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Bikepacking the Julian Alps: Day 1 - From Villach into the Soca valley

Mountainbiking · Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
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This is a four day bikepacking trip which leads you through the Julian Alps. The route contains some steep climbs and technical trails. Nevertheless, it can be done self-supplied with light backpacking equipment and wild camping.

The first day leads you from the Austrian town Villach over the Wurzenpass and Vrsic pass deep into the wild Soca valley in Slovenia.

moderate
Distance 54.1 km
12:53 h
1,623 m
1,609 m
The route starts in pleasant Villach, and leads you into Slovenia via the Wurzenpass. After the popular resort Kranjska Gora, the high alpine scenery of the Triglav national park starts. After climbing up the Vrsic pass, there are amazing views into the Julian Alps, and a great trail down into the Soca valley (S2). Then the route follows the valley to two nice camping sites right next to the Soca river. There is a hiking path next to the paved road, which can be used as trail though there will be many small ascents which require to get off the bike.
Difficulty
S2 moderate
Stamina
Landscape
Highest point
1,617 m
Lowest point
494 m
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Tips and hints

Unfortunately, most roads inside the Triglav national park are restricted for bikes. That is even the case for some paved and gravel roads which are open for cars. Be aware that a large portion of this bike route will be on such restricted roads. Access it on your own risk.

Start

Railways station in Villach (501 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.609107, 13.841123
DMS
46°36'32.8"N 13°50'28.0"E
UTM
33T 411255 5162379
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Destination

Caimp site in Soca valley

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Villach can be reached conveniently by train from Munich, Salzburg, Vienna and many other places in Europe.

Coordinates

DD
46.609107, 13.841123
DMS
46°36'32.8"N 13°50'28.0"E
UTM
33T 411255 5162379
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
S2 moderate
Distance
54.1 km
Duration
12:53 h
Ascent
1,623 m
Descent
1,609 m
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