Slovenia: Julian Alps Traverse Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
Slovenia
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
TVJ
Activity Rating - Challenging
Challenging

You have a good level of fitness and are looking for a physically challenging holiday.  Previous experience is essential for activity based trips.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Min age: 18

Trip Overview

Little known outside Slovenia, the Julian Alps are the unsung mountain range of Europe. Giant limestone peaks dramatically twist their way from the lush, verdant meadows of the valleys below, creating a unique landscape that Slovenians are proud to call their own. This trip encompasses all the very best of this special mountain range, with an opportunity to reach the summit of Mt. Triglav, which rewards with views to Austria, Italy and Croatia.

At a Glance

  • 3 nights hotel with en suite rooms in Bled and 4 nights in manned mountain huts with shared facilities
  • 6 days point-to-point walking
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 18 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 2864m, (2515m if not climbing Triglav) average 2000m. 
  • Travel by private minibus

Trip Highlights

  • Challenging trekking through spectacular scenery
  • An exciting ascent of Slovenia's highest peak-Triglav (optional)
  • Fun alpine atmosphere
  • Free time at Lake Bled

Is This Trip for You?

This is an outstanding hut-to-hut trek through the highest part of the Julian Alps and the heart of the Triglav National Park. It is designed for experienced mountain walkers who want to enjoy the best of Slovenia'ss walking trails. Like all hut-to-hut treks, you will need to carry a little more than on a supported trek. However the nights high in these limestone mountains more than make up for the extra effort. There is an optional ascent of Mt Triglav, a non-technical 'via ferrata' and exciting scramble with some element of exposure.

Our week starts and finishes in Bled, a peaceful lakeside mountain town. The trails in the Triglav National Park are generally well marked but can vary underfoot; the path will be uneven at times with loose stones. Fixed alpine ropes provided by the Alpine Association of Slovenia are found on trails when the ascent / descent may be steep; no previous experience is necessary when first using these. Each day will involve plenty of ascent and descent, up to 1,000 metres on some days, some of these ascents will be steep.  You should be confident in your fitness and walking ability. You will need to carry your gear for the duration of the trek, which if you pack carefully, should weigh no more than 12 kgs.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

The trip is led by a local English Speaking mountain guide throughout. Groups of over 5 clients will have a second guide.

Adult min age:
18
Min group size:
6
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Bled

    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

  • Day 2

    Warm-up walk in the Karavanke Mountains

    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

     

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 12 km / 7.5 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    600
    Altitude loss (m):
    970
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • Day 3

    Transfer to Lake Bohinj and the Triglav National Park. Trek overlooking this stunning glacial lake

    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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 14 km / 8.7 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    900
    Altitude loss (m):
    250
    Activity (hours):
    7
  • Day 4

    Walk through valley of the Seven Triglav Lakes

    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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 12 km / 7.5 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    900
    Altitude loss (m):
    250
    Activity (hours):
    7
  • Day 5

    Trek through the heart of the Julian Alps followed by our Triglav summit attempt (weather dependent)

    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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 10 km / 6.2 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    900
    Altitude loss (m):
    550
    Activity (hours):
    7
  • Day 6

    Follow panoramic mountain trails to the Pokljuka Plateau and Blejska Koca (1630m)

    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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 12 km / 7.5 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    200
    Altitude loss (m):
    1000
    Activity (hours):
    7
  • Day 7

    Final day trekking towards the peak of Brda (2009m). Transfer back to Bled

    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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 12 km / 7 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    400
    Altitude loss (m):
    600
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • Day 8

    End Bled

    Free time to rest and enjoy the lakeside town. Optional activities on the lakes and rivers are easy to arrange locally.

     

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Hotel & Mountain Huts

In Bled, you will spend 3 nights in a comfortable 3 star hotel with en suite facilities. While trekking, you will spend 5 nights in traditional mountain huts. These range in size, but are all manned and catered. Rooms are generally dormitory style (4+) with basic toilet facilities and running water, but no showers. 

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Accommodation - Pre trip

Pre-tour accommodation at Bled available on request.

 

Accommodation - Post trip

Post-tour accommodation at Bled available on request.

Single supplement from 177,80 €

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

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. On the first day after walking we'll visit a local supermarket and stock up on snacks for the five days.

Dinner is usually two courses consisting of traditional Slovenian alpine food (for example - goulash, spaghetti, or alpine stew followed by fruit, pudding, strudel or pancakes).

For vegetarians there is a little less variety, vegans even more so, but this shouldn't lead to anyone going hungry. Please inform sales at the time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.

Transportation

For the airport transfers, we will use private, air conditioned minibuses.

Weather & Seasonality

When to go

Slovenia has a mixed alpine climate with summer temperatures in the range of 18 to 25degC. In the mountains cool mornings are normally followed by warm pleasant days, with temperatures in the Alps being ideal for walking. During summer months afternoon showers of rain cool down the humidity, giving way to clear skies and pleasant temperatures.

Weather Information

Slovenia has a mixed alpine climate with summer temperatures in the range of 18 to 25ºC. In the mountains cool mornings are normally followed by warm pleasant days, with temperatures in the Alps being ideal for walking. During summer months afternoon showers of rain cool down the humidity, giving way to clear skies and pleasant temperatures.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

We normally use the scheduled services of easyjet (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent
to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

There are alternative flight options from regional airports (Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester…) Please ask our Sales team for more information. 

Travelling land only: 8 days starting and ending in Bled

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Bled in the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Accommodation check‐in times are normally from around 3pm.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it. Those arriving
from London on non‐group flights should read the airport transfer section below for information on reaching the start point. Please check with the Exodus office.

Location start:
Bled
Location end:
Bled

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Please remember this is a hut-to-hut trek and we strongly recommend packing as lightly as possible

  • 45 - 55 litre rucksack
  • Water-proof jacket and trousers 
  • Sturdy walking boots with ankle protection and a strong sole 
  • Sandals or slippers for inside huts
  • Sun hat 
  • Sun cream 
  • Sun glasses
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Water purification tablets 
  • Travel towel

If you wish to leave larger bags at the hotel in Bled, this is not a problem

We believe in reducing our negative environmental impacts wherever possible, this goes for when you need to spend a penny in the great outdoors! If no facilities are available there may come a time when you need to go to the loo behind a tree/bush/rock. To avoid leaving toilet paper behind we recommend taking biodegradable dog poo/sandwich bags with you. Once you have done your business you can pop the used toilet roll in here and take it off the mountain or trail at the end of the day and dispose of it when there are appropriate facilities available.

Optional Equipment

  • Telescopic trekking poles
  • High calorie snack bars for energy
  • Small daysack for warm-up walk on day 2

Practical Information

Visa

Slovenia

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

Slovenia

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your Post Office. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance.

Local Time

Slovenia's Timezone:
Europe/Ljubljana CET (GMT +01:00)

Electricity

Slovenia's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins.

230 Volts AC, standard European adapter required. Recharging is not possible in all huts

Money

Slovenia's Currency

The national currency of Slovenia is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 1.2 to the UK£ and 0.9 to the US$.

Exchange rates are correct at the time of publication.

ATM Availability

ATM machines can be found in Ljubljana and Bled. Most places will accept credit cards however we would recommend that you take some Euros with you for use in the mountain huts.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Allow from £15 (approx. US$25) per day for extra expenses whilst trekking: soft drinks, lunches and alcohol. Also allow £10-12 (approx. US$15-20) per meal, for dinner and drinks whilst in Bled.

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Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.