- Hike in the magnificent Julian Alps and Triglav National Park
- Explore the emerald depths of the Soča Valley
- Enjoy the crystal waters of Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj
- Overnight in a mountain hut in the heart of Slovenian Alps
- Visit lovely Alpine pastures and the Valley of the Seven Lakes
|Day 1||Arrive in Ljubljana||Ljubljana|
|Day 2||Enjoy walking at Lakes Bled and Bohinj||Bohinj|
|Day 3||Hike in the Julian Alps||Julian Alps|
|Day 4||Hike in the Valley of the Seven Lakes||Julian Alps|
|Day 5||Hike in the land of Alpine pastures||Bohinj|
|Day 6||Explore the emerald Soča Valley|
Day 1: Arrive in Ljubljana
Welcome to Slovenia!
Upon arrival at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, you will get a transfer to your hotel in Ljubljana (30 minutes away).
Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia, and with a population of around 300,000, it's also the country's largest city. Ljubljana is so old that it even predates the Romans, but its old city center was shaped much later, during the Middle Ages. The area is a pedestrian zone and is very easy to walk around. You can explore the narrow streets or stroll along the banks of the Ljubljanica River. At the top of the hill above the city, Ljubljana Castle is a great place for a short walk with a beautiful view. Have a drink along the riverbanks or take the funicular up to the castle. Then, have dinner in one of the city's many restaurants, which are run by young talented chefs.
Day 2: Enjoy walking at Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj
Enjoy a full day exploring the bucolic area around Lake Bled and nearby Lake Bohinj. Go on a few shorter hikes nearby to reach river gorges and scenic viewpoints. Or, climb up to Bled Castle for a tour, and take a boat to the island in the center of the lake.
In the evening, enjoy a traditional meal at a local restaurant with views of the peaceful shores of Lake Bohinj.
Day 3: Hiking in the Julian Alps
In the morning, set off on your trek through Triglav National Park. You'll pass through peaceful Alpine pastures and end your hike in a cozy mountain hut below Mount Triglav, the highest mountain of Slovenia. If you want to keep going, you'll also have the option to an extra 2000-meter peak for some incredible views of the Julian Alps.
Hiking: 6 miles (10 km) / elevation +05. miles (900 m), -0.15 miles (250 m)/ approx. 6 hours
Day 4: Hiking in the Valley of the Seven Lakes
This is the hardest hiking day. The trail winds through stunning Alpine scenery, and you'll be treated to spectacular mountain views. Once again, you'll have the option to ascend an extra nearby peak. Then, you'll descend into the Valley of the Seven Lakes, where you can learn the geological history of this landscape and perhaps even find some fossils embedded in the rock. Spend the night in a comfortable hut right next to one of the lakes.
Hiking: 8.5 miles (14 km) / elevation +0.4 miles (700 m), -0.5 miles (750 m) / approx. 7 hours
Day 5: Hiking in the land of Alpine pastures
Slowly, you'll leave the highest peaks of the Julian Alps behind and enter a bucolic land of rolling hills and peaceful pastures to see shepherds at work and cows grazing. If you're lucky, you'll be able to try some home-made products before you reach your vehicle. Then, you'll drive Lake Bohinj to celebrate your accomplishments and treat yourself to a refreshing swim in its crystal clear waters. Afterward, make your way to your accommodation in Bohinj in the late afternoon to relax and spend the night.
Hiking: 6 miles (10 km) / elevation +0.1 miles (200 m), 0.5 miles (-800 m) / approx. 4 hours
Day 6: Explore the Soča Valley
In the morning, your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Bohinj and take you for a series of shorter hikes. You'll explore the area around the highest mountain pass in Slovenia and through one of the most biodiverse valleys in the world, the beautiful Soča Valley. You'll get to see crystal-clear rivers, narrow gorges, spectacular waterfalls, and lots more. If you prefer, you can also ask the guide to go on a single longer hike.
Afterward, your guide will take you to the airport in Ljubljana for your flight home.
To see more great European trekking itineraries, see kimkim's round-up of Europe's best hut-to-hut hikes.