Triglav is the highest mountains in Slovenia and the highest peak of the Julian Alps. It rises very high above its foothills. From all sides it is surrounded with deep valleys. It is like they are supporting the high pedestal on which the The King sits. And that pedestal is something like high lying plateau on which the main body of peak stands. On the North of it is Vrata valley, consider to be the most beautiful in Slovenia. On the East there is long and deep Krma valley. On the West, slopes of the Triglav are steeps and high, they descent 2km into the Zadnjica valley. On the South, there is around 1000m lower, Velska Dolina valley and Velo Polje field. Although these slopes are high and quiet wild but are more subdued when comparing to western and northern ones.
In winters security pegs and steel ropes are covered with snow, then it is reserved for only experienced mountaineers and climbers. There are many huts around Triglav. In summers there are often over crowded.
Triglav National Park
This is the only park in Slovenia. Park was named after Triglav, nation highest peak and symbol, which is almost in the middle of the park. This park is extremely beautiful. Numerous natural and cultural features are dotted around the diverse Karstic mountain terrain with its picturesque mountain peaks and valley, there is lot of opportunity for activities in the natural environment and for active leisure time. There are so many mountains lie in the Triglav National park. Views of them are simply ravishing. Alongside Triglav, which in clear weather can seen from virtually all parts of the country, there are mighty peaks of Mangart, Jalovec, Prisojnik, and Špnik.
Attractions and Activities
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A major feature of the park is Slovenia’s biggest glacial lake- Lake Bohinj. In summers various water sports are very popular here where as in winters, when it freezes, tourists come for skiing at nearby Vogel and to ski tour. Many other lakes are well known in the park, for e.g. Krnsko Jezero. There are so numerous waterfalls, two of the finest being Savica and Peričnik. Most popular tourist attractions is the enchanting Radovna River gorge of Blejski Vintgar. The lowest and the southernmost point to Triglav National Park is the Tolmin Gorges, this is an extraordinary natural feature of park. Rafting and hydrospeeding will be an unforgettable experience.
When to climb
As any peak, Triglav can be climed, year round, depending on your wishes and skills.
Winter is the longest period on Triglav, because of the environment of the sea as there is lot of snow. Snow usually covered highest area in October. It accumulates till May and after that slowly starts melting. It is very cold, temperature around -20 °C are not vary rare. You need full winter equipment. Easiest way to reach Triglav in winter is through Krma Valley. Climbing is long so you have to be healthy and in good shape. Summit climb is only reserved for experienced mountaineers and climbers because pegs and steel ropes are under snow so you have to do free climbing at some places. In snowy time Vrata Valley routes are only for experts. Other routes are tough and long in winter and they cannot be done in single day (one direction). Perhaps the best time to climb is the end of March and April, when it is still cold with good snow condition and there is snow mostly.
Spring is good for longer days. Snow quality will lower after mid May. June is not a good month to climb because quality of snow will be very poor. And when snow is gone the weather suddenly changes into summer mode but you can find classic spring in the lower section of the Triglav, where there is greenery. Most flowers are in June and July.
Summers months on Triglav are July and August. Thousands and thousands of people will climb on summers. If you don’t like crowd better avoid summers because temperature around Triglav don’t exceed 10 °C too often. No equipment is needed in summer, except helmet and ropes for climbing. Even in this time you can experience and walk over on remaining snow. Always have warm clothes with you because snow can be expected on Triglav even in mid summers also.
Autumn is considered to be the best time to visit if you don’t want crowds. In September and October days are still quite long and Sun is not beating hard and views are beautiful. At the beginning of October forested areas are beautiful covered, especially 7 Triglav Lakes Valley, where there are lot of larch trees which are giving the golden shine.
How to reach there
There are many routes which are going towards Triglav. Many centres near Triglav Starting points are Mojstrana and Bohinj.
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If you are going by plane you have to reach at Ljubljana, it is a capital of Slovenia and the largest city of it and have airport over there. And from there you can take the bus which are depart from Kranjska Gora and Bohinj after every 60 minutes. If you want to go by train Ljubljana is connected by train to Bohinj. Jesenice are on the main railway from Ljubljana towards Austria and Germany so that it ca be replaced by train from Western Europe.