Climbing Mt Triglav & Vršič Pass

They say you're not really a Slovene until you've climbed Mt Triglav. There's no rule about which particular route to take – there are around 20 ways up – but if you're a novice, ascend with a guide from the Pokljuka plateau north of Lake Bohinj. If time is an issue and you're driving, head for the Vršič Pass, which stands (literally) head and shoulders above the rest. It leads from Alpine Gorenjska, past Mt Triglav itself and down to sunny Primorska and the bluer-than-blue Soča River in one hair-raising, spine-tingling hour.