Triglav Via Ferrata Tour

Tackle the most adrenaline-pumping route up Mount Triglav with a guide.

STARTING POINT
Vrata Valley
Duration
2 days
Group size
max 3 people/ guide
PICKUP LOCATION
Ljubljana, Bled
Fitness Level
Technical Level
  • Put your skills to the test on Slovenia’s number one via ferrata
  • Enjoy the wildest side of Mount Triglav with close-up views of its famous North face
  • Spend the night in an authentic Slovenian mountain hut
  • Relish the very best sights Triglav has to offers
  • The most difficult ascent to Triglav is also voted as the most beautiful marked path in Slovenia in 2020

Included in price

Transfer from Bled
Helmet
Via Ferrata kit
Professional guide

Extras

Transfer from Ljubljana
Overnight stay at Kredarica Lodge
Dinner and breakfast in the hut
Backpack
Headlamp

What to bring to the tour

Comfortable sports clothes
Insulation jacket
Spare socks, underwear and shirt
Gloves
Toilet paper
Snacks
Headlamp
ID card
Extra layer
Rain jacket
Headwear
Sports shoes with good grip
Water bottle
Sunscreen
Toothbrush
Sleeping liner (disposable can be bought in the hut)
Backpack 25-30 l
Some cash for the food and accommodation

Pickup location and time

*Can be changed due to conditions or upon agreement

This tour takes you up the famous Bamberger Route, a legendary via ferrata along the western ridge of Triglav’s northern wall. The ascent is demanding and requires excellent mountaineering skills and technical knowledge. With the right equipment and our expert guide, your Triglav ferrata tour is also the most fun you’ll have in the Julian Alps. The only way is up!

The Bamberger Route via Plemenice, a plateau on the edge of the northern wall, is the crème de la crème of via ferrata routes this side of the Alps. The marked trail was secured and put into use back in 1913 by members of the Carniolan section of the German-Austrian Mountaineering Association. It was named after one of the founders and the first president of the Carniolan section, Ottmar “Otto” Bamberg. This Triglav via ferrata route is considered the most difficult Triglav ascent, not only due to its rough features, but also because there is no mountain hut to stop off at on the way, meaning the ascent has to be done in a single push.

We start our ascent from Vrata Valley, from where we first climb to Luknja. The latter may translate to “hole”, but it’s just the opposite. In fact, Luknja resides at an elevation of 1758 m. Continuing along the ridge between Vrata and Trenta, we can feel the terrain acquiring its wild high-alpine character. This is where things get interesting.

The trail soon turns into an extremely steep via ferrata – probably the best in the country. As the path is perfectly secured, the ascent along it with the use of the right equipment is completely safe. But make no mistake, this path is an adrenaline-fueled climb, which allows no room for vertigo. The trail then ascends up the spectacular western edge of the northern Triglav wall, known among alpinists simply as The Wall. Magnificent views open up, reminding us of the sheer magnitude of this natural phenomenon.

Gradually nudging towards the top, we will also have the pleasure of witnessing one of the most spellbinding scenes the Slovenian mountains have to offer: a close-up view of the Sphinx – the steepest monolith, home to the most demanding mountaineering routes in our mountains. The route then leads us to Plemenice, a grassy plateau at the top of the Wall, from where we turn around towards the south and eventually reach Triglav’s summit. The descent will take us to the Kredarica Lodge, where we will spend the night and recuperate. The next day, we will head back to our starting point in Vrata Valley, but along an easier path, via Prag.  After all, the Bamberger Route demands a somewhat smoother finish. But fear not, the return journey will certainly be more than memorable!  

NOTE: It can be busy up there in the summer. To ensure your spot in the lodge, we recommend booking the tour several weeks in advance, especially for the weekends. For last-minute bookings, we cannot guarantee a free spot in the lodge, but we will try our best or find the most suitable alternative for you.

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Itinerary

We will start our tour by picking you up and driving to the beautiful Vrata valley (45min from Bled). Our meeting time depends on the forecast and time of the year and will be set a day or two before the tour. After a quick gear check, we will start walking in the forest, slowly starting to gain altitude before reaching a saddle Luknja after about 2.5h. This is where we gear up with helmets, harnesses and via ferrata sets and start climbing a very steep route. After about 2 hours of via ferrata, we reach the Plemenice Plateau from where another 2h is needed to reach the summit. After about 1.5h of descending on the other side, we enjoy a well-deserved rest and dinner at Kredarica mountain hut. The first day is long and strenuous, with no room for adjusting or shortening our route.

From Kredarica there is around 4h of descending back to the car on the second day, with some steep sections requiring some down-climbing. We usually reach the car in Vrata around midday.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear on Triglav Via Ferrata Tour?

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. In case of dry conditions, the tour is also possible sooner or later in the year. If there is early or late snow in the mountains the season is shorter. I that case take a look at our Triglav in winter tour.

How do I pay for accommodation?

We will make a reservation at the hut for you at the time of your booking in advance and you can pay cash on the spot. There are rooms available if you book early enough, otherwise there are cheaper dormitories - let us know your preferred option.

How many people will be in a group?

We believe that your experience will be better in smaller groups. Therefore, there will be a maximum of 3 guests per guide.

Am I fit enough for Triglav Via Ferrata Tour?

The tour is not for the faint-hearted, it is pretty steep and exposed on parts, but very well secured. You don't need prior via ferrata experiences, but is advisable that you are familiar with some steeper mountaineering. If in doubt, it is best to consult with our guides, who will be happy to give you more information about what to expect. The Via Ferrata tour first climbs to the summit and only then reaches the hut so the first day is inevitably long and turning back is difficult.

Who will be our guide on Triglav Ferrata Tour?

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 generally not suitable for children. If you have a youngster that you feel is very experienced and ready for the Via Ferrata Triglav Tour, write to us and our guides will recommend it or not.

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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    Anna Robinson
    Privately organised by me in the UK by googling! Well exceeded expectations. I had to cancel last year as the rules changed and they gave me credit. Very responsive and helpful. Good value. Excellent tour guide, calm, experienced, maximum two in group. He checked our ability etc by taking up certain route before via ferrata. Totally loved whole experience and felt safe throughout. Thank you!
    Sarah Kuxhausen
    Klemen was an amazing guide! He answered all of our questions ahead of the climb and brought high quality gear for us to use. Klemen made sure to hike at an appropriate pace for us and helped make sure we reached the summit safely when one of us started to battle exhaustion. He also provided us amazing company on the trip, explaining the landscape and rock type as well as helping us get room and board at the mountain hut. If you want a safe, fun trip with an experienced and friendly guide, book Triglav Tours!
    Isabella Robertson
    July 2020
    I took a full week for hiking in Julian Alps and this was definitely the highlight of my trip! I was the only one on the tour so it was not very cheap but totally worth it, the route was not overcrowded and the views are exceptional up there! Five stars!

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