Julian Alps Hut to Hut Hiking

Explore the mesmerising beauty of the Slovenian mountain one mountain hut at a time.

STARTING POINT
Bohinj
Duration
3 days
Group size
max 8 people/ guide
Season
Apr - Oct
Fitness Level
Technical Level
  • Experience authentic life on alpine pastures 
  • Sleep in high mountain huts
  • Authentic food served in the huts
  • Reach Mount Kanjavec (2500 m) - optional
  • Triglav Lakes Valley
  • High alpine flora and fauna
  • Start and finish in Bohinj
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Included in price

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Transfer from Bled
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Professional guide
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Extras

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Transfer from Ljubljana
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Overnight stay at the lodges
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Food in the huts
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Trekking poles
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Backpack
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Headlamp

What to bring to the tour

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
Extra layer
Rain jacket
Headwear
Sports shoes with good grip
Water bottle
Sunscreen
Toothbrush
Sleeping liner (disposable can be bought in the hut)
Backpack 25-30 l
Some cash for food and accommodation

Pickup location and time

*Can be changed due to conditions or upon agreement

An incredibly beautiful 3-day hiking tour around Triglav’s immediate vicinity. No demanding climbs, just exceptionally picturesque walks in Slovenia’s spectacular Julian Alps. It’s an unforgettable hut-to-hut expedition that takes you across Slovenia's most awe-inspiring landscape. Witness unforgettably stunning views, encounter indigenous wildlife, taste traditional Alpine food and learn first-hand about Slovenian mountaineering culture.

This fantastic hut-to-hut tour involves around 5 to 6 hours of walking per day down trails of moderate difficulty. The routes around the Lake Bohinj area and towards Triglav’s Seven Lakes Valley are appropriate for most amateur hikers and offer beautiful vistas of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps.

The tour begins at the gorgeous Lake Bohinj and leads past high pastures dotted with grazing cattle, the source of famous Slovenian cheeses and soured milk. As we ascend further, we see the surrounding terrain become rugged and rocky while the trail itself remains relatively undemanding and pleasant. The scenery changes into majestic slopes with scarce alpine vegetation, the home of graceful wild climbers, such as the chamois or ibex. Don’t be surprised if we encounter a few of these local show-offs. 

The trail then leads past pristine alpine lakes, each with its own shape, colour and story. The Triglav Lakes Valley or Seven Lakes Valley is something out of a storybook and is one of the best things you can experience in the Julian Alps. Rest assured, you will have numerous opportunities for scenic breaks along the way to really absorb the majesty of this special place. Nights will be spent sleeping in lovely mountain huts, deeply rooted in Slovenian Alpine tradition. Their cosy shelters offer a delightfully scenic atmosphere and delicious cuisine. For those most keen, there will be a chance to add an extra peak after each mountain hut we reach.

The tour is easy and not technically demanding, suitable for everyone with a basic level of physical fitness. Families included. The route is flexible enough to be adapted to suit beginners as well as the more experienced and eager hikers in search of adrenaline.

NOTE: It can be busy up there in the summer. To ensure your spot in the lodges, we recommend booking the tour several weeks in advance, especially for the weekends. For last-minute bookings, we cannot guarantee a free spot in the chosen lodge, but we will try our best or find the most suitable alternative for you.

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Itinerary

We will start our tour by picking you up and driving to  Bohinj (45min from Bled). Our meeting time depends on the forecast and time of the year and will be set a day or two before the tour. After a quick gear check, we will start walking through the Voje Valley by the beautiful river Mostnica. After reaching a waterfall, the route goes up the forest and through mountain pastures, quickly starting to gain altitude before reaching Vodnik hut after about 5-6h. There is a freshwater spring there and a warm dinner before bedtime. 

On our second day the route leads us through Velska Dolina under the south slopes of Triglav, reaching Dolič mountain hut after around 2h. After a break, another short climb awaits us before descending to Prehodavci lodge, for a well-deserved rest. The last part of the second day is the most scenic,  as we slowly descend through the beautiful Seven Lakes Valley, reaching Triglav lodge at Doule Lake for the night.

Our last day is easier as we walk through authentic mountain pastures descending back to our car. If there is energy left, there is also an opportunity to reach another viewpoint on the way. We are usually back at the car sometime around the early afternoon.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear on Julian Alps Hut to Hut Tour?

It is important that your clothes are comfortable. You should have comfortable shoes with a good grip. It is recommended that you also have some warmer and windproof clothing with you as the temperature can drop or in case of cold wind. You can always leave excess clothes in the van after consulting with our guide.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

In case of bad weather the tour can be postponed or you will be fully refunded.

Is the tour only possible in stated season?

The season stated is informative. In case of dry conditions, the tour is also possible sooner or later in the year. If there is early or late snow in the mountains the season is shorter. I that case we can always suggest an alternative.

How do I pay for accommodation?

We will make a reservation at the hut for you at the time of your booking in advance and you can pay cash on the spot. There are rooms available if you book early enough, otherwise there are cheaper dormitories - let us know your preferred option.

How many people will be in a group?

We believe that your experience will be better in smaller groups. Therefore, there will be a maximum of 8 guests per guide.

Am I fit enough for Hut to Hut Tour?

The tour is flexible and it can be adjusted to your preferences, skills and fitness. Nevertheless, you should be comfortable with hiking for around 5-6 hours per day, with as many stops for breaks as you wish.

Is climbing Kanjavec difficult?

Kanjavec is at 2500m very high mountain, but relatively easy to climb. It makes our day for about 2 hours longer and takes some effort to gain extra vertical meters but the view from the top makes up for it. Technically, it is not demanding or exposed, except for a short section that is well secured with a cable. After a day of hiking together, our guide will know you enough and will be able to recommend it or not on the spot.

Who will be our guide on the tour?

Our tours are led by professional local guides. Our guides will make sure that you receive expert guiding combined with great fun and a memorable experience.

Is the tour kid friendly?

Our minimum age for tours is 8 years old. Children should be able to hike for 5-6 hours with stops for breaks. If you are planning to go on a tour with young kids, please let us know in advance and we can adjust the tour if necessary.

Do I need a guide to climb Triglav?

Triglav is a high and demanding mountain, not to be underestimated. Tricky route finding in the fog, exposed and steep terrain in the upper parts are some of the reasons to consider a guide. We only work with experienced local guides who know our mountains really well and will not only take care of your safety, but will also show you some new hiking and climbing techniques, share some interesting facts and stories, and overall make it a much more enjoyable experience. Of course, not everybody needs a guide, so for those more experienced among you we have more than a few advanced tours that will prove challenging, even in the company of an expert guide.

Is it crowded up there?

Triglav is amongst the most popular mountains in Slovenia. It has a great symbolic value for us and the saying goes that you are not a true Slovenian until you stand on its summit. Therefore, you can expect a lot of people on the mountain in the high season (July-September), especially on weekends. On week-days, however, it is much more peaceful. Luckily, our guides have some tricks up their sleeves when it comes to avoiding the crowds. Hint: they know exactly when and where to go.

Is it dangerous to climb Mt. Triglav?

Thousands of people climb Mt.Triglav every year. Some come better prepared than others, who underestimate the climb, which can lead to accidents. But with the right approach, knowing the weather conditions (especially the possibility of thunderstorms and snowfall), with the proper safety equipment and an experienced guide, you can minimize the objective dangers and feel completely safe.

What kind of accommodations are available?

Mountain huts in the Slovenian mountains are very cosy and authentic, but provide only basic comfort. Don’t expect too much luxury. Early bookings are usually rewarded with a room but if all rooms are full there are dormitories. There is no shower and the lavatories are basic. There is running water but it is not drinkable. The food is tasty and local but the menu is limited to a few dishes and drinks.

How far in advance do we need to book it?

The earlier the better. The highest season, from July to September, it is not unusual for huts to be fully booked for 5 or more weekends ahead. Weekdays are better but we still suggest bookings at least 2-3 weeks in advance. Last-minute bookings are very dependable on the weather - if the forecast is not a perfect bluebird, then some spots usually become available a few days before. For one-day tours, a week in advance is okay.
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    Jacqueline Sims
    June 2019
    5-stars
    This hiking trip wasn’t only cool because we got to witness the best parts of Slovenia’s Julian Alps, but also the way it was organized. They picked us up and took us to the Triglav National Park. The guide made sure everyone could keep up on the steeper areas and told us some really useful info about the mountains… Plus, our group was awesome! I’ve never stayed in mountain huts before, but I’m definitely doing it again. The views were jaw-dropping, the food was amazing and I got to experience the Slovenian alpine spirit first-hand. It’s certainly the best way of exploring the mountains and you don’t have to worry about the logistics, booking huts, etc. Highly recommend it!
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    Steve Rhodes
    August 2020
    5-stars
    I have to say that this was an amazing hiking trip. The itinerary was planned to perfection. I never knew there were so many beautiful lakes in the Slovenian mountains. Our guide took us down some ridiculously picturesque routes we would probably miss out on if going at it alone. He adapted the hike to a doable pace, so the whole group felt comfortable. The huts we stayed at were cosy, warm and we had the pleasure of meeting a few interesting people to share the views with. Way beyond expectations and very rewarding.
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    Willie Fisher
    June 2020
    5-stars
    It was my first time hiking in a group. I was exploring Slovenia for two weeks and decided to join this journey to see mountains and meet new people. For me the trip was very easy but also nice. All wonders of Triglav park, lakes, beautiful mountains, panorama… and watching the sunrise from the huts… Fantastic! Also the guide was friendly in communication and I learn a lot. I saw so much in 3 days! Good food and drink and great company. If you want some super hiking, meet people and experience beautiful nature go in this trip!

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