Mount Triglav

01 Aug 2017

Mount Triglav is the highest mountain in Slovenia, rising to 2864m in the centre of a national park of the same name. The mountain is the symbol of Slovenia (it appears on the coat of arms), and the country's flag was flown here on June 26th, 1991, the day Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia. The name, Triglav, means three-headed, as it looks to have three peaks when seen from the Bohinj valley.

The first recorded ascent of Triglav was made on 26 August 1778, by Luka Korošec, Matija Kos, Štefan Rožič and Lovrenc Willomitzer, on the initiative of baron Sigismund Zois. Its height was first measured in 1808 by Valentin Stanič. At the top of the mountain stands a tiny metal structure, the Aljaž Tower. A storm shelter for climbers, it is named after Jakob Aljaž, a priest who bought the land at the Triglav peak for a single Austro-Hungarian florin from the then municipality of Dovje in 1895.

Triglav today attracts skiers in winter (to nearby Vogel) and climbers in summer. The climb to the summit is not all that hard, but it is long. It's a two-day ascent to the top, and requires an overnight stay in a mountain cabin.



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