Superb walks in the heart of the magnificent Julian Alps
The Julian Alps are the most easterly extension of the great Alpine Range. The jagged limestone peaks hold 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 of Bohinj and Bled far below. For this centre-based trip we stay a few kilometres from Bled in the mediaeval village of Radovljica. During the week we will enjoy five varied walks, both inside the national park and on the more distant peaks of the Karavanke Range which form the border with Austria. As the lower slopes are mainly wooded, many of the walks take us to higher ridges or peaks for excellent views of the Slovene Alps. Our base is a family-run pension, renowned for its typical Slovene cuisine, a picturesque garden terrace and views of the Jelovica Valley and Julian Alps.
What makes this trip responsible?
In Triglav National Park all the huts are locally operated and the owners are getting direct fees for our groups. The owners are responsible for cleaning the area around the huts and for maintaining the trails so a portion of the money they receive from us also goes into these projects. By using locally owned and run accommodation on this trip, we can contribute directly to the local communities as staff are employed locally as well as goods produced and sourced locally are predominantly used.
Electricity is turned off after a certain hour, and water supply is from natural storage. There is no hot water in the high huts and no shower facilities. All dirty linen, rubbish and recycling are collected on a weekly basis and transported to the valley to be washed or properly disposed of.
Taking a break, Julian Alps, Slovenia