Climbing the North Face in Winter

Conquer Triglav’s North Face by scaling its world-famous Wall in the chill of winter.

Location
Vrata Valley
Duration
4-7h (climbing)
Group size
max 2 people/ guide
Elevation
800m (climbing)
Difficulty
Challenging
  • Put your body and spirit to the test on Triglav’s famous Wall
  • Experience the full intensity of winter climbing in all its glory
  • Learn something new and try something different
  • Gaze out at the dreamlike landscape that surrounds you

Winter ascents are the most demanding and the most rewarding mountaineering adventures. Tackling the North Face of Triglav isn’t only doable in winter, it’s nothing short of a climber’s delight. The legendary Slovene Route across the giant Wall is always an excellent choice, and winter gives it that additional charm and great respect among alpinists. Grab your ice axes and join us on this exclusive wintertime expedition!  

Dating back to the 19th century, the Slovene Route has become a highly praised climbing route among Slovenes and foreign mountaineers alike. The route’s difficulty level might not be extremely high, but during winter, the ascent certainly requires a considerable amount of prior climbing experience and psychophysical preparedness. This includes the use of ice axes and crampons. As any expert climber will tell you: Good judgement comes from experience. 

Given the right weather conditions, the Slovene Route supplies sufficiently hard snow, offering a superb basis for a speedy and effective ascent. Equipped with ice axes and crampons, you will scale the rugged terrain using a climbing rope. Your guide will make sure that the maximum of two climbers will feel safe and secure as they take on the steep drops, so no prior knowledge of rope techniques is required. 

We approach the Wall in approx. 1.5 hours’ time, depending on the snow conditions. The latter may of course alter the schedule considerably. Then it’s 800 metres of intense climbing the gully, accompanied with fantastic views. The overall duration of our winter tours is highly dependent on snow conditions. The guide will let you know a couple of days in advance what kind of climbing and hiking can be expected given the current weather conditions. 

Interesting fact: Tone Pogačnik, a Slovene Olympian and cross-country skier, was training on the Triglav Glacier in April 1946, when he accidentally skied off the edge of the North Wall in the fog, jumped, and landed on the Slovene Route 100 metres below. He walked away unscathed.

NOTE: The tour can also be extended into a two-day ascent to the summit of Mt. Triglav per request.

Included in price

Transfer from Bled
Professional guide
Helmet
Harness

Included in price

Transfer from Bled
Professional guide
Helmet
Harness

What to bring on Climbing the North Face in Winter?

Comfortable sports clothes
Water resistant mountaineering pants
Waterproof gloves and one extra pair
Stiff high waterproof mountaineering boots
Insulation jacket
Extra layer
Windproof jacket
Helmet
Crampons
A pair of ice axes
Headwear
Headlamp
Snacks
Water bottle or even better warm tea
Backpack 30 -35 l

Pickup location and time

To be set upon reservation due to conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear for Climbing the North Face in Winter?

It is important that your clothes are comfortable and water-resistant to keep you warm and dry. Your shoes should be ankle high and waterproof. Expect windy and chilly conditions. It is better to take a bit more with you as you can always leave excess clothes in the van after consulting with our guide.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

In case of bad weather, the tour can be postponed or you will be fully refunded. We can not go if there is a danger of avalanches or storms. The snow conditions are usually more stable later in the season, February-April.

Is the tour only possible in stated season?

The season stated is informative. The tour is possible in stable snow conditions, the best period is usually from February to April. Sometimes the snow can stay late in the gully and winter gear is needed even in June.

How many people will be in a group?

The tour is technically demanding and you will be secured with the rope on the exposed sections. Therefore, only two clients per guide are possible, to assure the best and safest experience.

Am I fit enough for Climbing the North Face in Winter?

The tour can take most of the day and usually is hard to predict how fast we will be. So be ready for a long and challenging day.

I have never climbed steep snow before.

Worry not! The gully is for the most part easy, with a lot of snow making it even easier than in summer. It all depends of course on snow conditions. On all set steep and exposed ground you will be safely secured with a rope and helped by a guide if necessary. You don't need any prior ice climbing experience but you should be comfortable with tackling a snow slope of around 60º. Our guides will be happy to advise you and give you more information.

Who will be our guide on Climbing the North Face in Winter?

Our tours are led by professional local guides. Our guides will make sure that you receive expert guiding combined with great fun and a memorable experience.

Is the tour kid friendly?

The tour is not suitable for children.
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    Rick Jones
    April 2019
    What a superb gully! Conditions were not perfect all the way, there was some deeper snow and one or two rocky sections to make things a bit more interesting. Nothing too hard for an intermediate, except for a very early start hehe
    Lucas Howard
    August 2020
    I am 62 years old and have done some harder climbs in the past but Triglav norht face remained on my wish list for too long. I don't lead climb anymore so I took a guided tour and enjoyed every meter of the climb. The route is brilliant!
    Miguel Turner
    July 2020
    This is somewhat harder technically than Grossglockner we also did on our Europe trip, but not too hard. I think most outdoor enthusiasts can do it as long as you enjoy some challenge and are not afraid of heights.

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More than 8 years of experience with hiking tours

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We can pick you in Ljubljana or Bled

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