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Via-Ferrata across the Julian Alps

Hiking Via Ferrata across the Julian Alps

Self-guided | 7 days, 6 nights | | July to September

Traverse Slovenia’s Highest Mountains with Spectacular Panoramic Views

Experience Slovenia’s alpine wilderness on the Via Ferata hiking trip in the Julian Alps. Enjoy a multi-day hut-to-hut trip crossing Julian Alps from north to south, tackling some of the most spectacular via ferata routes across Slovenia’s highest peaks. Discover the urban, rural and mountain highlights of the country, from Ljubljana, one of the smallest capital cities in Europe, steep ridges and highest summits within Triglav National Park, to Slovenia’s biggest and most charming lakes, Lakes Bohinj and Bled. Challenge yourself with some long and challenging ascents, steep or even vertical sections, gravel and rocky trails surrounded by the many steep limestone walls and drops with all your hiking equipment on your back.

*Reserved for very fit hikers with previous via ferrata climbing experience, who enjoy verticality and stages of 1-3 hour-long ferata climbs.

Itinerary | Inclusions | Q&A

Price per person

790 €

Your adventure

Hanz route via-ferrata in Mojstrovka north wall in Slovenia

The pristine wilderness of Slovenia

View from the summit of Triglav in Slovenia

‘True Slovenians’ climb Mt Triglav

Conquer the highest Slovenian summits

On the way to Mt. Triglav in the Julian Alps, Slovenia

Photos by Slotrips

Day by day

Make this adventure yours
790 € per person

Inclusions

2 nights with breakfast in conveniently located 3* hotels. Double or twin rooms.
4 nights with breakfast & dinner in mountain huts. Shared or private rooms with 2-20 beds per room. Shared bathrooms.
Transfer from Ljubljana to the trailhead on Day 2.
Via ferrata gear rental (harness, self-safety device, helmet).
Welcome meeting over a drink in Ljubljana.
Detailed information for self-guided activities in a personalized smartphone app with uploaded GPS tracks for easy navigation.
Information pack about other local sights, restaurants, activities.
Planning, organisation, 24-hour holiday service & support.

Exclusions

Arrival at Ljubljana and departure from Bled.
Meals and drinks not specified in the Inclusions.
Travel insurance.
Personal expenses.
Other services not specified in the Inclusions.

Extras

Single traveller supplement: 400 €.

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Domen Strle, Slotrips trip designer and guide

Domen Strle
Slotrips trip designer

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 which I love and enjoy.

Meet the Slotrips team

“We asked Miha to help us manoeuvre the Slovenian Alps with minimal exposure to civilisation, and we could not have been happier with the choice. Miha solved all logistical concerns from maps with alternative routes to safety equipment (we were skeptical at first, but learned to appreciate it!) to daily phone calls on the weather forecast. One tip: As we found Slotrips on Google we continually stressed that we were in very good shape because we feared the route would be too easy. We got what we asked for! It turns out very good shape for an avid mountaineer is indeed very good shape - but ultimately it led to a highly rewarding experience in magnificent surroundings. We give the highest of recommendations to use Slotrips to plan any trip.”

Philip and Jakob from Denmark

Questions & answers

  • What are the Via Ferratas like in Slovenia? The Via Ferrata routes in the Slovenian mountains vary in length and steepness. They run along the natural passages of steep and exposed walls and are secured with iron cables, pegs and sometimes carved footsteps. They are maintained by the Slovenian Alpine Association. 
  • What is the difficulty level of the Via Ferratas on this trip? There is no difficulty estimation available for the selected Via Ferratas on this trip. They mostly correspond to A-B level on the International UIAA classification. The vertical sections are fairly short, but climbing with a heavy backpack takes its toll and you have to be really confident and comfortable on steep terrain with sheer drops.
  • Who can do it? Anyone with an excellent fitness level, previous via-ferrata experience, and love for long hiking days.
  • Do I need to have a guide? This tour is meant for experienced hikers with via ferrata experience. If this is you, you don’t need a guide. If you are intrigued by this, but lack hiking experience we recommend getting a guide
  • What equipment do you supply? We provide your harness, lanyards and a helmet. 
  • Can I bring my own equipment?  Sure, if your equipment meets all of the UIAA standards and is of good quality and condition.
  • Do I need hiking poles? If you often use them on your hiking trips, of course. Make sure they collapse and fit in your pack while you are on the route.
  • Is there an age or weight limit? Kids must be older than 13 years of age, accompanied by an adult and confident climbing Via Ferratas.  The weight limit is set by the lanyard manufacturer.
  • How long are the Ferrata part of the trips? It varies, but up to 3 hours.
  • Can I fall? Yes, you can. Your lanyards, attached to the steel cable adjacent to the climbing route, are designed to arrest the fall and to minimize the impact of a fall. There are also many sections without any steel cables for security. Falling can be fatal.
  • Can I stop part way and turn around? Yes, you can. But going down is usually more difficult than going up. 
  • Are private guided experiences available? Sure! We have private guides available for entirely customisable experiences.
  • Is there a minimum or maximum group size? There is no minimum or maximum group size, but note that bigger groups are typically slower, thus the timings might not apply to your group. 

How difficult is the hiking?

Expect to walk 7-9 hours per day, 12 km (8 miles) and up to 1700 m (5500 ft) of elevation gain on the hardest day. You need to be in excellent shape and have quite a lot of hiking and some via ferrata scrambling 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 & some short vertical sections on the uphills as well as the downhills. Mostly you will hike above the treeline, exposed to the sun without any shelter along the way.

Is luggage transfer between the mountain huts possible?

No, because the huts are not accessible by car. Thus you will need to carry your equipment throughout the entire hiking tour, whereas your main luggage will wait for you at the hotel where you’ll overnight after the hike.

Do I need a guide for climbing Mt. Triglav? Climbing Mt. Triglav is an optional addition to this self-guided 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.

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 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, 2 of them have running (drinking) water and sometimes even hot showers. 

Expect to share a room, toilets, bathrooms or washrooms. There are 2 to 20 beds in one room. We always book the smallest available room, but can never guarantee a private room.

We strongly encourage you to use bio-degradable and natural hygiene products (tissues, soaps, toothpaste etc.), as animals and plants don’t like to feed on saponins or tissues.  

What is the weather usually like?

In summer (from June to early September) the weather is usually hot, with temperatures around 25-30 deg C (75-90 deg F). In peak season (August) you can expect a heatwave with temperatures likely exceeding 35 deg C (95 deg F) as well as a significant temperature drop in the mountains on a cloudy, windy or rainy day.

Can I swim in the 7 Triglav lakes?

No, any activity in the lakes is considered an offence by the Triglav National Park organisation. Moreover, the lakes’ micro-ecosystem is very fragile and we must not endanger it with our sweat, sunscreen etc. The lakes are fairly small, especially during the summer drought. Due to water in and outflow being very small the water barely changes, which limits their ability to self-clean.

Do the mountain huts provide vegetarian/vegan meals?

The food in mountain huts is tasty, yet quite basic, so no culinary highlights are to be expected. There are options for vegans and vegetarians, but the selection is very limited. More so if you have any special dietary restrictions or needs. Thus bringing your own snacks and treats will save the day.

Do I need a sleeping bag?

You don’t need a sleeping bag. We strongly suggest bringing a lightweight cotton sleeping liner (travel sheet), even though the huts provide blankets and single-use paper sheets. It’s because you’ll be more comfortable and sleep better. Moreover, we encourage you to be a responsible traveller and avoid making unnecessary waste and help preserve some trees. 

Can I add more adventures?

Sure! Do you like rock climbing, rappeling down amazing waterfalls, horse-back riding across lovely meadows, kayaking on turquoise rivers, paragliding with stunning views of the Julian Alps? Let us know and we will deliver your adventures!

How do your self-guided tours work?

You will be surprised! We have done (and are still doing) a ton of work to make sure your independent active holidays in Slovenia (and across the borders) are flawless, fun, and hassle-free. With the implementation of modern technology and our extensive local knowledge, we believe we are on the right way of delivering exceptional hiking & biking experiences that you are able to enjoy at your own pace. Read more about our “self-guided added value”.

Why us?

With us you will save hours, nights, and days planning your trip. You will discover amazing locations, enjoy the best family activities in Slovenia and have carefree holidays. Because we care! Read about us & check our reviews.

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Dear travelers and friends!

Good news! Slovenia is open for travellers again! The government has declared the end of the epidemic on May 15th. Borders are open and you are welcome to visit us again! Hotels are open, restaurants as well, flight operators are coming back, and the endless hiking & biking trails are waiting to be discovered. By you!

We have prepared several new self-guided and family trips for independent adventures & explorations, staying in small accommodations, private rooms in mountain huts, and maintaining as much social distance as you like. We have also updated our cancelation policy for new bookings in 2020 to add to your peace of mind and make sure your active holidays in Slovenia will be safe and hassle free.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear travelers and friends!

Good news! Slovenia is open for travellers again! The government has declared the end of the epidemic on May 15th. Borders are open and you are welcome to visit us again! Hotels are open, restaurants as well, flight operators are coming back, and the endless hiking & biking trails are waiting to be discovered. By you!

We have prepared several new self-guided and family trips for independent adventures & explorations, staying in small accommodations, private rooms in mountain huts, and maintaining as much social distance as you like. We have also updated our cancelation policy for new bookings in 2020 to add to your peace of mind and make sure your active holidays in Slovenia will be safe and hassle free.

If you have any questions & comments, don’t hesitate to contact us.

See you soon on the sunny side of the Alps! Stay positive, your trip is just a smile away. :)

Your Slotrips team