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Cycling to Mt. Matajur (1642 m)

Mountainbiking · Julian Alps
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  • In front of the Idrska planina Mountain pasture
    / In front of the Idrska planina Mountain pasture
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / From the village of Avsa towards the mountain pastures
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Italian side of the mountain
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • /
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / In front of the Dom na Matajure Mountain hut
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Paradise for cyclists
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / View of the Mt. Kanin Mountain chain
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Beneath the chapel on the top of Mt. Matajur
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Trail towards the Pelizzo Mountain hut
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Village of Mašera
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / In front of the village of Livek
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
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This tour to a wonderful sightseeing hill above the Soča Valley never disappoints and is appropriate for well-prepared cyclists. Because it is technically undemanding it is also appropriate for less experiences cyclists.
difficult
24.2 km
4:03 h
1029 m
1651 m
From the village of Avsa, take the cart track which takes you to the turn towards the Idrska planina Mountain pasture (right) after approximately seven kilometres. From here, continue to the first junction. The trail to the right is a hiking trail routed along the northern side of the mountain to the summit of Mt. Matajur, however, you continue along the left trail which takes you to a field gate on the left side of the trail after approximately one kilometre. After climbing over the field gate you arrive to the Italian side of the mountain. Follow the cart trail (easily drivable for the first few kilometres) and continue along the single track trail (covered with high grass during the summer) across the southern slopes of Mt. Matajur to the Dom na Matajure Mountain hut. You can continue your tour to the summit of the mountain on your bicycle or on foot. You can plan your descent directly to the southern side along the hiking trail (steep, rocky, for experienced cyclists) or along a more gently descending terrain to the Dom na Matajure Mountain hut and along the same trail you came from.

At the junction beneath the chapel you can decide how you will continue – along the access road to the village of Avsa or to the Pelizzo Mountain hut, the village of Matajur and through the village of Čeplečišče to the village of Livek and further to the town of Kobarid.

Author’s recommendation

During the summer months, there is a ‘Hop On Hop Off’ shuttle bus driving to the village of Avsa. This option is the most convenient for those who would like to avoid the 6-km-long ascent from the village of Idrsko to the village of Avsa.
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Author
Ksenija Vogrinc
Updated: June 28, 2019

Difficulty
S1 difficult
Technique
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Highest point
Matajur , 1630 m
Lowest point
Kobarid, 210 m
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Safety information

There is a technically demanding direct descent leading from the top of Mt. Matajur along its southern slope towards the Pelizzo Mountain hut, which is why the majority of cyclists decide to descend to the Dom na Matajure Mountain hut from where they cross the southern slope of the mountain and continue along the access road towards the village of Avsa.

Equipment

Comfortable cycling along this route requires the use of a mountain bike. During the summer months you can replenish your water supply on the Idrska planina Mountain pasture.

Tips, hints and links

From the top of Mt. Matajur you can descend:

- to the starting point – village of Avsa (along the mentioned access road),

- past the Pelizzo Mountain hut to the village of Matajur and towards the village of Mašera. At the junction you can decide to ascend to the village of Čeplečišče and further to the village of Livek, or to descend into the valley towards the village of Sovodnje where you follow the Nadiža River to the town of Kobarid or the Soča Valley.

Start

Avsa (861 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.200593, 13.588849
UTM
33T 391127 5117303

Destination

Kobarid

Turn-by-turn directions

There is a gravel road (access road to the mountain pastures) routed from the village of Avsa to Mt. Matajur mountain pastures. From the mountain pastures you follow a mule trail which is at some sections in somewhat bad condition but drivable. After you cross to the Italian side of the mountain (to the hiking trail from the Pelizzo Mountain hut to the peak of Mt. Matajur) the trail turns into a single track trail which requires you to dismount your bicycle at certain sections.

The ascent to the top of Mt. Matajur is more comfortable from the Dom na Matjure Mountain hut because it is more gradual and friendlier to cyclists.

From the Dom na Matjure Mountain hut I descended to the Pelizzo Mountain hut and continued along the paved road to the villages of Matajur and Mašera from where I ascended to the village of Čeplečišče, descended to the village of Polave, and continued to the Slovenian side of the mountain and further to the village of Livek.

From the village of Livek you cycle along a six-kilometre-long descent to the village of Idrsko and continue for another two kilometres along the regional road to the town of Kobarid.

Note


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Public transport

There is a ‘Hop On Hop Off’ shuttle bus running every day from June to August, and on weekends in September

Getting there

There are several options:

- from the town of Kobarid to the village of Livek if you would like to avoid the six-kilometre-long ascent from the village of Idrsko to the village of Livek.

- from the town of Kobarid to the village of Avsa (you avoid the eight-kilometre ascent from the town of Idrsko to the starting point of the tour).

- During the summer months you can take the ‘Hop On Hop Off’ shuttle bus running to the village of Avsa. In this case, you can descend all the way back to the village of Idrsko or the town of Kobarid on your return.

Parking

Parking lot in the village of Avsa. In case of the circular (described) tour I recommend you to park at the parking lot in the village of Livek.
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Ksenija Vogrinc
September 20, 2018 · Turizem Dolina Soce
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Difficulty
S1 difficult
Distance
24.2 km
Duration
4:03 h
Ascent
1029 m
Descent
1651 m
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