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Mangartsko Sedlo

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

Mangart is the name of the mountain range between the Koritnica Valley and the Mangart Valley, with the highest peak Veliki Mangart (Big Mount Mangart), 2,679 m (8,789 ft). 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. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
This impressive toll road, it’s a 50km loop, starting in 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. 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. 

At the peak there’s a perfect loop, one way only (a circular macadam road) which brings one to the highest point: the Mangt Saddle. Here one can enjoy a beautiful view over the western part of the Julian Alps. 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.
This winding road, very popular in summer season, is called the Most beautiful alpine road in Slovenia,and is totally asphalted, 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.
This road is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before traveling to this area.

This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. It’s certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. It still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs.

 

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