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Julian Alps Peaks Walk

Julian Alps Peaks Walk

Degree of difficulty - Moderate

Nestling under Austria's southern Alps and warmed by Italy's Mediterranean sun, Slovenia is a small country with big geography. Our Picturesque walking tour starts in Kranjska Gora, a well known winter sport village hosting yearly world cup slaloms. From here we hike through mountain pastures, valleys dotted with charming farmhouses and explore the Triglav National Park with its many World War II monuments. You make your way to Lake Bled, well known to many for its beautiful church and alpine backdrop, where you spend two nights exploring the area. Our next destination is Slovenia's largestlake, Bohinji, with its crystal clear waters fed by the 70 metres Savica Waterfall. You spend a further two nights here so as to provide the option of walking all the way around the lake or perhaps enjoy a swim in its inviting waters.

DAY 1. ARRIVAL IN BLED Arrival to Bled, a world famous town on the shore of a beautiful glacial lake, with its unique island church sitting proudly in the lake, and the castle perched high upon a cliff standing guard over the town (hotel 4*). 501 meters)

DAY 2. BLED – POKLJUKA HIGH PLATEAU A short morning car transfer brings you to the starting point, on top of Pokljuka high plateau (1280 m) – the starting point of many hiking trails in the Julian Alps. The warming - up hike will lead you over mountain pastures and through dense fir forests to up to Lipanska Hut. A typical hikers' lunch can be taken there. The afternoon walk will bring you along a panoramic route (excellent views of Karawanke range, Pokljuka plateau, Krma valley and Bohinj Mountains) to biathlon centre of Pokljuka where you stay for the night (hotel 3*). (14 km, 620 ascend, 6 hrs walking)

DAY 3. POKLJUKA – PLANIKA HUT After breakfast – off it goes to the heart of Triglav National Park and Julian Alps. The trail slowly ascends to Vodnikov Dom hut, where lunch and rest can be taken. Daily destination is Planika hut, right underneath Mt. Triglav – highest Slovene mountain (2864 m). Planika hut is an ideal starting point for a climb to Mt. Triglav, however, additional nights need to be booked there to accomplish this extra climb (the climb is partly a “via ferrata”, some alpine experience and a helmet is recommended). (Today your main luggage gets collected at Pokljuka hotel and is safely stored in our head office in Bled until you reach Bohinj at the end of the walk. You will not have access to it until then so make sure you have everything you need in your backpack). (Mountain hut accommodation). (12 km, 1100 ascend, 7 hrs walking)

DAY 4. PLANIKA HUT – KOČA PRI TRIGLAVSKIH JEZERIH After a hearty breakfast, you will start your walk across the Hribarice pass (2358m) in the direction of the Koča pri Triglavskih Jezerih hut. On your way to the hut, you can stop and admire the beauty of one the Triglav Park’s seven lakes, Zeleno Jezero (Green Lake), whose name is derived from the high algae content painting the lake a gorgeous lush green. As you continue on you will enjoy the beautiful view into the rest of the Dolina Triglavskih Jezer (The Valley of the Triglav Lakes). From the Koča pri Triglavski Jezerih hut, it’s about a 3 - hour hike to the Koča pri Savici hut where you will spend the night (Mountain hut accommodation). (11 km, 700 descend, 6 hrs walking)

DAY 5. KOČA PRI TRIGLAVSKIH JEZERIH – SAVICA WATERFALL HUT A long descent into the valley awaits you. During the lunch break at Komna hut, you will also enjoy great view of Bohinj Lake. The day will end with a short 20 - minute walk to Savica Waterfall, which is one of the most famous and popular waterfalls in Slovenia. An alpine Karst spring flows to the top of the waterfall and then cascades 78 metres and subsequently feeds the mighty Lake Bohinj. (Your main luggage will await you here.) (Mountain hut accommodation). (8 km, 410 descend, 5-6 hrs)

DAY 6. SAVICA WATERFALL HUT - RIBČEV LAZ / BOHINJ VALLEY After breakfast, a relaxing walk along the northern shore of Bohinj Lake will bring you to Ribcev Laz village where you can warm your blood with delicious homemade honey brandy and schnapps in the local bars. In summer months one can enjoy a swim in crystal clear water of Bohinj Lake. Alternatively, one can ascend Mt. Vogel with a cabin cable car. From top (1532 m) you'll be able to enjoy a perfect panoramic view of Julian Alps and the area you walked previous days (hotel 4*). (15 km, 100 m ascend, 5-6 hrs)

DAY 7. RIBČEV LAZ / BOHINJ VALLEY – LAKE BLED. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Lake Bled, a place that attracts visitors with its combination of natural wonders and unique culture and history. The surrounding region offers plenty of excellent hiking opportunities, including a walk to the stunning Vintgar Gorge. There is a 1600 - metre long walk on a wooden walkway, which leads through the scenic gorge along the Radovna River to the Sum Waterfall. Heading east, following well-marked signs for Bled, you have about 1 km to the Church of St. Catherine. From here it’s about 4 km back to Bled Lake. If you prefer a nice leisurely stroll on your final day, a hike around the lake takes about 1 hour. You can reach the famous island church on the lake by a special boat called “Pletna”, or visit Bled Castle and its museum inside. The museum hosts an interesting exhibition on the history of the castle. Your final night will be spent in a nice hotel overlooking the lake (hotel 4*).

DAY 8. DEPARTURE FROM BLED. The tour ends with a hearty breakfast, after which you are free to do as you please.

2019 Self Guided Tour Prices:

€680 per person sharing

+€80 single room supplement (if travelling with others, available in hotels only, but not in mountain huts)

€125 half board supplement (7 dinners in hotels, optional)

Tour Includes

What does the tour price of €680.00 per person sharing include?

  • Accommodation: four nights in 3* or 4* hotels / three nights in mountain huts in dormitories; Bed & Breakfast.
  • Transfers as per the itinerary on days 2 & 7
  • Luggage transfer as mentioned above, between overnight addresses in hotels (during high altitude walks, from day 3 to day 5 you need to carry own clothing/personal items with you, your main luggage gets collected at Pokljuka hotel and is safely stored in our head office in Bled)
  • Information package including detailed route description with corresponding maps in form of a picture book (one per room)
  • Backup service (hotline) during the trip
  • Welcome meeting upon arrival

Self Guided Tour Information

Available to start daily from 6 July - 14th Sept 2019


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