Slovenia Walking

Category: Ten of series

10 Highest Mountains in Slovenia

All but one of 10 highest mountains in Slovenia are to be found in the Julian Alps, within the boundary of the Triglav National Park, the sole exception being Grintovec, the highest mountain in the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.

Many of these great summits can be reached by the walker who has a head for heights and enjoys some easy scrambling. Some are a little harder and self-belaying equipment is recommended. The ascents of many of Slovenia’s mountains can be made much easier by staying overnight in a nearby mountain hut.

Some photos are missing – we will try to fill these gaps on our next trip!

    Triglav, Slovenia's highest mountain
    Triglav, 2,864m
  1. Triglav – 2,864m.

    Triglav is the highest mountain in Slovenia.  But it is more than that!  It seems that Triglav’s summit is almost a place of pilgimage for the Slovenes – in fact we have heard that only once you have climbed it, can you be considered a true Slovenian!  The mountain has pride of place on the nation’s flag which illustrates just how important it is!  It was first climbed in 1778 and there is a statue commerating the four climber’s ascent in Ribčev Laz.  Click on the link to read about our first ascent of Triglav that we made in September 2009.

  2. Škrlatica – 2,740m.

    Škrlatica lies between the Pišnica and Vrata valleys and is considered to be a difficult climb. The first ascent was made in 1880 by Julius Kugy, accompanied by the guide Andrej Komac and Matija Kravanja. (Pictured below)

  3. Mangrt or Mangart – 2,678m.

    Mangrt lies on the Italian border, north-west of Bovec. The 1300m North Wall is popular with climbers. The first ascent was made in 1794 by naturalist Francis Joseph Hannibal Hohenwart.

  4. Visoki Rokav – 2,646m.

    Visoki Rokav is the neighbouring, but slightly lower, peak of Škrlatica. It appears that there are no waymarked/protected routes to it’s summit. (Pictured below)

  5. Jalovec and Kugy Monument
    Jalovec, 2,645m and Kugy Monument
  6. Jalovec, 2,645m.

    Jalovec – a classic looking mountain (the Matterhorn of Slovenia) at the head of the Soča Valley and above Zadnja Trenta, from where it can be climbed (the approach from the Planica valley to the north is perhaps easier). There is a beautiful view of this peak from Sleme, on Walk 10. Karl Wurmb and two guides, Crnuta and Strgulc, were the first to climb it in 1875.

  7. Razor, 2601m
    Razor, 2601m

    Razor, 2601m.

    Razor is well seen from Trenta in the Soča Valley and from Kranjska Gora on the north side of the Vršič Pass. This view is from the ruined Italian barracks of Morbegna, just to the SW of Triglav. Referred to as The Royal of Julian Alps by Kugy, Razor was first climbed by Otto Sendtner in 1842. (Also pictured below)

  8. Kanjavec
    Kanjavec, 2,568m

    Razor, 2601m.

    Kanjavec is part of the Triglav group lying just to the SW. There is a protected route from Dolič but it easily climbed from Hribarice to the south (the route that we took on our mountain backpack in the Julian Alps. This view is from the mountain hut, Tržaška Koča na Doliču.

  9. Grintovec – 2,558m.

    Grintovec is the highest Slovenian peak outside of the Julian Alps. It belongs to the Kamnik-Savinja Alps which lie to the north of Kamnik. The botanist Scopoli made the first recorded ascent in 1759.

  10. Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
    Prisonik (R), 2547m, Razor (L)

    Prisonik – 2547m.

    Prisojnik, also called Prisank, dominates the skyline when looking south over Kranjska Gora. It is most easily climbed from Vršič along a relatively easy and secured route. The mountain is well known for its two natural windows and the amazing “Girl’s Face”, Ajdovska Deklica. (Also pictured below)

  11. Rž,
    Rž, 2,538m

    Rž, 2,538m.

    Rž is part of the Triglav group and lies to the east. It is most easily reached from Kredarica but it seems it is not a peak for the walker as there is no easy or even secured route to the top. Perhaps one of the best views is from near Dom Valentina Staniča pod Triglavom.

View of Prisojnok and Razor (L) plus Škrlatica and Visoki Rokav (R) from Morbegna in the Julian Alps, Slovenia.
View of Prisojnok and Razor (L) plus Škrlatica and Visoki Rokav (R) from Morbegna in the Julian Alps, Slovenia.

Waterfalls in Slovenia – our 10 favourites

Here is a list of our 10 favourite waterfalls in Slovenia (in no particular order).

  • Slap Savica, Bohinj
    Slap Savica

    1. Slap Savica – 78m fall.

    This magnificent waterfall is fed by underground channels that lead from the Triglav Seven Lakes Valley. Slap Savica is the source of the Sava Bohinjka.

    Access: A 20 minute walk from the car park by Koča pri Savici, which is 4km west of Lake Bohinj. There is a small fee payable to view the waterfall.

    We visit Slap Savica on Walk 20. This walk starts at Ribčev Laz and includes a circuit of Lake Bohinj.

  • Slap Voje
    Slap Voje

    2. Slap Voje (also known as Slap Mostnice or Slap Šum) – 21m fall.

    Found at the head of the Voje Valley, it is a wonderful sight especially when in spate.

    Access: A pleasant walk of nearly 1 1/2 hours through the alpine Voje Valley from Stara Fužina, in Bohinj.

    We visit Slap Voje on Walk 22 which also takes a look at the dramatic Mostnice Gorge. Refreshments are available at Slap Mostnice in season and at the Planinska Koča na Vojah mountain hut on Saturdays.

  • Slap Peričnik
    Slap Peričnik

    3. Slap Peričnik – upper falls 16m, lower falls 52m.

    Very dramatic falls in a dramatic location. It is unusual to be able to walk behind a waterfall, but here you can do so at both falls.

    Access: About 4.5km along the Vrata road from Mojstrana. Park beside the Koča pri Peričniku.

    We visit Slap Peričnik as an alternative walk to our main walk which explores the head of the Vrata Valley. Refreshments are available from the Koča pri Peričniku mountain hut at the base of the falls.

  • Slap Boka
    Slap Boka

    4. Slap Boka – overall fall of 144m, with a single fall of 106m.

    This is Slovenia’s highest and most powerful waterfall. The waters gush out of the rock face high on Mt Kanin and plunge down into a rocky gorge – a very impressive sight.

    Access: Can be easily viewed from the Bovec – Kobarid road in the Soča Valley, near Žaga.

    To get a little nearer the waterfall, find the path on the west side of the river.  Its also possible to climb up to the source of the waterfall – the path starts on the east side but is a rough scramble in parts – be warned!.

  • Slap Kozjak
    Slap Kozjak

    5. Slap Kozjak – 15m fall.

    Small but beautiful! This slender, almost delicate, waterfall lies in a rocky cavern along the Kozjak stream which flows into the River Soča.

    Access: About an hours easy walk from Kobarid. It is possible to park near start walking from near the entrance Kamp Koren on the east side of the River Soča.

    We visit Slap Kozjak on Walk 16, which follows the Kobarid Historical Walk. Refreshments are available at Kamp Koren.

  • Veliki Šumik
    Veliki Šumik

    6. Veliki Šumik – 24m fall.

    Found deep in the heart of primeval forest (pragozd) on the Lobnica River on the Pohorje Massif. Veliki Šumik cascades down stepped rocks and is the uppermost of two falls. Downstream is Mali Šumik, altogether different in nature, a narrow chute in the rocks.

    Access: The easiest point of access that we have found is from the Šport Hotel Areh on the edge of the Pohorje Massif above Maribor. A forestry road leads east for about 7km to cross the River Lobnica.

    We visit Veliki Šumik om Walk 35. The riverside path was in poor condition when we last visited. The most awkward sections were protected by cables and metal pegs. The lower falls are a further 20 minutes downstream.

  • Slap Rinka
    Slap Rinka

    7. Slap Rinka – 105m fall.

    Situated at the head of the beautiful alpine valley of Logarska Dolina on the northern side of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Above is the source of the Savinja River.

    Access: There is a car park at the head of the valley and it is a 10 minute walk to the base of the waterfall.

    We visit Slap Rinka on Walk 40. Refreshments are available at the car park and from a small cafe beside the falls.

  • Izvir Soče
    Izvir Soče

    8. Izvir Soče

    We are not really sure if this counts as a waterfall as Izvir Soče (source of the River Soča) is more of a cascade. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful spot and worthy of inclusion!

    Access: Turn off the main Soča Valley road at the base of the Vršič Pass and drive up to the Koča pri Izviru Soče where is a car park. It is a 10 minute walk up to the source and the last section is an easy scramble.

    We visit Izvir Soče on Walk 12. Refreshments are available at Koča pri Izviru Soče.

  • Slap Pršjak
    Slap Pršjak

    9. Slap Pršjak – a series of falls, the highest (pictured) is 27m.

    Probably off the beaten track for most visitors but we think this waterfall is a gem! Lying in a wooded and secluded ravine the River Pršjak descends in a series of picturesque and graceful falls.

    Access: Park near the roadbridge over the River Pršjak, about 5km south of Dolenja Trebuša.

    We visit Slap Pršjak on Walk 26. It is just a 20 minute walk up to the tallest waterfall. Walk on for a few minutes more to reach another fall.

  • Spodnji Martuljek Slap
    Spodnji Martuljek Slap

    10. Martuljkovi slapovi – the Martuljek waterfalls. The upper (Zgornji) fall is over 100m high and the lower (Spodnji) one around 30m.

    The lower fall is quite spectacular, set in a deep rocky gorge. The higher fall is much higher on the mountain and has cut a deep groove in the rock face.

    Access: The lower fall is easily accessed from Godz Martuljek which is about 4km east of Kranjska Gora. In May of 2009 the lower approach to the gorge and the bottom fall were inaccessible due to storm damage. The top fall is about 1.5km further on and 250m higher up the mountain.

    We visit the Martuljek waterfalls on Walk 8 on a circular walk through the Sava valley from Kranjska Gora.

So, there we have our 10 favourites. What are yours? Would you add any and which would you demote? We would love to know! Perhaps you can recommend some waterfalls that you think we might like?