Guidebook to trekking the Slovene Mountain Trail or Transverzala, 550km across Slovenia. Beginning at Maribor near the Austrian border to Ankaran on the Adriatic coast, the route is described as a series of 3 to 6-day treks through the region of Pohorje and the limestone mountains of the Karavanke and Kamnik-Savinja and Julian Alps.

Seasons

Seasons

June-September; some of the easier treks can be made in May and October, but note that huts will be closed
Centres

Centres

Maribor, Slovenj Gradec, Solčava, Zgornje Jezersko, Tržič, Dovje/Mojstrana, Vršič, Trenta, Petrovo Brdo, Idrija, Col, Matavun, Ankaran.
Difficulty

Difficulty

each day has a subjective grade of 1-3, but even the easiest days require a good level of walking fitness. The most difficult, grade 3 sections, require mountaineering experience as they are strenuous, often very exposed, and will have sections of fixed protection; helmet and self-belaying equipment are recommended here.
Must See

Must See

the Pohorje uplands; the Kamnik-Savinja Alps; the Julian Alps; including Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia, the Triglav Lakes valley, and the Vršič Pass; the Karst region; the mining town of Idrija; the Škocjan caves; the Adriatic coast.
ISBN
9781786310200
Availability
Published
Published
19 Mar 2019
Edition
Second
Pages
256
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
Weight
280g
  • Overview

    A guidebook to trekking the Slovene Mountain Trail, crossing Slovenia from Austria to the Adriatic. The 550km route is presented in a series of 12 3 to 6-day treks of all levels of difficulty, all featuring start and finish points that can be accessed by public transport. They can be completed as single sections or linked to create a longer trip. Each day is graded: low-grade walking is mostly on tracks or lanes with no steep ascents, whereas the most difficult stages may involve steep and technical terrain including fixed protection or sections of via ferrata, for which a helmet, self-belaying equipment and the appropriate experience are required.

    In addition to clear route description and mapping, the guide provides all the practical information you will need to plan your trip, covering transport, accommodation and safety, as well as background notes on geology, plants and wildlife.

    From Maribor, close by the Austrian border in the north-east, to Ankaran on the Adriatic coast in the south-west, the route covers outstanding mountain and upland walking: the vast forested plateau of Pohorje, the sheer limestone peaks of the Julian and Kamnik-Savinja Alps with their via ferrata protected routes, the traditional alpine pastures and flower-strewn ridges of the Karavanke, and the forested hills and olive groves of the limestone karst country that stretch towards the coast.

  • Contents

    Map key
    Overview map

    Introduction
    Landscape and geology
    Climate and weather
    Wildlife and flowers
    The route
    When to go
    Getting there
    Travelling within Slovenia
    Accommodation
    Food and drink
    Money and shopping
    Communications
    Health and hazards
    Language
    Maps
    Waymarking
    Equipment
    Mountain safety
    Using this guidebook

    The Slovene Mountain Trail

    Stage 1 Maribor to Slovenj Gradec
    Stage 2 Slovenj Gradec to Solčava
    Stage 3 Solčava to Zgornje Jezersko
    Stage 4 Zgornje Jezersko to Tržič
    Stage 5 Tržič to Dovje/Mojstrana
    Stage 6 Dovje/Mojstrana to Vršič
    Stage 7 Vršič to Trenta
    Stage 8 Trenta to Petrovo Brdo
    Stage 9 Petrovo Brdo to Idrija
    Stage 10 Idrija to Col
    Stage 11 Col to Matavun
    Stage 12 Matavun to Ankaran

    Appendix A    Bibliography
    Appendix B    The Slovene language
    Appendix C    Transport to and facilities at the stage start points
    Appendix D    Hut telephone numbers
    Appendix E    Route summary table

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Justi Carey

Justi Carey and Roy Clark started visiting the British mountains in their teens, a discovery which has shaped their whole lives. Their passion for the outdoors has since led to travels across the world and a deep commitment to the environment, while their continuing interest in being 'out there' has resulted in an enthusiasm for skiing, canoeing, cycle touring, horse riding and even rollerblading! Since moving to Slovenia in 2002, Justi has worked as an English teacher, while Roy has developed his skills in landscape photography. They now run a Bed and Breakfast in the mountainous north-west corner of Slovenia.

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Roy Clark

Justi Carey and Roy Clark started visiting the British mountains in their teens, a discovery that has shaped their whole lives. Their passion for the outdoors has since led to travels across the world and a deep commitment to the environment, while their continuing interest in being 'out there' has resulted in an enthusiasm for skiing, canoeing, cycle touring, horse riding and even rollerblading! Since moving to Slovenia in 2002, Justi has worked as an English teacher, while Roy has developed his skills in landscape photography. They now run a Bed and Breakfast in the mountainous north-west corner of Slovenia.

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