Slovenia: Julian Alps Traverse

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TVJ
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Point-to-point Trips
Min age:
18
Group size:
6–16

Ascend Mt.Triglav, Slovenia's highest peak

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.

Highlights

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

Key information

  • 2 nights hotel with en suite rooms in Bled and 5 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

What's included

  • All breakfast and 5 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights
  • Equipment hire for assent of Triglav

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's and Vaccinations
  • Single supplement

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Pace:

Challenging: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude; including steep, rocky terrain

Day by day breakdown
Day 212.0km/7.5miles
Day 314.0km/8.7miles
Day 412.0km/7.5miles
Day 510.0km/6.2miles
Day 612.0km/7.5miles
Day 712.0km/7.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Ljubljana; transfer to lakeside town of Bled.

    Fly to Ljubljana; transfer to 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
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Warm-up walk in the Karavanke Mountains.

    A 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.

    5-6 hours walking, 14km - 8 miles, 600m - 1968ft up, 970m - 3182ft down
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Transfer to Lake Bohinj and the Triglav National Park passing a traditional mountain settlement. Trek overlooking 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 and 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 openess).

    6-7 hours walking, 12km - 7 miles, 900m - 2957ft up, 360m - 1181ft down
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Walk through valley of the Seven Triglav Lakes, heading towards the more rocky terrain of Hribarice.

    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. We spend the night in a great setting looking up towards Triglav.

    6-7 hours walking, 14km - 8 miles, 900m - 2957ft up, 250m - 820ft down
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • 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 from Triglav 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

    6-7 hours walking, 12km - 7 miles, 900m - 2957ft up, 550m - 1804ft down
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Follow mountain trails offering panoramas of the whole Julian Alps before arriving on 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.

    6-7 hours walking, 12km - 7 miles, 200m - 656ft up, 1000m - 3280ft down
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Final day trekking east along ridge towards the peak of Brda (2009m). Transfer back to Bled, with time to stroll around the picturesque lake.

    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 a splendid view 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.

    5-6 hours walking, 12km - 7 miles, 400m - 1312ft up, 600m - 1968ft down
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Ljubljana; fly to London.

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

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

Slovenia

Most European nationals, and nationals of Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada do not require a visa for Slovenia.

Vaccinations

Slovenia

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and 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.

Weather

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.

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.

Accommodation

Hotel & Mountain Huts

While in Bled, you will spend 2 nights in a comfortable 3 star hotel with en suite facilities. While trekking, you will spend 5 nights in traditional mountain huts. These huts 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.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed September 2016
    Mark Gilbert
    Fantastic trip,beautiful scenery and friendly people.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the summit of mount Triglav above the clouds and enjoying the views.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very friendly and informative and had a great rapor with the Trekkers .

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you have plenty of wet wipes as no showers in huts.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Chris Cairns
    Having been on a fair few Exodus trips this was the best so far and the thing that made the icing on the cake was our guides Bugy and David. They really went above and beyond, not only looking after us but, when my wife and I needed to put in a small "change" to the planned itinerary, they really made it great for us, beyond what we had even asked for, such that the week as a whole was truly awesome!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Slovenia is brilliant a real undiscovered gem

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bugy and David were both brilliant, funny, caring, entertaining, knowledgable and friendly, what more could you ask for!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go on this trip. It's hard but well worth it
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Katherine Miller
    From a fantastic hotel in beautiful lake bled to a challenging hut to hut hike in the Julian alps, this was exactly the vacation I was looking for!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The via ferrata up and down triglav, it was beautiful, fun and fantastic!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bugy and Alesh were funny, fun and really informed about all parts of Slovenian culture and history.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I had a perfect amount of time in bled, but wished I'd been able to spend some time in Ljubljuana as well. So maybe plan for that.
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Shaun Wood
    This holiday is a real challenge in more way than one & it will sometimes take you out of your comfort zone; but don't let that put you off. The scenery is breath taking & so are the walks.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The sense of achievement at the end and also witnessing the best sun rises & sun sets I've ever seen.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The guides are very good and look after you all the way.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The days are long (between 8 & 9 hrs per day) carrying a rucksack that will contain more than it would normally hold on a one day walk so being used to carrying a 10kg+ weight for 5 days continually needs preparing for. Don't underestimate it and you'll love it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I've done many walks with exodus over the last 12 years and this is up there with the best
  • Reviewed August 2014
    Kathryn Wolstencroft
    Summer in the Julian Alps is beautiful - fantastic scenery, wildlife and flowers. Great walking and fun scramble up Triglav. The refreshing introduction to Radler and the supply of pancakes made up for the understandable lack of ice cream in the huts!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Ascent of Triglav, sunshine, good company

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very attentive leaders and certainly very effective at bagging us tables at dinner time in the busy Triglav hut

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Worth trying the mountain tea but if you're a committed English Breakfast tea drinker, take a few teabags!
  • Reviewed August 2014
    Jean Paul Borg
    The Slovenians say that once you make it to the top of Mount Triglav, you're considered a Slovenian - this is the hard and rewarding way for a Slovenian passport.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Finding itself at slightly over 2,800 metres, the altitude of Mount Triglav is maybe not considered very highly, however that is only a number. Getting from the mountain hut to Mount Triglav is challenging, at most times more than higher summits. Like a book, it's not the number of pages that makes it a classic, it's the plot and characters. And the view from the summit is far reaching and rewarding.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader led by example and was available for us. It was easy to realise how much he loves the mountains and the National Park.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Being in the mountains is not just about walking through the day from one hut to another. It's about a different way of life for a week or so. At times in the mountain huts, you realise how much you take for granted the day-to-day necessities such as water and a single bed. Showers are at a premium and bottled water in the huts is not cheap.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    While getting to Mount Triglav feels like the main scope of the trip, the journey in itself is also a pleasure. At times you;re mesmerised by the barren rocks in the mountains, where rocks dominate at other times, you're smitten by the green surroundings of the valleys.
  • Reviewed October 2012
    Anonymous
    A well organised trip with knowledgeable guides and spectacular scenery.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The ascent of Triglav was a brilliant day. The panoramic views from the top were impressive and made the trip worth it.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The two group leaders were brilliant. Incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about their country. They had our safety in mind as their priority as well as making sure people were enjoying the trip overall. Couldn't have asked for better.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Great trip. Would recommend it.
  • Reviewed September 2012
    Anonymous
    A fantastic if a little challenging holiday, the scenery is worth every effort.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The leaders were great, really knowledgeable and understanding. We did the climb to Triglav because of their research on the weather conditions, if we had waited another day it would have been a trip without the summit

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be ready for the heat if you are going in the summer. There is lots to do around Bled so organise something for the last day; we had a lot of off time.
  • Reviewed September 2012
    Anonymous
    A really great trip with rewarding views if the weather is good. Although there is a fair bit of uphill, the reward was definately worth it!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Standing on the summit of Mount Triglav looking around the mountains and celebrating the achievement with the rest of the group.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    David and Palona were great leaders who looked after us and always put the safety of the group first. It was a real pleasure to walk with them.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes, the meals in the mountain huts are as the brochure advertised - wholesome but not too fancy. I'd advise anyone on the trip to take some Worcester or Tabasco sause to liven the goulash, barley soup or pasta dishes up a bit!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    That was a great holiday and although some of the ascents were hard (due to the heat and the 50L rucksack) it was well worth the effort. I'd advise anyone wanting to do this trip to train for it by doing a few hills in advance. The C/D rating was accurate.
  • Reviewed August 2012
    Anonymous
    An inspirational and challenging trip

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Running down the scree the day before the ascent on Triglav and coming down off Triglav: Scary, but stunning.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    David was a lot of fun. He added a lot to the trip. He was clearly popular with the staff in the huts, too...

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack light! Ruthlessly llight for the hut-to-hut days. Some sections are genuinely demanding. Scary, too. You need a good head for heights, and not just on summit day.Wet wipes were my best friend. I used about 20 of them. No hot water for periods, and no water to speak of at two places.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Astonishing scenery, and, for me, a genuine challenge. Carrying the weight on your back makes it that much more difficult. Don't let the obscurity of the destination put you off. Some of the huts were extremely basic in terms of washing facilities, but overall the network is excellent.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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