Self-guided: HUT-TO-HUT hiking tour in the Julian Alps
Experience high alpine scenery of Triglav National Park and hike along beautiful trails without any technical difficulties or exposed sections.
from 3 to 8 days
Keep in mind
Welcome to the Julian Alps and its immense network of beautiful hiking trails! Some are more popular, others less. Some are marked, some are not. Some are steeper, others are gentler. We are here to listen to your wishes and design your perfect, fun and safe hut-to-hut experience in the Julian Alps.
The Julian Alps and Triglav National Park are situated in north-western corner of Slovenia. In a "square" between Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, the Soca valley and the town of Kranjska Gora. On the north side the valleys are steep, the ascents are long and it is impossible to avoid some exposed sections secured with steel cables, stemples and pegs. If you like climbing and exposure, check our suggestions for best via-ferratas across the Julian Alps. If you prefer gentler ascents, comfortable trails and a safe multi-day hut-to-hut hike, you are on the right page.
Your hike will most probably start or finish somewhere close to the stunning Lake Bohinj. The lake is situated within Triglav National Park and the surrounding mountains offer endless options for comfortable hiking adventures. You will start hiking through beautiful beech, spruce & larch forests, reach hidden mountain meadows where you can visit shepherds and try their fresh dairy products, later you hike above the tree line and enter the rough & rocky terrain of the highest Slovenian peaks. One of the must-do's is the valley of 7 Triglav Lakes from where you can return back to Lake Bohinj or continue all the way to the Soca valley.
Here are some suggestions:
A minimum of 3 days (2 nights) of hut-to-hut hiking is neccesary to do a nice loop hike and enjoy some of the best trails in the Julian Alps. A 3-day hike can be incorporated very nicely into a great weekly itinerary including a day in Ljubljana, Bled and some free time at Lake Bohinj. If you have more time, we can prolongue the hiking part and also add the Soca valley. But to be honest: after 5-6 nights of sleeping and eating in mountain huts, you will dream of a hotel bed, private bathroom, a proper steak or fresh salad. :)
Which brings us to another question: what are the mountain huts in Slovenian Alps like? They are quite basic, but offer everything a hiker needs: food, drinks, shelter and beds. Some huts have private rooms (2-6 beds), others only have dormitory accommodation (up to 30 beds per room, usually bunk beds). Some mountain huts have normal flush toilets and even hot showers, others don't have running water and you'll have to get used to a pit toilet. Toilets and bathrooms are always shared. The mountain huts are warm and they offer blankets. You don’t need a sleeping bag, but a thin cotton or silk sleeping liner (bed sheet) is advisable. How about food? Don't expect any culinary delicacies and get ready for simple mountain food: different stews, cabbage, sausages, pasta, pan cakes, apple pie,...). Maybe we are scaring you too much. But we would rather have you prepared and maybe you'll be pleasantly surprised. :) They also sell chocolate, sandwiches, beer, wine, schnaps. Yaaay! Warning: mountain huts are open from late June to late September.
How about orientation? Are the trails easy to follow?
Some trails are very easy to follow and are very nicely marked. Other less so. In any case we provide detailed descriptions, maps and even gps device where we mark your hiking route. With basic orientation knowledge it is difficult to get lost.
Keep in mind: during the whole hut-to-hut hike you won't cross any roads or pass any villages. Most of the mountain huts are accessible only by helicopter. Luggage transfer is not possible. Water sources are scarce, but you can buy/refill water in the mountain huts.
Are you ready for this hiking adventure? Tell us your wishes and we will prepare a 100% customized trip!
Like the idea, but would prefer to go guided? Let us know!
Self-guided: HUT-TO-HUT hiking tour
Anytime between late June and late September
from 3 to 8 days
Luggage transfer during the hike?
Depends on the length, number of people etc.
Fitness level: medium to difficult
Why hike in Slovenia with Slotrips?
Because we do what we love!
Review by John and Sarah from USA, visited us in August 2016
We had an excellent experience with SLOTRIPS for our self-guided tour in Slovenia. Miha was really accommodating from the beginning in trying to set up a self-guided tour for us with our two 9 year old children. We wanted to see Slovenia and also wanted some adventure along the way. The trip started with some hut hiking in Triglov National Park and then made our way down to Piran with adventures in the Soca River along the way. We met with Miha in the beginning of our trip and everything he had for us was well planned and organized. Along the trip we were able to easily contact him if there were any problems or if wanted some advice along the way. Thanks Miha and SLOTRIPS for a great adventure in Slovenia! We hope to come back someday!