High Trails of the Julian Alps
- 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
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive at Lake 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.
The Hotel Park is located in the very centre of Bled by the shore of Lake Bled. The hotel usually appeals to guests looking for an active vacation, since the nearby surroundings offer countless options for physical activities in the heart of nature.
Situated on the shores of Lake Bled, this landmark property was once President Tito's summer residence. It features a luxury spa and all the en-suite bedrooms have cable TV and mini bar.
At 8am there will be a welcome meeting at your hotel with our local partner to brief you on the trip and provide you with an information pack. Following this a short transfer brings you to the starting point for today’s walk, across the heights of the Pokljuka Plateau (1,280m). 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 Range bringing you to Pokljuka, home to famed winter biathalon competitions, and the perfect base for your night amidst the mountain landscape.
Surrounded by forest, Hotel Center Pokljuka is situated in Rudno Polje. Featuring a gym, sauna and a restaurant serving local dishes, it offers free Wi-Fi and air-conditioned rooms with an LCD cable TV.
This hotel in Triglav National Park is surrounded by lush green countryside and forest. There is a spa area and a restaurant with terrace. All rooms have satellite television and many enjoy views over the forest.
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 2,864m.
The final destination for today is the Planika Hut, situated right beneath Mount Triglav on its southern slopes. If you can tear yourself 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.
Please note that this morning your main luggage will be collected from the Pokljuka accommodation and is safely stored at our local partners head office in Bled until you reach Bohinj at the end of the walk on day 6. You will not have access to it until then, so make sure you have everything you need in your backpack for the next few days. You will be walking over aline terrain so it is important to pack as sparingly as possible so you aren't weighted down. Be sure to bring plenty of layers though to be properly equipped for mountainousse climate.
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 (2,358m). 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.
Walking west, you will reach Black 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.
The hut is located on the east-viewing ridge of the Komna Plateau, which rises steeply above the end of the Bohinj Valley at Savica.
In the restaurant area there are 90 seats, a bar counter; there are 25 rooms with 90 beds; 30 communal beds, toilets, a washing room with cold water on all floors, central heating; electricity, telephone.
The hut is located beneath Bogatin, the mountain and pass which it is named after, and enjoys excellent views of the Lower Bohinj Mountains. The large building was built on the foundations of an old military hospital, and first opened in 1932. Rooms have central heating, and hot food is produced on site for guests and visitors.
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 village of Ribcev 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. In the summer months you can enjoy a refreshing swim in crystal clear water of the lake. Alternatively, you can catch the cable car up Mount Vogel. From top (1,532m) you'll be able to enjoy a perfect panoramic view of the Julian Alps and over the area you have walked on the previous days.
On arrival at your hotel you will be reunited with your main luggage.
Time to rest and enjoy time beside the lake. Alternatively if you are still raring to go then there is the possibility of an additional walk to the Upper Bohinj Valley. Through idyllic villages, you climb to Rudnica Hill, which dominates the valley and offers a farewell view of the lake and the mountains.
Your adventure finishes after breakfast, though you may wish to add further nights to enjoy the many attractions that Lake Bohinj has to offer or head back to Bled.
Other InformationIs it for me?
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!
Classic Routes | If you’re the active, outdoorsy type, who’s interested in taking on the great routes of the world or looking for a challenge, then our Classic Routes are for you. We’re talking the West Highland Way, Tour Du Mont Blanc and the Passau to Vienna Danube Cycle Path, to name but a few!
Hut to Hut Walking | Walk from hut to hut, changing accommodation each night
Off the Beaten Track, Alpine Walking
As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 16 Years
This walk is graded strenuous and includes daily walks of between 8 and 14 kms and ascents of up to 1,300m following footpaths, tracks and mountain paths. Due to the nature of the terrain in Slovenia, and the fact that paths are not as well looked after as in other alpine countries you may find that some paths can be blocked with overgrown tree roots etc. and care is required when negotiating the paths, paying close attention to your feet as the paths are very rugged.
Some of the ascents and descents are steep and are exposed so require a good head for heights and surefootedness. There is one section of Via Ferrata which is about 10 metres long and involves using a steel rope to navigate your way along a narrow ledge. You should have a good level of fitness and be an experienced alpine walker to get the most from this holiday. The itinerary would not be suitable for anyone under the age of 16 or anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of heights.
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.
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 holiday is not available for solo walkers due to the remote alpine nature of the walk.
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 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.
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 for 4 nights in comfortable 3 or 4* hotels
- Accommodation for 3 nights in traditional alpine huts in dormitory-style rooms with linen included
- Daily breakfasts
- Baggage transfers (one 20kgs bag per person) between each overnight location (please note it is necessary to carry a day pack containing all overnight requirements for days 3-6 at the mountain huts)
- Detailed information pack provided digitally through your online Macs “My Account”
- Access to Macs Adventure Smartphone App containing GPX route tracks, map, and notes
- 24/7 telephone support from our offices and local partner
- Transfer on day 2 as per itinerary
- Welcome meeting on the morning of day 2 (8am) with our local partner
- Secure storage of main luggage on days 3-6 whilst at the mountain huts
- Travel to Bled and from Lake Bohinj
- Travel insurance (required)
- Entrance fees and cable car (to be paid locally)
- Personal equipment
- Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
- Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
- Luggage transfers whilst staying in the mountain huts
- Extra night/s along the route
- Private airport transfers (minimum 2 persons)
- Hotel room upgrades in Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj
- Single room supplement (available for hotel nights only)
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.
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.
Bohinj has a railway station in Bohinjska Bistrica, 5 km from your hotel. It is on the Jesenice - Nova Gorica sideline, and only a few trains a day. From the village of Ribcev Laz there are buses to Ljubljana (2hrs) whereupon connecting buses serve Ljubljana Airport (45mins). A good resource to check timetables and fares is the Slovenian Travel Information website.
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.
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.
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.
8 Days 7 NightsExplore Slovenia’s Alps as you walk to Lake Bohinj at the heart of the Triglav National Park.Highlights
- Soaking up the views along the Via Alpina
- Walk past snow capped peaks of the Julian Alps
- Arrive at the blue waters of Lake Bohinj
8 Days 7 NightsComplete the classic Alpine crossing through the Bavarian, Austrian and Tyroler Alps.Highlights
- Challenging hiking and rewarding Alpine views
- Comfortable accommodation and bag transfer
- Refuel with homemade Apfelstrudel and cream
11 Days 10 NightsA 10 night trek along the iconic Italian ‘High Route 1’ through the best of the DolomitesHighlights
- Complete the classic hut to hut AV1 trail
- Experience the camaraderie of mountain huts
- Bask in glorious mountain views