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 Bohinj and Bled far below.
Our Summits of the Julian Alps self guided 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 experience of walking at high mountain levels and narrow trails.
- Triglav National Park
- Peak Triglav (2,864 m)
- Alpine mountain cabins
- Bled lake
- Seven Triglav lakes
- Lake Bohinj
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Day 1: Arrival 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 the trip. Walk around the glacial Lake Bled, with its unique church sitting on an island in the lake, and the castle perched high upon a cliff standing guard over the town.
- Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Bled (Triglav or similar)
Day 2: Bled – Pokljuka High Plateau | 14km
After a short car transfer, start the walk in the verdant woodlands of Pokljuka high plateau (1280m), a starting point of many hiking trails in the Julian Alps. This warm up hike will lead over mountain pastures and through dense fir forests up to Lipanska Hut for a typical hikers’ lunch. The afternoon walk goes along a panoramic route with views of Karavanke range, Pokljuka plateau, Krma valley and Bohinj Mountains to the biathlon centre of Pokljuka where you will stay for the night.
- Accommodation: 3-star Biathlon Sports Centre Hotel or similar
- Walking for the day: 14km, 6h, ↑710m ↓640m
Day 3: Pokljuka – Planika Hut | 12km
Today’s route goes 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 mountain in Slovenia (2,864m). Planika hut is an ideal starting point for a climb to Mt. Triglav, mind that 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 as you will be accommodated in mountain huts for the next three nights.
- Accommodation: Planika Hut
- Walking for the day: 12km, 7h, ↑1,140m ↓110m
Day 4: Planika Hut – Triglav Lakes Hut | 11km
After a hearty breakfast, start the walk across Hribarice pass (2,358m) in the direction of Koča pri Triglavskih Jezerih hut. On the way to the hut, you can stop and admire the beauty of one of Triglav Park’s seven lakes, Zeleno Jezero (Green Lake), whose name is derived from the high algae content giving the lake its green colour. Continue on to enjoy the view into the rest of Dolina Triglavskih Jezer (Valley of the Triglav Lakes).
- Accommodation: Triglav Lakes Hut
- Walking for the day: 11km, 6h, ↑230m ↓910m
Day 5: Triglav Lakes Hut – Komna Hut | 8km
Start the day by walking in the western direction until reaching 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 Komarča rock face. It is the warmest of the Triglav Lakes. Ending the day at Komna hut, enjoy a great view of Bohinj Lake (the last mountain hut accommodation).
- Accommodation: Komna Hut
- Walking for the day: 8km, 3h, ↑130m ↓300m
Day 6: Komna Hut – Ribcev Laz/Bohinj Lake | 16km
After breakfast, a relaxing descent follows down an old military road to Savica Waterfall, one of the most famous waterfalls in Slovenia. An alpine Karst spring flows to the top of the waterfall and then cascades 78 metres into Lake Bohinj. The route goes on along the northern shore of Bohinj Lake to Ribcev Laz village. Warm up with delicious homemade honey brandy and schnapps in the local taverns. In the summer months, one can enjoy a swim in the crystal clear water of Bohinj Lake. Alternatively, there is an option to ascend Mt. Vogel with a gondola lift.
- Accommodation: Kristal Family Hotel or a similar 3/4-star hotel
- Walking for the day: 16km, 5 to 6h, ↑60m ↓1,050m
Day 7: Ribcev Laz circular walk | 13km
Time to rest and enjoy the lake or walk to the upper Bohinj valley. Through idyllic villages, climb to Rudnica hill, which dominates the valley and offers a farewell view of the Julian Alps and the area walked in on the previous days.
- Accommodation: Kristal Family Hotel or a similar 3/4-star hotel
- Walking for the day: 13km, 5h, ↑480m ↓480m
Day 8: Departure
Return home or individual stay extension.
What to expect
Accommodation is in 3 or 4-star hotels (4 nights in private en-suite rooms) and in mountain huts in dormitories with shared facilities (3 nights). They have been carefully selected based on a variety of criteria including their location, warm hospitality, fine local food or commitment to responsible tourism.
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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.
Breakfast is included. In towns, each hotel has its own restaurant where you can taste international or Slovenian meals. You can also try traditional 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.
Difficulty and terrain
This tour is rated moderate and is appropriate for experienced hikers. The average walking distance is 12km per day while the average daily elevation gain is 800m. The total elevation gain is 3,000m (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 only follow 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 is available between July and September. The itinerary contains routes that are closed to the public during winter and spring. The best month for hiking is August. Climate is cold and moist, influenced by high altitudes and a 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 15C.
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. For last-minute bookings with departure within 21 days available upon request, a supplement of 10% of the tour price will be applicable.
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Recommended arrival and departure airport: Ljubljana Airport
By train or bus
- If you are able to travel to Slovenia without flying, this holiday is reachable by rail, with railway stations in Ljubljana and Bled. For more details, see the national rail operators Slovenian Railways or use the Omio planner above.
- Arrival: There are regular buses from Ljubljana Airport to Bled. The bus journey only takes approximately 33mins. For more information on the bus schedule visits Arriva Slovenia
- Departure: To return to Ljubljana Airport take a bus back to Bled (51mins) from where you can take the bus back to the airport (33mins)
- Accommodation for 4 nights in hand-picked 3 or 4-star hotels (private en-suite) and 3 nights in mountain cabins (dormitories, shared facilities)
- 7 breakfasts
- Detailed holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions and road notes; maps with daily routes and optional hikes marked (sent digitally; printed documents available at extra cost)
- Main luggage transport on Days 2 and 7* (one piece, max 23kg per person, dimensions X+Y+Z ->158cm)
- All internal ground transfers as listed in the itinerary
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
*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 for the next 3 nights.
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Linen in mountain huts ( available for approximately 6EUR)
- 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 and supplements
- A supplement applies to members of a group who require a room of their own. 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; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared
- Private airport transfers
- An extra piece of luggage for transfers
- Guided climb of Mount Triglav with IFGMA licensed guide and extra night at Planika Hut (after Day 3)
- Extra nights in Bled and Bohinj