Climbing Triglav

Everything you wanted to know about hiking Triglav - the king of Julian Alps.

How difficult is it to climb mount Triglav?

Mount Triglav hike is widely considered an intermediate level climb. However, although the most popular routes are not very technically demanding, they always include steep and exposed sections and should never be underestimated. Knowing your abilities is everything. Regardless of the chosen route, it is highly important that you are in good physical shape and do not possess a fear of heights.

Climbing Triglav (along certain routes) is also suitable for families. Children must be over the age of 12, and should be able to walk for up to approx. 6 consecutive hours. 

With some prior high-altitude hiking experience, reaching the summit of Triglav presents visitors with a challenging yet rewarding experience.   

Approaching Triglav with a professional guide is always the safest and most enjoyable option. Besides the proper equipment (discussed later), our guides provide you with vital information regarding the best route to take and to do so under the right weather conditions. Weather can change quickly in the mountains, so keeping track of storms, snowfall and dense fog is extremely important.    

The best Triglav climbing routes

As should be expected for such a popular and accessible mountain, visitors to Triglav can reach the summit along a multitude of various routes. Most take 2 days and involve staying overnight at a mountain hut (described later), but the fitter climbing enthusiasts among you are welcome to do it all in a single brave push. 

Our route selection includes by far the most interesting and diverse routes to Triglav’s peak.

From Krma valley

This Triglav trail through the easternmost part of Triglav is long and one of the easiest approaches, as it does not include any really demanding sections, except for the final 400-m secured via ferrata climb. The tour takes 2 days with a total of 12-14 hours of climbing and an overnight stay in a mountain hut. It is recommended for people with basic mountaineering experience, including families with children. It is also the most suitable route for a single day ascent.

From Vrata valley

This northern approach is a steep but super fun ascent. Out of the three existing routes, we have chosen the most demanding yet scenic one – the Plemenice Route. Above the Luknja Saddle, a secured via ferrata awaits, and above it there is exposed climbing all the way to the Western Triglav Plateau. It’s quite a tough climb, but the effort is absolutely worth it, as incredible views of the most stunning valleys in Slovenia open up beneath you.

This Triglav guided climb usually takes 2 days with a total of 14-16 hours of climbing and hiking.

From Bohinj (Seven Lakes Valley)

This route is the longest to ascend Triglav, but it’s also an unfathomably lovely mountain trail that leads you through the very heart of Triglav National Park. The route starts in Blato Meadow, right above Lake Bohinj. The hike involves a dynamic landscape of meadows, pastures and rocky sections down the Seven Lakes Valley. The final push to the summit of Triglav involves a thrilling but very secure via ferrata.

The route can be covered in two days with around 17-19 hours of walking and climbing. But where’s the rush? We believe such spectacular surroundings should be relished, so we’ve extended this option into a 3-day tour. The sheer beauty of this route ensures you will never forget this incredible Triglav hiking experience.

From Zadnjica valley

A long, fascinating route that begins in the village of Trenta. A 5-hour takes you down some fantastically picturesque mule track (muletiera), built during the First World War. This route is suitable for beginners, although certain sections on the final approach do require the use of a fixed rope.

The Zadnjica tour takes 2 days with 12-14 hours of climbing to reach the summit.

Total hours of climbing: 12 to 14 hours. Whether you’re a Sunday hiker or an experienced climber, this Triglav trail is definitely for you. Especially if you would like to see some historical sites along the way.

Climbing Triglav in one day 

Sure, Triglav can be ascended in a single day. But be warned, it’s certainly not a piece of cake. The routes that take you from Krma or Vrata Valley are tough and require excellent physical endurance to accomplish the 2,000-m altitude change.

Hiking Triglav mountain a day way will be challenging but it will fill you up with pride. Feeling up for it? Great! We’ve got a superb One Day Triglav Tour waiting to be booked.

Triglav mountain huts 

There’s a reason why mountain huts have become such an integral part of Slovenian Alpine tradition. They are the most welcome shelter a visitor to the mountains could ever wish for. Cosy yet simple, these high-altitude havens also line the routes leading up Triglav. Tasting scrumptious authentic dishes and waking up above the world is an unforgettable experience in itself. Except for Kredarica, which doubles as a meteorological outpost during winter, the mountain huts on the way to Triglav operate from June to September.  

Booking in advance is a must. After all, Triglav is the most popular mountain in Slovenia, so accommodations up there are scarce. It’s advisable that you book up to half a year ahead, especially for the weekends of August and September.

Triglavski dom na Kredarici (Kredarica hut)

This is the highest mountain hut in the country, situated on the Kredarica Plateau, 2515 m above sea level. Although it can accommodate larger numbers, this very fact hints at over crowdedness. That's why we have opted for the more authentic variants, Planika and Dolič.   

Dom Planika Pod Triglavom (Planika hut)

Based on the southern side of Triglav, the Planika hut is only approx. 1.5 hours from the summit. This means you can recharge your batteries nicely for the final step, before descending into the lowlands the next day. It also allows you to choose from more routes up to the summit.

Trzaska koca na Doliču (Dolič hut)

This rather small hut only accommodates 80 climbers. And that’s actually a plus, as it truly preserved and emphasises the Alpine vibe. The location is stunning, overlooking the Trenta Valley.

When to climb Triglav?

The most optimum ascents are during the dry season, which runs from June to October. The ideal dates are therefore between the end of June and the beginning of July. It’s when nature is blooming and the crowds are smaller.

The high season is from August to September. During this time Triglav receives over 2,000 climbers daily. If you can’t avoid going, it’s advisable to ask a local guide for the less hiked routes.

Winter ascents (November to early June) are also possible, but these are reserved for experienced climbers. It’s when the Julian Alps experience the harshest weather conditions and climbing becomes extremely unpredictable.

Come prepared

But not over-prepared. Climbing Triglav demands special equipment and hiking gear, but minimalism is something to keep in mind, because you don’t want to be heaving a heavy load all the way up there. Remember, whenever in doubt about what to bring with you, a friendly local guide is your best source of information. Additionally, you can also hire equipment, so don’t worry if you didn’t bring your helmet with you on holiday.

Here is a check-list of equipment and belongings we recommend you bring or hire:

  • Comfortable sports clothes
  • Insulation jacket
  • Spare socks, underwear and shirt
  • Gloves
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks
  • Headlamp
  • ID card
  • Trekking poles if you are used to them
  • An extra layer of clothing
  • Rain jacket
  • Headwear
  • Sports shoes with good grip
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush
  • Sleeping liner (disposable can be bought in the hut)

Why join a guided tour when climbing Triglav?

Whatever Triglav mountain hike you end up choosing you will have an amazing time. This Slovenian giant is truly an experience on its own. Enjoy it, not struggle with it. Guides are certified professionals with many years of experience in mountain climbing. They know the most optimal routes and possess all the necessary knowhow that makes your journey easier, and above all, safer. Local guides are also fluent in English and can share some amazing insights about the mountains, Triglav, the wildlife, history of the place, fun trivia, etc. Their skills and knowledge will undoubtedly prove useful to have with you as backup in case of any eventuality.

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We offer a selection of diverse, customisable mountain climbing and hiking tours that lead to the best peaks in Triglav National Park, including the symbol of Slovenia itself – Mt. Triglav.
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