Mangartsko Sedlo

Don’t glance down at your phone on the road to Mangart Pass

Mangart Pass (Mangartsko sedlo) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.067m (6,781ft) above the sea level, located on the border between Italy and Slovenia. It’s said to be the highest-lying road in Slovenia.

Can you drive to Mangart Pass?

Located in the Municipality of Bovec in the Littoral region of the country, the road to the summit, also known as Mangart Saddle, is totally paved but very narrow, with some brutally steep parts (up to 23%). It is called Road 902. It has many switchbacks, tunnels, hairpins, and a wild average percent in many sections. If you have nerves of steel this is a great option. If you are the car on the edge of the road…be careful. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.

How long is the road to Mangart Pass?

Set high in the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia, the road to the summit is 23.9km (14.85 miles) long starting at Bovec. The dead end road climbs by the small towns of Log Pod Mangartom and Strmec na Predelu, and arrives to the peak of the Mangartsko Sedlo. At the peak there’s a perfect loop, one way only (a circular macadam road) which brings you to the highest point: the Mangart Saddle. Here one can enjoy a beautiful view towards the Log Koritnica Valley (in Slovenia) to the south and the Lakes of Fusine (in Italy) to the north. Return is made via the same route. Alternatively, the end of this route (at its highest point) can be used as a starting point for a mountaineering experience, namely climbing Mt. Mangrt (2.678 m), or a paragliding adventure that takes you to the Koritnica Valley. The last meters are prohibited for all vehicles.

Is Mangart Pass dangerous?

The road is narrow, with no protections and 5 unlit tunnels: nothing really dangerous, but you might have strong nerves and good control of the vehicle. You should not be afraid of heights: at points there is no barrier on the sides and drop reaches hundreds of meters down. Along the way you are hoping you don’t meet too many oncoming cars, since the road is so narrow. The road is steep. The elevation gain is 1.630m and the average gradient is 6.82%, hitting a 22% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps.

Is Mangart Pass open?

This winding road, very popular in summer season, is called the Most beautiful alpine road in Slovenia and is totally paved, but is pretty thin during several kilometers. This panoramic road was built in 1938 by Italian soldiers when that area was a part of Italy. Even today it almost reaches the Italian border. The last part of it was paved in 2005. And during the last years some new viaducts were built, on the Log Pod Mangartom zone. The road usually opens in May and is maintained until end of November. Operation of the road depends on the weather conditions (snow, avalanche dangers), so it can also open/close earlier/later then the predicted dates are.

 

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