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Gradiška tura (via ferrata) – Abram

Gradiška Tura rises to a height of 793 meters above sea level. Leading up to it is the most demanding but also the most exciting hike in the Vipava Valley. Due to its position facing the sun hikers can reach the summit all year round, and the hike has a massive payoff in the spectacular views of the Vipava Valley you will get at the top. Abram’s farm will serve you up some of the best local delicacies, including the supremely popular goulash made with wild game from the forests around Otlica.

Starting point: the large parking lot at the Tura Campsite above Gradišče pri Vipavi.     

The trail leads from the parking lot to a fork, across some scree and a slope overgrown with shrubs. Throughout the hike follow the signs for “zelo zahtevna zavarovana pot”, meaning “extremely demanding protected trail”. Under the foot of a large wall you will start the steep climb, protected by 77 pegs and 120 m of steel cable. During the climb you will reach a scenic platform, where you can take in the whole upper Vipava Valley. The trail continues along a narrow ridge, which also has steel cables to hold on to. After reaching the top of the ridge the trail is not as demanding anymore. Soon after you will find yourself atop Gradiška Tura, where you can sign the guest book and get their stamp for your collection. The summit provides a gorgeous view of the lower part of the valley, while the vineyards dotting the Vipava hills seem almost close enough to touch. Eastward you continue along the well-marked path through the woods to Furlan’s mountain refuge, where you will find the well-known agritourism farm Abram. After the farm you will come back the way you came, towards Gradiška Tura, but at the fork you will take the sign for “Plaz”, with an easy trail leading back to the starting point at Tura Campsite above Gradišče pri Vipavi.  

Info

Difficulty: Hard
Length: 11,7 km
Duration: 2 h 30 min
Ascent: 739 m
Descent: 739 m
Lowest point asl.: 258 m
Highest point asl.: 902 m