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Summits of the Julian Alps (Self Guided)

Overview

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.

Highlights

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Itinerary

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 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: 3 or 4-star hotel in Bled (Triglav or similar)
  • Walking for the day: none/walk around the lake

Day 2: Pokljuka High Plateau | 11 km

After a short car transfer, start your walk 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.

Day 3: Pokljuka – Planika Hut | 11 km

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. 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 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 the next three nights!

  • Accommodation: Planika Hut
  • Walking for the day: 11 km, 7 hrs, 1100 m

Day 4: Planika Hut – Triglav Lakes Hut | 11 km

After a hearty breakfast, you will start your walk across the Hribarice pass (2358 m) 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 5: Triglav Lakes Hut – Komna Hut | 9 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 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: 9 km, 4 to 5 hrs, ↑340 m 500 m

Day 6: Down to Lake Bohinj | 18 km

After breakfast, a relaxing descent follows down an old military road that brings you 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 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: 18 km, 5 to 6 hrs, 1200 m

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 1600-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 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 unique boat called “Pletna”, or visit Bled Castle and its museum inside. The museum hosts an 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: 3 or 4-star hotel in Bled (Triglav or similar)
  • Walking for the day: depends on walking route chosen

Day 8: Departure

Return home or individual stay extension.

What to Expect

Accommodation

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). We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

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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.

Meals

Breakfast is included. In towns, each hotel has its own restaurant where you can taste international or Slovenian meals, and 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.

Difficulty & terrain

This holiday is appropriate for experienced hikers. Average walking distance is 12 km per day while total elevation gain is 3000 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 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 early July and early September. The itinerary contains routes which are closed to the public during winter and spring. The 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. The average temperature in July is 15°C.

Getting there

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By plane

Recommended arrival and departure airport: Ljubljana

By train or bus

Inclusions

Included

  • Welcome meeting with our local representative
  • 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 4 nights in hand-picked 3 or 4-star hotels (private en-suite) and 3 nights in mountain cabins (dormitories, shared facilities)
  • Linen in mountain huts (no need to bring a sleeping bag or a liner)
  • Seven breakfasts
  • Main luggage transport on Days 2 and 7*
  • 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 – mountain hut accommodation on the next three nights.

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

  • A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room. 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
  • Extra night at Planika Hut and a guided climb of Mount Triglav (after Day 3)
  • Extra night at a 3-star hotel in Bled after the holiday
  • Extra night in Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia, before or after the holiday

Reviews

Average rating:    from 3 reviews

Nick F

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.

Nicola D

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.

Derek W


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.