Viševnik Winter Tour

Experience a winter wonderland from the top of Mt. Triglav’s majestic neighbour.

STARTING POINT
Pokljuka
Duration
4-5 hours
Group size
max 8 people/ guide
Season
Nov - Apr
Fitness Level
Technical Level
  • Enjoy the memorizing wintertime scenery   
  • Practice your winter climbing techniques on an easy route
  • Witness the nicest views of Triglav and the Alps beyond
  • Improve your crampons and ice axe technique with the expert guide

 

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Transfer from Bled
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Professional guide
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Extras

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Transfer from Ljubljana
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Trekking poles
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Backpack
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Helmet
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Crampons
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Ice axe

What to bring to the tour

Comfortable sports clothes
Water resistant pants or gaiters
Trekking poles if you are used to them
Windproof jacket
Extra layer
Helmet
Ice axe
Crampons
Gloves
Headwear
Ankle-high waterproof mountain boots
Snacks
Water bottle or even better some tea
Sunscreen
Small backpack

Pickup location and time

*Can be changed due to conditions or upon agreement

Viševnik is a fantastic two-thousander, which boasts some of the most incredible Alpine scenery in Triglav National Park from above. Climbing mountains during winter is usually reserved for the more advanced hikers and mountaineers. Luckily, Viševnik offers an exciting ascent to anyone with basic knowledge of climbing with the use of an ice axe and crampons. A splendid way to enjoy the snow-covered peaks from an easily accessible giant.   

Wintertime in Triglav National Park is something very special indeed. It’s hard to imagine how spellbinding the mountainous landscape is this time of year. The only way is to experience it first-hand by venturing into the highlands. This tour allows you to witness and feel the magic of one of the most picturesque corners of Slovenia. Due to its superb accessibility, Viševnik is an extremely popular climb among locals and visitors any time of year. But a winter ascent gives this particular friendly giant an even greater allure.   

We have to stress that this lovely climb can only go ahead given the right weather conditions. Fortunately, nature is very lenient towards hikers in these parts, so that usually isn’t a problem. Accompanied by a friendly professional guide, you will approach Viševnik nice and easy from a considerably elevated starting point. A quite steep yet very doable ascent takes you up a well-trodden snowy route. Maintaining a pace that suits you best, you arrive at an impressive mountain ridge. Stunning views of snow-covered peaks greet you as you reach Viševnik’s gorgeous summit. 

Triglav and its neighbouring Julian peaks, the dreamlike bird's-eye view of the enchanting Pokljuka Plateau, the Bohinj Mountains, the northern Sava Plain and even the northern Karawanks and Kamnik-Savinja Alps to the east – wintertime Viševnik offers all this and more. A safe yet exciting route is as idyllic downward as it is going up: technically undemanding and sublimely beautiful. A highly recommended winter adventure that’s a superb practice run for more daring future climbs. 

IMPORTANT: Knowledge in the use of crampons and ice axe as well as knowing how to arrest a fall with an ice axe is mandatory.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear on Viševnik Winter Tour?

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. 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?

The tour can take place in cloudy, foggy or windy conditions, even if it is snowing. Consult with a guide to dress accordingly. However, if the weather conditions are too extreme or snow conditions don't allow for the safe ascent, the tour can be postponed or cancelled and you will receive a full refund.

Is the tour only possible in stated season?

The season stated is informative. If there is snow we call it Winter Viševnik, if there is no snow it is just Viševnik :) Consult with a guide about what gear you need for given conditions.

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 8 guests per guide.

Am I fit enough for Viševnik Winter Tour?

The tour is relatively easy and not technically demanding. However, it varies a lot depending on snow conditions - if snow is deeper, it can be much harder. Usually, it takes about 2-3 hours to the top and the descend is trivial.

I am not experienced with winter gear.

It varies greatly on conditions. Most of the time conditions allow for a safe ascent even without winter gear. But we can never be sure, so in case it gets icy on some parts we will have to use crampons and ice axe - so you have to know how to use it and how to stop yourself with an ice axe in case you slip. Don't worry - our guide will make sure you are safe all the time.

Who will be our guide on Viševnik Winter 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?

Winter Viševnik is usually not suitable for children unless they are very experienced with winter hiking or the conditions are very good and allow for a hike without winter gear. Consult with a guide before booking.

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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    Aubree Bowman
    February 2020
    5-stars
    This is literally the best view in the world, I had no idea you can come so high so easily in the middle of February! Sliding back down to the valley was as fun as it gets! Unforgettable.
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    Joan Hoffman
    January 2020
    5-stars
    A fairly easy hike, but the winter wonderland view from the top looks like you just climbed the Everest. If you are in Slovenia and have a day to spare, this is a must!
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    Marjorie Howard
    April 2020
    5-stars
    I found this hike just perfect for me, not too difficult and a bit challenging on certain parts. The view of Pokljuka is really nice.

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