Understanding the Triglav National Park - publications and questions to make things easier to understand

Triglav National ParkLjubljanska cesta 274260 BLED • SLOVENIA
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Frequently Asked Questions


Where can I spend the night?

How can I get to the Park by public transport?

Is canyoning in the Park allowed?

Is camping in the park allowed?

How to climb Triglav?

How to plan a safe mountain tour?

Can the “P” marked car parks in the TNP be used for caravanning, and is overnight parking allowed?

Is bathing in high-altitude lakes allowed?

Who are park rangers?

What are the most important rules to be followed by mushroomers?

Are we allowed to pick herbs in the Park?

What’s the weather forecast?

Does TNP also organize guided tours of the Park?



Where can I spend the night?
Accommodation facilities are available in the mountain huts belonging to the Triglav National Park Public Institution, in the Trenta Lodge and alpine huts and bivouacs. The list of mountain huts in Triglav National Park, as well as their opening times and telephone numbers, can be found at the website of the Alpine Association of Slovenia (AAS): http://en.pzs.si/koce.php?reg=3 The AAS recommends visitors to bring their own bed linen.

Accommodation is also available in some camping sites, hotels, guest houses, private rooms and holiday flats.

The list of tourist offices:
http://www.bled.si
http://www.bohinj.si
http://www.bovec.si
http://www.kranjska-gora.si
http://www.lto-sotocje.si

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How can I get to the Park by public transport?
For more information on bus and train routes, click here .

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Does TNP also organize guided tours of the Park?
Guided tours are listed in the annual calendar of events and published on TNP’s website. TNP-guided tours, which vary from easy valley walks to more demanding high-altitude tours, are also available on request.
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Is camping in the park allowed?
Camping outside specially designated areas is not allowed. Camping designated areas are official camping sites and several camping locations used mainly by scouts and mountaineers, e.g. in Ribčev laz in Bohinj (Gosti les and near the Bellevue Hotel), at Rudno polje on the Pokljuka plateau (by the military cable-way), in Martuljek, Krnica pod Vršičem and in the Loška Koritnica Valley.

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How to climb Triglav?
There are three important ascent routes to Triglav. The Bohinj Alpine Path, dedicated to the Bohinj mountaineers who were the first to ascend Triglav in 1778, the approach from the Upper Sava Valley (Mojstrana) dedicated to the renowned Triglav priest Jakob Aljaž, and the Trenta Route inspired by Dr Julius Kugy. Those wishing to explore the kingdom of Triglav in detail will have to take all three, and their many variants. But for a chance visitor to the Julian Alps and Triglav, each and every one of these routes will quench the thirst for mountaineering experience and beauty. The focal points in the description of these routes are the huts of the Triglav National Park. Consequently, the ascent from the hut to the top of the mountain is described first, followed by an explanation of the lower sections of the route.
The Planika Route or the “First Men on Triglav” Route
Although this is believed to be the easiest of approaches to Triglav, it should not be underestimated. From the wide depression behind Dom Planika the path slants up across crumbly ground as far as the steep saddle Triglavska Vrata and further up the secured route to the top of Mali Triglav, where it joins the climbing route from Kredarica. From there, it is an airy climb along the ridge to the top of Triglav (1.45 h).
Dom Planika, the starting point of this Triglav ascent, is reached after an easy, two-hour panoramic walk from the mountain hut Vodnikov dom on Velo polje, which is the oldest of all the described approaches.
The path to Velo polje used to be a “compulsory” shepherd's path from Stara Fužina in Bohinj through a side valley and over the Voje valley. Because of this path, Voje has come to be called “the green door to Triglav”.
From the end of the valley, near the Mostnica waterfall, the path sets off to Velo polje across Spodnja Grintojca, steeply to Zagon and then gently to Vodnikov dom (4 hours from Stara Fužina to Vodnikov dom).
At Zagon the path is joined by currently the most frequented route to Velo polje, which starts at Rudno polje on the Pokljuka plateau.
The most popular, yet quite demanding, climbing route to Triglav runs from the mountain hut Triglavski dom na Kredarici. The route is dedicated to the memory of the Triglav priest, Jakob Aljaž.
Climbers are assisted by a secured rope throughout the climb because of the gaping precipices stretching all the way to Mali Triglav. From Mali Triglav the route winds up along the ridge to the top, as described in the Planika Route (1.15 h).
To reach Triglavski dom na Kredarici, mountaineers normally start from the valleys Vrata, Kot (past Staničev dom) or Krma.
Through Krma the inhabitants of Zgornja Radovna (the Psnak family, in recent time) have been supplying the mountain huts Triglavski dom and Staničev dom. Being gentle and reasonably safe, apart from snow avalanches, the path is favoured by ski mountaineers in winter and spring.
Secluded but breath-takingly beautiful is the path through the Kot valley, which runs across a sunny, panoramic Lengar pasture, below the rock faces of Rjavina and Vrbanova špica to the mountain hut Staničev dom and then on to Kredarica.
If you are looking for a more frequented path, choose the one from the Vrata Valley. The lively Triglavska Bistrica, roaring Peričnik Waterfall, dense forests stretching to the first outcrops and the mighty Triglav North Face will indeed make your heart beat faster. It is a waste to drive through that section of the road. Instead, take the Triglavska Bistrica Trail and shorten your walk significantly (12 km, approx. 2.30 h).
Aljažev dom (accommodation), a popular starting point for mountaineering trips in Vrata, offers three ascents to Triglav, none of them easy.
The Prag Route, which is the most popular of all three, climbs the first rock step at the end of the valley (roped section). Then the path follows a long grassy ledge at the edge of the Face and rises gently towards the saddle between Triglav and Cmir on the one side and Begunjski vrh on the other. In the second third of the route you must climb an over-10-metre-high, vertical step, which is secured with a rope. Once you have climbed it, the path eats up into the tiring screes below Triglavski podi. The Face is now forced to leave the climber’s scene, only to be replaced by a view of the top reaches of Triglav. The terrain flattens out on a karst plateau and then rises, one last time, to Triglavski dom (from Aljažev dom in Vrata over Prag to Kredarica 5.15h).
The routes from Vrata are not suitable for everyone as they require some climbing experience, stamina and climbing equipment. Use of a helmet and an alpine axe is compulsory.
From Dolič in the footsteps of Dr. Julius Kugy
From the mountain hut on the Dolič saddle follow the serpentine bends of the old mulattiera to the ruins of a former Italian barracks Morbegne (refuge) and up the scree slopes to Triglavska škrbina. A secured path takes you to a red gully just below Škrbina (Notch) and then zig-zags across the steep southern slopes of Triglav, finally climbing up the south-western ridge to the top (2.30 h).
The roads to Dolič run from Trenta, Velo polje, Triglav Lakes via Hribarice, and along the Mira Marko Debelak’s climbing route behind Kanjavec. The most frequented path to Dolič is the one along the Triglav Traverse (Triglavska magistrala) from the Triglav Lakes Valley via the Hribarice pass. As this path is well-known and described in detail in other publications, we will set on our way to Dolič from the TNP Information Centre Dom Trenta at Na Logu in Trenta.
Follow the road to Vršič. At the first serpentine, take the gravel road into the valley Zadnjica (by car to the car park). At the car park, a path branches off left for Kriški podi, but we continue past a road barrier at the end of the valley, considered among the most beautiful in the Julian Alps. The valley is surrounded from all sides by precipitous cliffs so it is cold in the winter and filled with pleasant coolness of a mountain refuge during summer. Former pasturelands, scattered with boulders and sheep sheds, are governed by the towering rock faces of Kanjavec and Vršac. At the foot of these rock faces, there is a junction of mountain paths. To the left, a path runs to the steep Zadnjiški Dol and to the old alp Trebiščina and the Prehodavci pass, and to the left a mulattiera takes the mountaineer to the Luknja pass and the Dolič saddle. The path running straight is a less popular climbing route over Komar directly to Dolič. The mulattiera offers a more pleasant, but much longer walk. A good hour above the end of the valley our path forks right, descends slightly and then winds up towards Jalovec and Dolič. Just a few steps below the mountain hut, the mulattiera branches off towards Triglav (4 hours from Na Logu).

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How to plan a safe mountain tour?
The number of mountaineers has been increasing, partly due to the fact that the hiking season now lasts almost all the year.
The following instructions are intended for visitors who do not know the Julian Alps well, and to those who have little or no mountaineering experience.
The Triglav National Park covers almost entire area of the Julian Alps within the borders of Slovenia. This world of high mountains is governed by conditions which differ (sometimes greatly) from the conditions in the valley. Conquering high mountains requires good physical conditions and, above all, skill, neither of which can be acquired overnight.
The mountains are also full of life forms adapted to the harsh conditions of the mountain world. As life in the mountains is often on the verge of existence, each visitor should try to minimize his/her impact on this sensitive environment.
We wish you many exciting mountain tours and a wealth of unforgettable memories.

Selecting a mountain tour with regard to the time of year:
Summer – long, warm and even hot days with sudden weather changes. Sudden cold fronts bring storms (wind, rain, lightning, considerable temperature drops). In high mountains, snow patches that a mountaineer needs to know how to overcome stay far into summer, the risk of falling stones is high, caused by visitors, wind, or animals.
Autumn – days are getting shorter and colder, but the thunderstorm risk is lower. Sudden chills are common, causing weather to change into winter conditions in a very short time. Ground is wet in shadowy locations. You can slip easily even wearing top quality mountaineering boots.
Winter – very short days. Nights are freezing cold. Snow cover increases the risk of avalanches and slips, snow and fog impair visibility and cause orientation problems.
Spring – mountains are under a thick snow cover changing its characteristics during the day: the snow is frozen and hard in the morning (slips) and heavy and wet in the afternoon (avalanches). Despite occasional summer temperatures, winter weather conditions with snow and fog are not uncommon.
The complexity and diversity of weather means that mountaineering in the Julian Alps (TNP) is exceptionally beautiful but also dangerous. Every tour is a special experience, but only if the mountaineer managed to avoid the dangers through prudent action and good equipment.
Planning a tour:
adapt the length and difficulty of the to your state of fitness, health status, experience, knowledge of the mountains, available equipment, and the weather forecast (easier tours first)
weather forecast for the mountains is available on the Internet, radio, TV
when you are not familiar with the area of the planned tour, consult an expert or hire a mountain guide
prior to departure, leave a note in a visible place stating your destination, anticipated time of return, and the names of all the people venturing on the tour
Equipment:
proper footwear (high mountaineering boots with sharp rubber soles)
warm clothing (jumper, cap, gloves, spare underwear)
wind and rain protection (rainproof anorak or windjacket, windproof trousers, bivouac bag, emergency foil blanket)
sun protection (sun glasses, a hat or cap)
a first-aid kit (band-aids, gauze, bandages)
orientation equipment and the skill to use it (map, altitude meter, compass)
suitable food and drinks supply
and for winter tours: ice-axe, crampons, avalanche rescue beacon, snow shovel, avalanche probe.
for easier and safer walking (folding) poles and an ice-axe are recommended at all times when snow and ice can be expected.

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Can the “P” marked car parks in the TNP be used for caravanning, and is overnight parking allowed?
The Triglav National Park Act prohibits the parking of motor vehicles, campers, and caravans outside the designated areas (Article 13, point 43, of the TNP Act - Official Gazette of RS, št. 52/10).
In the area of the Park there are no car parks which would be also intended for camper parking, overnight parking or supply. Only camping sites currently serve as regulated area within the Park that can be used by campers.
Only the Bovec Municipality has adopted a Decree on the traffic regime for campers and the parking regime applicable to camper parking sites.

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Is bathing in high-altitude lakes allowed?
Bathing and swimming, as well as all other recreational activities, are banned at alpine lakes which fall under the first protective regime (Article 15, point 17, of the TNP Act, Official Gazette of RS, no. 52/10).

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Who are park rangers?
Park rangers are an essential link of the management organisation. They monitor all natural processes and all activities related to visitors and inhabitants of the park. They are responsible for the enforcement of the TNP Act; they inform and warn visitors and have the right to collect penalties for certain infringements. The work of a park ranger is increasingly centred around cooperation, communication and awareness-raising of the local inhabitants and park visitors. TNP rangers are actively involved in a variety of professional, educational and research tasks conducted by the park, maintenance of infrastructure (putting-up information signs, path and trail maintenance, maintenance of rest areas), preservation of cultural landscape through mowing and supply and maintenance of the TNP mountain huts. Two thirds of park rangers also perform the tasks of hunting guards.

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What are the most important rules to be followed by mushroomers?

With an exception of the areas of the first protective regime and core protected areas in which any recreational or commercial mushroom foraging is banned, the TNP Act allows mushroom picking under certain conditions which are laid down in the Decree on the protection of wild fungi and in various rules and regulations concerning forestry and forest protection, in particular in the Rules on the protection of forests.
Mushroom picking is subject to several rules, prohibitions and restrictions which are to be closely followed. The bag limit set at 2kg per person per day is defined in the Decree on the protection of wild fungi and the Rules on the protection of forests. All mushrooms must be basically cleaned at the site where they were picked and no implements that could potentially harm the site or the mycelium must be used. Forest visitors should be aware that their presence in the forest disturbs the wildwife, and should therefore cause no unnecessary noise or other disturbing activities.
In the mushroom season, TNP rangers and forest inspectors will exercise strict control over compliance with the law.

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Are we allowed to pick herbs in the Park?
The TNP Act does not prohibit the picking of herbs and mushrooms in the area of the Park, as long as it does not exceed one’s personal needs. If you plan to pick herbs or mushrooms for commercial purposes, however, you will need the consent of the TNP Managing Authority.

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What’s the weather forecast?

Link to the Slovenian Environmental Agency: http://www.arso.gov.si/

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Is canyoning in the Park allowed?
Anyone wishing to engage in canyoning will first have to obtain a permit from the Triglav National Park Public Institution. For permit holders canyoning is allowed between 15 May and 15 October, with entry into the water bed before 10:00 and exit no later than 17:00, in the following river beds:

Fratarica the access is along the existing marked path to the Parabola Waterfall and then further down an unmarked path to the Fratarica river bed. The entry point is at approx. 820 m a.s.l. The exit point is at the confluence of the Fratarica and Koritnica rivers.

Predelica the access is along the existing marked path that forks off the Predel – Bovec road at the bridge over the Mangartski potok brook to the Predelica river bed. One entry point is at the river pool called the Emerald Eye (“Smaragdno oko”), at an altitude of approx. 1050 m, and the other (entry-exit point) is located at the confluence with the Mangartski potok at about 900 m a.s.l. The exit point is located at the bridge over the Predelica at Log pod Mangartom.

Jerečica the access is along the dirt road from the chapel at Podjelje to the river bed, or along a forest road to the sand pit at Jereka. One entry point is at an altitude of approx. 870 m, the other (entry-exit point) is located at approx. 715 m a.s.l, where the dirt road crosses the watercourse. The final exit point is at the sand pit at Jereka at an altitude of approx. 660 m.

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