Self-guided: Best VIA-FERRATAs across the Julian Alps
Tackle the highest peaks of the Julian Alps and climb the most spectacular via-ferratas in Slovenia.
from 5 to 8 days
Keep in mind
This hiking adventure is for everybody who is very fit, has some hiking experience & doesn't mind exposure. This is not just hiking, it is mountaineering. You will cross the Julian Alps, climb some of the highest Slovenian peaks, overcome long and challenging ascents, tackle some steep or even vertical sections and of course carry all your hiking equipment while you do it. Good fitness level and no fear of hights are absolutely neccessary to fully enjoy this tour. It might sound very dangerous or too difficult, but it is a true delight for an experienced hiker.
What is a via-ferrata? It actually means "iron route" in Italian and stands for a protected climbing route. The routes to most of the highest Slovenian peaks will include some of that. It might be just a few steel bars and pegs in some cases, but can include longer vertical sections, where via-ferrata safety kit is essential. Don't expect to be climbing all the time. Most of the time you are actually hiking and passing through the same or similar terrain as in our easier non-climbing hut-to-hut hiking tour. However the trails/routes on the via-ferrata tour also cross very steep terrain, rocky faces or longer north walls where you will have to use your hands and the safety equipment.
We recommend crossing the Julian Alps
Both options will take you to the summit of Mt. Triglav - the highest Slovenian peak and the symbol of Slovenia. By climbing it you will become a true Slovene and have the honor to get spanked on your behind at 2864 m above sea level. This is the baptism procedure for the ones who climb Triglav for the first time. :)
Both options can be done in "light" or "demanding" version. If you decide for the "light" version we will choose the easiest trails with less elevation gain and least possible climbing sections. The "demanding" options include the most difficult routes and eventual side trips to less visited summits. Expect to do 1000-1500 meters of elevation gain and hike 5-9 hours per day.
As usual on our self-guided tours, we will meet you in Ljubljana or Bled upon your arrival to go through trip details, give you the via-ferrata saftey gear, navigation equipment etc. From here on you are on your own! Even though we will be informing you about weather conditions, you are the one who is responsible and makes the decisions whether the situation on site is safe, should you proceed, climb the peak or rather stay in the mountain hut. This tour requires hiking/mountaineering experience and needs to be taken with extreme precaution.
Are you up for this mountain experience? Tell us your wishes and we will prepare a 100% customized trip!
Self-guided: Best VIA FERRATAs across the Julian Alps
Anytime between July and September
from 5 to 9 days
Luggage transfer during the tour?
Depends on the length, number of people etc.
Fitness level: difficult
Why hike in Slovenia with Slotrips?
Because we do what we love!
Review by Philip and Jakob from Denmark, visited in July 2015
In the summer of 2015 we asked Miha to help us manoeuvre the Slovenian Alps with minimal exposure to civilisation, and we could not have been happier with the choice. Miha solved all logistical concerns from maps with alternative routes to safety equipment (we were skeptical at first, but learned to appreciate it!) to daily phone calls on the weather forecast. One tip: As we found Slotrips on Google we continually stressed that we were in very good shape because we feared the route would be too easy. We got what we asked for! It turns out very good shape for an avid mountaineer is indeed very good shape - but ultimately it lead to a highly rewarding experience in magnificent surroundings. We give the highest of recommendations to use Slotrips to plan any trip.