath the summit
    / Just beneath the summit
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • Mt. Mrzli vrh
    / Mt. Mrzli vrh
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • High above the Soča River
    / High above the Soča River
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • View of the Mt. Krn Mountain chain in autumn
    / View of the Mt. Krn Mountain chain in autumn
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Southern ridges of the Julian Alps
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Autumn luxury
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / MEmorial Mass in front of the Hungarian chapel
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Pretovč Mountain pasture
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Sunset behind Mt. Matajur in winter
    Photo: Janko Humar, Turizem Dolina Soce
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A steep tour for prepared hikers where you have to overcome a great altitude difference to the top of the hill which is still considered as part of the Alpine foothills. A marvellous sightseeing hill and a reminder of the events from World War I. 
moderate
12.5 km
6:18 h
1123 m
1123 m
Mt. Mrzli vrh is a steep and broad mountain above the Soča Valley known for its tough and bloody battles during World War I. There are two objects acting as reminders of those times – Monument to the fallen Czech soldiers standing at the edge of the tree-line on the eastern side of the summit, and a chapel constructed by Hungarian soldiers in the cavern in front of the Pretovč Mountain pasture. Mt. Mrzli vrh is also a wonderful sightseeing hill, just like the other summits of the Alpine foothills. 

Ascent to Mt. Mrzli vrh from the village of Zatolmin is appropriate for fitness training and is very convenient due to its vicinity to the town of Tolmin. You can make it quite faster than this is defined in this description. If you would like to enjoy in more comfortable hiking pleasures, or take your family or a group of friends to the top, I recommend you to arrange transportation to the Kuhinja Mountain pasture (beneath Mt. Krn) and take a considerably gentler ascent across the Pretovč Mountain pasture from the side facing the town of Kobarid.

Author’s recommendation

During the hot summer days it is better to avoid the ascent from the village of Zatolmin. or at least start the tour in early morning or afternoon hours. 
outdooractive.com User
Author
Janko Humar 
Updated: March 08, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1342 m
Lowest point
255 m
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Safety information

The trail can get slippery in wet or icy weather conditions, therefore caution is required. There are no major dangerous sections along the trail.

Equipment

Usual hiking equipment appropriate for the season and weather conditions.

Start

Zatolmin (254 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.194151, 13.727905
UTM
33T 401844 5116405

Destination

Mt. Mrzli vrh

Turn-by-turn directions

At the top of the village of Zatolmin find the trail which leads from the last houses to the left and uphill across the slopes towards Mt. Mrzli vrh. Directions are simple and the junctions are well-marked. The lower part of the trail is comfortable and wide because the peasants from the village of Zatolmin also use it to take the cattle to the mountain pastures. At the upper part of the trail, at the edge of the mountain pastures, you leave the main trail and continue to the left along the trail leading to the start of the initially overgrown and later more open ridge towards the top of the mountain. 

You can descend along the same trail, but it is nicer to continue along the top sightseeing ridge to the side of the mountain facing the town of Kobarid and the mighty Mt. Krn. When the slopes start to descend you can notice pasture buildings of the Pretovč Mountain pasture on your right. You reach them by descending down the pastures. Continue descending along the road on the northern side of the mountain until you reach the first junction to the right which leads uphill across the ridge and a mountain pass back to the trail where you came from and further to your starting point. 

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Because the village of Zatolmin where you start this tour is only a kilometre away from the centre of Tolmin, you can combine the trip with all of the tours routed through the town. You can also start this tour in the town of Tolmin. 

Getting there

If you use public transportation, your will start your tour at the Tolmin Bus station. If you drive your own car, you continue along the road to the village of Zatolmin.

Parking

Parking is available at the parking lot at the beginning of the village of Zatolmin.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Tine Mihelič: Julijske Alpe, planinski vodnik.

Author’s map recommendations

Zemljevidi PZS, Sidarta: Julijske Alpe.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.5 km
Duration
6:18 h
Ascent
1123 m
Descent
1123 m
Public transport friendly Loop Scenic Cultural/historical value Summit route

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