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10 Highest Mountains in Slovenia

All but one of 10 highest mountains in Slovenia are to be found in the Julian Alps, within the boundary of the Triglav National Park, the sole exception being Grintovec, the highest mountain in the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.

Many of these great summits can be reached by the walker who has a head for heights and enjoys some easy scrambling. Some are a little harder and self-belaying equipment is recommended. The ascents of many of Slovenia’s mountains can be made much easier by staying overnight in a nearby mountain hut.

Some photos are missing – we will try to fill these gaps on our next trip!

  1. Triglav, Slovenia's highest mountain
    Triglav, 2,864m

    1.Triglav – 2,864m. Latitude/Longitude – 46.378 / 13.837.

    Triglav is the highest mountain in Slovenia.  But it is more than that!  It seems that Triglav’s summit is almost a place of pilgimage for the Slovenes – in fact we have heard that only once you have climbed it, can you be considered a true Slovenian!  The mountain has pride of place on the nation’s flag which illustrates just how important it is!  It was first climbed in 1778 and there is a statue commerating the four climber’s ascent in Ribčev Laz.  Click on the link to read about our first ascent of Triglav that we made in September 2009.

  2. Škrlatica – 2,740m. Latitude/Longitude – 46.433 / 13.821.

    Škrlatica lies between the Pišnica and Vrata valleys and is considered to be a difficult climb. The first ascent was made in 1880 by Julius Kugy, accompanied by the guide Andrej Komac and Matija Kravanja. (Pictured below)

  3. Mangrt or Mangart – 2,678m. Latitude/Longitude – 46.442 / 13.661.

    Mangrt lies on the Italian border, north-west of Bovec. The 1300m North Wall is popular with climbers. The first ascent was made in 1794 by naturalist Francis Joseph Hannibal Hohenwart.

  4. Visoki Rokav – 2,646m. Latitude/Longitude – 46.435 / 13.828.

    Visoki Rokav is the neighbouring, but slightly lower, peak of Škrlatica. It appears that there are no waymarked/protected routes to it’s summit. (Pictured below)

  5. Jalovec and Kugy Monument
    Jalovec, 2,645m and Kugy Monument

    5. Jalovec, 2,645m – Latitude/Longitude – 46.416 / 13.683.

    Jalovec – a classic looking mountain (the Matterhorn of Slovenia) at the head of the Soča Valley and above Zadnja Trenta, from where it can be climbed (the approach from the Planica valley to the north is perhaps easier). There is a beautiful view of this peak from Sleme, on Walk 10. Karl Wurmb and two guides, Crnuta and Strgulc, were the first to climb it in 1875.

  6. Razor, 2601m
    Razor, 2601m

    Razor, 2601m – Latitude/Longitude – 46.412 / 13.792.

    Razor is well seen from Trenta in the Soča Valley and from Kranjska Gora on the north side of the Vršič Pass. This view is from the ruined Italian barracks of Morbegna, just to the SW of Triglav. Referred to as The Royal of Julian Alps by Kugy, Razor was first climbed by Otto Sendtner in 1842. (Also pictured below)

  7. Kanjavec
    Kanjavec, 2,568m

    Razor, 2601m – Latitude/Longitude – 46.36 / 13.807.

    Kanjavec is part of the Triglav group lying just to the SW. There is a protected route from Dolič but it easily climbed from Hribarice to the south (the route that we took on our mountain backpack in the Julian Alps. This view is from the mountain hut, Tržaška Koča na Doliču.

  8. Grintovec – 2,558m. Latitude/Longitude – 46.359 / 14.537.

    Grintovec is the highest Slovenian peak outside of the Julian Alps. It belongs to the Kamnik-Savinja Alps which lie to the north of Kamnik. The botanist Scopoli made the first recorded ascent in 1759.

  9. Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
    Prisonik (R), 2547m, Razor (L)

    Prisonik – 2547m. Latitude/Longitude – 46.426 / 13.774.

    Prisojnik, also called Prisank, dominates the skyline when looking south over Kranjska Gora. It is most easily climbed from Vršič along a relatively easy and secured route. The mountain is well known for its two natural windows and the amazing “Girl’s Face”, Ajdovska Deklica. (Also pictured below)

  10. Rž,
    Rž, 2,538m

    Rž, 2,538m. Latitude/Longitude – 46.382 / 13.859.

    Rž is part of the Triglav group and lies to the east. It is most easily reached from Kredarica but it seems it is not a peak for the walker as there is no easy or even secured route to the top. Perhaps one of the best views is from near Dom Valentina Staniča pod Triglavom.

View of Prisojnok and Razor (L) plus Škrlatica and Visoki Rokav (R) from Morbegna in the Julian Alps, Slovenia.
View of Prisojnok and Razor (L) plus Škrlatica and Visoki Rokav (R) from Morbegna in the Julian Alps, Slovenia.

Latitude/Longitude co-ordinates are sourced from and link to web-pages belonging to www.geonames.org.

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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23. Rudnica and the Upper Bohinj Valley

Walk 23 – in Zgornja Dolina, the Upper Valley of Bohinj, also climbing Rudnica, from a Walking Guide to Slovenia.

Hayracks in Zgornja Dolina
Hayracks in Zgornja Dolina

Starting at Ribčev Laz, this pleasant countryside walk meanders through the villages and fields of Zgornja Dolina, the Upper Valley of Bohinj, as well as climbing Rudnica.

Start/Finish – Ribčev Laz

Distance – 11.8km/7.4miles

Height gain – approx 400m

Time – 3h40min

Grade – moderate; mainly on good paths and tracks, except for the steep and sometimes loose descent from Rudnica.

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

Refreshments on route – Available at Srednja Vas, Stara Fužina and, in summer from a hut near the summit of Rudnica.

Logs and flowers, Srednja Vas
Logs and flowers, Srednja Vas

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Public transport – Ribčev Laz 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.

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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A Studor toplar
A Studor toplar

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22. Mostnica Gorge Walk and the Voje Valley, Bohinj, Slovenia

Walk 22 – along the Mostnica Gorge and the Voje Valley, beginning at Stara Fužina, from a Walking Guide to Slovenia.

Sloncek, an underwater arch in the Mostnica Gorge
Slonćek, an underwater arch in the Mostnica Gorge

Starting at the pretty village of Stara Fužina, this walk explores the Mostnica Gorge (Mostnica Korita) and the meadows of the alpine Voje Valley as far as the Slap Mostnice waterfall (also known as Slap Voje).

Start/Finish – Stara Fužina or Ribčev Laz (see Updates)

Slap Voje
Slap Voje

Distance – 11.3km/7miles

Height gain – approx 230m

Time – 2h49min

Grade – easy; mainly on good paths and tracks.

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 – Available at Slap Mostnice in season and at Planinska Koča na Vojah mountain hut on Saturdays. See our mountain huts of Slovenia page more information.

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Public transport – Ribčev Laz is easily reached by bus. There is a more limited service to Stara Fužina.

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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Mostnica Gorge
Mostnica Gorge

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About the Triglav National Park of Slovenia

The Triglav National Park is the only national park in Slovenia and is named after the country’s highest peak, Triglav (2864m).

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

The park is one of the oldest in Europe and it originally covered the Triglav Lakes Valley (aka the Seven Lakes Valley) area only. In 1981 its present day borders were defined and it now covers most of the Slovenian Julian Alps, nearly 84.000 hectares.

The primary aim of the national park is . . .

“. . . the protection of nature, conservation of outstanding nature and culture, protection of endemic, rare and threatened plant and animal species, natural ecosystems and elements of inanimate nature, as well as the conservation and maintenance of the cultural landscape”.

Triglav National Park map
Triglav National Park map

The management of the park is the responsibility of the Triglav National Park Public Institution, based in Bled. There is a lot more information on their website.

Less than 2500 people live in the park but around 1.6million people visit each year and the park tries to balance the needs of its inhabitants and those of its visitors, whilst at the same time protecting the natural environment. The strictest regulations are in the mountain areas but in the valleys more relaxed protection is in place in order to help those people who live and work in the park.

For the visitor there are some simple “Do’s and Don’ts”, which are mainly common sense.

Triglav National Park rules
Triglav National Park rules
  • Do not pick plants/flower or disturb birds and animals
  • Do not start or cause fires
  • Take your litter home
  • Wild camping is not allowed – this applies throughout Slovenia
  • Do not damage alpine huts, signs,visitors’ book or altitude stamps
  • Keep dogs under control
  • Take care not to cause rock falls
  • Keep gates closed
  • Keep on tracks and paths
  • Heed warning signs
  • Make no unnecessary noise
  • Greet other walkers – “Dober Dan” and a smile are sufficient!

In our guidebook to Slovenia there are 41 walks, 16 of which, at least in part, are within the Park. Click here to see our walks in the Triglav National Park.

Julian Alps, Triglav National Park
Julian Alps

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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20. A walk around Lake Bohinj and to Slap Savica

Walk 20 -a circuit of Lake Bohinj, including Slap Savica, from a Walking Guide to Slovenia.

Lake Bohinj
Lake Bohinj

Starting at Ribčev Laz, enjoy a leisurely stroll around Lake Bohinj (Bohinjsko jezero), take a picnic and perhaps a swimsuit because in summer the water is warm enough to take a dip. The walk also heads up to Slap Savica, an impressive waterfall and source of the Sava River.

Start/Finish – Ribčev Laz

Lake Bohinj and Ribčev Laz
Lake Bohinj and Ribčev Laz

Distance – 11.8km/7.3mile

Height gain – approx 275m

Time – 3h16min

Grade – easy; on good paths and tracks.

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.

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Public transport – Ribčev Laz 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.

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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Slap Savica, Bohinj
Slap Savica, Bohinj

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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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