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Emerald River Delight – epic single trails of Soča Valley




Emerald River Delight?

When you combine two of the best trails in the Soča Valley, the hospitality and luxury of Eco Chalets and gastronomic skills that put Kobarid on the global foodie map, you get a unique mix that we call Emerald River Delight. Although you only spend two days in our company, we assure you that we do everything in our power to make sure you return home with a smile on your face and a head full of unforgettable memories. Simply put, the trails that descend from Matajur and Kobariški Stol are what any true mountainbiker dreams of.

Is the selection of trails suitable for me?

Fitness level:  

All the climbs have an intermediate degree of difficulty, so we recommend Fitness level  3 , meaning that you are able to cycle uphill for a maximum of 2 hours at a moderate pace. Daily climbing does not exceed a thousand vertical meters and climbs can be divided into several smaller sections as need be.

Skill level:  

At least an intermediate level of descending skills is required, at times also some more technical skills to negotiate short technical sections. These are, however, only a few details in the big picture and can be used as an incentive to learn new skills or just left for another time. There’s no shame in walking a few tough sections.

Day 1. Kobariški Stol (Soldiers flow)

The van saves us the trouble of pedalling up the tarmac road and all we have to do is an hour and a half’s steady climb up a fireroad to the mountain pass, where we are again treated with a beautiful view. The descent takes us down a disused military alpine trail from the 1st World War. A hundred years of neglect have transformed the trail into a perfect mountainbike trail that defines what modern all mountain riding is about. Natural flow and an ideal pitch come together for a playful descent throughout the entire 1200 m altitude difference. Once we reach the valley, an easy pedal along the Soča River brings us back to Kobarid. Now all there is left is to dip our aching legs in the ice cold and crystal clear river and relax for the rest of the day.

Day 2. Matajur (»The« epic ride)

A 20-minute van ride takes us 1/3rd way up mount Matajur to the village of Livek, where we continue the fireroad climb towards the mountain hut on Matajur (1.545 m). Since Matajur is slap bang on the border between Slovenia and Italy, we take the Italian trail down towards San Pietro al Natisone. The descent is 1.400 vertical meters and 12 kilometers of never ending singletrack. In San Pietro al Natisone we stop in the local gelateria for home made ice-cream and a latte macchiato and wait for the van to take us back to Kobarid. On the way back we stop at the Nadiža river and relax our tired limbs in the clear water which can reach as much as 20 degrees in summer.

Eco Chalets – Camp Koren

Camp Koren is the second home for contemporary adventure seekers. It is situated on the left bank of the river Soča, not far from Kobarid, where the emerald green river Soča flows from the narrow gorge, slows down on the beautiful white gravel river bank and meanders through the Soča Valley.

Eco Chalets are beautiful wooden houses on terraces just a few steps away from the reception and offer a luxurious stay on two levels with 100 square meters in total size.

A stay in eco chalets is especially comfortable due to the warmth of the wood, which always creates the optimal climate in the rooms, since the wood takes the excess moisture from the air or emits it back when the air in the room is too dry. The wooden walls are coated only with oil and the floor in the rooms is waxed and coated with linseed oil which enables the wood to preserve all its natural power. Around the chalets, there is a garden of flower beds and lawns which can be accessed via stone paths. Holidays in these eco chalets present a wonderful mixture of comfort and a close connection to nature.

Meeteng point

We meet at 16.00 in Camp Koren near Kobarid. Transfers from Airports Ljubljana, Klagenfurt, Trieste, Venice and other places in Slovenia are possible but subject to prior arrangement and surcharge. For information please contact megan@mtbgalaxy.com.

What kind of bike do I need?

The best bike to have with you for our Emerald River Delight rides is a good all mountain or enduro bike with at least 120 mm of travel. The bike should not weigh more than 16 kilos as the week includes quite a bit of uphill riding. Hardtails are always an option, provided your knees and back can take the punishment.

Spare parts for my bike?

Most bicycle spares and components are available for purchase in bike shop Positive sports in Kobarid. But, to set your mind at ease, we recommend you bring the following set of spares with you:

  1. - rear derailleur hanger
  2. - one set of brake pads
  3. - chain (if your bike chain is older than 6 months)
  4. - 2 inner tubes (with the appropriate valve)
  5. - 2 spokes (appropriate lengths for your wheelset)
  6. - Shock pump (particularly if you ride a Cannondale:) )

You can also do away with worrying about spares altogether and rent a bike for the week.

Can I rent a bike?

Sure! We have a number of Specialized, Trek and Cannondale bikes available for rent. For a full list of bikes, sizes and pricing, contact megan@mtbgalaxy.com. Bikes can be reserved upon booking to eliminate any chance of not having a bike ready and waiting for you when you arrive.

What kind of clothing suits the weather in Slovenia?

With the exception of May and October, weather in Slovenia is rather stable and not too cold. Expected temperatures in May and October are between 10 and 25 C and temperatures between June and September are between 15 and 30 C. Packing rain gear is always good as the weather makes no guarantees.

Packing list

Clothing and accessories:

  1. - at least two cycling jerseys with short sleeves and one with long sleeves
  2. - padded bike shorts
  3. - bike helmet
  4. - knee pads (elbow pads optional)
  5. - sunglasses
  6. - bike gloves
  7. - rainproof jacket and pants
  8. - warm “civilian” clothing (fleeces, pants …)
  9. - swimsuit, towel
  10. - sunscreen and insect repellent
  11. - personal hygiene set (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo…)

Your riding backpack should carry at least:

  1. - 2 liters of fluid/day (hydration bladder or plastic bottles)
  2. - 1 spare inner tube (appropriate valve)
  3. - tools
  4. - pump

All the other stuff you can’t ride without.

What about food and meals?

All the meals of a full board package (breakfast, lunch, dinner) are included in the package and need not be paid separately. Breakfast and dinner are part of the half-board lodging option at each hotel. Only snacks are packed for the trails as each day includes a stop at a specially selected local restaurant, serving local home made food. The places where we eat are just as important as the trails and have been selected for their friendly atmosphere and range of foods characteristic for the area. We kindly ask our guests to report any special nutrition needs in advance (vegetarians, gluten free …) so we can notify the hotels and restaurants accordingly.

Cash and expenses 

The official currency in Slovenia is the Euro €. Additional costs you may encounter during your stay includes souvenirs, drinks in bars, massage treatments in hotels, etc. Most places allow payments by credit card, but we recommend you visit an ATM machine and pay in cash. Tipping is welcome (if you are satisfied with the service), but not mandatory. The usual tip is around 10% of the bill.

Extending your stay in Slovenia?

The Outdoor Freaks agency will take care of any additional activities and adventures you may choose to embark upon, and the office can also help you find lodging and activities with dependable agencies and friends in the neighboring countries.

Dates and prices

5. – 7. September 2014

PRICE: 280 €

All our prices are in Euro, per person and include VAT.

Minimum number of participants is 4

A 20% deposit is required upon application, the remaining 80% at least 2 months before departure.
– Cancelling up to 60 days prior to departure incurs a charge of 20% of the total booking value.
– Cancelling 60 to 30 days prior to departure incurs a charge of 50% of the total booking value.
– Bookings cancelled less than 7 days prior to departure cannot be refunded.

Book your adventure now!

What’s included?

  • 2 days of mountain biking with experienced licenced guides
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 2 days fully catered breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transportation in an airconditioned van with bike roof rack or trailer
  • Sight seeing as desired and information on the surrounding areas
  • Use of workshop for repairs
  • Second to none service, with passionate staff
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