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Julian Alps high trails explorer

€945 per person

Slovenians are often quoted to say that they live on the “sunny side of the Alps” and one can easily see that this is true!  Take your time to explore Slovenia’s Julian Alps with an independent hiking journey to the heart of mountain! Enjoy the day walks at your own pace and get a well-deserved rest in the traditional mountain huts as well as in cozy 3-4* hotels in the lower valleys. Your adventure will start from the calm waters of glacial lake Bled, will continue up high into Triglav National Park and ramble down again to the serenity of the Bohinj Lake. Along the hiking trails you will meet medieval castles, churches and will pass by the everyday life of traditional mountain villages. A beautiful kaleidoscope on changing landscapes – from green pastures to craggy ridges that almost touch the sky! Adventure for a life time – self-guided trekking tour to the most scenic part of mountainous Slovenia!

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Level: 3/4 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Roadbook (itinerary and route description in English and detailed walking maps, incl. access to GPS tracks; 1 download per booking); Accommodation in 3-4* hotels incl. breakfast (4 nights) and dormitories with shared facilities (incl. breakfast) in the mountain huts; People transfers on Day 2; Luggage allowance: 1 piece per person up to 20kg); Luggage transfers between the hotels (excl. the huts, where you stay on 3 consecutive nights and should carry all necessary belongings with you (from Day 3 to Day 6); Emergency hotline;
  • What is not included
    Bed linen in the mountain huts (appr. 6 EUR/pp per hut); drinks and other meals; entry fees; lift tickets for the Vogel lift;
  • Best period
    July, August, mid-September
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Day 1. BLED
Nominated to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the town of Bled welcomes you warmly with it’s unique outward - an island church sitting proudly above the glacial waters of the lake and a medieval castle perched above the cliffs as a standing guard over the town. We offer private transfers from Ljubljana City/Ljubljana Airport or Klagenfurt to Bled (contact us for details).
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Day 2. BLED – POKLJUKA HIGH PLATEAU (14km, 6hrs,+710m/-640m)
After breakfast, be ready for a short transfer with a car towards the starting point - on top of Pokljuka high plateau (1280 m) from where a lot of hiking trails in Julian Alps start. The first hike will warm you up for the upcoming days. Pass over mountain pastures through dense fir forests to up to Lipanska Hut. Enjoy a typical hiker’s lunch there and you can later continue your walk along the panoramic route (excellent views of Karawanke range, Pokljuka plateau, Krma valley and Bohinj Mountains) to biathlon centre of Pokljuka where you stay for the night.
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Day 3. POKLJUKA – PLANIKA HUT (12km, 6-7hrs, +1140m/-110m)
This morning will give the start to your adventure into the heart of Trigral National Park. Make sure you prepare in your backpack everything you need for the days onward as your main luggage will be transferred to the head office of our local agent in Bled and you will not have access to it until you reach Bohinj at the end of the walk on Day 6. The trail for today’s hike slowly ascends to Vodnikov Dom hut where you can take some rest and have lunch. Your final destination is to Planika hut, located underneath Mt. Triglav - highest Slovene mountain (2864 m). Planika hut is one of the best starting points for climb to Mt. Triglav, however, additional nights need to be booked in order to accomplish this extra hike (the climb is partly a “via ferrata”, some alpine experience and a helmet are recommended).
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Day 4. PLANIKA HUT – KOČA PRI TRIGLAVSKIH JEZERIH (11km, 6hrs, +230m/-910m)
Take your time to enjoy the healthy breakfast before the start of today's challenge. After overcoming the Hribarice pass (2358m) you will dive into a new world! A traverse over limestone pavement will take you to the Valley of the 7 Lakes, which has been recognized as ‘the epitome of a pristine and primeval environment’. The hike pass by Zeleno Jezero (Green Lake), whose name is derived from the high algae content painting the lake a gorgeous lush green. On the way to your next overnight spot - Koča pri Triglavskih Jezerih hut you will have the pleasure to admire the beauty of the Dolina Triglavskih Jezer (The Valley of the Triglav Lakes).
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Day 5. KOČA PRI TRIGLAVSKIH JEZERIH – KOMNA HUT (8km, 3,30hrs, +130m/-300m)
Today’s walk will be lighter and you have to start walking Western direction. You will then reach the Black Lake which is the lowest-lying lake from group of the Lakes. The origin of its name could be explained with its location in a basin in the middle of the forest, which stretches right to the edge of the Komarča rock face. Also it is the warmest of the Triglav Lakes. Finish your hike at Komna hut from where you can admire the great view of Bohinj Lake.
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Day 6. KOMNA HUT - RIBČEV LAZ / BOHINJ VALLEY (16km, 5-6hrs, +60m/-1050m)
A relaxing descend down to an old military road will lead you to Savica Waterfall known as one of the most picturesque nature sites in Slovenia. An alpine Karst spring flows to the top of the waterfall and then cascades 78 metres and ends its way in the the mighty Lake Bohinj. The trekking along the northern shore of Bohnij Lake will take you to Ribcev Laz village. Take a time to warm your blood with delicious home-made honey brandy and schnapps in the local bars. Summer months are ideal to go for a swimming in the crystal clear water of Bohinj Lake. If the weather does not permit, you can ascend Mt. Vogel with a cabin cable car. From the top (1532 m) you'll be able to enjoy a perfect panoramic view of Julian Alps and area you walked previous days.
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Day 7. RIBČEV LAZ - UPPER BOHINJ VALLEY – RIBČEV LAZ (13km, 5hrs, +480m/-480m)
Today you can choose between a relax at the shores of Lake Bohinj (why not explore it on kayak) and a tour towards the upper Bohinj Valley. The latter goes through idyll villages on to Rudnica hill, which dominates the valley and offers a farewell view of the lake and the mountains you hiked through in the past few days.
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Day 8. DEPARTURE DAY (RIBČEV LAZ)
We offer private transfers from Bohinj (Ribčev Laz) to Ljubljana City/Ljubljana Airport and Kranjska Gora (contact us for details).

TOUR LOCATION

Price
945 Euro per person (twin/dbl room in hotels; dorms in the mountain huts) (06/07-14/09)
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 340 Euro (only valid for the 4 nights in hotels!)
Solo traveler supplement: 520 Euro (incl. also sgl. room supplement in the 4x nights in hotels)
Tips
Daily arrivals between the beginning of July and mid-September. Nearest аirports: Ljubljana (50 km), Klagenfurt (65 km). Node train is available around the lake of Bled, which you could also explore on foot or by bike (payable locally). Luggage transport between hotels includes one piece per person, max 20 kgs /45 lb). Every additional piece is charged 60 EUR (payable locally). Luggage transfers available between hotel overnights only (not huts!): during high altitude walks, from day 3 to day 6, clients need to carry own clothing / personal items with them.
We offer options for private transfers from Ljubljana Airport/Ljubljana City And Klagenfurt Airport to Bled and from Bohinj to Ljubljana Airport/Ljubljana City or Kranjska Gora (contact us for details).
Some of the ascents and descents are steep and can be exposed so require a good head for heights and surefootedness in places. You should have a good level of walking fitness to get the most from this holiday.
Accommodation
3-4* hotels (en-suite rooms throughout) - 4 nights (days 1, 2, 6 and 7); mountain huts in dormitories (shared facilities; bed linen is not included: appr. 6 EUR/pp per hut) - 3 nights (days 3, 4 and 5); breakfast is included everywhere; Packed lunches you may order in most of the accommodations (better to that already on arrival as mornings are busy for the staff anyway and last minute requests will hardly be accommodated). Or you can have a normal lunch in the villages and mountain huts along the trail.
All of the huts should have showers available except for the Planika Hut which is quite remote. The presence (or lack of) of recent rainfalls may affect the showers in some of the huts. The facilities in the huts are basic and you should not expect 24/7 electricity in all of them or wifi access. Cash is the king is you wish to buy lunch/lunch packs, tea, bottled water or anything else in the huts, so please make sure you have enough cash with you for the 3 nights you spend in the mountain huts. From day 3 to day 6 clients need to carry own clothing / personal items with them.

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