Extreme Ireland have been organising holidays to Slovenia for the last 3 years and they are on of the most successful and enjoyable international tours that we offer. For 2012 we will be organising 2 trips to climb Mount Triglav and visit the National Park of Triglav. You will also get to spend a day in the capital Ljubljana taking in the city castle that day. Book early to ensure your spot as they fill up fast and availability is limited. 2011 was a complete success with a summit rate of over 90%. Even the people who didn't make it to the top of this wonderful mountain had a great time walking, kayaking in Lake Bohinj and just having a great time with us. The average walker who walks every few weeks will have no problem with this. There are some exposed ridges close to the top, which make it very exciting. There is a small section where there is via Ferratta, but any experienced scrambler will just walk this section, but for extra safety we will require everyone to wear their Ferratta kit on summit day. All this gear will be provided by the Extreme Ireland team. You will be in the hands of experienced guides who will look after you all the way.
Dates: 26th - 31st July 2012 / 16th - 21st August 2012
Flights : Recommended flights to take....
July 26: Aer Lingus Dublin to Venice departure 7:20 am and arriving Venice 11:05 am
July 31: Aer Lingus Venice to Dublin departure 11:40 amand arriving Dublin 13:25 pm
For the August trip the best ones are as follows:
August 16: Aer Lingus Dublin to Venice departure 7:20 am and arriving Venice 11:05 am
August 21: Ryanair Venice to Dublin departure 11:40 am and arriving Dublin 13:25 pm
These are only recommended flights. If you have another option or are extending your holiday please let us know so we can work around it.
Price : €699
The trip itself will be 5 days long departing on Thursday and returning on Monday morning. All going well we will be able to get evening flights so that people don't have to take an extra day of work. This all depends on the airlines however but we will be back in the afternoon on the Monday of each bank holiday. This is an amazing opportunity to see Slovenia at its best. The itinerary is as follows:
Depart Dublin to Ljubljana, Slovenia. You will be met by a minibus and transferred to Bled a beautiful lake town in the Julian Alps. We will have dinner that evening and discuss the following day's adventure. Bled is a beautiful little village with one of Slovenia's most beautiful lakes and an amazing little church in the middle of the lake with its castle looking down over the lake.
We will begin our ascent of Mount Triglav and that night we will stay in the Triglavski hut. In 2010 we ventured up a different route where we stayed in the Dolic Hut and we found this to be very satisfying for a number of reasons. In 2011 we will decide the route up a few weeks prior to the walk depending on weather predictions etc. You will get a great welcome here, fantastic dinner and a great sleep. Expect this day to last anything up to 7 and a half hours depending on the group.
Summit day. This morning we will all live our dream and summit this fantastic mountain. We will descend the other side of the mountain and get transferred back to Bled where we can all relax for the evening. We sometimes visit the village of Lake Bohinj this day to relax after our days walk.
Rest day in the capital Ljubljana. Sight seeing in the beautiful city and stay in a hotel central to city.
Return to Dublin happy:
BASIC FACTS ABOUT Mt. TRIGLAV
Triglav is in the Julian Alps and is the highest mountain in Slovenia at 2864 m (9390 ft). It stands majestically in the centre of the National Park named after it. The name Triglav has its root in pre-history and probably described a god. In modern Slovenian the word also means three heads. This describes the mountain well because from afar it looks as though it has three peaks. The mountain is the Slovenian National Symbol and appears on the country's flag. The first recorded climb to the summit took place in 1778. It is now said that you are not a complete Slovenian until you have climbed Triglav. Many thousands do so every year. It is not easy but can be done by most able-bodied persons who are reasonably fit and have a good head for heights and are properly equipped. The best season to climb it is from beginning of June (or when the snow melts) till the middle of October (or before the snow comes) but the best months are August and September. Most people allow two days for the trip, one day up and one down.
There are various ways to approach the summit ridge. The South and East side approaches are easier. The most difficult is the North Wall (3000 ft of III - VII grade climbs; though there are paths on the face which do not need climbing gear - not recommended without a guide). There is also a path that comes up from the Dolic Valley - this does not require climbing gear but is more difficult than the Southern and Eastern routes. Triglav is not just a mountain, Triglav is kingdom, wrote Julius Kugy, famous explorer of Julian Alps, in his book Aus dem Leben eines Bergsteiger (From the Life of the Mountaineer), after the WWI. He couldn't be more right. Silhouette of Slovenian sacred mountain and nation's highest peak proudly stands on national flag as national coat of arms. Triglav does not only have an appeal on its people, it is truly an international giant as people from all over the world pilgrimage to its kingdom. Germans also address it as Kšnig Triglav. It is certainly one of the most desired and climbed mountains of whole Alps! First president of Slovenia, Milan Kucan, said that it is obligation of every Slovenian to climb Triglav once at least.
The Easiest Way:
Rudno polje na Pokljuki - Vodnikova koca na Velem polju - Triglavski dom na Kredarici - Triglav - Dom Planika pod Triglavom - Vodnikova koca na Velem polju - Rudno polje (16 hrs or 2 days)
The basic route from the Bohinj Valley and back (Triglav national park):
Stara Fuzina v Bohinju - Voje valley (Mostnica canyon) - Vodnikova koca na Velem polju - Triglavski dom na Kredarici - Triglav - Dom Planika pod Triglavom - Seven lakes valley - Koca pri Triglavskih jezerih - Stapce - Koca na planini pri Jezeru - Prsivec - Vogar - Stara Fuzina v Bohinju (23 hrs or 2-3 days)
These will of course depend on weather and the individual's state of fit
- in Bohinj (Voje valley) and go to Vodnik hut: 5 hrs
- in Pokljuka (Rudno polje) and go to Vodnik hut: 3 hrs
From Vodnik Hut to
- Triglav hut (Triglavski dom na Kredarici): 2,5 hrs
From Triglav hut to:
- Summit: 1,5 hrs (can be more - due to queues at height of season)
From Summit to:
- Planika hut (the easiest path to the top): 1,5 hrs
From Planika hut to
- Vodnikova hut: 2hrs
- Seven lakes hut: 4-5 hrs
From Seven lakes hut (Koca pri Triglavskih jezerih) to:
- Komna hut: 3,5 hrs and down in the valley: 3,5 h
- Vogar hut (via Planina pri Jezeru hut): 5hrs and down to the valley a further: 1hr
Triglav (2864m) is highest peak of Julian Alps and Slovenia. 'He' is the true ruler of closer and wider surroundings. Nothing challenges it, as it is considerably higher than other high Julian Alps peaks. Closest higher peak is Rei§eck in Austria, some 90km away. From anywhere you look it dominates, there is no doubt who is No1. Superlatives used to describe it are certainly justified. Beauty of this region is unique and that was the reason to declare whole Julian Alps to be huge Triglav National Park.
Triglav rises very high above its foothills. From all sides it is surrounded with deep valleys. It is like they are supporting high pedestal on which The King sits. And that pedestal is something like high lying plateau on which the main body of peak stands. On the N is Vrata valley, probably the most beautiful in Slovenia. Above it Triglav rises almost 2km and shows its most powerful side, the magnificent Stena or The Face. It is over 1km high and 3km wide (more below). On the other side of the valley, towards north, is Skrlatica (2740m) and its group. Towards NW the edge of the Face gradually descends till Luknja pass (1758m), which connects Triglav with Prisojnik - Razor group. On the W, slopes of Triglav are steep and high, they descent 2km into the Zadnjica valley, this is subsidiary to Trenta valley.
On the SW first neighbour of Triglav is Kanjavec (2568m) from which it is separated by Dolic pass (2164m). On the S is, around 1000m lower, Velska Dolina valley and Velo Polje field. These slopes, although high and quite wild, are much more subdued when comparing to western and northern ones. On the SE is Konjsko Sedlo pass (2020m), over which Triglav is connected with Tosc (2275m) and its group. On the E is long and deep Krma valley, while on the NE is Kot valley. Bottoms of both valleys are 2km lower than Triglav. Between them is wild ridge and group of peaks with impressive sides above both valleys. Highest of them is Rjavina (2532m). At the NE foothills of summit pyramid is Zeleni Sneg. It used to be glacier, the only one in Julian Alps. Sadly, global warming reduced it to large snowfield.
The origin of Triglav name is still not completely clear. People used to be believe that it is home of Gods. Triglav means three heads (tri glave). Although mountain is compact, from south it shows 3 heads. On the left is Rjavec (2568m), in the middle is main summit, Triglav (2864m) and on the right is Mali Triglav (2725m, small Triglav), which is actually just a shoulder, not a real peak, like what is Monte Bianco di Courmayer to Mont Blanc.
First on the summit where: Luka Korosec, Matija Kos, Stefan Rozic and Lovrenc Willomitzer. It happened on August 25th 1778. They climbed from Bohinj lake, over Velo Polje (where today is Vodnikov Dom hut), then to Ledine (where today is Planika hut) and further to Mali Triglav. Behind it, then notorious, ridge awaited them. They had to ride it because it is so narrow and on both sides is few hundred meters of sheer drop. Triglav was one of first important alpine peaks that were climbed. It was great feat for that time. First ascent from Krma valley happened in 1818.
Triglav is by far mostly climbed high peak in Slovenia and wider. Last 108 years, on the summit proudly stands Aljazev Stolp (more in objects section). Just below the summit is Stanicevo Zavetisce refuge, carved in stone. Four secured routes lead to Triglav. Some say that Triglav was humiliated with all that steel on the mountain. It became easy for anyone in better shape to climb Triglav, so today crowds can sometimes be unbearable and you have to wait on the ropes for long lines of people to pass as so many want to climb this magical mountain. Triglav regains respect in winter when security pegs and steel ropes are covered with snow. Then it is reserved only for experienced mountaineers and climbers. There are many huts around Triglav. In summer they are often overcrowded.
Cost and Inclusions:
This includes all transport in Slovenia, accommodation, qualified guides. All food; breakfast, lunch and dinner are also included. On your free day in the capital it also includes entry into a local castle that is well worth a visit. The only time you have to put your hand into your pocket on this trip is when you want a drink!
( These are only recommended flights. If you have another option or are extending your holiday please let us know so we can work around it. )