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Trans Slovenia TRANS SLOVENIA 03

Duration

7 days

Category

MTB

Fitness level

high

Tour type

GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED, TAILOR-MADE

Technical difficulty

LOW

Length & elevation

336km, 9592m


This tour follows the border with Austria and connects east with the west of Slovenia across different scenic mountain massifs and through beautiful alpine valleys. The path begins in the second largest Slovenian city of Maribor and finishes in Kranjska Gora, a beautiful alpine village at the foot of Julian Alps. It offers an abundance of various trails through many different landscapes, a lot of breathtaking sights and different experiences, including bike trail parks at almost every stage.

Magic spruce forests trail across Pohorje leads past the natural reserve of Črno jezero (Black Lake), over the picturesque grassy reef to the valley of Carinthia and through the biggest town in the region, Slovenj Gradec, to the tracks of the Single Trail Park Jamnica. Before the ascend to Raduha, a mountain in the eastern Kamnik Savinja Alps, an alternative section of the tour is following the underground trail along the abandoned mine tunnels. Panoramic road from Raduha above the famous Logarska Valley offers impressive views over the mighty walls of the Kamnik Savinja Alps. Breathtaking mountain scenery surrounds also a brief but steep descend into Austria and ascend back to the next mountain border pass to reach a high glacier valley of Jezersko. From here the steep border line leads into the heart of the Karavanke Mountains. The path includes steep macadam climbs, connecting trails and mountain pastures below Slovenia’s longest mountain ridge, Košuta.

After a thorough exploration of Karavanke trails and among many beautiful sights a wonderful view at Bled Lake opens, just to make the last kilometers to the lake even easier. The last part of the tour leads through the picturesque Radovna Valley to the Kranjska gora.

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Itinerary

DAY 01

Pohorje (Maribor – Rogla)

DistanceDistance: 45 km
DistanceElevation: 1880* m

The city of Maribor is a start to our climb of about 1.000m high Pohorje, taking a macadam road to the top of the Pohorje cable car. You can also skip the initial climb by taking a cable car. Here we will start with crossing the first part of the Pohorje massif, to the Areh and Ruška huts, through magic spruce forests to Osankarica and past the natural reserve of Črno jezero (Black Lake), all the way to the ski center Rogla. You will enjoy the exciting Pohorje tracks covered in spruce needles and if you wish to adjust the difficulty level, you can chose to take easier connections along the macadam forest roads.

Gravel: 22 km (49%)
Asphalt: 5 km (11%)
Single trail: 18 km (40%)
Extra: Bike Park Pohorje

*Elevation: 1880 m (1000 m if you use cable car)


DAY 02

From the heart of Pohorje to Carinthia (Rogla - Jamnica)

DistanceDistance: 82 km
DistanceElevation: 1860 m

After a strenuous first day, a relaxing start of the second stage follows, as we open it with a comfortable descent along one of the easier paths of the Rogla Cycling Park. The descent along macadam roads to the Pesnik Mountain Hut is followed by the ascent to the Ribnica Hut. The trail continues to the highest point of Pohorje, Črni vrh (1543 m), revealing the most beautiful views over the picturesque grassy reef all the way to Grmovškov dom Mountain Hut under the Velika Kopa. A beautiful descent takes us deep down into the Mislinja Valley, leaving the massif of Pohorje behind. A fast and comfortable section of the cycle track takes us across the valley through Slovenj Gradec, almost reaching Dravograd in the Drava Valley, where we change our way up again, to the slopes of Strojna Mountain, ending the adventure with riding the tracks of the Single Trail Park Jamnica.

Gravel: 46 km (56%)
Asphalt: 25 km (30%)
Single trail: 11 km (14%)
Extra: Rogla Bike Park, Single Trail Park Jamnica.


DAY 03

From Petzen to Logarska valley (Jamnica - St. Duh / Podolševa)

DistanceDistance: 50 km
DistanceElevation: 1670 m

Today we are going to take advantage of some more single trail paths in the park, before descending to the valley. Heading west, we can spice up the day by taking the alternative 5 km long route, following the underground trail along the abandoned tunnels of the Mežica mine. In the company of the guide and properly equipped with lamps, the transition from one valley into another is a unique experience. The second half of the day is equally interesting, as the asphalt and macadam roads leading from Črna na Koroškem climbs up to Raduha, eventually transforming into a beautiful panoramic road, located high above the Logarska Dolina. You will be rewarded with impressive views over the mighty peaks of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.

Gravel: 25 km (50%)
Asphalt: 22 km (44%)
Single trail: 3 km (6%)
Extra: Single Trail Park Jamnica, Peca Flow Trail


DAY 04

Through Austria to Jezersko (Podolševa - Upper Jezersko)

DistanceDistance: 31 km
DistanceElevation: 690 m

The morning will surely impress you with unique views across the picturesque church of St. Spirit and over the mighty walls of the Kamnik Savinja Alps. The Solčavski zmajček panoramic path will accompany us for some time before we start our gentle climb up to the Pavličevo saddle pass. From here we will continue on the asphalt road for a while, descending into steep slopes down the Austrian side, overlooking the mighty mountain scenery. The ascent to Jezerski Vrh is next on the list, crossing the state border again and continuing the descent to the Upper Jezersko. For those who wish to add some more kilometers to the day, an additional roundabout trip past the Planšarsko Lake to the Ravenska kočna Valley might be the right choice.

Gravel: 6 km (19%)
Asphalt: 25 km (81%)


DAY 05

A Touch of Karavanke (Jezersko - Tržič)

DistanceDistance: 53 km
DistanceElevation: 1660 m

Today you will experience the adventurous pass through the steep border line, leading from
the Kamnik Savinja Alps into the heart of the Karavanke Mountains. You will get to enjoy the steep macadam climbs, connecting trails and mountain pastures below the proud peaks of Košuta, Slovenia’s longest mountain. To gather up the energy, we will not miss the mountain culinary delight at Kofce mountain pasture, tasting their delicious dumplings. In continuation, we will descend to the Tržiška Bistrica Valley, through Jelendol and the ravishing Dolžan Gorge all the way to our finish in Tržič.

Gravel: 37 km (70%)
Asphalt: 13 km (24%)
Single trail: 3 km (6%)


DAY 06

Bled (Tržič - Bled)

DistanceDistance: 37 km
DistanceElevation: 1260 m

Before we make our farewell to the lookout ridges of the Karavanke Mountains, we will once again start from Trzič, climbing high on the slopes of Begunjščica, through Podljubelj and then steep uphill all the way to Preval Mountain Hut. But as it go steeply up, we soon go steeply down, getting more beautiful views and more fluid every kilometer, until the wonderful views over the Sava Valley and the Lake of Bled opens through the Smokušač peak. The descent is a cherry on the top for every eager biker! Only a few kilometers of flat ride separates us from Bled, our beautiful stay for the night.

Gravel: 13 km (35%)
Asphalt: 17 km (46%)
Single trail: 7 km (19%)


DAY 07

Bled - Kranjska Gora

DistanceDistance: 38 km
DistanceElevation: 572 m

We will conclude our last day with a very scenic ride. Leaving the unique Lake Bled, we follow the combination of macadam and asphalt path, leading through the picturesque Radovna Valley to the Mojstrana village. Mojstrana is known for an excellent alpine museum, which is definitely worth a visit. From there, the bicycle path leads to Kranjska Gora where our Trans Slovenia 03 journey ends leaving all the glory to Trans Slovenia 01.

Gravel: 10 km (26%)
Asphalt: 28 km (73%)
Extra: Bike Park Kranjska Gora


Logistics

Our adventure starts in Maribor and ends in Kranjska Gora which is located on the NW of Slovenia.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE
Maribor is surrounded with 6 international airports in maximum 3-hour distance (Ljubljana, Trieste, Klagenfurt, Graz, Vienna, Zagreb). We can arrange airport shuttles from all 6 airports.

BY CAR
From Austria (Graz) you cross the border at Šentilj and from there you 15 min drive towards Maribor.
From Ljubljana have direct highway towards Maribor.

OTHER INFORMATION
• In a single group there’ll be a maximum of 8 people. But there can be more than 1 group.
• We will form groups according to individuals desires, fitness and also bikes
• Every evening there will be briefing session organized where guide(s) will present next day tour profile (altitude profile, length, difficulty…). There’s is always an option to avoid difficult route sections or change group if there will be more than one. There are many variations of each day tour.
• Meeting instructions and final trip arrangements will be sent to you two weeks prior to your tour start date.

Dates

  • 16 - 23 June, 2018 Experience level: GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED
  • 22 - 29 September, 2018 Experience level: GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED

Price for guided TRANS SLOVENIA 03 tour includes:

7 nights accommodations in 3-4 star hotels/pensions
7 breakfasts and 7 dinners, all meals with local/ typical touch
Fully qualified and experienced mountain bike guide for the duration of your trip
Baggage transfer between stages
All group safety equipment
Transfer from route ending point to route starting point
24/7 hotline number (support)

Rates are valid per person, based on double occupancy.

Price for self-guided TRANS SLOVENIA 03 tour includes:

7 nights accommodations in 3-4 star hotels/pensions
7 breakfasts and 7 dinners, all meals with local/ typical touch
Baggage transfer between stages
Navigation pack: GPS track
Transfer from route ending point to route starting point
24/7 hotline number (support)

Rates are valid per person, based on double occupancy.

Would you like to customize this tour? Aren’t you trained enough? Would you like a different starting or arriving point, or a break day before, after or during the tour? Send us an e-mail: info@visit-goodplace.com

Optional

Supplement for single room 189 €
GPS device rental 10€/day
e-bike rental 39€/day
bike-rental 29€/day

 

 

 

 

Price for TRANS SLOVENIA 03 excludes

Travel and activity insurance, personal safety & cycling equipment, lunches, all beverages with included meals, any other items not mentioned as included.

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