The Slovenian Alps has a great selection of beautiful short hikes that can be extended into full-day adventures. Here's a list of our favorite routes to do during the summer when the trails are at their best.

Triglav Lakes Valley (Julian Alps)

Triglav Lakes Valley
Triglav Lakes Valley

Triglav Lakes Valley is one of the most romantic places in the Julian Alps. It is a valley above famous Lake Bohinj, climbing towards Mt. Triglav and Mt Kanjavec. The valley is also called Seven Lakes Valley (although there are actually ten lakes in total!). All the lakes in the valley are connected together by underground aquifers. The lakes ultimately drain out as spectacular waterfall called 'Slap Savica' at the end of Bohinj Valley, which feeds the Bohinj lake itself. 

Velika Planina (Kamnik Alps)

Velika Planina
Velika Planina

'Velika Planina' means ‘the big pasture’ in Slovenian, with an ancient tradition of pasturing. In the old days, they mainly pastured horses that they used in the town of Kamnik for transport purposes. Kamnik was for centuries an important trade point. Nowadays, they pasture cattle here so we can try their locally made dairy products. The most popular dairy product among Slovenians is called Soured Milk, which is a kind of refreshing sugarless yogurt.

Hikes above Jezersko (Kamnik Alps)

Jezersko, north side of the Kamnik Alps

Jezersko is a lovely valley on the north side of Kamnik Alps near the border with Austria. It offers numerous options for easy hikes. After a hike, we recommend stopping in ‘Šenkova domačija’, a touristic farm where you can taste some of the authentic local food and spoil yourself in their wellness chamber. They also offer lovely rooms to enjoy the place for a bit longer than just a day. If you're looking for a challenge but still want to be back in time for lunch, try the hike up to ‘Češka koča’ mountain hut. 

Hikes above Logarska Dolina (Kamnik Alps)

The Kamnik Alps
The Kamnik Alps

This is the most beautiful alpine valley in the Kamnik Alps. One of the best hikes goes past the magnificent waterfall, Rinka. From there, you can continue towards Okrešelj, which is a plateau formed by a former glacier surrounded by steep mountains. You can also do a short hike to the lovely hut ‘Klemenča jama’. From there, extend the trip to Ojstrica, a mountain important in the history of Slovenian Alpinism given its huge vertical north face.

Kamniško Sedlo Hike (Kamnik Alps)

One of the most popular hikes in the Kamnik Alps

From Ljubljana, you can clearly make out the col on this popular hike in Kamnik Alps from the south. The hike from the valley of ‘Kamniška Bistrica’ (600m) to the saddle ‘Kamniško sedlo’ (1884 m) is about 4 hours long (one way), but it can be shortened to an hour if one drives on a steep gravel road and starts a bit higher. A nice trail leads you towards Mt. Brana and Mt. Planjava. Between the two mountains, there is a lovely mountain col with a recently renovated mountain hut where you can treat yourself with freshly baked treats.

If you're fit, the hike can be extended to scramble up to Mt. Brana (2253m) or Mt. Planjava (2392m), which extends the trip for roughly 3 hours in total.

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Map of Best Summer Hikes in the Slovenian Alps
Map of Best Summer Hikes in the Slovenian Alps

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Best summer hikes in the slovenian alps, Slovenia - Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2018

Traveler: laurie w. - Local specialist: Miha Gantar

I really appreciated the tips on what to do in Ljubljana (bike trip and a food tour).
Miha was very nice and responsive when I contacted him to plan a four-day trip to Slovenia on short notice. He helped me decide where to stay and how to allot the four days and set up a guide for two of the days.
Our guide, Bostjan, was incredibly nice, interesting and helpful. It was so nice not to have to worry about driving places and how to get there. I loved seeing Piran but would have liked more time... read more

I really appreciated the tips on what to do in Ljubljana (bike trip and a food tour).
Miha was very nice and responsive when I contacted him to plan a four-day trip to Slovenia on short notice. He helped me decide where to stay and how to allot the four days and set up a guide for two of the days.
Our guide, Bostjan, was incredibly nice, interesting and helpful. It was so nice not to have to worry about driving places and how to get there. I loved seeing Piran but would have liked more time there and more information about the town and its history. I also loved the winery he took us to, which was a great experience and very different. The region was particularly beautiful. In general, again, I would have liked more information on our surroundings.
It may have been due to the fact that we didn't plan our trip too far in advance so I'm not necessarily faulting Miha, but I didn't know the details of what we were going to be doing on the two days with the guide and would have liked an opportunity to decide after a more in depth conversation about the alternatives. I had to call the guide a day before we were leaving for Prague to ask about it and discuss some possibilities since I hadn't heard from anyone.
I also really loved our hiking experience with Bostjan. He did a great job of figuring out what would be both interesting, scenic and manageable for me with some knee problems and not being as adept a hiker as my husband. He was an expert driver on the windy mountain roads and planned a really wonderful hike.
Things I didn't find so interesting: walk through a bird sanctuary, since it wasn't particularly culturally interesting and birds had already flown south, and spending time in Lake Bled. Again, I'm not necessarily faulting the tour company for spending time in Bled since I had heard a great deal about it and it is a pretty famous site. It certainly was pretty and we had some great meals in local restaurants, and also went to the nearby gorge. However, it's very crowded and touristy and I think I would have preferred knowing a bit more about that aspect of it through talking with the tour company, and maybe spending time in a home stay overnight in the countryside instead or something like that. My favorite part of visiting Lake Bled was actually taking a different route back from the gorge and walking through the forest and two local villages back to Lake Bled. We were not able to rent bicycles there because the only places that were open didn't have any small enough for me, but it turned out to be fine to walk.

9-day active slovenia vacation that includes a few big/moderate hikes, Slovenia - May 27 - Jun 4, 2018

Traveler: Shree L. - Local specialist: Miha Gantar

We had an amazing 9-day Slovenia vacation with kimkim and the local specialist, Miha and his company. Ours was a completely customized trip for a group of 11 adults. We had two amazing guides, Domen and Anja. We were very impressed with the quality of the tour, the hotels, the farmhouses we visited, the wine tasting experiences, the local meals that we would never have found on our own, etc.... Miha before the start of the trip and our wonderful guides Domen and Anja during the trip had... read more

We had an amazing 9-day Slovenia vacation with kimkim and the local specialist, Miha and his company. Ours was a completely customized trip for a group of 11 adults. We had two amazing guides, Domen and Anja. We were very impressed with the quality of the tour, the hotels, the farmhouses we visited, the wine tasting experiences, the local meals that we would never have found on our own, etc.... Miha before the start of the trip and our wonderful guides Domen and Anja during the trip had tremendous attention to detail, and we could feel that they were doing their utmost to make sure all our wishes were fulfilled. We could not go on some of the hikes originally planned due to too much snow and Domen suggested awesome alternatives that had beautiful vistas. We were also impressed by how well Domen and Anja worked together as a team.

Slovenia is an extremely beautiful country with a wide variety of landscapes and we loved them all - the mountains, the lakes, the valleys, the meadows, the waterfalls, the underground caves and amazing cave kayaking experience, wine country, the Adriatic coast, the super charming towns, the lovely farmhouses, ...We will be recommending Slovenia and your awesome team to all our travel crazy friends!

Thanks again Miha, Domen and Anja for everything. You guys are the best!

And kimkim will certainly be on the top of my list to contact for all our future adventures in every country where they provide their services and have local operators.