Jalovec over Kotovo Saddle
1-Day Tour, start from Planica, pick-up in Kranjska Gora
The most photogenic mountain of the Julian Alps, imposing Jalovec, is one of the most talked about mountains in Slovenia. Climbing it is a true accomplishment, particularly in winter, and as such a thrilling climbing experience to put even the most experienced and adventure-seeking mountaineers to the test. Stunning panorama, starting as early as the trailhead in Planica, the unforgettable Alpine wild and steep slopes of the trophy mountain are the winning combination that will make you yearn for more.
We leave our cars in Planica, not too far from the Olympic Sports Center Planica, and head in the direction of Tamar towards great Jalovec, the sixth highest mountain in Slovenia. The trail first ascends slowly passing the Tamar Hut, but then gradually becomes steeper taking us over large scree slopes towards Kotovo Sedlo. We'll be putting on our climbing harness soon after a crossing of two main routes, one coming from the Vršič Pass, Jalovška Škrbina, and our route via Kotovo Sedlo. After climbing a few secured spots, we soon arrive at a well-known bivouac (Bivak pod Kotovim sedlom) in the shape of a piton. The trail crosses more and more rocky grounds until it becomes close to vertical at about 2,400 m altitude. As the climbing part is secured with steel cables and pitons, we continue our way to the top safely with an experienced mountain guide keeping an extra eye on the safety of our journey. After a rough 6-hour adventure, we are rewarded with mind-blowing views from the summit of Slovenia's 'King'. The descent will follow the same route, but, as the thing is with all descents, we'll need much less time to get down compared to the getting-up part - 4 hours.
Is This for Me?
Intermediate Alpine | Climb | Long, challenging, yet utterly spectacular, prepare yourself to feel stretched to the limit by climbing difficult but secured routes in the Slovenian Alps. Expect high, steep and utterly rewarding climbs.
Length and elevation gain10 h, 1,537 m | 1-day tour; estimated 6-hour ascent, 4-hour descent. 1,537 meters of elevation gain.
Client to guide ratio4 : 1 | Small group experience; Max 12. Guide ratio 4:1.
Age Requirements12+ | All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Strenuous (5/5) | Designed for very fit travelers; 10+ hours per day.
T3 | For mountain enthusiasts with basic climbing experience. Surfaces: mountainous terrain with steep ascents/descents, uneven trails, sections of exposed and secured climbing.
- Expert mountain guiding
- Meals and beverages
What's not included
- Travel insurance
- Other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages and non-outside group meals, snacks etc.)
Via ferrata set, climbing harness, climbing helmet, basic hiking gear.
For the best experience we recommend that you extend the tour over two days and spend the night prior to the ascent at the Tamar Hut.
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