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Rock climbing in the Bled to Lake Bohinj Valley in western Slovenia

The Bled to Lake Bohinj valley has a reputation as being one of the best outdoor recreation areas in Slovenia, including some excellent rock climbing and sport climbing. The valley is dominated by Mount Triglav (2,864m high), which offers many excellent mountaineering routes to its summit. Down in the valley there are 7 main sports climbing crags offering over 350 routes across a good range of grades. The routes are generally single pitch on good quality limestone and reasonably bolted. Bled is an ideal place to be based to visit many of the other crags in western Slovenia. Due to the country's excellent road structure (and relatively small size) these crags are generally easily reached within an hour, offering a wide scope of routes to choose from, including some multi-pitch routes up to 440m high.

Map of the rock climbing areas around Bled, Lake Bohinj and western Slovenia

Map of the rock climbing areas around Bled, Lake Bohinj and western Slovenia

Rock Climbing Guidebooks for Slovenia

Rock climbing & sports climbing guidebook for SloveniaAll the above information has been extracted from the only comprehensive rock climbing guidebook for Slovenia, called  "Slovenija Sportnoplezalni Vodnik - Sports Climbing in Slovenia", which is available to buy from our shop.

The Popular Climbing Routes in Slovenia guidebook describes the very best rock climbing routes in the Slovenian Mountains. This includes both mountaineering and pure multi-pitch rock climbing routes most of which are between 350m and 850m long. In total 101 routes are described covering some of Slovenia’s highest mountains such as Jalovec and Travnik. Buy this book from our shop.

The South Eastern Europe rock climbing Atlas gives some excellent general information about rock climbing and sports climbing in Slovenia, including the area around Bled and Bohinj. As well as covering Slovenia, this book also includes rock climbing information about Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia and Romania. Buy this book from our shop.

Rock climbing areas around Bled in Western Slovenia

No Crag Name No of routes Grade Range Max Height Number of Routes in Gade Range
Up to 5c 6a+to 6c+ 7a to 7c+ Over 8a
1 Urbasova skala 27 4a-7b 26m 13 13 1 0
2 Blazceva skala 20 4a-7c+ 80m 1 5 14 0
3 Kovacevec 15 4c-7b+/c 13m 4 6 5 0
4 Radovna 11 6a+ -7c 25m 0 7 4 0
5 Gorje 18 4a-7a+ 20m 3 14 1 0
6 Zavrsnica 36 5a-7c+/8a 80m 3 15 18 0
7 Bohinjska Bela 79 3-8c+ 33m 11 19 38 11
8 Kupljenik 31 5b-8a+ 32m 1 9 20 1
9 Bodesce 37 5c-7b+ 25m 1 17 19 0
10 Nomenj 34 4a-7a+ 28m 18 12 4 0
11 Bitenj potok 53 5a- 8a 50m 3 21 28 1
12 Bitnje 49 4a-8b 35m 6 11 22 10
13 Savnica 10 5b-7b+ 25m 1 7 2 0
14 Rudnica 11 6a-7b 25m 0 8 3 0
15 Dov 22 5c-7a+ 20m 1 17 4 0
16 Pec 55 4a-7c 28m 16 25 14 0
17 Bohinj - Bellevue 59 2-7b+ 30m 37 16 6 0
18 Bohinj - Pod Skalo 48 3-7c+ 40m 9 21 18 0
19 Vrsic 35 4a-6c+ 100m 8 26 1 0
20 Pri Pavru 15 4a-7b 40m 6 7 2 0
21 Pri Plajerju - Trent 29 4a-7b 16m 10 16 3 0
22 Kal - Koritnica 33 4c-7b 35m 21 10 2 0
23 Kegl 26 4- 7b 21m 13 11 2 0
24 Kanin 53 3-7a+ 30m 28 23 2 0
25 Pri Zvikarju 12 5a -7b+ 25m 4 7 1 0
26 Nadiza 15 4a -7b+/c 30m 2 8 5 0
27 Pod Kopitcem 27 4c -7a 28m 5 21 1 0
28 Skratova skala 7 4b-7a 30m 4 2 1 0
29 Zvanov rob 15 4a-7b+ 17m 6 5 4 0
30 Pri Ciginju 45 3 - 7c 16m 11 23 11 0
31 Senica 48 4a -8a 30m 14 21 12 1
32 Porezen 10 6a-7b+ 25m 0 8 2 0
33 Prtovc 34 5a-7b+ 26m 1 24 9 0
34 Pod Suso 21 4c- 8a+ 17m 5 8 5 3
35 Lutne skale 99 3-7c+/8a 22m 37 41 21 0
36 Slap ob Idrijci 20 5a-7a+ 25m 3 14 3 0
37 Drnulk 51 4a-7b+ 40m 18 27 6 0
38 Dolge njive 51 4a-8a 14m 17 27 6 1
39 Lijak 21 5a -8a+ 65m 1 11 8 1
40 Strug 60 3-7c+ 40m 10 27 23 0
41 Marof 40 4a-7c 18m 18 16 6 0
42 Gore 38 3-7c+ 17m 11 22 5 0
43 Vipavska Bela 117 2- 8c/c+ 30m 37 36 25 19
44 Vipava 277 2-7c+ 110m 154 92 31 0

Walking and Mountaineering around Bled and Bohinj

Triglav hiking guidebookThe Bled to Lake Bohinj valley is in the Triglav National Park that is the best place to go walking and mountaineering in Slovenia.  Getting to the top of Triglav is no stroll, with the final section being a via ferrate route as the summit pyramid is steep and exposed. The Triglav hiking guidebook describes 8 classic approaches to the top of Triglav from all sides across a wide range of difficulties.  Buy this guidebook from our shop.

Logistics

The ideal time to visit Bled and this area for rock climbing is from spring through to the autumn, though it does get hot and very busy in the summer. This area is also ideal to include a few days rock climbing as part of your general holiday. Lifetrek Adventures are based in Bled and offer a full rock climbing service from hiring a climbing partner to hiring all equipment such as harnesses and ropes etc.  With regards to gear a 60m rope is the minimum requirement with a 70m rope being ideal along with around 15 quickdraws. Getting to Bled is very easy as it is only approximately an hour’s drive from Ljubljana airport, which is served by many European airlines. 

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Rock climbing & sports climbing guidebook for Slovenia

Buy the comprehensive rock climbing and sports climbing guidebook for Slovenia from our shop.

This guidebook covers all the rock climbing and sports climbing around Bled, Lake Bohinj and western Slovenia.

Popular Climbing Routes in Slovenia Guidebook

Buy the Popular Climbing Routes in Slovenia Guidebook from our shop.