Overview for Summits of the Julian Alps
The Julian Alps are the most easterly extension of the great Alpine Range, stretching from North-East Italy into Slovenia through the Triglav National Park. The jagged limestone peaks offer some of Europe’s best scenery and walking, with Mount Triglav (the highest in Slovenia) at the centre of the range, and the glacial lakes of Bohinj and Bled far below.
Our Summits of the Julian Alps walking holiday will take you on a picturesque mountain tour, guiding you through the high alpine area and its many natural attractions, including lakes Bled & Bohinj. The tour covers the central region of the Triglav National park. This moderate walking tour is suitable for fit and experienced walkers and is a must for photographers. It requires some basic experience of walking at high mountain levels and narrow trails.
- Walk through the heart of Triglav National Park
- Optional hike to the highest Slovenian peak, Triglav (2,864 m)
- Stay in alpine mountain cabins, 3 and 4-star hotels
- Postcard views of the Bled lake and the mountains from your Bled hotel
- See the seven Triglav lakes
- Take a refreshing swim in Lake Bohinj
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Day 1: Arrival to Lake Bled
Arrive at Ljubljana Airport and take either a public or a private transfer to your hotel at Lake Bled. Meet our representative who will brief you on the walks and give you the maps and the documentation needed for your trip. Walk around the beautiful glacial Lake Bled, one of the most picturesque locations in the world, with its unique island church sitting proudly in the lake, and the castle perched high upon a cliff standing guard over the town.
- Accommodation: 4-star Triglav Hotel on lake shore, or a similar 3 or 4-star hotel in Bled
- Walking for the day: none / walk around the lake
Day 2: Pokljuka High Plateau
Starting in the verdant woodlands of the Pokljuka high plateau (1,280m), a starting point of many hiking trails in the Julian Alps. The warming-up hike will lead you over mountain pastures and through dense fir forests up to Lipanska Hut. A typical hikers’ lunch can be taken there. The afternoon walk will bring you along a panoramic route (excellent views of Karawanke range, Pokljuka plateau, Krma valley and Bohinj Mountains) to biathlon centre of Pokljuka where you stay for the night.
- Accommodation: 3-star Biathlon Sports Centre hotel
- Walking for the day: 11 km, 620 m elevation gain, 6 hrs walking
Day 3: Pokljuka – Planika Hut
- Accommodation: Planika Hut
- Walking for the day: 10.5 km, 1,100 m elevation gain, 7 hrs walking
Day 4: Planika Hut – Triglav Lakes Hut
Day 5: Triglav Lakes Hut / Koča pri Savici Hut – Komna Hut
- Accommodation: Komna Hut
- Walking for the day: 8.5 km, 340 m ascent, 500 m descend, 5 to 6 hrs
Day 6: Down to Lake Bohinj
- Accommodation: Kristal Hotel (family hotel)
- Walking for the day: 18 km, 1,200 m descent, 5 to 6 hrs
Day 7: Lake Bled Panoramic Walks
- Accommodation: 4-star Triglav Hotel on lake shore, or a similar 3 or 4-star hotel in Bled
- Walking for the day: depends on walking route chosen.
Day 8: Departure or Onward Travel
Return home or individual stay extension.
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Accommodation is in 3 or 4-star hotels (4 nights) and in mountain huts with shared facilities (3 nights).
*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide to you exact accommodation details upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included. Half board option is possible to order. In towns each hotel has its own restaurant where you can taste international or Slovenian meals or you can also try Slovenian cuisine in local restaurants. Each hiking day passes by several mountain huts with restaurant facilities where you can get water and lunch. In the huts you can order simple but tasty local food for dinner.
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Recommended arrival and departure airport: Ljubljana
Flight information can change rapidly and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.
Transfers to/from Airports
Transfers from airport to Bled are very easy by public transport. From about 6 AM to 10 PM you more or less have hourly departures from the main bus station in Ljubljana. As the buses are driving via the country route and stop in cities like Medno, Kranj and Lesce, they have a travel time of about 1 hour and 10 to 20 minutes. In Bled the bus first stops at the Union bus stop which is about 300 meters from the lake; from here it continues to the bus station which is also located less than 300 metres from the lake.
You have private transfers arranged for you and your luggage on Day 2 and Day 7. You can also book at an extra cost private airport or Ljubljana transfers on Day 1 and Day 8.
Baggage transfer is included and will be arranged by your current hotel to your next hotel. After check out, you will leave baggage at the hotel reception and you can start hiking. When you arrive at your next hotel, your baggage will be at the hotel reception.
Note: On Day 3 your main luggage gets collected at Pokljuka hotel and is safely stored in our local office in Bled until you reach Bohinj at the end of the high mountain walk on day 6. You will not have access to it until then, so make sure you have everything you need in your backpack – mountain hut accommodation on next 3 nights.
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Difficulty Grade: Moderate
This holiday is appropriate for experienced hikers. Average walking distance is 12 km per day while total elevation gain is 3,000 m and average daily elevation gain is 600 m (read more about difficulty grades).
You will walk on hiking trails, some of them in the Alpine zone, with mostly rocky terrain. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to Go
This tour can be organized between July 6th and September 14th. The itinerary contains routes which are closed to the public during winter and spring. Best month for hiking is August.
The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season – so please indicate desired starting date when booking.
Climate is mostly of a mountain and alpine character, cold and moist influenced by high altitudes. Snow cover in valleys and peaks persists from 180 to 250 days of a year. Windy weather is typical and during summer afternoon storms are usual. Average temperature in July is 15°C.
What to Bring
Main luggage is limited to 20 kg. On walking days 2 and 7 your main luggage is transported to the next accommodation. For your daily essentials, you should bring a comfortable rucksack which should hold your luggage for Days 3-6. It is essential to bring good hiking shoes and waterproof jacket.
On Day 3 your main luggage gets collected at Pokljuka hotel and is safely stored in our local office in Bled until you reach Bohinj at the end of the high mountain walk on day 6. You will not have access to it until then, so make sure you have everything you need in your backpack. Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact us or a reputable outdoor retailer.
- Good hiking boots;
- Hiking socks;
- Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying);
- Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood;
- Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece;
- Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation;
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve;
- Hat/Baseball cap;
- Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies).
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- Detailed holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions and road notes; maps with daily routes and optional hikes marked
- GPS tracks
- Accommodation for 7 nights in hand-picked 3 to 4-star hotels and mountain cabins as listed in itinerary
- 7 Breakfasts
- Daily luggage transport to next hotel on Days 2 and 7
- All internal ground transfers as listed in itinerary
- Arrival meeting
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local representative in Bled
- Single room supplement: Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable. It is available only for hotel overnights on Days 1, 2, 6, 7 (not for the mountain cabins where accommodation is in dormitories)
- This holiday is available for solo travellers. As transfer and accommodation costs are not shared, a solo traveller supplement is payable
*To calculate the price of the tour for a specific date, including the cost of different options and supplements, please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above, pick your date and number of people. On the next screen you can choose desired options and extras and see the total price of your holiday before you decide whether to submit a booking enquiry.
Options and Extras
- Private airport transfers to/from airport
- Half-board option
- Flights and connecting land transfers to first / from last accommodation from/to airports
- Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not specifically mentioned in the program
- One extra night at Planika Hut and a guided climb of Mount Triglav (after Day 3)
Planika hut is an ideal starting point for a climb to Mt. Triglav. The climb is partly a “via ferrata”, some alpine experience and a helmet are recommended – helmet to be provided by us – and you will be accompanied by a certified mountain guide. The climb takes a total of 3-3.5 hours.
- Guided climb of Mount Triglav on Day 4
If you think you can manage both walks in one day (a total of 9 hours), you can book a guided climb of Mount Triglav in the early morning and then continue as per the standard itinerary for Day 4, without booking extra nights.
- One extra night at a 3 or 4-star hotel in Bled after the holiday
- One extra night in Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia, before or after the holiday
- 3 nights Beach Extension in Piran on the Slovenian Riviera after the holiday
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The trails, accommodations, local representative, and overall holiday were spectacular. Our experience was utterly worth it, and we would recommend it without reservation to everyone. Hiking Triglav as an addendum on the morning of the hike's Day 4 was definitely the most memorable/exciting part. The trails were easy to follow and a nice mix of terrains. It would just have been nice to know about the via ferrata beforehand – some people are very nervous on this type of ‘path’. The accommodation was fine. We understand that when very high up, it is difficult to provide showers, particularly during a very dry period. Again it would have been nice to know this beforehand though, as we would have packed slightly differently.
The transfers were good. One minor annoyance was that we were dropped off at our final hotel around two hours before we were able to check in, without being told this in advance. Again, it would have been good to know in advance that this would be the case – it affected what we had planned to do once we arrived.
Overall though, we really loved the holiday, and would recommend it to friends, mentioning the
points I raised above.
The trails, accommodations, local representative, and overall holiday were spectacular. Our experience was utterly worth it, and we would recommend it without reservation to everyone. Hiking Triglav as an addendum on the morning of the hike's Day 4 was definitely the most memorable/exciting part.
The trails were easy to follow and a nice mix of terrains. It would just have been nice to know about the via ferrata beforehand – some people are very nervous on this type of ‘path’. The accommodation was fine. We understand that when very high up, it is difficult to provide showers, particularly during a very dry period. Again it would have been nice to know this beforehand though, as we would have packed slightly differently.