|Ipertrail24, Ipertrail, 164 km a tappe
🏁 Ljubljanski Grad, Ljubljana, SLO 🇸🇮 --> Bora Village, Sistiana, ITA 🇮🇹
Start: 📅 (02-03-04-05-06).01.2024 ⏰ 8.00
Special Start: -
164 km, 6630 D+
€ 150 (SELF)
max ⌛ 12 h x Stage/Tappa/Etapa
ITRA/UTMB: Si, 6 points - UTMB INDEX 100K
|< 31/08 - € 150 (SELF)
< 30/11 - € 170 (SELF)
> 01/12 - € 190 (SELF)
Stage 1: 45 km - 2200 D+
Stage 2: 35 km - 1700 D+
Stage 3: 24 km - 940 D+
Stage 4: 36 km - 1190 D+
Stage 5: 34 km - 600 D+
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Ipertrail24 is a race, a long hike, or better, a journey through history and time.
Ipertrail24 is also a timed race, UTMB Index qualifier and ITRA certified which can also be experienced as a hike, walking at a minimum average speed of 4 km/h, and easily navigated with GPS or with an optional hiking map provided by the organization.
Ipertrail will let you follow the traces of the Romans, the merchants and the peoples who chose this route from the Ports of Trieste and Venice to reach the countries of continental Europe. A route without technical sections, very suitable for both running and walking.
Start from Ljubljana Castle, finish on the Duino Cliffs, by the sea passing by Duino Castle. You can decide whether to cover 40, 80, 100, 144 or 166 km in one or all five stages.
At the end of the stage, access for friends and companions will always be allowed and possible.
A statistical stage ranking will be drawn up as a single race, valid for ITRA and UTMB purposes and for those who complete all the stages, a stage race ranking, also valid for ITRA and UTMB purposes.
Date: Tuesday, January 2, 2024The first stage of the Ipertrail 2024 will kick off from Ljubljana Castle, situated in the heart of one of Europe’s most captivating capitals. Ljubljana is a green oasis, boasting numerous city parks and natural spaces, allowing runners to exit the city center through cycling paths, green areas, and parks. The initial 13 kilometers with an elevation gain of 300 meters will feature climbs up the first two hills: Tivoli Park and Veliki Kobluk. At the summit of the second hill, you’ll find a welcoming refuge that will most likely be open during the event. Moving on, you’ll arrive at the village of Stranska Vas, which offers several cafes and a Petrol service station right along the route—a perfect opportunity for your first supply stop. The track continues through urban areas, utilizing bike paths, side roads, and sidewalks before starting the ascent toward “Debeli Hrib.” Here, wide trails and forest roads will allow you to pick up your pace. The network of often parallel trails makes navigation straightforward yet enjoyable, at least until the 20.5-kilometer mark. At this juncture, watch out for a sudden turn to the right. Make sure to consult your GPS! From here, you’ll descend the hill and swiftly ascend a dirt road toward “Ključ Vrh,” preceded by a partisan outpost just a few hundred meters away. This segment of the course winds entirely through beech forests, is sheltered from the wind, and is well-marked. Continue toward “Tičnica Vrh,” paying attention to the first road intersection located at “Prosca” at the 26th kilometer. From there, a steep trail will take you up to the “Koreno” plateau, where you can marvel at the breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys. A stretch of approximately 10 kilometers of ups and downs at “high elevation, 366 m :)” provides thrilling views of valleys and clusters of homes, reflecting the agricultural and pastoral traditions of the area. The route carries on to Vrzdenec, where around the 35th kilometer, you’ll find our refreshment station, stocked with sweets, hot drinks, soup, bread, and cheese. No commercial establishments will be open on this stretch. From the 36th to the 39th kilometer, perhaps the most navigationally challenging section awaits you. After turning onto a dirt road, you’ll traverse poorly marked trails across a hill. Checking your GPS is crucial, as it’s easy to lose your way. You’ll then arrive at the village of “Žažar,” where a somewhat monotonous stretch offers a mental break after the navigational challenge. Five flat kilometers lead you, initially along a bike path and then beside the road, to a trail skirting the perimeter of an abandoned quarry. At the 45th kilometer, leave the quarry’s perimeter and follow the road climbing toward “Vrhnika” for about 2 kilometers, alternating between trail sections and roadside. If you still have energy for uphill running, now’s your chance! The final 3 kilometers take you up a relatively steep trail to the refuge situated at 733 meters above sea level. However, don’t consider the refuge as your final destination: another 100 steps await you on the viewing tower, offering an extraordinary vista over the valley as your ultimate reward.
Date: Wednesday, January 3, 2024
The second day of Ipertrail 2024 begins with a descent from the “Koča na Planini nad Vrhniko” refuge. This is a popular local trail, frequently walked by families in the area, even in the depths of winter. While snow is unlikely, watch for icy patches. A steep downhill will lead you to a dirt road; take a right and adapt to the smoother trail terrain.
At kilometer 3, the first surprise awaits: a sharp climb of roughly 200 meters over less than a kilometer will take you back to the ridge, where trails from World War I come into play. This thematic park is lesser-known but well-maintained, with fortifications from the era still perfectly visible. The contrasting beauty and tranquility of the valleys add a layer of reflection to each step and view.
Around kilometer 6, you’ll descend into Prezid, a small village that marks the start of the race’s fastest stretch. The ensuing 11 kilometers offer a mix of forest roads and trails. Despite low-lying hills, some populated areas, and valley crossings, this section is anything but monotonous. Frequent changes in direction and pace, along with well-maintained small villages, make for an enjoyable run that showcases Slovenia’s blend of traditional architecture, natural materials, and the latest green technologies.
You’ll then reach the ancient crossroads of “Hotedršica,” known as “Hotederschitz” in German and “Goltederscizza” in Italian, a stopping point for traders and pilgrims since Roman times. Located at kilometer 20.5, a refreshment station here will help prepare you for the day’s final effort: the climb to Mount Javornik. Although we’ll set up a station, there’s also a nearby traditional inn for those wanting extra sustenance. Remember, assistance is only allowed at official stations.
Departing from “Hotedršica,” you’ll carry on through forest roads and easily navigable trails, allowing consistent running despite the gradual climb. Starting at around 500 meters in elevation, you’ll climb to the 1,100-meter-high “Planinska koča na Javorniku” refuge. Initially, the section is both easily navigable and runnable. Views of valleys give way to glimpses of distant snowy mountains and ancient beech forests. Beware between kilometers 26 and 28, where the forest road is broken due to old landslides and detours onto a trail alongside it.
The final 2 kilometers are the steepest and take you through an abandoned ski station. An old ski lift at 800 meters serves as a silent reminder of the changing climate and life over the decades. Finally, you’ll reach “Planinska koča na Javorniku,” the most remote and smallest refuge on the entire Ipertrail. Meeting friends and family here will be a challenge, given the 10 km of rough dirt road required to reach it. The closest points where asphalt is accessible are “Lome,” near the abandoned ski station, and Podkraj, the first and only road crossing on the next stage.
Date: Thursday, January 4, 2024.
This will be the shortest and easiest stage of the entire race, and for good reason! You will already have covered 80 km and will have been gradually climbing in elevation.
With this third stage, we reach the race’s highest and most scenic point, located at the brand-new, welcoming shelter “Vojkova koča na Nanosu”.
Navigating this stage is extremely straightforward: we will be using Slovenia’s official trails, marked with red and white circles. Intersections are always clearly marked, and trail signs are highly visible. You might even consider not using GPS, but we advise you to use it anyway. The stage kicks off with an 8 km downhill stretch toward the village of Podkraj, which marks the start of a gradual ascent on the northern slope of Mount Nanos.
This segment features beech forests and dirt roads that are easy and comfortable, winding gently up to the Abram Restaurant, which is likely to be closed, and is famous for housing a bear in a well-protected enclosure.
It’s about a 10 km stretch, including some asphalt sections but primarily dirt road.
At the 18 km mark, near the Abram Shelter, the landscape starts to change dramatically: welcome to the Karst region. Treeless plateaus, their grass windswept, are framed by deciduous forests, offering spectacular views of snowy mountains and the distant sea. It’s right here that you’ll catch your first glimpse of the sea: the race’s finish line!
The final 6 km are uphill, on a mix of trails and forest roads that are steeper but always well-marked. Upon reaching the shelter, it’s worth it to go a little further to reach the peak of Mount Nanos, just a few meters from the shelter, where you can enjoy one of the most stunning views around. “Vojkova koča na Nanosu” is the largest and newest shelter in the area. There are ample beds, and spending a night here is something we recommend even to runners participating in other distances of the Corsa della Bora.
The second-to-last stage of the Ipertrail, which happens the day before the race, offers the experience of sleeping in the shelter and joining the Ipertrail competitors for a stage—an experience we recommend to anyone wanting to discover a new way of running and explore new trails.
Date: Friday, January 5, 2024.
The fourth stage of the IPERTRAIL is the one right before the Corsa della Bora – The Bora Wind Race. We recommend it to all Corsa della Bora participants who wish to add an extra 40 km of exploration to their race. The course is so exceptional and unique that we’re considering including it in future editions of the Ultra.
The starting point is at “Vojkova koča na Nanosu,” the area’s largest and most recent mountain hut. There’s ample sleeping space, and the experience of staying overnight here is unparalleled. For those who’d like to run only this stage, you can reach the hut independently in the morning from the Razdrto parking area (7 km, 800 D+), or join us the evening before in our jeeps, staying and dining with other competitors.
In Slovenia and Friuli Venezia Giulia, almost everyone is familiar with Nanos, so we’ve designed a challenging course featuring unique and unexpected elements, even for locals familiar with these peaks.
The race begins along a ridge that offers breathtaking sea views, before descending steeply on a lesser-known track that provides vistas of both the sea and distant snow-capped mountains. From here, the course climbs to the ancient church of “San Gerolamo,” or “Sveti Jeronim,” before descending through a fast and enjoyable single-track trail.
At km 10, the course crosses the small village of “Lozice,” where runners enter a forest trail leading to the nearby hills and Vipava Valley vineyards.
After crossing the first peak, “Loški Hrib,” the trail descends into a narrow, lush valley. Here, navigational attentiveness is essential.
Around km 14.6, the dirt road along the stream is abandoned for a sharp 90-degree turn onto an old trail that gradually morphs into a hunter’s path.
Between km 15 and km 16, simply ascend following your GPS guidance, without worrying too much about sticking to a well-defined path.
The underbrush is relatively clear, making for easy passage. The ascent concludes on a large meadow featuring a hunting lookout and views of Mount Nanos, which you just descended. Take a moment to enjoy the scenery. We then cross the meadow and enter a beech forest, continuing on a forest road to the village of “Jacovce,” essentially composed of four houses, where a refreshment station will be set up.
We’re at km 17. From “Jacovce,” we return to a forest trail that soon vanishes into the underbrush. Again, simply follow the GPS track for a few hundred meters. The trail continues for 4 km into a secluded Karst region, where it’s nearly impossible not to encounter deer and roe. Pay close attention to your GPS here as well.
At km 21, upon reaching the valley floor, a stream is followed. The valley is narrow, the trees are ancient, and the atmosphere is soft and mystical, almost like a Tolkien novel. Once you hit the paved road crossing, breathe a sigh of relief: the challenging navigation is over.
You’re at km 23. The final 17 km are on varied but undulating forest roads and trails, easy to navigate.
The last 17 km fully represent the Karst landscape: cultivated areas, forests, pastures, not very steep but never flat.
You’ll pass through the villages of “Ponikve,” “Brije Pri Koprivi,” “Skopo,” “Kosovelje.” These villages are Karst gems: stone houses, narrow streets, and historic architecture transport us to a past of simplicity and attention to detail. They are truly a unique cultural and aesthetic heritage. The finish line is at “Piškovica” in the “Hostel Piškovica,” a modern and welcoming youth hostel overlooking the first climb of the next stage, which will lead to the finish line.
Date: Saturday, January 6, 2024.
The Final 25 km kick off at 10 in the morning, granting you an extra two hours of sleep. This stage is perfect for those looking to try their hand at GPS navigation while taking on a moderate distance.
The route incorporates about 13 km of GPS-guided navigation and another 13 km along the Corsa della Bora tracks, featuring well-marked trails and refreshment stations. It’s a manageable challenge even for those new to GPS! After leaving the “Hostel Pliskovica,” the course takes you toward the Dolina, a rare karst depression featuring a pond.
On karstic terrain, permanent bodies of water like ponds and lakes are scarce because the limestone base doesn’t hold surface water.
The Dolina at Pliskovica is unique for its seasonal pond that changes in appearance and size according to the weather and seasons, offering a unique habitat for local flora and fauna. From here, a gradual climb toward “Monte Lanaro” (“Volnik Vrh”) takes you across the border into Italy. The panoramic views of snow-capped mountains and the sea remind you that the finish line is just 15 km away. You will then traverse the Skabar trail, a challenging path full of ups and downs and changes in direction. Don’t let the elevation profile fool you: around 3 km of strenuous terrain await you up to Monte San Leonardo.
From there, on well-maintained forest roads, you’ll merge onto the final kilometers of the Corsa della Bora.
A refreshment station will greet you at km 13, before you enter the thematic park “Lupinc,” where you’ll have the opportunity to run through World War I trenches and beneath a natural archway forming a karstic cave, opening onto a hidden dolina. A truly captivating stretch.
The splendor and uniqueness of these segments will outweigh the fatigue built up over a week of racing!
Finally, you’ll reach Aurisina, where another refreshment station at km 23 will provide some relief before the dramatic finish on PortoPiccolo beach.
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