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OverviewGeneral remark: When reading Slovenian words on maps or in books, you will find special characters for ch, sh, and zh. They are written with c, s and z with a caron - little v above them.
If people in Slovenia would be asked to tell the first association on the word Karavanke, it would with the majority probably be 'Golica'. This mountain is so characteristic, so popular and so deep in hearts of Slovenian people, that it is probably more often referred than Stol, for example, as the highest mountain of the range. Why is it so? There are folk songs, there is tradition, there are feasts every year, all connected with the spring time, exactly with May, when slopes of Golica are densely covered by millions of beautiful flowers - daffodils (Narcissus poeticus subsp. radiiflorus). But, as it is common with natural treasures, in the last decades also the number of daffodils in Golica region is decreasing. Pictures from one hundred years ago are showing slopes completely white, as if snow fell again, the whole mountain blossoming. Today - well for those who don't know the ancient times - it's still beautiful.
Otherwise Golica is also a decent hiking goal. A true mountain with all characteristics of Karavanke mountains: great panorama, not a hard ascent, probably best for crossing on a long-distance hike. Outdoor activities on the mountain are supported by a nice mountain hut. Koca na Golici, 1582m, is standing on mountain's south slopes and many hikers are visiting it. From the northern, Austrian side the mountain is also frequently ascended, but doesn't have the popularity as on the southern side.
Although being a grassy summit, Golica is not very popular for tour skiing. It certainly can be done with skis, some of its slopes are steep, but not so much that it would be too dangerous. The main reason that it is not more popular for skiing is, that possible downhills don't finish in a good terrain, so the logistics is more unpleasant.
The whole area is also popular for mountain biking. In the lower parts there are many nice forrest roads, on the southern and the northern side so, but I have also seen on the web a video of biking on the summit ridge. For technical climbing Golica has no bigger rock face.
Geographically Golica is the part of Karavanke main ridge between Jekljevo sedlo (saddle), 1488m, on the west and Sedlo Suha (saddle), 1438m, on the east. Towards the west it is attached to the group of Dovska Baba, Hruski vrh and Klek, towards the east it is attached to the Struska and its summits. Besides the main summit, 1835m, there are two more heads on the summit ridge: point 1630m and Krvavka, 1784m.
Gangolf Haub - 360° panorama as seen from Golica
As every high summit of Karavanke/Karawanken also Golica offers a great panorama on all sides. Here are just some examples.
For the general overview, see the Karavanke/Karawanken GROUP page!
From the south, we start ascending Golica from the main Sava valley. From Jesenice town, two good roads ascend towards north.
The western, and the more recommended one, goes to Planina pod Golico and further towards Savske jame and up towards Markljev rovt (pasture) and Pusti rovt (pasture). These forest roads are build further and further every year, but some end sections are closed for public traffic. You can now park on altitudes around 1200m. The village Planina pod Golico can also be reached by local bus.
The eastern road goes from Jesenice towards Javornik. You can park around the mountain hut on the altitude of some 1000m.
From the north forrest roads ascend from the valley of river Drau. Villages, where you must deter from the main road, are: Podgorje / Maria Elend, St. Jakob and Podrozca/Rosenbach.
You can see a detailed map on: http://www.austrianmap.at/.
Classical map: Planinska zveza Slovenije: Karavanke, 1:50000.
A self-made map of Golica and some of its routes.
From the south (Slovenian side)
Planina pod Golico - Koca (hut) na Golici - summit. 2h 30min.
Javorniski rovt - Pusti rovt - Suha (saddle) - summit. 3h 30min.
From the north (Austrian side)
Maria Elend - Planina Ilic (alpine meadow). 2h.
Maria Elend - Podgorska planina / Maria Elender Alm (alpine meadow). 2h.
Tale/Tallach - Planina Kladje (alpine meadow) - summit. 3h 30min.
Podrozca/Rosenbach - Planina Kladje (alpine meadow) - summit. 4h.
Red TapeNo limitations. For Karavanke tunnel you must pay toll.
When To ClimbGolica can be ascended any time of the year. In heavy snow there's an avalanche danger on summit slopes.
Huts and Camping> Koca na Golici, 1582m. Mountain Club Jesenice. The hut has 26+15 beds. Mobile phone: +386 / 041 735911, stationery phone: +386 (4) 58 66 070. 1h 30min from the parking place.
> Dom Pristava, 975m, parking place.