Climbing the Triglav North Face

Scale the gigantic North Face of Triglav up the legendary ‘Slovene’ climbing route.

STARTING POINT
Vrata Valley
Duration
5-8h (climbing)
Group size
max 2 people/ guide
Season
Jun - Sep
Fitness Level
Technical Level
  • Challenge your body and mind on the great Wall
  • Enjoy climbing Triglav on its most classic North Face route
  • Learn new or revisit old climbing techniques 
  • Marvel at the stunning views along the way
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Included in price

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Transfer from Bled
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Professional guide
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Helmet
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Harness
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Extras

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Transfer from Ljubljana
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Backpack
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Headlamp

What to bring to the tour

Comfortable sports clothes
Snacks
Headlamp
Extra layer
Windproof jacket
Headwear
Sport shoes with good grip. No need for climbing shoes.
Water bottle
Backpack 20-30 l

Pickup location and time

To be set upon reservation.

Take on the largest mountain wall in Slovenia on Triglav’s North Face. The 1000-metre drop is commonly referred to as The Wall and promises an unforgettable climb. Add your name to the enviable list of climbers who have tackled this rocky monster along its most traditional route. Ascending Triglav up the Slovene Route across the mountain’s North Face is a ‘rite of passage’ for via ferrata enthusiasts who want to challenge themselves by switching from marked trails to scaling this tremendous wall, reserved solely for climbers.

There are over 100 different climbing routes that lead across the Wall, from relatively easy ones, to the toughest mountaineering feats. And all of them are considerably long. For this one-of-a-kind Triglav climbing extravaganza, we’ve selected the most traditional among them. It’s called the Slovene Route and it’s a beauty!

The Slovene Route has soul, and its legacy reaches deep into the history of Slovene mountaineering. Although there is no certain record as to when the route was first climbed, its known origins date back to the 19th century when hunters and trackers from Trenta used to scale it. The Slovene Route might not be the most difficult way of tackling the North Face of Triglav, but it certainly is formidable in its own right and basic alpineering experience is obligatory. The ascent involves free climbing with a safety rope, which is handled by the guide (max two climbers). No previous knowledge of climbing with a rope is required, but as mentioned, the Slovenian Route does demand good psychophysical readiness and basic knowledge of movement across rough terrain. Practicing your skills on off-track routes or via ferratas comes highly recommended. 

We approach the Wall within an hour’s time, followed by 800 incredible metres of climbing, which takes between 5-8 hours, depending on the climbers. During the ascent, adrenaline will pump in your veins and breath-taking views will penetrate your soul, not to be too poetic. The descent from the summit takes just under 3 hours and takes us back to the scenic Vrata Valley.

NOTE: It is possible to prolong the tour with sleeping in the hut and summiting Mt. Triglav the next morning. The hut should be booked several weeks in advance to make sure you get a spot.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear for Climbing Triglav North Face?

It is important that your clothes are comfortable. You should have comfortable shoes with a good grip. It is recommended that you also have some warmer and windproof clothing with you as the temperature can drop or in case of cold wind. 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.

Is the tour only possible in stated season?

The season stated is informative. The tour is possible if the wall is dry. If there is snow, take a look at winter variation of the tour.

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 Triglav North Face?

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 before.

Worry not! The route is graded II-III in UIAA scale, which means it is pretty easy and anybody with some experiences in the mountains can do it. It is, however, not recommended if you have vertigo. You will be safely secured with a roped in all exposed sections and helped with a guide if needed. The trickiest part is soon after the start and if you don't feel confident it is easy to turn back.

I am rather experienced, is it possible to make it a bit more spicy for me?

There are several variations of the Slovenian route, to make it more fun and exposed. There are, of course, also other more demanding routes to choose from. Our guide will be happy to recommend some for you.

Who will be our guide on Climbing Triglav North Face?

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.

Do I need a guide to climb Triglav?

Triglav is a high and demanding mountain, not to be underestimated. Tricky route finding in the fog, exposed and steep terrain in the upper parts are some of the reasons to consider a guide. We only work with experienced local guides who know our mountains really well and will not only take care of your safety, but will also show you some new hiking and climbing techniques, share some interesting facts and stories, and overall make it a much more enjoyable experience. Of course, not everybody needs a guide, so for those more experienced among you we have more than a few advanced tours that will prove challenging, even in the company of an expert guide.

Is it crowded up there?

Triglav is amongst the most popular mountains in Slovenia. It has a great symbolic value for us and the saying goes that you are not a true Slovenian until you stand on its summit. Therefore, you can expect a lot of people on the mountain in the high season (July-September), especially on weekends. On week-days, however, it is much more peaceful. Luckily, our guides have some tricks up their sleeves when it comes to avoiding the crowds. Hint: they know exactly when and where to go.

Is it dangerous to climb Mt. Triglav?

Thousands of people climb Mt.Triglav every year. Some come better prepared than others, who underestimate the climb, which can lead to accidents. But with the right approach, knowing the weather conditions (especially the possibility of thunderstorms and snowfall), with the proper safety equipment and an experienced guide, you can minimize the objective dangers and feel completely safe.

What kind of accommodations are available?

Mountain huts in the Slovenian mountains are very cosy and authentic, but provide only basic comfort. Don’t expect too much luxury. Early bookings are usually rewarded with a room but if all rooms are full there are dormitories. There is no shower and the lavatories are basic. There is running water but it is not drinkable. The food is tasty and local but the menu is limited to a few dishes and drinks.

How far in advance do we need to book it?

The earlier the better. The highest season, from July to September, it is not unusual for huts to be fully booked for 5 or more weekends ahead. Weekdays are better but we still suggest bookings at least 2-3 weeks in advance. Last-minute bookings are very dependable on the weather - if the forecast is not a perfect bluebird, then some spots usually become available a few days before. For one-day tours, a week in advance is okay.
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    Lucas Howard
    August 2020
    5-stars
    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!
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    Miguel Turner
    July 2020
    5-stars
    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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    Max Watkins
    August 2020
    5-stars
    Looks much steeper than it actually is, there are a lot of great ledges and the climb is not too hard. I think knowing where to go is the crux of the route, but no worries there with a guide.

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