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16 reviews
Starts
Ljubljana
+5 Destinations
Gorenjska
Ends
Bled
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Highlights

Start in Ljubljana and end in Bled! With the hiking & trekking tour Slovenia: Julian Alps Traverse, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Ljubljana, Slovenia and 4 other destinations in Slovenia. Slovenia: Julian Alps Traverse is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Physical Rating
Active
Travel style
Hiking & Trekking, Mountain Hikes

16 Reviews

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  • Slovenia: Julian Alps Traverse reviewer 1
    Written on October 2, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A well organised trip with knowledgeable guides and spectacular scenery.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The ascent of Triglav was a brilliant day. The panoramic views from the top were impressive and made the trip worth it.What did you think of your group leader?The two group leaders were brilliant. Incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about their country. They had our safety in mind as their priority as well as making sure people were enjoying the trip overall. Couldn't have asked for better.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Great trip. Would recommend it.

  • Slovenia: Julian Alps Traverse reviewer 2
    Written on September 11, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A really great trip with rewarding views if the weather is good. Although there is a fair bit of uphill, the reward was definately worth it!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Standing on the summit of Mount Triglav looking around the mountains and celebrating the achievement with the rest of the group.What did you think of your group leader?David and Palona were great leaders who looked after us and always put the safety of the group first. It was a real pleasure to walk with them.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Yes, the meals in the mountain huts are as the brochure advertised - wholesome but not too fancy. I'd advise anyone on the trip to take some Worcester or Tabasco sause to liven the goulash, barley soup or pasta dishes up a bit!Is there anything else you would like to add?That was a great holiday and although some of the ascents were hard (due to the heat and the 50L rucksack) it was well worth the effort. I'd advise anyone wanting to do this trip to train for it by doing a few hills in advance. The C/D rating was accurate.

  • Slovenia: Julian Alps Traverse reviewer 3
    Written on September 11, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A fantastic if a little challenging holiday, the scenery is worth every effort.What did you think of your group leader?The leaders were great, really knowledgeable and understanding. We did the climb to Triglav because of their research on the weather conditions, if we had waited another day it would have been a trip without the summitDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Be ready for the heat if you are going in the summer. There is lots to do around Bled so organise something for the last day; we had a lot of off time.

  • Slovenia: Julian Alps Traverse reviewer 4
    Written on August 1, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    An inspirational and challenging tripWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Running down the scree the day before the ascent on Triglav and coming down off Triglav: Scary, but stunning.What did you think of your group leader?David was a lot of fun. He added a lot to the trip. He was clearly popular with the staff in the huts, too...Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Pack light! Ruthlessly llight for the hut-to-hut days. Some sections are genuinely demanding. Scary, too. You need a good head for heights, and not just on summit day.Wet wipes were my best friend. I used about 20 of them. No hot water for periods, and no water to speak of at two places.Is there anything else you would like to add?Astonishing scenery, and, for me, a genuine challenge. Carrying the weight on your back makes it that much more difficult. Don't let the obscurity of the destination put you off. Some of the huts were extremely basic in terms of washing facilities, but overall the network is excellent.

  • Slovenia: Julian Alps Traverse reviewer 5
    Written on January 19, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    An excellent trip with great scenery, scary moments, great leaders and a lovely group of people.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Coming down from Triglav. I was so scared but never doubted once that my guide would get me down safely. Then when I looked back at where I had been I really could not believe that I had done it!!What did you think of your group leader?The group leaders were excellent. They really looked after us especially on the narrow ridges across the via ferrata making sure we were safe and felt secure at all times. They were also very entertaining and joined in with the social times too.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?There are some scary parts to this trip so if you are afraid of narrow ridges with steep drops, then think again. Also as you are carrying your pack you really only need the bare minimum of clothing etc. It was amazing what we all left out of our packs on that first day!!

  • Slovenia: Julian Alps Traverse reviewer 6
    Written on January 19, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    An excellent trip with great scenery, scary moments, great leaders and a lovely group of people.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Coming down from Triglav. I was so scared but never doubted once that my guide would get me down safely. Then when I looked back at where I had been I really could not believe that I had done it!!What did you think of your group leader?The group leaders were excellent. They really looked after us especially on the narrow ridges across the via ferrata making sure we were safe and felt secure at all times. They were also very entertaining and joined in with the social times too.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?There are some scary parts to this trip so if you are afraid of narrow ridges with steep drops, then think again. Also as you are carrying your pack you really only need the bare minimum of clothing etc. It was amazing what we all left out of our packs on that first day!!

  • Slovenia: Julian Alps Traverse reviewer 7
    Written on December 22, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    Love the high alpine traversing.  The guides were fantastic.  The scenery was breathtaking.  The trails were not crowded.  The high alpine lakes were gorgeous.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I felt a great sense of achievement when we reached the summit of Triglav.What did you think of your group leader?Both group leaders were great.  They went above and beyond what they were required to do.  They also hired a third guide for summit day.  The guides really enhanced our enjoyment of the entire journey.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Realize the accomodations are bunk / dorm.  You can ask for an upgrade and pay some additional $$ at some of the lodges if you need a good night's sleep.  The food at the huts was basic and bland.  There were few vegetarian options.  Stay a few days in Lubjiana either at the beginning or the end of the trip.  It is a great place to explore and you don't get to see it during this trip.Is there anything else you would like to add?Not for beginner or unfit hikers!  There are lots of steep drop offs, and not just on summit day.  A good sense of balance with your day pack on your back is required.  Also, be prepared for the weather to change quickly at altitude...........and there is no shelter on those high altitude trails.  But the scenic rewards are worth it!

  • Slovenia: Julian Alps Traverse reviewer 8
    Written on December 22, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    Love the high alpine traversing.  The guides were fantastic.  The scenery was breathtaking.  The trails were not crowded.  The high alpine lakes were gorgeous.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I felt a great sense of achievement when we reached the summit of Triglav.What did you think of your group leader?Both group leaders were great.  They went above and beyond what they were required to do.  They also hired a third guide for summit day.  The guides really enhanced our enjoyment of the entire journey.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Realize the accomodations are bunk / dorm.  You can ask for an upgrade and pay some additional $$ at some of the lodges if you need a good night's sleep.  The food at the huts was basic and bland.  There were few vegetarian options.  Stay a few days in Lubjiana either at the beginning or the end of the trip.  It is a great place to explore and you don't get to see it during this trip.Is there anything else you would like to add?Not for beginner or unfit hikers!  There are lots of steep drop offs, and not just on summit day.  A good sense of balance with your day pack on your back is required.  Also, be prepared for the weather to change quickly at altitude...........and there is no shelter on those high altitude trails.  But the scenic rewards are worth it!

  • Slovenia: Julian Alps Traverse reviewer 9
    Written on December 7, 2010
    5.0 - Excellent

    The Julian Alps is a hidden gem for avid trekkers. The scenery is stunning and the trekking fantastic. The huts were great as was the food and the views from the summit ridge after the scramble ascent above the clouds were awesome. Great leaders and a great bunch of people made for a perfect trip that exceeded all my expectations.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Standing at the foresummit of Mount Triglav at 6am in the morning (thinking the day before we would miss out due to weather) with the whole of the valley below us in cloud as the sun rose over the horizon.What did you think of your group leader?Bugi and david were superb. Having led myself on trips before I'm always over critical but the two of them were the ultimate professionals finding the perfect balance between humour, local knowledge and then leadership on the more exposed sections of the ascent. Nothing was too much trouble for them and we wanted for nothing. Bugi in particular had an exhaustive knowledge of the mountains and the area and for me made the trip a real delight.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The trekking days can be long with both ascent and descent repeatedly on the first few days which can come as a bit of a shock if your not walking fit. The summit day is more of a scramble than trekking using via ferrata equipment, very easy to get the hang of and you are well looked after but you do need a head for heights on some of the exposed sections. The dorms in the huts are well kitted out with sheets and blankets so you dont need your own sheet sleeping bag. There can be alot of spare time in the evenings in the huts so make sure you've got a good book, some cards and your ipod!Is there anything else you would like to add?I would really recomend this trip, as the Triglav national park is superb and the walking always varied and interesting. The ascent of Triglav summit itself adds an additional twist to the trek for those looking for a bit more excitement, with in our case spectacular views as a reward. The free day at the end in Bled is a great way to unwind after 5 days in the mountains, drinking coffee by the lake, hiring boats. Our group even managed to summon up the energy to go to the local club and dance the night away. If you're looking for something that little bit different, off the beaten track without having to fly for hours then this trip is perfect.

  • Slovenia: Julian Alps Traverse reviewer 10
    Written on August 5, 2010
    4.0 - Good

    We really enjoyed Slovenia and the Julian Alps.  Anyone who likes walking in carboniferous limestone areas will love the Julian Alps.  In addition to the usual alpine forests, meadows and exposed cols and peaks there are some wonderful, unusual lakes and the ridge walks were outstanding. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Obviously, climbing Mount Triglav was superb, not least because the weather was very clear so the views from the summit were excellent.  However, the ridge trek on the following day was also outstanding and the hospitality at the final hut was very good.  Because of poor weather on our last day we arrived at the Sports Hotel mid morning and the manager gave an excellent presentation about the Triglav National Park and other Slovenian highlights - you can't imagine a hotel manager doing anything similar in UK, even in the National Parks!   What did you think of your group leader?Bugi and Alex were both excellent and Bugi in particular had a very good feel for setting a comfortable  pace for the group.  We were very impressed with their attention to safety and the manner in which they swiftly evacuated a member of our group who was taken ill.  For the Tiglav summit we were joined by Mika to further enhance safety. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Bottled water becomes more expensive in proportion to the remoteness of the huts so allow at least €10 per day on average.  Don't be tempted to scrounge on water for the Triglav summit particularly if it's hot - take at least a litre and a half.  Some of the larger blokes in our group found the dinner portions on the small side particularly the day before the Triglav summit so it may be a good idea to buy some high calorie snacks to top up as necessary.  We took sleeping bag liners for the huts but they weren't required as sheets - sometimes paper - were always provided.  Water is in short supply in the huts so it's not possible to rinse clothes, particularly in the higher huts.  However, as you are only in huts for 5 nights we managed with our trekking outfit plus a change for the evening.   Is there anything else you would like to add?Slovenia is a very friendly country and most people speak good English.  In the towns and cities your euro goes much further than in any other country of the euro zone but prices increase rapidly as you reach the remoter huts.  Don't miss the Vintgar Gorge near Bled - the walk back into Bled is good as well. 

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Bled
  2. Day 2: Warm-up walk in the Karavanke Mountains.
  3. Day 3: Transfer to Lake Bohinj and the Triglav National Park passing a traditional mountain settlement. Trek overlooking this stunning glacial lake.
  4. Day 4: Walk through valley of the Seven Triglav Lakes, heading towards the more rocky terrain of Hribarice.
  5. Day 5: Trek through the heart of the Julian Alps followed by our Triglav summit attempt (weather dependent).
  6. Day 6: Follow mountain trails offering panoramas of the whole Julian Alps before arriving on Pokljuka Plateau and Blejska Koca (1630m).
  7. Day 7: Final day trekking east along ridge towards the peak of Brda (2009m). Transfer back to Bled, with time to stroll around the picturesque lake.
  8. Day 8: End Bled.

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  • What is the level of difficulty for this trek?

    The trails in the Triglav National Park are generally well marked but can vary underfoot; the path will be uneven at times with loose stones. Fixed alpine ropes provided by the Alpine Association of Slovenia are found on trails when the ascent / descent may be steep; no previous experience is necessary when first using these

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 112 km.
  • Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • 47 km
  • Bled (Slovenia)
  • 21 km
  • Lake Bohinj (Slovenia)
  • 9 km
  • Triglav National Park (Slovenia)
  • 24 km
  • Bled (Slovenia)
  • 6 km
  • Pokljuka (Slovenia)
  • 6 km
  • Bled (Slovenia)

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