Hiking Best of Julian Alps Hut-to-Hut
Guided, small group | 3 days, 2 nights | | July to September
3-day hut-to-hut trekking along the highest Slovenian peaks and alpine valleys
This Julian Alps hike is a 3-day hut-to-hut hiking adventure through the heart of the Julian Alps. The tour will take you to the most spectacular places and exceptionally beautiful mountains of the Slovenian Alps. We recommend this tour to casual yet fit hikers who are looking for a fun and exciting experience deep in the wilderness.
This circular hike starts and ends at the fabulous Lake Bohinj. Along the way you will explore lovely alpine pastures with traditional alpine architecture, climb to some of the highest peaks, meet local shepherds and get to know your fellow hikers.
You will sleep in traditional mountain huts and enjoy Slovenian mountain food, and perhaps even experience the tradition of becoming a true Slovenian by climbing the summit of Mt. Triglav – an optional extra for anyone who would like to challenge themselves even more.
Enjoy the Seven Triglav Lakes Valley and hike towering peaks
3 guided days with licensed English speaking hiking guide.
2 nights with half board in a mountain hut. Private rooms with 2-4 beds per room. Shared bathrooms.
Transfer from Ljubljana, Bled or Bohinj to the start of the hike.
Transfer from the end of the hike to Bohinj, Bled or Ljubljana.
Guided hike to Mt. Triglav: 360 € per trip with 1-4 hikers
Arriving to and from Ljubljana, Bled or Bohinj.
Meals not specified in the Inclusions.
Guide gratuities and personal expenses.
Other services not specified in the Inclusions.
Slotrips trip designer & guide
A passionate mountain biker and ski mountaineer powered by the force of nature, with a ready smile and easy laugh, I am wildly enthusiastic about my life and work. Running on an adventurous heartbeat I could find the kick-off to the great outdoors only through studying physical education. Thus I soon turned from a junior mountaineer and hiker to a skiing teacher and canyoning instructor and guide in Slovenia, New Zealand, Corsica (France) and Spain. Many moves around the Slovenian Alps later, you will even find me in the office sharing my passion with you, getting to know you and loving every minute of it!
How difficult is the hiking?
Expect to walk 5-7 hours per day, with 10-15 km (6-10 miles) in distance and up to 1000 m (3300 ft) of elevation gain on the hardest day. It might not sound much, but so far no one has ever said that is was too easy. Therefore be in reasonable shape and have some hiking experience to fully enjoy this tour.
What are the trails like?
The trails are uneven, sometimes rocky and narrow. Moreover, you will need to overcome several steep sections on the uphill as well as the downhill sections. On some days you will hike partly in the shade of a forest, on others above the treeline, but mostly without any shelter along the way.
What is the weather usually like?
Weather can change a lot. On the highest peaks it can snow even in summer (although it is not very common). If the weather is nice it can be very hot. Even above 30 deg C (90 deg F), which is a must for sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat (for shade)! If the weather is bad and windy, you will need really warm clothes. Be prepared for temperatures as low as 0 deg C or 32 deg F. This does not mean you have to bring a thick down jacket and thermal pants, but just keep in mind that it can get cold and unpleasant.
We also recommend having a thin (lightweight) layer to cover your arms, legs and the back of your neck to prevent sunburns.
Check our recommended packing list.
What if the weather is too bad to do the three-day hike?
We reserve the right to cancel the trip if we think the weather is not appropriate to run the tour safely. We will know this 2 days before the start date. It happens approximately once per year that we have to cancel the hiking trip. In this case, you get a full refund.
What are the mountain huts like?
The huts in the Slovenian Alps are quite basic, but they offer everything a hiker needs: food, drinks and accommodation. Most of the huts are accessible only by helicopter (no roads). Thus food supply is limited. Therefore expect simple menus of mountain food like different stews (vegetable or with meat), pasta and sausages. They also sell chocolate, soft drinks, water, beer etc. The usual breakfast would be eggs, ham, cheese, butter, jam…
The huts we use on this hiking tour have normal flush toilets, running (drinking) water and sometimes even hot showers.
Expect to share a room, toilets, bathrooms or washrooms. Rooms are from 4 to 12 beds.
Do I need a sleeping bag?
Not necessarily. The huts provide blankets and one-time-use paper sheets. However, we highly recommend bringing a lightweight cotton sleeping liner (travel sheet), since your sleep will be more comfortable and we try to avoid making unnecessary waste and help preserve some trees.
Can I swim in the Triglav lakes?
No! The lakes are fairly small, especially during the summer drought. The water in and outflow is super small and the water barely changes. The lakes’ micro-ecosystem is very fragile and we must not endanger it with our sweat, sunscreen etc. Moreover, it is considered an offence by the Triglav National Park organisation.
Do the mountain huts provide vegetarian/vegan meals?
The food in mountain huts is quite basic. There are options for vegans and vegetarians, but the selection is very limited. If you have any special dietary restrictions or needs, we recommend bringing your own snacks and treats.
Is luggage transfer between the mountain huts possible?
No. You will need to carry your belongings throughout the entire hiking tour. We recommend storing your main luggage at your accommodation in Bled or Ljubljana.