haubi - Golica from the east
Golica from the north
What's New On This Page?
> September 7th, 2013 - Pictures embedded, design updated.
> May 31st, 2005 - Initial setup of the page.
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.
"Na Golici" - The Global Musical Hit
Avseniki, the most famous Slovenian folk music group has among their numerous hits one - "Na Golici" which holds a record. It is still the most sold instrumental musical piece in the world. Listen to it - click here
Golica Gets Presented
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.
The view towards Triglav - so, not only daffodils ;)
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), 1488 m, on the west and Sedlo Suha (saddle), 1438 m, on the east. Towards the west it is attached to the group of Dovška Baba, Hruški vrh and Klek, towards the east it is attached to the Struška and its summits. Besides the main summit, 1835 m, there are two more heads on the summit ridge: point 1630 m and Krvavka, 1784 m.
Golica massif from the east, from Ptičji vrh
As every high summit of Karavanke/Karawanken also Golica offers a great panorama on all sides. Here are just some examples.
| |The view on Stol | |Baba and Julian Alps | |Northern views
For the general overview, see the Karavanke/Karawanken GROUP
From the south, we start ascending Golica from the main Sava valley. From Jesenice town, two good roads ascend towards the north.
The western, and the more recommended one, goes to Planina pod Golico and further towards Savske jame and up towards Markeljev 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 1200 m (Križevec). End of summit 2013 it was even possible to drive up freely to Pusti rovt and further on to Suha saddle, so just to the main ridge.
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 1200 m (Križevec).
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 Podrožca/Rosenbach.
You can see a detailed map
Classical map: Planinska zveza Slovenije: Karavanke, 1:50000.
A self-made map of Golica and some of its routes
All routes from the southern (Slovenian) side are easy. By the Swiss Scale for Hiking tours they would be graded T2.
From the south (Slovenian side)
1. Planina pod Golico - Koča na Golici (hut) - summit.
2 h 30 min. This is the usual approach. If you start the tour just above the village (at Taborniški dom), you go directly, but the altitude difference is bigger. If you drive further, the road brings you more towards the east, close to Markljev rovt (meadow). From there you go towards the north on Suha saddle and then by crossing the slopes to the hut (Koča pod Golico). From the hut you continue towards the NW, a broad path goes in the vicinity of a distinct ravine, and finally by the ridge on top. The second option from Suha saddle is to go directly by the main ridge (east ridge), crossing the two elevation in it (short descents).
2. Javorniški rovt - Pusti rovt - Suha (saddle) - summit.
3 h 30 min. This is the route from the eastern mountain hut. Nowadays rarely anybody parks at the hut on Javorniški rovt. You can drive at least to the saddle 1200 m, or from it even further on Pusti rovt and as high as on Suha saddle, 1483 m. By the main ridge it's then only a poor one hour hike up. You can be returning via the mountain hut and do a nice, short round tour.
3. Via Jekljevo sedlo.
3 h. This is the western route, identical with the ascent on Klek, 1753 m. In the fuinal part you cross the eastern slopes of this mountain to the saddle and then continue by the west ridge on top.
From the north (Austrian side)
I haven't done those hikes up, so more information comes in the future.
4. Maria Elend - Planina Ilic (alpine meadow). 2 h.
5. Maria Elend - Podgorska planina / Maria Elender Alm (alpine meadow). 2 h.
6. Tale/Tallach - Planina Kladje (alpine meadow) - summit. 3 h 30 min.
7. Podrožca/Rosenbach - Planina Kladje (alpine meadow) - summit. 4 h.
No limitations. For Karavanke tunnel you must pay toll.
When To Climb
Golica can be ascended any time of the year. In heavy snow there's an avalanche danger on summit slopes.
Huts and Camping
> Koča na Golici
, 1582 m. Mountain Club Jesenice. The hut has 26+15 beds. Mobile phone: +386 / 041 735911, stationery phone: +386 (4) 58 66 070. 1 h 30 min from the parking place (or, if you get on the Suha saddle, only 30 min).
> Dom Pristava
, 975 m, parking place.
| |Koca na Golici | |Views from the hut | |In winter
Your Help Is Needed
Please contribute more information about Golica/Kahlkogel, especially the following:
> Have you done a ski tour?
> Have you done any of the ascents from the northern, Austrian side?