Juliana SkiTour 3a - Kanjavec (2568 m), the king of ski touring peaks of Julian Alps
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Vzpon začnemo pod mogočnimi stenami Kanjavca in VršacaPhoto: Janko Humar, The Julian Alps
Safety informationThis tour is recommended only in stable and good snow conditions. After new snow there is a great danger of avalanches. In hard snow there are quite a few places dangerous for slipping. The passage above the Čez Dol saddle is steep and exposed, on the Bohinj side the cross-section below Debeli vrh is exposed to avalanches. In bad conditions, if you are careless or in poor visibility, you can quickly lose the direction you are heading in the forest between the mountains. A GPS track on your phone can be very useful.
Tips and hintsIf you want to do the tour in one day, you have to start as early as possible.
From the valley continue in direction of the well-travelled path to Prehodavci below the walls of Vršac and through Zadnjiški dol up to the saddle Čez Dol (1632 m), which separates Zadnjiški Ozebnik from the main mountain group.
On the other side of the saddle, where the slopes begin to descend again, find a steep and strenuous passage on the left that takes you to gradual slopes of Zelena griva. Do not climb the ridge along the first couloir below the wall of Zadnja Lopa. Climb the next one, just around the corner in direction of Vršac. At the edge it opens up a view of the Valley of the Seven Lakes, and just below there is a bivouac and a mountain hut on Prehodavci (2071 m).
You can go down to the bivouac or head directly across the valley to the other side. The ascent continues along a wide gully between the walls of Vršaki on one side and Poprovec on the other (winter signs for Triglav path). When the view opens up over the plateaus of Hribarice, continue to the shallow valley, which on the left branches off from both peaks of Kanjavec. Here ascend to the eastern peak (2568 m).
There are many options for skiing from the summit with three general directions: heading west back to the Valley of the Seven Lakes, from where you came; heading east below Triglav; or in the direction towards Bohinj leading to the south – where the orientation point is the summit of Debeli vrh mountain.
The most tempting ski descent from the summit is straight down to the Hribarice plains, however, the pleasure will be paid for with a short ascent to the edge of the valley, which descends below Debeli vrh. If you want to avoid the ascent, ski to the left, to the saddle at the foot of the steep Mišelj konec, and continue from the saddle in a slight semicircular descent to the edge of the valley below Debeli vrh, from where you continue descending.
When the view to the bottom of the valley begins to open up, turn right into the steep slopes of Debeli vrh and ascend to the edge on the other side (approx. 2220 M) in a long but gradual cross-section. In front of you is the most beautiful part of the ski descent - choose the best slopes down to Lazovski pr.
From planina V Lazu continue in direction of the well-travelled path to planina Blato (1147 m). First you have to ascent where you ski between the spruce trees around the foot of Ograd.After that, ski through the forest to planina Blato, where the descent from Kanjavec usually ends. If there is enough snow, it is possible to ski on the forest road all the way to Stara Fužina (551 m) and add up the whole two kilometers of altitude difference.
The tour can also be carried out in the opposite direction if there is no snow on the road and if you are able to organize transportation to planina Blato. From planina Blato continue to planina V Lazu and further to the Lazovski preval. Through Dolina za Debelim vrhom ascend to Hribarice and to the top of Kanjavec. If you are skiing on the Primorska side, the western head of the Kanjavec peak (2567 m) is a better choice to complete the ascent. From the summit ski to the Valley of the Seven Lakes towards the Green Lake (Zeleno jezero) which is is not visible in the winter. Cross the valley in a gentle ascent to the north side to the bivouac and to Koča na Prehodavcih hut. From the bivouac, climb to the first head on the left and ski down towards the Čez Dol saddle. Keep to the left and descend low enough over the Zelene grive to find the only steep passage on the right that takes you to the saddle. From the saddle ski below the walls of Vršac into the valley. In terms of skiing, this option is more demanding. However, the ambience is more dramatic.
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