Hut-To-Hut Hiking in Slovenia? These Are Your Best Options

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Slovenia makes your hiking heart beat faster! Especially in the Julian Alps and Triglav National Park. Get lost in the beautiful forests and discover emerald-blue glacial lakes. Enjoy nature and discover some of the most breathtaking landscapes offered by this beautiful country. The roof of the country is Mount Triglav, at 2864m certainly not to be underestimated! But there is more, in this blog you will read all about your hut-to-hut tour in Slovenia and what gems this country has in store for you.

Northern Slovenia is dominated by the Alps, more specifically the Julian Alps. If you are looking for a trekking adventure in Slovenia and want to get off the beaten track, this is the place to go. At Bookatrekking.com, we help hundreds of hikers choose the right hut-to-hut trek every year, including in Slovenia. In this blog, we present some options for your adventure in Slovenia and give some important tips. So put on your hiking boots and hit the trail with us!

Why Trekking in Slovenia?

Slovenia is surrounded by Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. The land of the chicken, it is sometimes said. Take a look at the country's map and you'll know why. Slovenia is also the transition from east to west, which makes for a mishmash of cultures. Slovenia was part of Yugoslavia for many years and only relatively recently became an independent country. That makes locals very proud these days, especially of the country's natural beauty. After Scandinavia, it is the greenest country in Europe; in 2016, Ljubljana (the capital) was Green Capital of Europe.

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Is a Hut-To-Hut Trek in Slovenia Something for Me?

The Julian Alps have everything you wish for as a mountain hiker, but these mountains may put you off if you are here for the first time. There are a number of things to consider when planning a hut-to-hut trek in Slovenia, we have listed the most important ones:

Loose rocks, deep cliffs

Triglav National Park and the Julian Alps consist mainly of limestone mountains, which means nothing more than that you often have to pass steep chasms, over loose rocks and your paths are often very exposed to the weather. For the more challenging treks, experience in the mountains is a requirement, fear of heights is not advisable and you need to prepare well in terms of your equipment, fitness, and weather conditions.

Via Ferratas

Due to the steep paths and rocky terrain, you will encounter via ferratas on many treks in Slovenia. Via ferrata means an iron path and it is a reference to permanent measures to safely traverse steep and rocky terrain, think ladders, safety wires or metal pins.

Does that mean you need to be a mountaineer for a trek in Slovenia? No, it doesn't! You wear a climbing harness with two carabiners that allow you to secure yourself. Wear a helmet for protection from falling rocks and climbing gloves for extra grip.

Are you going with or without a guide?

Are you starting to have a little doubt after reading the above? In that case, it's best to opt for a guided trek. A local guide who knows all the ins and outs and can support you if necessary with your via ferrata. You won't have to worry about the route to follow and you'll get to see some more hidden spots. If you are familiar with via ferratas, then a self-guided trek is a good option for you. You are on your own, but you always have help available remotely.

Is a Hut-To-Hut Trek in Slovenia Something for Me?

Did you know that we can book all huts and refuges for the Julian Alps for you? Check out all our options here.

A Hut Tour in Slovenia? Where to Start?

As mentioned earlier, the Julian Alps are the place to be for a hut-hiking trip in Slovenia. This region is largely dominated by Triglav National Park, Slovenia's only national park and known for its eponymous peak. But with 84,000 hectares and 43 different mountain huts, it still offers a whole range of options for your hut tour. Around the National Park, there are several places where you can start your trek.

It is home to the Soca Valley, a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. This western part of the national park is perfect for activities such as rafting, supping, cycling, paragliding, and, of course, hiking. South of Mount Triglav National Park you will find Lake Bohinj or Bled. Bled is the country's most famous landmark, its fairytale scene has already amazed many visitors. Bled lies at the beginning of the valley, and at the end, you will find Lake Bohinj. This is the starting point of most Mount Triglav climbs.

A Hut Tour in Slovenia? Where to Start?

1. Climb Mount Triglav (For the Climbers, 2 or 3 Days)

The roof of Slovenia and a guaranteed challenge, that's Mount Triglav (2864m). The highest peak in the Julian Alps is Slovenia's national pride and a must for any adventure-seeker. Mount Triglav, a mythical mountain that actually has three peaks, is Slovenia's national symbol and is even displayed on its flag. The literal translation of Triglav is Three Heads, which explains it all! You reach the summit in as little as two days, stay overnight in typical mountain huts and finally get the chance to pull out your via Ferrata equipment. Indeed, a mountain summit where you literally climb to the top! At least, the last 400m to the summit. Once at the top, you can take off your climbing gear for a while and look for the best spot to take pictures of the Aljaž Tower. Going for an adventure full of challenges and traditions? Then opt for Mount Triglav.

1. Climb Mount Triglav (For the Climbers, 2 or 3 Days)

2. Julian Alps Traverse (For the Mountain Goat, 8 Days)

The Julian Alps Traverse is one of the most spectacular hut treks in Europe. This self-guided trek leads you from Kranjska Gora to the other side of Triglav National Park where you finish in Tolmin. This trek is no "walk in the park" with over 1,000 altimeters per day, steep chasms and challenging mountain passes. Whereas Triglav National Park can be very crowded in summer, on many of the trails and mountain huts here you will only meet locals who are also looking for the undiscovered gems of Triglav National Park. Do you have experience in mountaineering and are looking for something a little different from your hut hike in Austria? This is the one!

2. Julian Alps Traverse (For the Mountain Goat, 8 Days)

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3. Triglav National Park Adventure From Bohinj Lake (For Ibexes, 4 or 6 Days)

Looking for a cool hut tour with all the natural highlights, but not looking for difficult Via Ferratas? Then you've come to the right place. This circular hut tour starts from Lake Bohinj, leads you to beautiful high-altitude mountain huts and brings you back to Bohinj via the 'Valley of the 7 Triglav Lakes'. This hut tour is certainly not to be underestimated with hiking days of at least 5 hours and many altitude metres, but requires no experience with Via Ferrata. You can also combine this hut tour with climbing Mount Triglav.

3. Triglav National Park Adventure From Bohinj Lake (For Ibexes, 4 or 6 Days)

4. Three-Day Triglav Lakes Trek (With Guide for Families)

Out and about with the family? Then opt for a guided trek. Our guide is happy to take you: "Come with me on this incredible 3-day trek in Slovenia, where we'll hike from hut to hut around pristine lakes in the beautiful Lepena Valley, surrounded by high mountains, fresh air and blooming wildflowers. We hike on a sunny trail, past steep mountains, alpine meadows and glacial lakes in one of Europe's most beautiful regions. You will be amazed by the picturesque views of Lake Triglav and Rno, surrounded by enchanting hills.

4. Three-Day Triglav Lakes Trek (With Guide for Families)

Staying in Mountain Huts. What Should I Take Into Account?

Mountain huts are simple, generally with fantastic mountain views, hearty cuisine and a warm atmosphere. In clear weather, you can enjoy a beautiful starry sky. The first hut of the Slovenian Mountain Society was built in 1893. Today, they manage 161 huts that accommodate more than 1.5 million hikers a year. The Julian Alps, with Mount Triglav as its highest point, has 43 mountain huts. In most cases, the mountain huts are about 2 to 3 hours of hiking from each other. Wild camping is not allowed in this region, so you are bound to spend the night in a mountain hut.

Some general information about the huts

Most mountain huts have limited facilities, so don't expect the luxury of a hotel. Not every mountain hut is the same, depending heavily on altitude and accessibility. Nevertheless, in general there is quite a bit to say:

  • Mountain huts offer a simple place to sleep in dormitories with bunk beds and simple mattresses. Room sizes can range from 2 beds to 30 beds, with the most common room size being around 8 beds.

  • Most mountain huts cannot be reached by car; they are supplied by helicopter. This does affect comfort, but all the more cosy and authentic.
  • The karst landscape that surrounds the mountain huts prevents the formation of surface water. So at high altitudes, there is no drinking water available. Toilets, however, are available in most mountain huts. If showers are available, be prepared to pay a few euros extra (3-5) for this luxury.
  • Most huts offer food and drinks at reasonable prices. A menu of traditional Slovenian dishes such as various stews, Carniola sausage or a tasty štruklji to top it off. Our colleague was also served another meal at the mountain hut: 'I can also remember Jota, a savory and affordable meal of sauerkraut and beans topped off with a pork sausage.'
  • Most mountain huts that cannot be reached by vehicle are open only during the summer season. This depends on the snow, which usually disappears sometime in May or June, depending on the altitude. In September or October, most mountain huts close their doors. However, winter rooms are available for the winter months, which are unlocked rooms separate from the hut and similar to a bivouac.

Staying in Mountain Huts. What Should I Take Into Account?

At Bookatrekking.com, we not only book your huts, we also send you on your way with a comprehensive hiking guide with the most important information for your Julian Alps, including interactive Komoot maps. Browse all our options here and turn your dreams into reality.

What Is the Best Season for My Hut Tour in Slovenia?

Most treks in Slovenia are available between June and October, outside these months the mountain huts are closed. July and August are the most popular months, temperatures range between 10 °C and 25 °C. The mountains provide cool air when temperatures rise in lower areas. Summer weather in the mountains is quite cool; when it heads towards 30°C on the Slovenian plains, it is only 10°C at the top of Mount Triglav. On the hottest summer days, the weather in the mountains can change quickly. Thunderstorms are relatively common during this period and they develop quickly in the late afternoon. July and August are very popular for locals, the mountain huts are pleasantly crowded.

In the pre-season and post-season ( June , September and October ), temperatures are slightly lower and you can enjoy the mountain trails without the summer heat or winter cold. In the early and late seasons, you will meet fewer people along the way. It is often below freezing at night and snow can remain in nooks and crannies during this period. The weather on the mountain is very variable during this period, one day it is comfortably warm, and one day later you will need a winter jacket. Make sure you are ready for that. Don't underestimate the extreme and unpredictable weather in the mountains, come prepared for all weather conditions.

What Is the Best Season for My Hut Tour in Slovenia?

Safe hiking tips for the Julian Alps

When you go on walking holidays it is wise to be aware of a few points. Even if this is not your first time, you should never underestimate the mountains. Good tour planning and compliance with the regulations on the mountains will significantly increase safety. To ensure that your hiking holiday is a safe and enjoyable experience, here below you can find a list of 8 recommendations for safe hiking in the mountains:
  • Know your limits

    Hiking the Julian Alps is the perfect outlet to escape from daily life. It is an endurance sport along with a beautiful nature experience with a positive effect on body and mind —as long as one is in good shape and has a realistic picture of one's possibilities and limits—. Never overestimate yourself or underestimate the route. Don't overdo it! Always choose the slower variant and take more time for your plans. Hiking under time pressure is not fun and at too fast a pace it can be dangerous. Be wise!

  • Plan carefully

    Good planning is half the work! Hiking maps, literature, the Internet and expert advice are invaluable when planning the route in the Julian Alps and enable you to determine the length, altitude difference, difficulty and conditions of the hike. When planning group treks, the itinerary should always be planned for the weakest member of the group! The weather in the mountains can change incredibly quickly and rain, wind and cold all increase the risk factor. For this reason, always check the weather forecast beforehand and contact our trekking experts to find your way around before you start.

  • Be fully equipped

    Equipment is everything. In the most extreme case, it makes the difference between life and death, and in any case, it definitely makes the difference between having fun and having a bad time. Food and water, sunscreen and waterproof and warm clothes must always be in your backpack, as well as a first aid kit and a mobile phone with a full battery (in case there is an emergency). However, packing light makes walking easier, so don't take too much extra luggage with you. Your equipment should always be suitable for the terrain you'll be hiking on in the Julian Alps.

  • Wear suitable footwear

    Good walking shoes protect your feet and provide a better fit. Shoes with a good fit, with non-slip soles, water-resistant and lightweight are a must for additional walking pleasure during the Julian Alps. Trail running shoes are great for a weekend in the mountains, but on longer hikes or more technical trails, you'll want at least A/B hiking boots. That means it is recommended wearing high mountain shoes that are water-repellent with extra ankle support to prevent sprains.

  • Stay on marked trails

    Julian Alps has endless marked hiking trails, which are controlled and maintained and should not be deviated from. It may be tempting, but it's not a good idea to take shortcuts or alternative routes through unmarked terrain. It increases the risk of disorientation and you're more likely to get lost and have accidents or fall in the mountains. Even steep slopes of packed old snow are often underestimated and dangerous. Are you in doubt? Better don't do it. For easy navigation we work with our trusted partner Komoot, whose interactive maps, also available offline, provide you with the necessary digital means to get from A to B. As a backup, make sure to bring a hiking guide or a paper map with you. FYI, 75% of stumbles occur due to carelessness on marked paths or roads, not in open terrain!

  • Take regular breaks

    Remember you're on a hiking holiday. Timely and regular breaks not only provide welcome relaxation but also make it possible to enjoy the Julian Alps. The body needs a regular food and drink intake to maintain performance and concentration. Our advice is that if you have little time, it's better to follow the short itinerary than to speed up the long one.

  • Stay reachable

    If you are hiking solo or in small groups it is advisable to inform people back home about your plans, what route you are taking and when you plan to return. Even small incidents can lead to unpleasant emergencies so make sure you are available at all times. Bring a charged phone containing at least the phone numbers of immediate family members, your accommodations en route and the emergency phone numbers operating in the Julian Alps.

  • Respect nature

    Leave no rubbish behind, prevent noise, stay on the marked trails, do not disturb wildlife or grazing animals, and respect protected areas.

Where Can I Book the Julian Alps?

At Bookatrekking.com you can book the self-guided Julian Alps and many other treks. We take care of all the details for you, including arranging accommodations and providing you with relevant information well in advance of your trek. Find our offers here. Our easy-to-use platform allows you to browse and compare different trekking options and find the perfect fit for your interests, abilities, and budget.

If you have any questions about a specific trek or need help choosing the right one for you, our team of trekking experts is here to assist you. Simply reach out to us and we will be happy to provide you with personalized recommendations and advice to help you plan the trekking adventure of a lifetime.

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