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Hiking in Triglav National Park

Unlock the beauty of Slovenia's alpine wonderland with our comprehensive guide to Triglav National Park hiking, offering trails for beginners to seasoned adventurers.
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Stunning diversity. It’s how to best describe the Triglav National Park and its incredible potential as a hiking destination. From more even ground and easy treks to longer expeditions off the beaten track and challenging mountain climbs – there is a trail out there for everyone. Triglav National Park hiking has never been easier to plan and experience than it is with our help. See below when to go, what to bring, and some of the best routes for trekking at Triglav National Park.

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Wherever in the Triglav National Park you go - stunning vistas await

Hiking Seasons

If you are planning on hiking in Triglav National Park, the time of your visit has to be chosen accordingly.

Lowland tours and undemanding hikes are suitable throughout the year and most do not require a professional guide. Late spring, when nature is in bloom and the weather is not too hot, is perhaps the most appealing for relaxing strolls and undemanding hikes.

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Village of Zajamniki on Pokljuka Plateau

Then there’s early autumn with its attractive palette of colors, stable weather, and pleasant temperatures. In winter, however, snow and with it the increased complexity of a hiking tour have to be taken into account. Less trodden-down routes covered with snow require the right hiking techniques and a guide who knows where to go.

In summer, you can also find many lowland undemanding hikes, especially those that run through forests, gorges or alongside bodies of water, e.g. the Martuljek waterfalls, Mostnica Gorge or along the Soča River. During the high season, hiking can easily be combined with refreshing water activities such as canyoning, rafting and kayaking. Summertime is also more suitable for demanding hikes on higher terrain, where the snow has melted, the days are long, and the temperatures are bearable. The possibility of unpredictable afternoon storms should be considered, so an early start is definitely a must.

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Komna Plateau in winter

In autumn, the highlands are still very tempting, as serious snowfall has not yet arrived, but days are already shorter, which demands a bit more planning. Winter conditions, on the other hand, require a precise and well-thought-out itinerary that is best devised with the help of an expert guide.

Preparing for Triglav National Park Hike

What to pack also depends on the chosen tour. Striking the right balance when packing is an art in itself. If you forget to take something crucial to the mountains, you can get into a spot of trouble quickly, but if your load is too big, it can prove quite exhausting and consequently, the hike becomes rather unpleasant. An experienced guide is always the best person to turn to for advice on which equipment to bring.

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The equipment you choose depends on a lot of different factors

As a general rule, you should always pack some warmer layers of clothing and sun protection. The highlands, even mid-summer, require long trousers, a hat, a wind-stopper jacket, and high-quality hiking shoes/boots with excellent grip.

There are many areas within the Triglav National Park where phone reception is questionable, which means GPS might not work. Maps for navigation should therefore be stored in advance and the phone battery saved in case of mishaps. The emergency number to call in Slovenia is 112.

A helmet is recommended on steeper, more demanding, and exposed trails, as the limestone rock is crumbly. The hiker can easily trigger debris in front of you or a passing mountain goat.

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Most waters in the park are drinkable

Always make sure to bring enough water supplies. Although drinkable, water sources are scarce in the high mountain karst. Additional high-calorie food should also be packed in the event you run low on energy or if the hike proves more demanding than expected.

In winter as well as late spring, ice axes, and crampons are obligatory pieces of equipment in the higher parts of the mountains. Snowy patches can even remain in summer. Slipping is the most common type of accident in the mountains. It mostly occurs due to inadequate equipment, exhaustion, and/or not knowing the terrain.

We, therefore, stress yet again that demanding climbs and even some longer intermediate hikes are best ventured on with a professional local guide.

The extremely broad network of trails, including those that lead up Mt. Triglav, is simply begging to be explored and reveal its milliards of natural treasures. Here are some of the highlights.

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Forest path on Pokljuka Plateau

1. The Soča Trail

The Soča Trail is a captivating hike that offers a feast for the eyes and soul, starting at the Source of the Soča River, also known as Izvir Soce, and ending in Bovec. Traversing this one-way trail leads you past stunning turquoise waters, gorges, waterfalls, and viewpoints that make every step worthwhile. The trail is well-marked and offers a variety of terrains, from forest paths to rocky trails alongside the river. While the official length is 25 kilometers, trekkers may find themselves hiking closer to 32 kilometers when you consider the additional distance to the starting point and various points of interest along the way.

Emerald Soča River
Enjoy the view of the emerald Soča River

Elevation varies throughout the hike, with a gain of around 366 meters and a loss of about 1,341 meters. Although the trail is not technically challenging, it does require a moderate level of fitness due to its length. Most hikers complete the trail in one day, but it can be extended to two days for those who prefer a more leisurely pace. The total hiking time is close to 10 hours if it is to be completed in one day, but there are places to stay along the trail if some decide to split it into two days.

The trail is accessible year-round, but the best time to visit is during the late spring to early autumn when the weather is more favorable. It's a hike that's suitable for all levels and is particularly good for those interested in nature, offering a variety of terrains and scenic views. To start the adventure, there's a local bus from Bovec. The bus ride should take around 40 minutes, and tickets can be purchased on the bus for around 3-4 Euros.

2. Pokljuka Plateau Hut-to-Hut Hike

The Pokljuka Plateau Hut-to-Hut Hike is a 3-4 day adventure offering a comprehensive experience of Slovenia's Julian Alps. Originating from Lake Bohinj, the hike traverses a variety of terrains, from scenic valleys like Voje to alpine pastures such as Uskovnica and Lipanca. Panoramic views stretch from Lake Bohinj to Lake Bled, with the majestic Mt. Triglav serving as a constant backdrop.

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Greenery on the Uskovnica mountain pasture

Distances covered each day vary, with elevation gains ranging from 800 to 1,100 meters and descents between 200 to 950 meters. The trail is not technically challenging but requires a moderate level of fitness and basic hiking experience. Proper footwear is recommended, as trail conditions can vary. Nights are typically spent in cozy, recently-renovated mountain huts like the Uskovnica and Blejska Huts, offering a taste of traditional Slovenian hospitality.

The optimal time for this hike falls between April and October, providing a versatile option for both spring and autumn hiking. The trail remains accessible during transitional months like May, June, and October, even when most other huts are closed. This flexibility makes it suitable for experiencing the Julian Alps during less crowded periods.

In summary, the Pokljuka Plateau Hut-to-Hut Hike presents a multi-day journey featuring challenging ascents, rewarding descents, and unparalleled views of some of Slovenia's most iconic landscapes. Suitable for seasoned hikers and those seeking a moderate multi-day adventure, the hike offers a rewarding and diverse experience.

3. Mostnica Gorge

The Mostnica Gorge is a 2-kilometer-long natural wonder located near the village of Stara Fužina, approximately two kilometers northeast of Lake Bohinj. Carved by the Mostnica stream, the gorge is a popular destination for those interested in experiencing Slovenia's natural beauty. The trail leads through a variety of landscapes, including narrow rocky sections, deep pools that reach up to 20 meters in depth, and unique rock formations like the Little Elephant.

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Can you spot the Little Elephant?

Elevation changes are minimal, making this a relatively easy hike suitable for all levels. The trail is not technically challenging but can get slippery in some places, especially after rain, so good footwear is recommended. The hike takes about an hour and a half to complete in both directions, making it a perfect choice for those looking for a shorter outdoor adventure.

The gorge is accessible year-round, but the best time to visit is from late spring to early autumn when the weather is most favorable. Unlike other more touristy gorges, Mostnica offers a more natural experience, free from wooden walkways and large crowds. A nominal entrance fee is charged, which goes towards maintaining and protecting this beautiful area.

4. Mt. Viševnik

Viševnik is a 2,050-meter-high mountain located in Triglav National Park, offering a fantastic introduction to high mountain climbing. It is popular with families, beginners, and those who wish to enjoy breathtaking views without a strenuous hike due to its accessibility. The trail starts at Pokljuka and takes approximately 4-5 hours to complete, making it a perfect day hike.

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Hiking up Viševnik and the vast Pokljuka Plateau below

The hike covers a distance of 4.2 km with an elevation gain of 580 meters in one way. The ascent begins in the pristine forest of the Pokljuka Plateau and continues through an increasingly sparse forest, eventually leading to more rugged terrain. As you ascend, panoramic views of Pokljuka, Lake Bohinj, and surrounding mountains open up, culminating in a 360-degree panorama at the summit.

The trail is open from April to October, offering flexibility for those looking to hike during less crowded periods. Viševnik is among the least demanding mountains of its altitude, requiring only basic hiking gear and a moderate fitness level. However, it's always important to wear sports shoes with good grip and bring along essentials like water, snacks, and sunscreen. You can also join our guided tour to the summit of Mt. Viševnik.

5. The Seven Lakes Hike

The Seven Lakes Hike is a renowned trek in Triglav National Park, featuring a series of high-altitude pastures and stunning glacial lakes. The trail is a 16-kilometer-long journey that takes 6-9 hours to complete, making it a full-day adventure. Starting from Blato mountain pasture, the hike is a popular choice for those who have a reasonable level of physical stamina and a few days to spare.

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One of Slovenia's most cherished jewels - The Valley of the Seven Lakes

The trail has an elevation gain of 850 meters. It begins at a relatively high altitude and leads through forests to several high alpine pastures. Along the way, hikers encounter mountain huts offering refreshments, making it a comfortable trek for those who wish to take it easy. The second mountain hut by the magnificent Double Lake is often the goal for the day.

The hike is accessible from April to October, providing options for those who prefer less crowded trails. While the hike is not very steep or technical, it does require a solid fitness level. Essentials such as comfortable sports clothes, snacks, trekking poles, and sports shoes with good grip are recommended.

Interested in experiencing this hike for yourself? Check out our Seven Lakes Hike Tour for more details and booking options.

6. Juliana Hiking Trail

The Juliana Hiking Trail is a unique long-distance trail that circumnavigates the Julian Alps and Triglav National Park. Unlike other hikes that aim for the peaks, the Juliana Trail takes you along the foothills and valleys, offering a different perspective of the alpine world. The trail spans a total of 270 km, with an additional 60 km for extra stages to Brda, and is divided into 16+4 stages. Each averages around 17.5 km and takes about 4-5 hours to complete.

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Incredible views from the Juliana trail

The trail features a total elevation gain and loss of 10,000 meters, making it a challenging yet rewarding experience. It's a multi-stage route, meaning you can tackle it in parts or as a whole, depending on your schedule and fitness level. The trail is marked as difficult, but it is more about endurance than technical skill. It takes you through diverse landscapes, from forests and mountain passes to urban areas, allowing you to experience the region's rich natural and cultural heritage.

The best time to hike the Juliana Trail is between April and October when the weather is most favorable. Given its length and complexity, it's recommended to plan your adventure well in advance. The trail is well-marked and easy to navigate, but it's advisable to have a good map or GPS for guidance.

7. Savica Waterfall

The Savica Waterfall is one of Slovenia's most iconic natural attractions in the heart of Triglav National Park. This unique waterfall is a double stream that plunges 78 meters into a green water basin. The waterfall starts at an altitude of 836 meters. It is fed by water flowing from the Triglav Lakes Valley and from under Pršivec. The hike to the waterfall is relatively short but steep, covering a distance of about 2 km and taking approximately an hour to complete from the parking area.

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Savica Waterfall has been the subject of many Slovenian poetic works

The trail has an elevation gain of about 500 meters, making it a moderate hike suitable for most fitness levels. The path is well-marked and leads through a forested area, offering a serene atmosphere as you approach the waterfall. It's an ideal destination for those looking to combine natural beauty with a bit of physical activity. The trail is accessible year-round, but the best time to visit is between April and October when the weather is most favorable.

An entrance fee is required to access the waterfall, ranging from 3 to 4 EUR for adults, depending on the season. This fee includes accident insurance and contributes to the maintenance and preservation of this natural wonder. The waterfall is not just a sight to behold but also holds cultural significance, often glorified in Slovenian poetry.

8. Zajamniki Mountain Pasture

The Zajamniki mountain pasture is a hidden gem located on the western edge of the Pokljuka Plateau, offering stunning views of the Julian Alps. Situated at an altitude of 1,280 meters, the hike to Zajamniki is relatively easy and gentle, making it suitable for all ages and fitness levels. The trail starts from Rudno Polje, which is at an altitude of 1,347 meters, and takes about an hour and a half in one direction.

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Zajamniki mountain pasture is just one among many stunning hidden gems in the Triglav National Park

The hike covers a distance of approximately 2 km with a negative elevation change of 67 meters, as the starting point is higher than the destination. The trail leads through a forested area and opens up into a grassy valley known as Španove Jame. From there, it continues through a spruce forest and eventually reaches the pasture. The trail is marked and features some gentle ascents and descents, making it a comfortable experience.

The best time to visit Zajamniki is during dry weather, almost year-round, including winter, if there isn't too much snow. The pasture is not very crowded and retains its original pastoral appearance, making it a peaceful and photogenic destination. While there are no huts with food or beverages, it's advisable to bring enough water and some snacks for the journey.

9. Martuljek Waterfalls

The Martuljek Waterfalls are a set of two stunning waterfalls located near the village of Gozd Martuljek, offering a scenic hiking experience. The trail is 8 km long and takes about 2 hours to complete, making it a half-day adventure. The hike starts from a parking area near Gozd Martuljek and leads you through a forested area, eventually opening up to views of the waterfalls.

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Lose your sense of time while walking through the calm woods of the Martuljek mountain group

The trail features an elevation gain of 470 meters, making it a moderate hike suitable for most fitness levels. The first waterfall, known as Spodnji Martuljkov Slap, is easily accessible and offers a serene setting for relaxation. The second waterfall, Zgornji Martuljkov slap, is more challenging to reach, requiring a climb over an extremely technical section secured with pins and steel cables, suitable only for experienced hikers.

The trail is accessible year-round, but the best time to visit is from spring to autumn when the weather is most favorable. Along the way, there's a mountain hut called Brunarica Pri Ingotu, offering local food and a cozy atmosphere, making it a perfect spot for a break.

10. Slemenova Špica

Slemenova Špica is a popular hiking destination in the Slovenian highlands, known for its stunning panoramic views. Located near the highest road pass, Vršič, the hike starts at a high elevation, making it relatively easy and short. The trail begins at Erjavčeva koča, situated at an altitude of 1,520 meters, and leads to the peak at 1,909 meters. The hike covers a distance of approximately 4 km and takes about 1.5 hours one way, with a total elevation gain of 630 meters.

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First glimpse of Mt. Jalovec from the path toward the summit of Slemenova Špica

The trail is well-marked and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. It is suitable for all ages, including children, and is categorized as technically easy. Along the way, you'll encounter a variety of landscapes, from forested areas to open meadows, providing an ever-changing backdrop for your hike. The trail is accessible year-round, although the best time to visit is between spring and autumn.

Once you reach the summit, you'll be rewarded with a magnificent view of Mt. Jalovec and the Tamar Valley below. You can either return the way you came or opt for a slightly more challenging route, taking you close to the cliffs of Mojstrovka. Both eventually converge, leading you back to the starting point.

How to Get to Triglav National Park

Triglav National Park is located in the northwestern part of Slovenia, sharing its borders with Italy. It's a significant natural treasure that covers most of the eastern Julian Alps and is home to Slovenia's highest peak, Mount Triglav, which stands at an elevation of 2,864 meters. If considering a visit, there are multiple ways to get there.

One of the most convenient ways to reach the park is by car. The park is well-connected by road, making it easily accessible from major cities like Ljubljana. For those coming from neighboring Italy, the park is also not far from the Italian border. However, if you prefer public transportation, there are options available, although they may require some planning. Buses run from major cities to various destinations within or near the park. The frequency of these services can vary depending on the season and the day of the week.

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Hiking in Triglav National Park is full of unique views

Once in the area, having a car can be advantageous for those planning to explore the park extensively. Various transit options are available for those who prefer not to drive. It's worth noting that the best time to visit Triglav National Park is from late May to October. If interested in hiking, the most favorable period is from late June to late September. While the park itself is free to enter, it's important to know that camping is only allowed in designated campsites.

Additionally, although the park is free to visit, some natural attractions within the park may have entry fees. For example, the Tolmin Gorge has an entry fee that varies depending on the month.

Keep the Park as Beautiful as it is

It is our responsibility to take care of this unique and highly important natural environment. Read more about dos and don'ts and about the Triglav National Park in general here.

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