Across the Julian Alps to Triglav
By: James Wood, Carlisle, Cumbria
I filled in your questionnaire, and there are other items I forgot to include, which I'd like to mention.
The paths were all in good condition, and well waymarked and signposted. Obviously with guides we didn't need waymarking and signposting, but it's an indication of how well things were kept. In several places wire-rope protection has been provided, always in good condition (in other places in past years I've sometimes noticed that the metal pegs holding the wire have come loose in the rock to which they are attached - we never encountered this, so I guess it's someone's job to monitor all the protection).
We met very few people. I don't want to exaggerate but there must have been a couple of days when we saw more cattle or goats then people. Certainly, compared with walking in the Alps or the Dolomites, the Julian Alps were very quiet. Maybe later on it would get busier, I don't know.
The hotel at Bled looked after us very well. We were well fed and the manager was always helpful. I stayed an extra night, as you know because you booked it for me. My departure on the Sunday was by train from Bled Jezero station, on the far side of the lake. I asked if there was a bus to go there, and he offered to take me there in the hotel car, which was kind of him and very helpful for me, and there was no charge (I did ask).
If there's someone who was thinking of walking in Europe but is daunted by the thought of the Alps of the Dolomites, they should try the Julian Alps. There are no difficulties. Even the Triglav ascent was not hard. You needed to take care, but there was no objective difficulty, and of course we were clipped on to the via ferrata wire.
Best Wishes, Jim Wood, Aug 8
By: Catherine Hammond, Colorado Springs, USA
I cannot say enough good things about Ales and Bugy. They took their jobs so seriously on the trail, watching out for everyone, with an incredible ability to pay attention to what was going on with each group member. They also took the time to train us on the trail about foot placement, breathing, everything to make us more successful. They were friendly, fun, and amazingly patient with any who lagged behind. They were also willing to help each of us in an individualized way. When a group member fell and cut open his head, they acted professionally in taking care of that member and the rest of the group on the tricky descent in the rain. THE BEST GUIDES YOU COULD HAVE!!!
By: Hazel Parker, Wiltshire
The standard of food was excellent. I enjoy point to point trekking, and the itinerary and pace suited me perfectly. The scenery in the high mountains was amazing! We were particularly lucky in the designated guides, and in a group of people who got on extremely well with each other. Overall a tremendous holiday that I would highly recommend.
By: Rick Flatt, Dorset
Trip booked with little notice, very helpful staff made it easy. I didn't really know what to expect but the country was cleaner than expected and it was a great trip. I enjoyed The clean tidy environment the friendly locals and the overall experience.