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Julian Alps and Mount Triglav

High Trails of the Karawanken, Kamnik & Julian Alps

Overview

This tour combines the best routes of our self guided walking holidays in Slovenia: the Via Alpina trail in the Karawanken and the Kamnik Alps and the best trails of the Julian Alps. During the first part of the itinerary, you will enjoy a collection of circular and inn-to-inn walks of a moderate grade. The trail will lead you through high limestone plateaus and forests to the picturesque Bled lake. You will be walking along the mountain ridges, meadows and valley floors of Triglav National Park, slowly descending from east to west. The second part of the trip will take you through the central region of the Julian Alps’ heart. It will be a bit more challenging, and the overnights will be at mountain huts, so the itinerary is most suited for experienced hikers looking for a genuine alpine adventure.

Highlights

  • Stay in tranquil mountain villages
  • Discover hidden mountain valleys
  • Take in Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj
  • Wander over mountain pastures
  • Walk through the heart of Triglav National Park
  • Stay in authentic alpine mountain cabins and cosy 3-star hotels
  • Postcard views of the lake and the mountains from your Bled hotel

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Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Jezersko

With its idyllic location in a valley between the towering Kamnik-Savinja Alps and Karawanke Mountains, on the
border with Austria, the small romantic village of Jezersko will be the starting point of your hike.

  • Accommodation: 2-star guesthouse (Hiša Kocka or similar)

Day 2. Jezersko – Češka Koča – Jezersko | 7 km

You start your tour with a warm-up hike to Česka koča mountain hut. This short walk leads up to just above the tree line to one of the oldest alpine huts in Slovenia (100 years old), where you will enjoy an outstanding view of the two parallel valleys. Your return route takes you past Shepherds Lake and back to Jezersko. A transfer will take you to your accommodation in Preddvor.

  • Walking for the day: 7 km, approx 4-5 hrs, ↑640 m ↓640 m
  • Accommodation: 3-star guesthouse (Pension Zaplata or similar)

Day 3. Preddvor – Hudi Borst – Preddvor | up to 12 km

The hike today is slightly more demanding yet wonderful and full of splendid vistas. It begins with an ascent up to St. Jacobs church, which served as refugee fortress and shelter during the Ottoman raids in the past. The walk continues through deep fir/spruce forest across steep hills covered with alpine flowers to Hudicev Borst, where you can have a picnic. After a full day walk, you can refresh in Crnjava lake just before returning back to your hotel. In case you find the trail too strenuous, there is another easier option for the day.

  • Walking for the day (longer version): approx 6-7 hrs, ↑850 m ↓850 m
  • Walking for the day (shorter version): approx 3-4 hrs, ↑450 m ↓450 m
  • Accommodation: 3-star guesthouse (Pension Zaplata or similar)

Day 4. Preddvor – Ljubelj – Begunje | 13 km

You will be taken by car to the starting point at Ljubelj, on the Austrian border from where the trail takes you through a short underground tunnel originally dug by merchants to reduce the travelling time between Carniola and Carinthia. As you get out on the other side, the trail follows the old shepherds’ route before entering the peaceful Draga Valley, which takes you on your final section into the historic village of Begunje. Two kilometres down the road you can find the ruins of Kamen Castle.

  • Walking for the day: 13 km, approx 4 hrs, ↑700 m ↓250 m
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel (Lambergh Chateau & Hotel or similar)

Day 5. Radovna Valley – Vintgar Gorge – Lake Bled | 11 km

Today a transfer will drive you to the lush green Radovna Valley, located amid soaring mountain peaks, where the Radovna River has carved the 150 m-deep Vintgar Gorge (1,6 km). You can then walk the trail that leads along a wooden walkway through the gorge and onwards to the world-famous Bled Lake, via the lovely Katarina Church viewpoint. Your hotel overlooks the lake.

  • Walking for the day: 11 km, approx 5 hrs, ↑200 m ↓350 m
  • Accommodation: 4-star hotel (Hotel Triglav or similar)

Day 6: Lake Bled – Pokljuka – Planika Hut | 12 km

After breakfast, a short transfer will take you 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. Today’s destination is Planika hut, right underneath Mt. Triglav – the highest Slovene mountain (2864 m). Planika hut is an ideal starting point for a climb to Mt. Triglav, mind that you need to book additional nights 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 9. You will not have access to it until then, so make sure you have everything you need in your backpack – mountain hut accommodation on the next three nights!

  • Accommodation: Planika Hut
  • Walking for the day: 12 km, approx 7 hrs, 1170 m ↓160 m

Day 7: Planika Hut – Triglav Lakes Hut | 11 km

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 Double Lake’s shore.

Day 8: Triglav Lakes Hut – Komna Hut | 11 km

Walking in the western direction, you will 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 Komarča rock face’s edge. It is the warmest of the Triglav Lakes. Ending your day at Komna hut, you will also enjoy a great Bohinj Lake view (last mountain hut accommodation).

  • Accommodation: Komna Hut
  • Walking for the day: 11 km, approx 7 hrs, ↑300 m ↓1000 m

Day 9: Down to Lake Bohinj | 15 km

After breakfast, a relaxing descent follows down an old military road, bringing you to Savica Waterfall, one of Slovenia’s most famous waterfalls. An alpine Karst spring flows to the top of the waterfall and then cascades 78 metres and subsequently feeds the mighty Lake Bohinj. Walking 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, you can ascend Mt. Vogel with a gondola lift. From top (1532 m) you’ll be able to enjoy a perfect panoramic view of the Julian Alps and the area you walked in on the previous days.

  • Accommodation: Kristal Family Hotel or a similar 3-star hotel
  • Walking for the day: 15 km, approx 6 hrs, ↑60 m ↓1050 m

Day 10: Departure

Return home or individual stay extension.

What to Expect

Accommodation

The accommodation is in a mix of guesthouses and 3- & 4-star hotels for most of the trip, all offering private en-suite rooms (6 nights). You will also spend three nights in mountain huts in dormitories with shared facilities. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

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Hiša KockaPension ZaplataLambergh Chateau & HotelHotel TriglavHotel Kristal, Planika Hut, Triglav Lakes HutKoča pri Savici Hut

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 the exact accommodation details upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included every morning. In towns, each hotel has its own restaurant where you can taste international or Slovenian meals, or you can also explore local restaurants. When no restaurant location is available en route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. At the mountain huts, there is also a possibility to order food on the spot.

Difficulty & terrain

This moderately graded walking holiday is appropriate for experienced hikers. Average walking time per day is 5 to 7 hrs (read more about difficulty grades), the average distance is 12 km per day, and the daily elevation gain gets up to 1100 m (on one day only).

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 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 organised between mid-May and the end of September. The itinerary contains routes which are closed to the public during winter and early spring. The best months for hiking are July and 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.

The 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. The average temperature in July is 15°C.

Getting there

FCO up-to-date travel advice

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By plane

Recommended arrival and departure airport: Ljubljana

By train or bus

Transfers from Ljubljana to Jezersko are possible by public transport. For up-to-date bus schedules, please check https://www.ap-ljubljana.si/en/. Travel time is about 40 minutes. For up-to-date train schedules, please check  https://www.slo-zeleznice.si/en/.

There is a regular bus line from Ribcev Laz on Lake Bohinj, which can take you to Ljubljana Airport or City Centre, passing through Kranj. For more details, check here. For up-to-date bus schedules, please check https://www.ap-ljubljana.si/en/.

Inclusions

Included

  • 6 overnights in hotels/guesthouses in a two-bedded en-suite room
  • 3 overnights in dormitory rooms with shared facilities
  • Car transfers on days 2, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Luggage transport between hotels (not on days 6, 7 and 8, when you overnight in huts – your main luggage will join you on day 9)
  • 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
  • Local tourist and other taxes
  • Welcome meeting upon arrival
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting land transfers
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses
  • Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
  • Any items not explicitly listed as included

Options, extras & 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 (not for the mountain cabins on days 6, 7 and 8, where accommodation is in dormitories)
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers
  • Private transfers to/from airport
  • One extra night at Planika Hut and a guided climb of Mount Triglav (after Day 6)
  • One extra night at Lake Bohinj after the holiday
  • One extra night in Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia, before or after the holiday

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