Mangartsko Sedlo

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

Mangart Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.072m (6,798ft) above the sea level, located on the border between Italy and Slovenia. It’s said to be the highest-lying road in Slovenia.

Located in northwest Slovenia, the road to the summit is paved but very narrow, with some brutally steep parts (up to 23%). Starting in Bovec, roads to get the summit are number 203 and number 902. Both have 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 does it take to ride Mangart Pass?

It’s a 50km loop toll road, starting from Bovec (Slovenia) at an elevation of 450m. 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. Located in the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia, at the peak there’s a perfect loop, one way only (a circular macadam road) which brings one 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 one to the Koritnica Valley.

Is Mangart Pass dangerous?

The road is narrow, with no protections and rustic unlit tunnels: nothing dangerous, but you might have strong nerves and good control of the vehicle. Along the way you are hoping you don’t meet too many oncoming cars, since the road is so narrow.

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. It was built in 1938 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 were built some new viaducts, 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.

 

NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.