Triglav and Julian Alps Traverse - Slovenia

Triglav Julian Alps Traverse (6 days)

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trek to the summit of Slovenia`s highest mountain – Triglav (2,864m)
  • Perfect introduction to easy Via Ferrata and alpine scrambling
  • Off the beaten track walking above Lake Bohinj in Triglav National Park
  • Stay in atmospheric alpine mountain huts
  • Enjoy your post-trek achievements at the picturesque Lake Bled

This fantastic hut-to-hut trek takes you on a stunning journey across the Julian Alps of Slovenia to the summit of Mt Triglav at 2,864 metres! Straddling Italy and Slovenia the beautiful Julian Alps offers some of the most impressive mountain scenery in Europe including Triglav National Park which is home to alpine pastures, pine forests, clear streams, crystal lakes, traditional mountain huts and a rich variety of jaw-dropping trails.

The climb to the summit of Triglav is outstanding and excitingly airy along a breath-taking trail which offers some brilliant scrambling and sections of via ferrata. You will be rewarded with incredible panoramic views from the summit across the Julian Alps, Karavanke Mountains, Kamnik Alps and as far as neighbouring Austria, Italy and Croatia.

Included in the price of the trip
All transfers in Slovenia
Accommodation – 2 nights in hotel,
Twin or triple share, and 3 nights in mountain huts (dormitory style rooms)
Meals – breakfast and dinner starting from dinner day 1 through to breakfast day 5
Lunch day 4
Qualified IFMGA English speaking local guide
Adventurous Ewe leader for groups of 8+

Not included in the price of the trip
Flights, Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharge
Tips and gratuities
Personal Travel Insurance
Drinks with meals and alcoholic drinks
Packed lunch day 2,3&5 (we will buy lunch from a local supermarket before we begin the trek or at the mountain hut). Allow €5 per day.
Evening Meal on day 5. Allow €10-€20
Personal snacks

Itinerary 

Day 1

UK to Lake Bohinji

Depart the UK on your flight to Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel on the shores of Lake Bohinij (1 hours approx). Bohinj is the largest of Slovenia’s glacial lakes and this unspoilt area is encompassed by high mountains. The valley is an excellent base for the start of your trek in the Julian Alps. Time permitting, you will have a chance to explore the trail around Lake Bohinj before your evening group meal and briefing.

Accommodation: hotel
Meals included: dinner

Day 2

Blato to Dolicu Hut

Following breakfast you will start your trekking adventure along a beautiful trail which snakes through Triglav Lakes valley. You will pass a string of seven lakes, which is one of the highlights of the Julian Alps. These lakes are the source of Lake Bohinj and the Sava River, which run into the Danube at Belgrade. Carved by the Triglav glacier, each lake has a unique feature of its own, be it shape or colour. The lakes are surrounded by steep mountains and, in the lower part of the valley, by rich mixed forests. Following the route through the centre of the valley, you will leave the greenness of Bohinj behind. At the end of this amazing day you will reach Dolicu Hut at 2,151 metres. This is one of the most welcoming huts in the park with its dramatic setting of towering cliffs of Tičarica.

Accommodation: mountain hut – dorm room
Meals included: breakfast and dinner
Distance covered: approx. 15kms
Ascent:1,650 metres
Trekking time: approx. 7 – 8 hours

Day 3

Dolicu Hut  to Triglavski Dom

The Dolicu hut is an excellent starting point for today’s trek. Leaving the hut on good paths, you will be rewarded with beautiful views, as you climb Traglavski Podi towards the rugged summit of Triglav. Hiking to the highest hut of your trek you will reach the Triglavski Dom at 2,515 metres. This is the highest mountain hut in Slovenia with the highest meteorological station in the country. This large mountain refuge has a particularly rugged setting standing on a small plateau just under the peak of Kredarcia and a great place to meet fellow trekkers for all corners of the world.

Your leaders will decide whether or not you will attempt the summit climb of Triglav in the afternoon and if you don’t, it’s a great chance to relax, meet some fellow trekkers and enjoy the stunning mountain views from this fantastic location.

Accommodation: mountain hut – dorm room
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Distance covered: approx. 12kms
Ascent: 455 metres
Trekking time: approx. 4 – 5 hours

Day 4

Triglavski Dom to Triglav Summit

If you have not climbed Mt Triglav the previous day you will have an early start for the ascent to the summit of the highest peak in Slovenia in the glow of the early morning sun. You can leave your day-packs at the hut and travel light on the ascent along the East Ridge which is exposed, but you will be well protected by cables. You will be wearing harnesses, which are attached to the fixed ropes known as Via Ferrata. The experienced guides will be on hand to offer help and support. The scrambling is excellent alongside a breath-taking setting and stunning views. You’ll be focused on the ridge and the climb over Mali Triglav (little Triglav) so the two hours to the summit will pass quickly and before you know it, you’ll be stood on the highest point in Slovenia with a tremendous sense of achievement. The views from the top are simply stunning and include the peaks of the Julian Alps whilst the valleys of Kot, Krma, Vrata and Trenta spread out below. You will also see the neighbouring peaks in Austria and Italy. After taking in the views and the all-important summit photos you will return to the Triglavski Dom mountain hut for lunch.

Meals included: lunch
Distance covered: approx. 12kms
Ascent: 349 metres
Descent: 349 metres
Trekking time: approx. 3 – 4 hours

Day 4: Triglav to Vodinkov Dom

This morning, make sure you set your alarm early to catch a glimpse of the spectacular sunrise over the Julian Alps. Weather permitting, it will be one of the most incredible sunrises you will ever experience as the mountains glow orange when the sun’s early morning rays hit their peaks. From we descend by crossing the Konjska Planja plateau reaching Konjsko Sedlo at 2,020 metres. From there we will trek Horse pass to Vodnikov Dom at 1,817 metres, a picturesque hut standing 200 metres above the Velo Polje field and framed by the Tosc cliffs.

Accommodation: mountain hut – dorm room
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Distance covered approx. 12kms
Descent: 750 metres
Trekking time: approx. 5 – 6 hours

Day 5

Vodinkov Dom to Blato

Your last day of trekking in the Julian Alps begins as you traverse the lower reaches of the Triglav massif. Descending through alpine forests of Dwarf Pine into Alpine meadows famous for their summer pastures. Cattle are herded to these mountain pastures at the end of June where they graze the meadows for at least two months. During this time you can taste or buy cheese made at the pasture in the traditional Slovenian way. As you near the end of your trek the view south is breath-taking across the magnificent Lake Bohinj and the Julian Alps.  Lunch will be in Bohinj where you can sample some Slovenian traditional dishes before transferring to the historic mountain village of Zasip. This quaint village is a short stroll from Bled town centre and the famous Lake Bled.

Accommodation: lodge – twin or triple rooms
Meals included: breakfast
Distance covered: approx. 15kms
Descent:1,250metres
Trekking time: approx. 5 – 6 hours

Day 6

Free morning – explore Lake Bled or Vintgar Gorge

Following breakfast you have a free morning to simply relax or venture out before your late afternoon flight home. Zasip is perfectly based to offer options to explore the local area – visit the famous Vintgar Gorge or walk down to Lake Bled where you can stroll or cycle around the lake shore and enjoying lunch in one of many restaurants plus sample a piece of well deserved Lake Bled Crem Rezine – cream cake.

After lunch you will be transferred to Ljubljana Airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included: breakfast
Transfer included: Zasip to Ljubljana Airport

 

Essential Information

Weather
The weather during the Spring/Autumn months is generally sunny days and cold nights.  However, conditions can change very quickly in the mountains. What can start out as a good day can soon become very poor.  It is very important to be well equipped and prepared for all conditions. However the scenery is simply stunning, the beech and larch woods cloaked in the golden hues of Spring/Autumn. The mountains should be free of snow and all summits should be accessible, however, be snow can fall in the mountains at any time of the year and lie for several days.

Trekking in the mountains can be precarious and although we take important steps to manage and minimise this risk, we can never eradicate it altogether. Your Mountain Guide reserves the right to change the itinerary at any time should the conditions require it. This may be for a variety of reasons – climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

Health
All our guides IGMFA qualified and first aid trained and carry fully equipped medical kits for serious medical emergencies. There are no compulsory vaccinations for Slovenia but we recommend you consult your GP before departure. A good level of fitness is required for this trek.  

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

Accommodation
The first night you will stay in a 2star Hotel; twin/triple share with en-suite washing facilities. Whilst on the trek you will be staying in comfortable mountain huts with dormitory style rooms with bedding provided. Your last night in Zasip will be in a mountain village guest house.

Passport & Visa
All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary. The information is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their relevant embassies. Adventurous Ewe is not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise.
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Insurance
It is a condition of joining this trip that you are insured against medical and personal accident. It is compulsory to supply Adventurous Ewe with documentary evidence of your travel insurance prior to departure. Unusually for the Alps, mountain rescue is free in Slovenia unless you are shown to have been ill-prepared or unduly negligent, in which case charges can be extremely high. Mountain rescue teams are very well organised. There is a network of 17 bases around Slovenia, and a helicopter with an experienced team on board is on duty every weekend from June to September.

Mountain Guides
Your Mountain Guide will hold the IFMGA carnet, the highest qualification in the world for leading people in the mountains, be it skiing, climbing or mountaineering. In short, Mountain Guides are recognised internationally as mountaineering experts and your safety is paramount. All our Mountain Guides are carefully selected to ensure you have the best experience on your traverse and summit climb with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure.

Trekking experience and level of difficulty
To complete this trek comfortably, it is preferable that you have previous trekking experience in varied and irregular terrain carrying a 35 litre day-pack. The walking is not dangerous or technically difficult, though you must be a confident walker with a good level of fitness and head from heights in order to manage sections of the trek. During the trek you will be required to carry your own kit including packed lunches & snacks, drinking water, wet weather gear, additional warm layers and personal items such medication and toiletries.
The walking hours stated are given as approximates only.Timings include lunch and photo stops though will vary depending on the pace of your group and weather conditions.
Previous experience of using Via Feratta is not required. Full instructions and support will be provided by your guides.

How to Book your Trip
The easiest way to book your trip is online, you will need to pay a non-refundable registration fee of £195 at the time of booking.  It is possible to reserve a place on this challenge by emailing info@adventurousewe.co.uk, however you will need to pay your registration fee of £195 to confirm your place on this trek together with completing a booking form. The full balance is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to departure.

Difficulty Rating
This challenge has a rating of High
Cost
£ 950

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