Ice Climbing in Julian Alps

Kranjska Gora | Slovenia
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Top three reasons to go ice climbing in Julian Alps

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    Cling to the top of 150-meter frozen waterfalls

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    Scenic views of the mighty Alps wherever you turn

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    Scale challenging but infinitely rewarding objectives in Slovenia

Tucked away in the rugged Julian Alps—near the border with Italy and Austria—is the alpine village of Kranjska Gora, one of the best places for ice climbing in Slovenia. Warm up on the welcoming waterfalls of Mount Prisank then tackle the challenging clusters of cascading daggers and chutes full of chandelier, cauliflower, and candlestick ice around Tamar valley, Lake Predel, or the Planica valley. Some of these lines reach a spine-chilling 150m (492 ft) in height! With most visitors hitting the renowned ski slopes, let the only thing you hear on the side of the mountain be the thwack of your ice tools and crunch from your crampons. At the end of the day, welcome the feeling back into your hands over plum schnapps and delicious dumplings.

Season

December through March

Nearest city

Ljubljana, SLO is just an hour away

Duration

5 days

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

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5 Days of Ice Climbing in Kranjska Gora

5 days

If you’re looking for some real ice climbing challenges that will help you perfect your skills, Kranjska Gora can definitely help you out. Nested in the Julian Alps, it’s harboring the classic Alps landscape that you have set as your desktop background. With a change of scenery every day, you’ll get to reach the tops of numerous different waterfalls with varied ice shapes—the perfect terrain to hone your skills. As a winter sports hub with easy access, Kranjska Gora is the best ice-climbing host you could hope for. Use your evenings to relish Slovenian traditional cuisine and schnapps.

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Itinerary

Day 0: Arrival

You’ll arrive in Kranjska Gora, a winter sports hub of Slovenia, the day prior to your adventure. After checking in at your hotel, it’s up to you how you want to spend the rest of the day. Take a walk through vast conifer woodlands, stroll through the charming town of Ljubljana, or unwind at a spa facility. Make sure to rest up for the adventure ahead!

Scenery of Kranjska Gora.

Days 1-5: Ice Climbing in Kranjska Gora

Meet your guide and head for different locations every morning. Kranjska Gora belongs to the Julian Alps, a mighty range boasting intact nature and rich cultural heritage. As the temperatures drop during the colder months, the area becomes a winter wonderland. Host to a myriad of frozen waterfalls and ice-covered rock faces that make for excellent climbing routes, Kranjska Gora has got you covered. Your guides will take you to the best hidden gems for ice climbing—let them introduce you to Slovenia’s scenic views of Mt. Prisank, Planica and Tamar Valley, Crne Vode waterfalls, and much more. Take on challenging, but infinitely rewarding objectives and feel the thrill of conquering the top!

Advanced ice climbing in Kranjska Gora.

Day 6: Departure

It’s time to leave this ice climber’s paradise. If you’re not yet ready to go, feel free to ask your guide for recommendations about the area! 

Tavern in Kranjska Gora.
Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Kranjska Gora, please refer to Slovenia’ latest travel information and safety guidelines.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced IFMGA climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • Five days of ice climbing
    • Transportation during the tour

What’s not included:

    • Transportation to and from Kranjska Gora
    • Transportation on days 0 and 6 of the tour (non-climbing days)
    • Accommodations in Kranjska Gora
    • Food and drinks

How fit do I need to be?

In order to go ice climbing in Kranjska Gora, you need to be in excellent shape. This is a trip for all levels of ice climbers. If this is your first time on ice, your guide will teach all about equipment, movements, safety and proper steps to become a good climber. If you are looking for extreme ice climbing—you will be on your feet for 5 full days! Your guide will get you to the right scenery to fit your advanced skill level and help you reach your objectives.

What if I’ve never ice climbed before?

Ice climbing tour in Kranjska Gora doesn’t requires previous ice climbing experience. In fact, this might be a perfect opportunity to try it our and learn all about it. If you have some experience with rock climbing or glacier walking, this is definitely your next step. Your guide will make sure to find the most appropriate location for your skill level.

What about required equipment?

All technical climbing equipment is available for rent. Please inform us on time, so that we’re able to make arrangements. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:

    • Helmet
    • Harness
    • Technical ice tools
    • Mountaineering boots
    • Vertical frontpoint crampons and crampon pouch
    • Ropes
    • Tubular belay device with round bar stock locking carabiner
    • Sewn nylon sling (48 in/120 cm)
    • Two or three locking carabiners and one or two non-locking carabiners
    • Two ice clippers
    • V-thread tool

Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

    • Pack with a waist strap large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 30-40L bag)
    • Wool or synthetic warm hat
    • Ball hat/sun hat — optional
    • Lightweight fleece gloves
    • Wind/water resistant insulated medium-weight mountain gloves
    • Wind/water resistant heavy insulated mittens
    • Long sleeve wool or synthetic base layer top
    • Light insulating fleece layer/soft shell top
    • Wind and waterproof hard shell jacket with a hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Insulated parka
    • Synthetic climbing pants (for most adventures snow pants will suffice)
    • Wind and waterproof hard shell pants
    • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
    • Knee-length pair of gaiters
    • Headlamp
    • Buff/neck gaiter
    • Water bottle (2L of water)
    • Food you can eat on-the-go
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. Contact us in advance to make arrangements.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • For this adventure, the usual guest-to-guide ratio is 2:1
    • Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

Climbing days in Kranjska Gora can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors aren’t permitted to join this tour.

Deposits and cancellation policy

A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid sixty (60) days prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

    • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to sixteen (16) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. 
    • For cancellations fifteen (15) to eight (8) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
    • If Client cancels within seven (7) days of the trip, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Kranjska Gora, most people fly into Ljubljana Airport (LJU), an hour away from Kranjska Gora. Other nearby airports include the two Venice airports (Venice Treviso (TSF) or Venice Marco Polo (VCE)), both of which are about 3 hours away.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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