Slovenia: Julian Alps Traverse
Ascend Mt. Triglav, Slovenia’s highest peak
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Small Group
Little known outside Slovenia, the Julian Alps are the unsung mountain range of Europe. Giant limestone peaks dramatically twist their way from the lush, verdant meadows of the valleys below, creating a unique landscape that Slovenians are proud to call their own. This trip encompasses all the very best of this special mountain range, with an opportunity to reach the summit of Mt. Triglav, which rewards with views to Austria, Italy and Croatia.
* All breakfast and 5 dinners included
* 3 nights hotel with en suite rooms in Bled and 4 nights in manned mountain huts with shared facilities
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
* Equipment rental included for assent of Triglav
Tour leader throughout. Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 18 yrs
- Single Accommodation (Not available on this tour)
- Challenging trekking through spectacular scenery
- An exciting ascent of Slovenia’s highest peak-Triglav (optional)
- Fun alpine atmosphere
- Free time at Lake Bled
Join the group at our hotel in the lakeside town of Bled. Any items of luggage not needed during the trek may be left here for collection at the end of the week.*Hotel Astoria or similar*
Warm-up walk in the Karavanke Mountains.
We enjoy leisurely breakfast before our trek briefing followed by a short transfer to our warm-up walk in the Karavanke Mountains (you only need a small day pack today). Making our way around the outside of Mt Begunjscica – offering magnificent alpine views – we lunch in Roblekov Dom (1635m – Dom means hut or home). A rich variety of mountain trails are possible for our return walk, each varied and selected for the pace of the group and weather conditions on the day. In the evening we will have free time back in Bled to enjoy the town and have a meal by the lake.*Hotel Astoria or similar*
Transfer to Lake Bohinj and the Triglav National Park passing a traditional mountain settlement. Trek overlooking this stunning glacial lake.
Leaving Bled we drive along the shore of this picturesque lake to neighbouring Lake Bohinj – and the Triglav National Park from where we start our trek. For the next five days we are away from roads and civilization, carrying our lightweight gear and Triglav safety equipment/helmet on our backs. We ascend through the tree line passing to Dom na Komi – offering a stunning bird’s eye view of the lake. Leaving our rucksacks at the hut we spend the afternoon exploring one of the most beautiful areas, the Bogatin Saddle, before making our way back to Dom na Komni.Alternatively in stable weather conditions we may begin our trail slightly above Bohinj Lake which takes us through beautiful forest to the peak of Prisivec (1761m). Offering a bird’s eye view of Lake Bohinj and the valley below. Leaving the peak we pick up forest trails taking us to the first lake in the Valley of the Seven Lakes – the Black Lake or Crno Jezero, nestled away, this is the perfect introduction to our trail and gives an idea of what’s to come. We then head towards Dom na Komni our base for the night (this trail is only possible in stable weather due to its openness).*Mountain Hut*
Walk through valley of the Seven Triglav Lakes, heading towards the more rocky terrain of Hribarice.
Leaving the hut we walk towards the start of the Seven Triglav Lakes Valley. These lakes are the source of Lake Bohinj and the Sava River, which runs into the Danube at Belgrade. Carved by the Triglav glacier, each lake has a unique feature of its own, be it shape or colour. We follow the route through the centre of the valley, passing five of the lakes, and leave the greenness of Bohinj behind, before reaching Hribarice. At the end of this amazing day we reach Koca na Dolcu, one of the most welcoming huts in the park. Spending the night in a great setting looking up towards Triglav.*Mountain Hut*
Trek through the heart of the Julian Alps followed by our Triglav summit attempt (weather dependent).
We are now in the heart of the Julian Alps with a rugged limestone, moonlike landscape. The Triglav Mountain dominates the skyline and takes on different appearances as we approach. An excellent days walking takes us across high mountain passes and along spectacular ridges as we head for Triglavski Dom (2515m), the highest hut in Slovenia. With our closeness to Triglav and depending on the weather, it may be possible to attempt the summit this morning before heading off to Triglavski Dom.The ascent of Triglav takes us up the East Ridge, over Mali Triglav (little Triglav) towards the summit. The trail follows the ridgeline for most of the way. There are some quite exposed sections where we have to use the harnesses, which are attached to the fixed ropes. The guides will be on hand to offer help and support. This route is not traditional ’via ferrata’ as ascents and descents are not steep. Once upon Triglav we have a complete panorama of Slovenia and on clear days into Austria, Italy and even the first of the Croatian islands. Our normal route down takes us over Mali Triglav to Triglavski Dom. This hut is open twelve months of the year and in the winter finds itself surrounded by up to 7 metres of snow. Time and weather allowing, it may be possible to attempt Triglav later if it wasn’t possible in the morning*Mountain Hut*
Follow mountain trails offering panoramas of the whole Julian Alps before arriving on Pokljuka Plateau and Blejska Koca (1630m).
From Triglavski Dom we descend to Vodnikov Dom (1817m) a picturesque hut standing 200m above the Velo Polje field and framed by the Tosc cliffs. We may continue further on to Blejska Koca Hut (1630m), with its high mountain meadow under the ridge. Our choice of hut will depend on which day we make our ascent of Triglav.*Mountain Hut*
Final day trekking east along ridge towards the peak of Brda (2009m). Transfer back to Bled, with time to stroll around the picturesque lake.
Our destination today is Brda, a fine viewpoint situated on the far end of a lower ridge across the valley from Triglav. At 2009m we have splendid views back across to where we have trekked, as well as 1000m down into Krma valley, across to Bled and the rich pine forests of Pokljuka. After soaking up the views we head off into the forests and wild alpine meadows below, the ground underfoot becomes softer and greener marking the end of the ruggedness of the previous few days. Weaving our way through the woods of Pokljuka, Slovenia’s most dense forest, we arrive at Rodno Polje (1301m) – where the shepherd’s huts produce mountain cheese, marking the end of our trek. After a rest and a beer, we will meet our transport and be transferred back to our hotel in Bled.*Astoria Hotel or similar*
Free time to rest and enjoy the lakeside town. Optional activities on the lakes and rivers are easy to arrange locally.* *
Hotels & Mountain Huts
In Bled, you will spend 3 nights in a comfortable 3 star hotel with en suite facilities. While trekking, you will spend 5 nights in traditional mountain huts. These range in size, but are all manned and catered. Rooms are generally dormitory style (4+) with basic toilet facilities and running water, but no showers.
While trekking we include dinner and breakfast in the huts.
Hut breakfasts are usually made up of: bread, jam, cheese with tea, coffee etc.
Lunches are not included and can be bought en route in the mountain huts we pass each day. On some days we will buy packed lunch and eat out in the mountains, other days we will stop for hot meals in local restaurants. On the first day after walking we’ll visit a local supermarket and stock up on snacks for the five days.
Dinner is usually two courses consisting of traditional Slovenian alpine food (for example – goulash, spaghetti, or alpine stew followed by fruit, pudding, strudel or pancakes).
For vegetarians there is a little less variety, vegans even more so, but this shouldn’t lead to anyone going hungry. Please inform sales at the time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.
This is an outstanding hut-to-hut trek through the highest part of the Julian Alps and the heart of the Triglav National Park. It is designed for experienced mountain walkers who want to enjoy the best of Slovenia’ss walking trails. Like all hut-to-hut treks, you will need to carry a little more than on a supported trek. However the nights high in these limestone mountains more than make up for the extra effort. There is an optional ascent of Mt Triglav, a non-technical ‘via ferrata’ and exciting scramble with some element of exposure.
Our week starts and finishes in Bled, a peaceful lakeside mountain town. The trails in the Triglav National Park are generally well marked but can vary underfoot; the path will be uneven at times with loose stones. Fixed alpine ropes provided by the Alpine Association of Slovenia are found on trails when the ascent / descent may be steep; no previous experience is necessary when first using these. Each day will involve plenty of ascent and descent, up to 1,000 metres on some days, some of these ascents will be steep. You should be confident in your fitness and walking ability. You will need to carry your gear for the duration of the trek, which if you pack carefully, should weigh no more than 12 kgs.