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The Triglav ski touring traverse is the ultimate way of experiencing the winter in the Slovenian Alps. Also called the Triglav “Magistrala”, it is the only true multi-day ski tour in Slovenia and a must-do for every ski tourer who finds himself in our beautiful country.
It is a Slovenian mini version of the famous Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt. In three days, it takes you from Vogel ski resort to Komna plateau, through the Triglav Lakes Valley to the top of Kanjavec, across Hribarice, down to Velska dolina and the Krma valley. Optionally, the tour can be extended by one day to climb Triglav, the highest peak of Slovenia.
The tour takes you into the winter paradise of the Julian Alps, across plateaus, valleys and snowy peaks. The terrain snow made almost unreachable by foot, suddenly becomes your ski playground.
It is a terrain full of ups and downs, none too steep, so a perfect way of enjoying the amazing scenery, while also putting your skiing skills to the test. Even though the route’s difficulty is low, it depends a lot on the conditions at the time. The perfect conditions are usually found in early spring when there is a lot of stable snow with the least possibility of avalanches, and the day is long.
The tour is not a walk in the park, as some previous experience with ski-touring is necessary. It also requires decent stamina, as each day will be around 8 hours of moving through the backcountry. The backpack you’ll carry will also be a little heavier, as one of the nights is spent in a bivouac, which requires bringing our own sleeping bags and food.
Spending three days in the majestic scenery of snowy mountains that few people ever see in their entire lives will be an unforgettable and beautiful journey.
The first day will start at the magnificent Lake Bohinj, where the cablecar will lift us to the Vogel Ski Resort and save us a big first-day climb. After that, we’ll put on our skis and hike to Šija, the highest point of the only ski resort in the Triglav National Park. Some excellent skiing follows, which takes us to Zadnji Vogel, from where there’ll be plenty of options that will depend on the conditions. We’ll continue our journey on the up and down route to Komna, the mountain karst plateau, where the Komna hut, our resting place for the night, awaits us.
On the second day, you will slowly continue your way across the Komna plateau to the Double lake and the Triglav Lakes Hut. There, one of the more picturesque parts of the tour follows, the ascent through the stunning Triglav Lakes Valley besides the frozen lakes and the magnificent peaks towering over them. The day will end at Prehodavci, where the panoramic view to the western part of the Julian Alps will open up. Because the hut there is closed, we will have to get more adventurous and sleep in the authentic bivouac. It is well isolated, but not heated, which means we’ll have to use our sleeping bags.
Next morning we will ascend to the Hribarice saddle, where there will be an option to also reach the peak of Kanjavec, with stunning views all around, especially on Triglav. After that, it’s all downhill on the excellent skiing terrain down to Velska Dolina. A few hundred metres of ascent from Velo Polje to the Bohinjska Vratca pass, and we’ll be skiing down to our end destination of the glacial Krma Valley.
Day 4 (optional)
As a perfect last day, the Triglav ski traverse can extend by one day with a climb to the top of Triglav. It is meant for the more experienced hikers, as it is done on foot. When we arrive at Bohinjska Vratca on the third day, we continue to Triglavski hut on Kredarica, the hut with the highest elevation in Slovenia. After a night there, you have two options – Get your crampons and ice-axes ready to climb to the top of Triglav on foot, or skip that, and enjoy a long ski down past Stanič hut and valley Za Cmirom to the Vrata valley, or from Kredarica straight to the valley of Krma.