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High Trails of the Julian Alps

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  • Relaxing on the shores of serene Lake Bled beneath Bled Castle
  • 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
  • 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.
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What To Expect

Relax in comfortable lake shore hotel accommodations and explore the rugged mountainous environment of the Julian Alps staying in traditional mountain huts nestled beneath the peaks. Traverse mountain passes and experience wonderful alpine walking through meadows, beside lakes and through narrow gorges. Carefully chosen traditional accommodation with local cuisine make this a walk not to be missed!

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Hut to Hut Walking | A point to point walking trip, staying in a new location each night, usually with remote mountain huts or refuges included

This trip is suitable for:

Groups > 10, Avid Adventurers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • National Parks & Trails

Inspiration:

  • Classic

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 are exposed so require a good head for heights and sure footedness. There is one section of Via Ferrata which is about 10 meters long and involves using a steel rope to navigate your way along a narrow ledge. This region does get a lot of snowfall over the winter period and there may still be some snow left early in the walk season. You should have a good level of walking fitness to get the most from this holiday. This itinerary is not suitable for children under 16 years old. 

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. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS so you will have no problems finding the way. You can simply download the GPX tracks to your phone for offline use and off you go!

Accommodation Information

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 of the huts should have showers available apart from the Planika Hut which is very remote. Please Occasionally if there is a lack of rain, there may not be showers available at all of the huts. Please note that facilities in the huts are quite basic and you should not expect electricity in all of them or wifi access. Some of the huts also only accept cash to buy lunches (which are very basic) and bottled water so please make sure you have enough cash on you for the nights you are in the huts. 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.

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 each night.

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.

Included
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in comfortable 3 or 4* hotels (Bled - day 1 and day 7, Pokljuka - day 2 and Lake Bohinj - day 6).
  • 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.
  • Access to our App
  • 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
  • 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.

When To Go

The best months for walking are in the summer months between July and September when the wild flowers are in still in bloom, the weather is usually fair and the higher alpine trails are mostly clear of snow. It should be noted however that the weather in the mountains is changeable and therefore you should be well prepared for all weather conditions including the occasional thunderstorm. There can also occasionally still be some snow in the early season. We do provide a detailed equipment list for the tour so that you are prepared.

Getting to the Start

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: You can take a taxi straight from the airport to Bled which is the cheapest option. If you prefer to have something pre-arranged, it is possible to book our optional airport transfer service from Ljubljana Airport to Bled (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 from the End

Your tour finishes in Bled. From here, take a taxi or bus back to Ljubljana as described above. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Bled Day 2 Walk to Pokljuka 9 miles / 14 km Day 3 Walk to Planika hut (Mount Triglav) 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 4 Walk to Koca pri Triglavskih Jezerih Hut 8 miles / 12 km Day 5 Walk to Black Lake & Komna Hut 5 miles / 8 km Day 6 Walk to Lake Bohinj 9.5 miles / 15 km Day 7 Transfer to Bled (local walks) 4 miles / 6.5 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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