General 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.). Ticarica is pronounced Ticharitsa.
In the long mountain crest above the Valley of Triglav Lakes the double summit of Ticarica is the first, the lowest of more important summits. Even more towards south and south east some less important summits stand, which due to remoteness and broad 'plantages' of pine-bush are only rarely visited. As said, there are two summits of Ticarica, Mala (Small), 2071m, and Velika (Big, High), 2091m. By some natural laws only the Mala Ticarica is often ascended. There the marked path ends and no one continues by the difficult ridge to the higher Velika Ticarica. Also from the marked path, which goes below the whole crest towards Kopica, Velika Ticarica can be ascended only by an easy, but not very pleasant climbing.
Ticarica is a 'home' mountain of Koca pri Triglavskih jezerih (hut). With its vertical west wall it is leaning just above the so popular hut and only 400 meters of altitude difference are a good guarantee, that the summit is often visited. Sometimes it is the first summit, when in the morning we go further from the hut, either up, to the higher regions of the Triglav and Bohinj massif, either down, descending into Bohinj valley. Sometimes Ticarica is the last summit of the day, when we reach the hut and still have time and energy to go up and spend a nice evening on a panoramic summit. Climbers in Ticarica's west wall are more rare, although in past rutes there were more often done. For them Ticarica can be an objective of the day.
Mala Ticarica is also a nice mountain for tour skiing. The skiing is rarely done down into the Valley of Triglav Lakes. There's a rocky step and when we are down by the hut, skiing directly down into Bohinj valley is also not possible. The most beautiful skiing goes down to Dedno polje and further down to Planina Jezero, Suha valley and Bohinj.
Summit ViewsThe panorama from the summit of Ticarica is very fine. On one side are the higher mountains of Bohinj Group and Triglav massif, on the other side we have an all open view towards west and south, where in the distance tho whole South Bohinj Chain and Krn Group can be seen. And, also very attractive, just below us are the smaragd-coloured Triglav lakes.
A self-made map of Ticarica and its routes
For a broader overview see the Bohinj Group page!
How to reach Koca (hut) pri Triglavskih jezerih and Prehodavci (hut) see the 7 Triglav Lakes Valley route on the Triglav page - sections 1 and 2!
How to reach the Planina Jezero (hut) see the Bohinj Group page, section Camping & Huts!
Hikes & Scrambles
1. From the Valley of Triglav Lakes. From the hut we immediately start ascending over broad screes towards SE. We quickly gain altitude, our route is aiming the part, where the mountain chain above as has the lowest walls. Where Ticarica south ridge lowers most and where screes reach highest, there's a notch, called Stapce. But even there the passage is not just simple. Over a few meters of rocks steel cables and pegs help us. Reaching the plateau above, we simply continue by Ticarica's south ridge to the summit of Mala Ticarica. 1h 15min from the hut.
If we want to ascend also the highest summit (Velika Ticarica), we continue by the marked path, which goes on the eastern side below the summit of Mala Ticarica until we are below the summer of Velika Ticarica. leave the path there, ascend through pine-bushes, scramble over steep slopes into a distinctive ravine. In the upper part of the ascent you will need to climb a few places (UIAA I+), the ascent gets more and more airy, but also the summit is close. You will reach it without bigger problems.
2. Through Za Kopico valley. This valley, running parallelly with the Valley of Triglav Lakes, is very different from the latter. It is dry, no water source can be found there and on both sides the slopes are only moderately steep. Below, it begins on Dedno polje alpine meadow, 1560m. This nice pasture can be reached from many sides. There four paths are crossing: from the west comes the path from Ovcarija pasture (and from the valley of Triglav Lakes), from the south comes the path from Planina Jezero (there's a mountain hut), from the east comes the path from Planina Laz and towards north goes a path into Za Kopica valley. So, from Dedno polje we first ascend over a steeper lower part of the valley, until we pass Kovaciceva glava and reach a small basin between Ticarice and Vogli. There we continue westwards (no path) and ascend over the open landscape towards Mala Ticarica. Slopes are easy, in winter these are nice slopes for tour skiing. For Velika Ticarica, see the second chapter of #1 above. From Planina Jezero hut 2h, from the parking place at the end of the Suha road 3h, from Bohinj valley (Stara Fuzina) some 5h+. This is also a nice ski tour (Mala Ticarica, of course).
Harder climbs in the west face
Srednji steber, II-III, 250m. Arh, Budkovic.
Arh, Budkovic, V-/IV, 270m.
Zahodni steber, IV, VI. I. Belehar, brothers Mihelic.
Getting ThereFor a broader overview see the Bohinj Group page and the Julian Alps page!
On the map left you can see that all roads end in the Bohinj valley. The mountaineering trail for the Valley of Triglav Lakes starts at Savica, 653m, the trail for Planina Jezero starts in Suha valley, 1150m or below in Voje, cca 700m.
Red TapeTicarica stands in the Triglav National Parc. So, please do everything to preserve nature!
Almost all parking places around Bohinj lake need to be paid. Also the road through Suha valley needs to be paid.
When To ClimbTicarica can be ascended in almost all seasons. Only in hard winter condition the ascent is not recommended. So, in snow-free times the best months are June to October in times of tour skiing February to May.
For weather see here. Even better site is wunderground - here's the direct link to Kredarica station, 2515m (below Triglav summit).
Huts and CampingKoca pri Triglavskih jezerih, 1685m.
Zasavska koca on Prehodavci pass, 2071m.
Koca pri Savici, 653m, (050) 622695.
Koca na Planini pri Jezeru, 1453m, (041)901 999, (050) 632738.
Kosijev dom na Vogarju, 1054m, (01)2912297, (050) 613367.
Dom v Vojah, 690m, (04) 57 23 213, (051) 308 959.
For ascents and more details see the Bohinj Group page.