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High Trails of the Julian Alps Self Guided Walking Holiday
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Highlights

  • Relaxing on the shores of serene Lake Bled beneath imposing Bled Castle and a backdrop of the Julian Alps.
  • Soaking up the views from the mountain ridges and passes.
  • Indulging in a glass of heart warming, home made, honey schnapps.
  • Awakening to the mountain glow of an alpine sunrise in the realm of soaring eagles.
  • The toe dipping charms of crystal clear Lake Bohinj in the heart of Triglav National Park.

Explore the heart of Slovenia’s Julian Alps as you follow the high trails staying in traditional mountain huts. From the serene shores of glacial Lake Bled the route takes you from hut to hut high into the Triglav National Park and on down to the pristine waters of Lake Bohinj. Pass medieval castles, churches and traditional mountain villages as you walk across rich mountain pasture and traverse mountain ridges and passes beneath the sky scraping peaks.

Your trip begins in the picturesque lake side town of Bled overlooked by the imposing medieval Bled Castle. A warm-up hike explores the surrounding verdant mountain pastures and dense fir forest up onto the Pokljuka high plateau, getting you ready for the following days exploring the Triglav National Park. Beneath the rugged summit of Mount Triglav, the highest Slovene peak at 2864m, you will get your first experience of staying in a traditional alpine hut. Continue toward Dolina Triglavskih Jezer, the Valley of the Triglav Lakes and Savica Waterfall, where the alpine karst spring water cascades 78m to feed mighty Lake Bohinj below.

A relaxing walk along the northern shores of Lake Bohinj brings you to the village of Ribecev Laz, where you can enjoy a taste of home-made honey brandy and borovnica blueberry schnapps. Take a dip in the crystal clear lake waters or perhaps a cable car ride up to the Vogel high plateau. Your tour ends back at the pretty Lake Bled, which you can explore further. Slovenia’s Julian Alps, located on the border with Austria, have always been a cross roads and this is reflected in the rich culture, architecture, music, history and food of this beguiling region.

DAY 1: Arrive in Bled

Bled is a uniquely picturesque town sitting on the shores of the glacial Lake Bled and overlooked by the imposing medieval Bled Castle perched atop a rocky ridge. Bled is easily accessible by public transport from Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, just 55km (1hr) away.



On arrival at your hotel you will have a welcome meeting in the evening (6pm) with our local representative. They will give you all the information you need including detailed route notes, maps and local information and answer any last minute questions you may have.


Overnight: Bled, 4 star hotel.


DAY 2: Walk to Pokljuka

A short morning transfer brings you to the starting point for today’s walk, across the heights of the Pokljuka plateau (1280m). This warm up hike leads you over verdant mountain pastures filled with alpine flowers and up through silent fir forests. Arriving at the traditional Lipanska Hut your afforded panoramic views over the plateau and Carniola Plain beyond with the summits of the Kamnik Alps rising into the clear blue skies. This is the perfect place to indulge in traditional Slovene stove cooked hiker’s lunch of local organic produce and herbal tea.

In the afternoon the route provides views far across the Karawanke and Bohinj mountain ranges bringing you to Pokljuka, home to famed winter biathalon competitions, and the perfect base for your night amidst the mountain landscape.


Walk: 11km, 620m ascent, 6hrs


Overnight: Pokljuka, 3 star hotel.


Note: Following your night in Pokljuka it is necessary to pack what you need to carry with you for the next 3 nights in the mountains. Your main bags will be taken on for your arrival in Lake Bohinj on Day 6.


DAY 3: Walk to Planika hut (Mount Triglav)

Following breakfast you are ready to tackle the next stage of the walk, deep into the heart of the Triglav National Park and the Julian Alps. The trail slowly ascends to Vodnikov Dom hut, an ideal place to stop for lunch and to admire the view across to Mount Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain at 2864m.



The final destination for today is the Planika hut, situated right beneath Mount Triglav on its southern slopes. If you can tear your self away from the alpine views which stretch all the way to the Karawanke and the Kamnik Alps on the horizon, you are free to explore the delights of the Planika hut, your accommodation for the night. Enjoy a sumptuous meal in the restaurant or a warming drink at the bar before settling down to sleep in the shadow of Triglav’s snow-capped summit.


Walk: 11km, 1100m ascent, 7hrs


Overnight: Planika hut, mountain hut (dormitory accommodation).


Note: For the well prepared, properly equipped and experienced the Planika hut makes an ideal starting point for an ascent of Mount Triglav. Additional nights would be necessary at the Planika hut to allow you to make the ascent and may be booked as an option.


DAY 4: Walk to Koča pri Triglavskih Jezerih hut

Awake for sunrise and you will be rewarded with the changing colours of the snow capped peaks. After a hearty breakfast you commence your walk across the Hribarice Pass (2358m). You are now in the realm of the sure footed chamois and fearless mountain goats that inhabit the sheer rocky slopes beneath patrolling golden eagles.



Breathe in the crisp, clear air as you walk beneath the surrounding peaks and take a break to admire the beauty of one of the Triglav National Park’s seven lakes, Zeleno Jezro, or Green Lake. The name derives from the high algae content which gives the lake an emerald hue. As you walk onward the view unfolds across the Dolina Triglavskih Jezer, the Valley of the Triglav Lakes.



Walk: 11km, 700m descent,  6hrs


Overnight: Koča pri Triglavskih Jezerih hut, mountain hut (dormitory accommodation).


DAY 5: Walk to Black Lake & Komna Hut

Walking west, you will reach Blakc Lake - the lowest lying lake in the Triglav Lakes Valley. It is named forits location in a basin in the middle of the forest, which stretches right to the edge of the Komarca rock face. It is the warmest of the Triglav lakes.  Your day on the trail ends at the traditional Komna hut, situated right on the Komna Plateau and offering superb views of Lake Bohinj. 


Walk: 8.5km, 340m ascent, 500m descent, 5-6 hrs


Overnight: Komna hut, mountain hut (dormitory accommodation).


DAY 6: Walk to Lake Bohinj

After breakfast a relaxing walk takes you down to the Savica waterfall, an alpine karst spring which cascades 78m into serene Lake Bohinj. This is the largest lake in Slovenia and the jewel in the heart of the Triglav National Park. Legend says that God gave the humble citizens of the lake the most beautiful part of Slovenia and the location surrounded by the Julian Alps is indeed sublime.


Take a walk along the northern shores to the small settlement of Ribčev Laz, sit back and relax with a glass of honey brandy or borovnica blueberry schnapps, coupled with a dish of wind cured karst prosciutto ham. 


Walk: 18km, 1200m ascent, 5-6hrs


Overnight: Lake Bohinj, 4 star hotel.


Note: You are reunited with your main bags on arrival at your Lake Bohinj accommodation.


DAY 7: Transfer to Bled (local walks)

Your day starts with a transfer to Lake Bled where you have much opportunity to undertake local walks. Especially recommended is the walk to the Vintgar Gorge carved 150m deep into the mountain strata by the turbulent Radovna River. Here you may negotiate the 1600m wooden walkway that leads you to the Sum Waterfall. Heading east from here, you may follow well marked trails in the direction of Bled, allowing you to visit the 15th century pilgrimage Church of St Catherine. From here it is approximately 4km back to Lake Bled.

For a more leisurely stroll you may wish walk around the shores of the lake. Traditional wooden barges called Pletna ply their trade to a small island that is the location of the Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church, itself sitting on the site of a temple of Ziva, the Slavic goddess of love and fertility.

Whatever your choice of walk there is no better way to finish your day than with a welcome vanilla and cream kremna rezina pastry while overlooking the lake.


Overnight:  Bled, 4 star hotel.


DAY 8: Onward Travel

Your adventure finishes after breakfast, though you may wish to add further nights to enjoy the many attractions that Bled has to offer.





Accommodation

We specifically select your accommodation to ensure that you enjoy
every minute of your stay in Slovenia. You will stay for 4 nights in
traditional hotels (3 & 4 star) and 3 nights in mountain huts. The
hotels offer comfortable rooms with en suite bathrooms while the
mountain huts offer accommodation in a dormitory setting with linen
included. All the properties provide a warm welcome to walkers,
traditional hospitality and delicious local food. 


Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to
accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.  Single rooms are not available in mountain huts.


Solo Walkers

This holiday is not available for solo walkers due to the remote alpine nature of the walk.


Additional Nights and Extensions

You can add additional nights at any point before, during of after the walk.


Transfers

Transfers to and from the airport need to booked in advance, but will be paid locally to the driver. You will find it as an option during the booking process.


Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate to strenuous and includes daily walks of between 10 and 18 km and ascents of up to 1200m following footpaths, tracks and mountain paths.


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. The itinerary would not be suitable for anyone under the age of 15.


Navigation

We supply you with turn by turn route notes and detailed maps so you will have no problem following the route each day. You will be walking in the high mountains and the ability to navigate with a map and compass in the event of bad weather is recommended.


Meals

A delicious breakfast is included each morning. Most accommodations are happy to provide a packed lunch - this should be requested on arrival. Or you can pick up lunch in the villages or mountain huts along the trail. If you choose the half board option dinner is included (only available at hotels) or alternatively you can eat at the hotel or a local restaurant each night.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. On days 3, 4, 5 and 6 when you walking to and from the mountain huts it is necessary to carry a day pack containing all your overnight requirements. After your main bags are collected in Pokljuka you are reunited with them when you arrive at your accommodation in  Lake Bohinj. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.


Time of Year

The best months for walking are in the summer months between June and September when the wild flowers are in still in bloom, the weather is fair and the higher alpine trails are clear of snow.


Single Rooms and Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.  Single rooms are not available in mountain huts. This walk is not available to solo walkers due to the remote Alpine nature of the walking.


Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate to strenuous and includes daily walks of between 10 and 18 km and ascents of up to 1100m following footpaths, tracks and mountain paths. Some of the ascents and descents are steep and can be exposed so require a good head for heights and sure footedness in places. You should have a good level of walking fitness to get the most from this holiday. The itinerary would not be suitable for anyone under the age of 15.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps 

We supply you with turn by turn route notes and detailed maps so you will have no problem following the route each day. You will be walking in the high mountains and the ability to navigate with a map and compass in the event of bad weather is recommended. 


Baggage Transfers

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. On days 3, 4, 5 and 6 when you are walking to and from the mountain huts it is necessary to carry a day pack containing all your overnight requirements. After your main bags are collected in Pokljuka you are reunited with them when you arrive at your accommodation in  Lake Bohinj. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person. 


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care. 


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and trousers), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack. 


Getting to / from Bled

By Air

Bled is located just 55km from Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. Many low cost airlines fly into Ljubljana Airport including Easyjet, Wizz Air, and Flybe.


From the airport: We would recommend booking our optional airport transfer service from Ljubljana Airport to Bled as this is the quickest option (~1hr). Alternatively take the airport bus to Ljubljana (45mins) and a connecting service to Bled (2 hours total). A good resource to check the schedules is the Slovenian Bus website.

Getting to / from Bled

By Air

Bled is located just 55km from Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. Many low cost airlines fly into Ljubljana Airport including Easyjet, Wizz Air, and Flybe.


From the airport: We would recommend booking our optional airport transfer service from Ljubljana Airport to Bled as this is the quickest option (~1hr).
Alternatively take the airport bus to Ljubljana (45mins) and a connecting service to Bled (2 hours total). A good resource to check the schedules is the Slovenian Bus website.

Included

  • Accommodation for 3 nights in comfortable 4* hotels (Bled - day 1 and day 7, Lake Bohinj - day 6).
  • Accommodation for 1 night in comfortable 3* hotel (Pokljuka - day 2).
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in traditional alpine huts in dormitory style rooms (Linen included).
  • 7 Breakfasts.
  • Door to door baggage transfer as per itinerary. (1 bag per person/max.20 kg). Necessary to carry a day pack containing all overnight requirements for days 3, 4 and 5.
  • Welcome meeting and briefing on evening of day 1 (6pm).
  • Detailed pictured route descriptions with maps and a pre-departure information pack.
  • 24-hour assistance by phone from our office/local representative in the event of a problem.
  • Transfers on days 2 and 7 as per itinerary.

Excluded

  • Flights and transfers to first/from last accommodation.
  • Travel to the start and form the end of the walk.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Personal equipment and expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program.
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.

Extras

  • Single room supplement if applicable.
  • Additional nights during the holiday.
  • Half board (4 dinners - only in hotels).
  • Airport transfers (from/to Ljubjlana airport). Minimum 2 persons.
  • Upgrade to 3* hotel on day 5.

How fit do I need to be?

This walk is graded moderate to strenuous and includes daily walks of between 10 and 18 km and ascents of up to 1100m following footpaths, tracks and mountain paths. Some of the ascents and descents are steep and can be exposed so require a good head for heights and sure footedness in places. You should have a good level of walking fitness to get the most from this holiday. The itinerary would not be suitable for anyone under the age of 15.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

The nearest aiport is Ljubljana just 55km away from Bled. Check out the travel details for more detailed information.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this holiday is extremely popular. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.

How do the baggage transfers work? 

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. On days 3, 4, 5 and 6 when you are walking to and from the mountain huts it is necessary to carry a day pack containing all your overnight requirements. After your main bags are collected in Pokljuka you are reunited with them when you arrive at your accommodation in  Lake Bohinj. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack, warm clothing in the early/late part of the year and hats etc during the summer. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.  

When is the best time of year?

The best months for walking are in the summer months between June and September when the wild flowers are in still in bloom, the weather is fair and the higher alpine trails are clear of snow.

What happens if I can't walk a stage? 

In some cases you can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop. In the more remote places, this wouldn't be as easy- you would contact us or our local partners for advice on the best way to proceed.

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Fantastic Holiday

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    Comments about macs adventure High Trails of the Julian Alps:

    Well organised trip and the driver from Helia was exceptional as the same driver did all the transfers. We had booked an additional night in Ljubljana and he went the extra mile in getting us as close as possible to our hotel which is in the pedestrianised old town. The walking on the trip is probably better suited for the more experienced as there is some scrambling and easy via ferrata(no need for harness) on the route. Although it states that you will be in dormitories in the mountain huts we arrived early at each hut and in the first shared a room with 3 others and at the other 2 huts we had a room to ourselves - lucky!

     
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    The Road to Triglav

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      Comments about macs adventure High Trails of the Julian Alps:

      We thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip. the route was well planned. The first day walk was virtually a circular route, so if someone had found it too testing it would have been possible to return them to a softer environment. From then on we headed for the hills, leaving the forests behind and finding ourselves on top of the world. Most importantly, the length of each days walk was right, and allowed us to add extra kms. if we wanted. The Slovenians are friendly and helpful folk

       
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      Stunning Scenery

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          Comments about macs adventure High Trails of the Julian Alps:

          Usually I find the grading for such holidays overestimate the degree of strenuousness or previous experience required. This time the reverse. Yes, it mentioned a good head for heights and surefootedness, steep ascents and descents with exposure but didn't let on there would be sections of via ferrata to negotiate. Also a fair degree of exposed scrambling, albeit at a low grade. The turn by turn route notes and maps were incorrect in places and were compounded by a little "lost in translation" now and again but most experienced walkers should be able to work it out. That said the holiday was great. Beautiful scenery with alpine flowers in abundance and high level mountain passes in remote areas. A real feeling of getting away from it all. I loved it.

           
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          Great mountain trek in Slovenia

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            A stretching but managable short trek with accommodation ranging from mountain huts to quality hotels. Superb and varied mountain scenery.

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