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.
Distance: 4,2 km (2,6 mi)
Elevation: 580 vm (1900 feet)
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.