Mangart, 2678 m, is a mountain on the border between Italy and Slovenia. There are many routes to the summit, from both countries. Within this post, I describe the normal route from Mangart saddle (2055 m).
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The coordinates of Mangart are:
- Lattitude: 46.439;
- Longitude: 13.655
The mountain is most easily climbed from Mangart saddle, which is accessible by car, and it is at the end of the attractive Mangart road, see the map below. Note that the Mangart road is an attraction for itself, just see the link given here to realize this.
Routes to Mangart
There exist two normal routes and both start from the Mangart saddle. They approach the summit from both Slovenian and Italian side. You will need no more than two hours to arrive at the summit. Many other routes, from both countries, are very hard ferratas. They are not for inexperienced people and they require proper ferrata equipment.
One mountain hut is on the Slovenian side very close to the saddle, at the altitude of 1906 m. There is also Bivouac Nogara on the north Italian side at 1850 m.
This is for the route I passed:
My climb to Mangart
I climbed Mangart in July 2010 from the Mangart saddle. This was a quick tour for me. I was attending some activity at the International Center for Physics in Trieste. We had a free weekend, so on Saturday morning I hit the road and arrived at the saddle at 12:30.The Slovenian route was for some reasons closed; this is partly a ferrata route and I guess some sections of it were not in a good state, so I followed the Italian route. I was at the summit at 14. All the Italian normal route is just a simple walk-up. There were a couple of places with a bit of snow but those were simple. The magnificent pyramid of Jalovec was most of the time in the sight.
Slovenian Alps are lower compared with those in Austria and Italy, but I believe that with their beauty they surpass anything you may see in the Alps. I hope the photos given here are able to depict this. I spent the night on the saddle itself. This was yet another great experience, staying in nature and so close to all the beauty around.
You may imagine how it was, cooking some meal on the grass and watching the sunset, later stars appearing from the sky, long night to follow, and no sounds whatsoever. Early next morning I rushed toward Jof di Montasio which I climbed that same day. The story about this climb you may see here within the site.
Late in the afternoon after that climb, I was on my way back to Trieste. On the whole, this was one of the best weekends ever.
To conclude, from the text you have realized that the Italian normal route to Mangart is not difficult, and it does not require any specific equipment. The Slovenian route I did not pass. Hopefully, some readers might give a few details in the comment box, and I also give here a YouTube video of this Slovenian route. You might want to check also my text on climbing Jalovec.
Please leave your comments below, I shall be happy to read them and to give answers to any questions.