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This guidebook offers 23 walking routes across the 120km Karavanke mountain range, a natural border between Austria and Slovenia. The one and two-day routes are graded for difficulty, and range from low-level walks to high summits. The approaches are mainly from the Slovenian valleys, with bases in unspoilt towns and villages.
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This guidebook lets walkers explore the magnificent 120km-long Karavanke mountain range which forms a natural border between Slovenia and Austria. It is one of the longest mountain ranges in Western Europe, yet it remains relatively unvisited and unknown among English-speaking hillwalkers. Visitors tend to rush to the much better known Julian Alps, leaving these gems of mountains untouched, so they are yet to experience the extent of the commercial development known by the Western Alps.
The range divides naturally into two sections: the Western Karavanke, as far as the Košuta ridge, is more or less a single unbroken ridge, while the Eastern Karavanke are split into several massifs. The typical pattern all along the range is of precipitous rocky faces to the northern, Austrian side, while to the southern, Slovene side there are steep grassy slopes and terraces.
All the walks are graded from 1 to 3, and though not an official system this will help assess each route’s suitability to your own ability and taste. It should be noted however, that even the easiest grade (1) may be a long and tiring excursion, despite not being excessively steep or technical, so previous mountain experience is recommended. The highest graded routes are particularly strenuous, tackling high and exposed sections that require the aid of fixed steel cables and pegs.
Arranged in the book by peak from west to east along the range, the routes feature major highlights including Stol (at 2236m the highest in the range and one that forms a stunning backdrop to the beautiful Lake Bled), the majestic Košuta ridge and Golica – a mountain that displays a fine carpet of white daffodils in May.
• detailed description of 23 walking routes, covering the entire range from west to east
• insight into the history of the area
• practical details on transport, accessing the routes, accommodation and available facilities
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|Landscape and geology|
|Climate and weather|
|Wildlife and flowers|
|When to go|
|Travelling within Slovenia|
|Food and drink|
|Money and shopping|
|Health and hazards|
|Using this guide|
|The Western Karavanke|
|Walk 1 Peč (Tromeja)|
|Walk 2 Trupejevo poldne and Vošca|
|Walk 3 Kepa|
|Walk 4 Dovška Baba|
|Walk 5 Hrušica to Planina pod Golico|
|Walk 6 Golica|
|Walk 7 Hruški vrh and Klek|
|Walk 8 Dovška Baba to Planina pod Golico|
|Walk 9 Ajdna|
|Walk 10 Stol|
|Walk 11 Vajnež|
|Walk 12 Stol from Austria|
|Walk 13 Dobrča|
|Walk 14 Preval|
|Walk 15 Begunjščica|
|Walk 16 Vrtača|
|Walk 17 The Ljubelj Pass|
|Walk 18 Košutica|
|Walk 19 Košuta|
|The Eastern Karavanke|
|Walk 20 Hochobir (Ojstrc)|
|Walk 21 Olševa|
|Walk 22 Peca|
|Walk 23 Uršlja gora (Plešivec)|
|Appendix A Walk summary table|
|Appendix B Key names in German|
|Appendix C Glossary|
|Appendix D Useful contacts|
|Appendix E Further reading|