OverviewOltarji (2308 m) is part of the Loška Stena array/group, a group of mountains described on the Loška Stena page. In the Koritnica Valley view of Loška Stena, Oltarji is to the right (SW) of Briceljk. The Briceljk SW ridge gently lowers to a notch, and the Oltarji summit is the tooth to the right of the notch.
The NW face (above Log pod Mangartom and the Koritnica Valley) is the climber's choice, but it hosts only a few lines, 500 to 650 m tall. The wall was first climbed in the mid 1970s. Note that in recent years, a Mixed (winter) line called 'Sneguljčica' (Snow White) has become quite popular. Also, two ice lines form on the pedestal. Please check the External Links section below for beta.
The south oriented faces and slopes (ESE and SW) of Oltarji are on the Bala Valley side, with no specific paths other than those of the chamois. We mainly stick to the ridge (SW-NE).
Getting ThereBavšica trailhead (alt. 710 m)
On the road between the Predel pass (Italy/Slovenia border) and the town of Bovec (Slovenia), reach the Kluže fortress (530m). Follow the road sign for ' Bavšica ' till the end (a few kms). The Bala trail (signposted Jalovec, Zavetišče pod Špičkom) starts at the parking lot before the last houses.
Log pod Mangartom trailhead (alt. 700 m)
On the road between the Predel pass (Italy/Slovenia border) and the town of Bovec (Slovenia), reach the village of Log pod Mangartom (650 m). Enter the uppermost part of the Koritnica valley, upstream from the village of Log pod Mangartom, along a macadamized road.
(more info on the Loška Stena page)
From the Briceljk summit, follow the SW ridge down to the notch before the Oltarji "buttress". The climb is ca 50 m tall, UIAA II. Worn out red marks help us up the step - quite a vertical and delicate climb along the angle + some exposition due to the drop of the NW face. Note: though an old rope might still be dangling there, don't mind the left alternate along the chimney.
Red TapeTriglav National Park rules of conduct
CampingThere are many camping places in Bovec (see the camping section on the Loška Stena page), and along the Soča (Google).
Oltarji northwest face on primorskestene.com, alpine climbing, beta, in Slovenian.
Jalovec and Mangart, 1:25.000 alpine association (PZS) map.
Tabacco map, western Julian Alps 1:25.000.