Julian Alps Lakes and Mountains

A centre-based walking holiday in the spectacular Julian Alps




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Holiday Overview


  • Overnight in the mountains overlooking beautiful Lake Bohinj
  • Superb walks to glacier lakes and stunning views of Mt Triglav
  • Alpine meadows, medieval castles and hidden waterfalls
  • Stay in Lake Bled, time to explore the pretty capital of Ljubljana

The breath taking Julian Alps lie at the eastern extremity of the main European alpine chain, straddling the border between Italy and north western Slovenia These striking limestone peaks, rising above blue lakes and alpine meadows are dotted with tiny traditional villages, medieavel castles, cascading waterfalls and beautiful alpine high pastures. During this holiday we centre-base ourselves right in the very heart of this mountainous area which offer some of the most spectacular walking in the European Alps.   Lake Bled is a picture postcard lakeside town with an iconic island church and wonderful mountain backdrop, ensuring we spend less time traveling and more time walking!  In a series of day walks, we will explore the Karavanke Mountains on the border of Austria with its network of tunnels, the hidden valleys and waterfalls of the Martuljak Mountains, the beautiful forested Pokljuka plateau where shepherds and cow herders carry on a traditional way of life unchanged for centuries, and the spectacular Triglav National Park home to Slovenia's highest mountain Mt Triglav (2864m) `Three Heads!`  A well planned day at leisure leaves you free to discover the compact and beautiful capital of Ljubljana, with its pavement cafes, winding river and stunning architecture by Joze Plecnik.   The highlight of the week is a two-day trek into the beautiful Triglav National Park where we make use of a spectacular cable car ride to get high into the Julian Alps and stay overnight in a traditional mountain hut, stunningly located on the east-viewing ridge of the Komna Plateau overlooking the glacier lake of Bohinj.  If you’re looking for a classic ‘Lakes and Mountains' walking holiday with all the comforts of a hotel in a beautiful setting, then this is the perfect choice!

Is this holiday for you?

This is a hotel based walking week at the heart of the Julian Alps. On each day's walk we follow good and well-marked trails. The average distance covered each day is around 10 to 15 kilometres (6 - 9 miles) with varying amounts of ascent and descent. We would expect to be walking for 5 to 6 hours at a moderate pace with time to stop and take in the scenery. During the holiday we spend one night in a mountain hut at 1520 metres using a cable car to gain the majority of this elevation.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Lake Bled. A single timed transfer from Ljubljana airport is provided.
  • Transfer to Karavanke Mountains. Walk through the Baron’s Tunnels to Kamen Castle. Return to Bled.
  • Transfer to Lake Bohinj. Superb walk in the Julian Alps to Dom na Komni Mountain Hut (1520m).
  • Spectacular walk through Valley of the Seven Lakes with views of Mount Triglav. Return to Lake Bled.
  • Day at leisure to enjoy the picturesque lake of Bled and its fairytale island.
  • Transfer to Gozd Martuljak. Walk to the magnificent Martuljak Waterfalls. Return to Lake Bled.
  • Transfer to Pokljuka for a memorable day of walking on the High Plateau. Return to Lake Bled.
  • Departure Day. A single timed transfer to Ljubljana Airport is provided.
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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.

    The group will rendezvous at Ljubljana Airport. From here we drive for approximately 30 - 40 minutes to the beautiful lakeside resort of Bled. Our base for this week of walking is a small and friendly Vila, located in a quiet part of town and just a 10 minute walk from the lake shore. Once we have settled in there will be time to explore Bled or relax with a drink before having dinner and a briefing at the hotel with the rest of the group.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals d

  • Transfer to Karavanke Mountains. Walk through the Baron’s Tunnels to Kamen Castle. Return to Bled.

    North of Bled, the mountains of the Karavanke form the natural border between Slovenia and Austria. Much less visited by walkers than the Julian Alps, the Karavanke offer superb walking, spectacular views, an abundance of alpine flora, and they also hold one or two secrets. After a short transfer up to the Ljubelj pass which links Slovenia to Austria, we start today’s hike traversing the northern slopes of Begunjscica Peak. We will follow a ‘secret’ trail which takes us around and sometimes through the mountain to the alpine meadows which clothe its southern slopes. This trail was created by Baron Born as an all-weather route to link his house on the rocky north side of Begunjscica with the hunting grounds he stocked with stags and deer on the greener southern slopes. The path has rock-cut ledges protected by steel cables and includes a 150-metre section of tunnel (don’t forget your head light). The trail is not difficult or dangerous and offers spectacular views into Slovenia and Austria along the way. Emerging from the tunnels on the south side we walk up to the Prevala Mountain Hut, a perfect refreshment stop in an open alpine Meadow. We continue the walk with more breathtaking panoramic views as we pass through a variety of landscapes from wild meadows to lush forest before finishing at Grad Kamen (Castle Rock) a 12th Century castle hidden in a valley at the foot of the Karavanke. Here we meet our tour vehicle for the short drive back to Bled.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 900m

    • Distance 12km

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 900m

    • Time 5 hours

  • Transfer to Lake Bohinj. Superb walk in the Julian Alps to Dom na Komni Mountain Hut (1520m).

    The Triglav National Park is an area of outstanding beauty and today we head deep into the park and towards Lake Bohinj, the largest glacier lake in Slovenia. From our villa we drive for around 30 minutes to the western end of the lake and here take the Vogel Gondola up to 1535 metres. We have fantastic views down to Lake Bohinj and across the Julian alps to Triglav, Slovenia’s highest peak as we follow a trail to the Komni Mountain Hut (1520m.) which has one of the most stunning locations in the park offering a bird’s eye view of the lake below. We stay overnight in the Komni hut which has a restaurant, bar and viewing terrace – a great place to sit on a sunny summers’ evening.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 945m

    • Distance 12km

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 975m

    • Time 5 hours

  • Spectacular walk through Valley of the Seven Lakes with views of Mount Triglav. Return to Lake Bled.

    Waking up in the clear mountain air at the Komni, we enjoy a typical alpine hut breakfast before setting off on the continuation of our 2-day trek through the Julian Alps. Walking towards Triglav the trail winds its way between the peaks at the head of the Bohinj Valley to reach the ‘ Valley of the Seven Lakes’ which contains seven jewelled lakes each with their own unique colour nestled among towering limestone peaks. This is karst scenery at its most spectacular. We will visit one or two of these lakes before choosing from a variety of trails to make our descent. Our guide will make the appropriate choice depending on the prevailing conditions. Back in the valley we meet our tour vehicle for the short drive back to Bled.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 350m

    • Distance 10km

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 1300m

    • Time 5 hours

  • Day at leisure to enjoy the picturesque lake of Bled and its fairytale island.

    We have a free day to enjoy the special ambience of this most beautiful of alpine lake towns. Surrounded by the mountains of the Karavanke and Julian Alps beside an emerald green lake with a fairytale castle perched on a crag overlooking a 17th century church on an island, Bled is a picture postcard resort. A great thing to do is to visit the island by boat. There is also an easy trail up to the castle (Blejski Grad) for views over the lake. The castle itself is a mixture of styles dating from the 11th to the 16th century and there is a small museum of weapons, amour, jewellery and some ancient carvings. If you want something more energetic a walk around the lake (6km) takes a couple of hours and from the southwest corner of the lake, you can follow a way-marked track up to the summit of Velika Osojnica (756m) for stunning views over the lake and across to the castle (allow an extra 3 hours for the round trip to the summit). The majority of bars and restaurants along the lake shore are concentrated on the north and north-east shore among green parks and this is a pleasant area to sit and relax. It is also possible to visit the country's capital, Ljubljana, for the day to either visit the castle, take a boat trip on the river or to just to sit and enjoy a coffee at one of the many cafes. It is easy to get there as a regular bus service runs to and from Ljubljana from the main road just 5 minutes from the hotel. Another great option would be to visit the Vintgar Gorge, which is located just 3km north east of Bled. You can take a taxi to the entrance of the gorge and then follow the wooden walkways through the spectacular rock formations to the opposite end where you will find the 16 metre high Waterfall Sum - Slovenia's highest fluvial waterfall. From here you can follow signs back to Bled through a forested trail, passing by the ancient pilgrimage site of St Catherines and then the small town of Zasip. It is also possible to arrange various activities and optional excursions on this day such as rafting or a visit to the Postojana caves. Please speak to your guide for a range of options. Lunch and dinner are not included on this day so as to leave all options open.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Transfer to Gozd Martuljak. Walk to the magnificent Martuljak Waterfalls. Return to Lake Bled.

    Today we have a beautiful walk hidden in a ‘secret’ area of the Martuljak Mountain Range. We drive for approximately 30 minutes to the small village of Gozd Martuljek close to the winter ski resort of Kranjska Gora. Here we have a breathtaking panorama of the Spik mountain range. One of the most beautiful mountains in the Julian Alps, Spik (2472m) is known at the ‘Slovenian Matterhorn’ and its pyramid summit dominates the Martuljek range. Leaving the valley we follow a forest trail into the Martuljek Gorge where we work our way upstream crossing and re-crossing the river on wooden bridges between verdant rock walls. Emerging from the confines of this gorge we reach the lower falls which are wide and low (30 metres) – a mini Niagara! Continuing through the forest we arrive at our rest stop at Lipovceva Hut in a wide clearing. This is a unique rural café in a lovely setting with an open natural kitchen of hanging caldrons over wood fires and serving delicious home-made soups, freshly baked bread and locally-made cheeses. After lunch we set off again, climbing up through the forest to the stunning higher falls - a single narrow cascade of water which drops 100 metres down a limestone cliff in four tiers to a rock pool. We make our descent back down to reach our vehicle and make the return drive to Bled.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1130m

    • Distance 11km

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 1120m

    • Time 5 hours

  • Transfer to Pokljuka for a memorable day of walking on the High Plateau. Return to Lake Bled.

    The Pokljuka close to Lake Bled is a heavily forested karst plateau at an average elevation of 1300 metres. It is a stunning area of natural beauty made up of pine and spruce forest punctuated by alpine pastures where cows and sheep graze and just a few scattered villages and isolated farms where the way of life has remained relatively unchanged for centuries. It said in Slovenia that time stands still on Pokljuka. There is an abundance of wild flowers and bird life in this sparsely inhabited sector of the national park and the whole area is criss-crossed by a variety of trails giving us many possibilities for today’s hike. Our guide will choose the best trail for the prevailing conditions and taking into account the abilities of the group. We then end the day with dinner at one of the excellent restuarants in Bled.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

    • Time 5 hours

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

    The morning is free to relax in Bled and further enjoy this beautiful lakeside town. In the early afternoon there is a single group transfer to the airport at Ljubljana where KE Land Only package services end.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • A professional English speaking Slovenian guide
  • Single timed group airport transfers on day 1 and day 8 of the trip itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan

  • 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 in the late afternoon. 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 mid-day. 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 www.zup-prevozi.eu/ 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.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

During this holiday the group will spend 6 nights in 3-star traditional pension accommodation in Bled. Located in a quiet residential area and an easy 10min walk from the centre of Bled, the pension has a small bar and garden terrace. Accommodation here is twin sharing with en-suite facilities. There is also 1 night staying in a mountain hut operated by the Mountaineering Association of Slovenia, which is all part of the Triglav National Park experience. The hut which overlooks Bohinj Lake has basic facilities including toilets and washbasins with cold running water, however the location and superb views, more than makes up for the lack of facilities for only one night. Accommodation here is in dormitory style rooms. with bed sheets and duvets supplied. The hut has a large restaurant, a bar and is centrally heated. For the 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 hut.

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

Slovenian cuisine is very varied with strong influences from 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 an important part of any meal, freshly baked everywhere and usually excellent.  Breakfast is continental in style and usually consisting of bread with a selection of meats and cheeses, jams, honey, sometimes cooked eggs and ham.  Most dinners start with a soup which can sometimes be almost a stew.  There will always be a meat or fish course with pork, chicken, turkey and (in season) game being the most poular.  Vegetarian options are available.  An important part of any meal is a side salad and, fresh vegetables are always available.  Slovenian deserts are also varied and tend to be some kind of pastry usually filled with nuts or seeds.  Lake Bled has the famous Cream Slice which has to be tried!   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.  For packed lunches, items such as bread, meats, cheese, chocolate bars etc can be purchased at a very reasonable price in local shops or at the excellent supermarkets in Lake Bled.  The guest house will also normally provide a packed lunch if ordered the day before.

All breakfasts and 5 dinners are included in the holiday price. The five dinners will be taken in your accommodation and at the mountain hut. Two evening meals are not included while staying in Bled to give the opportunity for clients to choose from one of the excellent local restaurants in Lake Bled. We recommend that you budget 15 - 25 Euros for each of these meals. Lunches are not included in the holiday price, giving clients the choice of fare and budget. Lunches can be made up each day from items bought at one of the excellent local supermarkets in Lake Bled. Alternatively packed lunches can be ordered from our accommodation. It is also possible on some days to have a hot lunch taken at a mountain hut on our hiking route. We suggest you allow 4 - 8 Euros for each lunch (a maximum of €10 for lunches purchased at a hut).

The currency in Slovenia is the Euro. We estimate that 200 - 300 Euros will cover your personal spending and miscellaneous expenses including lunches and reasonable tips for the local guide. Cash can be withdrawn from ATM’s using a credit card or a debit card. There are cashpoint facilities at Ljubljana Airport (in the departures area!) and in Bled.

The holiday will be led by a locally based, professional, english-speaking guide.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local staff. Tipping is entirely voluntary and should be dependent on good service. We recommend that you give any tips from the group as a whole rather than individually. As a rough guide, a contribution of €15 - €25 should provide a suitable pot for tips.

There is no weight limit as such for this holiday other than imposed by your international carrier. However, we ask you to restrict your luggage to one main bag (your KE trekbag) and a small day pack. Remember that your journey will be more pleasant the lighter you pack.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

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.

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 luggage to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Walking boots
  • Trainers / sneakers (for around town)
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Underwear
  • 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
  • Small daypack
  • Headtorch / headlamp (for the night in the mountain hut)
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottle 1 litre
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Basic First Aid Kit including plasters (band aids), blister treatment, headache tablets etc.

The following items are optional:

  • Travel clothes
  • Trekking poles
  • Shorts
  • Camera, batteries
  • Spare laces
  • Insect repellant
  • Swimming kit and towel

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:


Know before you go

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: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov 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.

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a walking holiday getting some additional exercise. Although this is not a sustained trekking trip, you will be walking for 5 or more hours on each day and the fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your holiday. Running, 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.

From May to November the weather is generally stable and sunny. Between June and September we can expect daytime, valley temperatures in the range 24 – 30°C dropping to 15°C overnight. In May and from mid September to November 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.

Lonely Planet. Slovenia. Rough Guide. Slovenia. The Julian Alps. Simon Brown (Cicerone).

Gorenjska Leisure Map

Covering the area of Bled, Bohinj and Karnjska Gora at 1:50,000 and with a contour interbval of 20m, this map from the Slovenian Geographical Institute covers all the walks on the holiday at a suitable scale.

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