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Slovenia: Julian Alps Traverse
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At a glance
Ascend Mt. Triglav, Slovenia's highest peak
Trip Highlights
Start Destination
Bled
End Destination
Bled
What's included
  • All breakfasts
  • 5 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers

All breakfasts and 4 dinners are included. Dinner on days 1, 2 and 7 are not included. But there are plenty of local restaurants to choose from. Whilst trekking we include dinner and breakfast in the huts. Lunches are not included and can be bought en-route in the mountain huts we pass each day. On the first day after walking we'll visit a local supermarket and stock up on chocolate and snacks for the five days. Hut breakfasts are usually made up of: bread, jam, cheese with tea etc. 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 but this shouldn't lead to anyone going hungry.

Itinerary
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Day 1
Fly to Ljubljana
Fly to Ljubljana; transfer to lakeside town of Bled.
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Day 2
Warm-up walk in the Karavanke Mountains, free evening in Bled.
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.
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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 through picturesque Lake Bled to 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, will be 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. We leave 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 it's openess).
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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. The 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. The end of this amazing day is Koca na Dolcu, one of the most welcoming huts in the park. We spend the night in a great setting looking up to Triglav.
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Day 5
Trek through the heart of the Julian Alps followed by our Triglav summit attempt (weather dependant).
We are now located 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.
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Day 6
Follow mountain trails offering panoramas of the whole Julian Alps before arriving on Pokljuka Plateau and Blejska Koca
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.
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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 Julian Alps. Weaving our way through the woods of Pokljuka, Slovenia's most dense forest, we arrive at Rodno Polje (1301m) - where the shepherds 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.
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Day 8
Fly to London
Fly to London.
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Slovenia has a mixed alpine climate with summer temperatures in the range of 18 to 25°C. 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.

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