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Summits of the Julian Alps

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Average rating:   4.666666666666667,  3 reviews
Country
Slovenia
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Various
Availability
July - September

Itinerary

Day 1: Lake Bled
Day 2: Pokljuka High Plateau
Day 3: Planika Hut
Day 4: Triglav Lakes
Day 5: Komna Hut
Day 6: Lake Bohinj
Day 7: Lake Bled Panoramic Walks
Day 8: Departure

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.

Highlights


Itinerary for Summits of the Julian Alps

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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

After breakfast you will go to the heart of Triglav National Park and the Julian Alps. The trail slowly ascends to Vodnikov Dom hut, where lunch and some rest can be taken. Daily destination is Planika hut, right underneath Mt. Triglav – the highest Slovene mountain (2,864 m). Planika hut is an ideal starting point for a climb to Mt. Triglav, however, additional nights need to be booked there to accomplish this extra climb (the climb is partly a “via ferrata”, some alpine experience and a helmet are recommended).
Note: Today 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 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!
  • 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

After a hearty breakfast you will start your walk across the Hribarice pass (2,358m) in the direction of the Koča pri Triglavskih Jezerih hut. On your way to the hut you can stop and admire the beauty of one of the Triglav Park’s seven lakes, Zeleno Jezero (Green Lake), whose name is derived from the high algae content painting the lake a gorgeous lush green. As you continue on you will enjoy the beautiful view into the rest of the Dolina Triglavskih Jezer (The Valley of the Triglav Lakes). A further three-hour hike brings you to the Koča pri Savici mountain hut on the shore of Double Lake.
Note: You can extend this day by optionally booking a guided climb to Mt Triglav in the morning. It takes about 3 hours (via ferrata) and after the climb you can continue as per the itinerary above. Or you can book an extra night in Planika hut and use the extra day for the Triglav climb.

Day 5: Triglav Lakes Hut / Koča pri Savici Hut – Komna Hut

Walking in western direction you wil reach Black Lake – the lowest-lying lake in the Triglav Lakes Valley. It is named for its location in a basin in the middle of the forest, which stretches right to the edge of the Komarča rock face. It is the warmest of the Triglav Lakes. Ending your day at Komna hut you will also enjoy a great view of Bohinj Lake (last mountain hut accommodation).
  • 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

After breakfast, a relaxing descend follows down an old military road brings you to Savica Waterfall, which is one of the most famous and popular waterfalls in Slovenia. An alpine Karst spring flows to the top of the waterfall and then cascades 78 metres and subsequently feeds the mighty Lake Bohinj.
Walk along the northern shore of Bohinj Lake will bring you to Ribcev Laz village where you can warm up with delicious home-made honey brandy and schnapps in the local taverns. In summer months one can enjoy a swim in the crystal clear water of Bohinj Lake. Alternatively, one can ascend Mt. Vogel with a gondola lift. From top (1,532 m) you’ll be able to enjoy a perfect panoramic view of Julian Alps and the area you walked in on the previous days.
  • 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

After breakfast you will be transferred to Lake Bled, a place that attracts visitors with its combination of natural wonders and unique culture and history. The surrounding area offers plenty of excellent hiking opportunities, including a walk to the stunning Vintgar Gorge. There is a 1,600-metre long walk on a wooden walkway, which leads through the scenic gorge along the Radovna River to the Sum Waterfall.
Heading east, following well-marked signs for Bled, you have about 1 km to the Church of St. Catherine. From here it’s about 4 km back to Bled Lake. If you prefer a nice leisurely stroll on your final day, a hike around the lake takes about 1 hour. You can reach the famous island church on the lake by a special boat called “Pletna”, or visit Bled Castle and its museum inside. The museum hosts an interesting exhibition on the history of the castle. Your final night will be spent in a nice hotel overlooking the lake (same as on Day 1).
  • 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.

Hotels for Summits of the Julian Alps

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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.

Sample hotels: Triglav HotelKristal Hotel, Biathlon Sports Centre, Trigav Lakes HutKoča pri Savici Hut

Meals

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.

Travel for Summits of the Julian Alps

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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.

Private Transfers

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 Transfers

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.

Country Info

For up to date travel advice and country info, please check here.

Trip Info for Summits of the Julian Alps

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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).

Route Navigation

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.

Weather

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).

Included for Summits of the Julian Alps

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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

Supplements*

  • 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

Excluded

  • 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

Extensions

  • 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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by Nick F on Summits of the Julian Alps

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.

by Nicola D on Summits of the Julian Alps

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.

by Derek W on Summits of the Julian Alps


The holiday overall was very good. We enjoyed the route and the Julian Alps are very impressive.  The hotels were excellent, including the biathlon centre.  As we couldn't be accommodated near lake Bohinj we appreciated the upgrade to the Eco hotel in Bistreca.  The huts were of a good standard. The exception was Planika which was more basic.


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