Julian Alps Traverse Trek (Self-guided)
Life Adventures - 8 days
- Julian Alps Traverse Trek (Self-guided)
- 8 days / 7 nights
- Max. group: 10 Persons
- Difficulty: Medium
Overview> Experience the breathtaking scenery of high mountain peaks and lakes.
> Explore the beautiful Triglav National Park and Triglav Lakes Valley.
> Stay in rustic mountain huts.
> Walk surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery - The best walk in Slovenia!
> Climb Mt Krn (2.244 m) - famous peak from WW1.
> Explore magic Tolmin Gorges.
> Visit the picturesque town of Bled with a famous lake.
> Option to ascend Mt Triglav (2864m) – the highest peak of the Julian Alps.
Join us on this 8-day active walking holiday in the Slovenian Alps with 6 days of hut to hut trekking in the Julian Alps. The Julian Alps Traverse is one of the most spectacular treks in Europe. Hike among breathtaking mountain scenery on the flanks and valleys of Mount Triglav, with views of some of the most dramatic peaks in the Julian Alps. On this trekking experience, you will enjoy the fresh Slovenian air as you trek the Julian Alps from Kranjska Gora to Tolmin (Soca Valley). This challenging hiking traverse will reward you with mesmerizing views of green meadows, deep valleys and, of course, the majestic Mount Triglav. Travel across high passes and through Alpine meadows and recharge at night with delicious mountain cuisine in simple mountain huts.
Important: this trek is available from June 15th to September 30th. This trek must be booked at least 21 days before the beginning of the tour.
RouteWhat's the plan?
Day 1: Kranjska Gora
- Optional: Afternoon walk to Tromeja – Triple border (1508 m) or Belopeška lakes – Laghi di Fusine walk (929 m)
- Duration: 3-4 hours of walking.
- Overnight, Hotel***/****, Kranjska Gora.
Day 2: Planica to Vršic Mountain Pass via Tamar Valley
- Transfer to Planica.
- Walking from Planica through Tamar Valley and Slemenova Špica to Vrši? Mountain Pass.
- Duration: 4-6 hours of walking.
- Elevation: +1000m / -300m
- Overnight, Poštarski dom na Vršicu (1737 m.)
- Dinner in Mountain Hut.
Day 3: Vršic to Pogacnik Mountain hut via Mt Razor (2601 m)
- Walking from Poštarski dom na Vršicu via Sedlo Planja (2349 m) to Pogacnikov dom na Kriških Podih (2050 m).
- Optional: climb to Mt Razor (2601 m).
- Duration: 5-7 hours of walking.
- Elevation: +700m / -300m (Optional Mt Razor climb +300m/-300m)
- Overnight, Pogacnikov dom na Kriških podih (2050 m)
- Dinner in Mountain Hut.
Day 4: Pogacnik Mountain hut to Koca na Dolicu via Bovški Gamsovec (2.391 m)
- Walking from Pogacnikov dom na Kriških Podih (2050 m) via Bovški Gamsovec (2.391 m) to Koca na Doli?u - (2151 m).
- Duration: 5-7 hours of walking.
- Elevation: +450 m / -350 m (Optional Mt Triglav climb: +720 m/-720 m)
- Overnight, Koca na Dolicu.
- Dinner in Mountain Hut.
Day 5: Koca na Dolicu to Triglav lakes Valley Hut (1.685 m) via Triglav lakes Valley
- Walking from Koca na Dolicu (2151 m) via Triglav Lakes Valley to Koca pri Triglavskih Jezerih (1.685 m)
- Optional: Mt Triglav Climb (2.864 m)!
- Duration: 5-6 hours of walking / 8-9 hours with Mount Triglav Climb.
- Elevation: +200 m / -750 m
- Overnight, Koca pri Triglavskih Jezerih
- Dinner in Mountain Hut.
Day 6: Triglav lakes Valley Hut to Krn Lakes Mountain Hut (1.385 m)
- Walking from Koca pri Triglavskih Jezerih via Koca pod Bogatinom (1.513 m) to Planinski dom pri Krnskih jezerih (1.385 m).
- Duration: 5-6 hours of walking.
- Elevation: +200 m / -500 m
- Overnight, Planinski dom pri Krnskih jezerih.
- Dinner in Mountain Hut.
Day 7: Krn Lakes Mountain Hut via Mt Krn (2.244 m) to Tolmin
- Walking from Planinski dom pri Krnskih jezerih via Krn Lakes, Mt Krn (2.244m) to famous Tolmin Gorges and Tolmin town (258 m)
- Duration: 7-8 hours of walking.
- Elevation: +1000 m / -2000 m
- Overnight, Hotel***, Tolmin.
Day 8: Tolmin to Bled
- Breakfast in Hotel.
- Private transfer to Most na Soci and by train to Lake Bled.
- Easy circle walk around Bled Lake and to/back famous Vintgar Gorge.
- Trip concludes.
√ Land transfers
All land transfers according to the itinerary are included in the trek:
- Private transfer from Tolmin to Most na Soci (day 1)
- Private transfer to Most na Soci and by train to Lake Bled (day 8)
- Luggage transfer from Kranjska Gora to Tolmin (day 7)
√ Full organization and Travel Booklet
We will take care of all the transfer and accommodation arrangements. We will also provide you with a booklet with detailed itinerary and route instructions, and all vouchers for accommodations. The booklet also includes maps with marked routes.
√ Introductory briefing
On the first day of the trek, we will meet you in Kranjska Gora for an introductory briefing where we will explain all the details of the trek and we will answer all your questions.
You will spend 2 nights in B&B accommodation in Hotels at Kranjska Gora and Tolmin. The other 5 nights will be in mountain huts with half-board included (breakfast and dinner).
Breakfast is included and will be provided at the hotels and huts during the trek.
√ Emergency contact number 24/7
There is an emergency contact number available 24/7 in case of an emergency. We will be available to assist you during the whole trek.
√ Walking Equipment (optional)
7-day rental of walking equipment is included in the price of the trek. You are welcome to bring your own trekking equipment. However, if you don't have the necessary items, we can provide them for you. Our package includes hiking poles, a backpack, a helmet, and a basic rain jacket. If you need our trekking equipment package, please request it when you book this trek.
√ 1-day rent-a-bike at Lake Bled
On day 8 you will enjoy a bike ride at lake Bled. This ride is included in the price of the trek.
√ Fees and Taxes
The tourist tax and VAT are included in the price of this trek.
The total amount excludes flights to and from Slovenia. You will also have to make your way to the starting point of the trek.
This trek is a self-guided tour. We will provide you with a booklet with detailed information about the route and you will do the trek on your own. If you need any help, there is an emergency contact number available 24/7 where you can call to get assistance.
× Lunch and dinner
Lunch and dinner are not included in the price of the trek. You will find plenty of cozy restaurants to enjoy in the cities. During your days in the Alps, you will be able to purchase food in the huts.
× Luggage transfer
You will have to carry all your luggage and gear from one accommodation to another in your backpack on the walking tour.
× Sheets at the huts
Purchase of single-use sheets at the huts (2,50 EUR/set). The use of sleeping sheets is obligatory at the huts. You can either bring your own or buy single-use ones. Blankets are provided free of charge at the huts.
× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.
× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers trekking trips. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Slovenia.
Optional Mt Triglav climb and gear hire (day 5)
× Guided ascent
Guided ascend (IFMGA guide) of Mt. Triglav on day 5 in the morning: 155 EUR/person supplement (at 2pax).
× Via Ferrata Gear
Via Ferrata gear hire for Mt. Triglav self-guided climb on day 5 (harness, via Ferrata set): 30 EUR/person.
Accommodation is in a combination of 3* hotels (comfortable with en-suite) and mountain huts. Mountain huts are basic, generally with excellent mountain views, hearty cuisine and warm atmosphere. In the mountain huts you will generally sleep in dorm rooms with 5-30 people. There are no showers in the mountain huts (with the exception of Komna mountain hut, which you will pass on day 4). Meals can be ordered in hut's dining room. You can purchase picnic lunch supplies in towns before the tour or purchase lunch from accommodation providers the night before. It is always good to have snacks and energy bars with you, particularly when you are staying in the huts where supplies are limited.
Day 1: 3* Hotel in Kranjska Gora (Double/twin room with breakfast).
Day 2: Poštarski dom na Vršicu (1737 m.) / Dormitory room, half-board.
Day 3: Pogacnikov dom na Kriških podih (2050 m) / Dormitory room, half-board.
Day 4: Koca na Dolicu (2151 m) / Dormitory room, half-board.
Day 5: Triglav Lakes Mountain Hut (1685 m) / Dormitory room, half-board.
Day 6: Krn Lakes Mountain Hut (1385 m) / Dormitory room, half-board.
Day 7: 3* Hotel in Tolmin (Double/twin room with breakfast).
Single supplement available for EUR 180,- extra.
Packing ListPacking List
Appropriate footwear is an essential part of any hiking tour. There are a variety of models on the market designed to meet the needs of different types of hikers; the challenge is finding the one that works best for your purposes.
You will often hike on rocky or uneven terrain that calls for a stiff boot with a higher cuff for ankle protection, for both preventing sprained ankles and blocking stony blows to the side of your foot.
Choose hiking boots that have good ankle support and are well protective on a rocky terrain. Hiking boots are typically heavier and have stiffer soles and sides as well as a reinforced, protected toe area.
Those kinds of boots take time to break in. You should not go on multi-day trekking with brand new boots!! Before you hit the trail, make sure to break them in properly, to avoid serious blisters and other unnecessary pain.Here is a list of what is good to have for a climb in summer months:
- Shoes – hiking boots with ankle support
- Socks – coolmax
- Jacket – wind & waterproof, softshell
- Long, comfortable pants
- Underwear with good evaporation
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, any other sun protection
- Water bottle (preferably reusable) not bigger than 1 litre
- Food - snacks, granola bars, chocolate (optional - can be bought at mountain huts)
- Backpack – lightweight, strong and durable material, adjustable straps (size: approximately 60-70l)
- Hiking poles (optional)
The best season to visit Slovenia is during Spring, April to June, and Autumn, September to December. During these seasons temperatures range between 10 °C and 25°C, which allows you to enjoy the mountain trails without suffering the summer heat or the colder winters. Also, during Spring and Autumn, you avoid the peak season for tourists, which is from July to August.
What is the weather like?
Never underestimate extreme and unpredictable mountain weather. Come prepared for any weather conditions. Keep in mind that you will spend your days high in the mountains. Even in the hottest summer days, the weather in the mountains can change quickly. Thunderstorms are relatively common in July and August. They develop rather quickly, but usually build up in the late afternoons and evenings, so it is best to start hikes early in the morning.
The climbing season for hiking in the high Julian Alps is from July through September. Summer weather in the mountains is quite cool; when it’s pushing 30°C on the Slovenian plains, it may be just 10°C above 2000 meters. It often drops below freezing at night, and snow may persist in nooks and crannies throughout the year. Weather on the mountain is highly variable, bringing unexpected wind, rain, and even snow.What are the prices of food and drinks at the Huts?
Most meals and drinks in mountain huts have regular prices, but water, soft drinks and beer are more expensive than in the valleys. Here are some examples:
Coffee - 2 eur / 1,5l bottled water - 4,40 eur / Beer - 4 eur
Goulash - 8 eur / Veggie/meat stew - 6 eur / Sandwich - 4,50 eur
Please note that the huts don't accept credit card payments! Cash only.
How demanding is the tour?
The hike is considered a challenging activity with an optional demanding climb to Mt. Triglav. Although certain parts of a trail may seem easy due to low incline, they do demand a high level of endurance and can be challenging for those, who are not used to longer hikes. The optional climb to the summit of Mt. Triglav is via Ferrata (Italian for “iron way”), which is an extremely steep climb on steel ladders and steel wires and is not recommended for people, who are not in good physical condition or are afraid of heights. The climb is also not recommended for children younger than 15 years and pregnant women.
Tipping in Slovenia
During this self-guided trip, there won't be a guide to tip at the end of your trek. However, private drivers will take care of your transfers and you will be eating at restaurants and mountain huts. Tipping is not obligatory in Slovenia, but it is always appreciated if the service provider did a good job. A tip of 5 to 15 percent is greatly appreciated in restaurants. The same percentage applies to the trekking guide if you decide to climb Mt Triglav.
Our treks in Slovenia and Croatia are absolutely safe. We will give an introductory briefing on day 1 and we will provide you with a booklet with detailed itinerary and route instructions, vouchers, contact numbers and other needed information. Moreover, a 24-hour helpline is available for you during the whole trek in case of an emergency. We will be there for you every step of the way!
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