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Walks in the Julian Alps, Slovenia

A 12 Day Walking Tour in the Julian Alps of Slovenia

Triglav, Slovenia's highest mountain
Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain

In the autumn of 2009 David and I completed one of the most exciting and exhilarating walking trips we have ever done, a grand walking tour in the Julian Alps. Since our first visit to Slovenia in 2001 we had always dreamed of climbing Triglav and incorporating this challenge into a circular walk and sleeping in the mountain huts in the Julian Alps. It was a walk that we will remember and cherish all our lives.

Zasavska Koča na Prehodavcih
Zasavska Koča na Prehodavcih

Slovenians are proud of their hiking prowess and the mountain huts enable those who love the “Great Outdoors” to stay for days or weeks amidst the high peaks. Huts is a bad translation of koča or dom as these buildings provide clean accommodation, including bedding, warmth and good basic food. There is always a warm welcome and, even with only a few words of Slovenian, it is easy to communicate. The huts are run by various walking clubs and usually there are 2 or 3 people in charge who spend the summer months cheerfully catering to the needs of the hungry, weary walker. Generally there is never more than 5 hours walking between the huts.

With many routes to choose from and a choice of accommodation we found it easy to plan a tour that allowed us to start and finish from the same place and, what was truly magical, we could see where we had come from and where we were heading many times on the journey. As everything you are going to need has to be carried on your back, careful preparation is essential. In addition to the usual necessary walking equipment only a little extra is needed in order to stay in the huts. Just the basics are needed in the washing department as water is very limited, so don’t expect a shower! A torch is recommended for use in the dormitories at night, but you will have one in your pack anyway. Carry a spare set of clothes to wear in the evening and enough cash in your pocket to pay for your bed and meals and you are set to go.

Day One

Knafelc waymark
Knafelc waymark

Our holiday started with a pleasant walk from Ribčev Laz, passing by Lake Bohinj, to Stara Fužina, from where we climbed up the well way-marked but steep path to Planina Uskovnica. A quick bite of lunch, sitting in the warm sunshine beside the pretty chapel there, was followed by a long traversing walk, mainly through trees, around the head of the Voje Valley where we met the main path from Rudno Polje to Triglav. We were clear of the trees and we would not walk in them again for the next week. Having made our height for the day it was then an easy traverse around to our first hut, Vodnikov Dom at 1817m.

Unusually, no one in the hut seemed to speak any English, but with our very basic Slovenian we had soon secured a room for the night and had a refreshing cup of tea in our hands. Supper was vegetable soup and bread and more tea, soon followed by an early night and falling to sleep to the sound of cow-bells drifting up from Velo polje just below.

Day One stats – 6 1/2hrs walking, approx 1400m of ascent.

Day Two

On the way to Dom Valentina Staniča pod Triglavom
On the way to Dom Valentina Staniča pod Triglavom

Breakfast was two fried eggs, a slice of bread and a cup of tea (just over 5Eur each) which was to become oue morning ritual. Today’s walk to reach Dom Valentino Staniča pod Triglavom, named after the man who first accurately measured the height of Triglav, was only a three hour hike and a further 500m climb. Setting off we could see Dom Planika high above us but Triglav behind, was shrouded in mist. From Konjsko sedlo we traversed below the cliffs of Ržki podi and around Rž to descend slightly to the hut. What a wonderful position this hut commands, surrounded by high peaks yet accessible from the Kot and Vrata valleys and fine views across to the Karavanke on the Austrian border. After lunch we dumped our rucksacks and explored the nearby peak of Visoka Vrbanova špica (2408m). Later on in the evening, chatting with our host we discovered that we would be unable to stay at Triglavski Dom at Kredarica or Dom Planika on Saturday because they were fully booked. We would have to stay here another two nights.

Day Two stats – 4hrs walking, approx 600m of ascent.

24. Vogel, Bohinj, Slovenia

Walk 24 – Vogel, a mountain walk above Bohinj from a Walking Guide to Slovenia.

Triglav from the Vogel Ski Station
Triglav from the Vogel Ski Station

A relatively easy mountain walk above Bohinjin the Julian Alps, to the summit of Vogel (1922m). We use the Vogel Cable Car to gain a bit of height!

Start/Finish – Vogel Ski Station car park

Distance – 10km/6.2miles

Height gain – approx 650m

Time – 3h40min

Grade – fairly strenuous. A high-level mountain walk on waymarked paths, involving a little easy scrambling. Vogel is liable to lightning strikes; avoid if storms are forecast (see our mountain weather advice).

Recommended map(s) – are the 1:50 000 Triglavski Narodni Park or the Julijske Alpe vzhodni del (eastern) maps, published by PZS.  There is also the 1:25 000 Bohinjsko jezero map, again by PZS.

Equipment – Walking boots, walking sticks. See our clothing and walking equipment page for more recommendations.

Refreshments on route – At the Upper Cable Car Station; none on route.

Edelweiss
Edelweiss

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Public transport – The Cable Car Station is easily reached by bus.

Car parking in Bohinj – there is a parking charge at all car-parks beside or near Lake Bohinj. For more details see, our Bohinj information page.

Car parking is free for users of the Cable Car.

Nearest Town/VillageBohinjska Bistrica. In the town and nearby villages, including Ribčev Laz there is a wide range of hotels, apartments, guesthouses and rooms plus there are a couple of camping sites – Camp Danica at Bohinjska Bistrica is our favourite. The town also has a good range of shops too.

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View towards Šija and Rodica from Vogel
View towards Šija and Rodica from Vogel

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21. Walk to the Triglav Lakes Valley

Walk 21 – the ascent of Komarča to Črna jezero and the Triglav Lakes Valley, from a Walking Guide to Slovenia.

Triglav Lakes Valley
Triglav Lakes Valley

Viewed from any distance the cliffs of Komarča look impassable, but there is a path, a steep one, that leads to Črna jezero and the foot of the Triglav Lakes Valley (sometimes called the “Seven Lakes Valley”).

Start/Finish – Slap Savica car park

Distance – 3.8km/2.3mile

Height gain – approx 650m

Time – 2h50min

Grade – Strenuous; a short but exceptionally tough ascent on a steep and sometimes exposed path. Cables protect the route in places and, at one point, metal pegs provide the holds.

Recommended map(s) – are the 1:50 000 Triglavski Narodni Park or the Julijske Alpe vzhodni del (eastern) maps, published by PZS.  There are also the 1:25 000 Bohinjsko jezero and Triglav maps, again by PZS.

Equipment – Walking shoes, walking sticks. See our clothing and walking equipment page for more recommendations.

Refreshments on route – A bar at the Slap Savica car-park, but none on route.

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Public transport – The Slap Savica car park can be reached by bus from mid-June until the end of Septmber.  Alternatively, catch a bus to Ukance (Bohinj Zlatorog) and follow the signed path to the Slap Savica car-park and the start of the walk.

Car parking in Bohinj – there is a parking charge at all car-parks beside or near Lake Bohinj. For more details see, our Bohinj information page.

Nearest Town/VillageBohinjska Bistrica. In the town and nearby villages, including Ribčev Laz there is a wide range of hotels, apartments, guesthouses and rooms plus there are a couple of camping sites – Camp Danica at Bohinjska Bistrica is our favourite. The town also has a good range of shops too.

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Črna jezero
Črna jezero

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19. Ridge walk above Bohinj, Slovenia

Walk 19 – above Bohinj from Črna prst to Rodica, from a Walking Guide to Slovenia.

View from Konjski vrh to Črna prst
View from Konjski vrh to Črna prst

Marvellous ridge walking on the edge of the Julian Alps with stupendous views across Bohinj to Triglav in the north and far reaching vistas over the wooded hills of Primorska to the south-west.

Start/Finish – Štržišče

Knafelc marker on route to Rodica
Knafelc marker on route to Rodica

Distance – 18.5km/11.5mile

Height gain – approx 1400m

Time – 8h04min

Grade – very strenuous. A long and committing mountain ridge walk. Map and compass skill are essential, especially in bad weather.

Recommended map(s) – are the 1:50 000 Triglavski Narodni Park or the Julijske Alpe vzhodni del (eastern) maps, published by PZS.  Almost all of the walk is covered by the 1:25 000 Bohinjsko jezero map, also by PZS.

Equipment – Walking shoes, walking sticks. See our clothing and walking equipment page for more recommendations.

Refreshments on route – In season, basic meals and drinks are available from the Dom Zorka Jelinčiča mountain hut on the summit of Črna prst.  See our mountain huts of Slovenia page more information.

Updates to the 2019, 5th Edition There are no updates to the described route. An alternative start and finish could be made by taking the Vogel cable car and climbing up through the ski grounds to the ridge just below Šija. Turn left here to walk along to Rodica and the follow the route in reverse to Črna prst. Descend by the waymarked path via Planina za Liscem to Bohinjska Bistrica. At one time or another we have walked these paths and can recommend these alternatives.

Public transport – No public transport to Stržišče. It is possible to start the walk at nearby Podbrdo, best accessed by train from Bohinjska Bistrica or Most na Soči.

Nearest Towns/VillagesTolmin has at least one hotel, apartments, guesthouses and rooms plus a camping site. Tolmin also has a good range of shops, plus cafes and restaurants. Bohinjska Bistrica has a wider selection of accommodation and excellent shops.

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Dom Zorka Jelincica hut on the summit of Crna prst
Dom Zorka Jelincica hut on the summit of Crna prst

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15. Krn – a mountain walk

Walk 15 – Krn – a mountain walk, from a Walking Guide to Slovenia.

Cows on the lowers slopes of Krn
Cows on the lowers slopes of Krn

One of our favourite mountain walks. Mt Krn stands a little apart from the other mountains of the Julian Alps and so a climb to its summit is rewarded with fine views over the Triglav National Park, and in the other direction, over the Po Plain of northern Italy. Our walk takes in Batognica, where the remains of WWI defences of the Isonzo Front can still be clearly seen.

Start/Finish – Planina Kuhinja above Krn village

WWI Memorial on Batognica, near Krn
WWI Memorial on Batognica, near Krn

Distance – 11.8km/7.3mile

Height gain – approx 1360m

Time – 7h30min

Grade – very strenuous; a commiting mountain walk for good weather conditions.

Recommended map(s) – are the 1:50 000 Triglavski Narodni Park or the Julijske Alpe zahodni del (western) map published by PZS.

Equipment – Walking boots, walking sticks. See our clothing and walking equipment page for more recommendations.

Refreshments on route – In season, drinks and basic meals at the summit hut of Gomišćkovo Zatetišče on Krn.  See our mountain huts of Slovenia page more information.

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Public transport – There is a limited summer bus service – check with the Kobarid Tourist Information Office

Nearest Town/VillageKobarid has  hotels, apartments, guesthouses and rooms plus two camping sites within walking distance of the town centre. It also has all the necessary food shops, plus cafes and restaurants.

Bovec, to the north, has more accommodation and.

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View from Krn summit, Julian Alps
View from Krn summit, Julian Alps

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11. The source of the River Soča and Vršič, Slovenia

Walk 11 – from the source of the River Soča (Izvir Soce) to Vršič and back again, from a Walking Guide of Slovenia.

Zapoden in the Soca Valley, Slovenia
Zapoden in the Soca Valley, Slovenia

Beginning at the source of the River Soča (almost a place of pilgrimage for many Slovenians) the walk soon climbs to a high-level traverse, offering stunning views over the Julian Alps, to the high Vršič Pass.

Start/Finish – Koča pri Izviru Soče

Nearing Vršič
Nearing Vršič

Distance – 11km/6.9miles

Height gain – approx 900m

Time – 4h17min

Grade – strenuous.  Mainly on good paths and tracks, but the initial climb is a steep and unrelenting ascent of 500m.

Recommended map(s) – are the 1:50 000 Triglavski Narodni Park or either of the Julijske Alpe maps (vzhodni del – eastern or zahodni del – western) published by PZS.

Equipment – Walking boots, walking sticks. See our clothing and walking equipment page for more recommendations.

Refreshments on route – Koča pri Izviru Soče at the start plus Tičarjev Dom and kiosks on Vršić.

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Public transport – There is a limited bus service over the Vršič Pass. Alight at Hairpin No. 49 and walk up the road to the Koča pri Izviru Soče (1.5km/0.9mi)

Nearest Town/VillageKranjska Gora, to the north and over the Vršič Pass, has a full range of accommodation and shops.

Trenta, to the south, has camping sites and bars and some self-catering accommodation.  Further down the Soča Valley, Bovec has the full range of accommodation and shops.

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Izvir Soce - the source of the River Soca
Izvir Soce – the source of the River Soca

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10. Vršič mountain walk, Slovenia

Walk 10 – from Vršić to Slemenova Špica, from a Walking Guide of Slovenia.

Ajdovska Deklica, Vrsic Pass, Slovenia
Ajdovska Deklica, Vršič Pass, Slovenia

The walk from Vršič to Slemenova Špica is a wonderful introduction to mountain walking in the Julian Alps of Slovenia.  What this mountain lacks in height (1911m) is compensated for by it’s superb position and the views it affords to the nearby Jalovec.  There is also a treat on the way back too – look for the girls face, Ajdovska Deklica, on flanks of Prisank (picture above).

The cliffs of Jalovec from the slopes Sleme
The cliffs of Jalovec from the slopes Sleme

Start/Finish – Vršić

Distance – 5km/3.1miles

Height gain – approx 300m

Time – 2h06min

Grade – an easy mountain walk, with an initial ascent of 200m.  Mainly on good paths which crosses small areas of loose scree

Recommended map(s) – either of the 1:50 000  Julijske Alpe maps (vzhodni del – eastern or zahodni del – western) or the  Triglavski Narodni Park map published by PZS, who also publish the 1:25 000 Triglav map. There is also a 1:30 000 Kranjska Gora map published by GZS.

Equipment – Walking boots, walking sticks. See our clothing and walking equipment page for more recommendations.

Refreshments on route – Tičarjev Dom and kiosks on Vršič.

Updates to the 2019, 5th Edition – There are no updates.

Public transport – There is a limited bus service over the Vršič Pass.

Nearest Town/VillageKranjska Gora, to the north, has a full range of accommodation and shops.

The nearest camping site is at Gozd Martuljek (4km/2.5km to the east).  Trenta, to the south, has camping sites and bars and some self-catering accommodation.

Sleme and Jalovec, Julian Alps, Slovenia
Jalovec from Slemenova Spica, Julian Alps, Slovenia

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7. Vrata, near Mojstrana, Slovenia

Walk 7 – through Vrata from Aljažev Dom to Luknja, under the north face of Triglav, from a Walking Guide of Slovenia.

Partisan memorial in Vrata, Slovenia
Partisan memorial in Vrata, Slovenia

The Vrata valley lies at the foot of Triglav’s great North Face and in this walk we explore from Aljažev Dom to Luknja, the high pass at the head of the valley.  On the way we pass an unusual memorial to the WWII partizans and start of three routes which lead to Triglav.

Start/Finish – at the road-end in Vrata near Aljažev Dom

Vrata and Slap Peričnik
Vrata and Slap Peričnik

Distance – 7.5km/4.7miles

Height gain – approx 750m

Time – 3h39min

Grade – strenuous.  The upper part of the climb to Luknja is a steep ascent on loose scree slopes.  Snow can lie here until early summer, and in these conditions we only recommend Luknja to experienced and well-equipped hill walkers used to walking on steep snow.

Recommended map(s) – are either the 1:50 000 Triglavski Narodni Park or the Julijske Alpe vzhodni del (eastern) map published by PZS, who also publish the 1:25 000 Triglav map. There is also a 1:30 000 Kranjska Gora map published by GZS

Equipment – Walking boots, walking sticks. See our clothing and walking equipment page for more recommendations.

Refreshments on route – Drinks and basic meals at Aljažev Dom in season.  See our mountain huts of Slovenia page more information.

Updates to the 2019, 5th Edition – There are no updates.

Public transport – Access by car only; parking charge at Aljažev Dom in season.

Nearest Town/Village – Mojstrana and Dovje at the foot of Vrata have shops and some accommodation including a campsite.  Kranjska Gora, a little further away has a full range of accommodation and shops.

The nearest campsite, Camping Kamne, is at Dovje, just opposite Mojstrana on the other side of the valley.

Luknja, Julian Alps, Slovenia
Luknja, Julian Alps, Slovenia

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6. Mountain walk to Viševnik, Julian Alps, Slovenia

Walk 6 – a mountain walk to Viševnik from Rudno Polje (near Bled), from a Walking Guide of Slovenia.

Near Viševnik in the Julian Alps
Near Viševnik in the Julian Alps

Located off the main Triglav massif, Viševnik affords stunning views towards Slovenia’s highest summit and the eastern Julian Alps.

Triglav, Slovenia's highest mountain
Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain

Start/Finish – Rudno Polje

Distance – 11.8km/7.3miles

Height gain – approx 700m

Time – 5h04min

Grade – strenuous; a high level mountain wealk but with no real difficulties.

Recommended map(s) – are either the 1:50 000 Triglavski Narodni Park or the Julijske Alpe vzhodni del (eastern) map published by PZS, who also publish the 1:25 000 Triglav map. There is also a 1:30 000 Bled map published by GZS

Equipment – Walking boots, walking sticks. See our clothing and walking equipment page for more recommendations.

Refreshments on route – Drinks and basic meals at Blejska Koča (summer months only).  See our mountain huts of Slovenia page more information.

Updates to the 2019, 5th Edition – There are no updates.

Public transport –

Accommodation in Bled – Bled has a huge range of accommodation to choose from.

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There are also two camping sites nearby. You will need to book in the summer months! Visit our “Holiday in Bled” page for more information.

Triglav from Viševnik in the Julian Alps, Slovenia
Triglav from Viševnik in the Julian Alps, Slovenia

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