A fantastic chance to ascend Mt. Triglav, Slovenia's highest peak
The Julian Alps are not well known outside of Slovenia, but they are the hidden treasure of European mountain ranges.
The unique landscape has been formed by giant limestone peak that push up through the lush valleys below. This adventure was designed to showcase the best of the Julian Alps – including an opportunity to summit Mt Triglav – the country’s highest peak. From the top, you can see all the way to Croatia, Italy, and Austria.
For eight days you climb, sleep in manned mountain huts, and enjoy the fun atmosphere of a small group adventure. You will fly into Bled with time to explore a bit before and after your warm-up walk.
The excitement begins when you transfer to Lake Bohinj and Triglav National Park. You will walk through the valley of the Seven Triglav Lakes, take the panoramic trails to Pokjuka Plateau and Blejska Koca, as well as reach the peak of Brda (2009m).
This outstanding hut-to-hut trek is designed for experienced mountain walkers interested in discovering more of Slovenia. Group members will carry a bit more than they would on a fully supported trek, but the scenery and peaceful evenings more than make up for all that extra effort.
Enquire today to learn more about this Julian Alps Traverse adventure.
Why We Love This Adventure
- Challenging trekking through spectacular scenery
- An exciting ascent of Slovenia's highest peak-Triglav (optional)
- Fun alpine atmosphere and small group adventure
Please make an enquiry and we'll send you the full itinerary for each day including meals, activities, travel and accommodation.
Join the group at our hotel in the lakeside town of Bled. Any items of luggage not needed during the trek may be left here for collection at the end of the week. *Hotel Astoria or similar*.
We enjoy leisurely breakfast before our trek briefing followed by a short transfer to our warm-up walk in the Karavanke Mountains (you only need a small day pack today). Making our way around the outside of Mt Begunjscica - offering magnificent alpine views - we lunch in Roblekov Dom (1635m - Dom means hut or home). A rich variety of mountain trails are possible for our return walk, each varied and selected for the pace of the group and weather conditions on the day. In the evening we will have free time back in Bled to enjoy the town and have a meal by the lake. *Hotel Astoria or similar* .
Leaving Bled we drive along the shore of this picturesque lake to neighbouring Lake Bohinj - and the Triglav National Park from where we start our trek. For the next five days we are away from roads and civilization, carrying our lightweight gear and Triglav safety equipment/helmet on our backs. We ascend through the tree line passing to Dom na Komi - offering a stunning bird's eye view of the lake. Leaving our rucksacks at the hut we spend the afternoon exploring one of the most beautiful areas, the Bogatin Saddle, before making our way back to Dom na Komni.Alternatively in stable weather conditions we may begin our trail slightly above Bohinj Lake which takes us through beautiful forest to the peak of Prisivec (1761m). Offering a bird's eye view of Lake Bohinj and the valley below. Leaving the peak we pick up forest trails taking us to the first lake in the Valley of the Seven Lakes - the Black Lake or Crno Jezero, nestled away, this is the perfect introduction to our trail and gives an idea of what's to come. We then head towards Dom na Komni our base for the night (this trail is only possible in stable weather due to its openness). *Mountain Hut*.
Leaving the hut we walk towards the start of the Seven Triglav Lakes Valley. These lakes are the source of Lake Bohinj and the Sava River, which runs into the Danube at Belgrade. Carved by the Triglav glacier, each lake has a unique feature of its own, be it shape or colour. We follow the route through the centre of the valley, passing five of the lakes, and leave the greenness of Bohinj behind, before reaching Hribarice. At the end of this amazing day we reach Koca na Dolcu, one of the most welcoming huts in the park. Spending the night in a great setting looking up towards Triglav. *Mountain Hut*.
We are now in the heart of the Julian Alps with a rugged limestone, moonlike landscape. The Triglav Mountain dominates the skyline and takes on different appearances as we approach. An excellent days walking takes us across high mountain passes and along spectacular ridges as we head for Triglavski Dom (2515m), the highest hut in Slovenia. With our closeness to Triglav and depending on the weather, it may be possible to attempt the summit this morning before heading off to Triglavski Dom.The ascent of Triglav takes us up the East Ridge, over Mali Triglav (little Triglav) towards the summit. The trail follows the ridgeline for most of the way. There are some quite exposed sections where we have to use the harnesses, which are attached to the fixed ropes. The guides will be on hand to offer help and support. This route is not traditional 'via ferrata' as ascents and descents are not steep. Once upon Triglav we have a complete panorama of Slovenia and on clear days into Austria, Italy and even the first of the Croatian islands. Our normal route down takes us over Mali Triglav to Triglavski Dom. This hut is open twelve months of the year and in the winter finds itself surrounded by up to 7 metres of snow. Time and weather allowing, it may be possible to attempt Triglav later if it wasn't possible in the morning. *Mountain Hut*.
From Triglavski Dom we descend to Vodnikov Dom (1817m) a picturesque hut standing 200m above the Velo Polje field and framed by the Tosc cliffs. We may continue further on to Blejska Koca Hut (1630m), with its high mountain meadow under the ridge. Our choice of hut will depend on which day we make our ascent of Triglav. *Mountain Hut*.
Our destination today is Brda, a fine viewpoint situated on the far end of a lower ridge across the valley from Triglav. At 2009m we have splendid views back across to where we have trekked, as well as 1000m down into Krma valley, across to Bled and the rich pine forests of Pokljuka. After soaking up the views we head off into the forests and wild alpine meadows below, the ground underfoot becomes softer and greener marking the end of the ruggedness of the previous few days. Weaving our way through the woods of Pokljuka, Slovenia's most dense forest, we arrive at Rodno Polje (1301m) - where the shepherd’s huts produce mountain cheese, marking the end of our trek. After a rest and a beer, we will meet our transport and be transferred back to our hotel in Bled. *Astoria Hotel or similar*.
Free time to rest and enjoy the lakeside town. Optional activities on the lakes and rivers are easy to arrange locally.**
- All breakfast and 5 dinners included
- All accommodation
- Transfer for group flights
- Equipment hire for assent of Triglav
Trip Duration8 days
Average Group Sizemin 6, max 16
Whilst trekking we include dinner and breakfast in the huts. Hut breakfasts are usually made up of: bread, jam, cheese with tea, coffee etc. Lunches are not included and can be bought en route in the mountain huts we pass each day. On some days we will buy packed lunch and eat out in the mountains, other days we will stop for hot meals in local restaurants.
This adventure can also be booked with UK return flights by the operator – to get prices, dates and availability for the flight option please complete an enquiry form today and mention your flight interest in the message section. Thanks!
Dates & Availability
- 13 Jul 2019 – 20 Jul 2019
- 27 Jul 2019 – 03 Aug 2019
- 17 Aug 2019 – 24 Aug 2019
- 24 Aug 2019 – 31 Aug 2019
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