Triglav (2864 m) is the highest mountain in Slovenia and its national symbol. Therefore, a lot of people climb in the summer season. Especially during weekends in July and August, the summit ridge can be crowded. But in winter it is a totally different world. The climbing is more technical and exhausting and yet it is definitely worth the effort. The difficulty also depends on the variable weather and snow conditions, which can be quite unpredictable at times. But all this makes the experience of climbing this mountain unforgettably breathtaking.
In winter the climb usually takes two full days with one night spent in a mountain hut below the summit. If you have some ski touring experience, we advise ascending to the hut with skis. This provides a nice combination of climbing and ski touring. Making the descent is much faster, more exhilarating and fun. If you do not ski, then descending by foot is just as enjoyable with more time to take in the spectacular vistas. In the case of deep unconsolidated snow, we sometimes use snowshoes to approach the hut.
Best time to do a winter ascent to Triglav is between March and April. The snow is usually well compacted by then and the days are longer. If you intend to climb Triglav with skis, then late April might not be the best as the lower part might be poor in snow coverage. Climbing Triglav is also a great experience in early and high winter. However, the days are shorter and you are more likely to experience worse snow conditions.