Mangart - Details
After reaching the top of the freestanding Mangart you feel being on top of the world.
As you may have noticed, this is not a mountaineering site. The reason for mentioning the Mangart is that you can stand on top of the third highest mountain in the Triglav National Park within 2,5 hours because of the Mangart road lifting you up to little over 2000 meters.
Things to consider
This walk is only possible when all the snow is melted, so usually not before July. Don’t forget that also the north side has to be snow free for your easier descent along the Italian route. Also, sometimes the Mangart road is closed due to repair works, so it’s worth to check at the Tourist Office if it is open.
The path is very well secured. Sometimes you wonder how the path will continue at places, but it always does. You don’t need mountaineering equipment. Some people wear a helmet, others don’t. Remember that people ahead of you are the greatest cause of rock fall, so on busy days it might be a good idea to wear a helmet.
However, this is a serious mountain walk, especially on the Slovene route you have to climb steep using steel pins and cables on your way up. Directly after the real climb starts at the foot of the mountain, there is a section straight up through a cleft. There you can test if you feel capable of doing the whole walk. It is the most exposed section with an abyss of more than 60 meters. You should feel safe however with all the cables to hold.
Mangart or Mangrt
Both names have been used for a very long time. The official name is now Mangart, but local people still call their mountain Mangrt.
How to get there
On the road from Bovec to Tarvisio, after crossing the large Predel viaduct over the Mangart creek, turn right to the Mangart road. A fee has to be paid later on. The road is usually open from the second half of June. Drive all the way up to the Mangartsko sedlo (saddle) where the road ends and park there.
During the walk
Walk to the Mangart and at the foot keep to the right. You will return along the path that goes straight on. You will arrive at a cleft where the path goes straight up. The whole track is well way marked.
This is a circular walk along two possible routes to the top. The two routes are called the Slovene route and the Italian route. It is recommended to use the Slovene route as the way up. Scrambling along steel cables goes much easier up than down. The easier Italian route can then be used for the descent. It only has a few steel cables and the path is less steep.
Duration: 4 hours and 20 minutes
Length: 4,8 kilometers
Height difference: 630 meters
Parking coordinates: 46.444500,13.646757