TRANSALP - crossing of Pohorje in a day
In the bikers' world Transalp
means a crossing of the central massive of the Alps by
bike. It takes four or more days and it is ridden
by bike in one way and by train on the return. Slovenian
Alps are generally not suitable for a proper MTB riding.
But Pohorje, which is a medium height mountain range, is
very much suitable.
Described crossing of Pohorje
is interesting, because of using funicular to ascent
Pohorje and then only spending energy on crossing
it. The return is by train or bus. In this way, it is
possible to carry out the crossing in a day, which is
impressive comparing to several days' hike. Using the
funicular means also beginning of riding at the elevation
of 1000 m above sea level. But the best of all is wild
nature, deep pine forests, open grassland and interesting
trails with some nice technical sections.
Suggested crossing of Pohorje
does not cover the complete crossing from Maribor to
Dravograd. It ends at Ribniska koca (koca = a hut) and then
descends to Vuhred. And why? Above all because of
appropriate duration and level of difficulty. More in
Other possibilities below.
Starting point is at the lower
station of Pohorje Funicular, a part of ski-resort
Mariborsko Pohorje, which is next to SW suburb of Maribor
called Zgornje Radvanje. Since the funicular runs only
every full hour in the summer, it is best to catch the
first one at 8 a.m. Thus you have enough time to catch a
train or bus in Vuhred by 6 p.m. (see INFO). Entrance for
passengers with bikes is at the personnel's entrance -
right side of the building.
Described trail mostly runs
along the Slovenian hiking trail, which is marked with
additional number one - "1". So there shouldn't
be problems with orienting. The trail is quite wide path
or cart track up to Areh with some interesting sections.
But from Areh on, the trail becomes a real off-road
terrain with some quite demanding sections. It is mostly
forest cart track with longer singletrack sections. The
terrain from Areh to Rogla is really interesting with tree
roots, soft sections, hard packed with rocks, etc. Rogla
is another ski resort on Pohorje. They have quite busy
summers as well, so you can expect crowds in this area,
especially during the weekends. The last part of the
crossing is also the most beautiful, since the terrain is
open with nice views, pine trees and meadows. Before the
final descent down to the valley of river Drava, there is
also a steep and difficult climb to Ribniski vrh. It is
worth the effort, since you get a really nice view at the
top. The final descent is not inferior in any way to the
other descents. It is interesting and demanding. Well, if
you had enough of technical DH, then you can also avoid it
and take macadam road (see B below). In any case you get
to Ribnica, where you reach the civilisation again. There
is only asphalt/macadam descent left to Vuhred, from where
you return to Maribor by train or by bus. For more details
see the road book. The railway station is sometimes
closed. You can buy the ticket on the train in this case.
A) Suggested trail is
not at all the only possible crossing of Pohorje. And as
said before, it is even not a complete crossing. Of course
you can continue from Ribniska koca on towards Dravograd
(at no.55 left and cont. on marked hiking path). But this
is already extremely difficult trail, if you do it in a
day (70 km, 2200 m). Personally, I think that landscape
towards Dravograd is not that attractive anymore,
especially from Kope on. It is more populated, some farms
here and there, etc. So, if you want to add some extra kilometers
to the trail, I suggest to cont. up to Mala Kopa and then
descent to Vuhred on E6 marked foot path.
B) If you want to avoid
the last DH from Ribniska koca to Ribnica, then you can
use the macadam road (right at no. 54 ).
C) If you get caught by
the dark, you can easily spend the night in one of the
mountain huts along the way.
D) You don't have to
use the funicular at the beginning. You can ascent via
Pekre to the upper funicular station, where the road book
starts. It takes approx. 2 hours on macadam road.
E) And you don't have
to carry out the crossing in only one day, since there are
quite a few mountain huts along the way.
km + 9 km*
h + 2 h**
runs every hour
first run at 8 a.m.
for info call: +386 (0)2 603 6553
(Klub Branik - vzpenjaca)
from Vuhred on working days
2:57 p.m. and 6:10 p.m.
an hour to Maribor
for info call: +386 (0)2 292 2160
from Radelje ob Dravi (3 km out
of Vuhred) on sat. and sun. at
3:55 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
an hour to Maribor
for info call: +386 (0)2 823 1191
distance from Vuhred to the bus station in
Radlje plus from the bus stop in Maribor
to the funicular lower station
needed to get from
Vuhred to the funicular lower station -
the train or bus + bike