Across the Julian Alps to Triglav

Superb alpine trekking holiday in the Julian Alps of Slovenia




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Holiday Overview


  • Climb to the summit of Slovenia`s highest mountain - Triglav 2864m
  • Perfect introduction to easy Via Ferrata and alpine scrambling
  • Post-trek chill-out time based in picturesque Lake Bled
  • Off the beaten track ridge walking above breathtaking Lake Bohinj

If you are looking for a superb week of hut-to-hut alpine trekking, this spectacular journey across the Julian Alps of Slovenia to the summit of Mt Triglav, is impossible to beat!  Straddling northern Italy and Slovenia, the limestone massif of the Julian Alps offers some of the more impressive mountain scenery in Europe.  Designed perfectly for breathtaking mountain walking, the Julian Alps are at their wildest and most impressive in the Triglav National Park.  This stunning reserve of Triglav extends across a mountainous region of alpine pasture, pine forest, clear streams and rocky lakes, with traditional mountain huts crossed by several superb waymarked trekking routes.  These mountains are spectacularly rugged and offer simply brilliant high-level alpine style walking.  From the lakeside town of Bled, we transfer to the start of our walking near to the glacier lake of Bohinj (Bohinjsko Jezero) and from here make an ascent of Crna Prst (1844m.), which offers an awe-inspiring vista.  Maintaining our height, we spend the next 3 days trekking on a wonderful ridge, traversing 2000 metre peaks, high above lush alpine valleys before crossing the magnificent Skrbina Pass (1891m).  A gentler but memorable walking day in the ‘Valley of the Seven Lakes,' leads to the foot of the highest mountain in Slovenia, the spectacular triple-summitted Triglav (2864m).  The climb to the top is outstanding - excitingly airy along a jaw-dropping trail, some brilliant scrambling and sections of fixed cable, whilst the summit view is described by Baedeker as "... one of the most sublime among the Alps."  We can look forward to an extensive panorama across the Julian Alps, the Karavanke Mountains, the Kamnik Alps and into neighbouring Austria.  To top off this brilliant trekking holiday in Slovenia, we spend our final night in the beautiful alpine town of Lake Bled!  

Is this holiday for you?

This is real mountain trekking journey with significant amounts of ascent and descent on most days. The trails are predominantly good but there are sections of rocky ridgewalking. We will be walking for between 5 and 8 hours each day. There is some exposure at times and especially on the final 2-hour ascent from the Kedarica Hut to the summit of Triglav, where there are sections of route which are equipped with fixed cable. This trekking holiday is suitable for regular hillwalkers, looking for an excellent week's mountain walking in a largely undiscovered part of the world. For 5 nights we will stay in mountain huts which are mostly inaccessible by vehicle and this means that group members will carry all of their personal equipment throughout the trip. Considering that all bedding is provided in the huts this need not mean carrying a large or heavy backpack. However, the fact that this holiday is not vehicle supported does have a big influence on the overall grading.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Lake Bled. A single timed transfer from Ljubljana Airport is provided.
  • Spectacular trekking via Crn Prst to the Zorko Jelincic Hut (1835m).
  • Dramatic ridge-walking via Rodica and Vogel to the Razor Planina Hut (1300m).
  • Trek to the Dom na Komni Hut over the Skrbina Pass (1981m).
  • Trek into the Valley of the Triglav Lakes to the Prehodavci Hut (2071m).
  • A day of rugged trekking via the Dolic Saddle (2164m) to the Kredarica Hut (2615m)
  • Ascend to the summit of Mount Triglav (2864m) and return to Lake Bled.
  • Departure day. A single timed transfer to Ljubljana Airport is provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Ljubljana. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' section in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Ljubljana. These include Easyjet who have flights from London Stansted, Wizz Air from London Luton and Adria Airways who have flights from London, Manchester, Edinburgh & East Midlands. Other airports may be available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Lake Bled. A single timed transfer from Ljubljana Airport is provided.

    We rendezvous at the group hotel in Bled which is 40 km (approximately 45 minutes drive) from Ljubljana Airport. KE Land Only package services begin with a single, timed group transfer. The alpine town of Bled is
    located on the shores of Lake Bled at the foot of the Julian Alps. The image of the lake with its church on an island at its centre is a worldwide icon. KE Land Only package services begin with dinner and overnight at the hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals d

  • Spectacular trekking via Crn Prst to the Zorko Jelincic Hut (1835m).

    After breakfast, we have a short transfer to the Mencingarjev Hut which is situated on the outskirts of Bohinjska Bistrica in the Lower Bohinj Valley. Setting off on foot, we follow the lovely Sava Bohinjka River upstream, as it snakes its way through the valley. We ascend gradually through open pastureland which provides an easy start to the trek. The trail is well marked and soft underfoot. As the path starts to get steeper, the scenery becomes more dramatic. Passing Crna Gora (The Black Hill) we can look ahead and see the course of the upper Sava River as it descends from its source, Lake Bohinj. Soft ground gives way to a rugged trail as we continue ascending, passing the day’s high point at Crna Prst (1844m) and continuing to the Zorko Jelincic Hut (1835m) where we spend the
    night. Note that at this hut, water has to be lifted by cable from the valley and therefore washing facilities are limited.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Meals bd

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Dramatic ridge-walking via Rodica and Vogel to the Razor Planina Hut (1300m).

    As we set out in the morning, we can enjoy a stunning panorama which includes a bird’s eye view of the largest glacial lake in Slovenia Lake Bohinj. We have now climbed high into the Bohinj Mountains and today’s
    high-level ridge walk provides a feeling of closeness to nature. Up here, the trails are relatively little-used and there is a sense of peace and tranquillity, as well as breathtaking scenery. This is a long day’s walk and
    the ridge is at times very narrow and quite exposed, requiring concentration and some scrambling. Approaching Rodica (1966m), we are on the border separating two counties, the mountainous region of
    Gorenjska and the fertile coastal region of Primorska. We can see perfectly the contrasting areas - limestone mountains to the right and lush green valleys to the left, disappearing into the distance and with the coast
    beyond. We continue, passing the top of Mount Vogel (1922m), to finally reach the Razor Planina Hut (1300m).

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Meals bd

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the Dom na Komni Hut over the Skrbina Pass (1981m).

    Leaving the Razor Planina Hut, we head further into the Triglav National Park. Travelling through a rugged limestone landscape, we follow forest trails up to the tree line and then continue climbing to our high point, at
    the Skrbina pass (1891m), which means literally ‘the pass with the tooth’. The path up to the ridge is generally good but is composed of loose scree as we near the top of the pass. On the decent we trek through pretty alpine pastures to reach our overnight stop at the Dom na Komni Hut where we have an uninterrupted view of Lake Bohinj.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Meals bd

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek into the Valley of the Triglav Lakes to the Prehodavci Hut (2071m).

    After admiring the view of the lake in the early morning, we set off walking into a hidden valley. Mountain trails take us towards the valley of the lakes. These unusual mountain lakes each have their own colour and are
    strung like jewels between the peaks. Walking along the valley we pass lakes with enchanting names such as Ice, Green and Yellow. This barren and starkly beautiful landscape is a world away from the green slopes of
    the lower valleys. We overnight at the Prehodavci Hut (2071m) which occupies a wonderful setting in the Valley of the Triglav Lakes.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Meals bd

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • A day of rugged trekking via the Dolic Saddle (2164m) to the Kredarica Hut (2615m)

    The morning view down into Trenta Valley is worth the early start. Steep limestone peaks surround us but nothing can prepare us for the view of Mount Triglav (2864m) with its bare rock slopes and sharp-edged ridges. The path becomes progressively more rugged as we pass the plateau of Hribarice (2306m) and the saddle at Dolic (2164m), en route to our overnight halt at the Kredarica Hut (2615m). This mountain refuge has a
    particularly rugged setting. If there is time and depending on the weather forecast we may take the opportunity to summit Triglav today after a short break at the hut. The guides will decide whether or not we attempt the
    climb today. Otherwise, we can relax and enjoy this fantastic location.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Meals bd

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Ascend to the summit of Mount Triglav (2864m) and return to Lake Bled.

    If we have not climbed Triglav the previous day we will have an early start for the ascent to the summit of the highest peak in Slovenia. We will be able to leave our daypacks at the hut and travel light on the ascent. The
    ridge which we follow is long and exposed, but is well protected by cables and the scrambling is very enjoyable in such a setting. Absorbed by the fun of the climb, the two hours it takes to reach the summit seems to pass
    quickly. The views from the top are simply stunning and include the serrated peaks of the Julian Alps and the valleys of Kot, Krma, Vrata and Trenta far below. We can also clearly see a host of peaks in the neighbouring countries of Austria and Italy. Returning to the hut, we pick up our bags for the pleasant walk out via the hut at Vodnikov and the dense forest of Pokljuka to the road at Rudno Polje (1340m) where we rendezvous with our transport for the 20 kilometre drive back to Bled and our hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bd

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Departure day. A single timed transfer to Ljubljana Airport is provided.

    KE Land Only package services end with breakfast at the hotel. The morning is free to relax and enjoy this beautiful lakeside town. After lunch a single group transfer to the airport at Ljubljana is provided.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • A professional English speaking Slovenian mountain guide
  • Single timed group airport transfers on day 1 and day 8
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Vehicle transfers on Day 2 and on Day 7
  • A via ferrata safety harness and a climbing helmet are also provided locally

  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers (other than the single group transfers on day 1 and day 8 of the trip itinerary)
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A single group transfer from Ljubljana Airport to Bled is provided on day 1 of the itinerary. This transfer is coordinated with the arrival of the Easyjet flight from Stansted, London but anyone may use it. The transfer will normally depart Ljubljana Airport at approximately 16.30. At the end of the trip (on day 8) there will be a single group transfer from the group's hotel in Bled to Ljubljana Airport. This transfer will normally arrive at Ljubljana Airport by 14.00. If your flight schedules mean that you are unable to take advantage of these group transfers, you will need to make independent arrangements to join the group at the hotel in Bled. There is a shuttle service from Ljubljana Airport to Bled costing approximately 13€. Reservations for this shuttle can be made in advance at Independent meet & greet transfers between Ljubljana Airport and Bled can be also be arranged through KE at additional cost. All clients MUST forward their flight details to the KE office and should let us know if transfers are not required.

Most days will begin with breakfast at around 8.00am. After breakfast, we will set off, walking about 9am for between 5 and 8 hours each day and stopping off at a suitable spot to eat our lunch. On most days we will pass mountain huts where we can buy lunch and hot or cold drinks. Otherwise it is possible to buy a packed lunch from our overnight hut. We aim to arrive at our next hut in time to relax and enjoy some late afternoon sun, perhaps with a drink on the terrace overlooking the amazing scenery of the Julian Alps. In the evening we will enjoy a home-cooked and filling evening meal of soup, bread and pasta taken in the huts dining room. This is a great time for socialising among the group and with other trekkers staying at the hut, the atmosphere is always one of excitement as people prepare for the next days trekking and share tales from the trail. By 9.00 pm most people will have turned in and silence descends on the hut dorm.

During this trip the group will spend 2 nights in 3-star traditional pension accommodation on the lakeside at Bled. Accommodation here is twin sharing with en-suite facilities. There are also 5 nights staying in huts set up by the Mountaineering Association of Slovenia in the protected area of the Triglav National Park. Accommodation here is in dormitory style rooms that vary in capacity, some holding 8 persons per room and some as many as 25. Sleeping bags are not required at the huts, as bed sheets and blankets are supplied. Please note that water for washing is limited at the huts, and bathroom facilities can appear basic. However, overnighting in the heart of the mountains and staying in a traditional mountain hut, more than makes up for the lack of showers! For the 2 hotel nights in Bled, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Bled are also available. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Single rooms are not available in the mountain huts.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Slovenian cuisine is very varied being very much influenced by its neighbours, Austria, Italy and Hungary.  You will find smoked meats, sausages, Wiener snitzels, pastas, ravioli, risottos, potato dumplings and goulashes served all over Slovenia.  Bread is freshly baked everywhere (except in the huts) and is usually excellent.  In the huts, breakfasts consist of bread with a selection of meats and cheeses and sometimes cooked eggs and ham.  Dinners will normally be 2 courses - either a soup with meat or a stew, risotto or a pasta dish.   A vegetarian option can be provided in the hut.  Snack food items, bread, chocolate bars etc. can be purchased at the huts to make up each day’s packed lunch or purchased in the local supermarket in Bled the morning before the trek.  In each hut it is possible to buy beers and soft drinks too.  Lake Bled is famed for its Cream Slice which has to be tried before leaving Slovenia!   The country is well know for its wine which is normally served with most meals and very reasonable in price. The red wines of the coast, Teran and Refosk are excellent as are the open wines that are served by the glass.

All breakfasts and dinners including 2 evening meals at restaurants in downtown Bled, are included in the holiday price. Hill food, packed lunches and bottled water can be purchased in Bled and from the huts. We estimate a budget of around €15 per day should cover your spending on lunches.

The currency in Slovenia is now the Euro. We estimate that €200 will cover your personal spending and miscellaneous expenses including the above mentioned lunches and reasonable tips for the local guide. Cash can be withdrawn from ATM’s in Ljubljana Airport (in the departures area!) and in Bled using a credit card or a debit card.

During this holiday the group will be led by a locally based, professional, english-speaking mountain guide.

Most people will want to tip their local guide if they have had a good experience. This is a purely personal decision and it is important to remember that tips are a way of saying 'thank you' and are not part of the wages of local staff. We recommend that any tips be given from the group as a whole rather than from individuals and that the group decides together on a level of tipping that everyone is comfortable with.

Since you will be carrying all the personal equipment you need for this trip you should make every effort to keep this to a minimum and we recommend that you have a trial walk with your packed rucksack. With careful planning, and considering that you will not have to carry a sleeping bag or camping mattress, it should be possible to keep the weight of your sack down to around 8 kgs. Please note that the via ferrata safety harness and helmet required for the ascent of Triglav will be issued to you at the start of the trek as there is no place to store this equipment safely at any of the huts. You will need to carry this with you throughout, and you should ensure that you have room for this equipment in your daypack. Please note that we have tried to find alternative ways of storing the via ferrata equipment and supplying it to the group, but it has not proved possible to find a secure means of storage. Your main luggage with your travel clothes etc can be left at the group hotel in Bled.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

A passport with 3 months remaining validity is required. Visas are not required by holders of passports of the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or EU countries. South African passport holders will need to apply for a visa via their closest Slovenian Consulate. Other nationalities should check with the respective consulate in their own country.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Walking boots which are comfortable for scrambling
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Underwear
  • Shorts
  • Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 1 long sleeve)
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear-Sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Daypack 50 litres max.
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 litre / 1 quart (x2)
  • Small towel
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Wet wipes (note that some huts do not have water available for washing)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including plasters (band aids), blister treatment, headache tablets etc.

Via Ferrata Equipment (provided locally)

  • Via ferrata lanyard
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet

    (These items will be issued to everyone at the start of the trip for the ascent of Triglav, you should ensure you leave room for them in your daypack)

The following items are optional:

  • Travel clothes
  • Trekking poles
  • Camera
  • Spare laces
  • Insect repellant
  • Earplugs (Especially if you are not the one snoring)
  • Swimming kit (for the lake in Bled on final afternoon)
  • Penknife (remember to put all sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Sleeping bags/extra shoes: These are NOT required as bedding and hut shoes/slippers are provided at mountain huts.

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A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Jogging, squash and swimming are good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

From July to September the weather is generally very good. We can expect daytime valley temperatures in the range 24 – 30°C in July and August, dropping to around 15°C overnight. September temperatures will be a few degrees cooler. Temperatures will also be cooler at altitude but should be comfortable for trekking in shorts and short sleeved shirts (should you wish). As with any mountain area there is the risk of some poor weather, with rain and wind. However, This area usually enjoys a very pleasant and stable climate and we should expect mainly clear and sunny days even in September.

Lonely Planet. Slovenia. Rough Guide. Slovenia. The Julian Alps. Simon Brown (Cicerone). Walking in the Alps. Kev Reynolds (Cicerone).

Planinska Zveza Slovenije. Julijske Alpe. 1:50,000

This Slovenian map has 2 sheets (west part and east part) covering the Julian Alps. The eastern sheet covers the route of this holiday.

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