Walking in the Julian Alps

Walking in the Julian Alps information and booking

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$1390
  • Duration
    7 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    moderate - challenging
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 2 nights 2-3 star apartments, 1 night 3 star hotel, 3 nights mountain hut
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, day pack, sunscreen, good walking boots / shoes and sun hat. (A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Experience breathtaking scenery of high mountain lakes and rugged limestone peaks
  • Option to ascend Mt Triglav – the highest peak in the Julian Alps
  • Stay in charming mountain hotels and rustic mountain huts
  • Visit the picturesque town of Bled

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

In the north western corner of Slovenia, close to Austria and Italy, are the limestone mountains known as the Julian Alps. The range was the stage of bitter fighting during WWI (with relics on the trails to prove it) and Hemmingway wrote his book, 'Farewell to Arms', while based in these mountains. More recently they have become famous for the exciting trekking and climbing opportunities in what is some of the finest mountain scenery in Europe. Characterised by high mountain lakes, peaceful alpine valleys and rugged limestone peaks, the Julian Alps retain their distinctive identity and originality. The walk ascends thematic paths and passes by beautiful turquoise lakes to complete a memorable journey. An option to ascend Mt Triglav (2864m), Slovenia's highest mountain is available. There is plenty of time after the walk to soak up the beauty and history of the fairytale town of Bled nestled at the base of the Julian peaks. This is an exhilarating adventure that will appeal to alpine enthusiasts.

What's included

  • 6 breakfasts - continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee and tea
  • 2 nights in 2-3 star apartments, 1 night in 3 star hotel with private facilities on a twinshare basis, 3 nights in mountain hut on multishare basis
  • Transfer from ljubljana (airport) to bohinj
  • Luggage transfer from bohinj to bovec on day 5 (note- you will need to carry your gear from day 2 to day 5 as there is no luggage transfer between mountain huts)
  • A map with the route marked and route instructions, train and bus timetables and details of your accommodation (one set per room booked)
  • Emergency contact number (we recommend you carry a cell phone during the hike)
  • Transfers on day 6

Itinerary

Day 1 Transfer Ljubljana to Bohinj Lake
On arrival in Ljubljana you will be transferred to Bohinj Lake, the largest glacier lake in Slovenia. The lake is two kilometres wide and six kilometres in length. It lies in the centre of the Triglav national park and occupies a dramatic position surrounded by a spectacular mountain ridge. We recommend you take a walk around the lake or a boat ride. Overnight apartment.
Day 2 Moderate hike to Planika hut (6-8hrs)
Your main luggage will be transferred to Bovec so you will need to repack your hiking gear into a rucksack this morning. The walk begins by following the Mostnica stream to reach the Mostnica Gorge, where you will pass through a series of limestone canyons. There are some excellent views to the cascades and rapids before the trail opens out to the Voje Valley. This section of the walk passes by meadows and small settlements and then through a beautiful forest to reach the Grintovica alpine meadow at around 1170m. As you ascend the views open out to the surrounding craggy peaks. You should take a break at Vodnikov hut where lunch can be purchased, before continuing along the flanks of Vernar peak (2225m). A further walk of just under two hours you will bring you to your overnight accommodation at Planika hut. Overnight mountain hut.
Day 3 Optional Mt Triglav ascent. Triglav Lakes Valley walk (6hr hike)
This morning (early) you have the option (highly recommended) to ascend Mt Triglav which takes around 2-3 hours return. It is a steep cliff path that has steel ropes fixed along the ridge line with steps to the top. The path is very rocky with a lot of scree. Traversing the ridgeline allows for magnificent views over the area weather permitting. If you would like to take this option it must be booked and paid locally and the guide will meet you in the morning at Planika Hut. The main section of the walk then continues to the Triglav lakes valley hut where you spend the night. The trail has some steep sections traversing narrow ledges where a handrail has been installed. As you continue you will cross the Dolic saddle (2164m), before reaching the windswept Hribarice plateau. Soon after you will enter the Triglav Lakes Valley which was formed along a geological fault. The vegetation of green meadows and scattered trees is in stark contrast to the limestone crags above. Overnight mountain hut. There is also the option today to do a 2-3hrs via ferrate guided climbing tour.
Day 4 Hut to hut walk through the Julian Alps (8-9hrs)
Walking in breathtaking high country, the focus today is mountain splendour and alpine wilderness at its best. The trek continues toward the Mt Bogatin area made famous by Hemingway’s “Farewell to Arms”. Hiking up to the Vratca Saddle, you can pause to take in the magnificent view before heading down to the Krn Lakes Hut. The nearby Krn Lakes are a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch. Continue on to Lepena mountain hut for overnight accommodation.
Day 5 Trek to Bovec, afternoon free to relax or white water rafting option (2-3hrs)
The final days walk is along the Soca Trail to Bovec with panoramic views enroute. The Soca River is regarded by many to be one of the most beautiful in Europe. It flows through narrow gorges and over broad gravel beds. The river’s characteristic turquoise hue and the wild beauty of its rapids and ravines make it a wonderful place to explore. In the afternoon you have the option to take in some white water rafting on the Soca river (the best rafting in Slovenia!). Tonight's accommodation is in a small hotel in Bovec.
Day 6 Transfer via scenic route to Bled, remainder of the day free for sightseeing
You will be transferred from Bovec to Bled, along the scenic route and through the valley of emerald Soca. There will be a short stop at the source of river Soca and at the panoramic view point on the highest mountain pass of Julian Alps, Vršic. The remainder of the day is free for sightseeing in and around Bled. This lovely alpine town is immersed in natural beauty. It is renowned for its climate, thermal lake waters, picturesque island and the mountains which surround it.
Day 7 In Bled, trip concludes
The trip concludes after breakfast. You may choose to extend your stay in Bled to take advantage of the great outdoor activities on offer including canyoning, kayaking and rock climbing.