Mountaineering is one of the most popular sports in Slovenia
Mountaineering is the sport of climbing a mountain and is more physically demanding than hiking. Mountains often provide a mixed terrain (with the presence of rock, ice and snow), so climbers need to be properly equipped and able to navigate through a wide variety of conditions.
Besides reaching a summit or completing a ridge traverse, the true success and the main objective of a mountaineering trip lies on safely overcoming every hazard along the route. High altitude and adverse weather conditions are two essential difficulty factors of this sport. Others are directly related to mountaineers themselves, including their physical condition and acclimatization, technical skills, equipment, orientation, resourcefulness and decision-making skills. Mountaineering is mostly practiced in groups as the team-work and support are very important parts of this activity.
The best conditions for a mountain trips are generally during spring, early autumn, and summer. These seasons provide more pleasant and stable weather conditions and are usually without heavy snowfalls, extremely cold temperatures, and strong winds. Many mountains have also a specific ‘peak season’, time of the year when climbing is more popular. During that season, all services on the mountain (mountain huts, gondolas) are fully-functional. Some routes are only open during the official climbing season as well.
Some guides who lead mountaineering trips include their clients’ necessary equipment in the price. However, you will need to take your own equipment or rent it. A certified mountain guide is always recommended as he usually knows the area very well, can handle the logistics of the trip and above all, is responsible for the group’s safety.
In Slovenia, lovers of long walks are able to find trails with interesting themes and diverse characteristics, connecting mountain peaks and valleys with coastal areas. The Alpe Adria Trail connects Mt. Grossglockner with the sea through valleys. The Walk of Peace follows the battlefields of World War I, and the European Long-Distance Path E7 crosses the Soča Valley, from the River Nadiža to the Baška Grapa Valley. Near Bohinj there are quite a few mountains worth visiting, like Mount Vogel, Črna prst, Rudnica, and let us not forget Triglav, the Slovenian symbol and its highest peak.
Slovenia ski in the mountains
Slovenia offers a spectacular blend of accessible slopes, majestic scenery, small scale family-friendly resorts and is especially great for beginners. Its main resorts, Bled, Bohinj and Kranjska Gora, have plenty of uncrowded, queue-free wide open runs, plus the thrilling World Cup downhill run. Families will adore the opportunities for dog-sled rides and snowshoeing.
Most of the skiing in Slovenia is happening in Triglav National Park, and although the mountains there are lower than traditional alpine resorts, the spectacular views and beautiful Lake Bohinj offer a great alternative to busy bustling Alpine resorts.
Slovenia is also a true paradise for freeride skiers. Julian Alps, with their numerous peaks, are excellent for serious freeride paths. Freeride areas, like Vogel above Bohinj Lake, Kanin above Bovec and Sella Nevea on the Italian side of the Julian Alps, as well as some of the Karavanke peaks, are very popular with skiers.
Mountain hut Bohinj
Mountain huts are a perfect location for anyone that wants to withdraw from civilization and experience the beauty of isolation from modern world. They can be also perfect starting points for many mountain trails.
Mountain hut Pod Bogatinom is located in a basin of mountain Na Kraju, between Spodnja and Lepa Komna. It is open from 15th June to the end of september and occasionally in the time of spring ski season. Its dining room has 45 seats, a bar counter and a closed fireplace. There are 11 rooms with 39 beds in total. Additionally there is a dormitory with 13 beds. The hut is equipped with toilets, washroom with cold and hot water, and showers. Sleeping rooms are heated by central heating. The hut has a rainwater supply and public electricity network.