The Julian Alps Hut-to-Hut Hike
9-day ultimate mountain adventure, on top of mountains, in deep forests, by crystal clear lakes
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Activity Level Moderate
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Julian Alps are a mountain range stretching from Eastern Italy to Slovenia. Specific limestone geography and a unique culture of mountaineering makes these magnificent mountains, valleys and plateaus a one-of-a-kind destinations for inexperienced as well as skilled hikers. Reflections on surfaces of crystal clear Alpine lakes on nearly 6,500 ft elevation, the peaceful nature of the Triglav National Park, freely grazing cattle, and dramatic views that will follow you every step will leave you in awe! Julian Alps are every mountain lover’s dream! Mountain huts are a common feature spread throughout the Julian Alps. Some are open all year long, others only in seasons of good weather. Caretakers are well known among hikers, they often live in the huts, offering you food, a shelter, hiking advice and encouragement to “make it to that peak”!
Day 1 – Arrival day, transfer from the Ljubljana Airport to Bled, in-take meeting
Day 2: Drive to Lake Bohinj, guided walk to Pokljuka Plateau. Overnight at a mountain hut.
Day 3: Guided hike across Pokljuka Plateau. Overnight at a mountain hut.
Day 4: Guided hike from a hut to Mt. Triglav summit, Dolič hut and Zasavska hut on Prehodavci. Overnight at a mountain hut.
Day 5: Guided hike to Triglav Lakes Valley. Overnight at a mountain hut
Day 6: Guided hike to Vratca saddle and Lake Krn. Overnight at a mountain hut.
Day 7: Guided hike from Lake Krn , descend to the Soča valley. Accommodation at a hotel in Bovec.
Day 8: Optional activity in the morning. In the afternoon transfer to Bled. Accommodation at a Bled hotel.
Day 9: Farewell, transfer from Bled to Ljubljana Airport and departure
- Airport pickup and drop-off (transfers can also be arranged from Ljubljana city)
- All private land transfers according to the itinerary
- 1x half-board accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Bled (twin/double room) – drinks not included
- 1x accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Bled (twin/double room)
- 1x half-board accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Bovec (twin/double room) – drinks not included
- 5x half-board accommodation at a mountain hut (4x private room, 1x shared room. * *Private rooms may not be available in Blejska hut, in which case we will organize shared rooms.) – drinks not included
- 1x farewell dinner in a local restaurant
- 6-day guided hike
- A highly qualified and licensed local English speaking mountain guide with over 10 years of experience
- Complete via-ferrata equipment set (helmet, harness, self-belaying device)
- 1/2 day rent-a-bike in Bled
- In-take meeting on day 1, logistical support, 24/7 emergency support
- Rafting on Soča (day 8)
- Canyoning in Fratarica (day 8)
- Upgrade to 4* hotel – price quoted on demand
- Travel to Slovenia
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
- Lunches, snacks, drinks not included in the itinerary
Welcome to Alpine paradise!
We will pick you up at Ljubljana Airport (or Ljubljana city) and take you to Bled. Bled’s image of a lake with a church on a small island in the middle of the lake is a well-recognized and admired snapshot of Slovenian Alps and one that will most likely end up in your photo library as well. You will settled in a hotel, only a 3-minute walk from the lake.
After in-take meeting with our representatives, where you will discuss the details of an upcoming adventure, you will have the rest of the day free to explore the surroundings of Bled. You can take traditional Pletna boat to to the island, visit Bled’s more than 1000 year-old castle or visit the beautiful Vintgar gorge. To make exploring easier, we will have bikes ready for you.
Leave the valley
In the morning a private transfer to Lake Bohinj will be waiting for you. After a short stop to enjoy the serenity of this glacial lake you will already be on a trail from Stara Fužina village (1,899 ft) through the forest alongside peaceful Mostnica river gorges. The 20-meter deep gorges with crystal clear emerald water are truly nature’s masterpiece creation. After approximately 3-hour hike you will reach the beautiful Pokljuka Plateau (4,400 ft elevation m) from where an easy path to Blejska hut on Lipanca (5,300 ftm) is slowly ascending through mystic forests of the plateau (approximately 2 hours).
Hike: approx. 3 hours + 2 hours
Elevation: Lake Bohinj to Pokljuka Plateau 2,600 ft, Pokljuka Plateau to Blejska mountain hut 940 ft
The path from the hut continues to slightly ascend across the scenic pastures where herds of sheep and cows are leisurely grazing all summer-long. Soon after reaching the Alpine tree line, you will arrive to Vodnik hut, where you will enjoy the marvellous views of Mt. Triglav. The hike continues and just a short while after leaving the hut, you will come to the beginning of a steel cliff path with steel cable and stemples. The path is moderately ascending and it will eventually bring you to the rocky world, high above the tree line. The mountain hut Planika sits on the high plateau Ledine, from where you can take in views of the Slovenia’s highest mountains on one side and the hills and valleys on the other.
Hike: approx. 4 + 2 hours. Elevation: Blejska hut to Vodnik hut 600 ft, Vodnik hut to Planika hut 1,900 ft.
Mt. Triglav - the highest peak
Rising early and continuing on our way to Mt. Triglav. The route from Planika mountain hut to the Mt. Triglav summit is considered to be the easiest ascent among all, but nonetheless some steep inclines and cliff paths, with steel hawser and rungs , known as ”via ferrata”, are on the way to the summit. The path leads first to the peak of Little Triglav (Mali Triglav), which is an independent peak and is with its 8,900 ft the third highest peak in Slovenia. Afterwards, the path first descends before it begins its last leg up across a steep ridge all the way to the summit of Slovenia’s highest mountain. After enjoying the marvellous views from the summit, a descent will begin on the via ferrata route and later traversed to a rocky mountain path until you reach the mountain hut where you will spend the night. On your way down ,you might be lucky enough to see Alpine ibex and chamois, the Kings of the mountains. Hike: approx. 2 + 4 hours. Elevation: Planika hut to Mt. Triglav summit 1,500 ft,, Mt. Triglav summit to Zasavska hut on Prehodavci: -2,600 ft.
The morning hike will take us on a slow descend to the Triglav Lakes Valley. Throughout the next three hours, you will be meandering through a picturesque alpine karst, from the Lake under Vršac (Jezero pod Vršacem, 6,500 ft), which is covered with snow for the most of the year, to the Black Lake (Črno jezero, 4,300 ft), in the middle of the spruce forest which gives the lake its dark color. You will pass by 5 others lakes, all with distinctive colors and shapes, from the Green Lake, (Zeleno jezero, 6,522 ft), which got its name from green algae, to the aquamarine Double Lake (Dvojno Jezero, 5,500 ft), which are the fifth and the sixth lake, connected at times of high water after the snow melts. As much as you will feel a desire to jump in these beautiful Alpine lakes, please remember, swimming is strictly forbidden! The path from the Black lake leads mainly through a forest passing by the slopes of Komarča and offers fantastic views on Lake Bohinj. The path continues through the beautiful plateau Razor and finally brings you to the mountain hut on the scenic Komna plateau. Hike: approx. 3 hours (Triglav Lakes valley) + 2 hours (Black Lake to Komna). Elevation: Zasavska hut on Prehodavci to Black lake -2,500 ft , Black Lake to Komna 700 ft.
After one last view of the beautiful Bohinj Lake lying right underneath your feet, it’s time to head west. The scenic path has only one ascend to Bogatin saddle where you will see former Italian military barrack ruins, built in 1930s. From the saddle the path is descending all the way until it brings you to Lake Krn mountain hut. Hike: approx. 4 hours. Elevation: Komna to Bogatin saddle 970 ft, Bogatin saddle to Lake Krn mountain hut -1,500 ft.
A 30-minute walk from the mountain hut and you will be standing by the shore of Krn lake – the largest Alpine lake in Triglav National Park. It is a quarter mile long and 56 ft deep and the reflections on the lake are astonishing! Continuing on a 2 hour downhill hike, you will arrive to Lepena village, from where you will continue walking for about 2 more hours alongside the Soča river. The magic and serenity of this place will not be lost on you. Hike: approx. 3 hours. Elevation: Krn Lake hut to Lepena Valley: -2,200 ft.
You can spend the morning exploring the area on your own or go with us on a water adventure, where you will experience the nature of the Soča valley on a whole different level: either rafting on Soča river – feel the power and rage of river’s rapids and enjoy the nature’s masterpiece or canyoning in Fratarica – deep in the forest, in the middle of the wild and unspoiled nature, is hiding Slovenia’s most beautiful and exciting canyon. Sliding down the rocks, cliff jumping and rappelling on a 50-meter waterfall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! On our return to Bled early in the afternoon, driving through the Trenta valley alongside Soča, we will pass by the 350-foot waterfall Boka and make our way up to the top of the Vršič mountain pass, which is with its 5,300 ft the highest mountain pass in the country. We will make a quick stop for a short walk to take in a view of the Heathen Maiden (Ajdovska deklica), a rock formation on a side of Mt. Prisank resembling a female face, which gave inspiration to numerous local legends.
One last treat before we say goodbye: join us for a slice of Bled’s famous patisserie cream Cake (Kremšnita) and enjoy it with coffee or tea while taking in views of the peaceful lake and its surroundings. Whenever you will be ready to leave, a private transfer will take you to Ljubljana airport, train station or Ljubljana city.
All hotels in your itinerary are 3-star (with half-board in Bled and breakfast in Bovec). Your stay in mountains huts are all half-board in private rooms. Private rooms may not be available in Blejska hut (day 2), in which case we will organize shared rooms.
With exception of the Komna mountain hut (day 5), all other mountain huts do not provide showers. We suggest you bring wipes to freshen up. A shower in Komna is payable.
- Shoes – hiking boots with ankle support
- Socks – warm, coolmax
- Jacket – warm, wind & waterproof, softshell
- Long, comfortable pants
- Thermal underwear – good evaporation and warm
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, any other sun protection
- Water bottle (preferably reusable) not bigger than 50oz.
- First aid (a small basic kit with items such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, gauze, antibacterial ointment, sterile pads)
- Food – snacks, granola bars, chocolate (optional, can be bought at all mountain huts)
- Backpack – lightweight, strong and durable material, adjustable straps (size: cca 60-70l)
- Hiking poles (optional)
- Suggested spending money: food and beverage prices at the mountain huts are slightly higher than average: short coffee $3, large bottle of water $6, beer $6, a plate of home-made Slovenian stew $8-$10, goulash $8, soup $4, sandwich $6. No credit card payments are accepted in any of the huts, cash only!
- The Julian Alps Hut-to-Hut Hike is considered a challenging activity with a demanding climb to Mt. Triglav. Although certain parts of a trail may seem easy due to low incline, they do demand high level of endurance and can be challenging for those, who are not used of longer treks. The 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 a good physical condition or are afraid of heights. The climb is also not recommended for children younger than 15 years and pregnant women.
- All customers are required to notify us before booking the tour of any medical conditions, as well as dietary restrictions. All medications can and should be brought to all activities in the program. If you suffer from any medical conditions, we strongly suggest that you consult your physician before booking a tour to receive an expert medical advice. We are more than happy to discuss and recommend the most suitable adventure for you based on your conditions, but cannot ultimately be responsible for your health.
Never underestimate extreme and unpredictable mountain weather. Come prepared for any weather conditions. Even on 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. On 8,200 ft above sea level the temperatures in Julian Alps never rise above 50°F. The average temperature in July and August is 43°F, but in June and September it can drop to 37°F. Wind-chill factor can bring numbers even lower. From late June to early September there is no snow predicted on the mountains. Average temperatures at the Kredarica mountain hut (8,200 ft) are 38°F in late spring, 42°F in summer and 35°F in early fall.
- Hiking boots are an essential part of the equipment! Boots must be appropriate for rocky terrain, light, preferably waterproof. It is important that the shoes are comfortable, to ease the long distance you will hike.
- Do not bring too much water – 30oz/person is enough. The path passes by many mountain huts where you can get a refill and you will be able to enjoy fresh mountain spring water found a couple of times along a way. Which is a special treat on its own.
- There is no need to bring food, as all food can be purchased in mountain huts you will pass by. We do however suggest you bring some small snacks. Our favorites: a chocolate bar (chocolate is a great energy booster!), granola bars, an apple, a banana, raisins.
- With exception of the Komna mountain hut, all other mountain huts do not provide showers. We suggest you bring wipes to freshen up. A shower in Komna is payable: 3 EUR = 3 minutes of warm shower.
We compiled a list of further thoughts and recommendations on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Slovenians hold nature very close to their hearts and are as a nation devoted to protecting its beauty and health. You’ll see evidence of this each day as you encounter locals in the forest and on the trails, and can find this spirit in the traditional songs and poetry. We kindly remind all of our guests who climb the peaks, hike the Alpine meadows, or take a dip in the crystal clear rivers and Adriatic sea, to understand and respect these values. In saying, please do your part to “go local” and join in this commitment to respect the mountains and valleys by packing out what you pack in, being mindful of your impact on the local environment, be mindful of volume, do not pick the protected flowers along a hiking path, and maintain a distance from the wild animals you’ll encounter on the way. Above all, enjoy the pristine nature that is all around you!