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Mangart Saddle 2,055m / Passo Predil 1,156m
Slovenia's highest mountain road

In Slovenia's Julian Alps an asphalted road leads into the saddle of Mangart Mountain at an elevation of more than 2,000m. If you start the climb in nearby Italian Cave del Predil you can conquer at first the Passo del Predil and thus stretch the ride to a total altitude gain of almost 1,200 meters.

Departure: Cave del Predil (Raibl) 888m
Altitude gain: 1,176m
Distance: 16km
October 2018

The Passo Predil forms the border between Italy and Slovenia. Shortly behind the border the Mangart climb follows with its 11 kilometers up to the top.

The old mining village of Cave del Predil with its Austrian past is our today's starting point.

Passing Lago del Predil on the way to Slovenia

Pass summit, both "Passo" (ital.) and "Predil" (sloven.) with the same meaning "pass"

Shortly behind "pass pass" the way proceeds at this junction to the left towards Mangart direction.

Hard work with a maximum 22% grade

Autumn forest colours mid October

The road winds above timber line in the very back of the image.

Several dark tunnels on the way...

...and pleasant switchbacks

View back

Excellent road conditions with only little motorised traffic

Where is the bike?

Clouds stick at 2,600m+ Mangart mountain. The way proceeds in the very back to the left towards the saddle.

A final tunnel

Again view back

And finally today's destination comes in sight.

The road winds in a loop around the saddle (alike at Cime de la Bonette).

The saddle forms the picturesque border to Italy.

Lonesome idyll at the end of the road

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