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Mountain huts in Slovenia

Mountain huts in Slovenia

Vodnikov Dom
Vodnikov Dom

There are over 170 mountain huts in Slovenia, including huts (dom or koča), shelters and bivouacs , operated by 94 mountain clubs, under the umbrella organisation of the Planinske zveze Slovenije (PZS) or Alpine Association of Slovenia. Whilst the shelters and bivouacs have no provisions, the mountain huts cater for all needs of the walker and mountaineer, a roof over their heads, a bed, drink and food (a dom is usually larger than a koča with more beds). Some of the huts are found in the valleys at road-heads and on the slower slopes but there are many at higher altitudes in the mountains. Rarely are huts more than five hours apart which means some fantastic high-level routes are possible. It is worth pointing out here that wild camping is not permitted in Slovenia. We spent 12 days in the Julian Alps in September of 2009 – there is an account of our hut-to-hut walk in Slovenia here.

Zasavska Koča na Prehodavcih
Zasavska Koča na Prehodavcih

Some huts are open all year but the higher ones generally open in early June and close near the end of September.  In July and August the huts will be busy and we advise booking ahead.  In June and September it is quieter but we still recommend booking your Saturday night beds.  It may sound obvious but check that your chosen hut is open before you set off!  Although closed in winter some huts have “winter rooms” where you will find a bed and blankets.  Here is a list of all the huts in Slovenia.  Each listing has an email address, website and telephone number.

Huts are graded into three categories. The actual classification is a bit complicated but generally Grade 1 are at high altitude, Grade 2 huts are lower and more easily accessible and Grade 3 are lowland valley huts.

Dormitory in Dom Planika
Dormitory in Dom Planika

Accommodation at the huts can be in simple rooms or, more cheaply, in a dormitory. The beds were always comfortable with clean sheets and enough blankets. We found that the extra expense of a room was rewarded by having some personal space and a good nights sleep! Take some earplugs if you think you might be sleeping in a dormitory – its guaranteed that at least one person will be snoring!

Prices for overnight accommodation are set by the PZS and are based on the hut grade.  The 2019 prices were as follows –

  • Grade 1, room with 2 beds – 27€
  • Grade 1, room with 3-6 beds – 25.50€
  • Grade 1, dormitory with 7-12 beds – 23€
  • Grade 1, dormitory with 12+ beds – 21€
  • Grade 2, room with 2 beds – 22€
  • Grade 2, room with 3-6 beds – 20€
  • Grade 2, dormitory with 7-12 beds – 18€
  • Grade 2, dormitory with 12+ beds – 16€

Money saving tip. We managed to save a lot by joining the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) – 30-50% discounts are available. Full details can be found here.

Recommended kit on a hut-to-hut walk. 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 explained below.  A spare set of clothes to wear in the evening and a torch is advisable for use in the dormitories at night, but you will have one in your pack anyway.

Dom Valentina Staniča pod Triglavom
Dom Valentina Staniča pod Triglavom

Hut food is basic but wholesome, mostly thick soups, eggs, ham and sausage and delicious home made bread. Our favourite evening meal was ričet a delicious, spicy barley porridge, available with or without meat (brez mesa), and bread. For dessert it was a difficult choice between apple strudel and pancakes with jam! In the busier times the menu is more varied, the choice becoming more limited nearer the end of the season. There is always plenty of beer, spirits and bottled water to be purchased but we found that the most refreshing beverage is čaj, (aka “a nice cup of tea”). We had noticed that the flavour is slightly different at every hut and we were told it was because it is made from the petals of the wild flowers gathered at each location. Chocolate and biscuits are usually available too.

As many of the huts can only be serviced by helicopter, food is relatively expensive but prices for stews, tea and water are set by the PZS. For other beverages and meals the huts are free to set their own prices. To help you budget here are some example 2019 prices from Grade 1 huts –

  • Stew with meat – 6.5€
  • 0.25 litre of tea – 1.80€
  • 1.5 litre bottled water – 4.4€

Food in Grade 2 huts is approximately 20% less. It may not be cheap but when you consider how the huts have to be supplied we think the prices are very reasonable.

Eating your own food in the huts is allowed (sometimes a 1€/person fee if sitting at a table) but you cannot cook.

Triglavski Dom at Kredarica
Triglavski Dom at Kredarica

We found the huts to be warm and comfortable.  There will be somewhere to dry your clothes and a pair of slippers is provided.  Washing facilities vary!  Do not expect a shower (although we are told that some do exist, we have yet to find one), at best you may have a communal sink with cold water for hand/face washing and teeth cleaning.  Toilet facilities are sometimes basic but usually clean.

The above information is based on our experiences and the PZS website (link above), much of which is in English.

Many of the walks in our book could easily be extended by using the huts for an overnight stay.  For instance, with Walk 21 to the Triglav Lakes Valley, spending the night at Koča pri Triglavskih Jezerih means that you could explore further up the valley or perhaps climb a nearby peak.  As another example, Walk 19 could be made a lot easier with an overnight stay at Dom Zorka Jelinčica on Črna prst.  Get out your maps, the possibilities are endless really!

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

15 thoughts on “Mountain huts in Slovenia

  1. Thanks for all the great info! Do you know how to book one of the mountain huts?


  2. Hi, great site.

    With the reciprocal rights card, can you remember if the discount applies to food as well? Also, would every person traveling need their own card to get the discount or will card cover the group?



    1. Hi Helen,

      There was no discount on food – take as much with you as you can carry! We both carried a card – sorry, but I don’t know if a group card is available.

      Have a great trip!

  3. David what an excellent resumé. Of course I happened to hit after my trip to Slovenia last week but I found your explications very correct. We went did Bohinj Lake to Planika then Planika Triglav Plainika Dolic and down on the third day. (There was some snow around but we only had to cross nevés between Planika and Dolic and there was an unusual amount of snow this year. Following day Vogel to Crna Prst and then down. Wonderful reception in all the huts and as it was the beginning of the season they staff were still enthusiastic and had time to speak . At Crna Prst the young lady had taken a month’s holiday to run the hut. It did not run to coffee in bed but coffee was served to us at 7am while we were sitting a little way from the hut enjoying the view.
    I noticed a comment about discounts with a club card. This is only for the overnight accommodation which is logical. Although meal prices are set the huts try to make some profit from drinks but I found the prices to be much cheaper than France or Switzerland. Only other point to make is that the week we chose was in some case the first or second week that the hut had opened fo.r the season. I booked by telephoning most of the huts the day before or even the same day but >I repeat we were in the quiet season

    1. Thanks for your comment Paul. Glad you had a good trip and thanks for sharing your experience.

  4. Hi David,

    Do you know if the club card membership discount applies to huts in other parts of the alps as well (i.e. Italian Alps)?

    1. Sorry, I don’t know the answer to your question. I suggest you try asking your Club.

  5. Hello,
    thank you for great amount of information. In the article is written that is not allowed to cook in the huts. Is it possible to cook outside (like in front of the hut)? Or can we get in trouble?

    Thanks in advance for the answer!


    1. I’m not sure to be honest. I think if you email one of the huts you will get the best advice.

      Apologies for the slow response – have a great trip!

  6. Hello, can anyone help me with a question? I was hoping to find a suitable mountain walk in Slovenia on Sat 16th September where 3 of us (not experienced walkers but reasonably fit) could hike up for say 4 hours, stay overnight in a mountain hut (with beds and food) and walk down the next day. This would be at the end of a longer holiday that week in Kobarid. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Marc,
      The hut on the summit of Krn would be a superb choice (see Walk 15).
      Also consider –
      Zasavska Koča na Prehodavcih, above Trenta on page 3 of this article.
      You could do walk 19 of our book which starts from Štržišče (above the road from Tolmin to Bohinjska Bistrica) and visits Dom Zorka Jelinčiča, on the summit of Črna prst.
      You would need to check on hut opening times as they usually close around mid September. Perhaps also book at weekends.

      Hope that helps!

  7. Hey,
    Thank you for sharing all this information, much appreciated!
    I dont like sleeping in mixed gender rooms for religious reasons, do you know if it is possible to accomodate for that? Are the dorms mixed in gender, and if so, given there is space and we book in advabce, are there double rooms available?
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Jen,

      Several of the huts we stayed in had double rooms, but we also stayed in mixed dorms as well. I would advise that you book well in advance.

      It is 10 years (wow!) since we did our hut to hut walk, so I expect that some things will have changed since we wrote our article

      I hope it works out for you. Have a great trip!


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