Nr. 1 – Mangart

The Mangart is a unique climb: one of the most beautiful ones in Europe. The climb starts already in Bovec, where you first climb the Predil pass. Shortly before you reach the top there, you can turn right and there begins the narrow, winding climb to the Mangart.

As it is a one-way road, where traffic is limited, you will encounter almost no cars here. For the four unlit tunnes you will encounter on the way, you will definitely need a lamp. But it never gets completely dark. Except at the end of the climb: there are a few steep sections here, where a good mountain gear is not a luxury and you might get blacked out. 😉

The last approx. 2km is closed due to stone chips, which in theory means you can’t go beyond the last car park. Suppose you were to ignore this prohibition, and cycle on and -once at the top- park your bike and continue on foot for another 20m, suppose you do, you will be rewarded with a truly unbeatable view of the Gail valley and the lakes of Fusine. But -if you are unlucky- you will be rewarded with a stone on your head, or a flat tyre.

Since the pass is rather high (over 2000m and 400m higher than the famous “highest mountain pass of Slovenia” the Vršič Pass), it is advisable to avoid climbing the Mangart too early in the season: The 2nd half of June, until early September is the best season.

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Mangart history

During World War I, the road climbing the Mangart was constructed and was functioning as a strategic military road.

Slovenia in general, and the surrounding of the Mangart especially, is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, chamois, and eagles, making it a popular destination for nature enthusiasts.

The Mangart climb is located in the Julian Alps in Slovenia, offering a unique blend of alpine and Mediterranean landscapes.