Mangart is a mighty mountain on the border between Slovenia and Italy. It is visible from other mountains in a duo with its neighbouring Jalovec. The access to the route is very easy as the highest Slovenian road leads all the way to Mangartsko sedlo (2079 m).
The original trail to Mangart used to start at Mangartsko sedlo (saddle). But because the trail was cut into two by a state line after world war two, which could not be crossed during the time of the Iron Curtain, each side made their own trails leading to the top. That is one of the reasons why the Slovenian route was created. Mountaineers from Tolmin equipped the over 500 meters high western face on the Slovenian side of the mountain in 1953. However, the Italians made an even more attractive path, following the vertical right edge of the northern face in 1956 as to avoid the Yugoslavian territory. Today Slovenians, Italians, Austrians and people from all over the world meet on either the Slovenian or Italian route leading to the top.
The line of the Slovenian route cannot be missed. It follows an obvious transverse couloir, which splits the western face from bottom to top. The traverse ends on a bigger ledge, a perfect spot to take a little break, then it carries on to the final climbing section up to a subtle ridge which takes you to the cross on the top.
Descend on the classic (Italian) path on the other side of the mountain.
There is a bad side to a beautifully laid out path and an elegant transverse couloir. Most of it is exposed to falling rocks. It is especially dangerous if there are incautious hikers ahead of you. The route is very well visible from below – if you see a lot of hikers are ascending, it might be better to choose the classic Italian route up to the top. And a helmet is mandatory!
In early summer, there are a few sections of the Italian route that still have snow. An ice axe is obligatory and extra cautiousness is a must.
This is a very demanding hiking trail. Use of the hiking trails is at your own risk.
Tips and hintsEven if Mangartsko sedlo is very easily accessible, it is still a good idea to start the tour early – especially in unstable weather conditions – this way you avoid possible afternoon storms.
Getting thereThe 12 km long road to Mangart branches off from the Bovec – Predel regional road by the very obvious viaduct Pri Mlinču (1090 m). The road, built in 1938, is a historical landmark. It is cut into the steep slopes leading to Mangartsko sedlo, formed by 17 switchbacks and 5 tunnels. It comes to an end at the height of 2055 m, making it the highest road in Slovenia. There is an eco fee of 10 euros to drive on the road. Cars, motorcycles and small buses with up to 35 seats are allowed to drive on it.
The road lies within the Triglav National Park. To ensure safety the maximum weight allowed on the road is 90 vehicles. If the maximum is reached, you must wait for someone to return down, or head up by foot. If you are early – 8.30 start at the latest – you definitely have plenty of time.