Triglav National Park Adventure

HIKING TOUR · SELF-GUIDED

Triglav National Park Adventure

Hike through Slovenia's most diverse nature within the only national park

Hiking from Hut to Hut in the Triglav National Park

TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK · JULIAN ALPS · SEVEN TRIGLAV LAKES · LAKE BOHINJ

Enjoy the rugged landscape of the Triglav National Park on a high mountain traverse hiking tour through the heart of the Julian Alps with the Seven Triglav Lakes Valley walk and, should you fancy, the Mount Triglav summit climb too.

Experience lodging in the mountain huts for a more thorough understanding of an area’s rich natural and cultural history. Share amazing stories with hut keepers over a glass of homemade liquor and traditional mountain dish with your lungs filled with fresh mountain air. 

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Disturbed reflection of the Veliko Spicje mountain ridge in the Double Lake, next to the Seven Triglav Lakes mountain hut, on a clear blue sky day.

Day 1: Hike the lonely trails of the Julian Alps

Upon arrival at Ljubljana Airport, we’ll arrange a transfer for you to the trailhead. If you’ll reach Lake Bohinj with your own means of transport, you’ll get a transfer to the trailhead to the mountainside at the start of your hiking adventure.

Initially, the forest path will take you through wild forests to charming alpine pastures with livestock in the summer months. Further on, the gravel trail leads over mountain passes with great views over alpine valleys enclosed by high mountain walls, from which sharp summits pierce the sky.

Hiking: 10 km / elevation +1000 m, -300 m / approx. 6 hours
Overnight: mountain hut (private rooms) with shared bathrooms

 

Day 2: Trek through the Triglav Lakes Valley

Hike a gently descending path through the Velo Polje alpine pasture, where you can taste fresh cheese. Ask at the pasture’s small dairy, nestled under the stunning summits of Mt. Tosc, Triglav and Miselj Vrh. The summits encircle a stunning alpine valley, from where on you’ll walk over lots of rocks and gravel on barren alpine terrain, where edelweiss flowers or a group of alpine ibexes are likely to be seen.

From the ‘lunar surface’ of the Hribarice Plateau climb to the highest point of the trip, Mt. Kanjavec, and descend down through the Valley of the Seven Triglav Lakes. The pleasantly undulating trail will take you through the valley of the Seven Triglav Lakes, with beautiful yet small lakes, named after Triglav.

Hiking: 12 km / elevation gain +700 m, -750 m / approx. 7 hours
Overnight: mountain hut (private rooms) with shared bathrooms

 

Day 3: Trek the highlands of the Komna Plateau

Leave the highest peaks of the Julian Alps and enjoy the green meadows and forests of the alpine karst plateau of Komna. The route to your next overnight location is rather short, which makes for an ideal opportunity for a more leisurely day or longer hiking trip with a variety of different detours to nearby summits and lookouts.

Nowadays most of the day’s trails are rarely hiked, therefore feel like having the whole mountain for yourself.

Hiking: 8 – 17 km / elevation +350 to 700 m, -500 to 800 m / approx. 3-7 hours
Overnight: mountain hut (private rooms) with shared bathrooms

 

Day 4: Hike the Southern Bohinj mountain traverse

On the last day of the Triglav National Pak Adventure you’ll traverse the mountains south of Lake Bohinj and admire the panoramic view of the Central Julian Alps. Treat yourself to a home-made apple strudel at an alpine farm and take the cable car from one of Slovenia’s highest ski resorts to the Bohinj valley. It’s where your hiking adventure ends, on the shore of Lake Bohinj with a refreshing swim in crystal clear waters.

Your car is either parked just nearby or let us know to organize a transfer to your next location.

Hiking: 14 km / elevation +700 m, -700 m / approx. 6 hours

Inclusions

Exclusions

  • Arrival to and from Lake Bohinj.
  • Meals and drinks not specified in the Inclusions.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Other services not specified in the Inclusions.

Optional

  • Single traveller supplement: 120 €

Activity Level 3 – MODERATE 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 it was too easy. Therefore you must 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, narrow, and with loose gravel. Moreover, you will need to overcome several steep sections on the uphills as well as on the downhills. 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.

Our Triglav National Park Adventure hiking tour can only be done when the mountain huts in the central Julian Alps are open. They usually open in the last week of June and remain open until late September. The first half of July and September generally see few fellow hikers. August is the peak month and the trails & huts are busy. The temperatures in September start decreasing, especially when the sun sets.

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 and 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. Check our recommended packing list.

We also recommend having a thin (lightweight) layer to cover your arms, legs, and the back of your neck to prevent sunburns.

Of course, don’t forget your swimsuit and a small towel! Lakes and rivers are calling for a refreshing swim!

Essential read: our Best time to hike in Slovenia blog post.

You will spend three nights in typical Slovenian mountain huts.

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, so 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. When available, we will book private rooms.

Domen Strle
Slotrips trip designer & guide

Domen Strle, Slotrips trip designer and guide

As a kid, I was introduced to the beauty of mountaineering through mountain summer camps with my local alpine club, where I established my love and respect for nature. I have since become an active member of the club, an alpinist, a recreational mountain biker, a ski mountaineering enthusiast, and a certified hiking guide. This has enabled me to share my fondness for the mountains with others. These days, I spend an equal amount of time exploring not only rugged mountains but also local history & culture, and good food. Ultimately, I have blended my passion, knowledge, and skills into a profession that I love and enjoy.

Meet the team

“My wife and I hiked the Laugavegur trail in Iceland last summer

A hut-to-hut hike – and absolutely loved it. For our honeymoon, we were determined to find another hut-to-hut hike in a new destination. Our research led us to Slovenia and the Julian Alps. After some research, we reached out to Slotrips and couldn’t be happier we did. Domen and team were polite, professional, fluent in English and did an incredible job customizing our trip. In total, we exchanged more emails than I can count; Slotrips asked thoughtful questions, responded to all of ours in a very timely fashion, and ultimately sent us on *the perfect* honeymoon adventure. While my wife and I don’t typically visit the same country twice before trying someplace new, I had such a wonderful experience in Slovenia and with Slotrips that I may have to make an exception!”

Seth List
from USA

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What to bring for this walking tour?

Check our recommended packing list.

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), because you’ll sleep better on it and avoid making unnecessary waste and help preserve some trees. 

Is luggage transfer between the mountain huts possible?

No. You will need to carry your belongings throughout the entire hiking tour. Yet your main luggage will be stored at the hotel in which you’ll stay after the hiking tour.

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?

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.

How is the optional extra climb to Mt. Triglav?

Climbing Mt. Triglav is an optional addition to this hiking tour. The summit can be very crowded during summer, especially on weekends. The last 300 vertical metres (1.5 hours) of the ascent and descent is a Via-Ferrata. It is secured with steel hand lines and stemples, yet very exposed in some sections. Even though an experienced mountaineer may not even notice the exposure, the less experienced will definitely feel in need of guidance. The IFMGA licensed mountain guide will take care of your safety and provide all necessary equipment and professional guidance, which is essential when the weather is not perfect. The guide will meet you below the ridge, where the climbing part begins and part with you upon return. Before and after the summit climb you are hiking on your own. Have a look at this video for a better understanding of the terrain.

Price

350 € per person

Photos by Slotrips and Joze Mihelic (STO)

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