Triglav Hut-to-Hut Hike
This trip takes you into the very heart of Slovenia’s most treasured National Park and every day delivers incredible alpine scenery on a high mountain traverse hiking tour through the Julian Alps. Hike a combination of the Triglav Summit Trail and the Seven Lakes walk; should you fancy it, the Mount Triglav summit climb beckons too. You’ll be blown away by the dramatic mountain scenery, interspersed with idyllic Alpine meadows and forested valleys and the warm hospitality of the Mountain Huts
The local trails are well defined but you need to be a competent mountain walker as it’s rugged limestone terrain underfoot and exposed in places. Experience overnight stays in the excellent mountain huts Slovenia offers and enjoy outstanding Alpine scenery whilst also gaining a thorough understanding of the area’s rich natural and cultural history. Enjoy long summer evenings with local hut keepers and fellow trekkers from around the world over a glass of homemade liquor and a traditional Slovenian meal. At the end of your hike, you’ll descend to stay overnight at the beautiful and sublime lake Bohinj, a great spot to go for a paddle or relax by the lake shore after your exertions. There is also the option to call into the famous Lake Bled on your way back to the vibrant capital of Ljublana.
Get Ready For
- Delightful Ljubljana, one of Europe’s most petite and lively capital cities
- Exceptional scenery and rugged hiking through the heart of Triglav National Park
- Charming, rustic mountain refuges and the company of like-minded travellers
- Stunning vistas across the central Julian Alps and serene alpine meadows
- Option to summit Mount Triglav, Slovenia’s highest peak
- Pristine, magical, glacial Lake Bohinj
Hiking Hut to Hut
You need to be a keen and fit hiker to fully enjoy this tour. The daily hiking durations provided are pure walking time, without stops, time for lunch, taking pictures etc. This is a serious alpine hike on rough terrain with lots of uphills and downhills, crossing steep grave slopes. The trails are rocky and sometimes narrow, there is loose gravel and roots. You will also cross a rocky plateau without a proper path. You will need to pay close attention to the hiking markers. The intersections are mostly well marked. We provide a detailed hiking map and a navigation app for easy independent navigation. You still need some sense for orientation. Finding your way will take some time.
Welcome to beautiful Slovenia! Arrive in Ljubljana and get to know one of the cutest European capitals. Explore its streets and squares, enjoy the lively atmosphere, hike up to the castle for the best view. You can join a city biking tour or have a food expert take you around the best local bars, bistros and cafes. A great introduction to Slovenia’s culinary scene!
Today there will be a trip briefing where you will meet the team and learn all about your upcoming adventure.
Accommodation tonight a 3-star hotel.
Today you will be transferred to the trailhead (approx. 1 hour 20 minute drive). You will start your hiking adventure by following a well-trodden unmarked path through a magical forest before reaching a lively alpine farm. After trying some of the fresh dairy products and taking in the views, climb an unfrequented mountain and enjoy the stunning vistas across the central Julian Alps. Spot your mountain hut in the distance and cross an alpine meadow to reach it.
This beautiful trail is easy to follow and marked most of the way but it’s one of the less-visited ones in the Triglav National Park so you’ll only meet a handful of people along the way. Enjoy the scenery and serenity and do not forget water, lunch, snacks, jacket and sun protection.
- 1100m ascent; 400m descent
Tonight you will sleep in a mountain hut. The bedrooms have 4 to 12 beds. Bathrooms are shared. There is a water source and running water, flushing toilet and a shower. The hot water is to be paid extra and is not always assured.
Meals: B, D
Walk along the high alpine meadows and plateaus, surrounded by the selection of Slovenian highest summits. Optionally, tackle Mt. Kanjavec, the highest ‘neighbour’ of Mt. Triglav and enter the heartland of the Julian Alps. The views from the summit are simply breathtaking. Most of the day, you are walking on rough rocky terrain above the tree line. There is a lot of gravel and some steep sections where you partly have to use your hands as well.
After you reach the mountain hut for the night, you can add a sunset hike to one of the peaks above the hut and enjoy the amazing evening light on the surrounding mountains.
- 870m ascent, 650m descent
Tonight you will sleep in a dormitory (with 30 beds). There is no running water in the hut, only rainwater. There is a pit toilet outside the hut. A water source is about a 10-minute walk from the hut.
Meals: B, D
OPTIONAL: Climb the summit of Mt Triglav
By adding a short detour, you can also add the summit of Slovenia’s highest peak, Mt Triglav. The upper part of the climb is a via-ferrata. The guide will meet you at the mountain hut in the early morning and bring all the safety gear. Once you are out of the climbing section, you continue on your own and soon join the above described trail. Here is a video of the climb to the top.
- Hike (including Mt Triglav): 8-9 hours, 12 km, ascent 1150m, descent 950m
Today you continue south along the valley of 7 Triglav lakes. You will walk along the comfortable trail along the valley and enjoy fantastic alpine views. You will also have options do add some side-trips to summits with beautiful views.
In the second part of the day you will leave the highest peaks behind and enter the land of alpine meadows. The gentle trails will lead you to the small and simple but very charming mountain hut where you spend your last night of the trekking.
- 400m ascent, 820m descent
Tonight you will spend the night in a simple but charming hut. Only dormitories are available. A pit toilet and water is outside the hut. No showers. Dinner and breakfast in this hut are NOT included and must be paid on the spot in cash.
Today you are mostly descending. Quite a lot! You will walk along comfortable forest trails and enjoy the occasional views towards Lake Bohinj in the valley below you. Enjoy this alpine fairytale and prepare for a steep and quite rocky descent all the way to stunning Lake Bohinj. Reach the lake and refresh yourself from the hike with a well-deserved swim in the crystal clear waters. Walk all the way to your hotel.
- 70m ascent, 1200m descent
Accommodation is a 3-star hotel within walking distance to Lake Bohinj.
Your trip finishes after breakfast. We highly recommend adding some extra days to experience picturesque Lake Bled at the foothills of the Julian Alps. There is a bus service to Lake Bled (additional expense). We can provide a quote for a private transfers and accommodation in Lake Bled or Ljubljana.
Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia and ranks as one of the most attractive European capitals. It is known for its charming old town, historic architecture, vibrant cultural scene, and its position as the political, economic, and cultural hub of Slovenia. The Ljubljanica River flows through the city, and its banks are lined with outdoor cafes and restaurants. Ljubljana’s numerous bridges, such as the Triple Bridge and the Dragon Bridge, provide picturesque views and are popular gathering spots for both locals and tourists. Perched on a hill overlooking the city is Ljubljana Castle, a medieval fortress with a rich history.
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Triglav National Park
Triglav National Park is Slovenia’s only national park and is named after Mount Triglav (2863m), the highest peak in the Julian Alps and the symbolic mountain of Slovenia. It is known for its stunning alpine landscapes, rich biodiversity, pristine rivers and lakes. Triglav is an important symbol of Slovenian national identity and is a popular destination for hikers and climbers.
The Julian Alps (Julijske Alpe) are primarily in Slovenia and extend into northeastern Italy. Several stunning glacial lakes are found in the Julian Alps, including Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj. There is also rich cultural heritage, with traditional Alpine villages, historic churches, and charming towns like Bled, Kranjska Gora, and Bohinjska Bistrica. Mount Triglav (2863m) is an intermediate climb. The most popular routes are not very technically demanding, but they always include steep and exposed sections and should never be underestimated.
Seven Lakes Valley
The Seven Lakes Valley hike is the most well-known hike in Triglav National Park. The stunning 31km trail (1300m+ elevation) passes through forests, meadows, valleys and seven beautiful lakes.
Lake Bohinj is a breathtaking glacial lake. It is surrounded by lush forests and overlooked by the majestic Triglav National Park. The lake’s clear waters are inviting for a refreshing swim during the summer months. Lake Bohinj is less crowded than the more well-known Lake Bled.
- 2 nights in a 3-star hotel or guesthouse in Ljubljana and Bohinj (twin/double, with breakfast)
- 3 nights in mountain huts (see itinerary for full details)
- 2 x half-board (dinner + breakfast) in mountain huts. Dinner and breakfast in the third mountain hut is NOT included and must be paid on the spot.
- Transfer to the trailhead on the first trekking day
- Welcome meeting on arrival day
- Interactive navigation app
- 1:25000 hiking map with the marked hiking route
- 24-hour emergency support in Slovenia and Australia
- Single supplement $450
- Lunches (bring your own lunch on the first hiking day; on other days, lunch is available to purchase from the mountain huts)
- Dinners on Days 4 and 5 are at your own expense, as well as breakfast on Day 5
- Optional guided hike to the summit of Mt Triglav
- Onwards travel from Lake Bohinj
- Travel insurance
Frequently asked questions
The huts in the Slovenian Alps are basic, but they offer everything a hiker needs: food, drinks and accommodation. The huts are accessible only by helicopter (no roads) and they have a limited food offer. Usually you will get different stews (vegetable or with meat), pasta and sausages. They also sell chocolate, soft drinks, water, beer etc. The usual breakfast is eggs, ham, cheese, butter and jam.
Most of the huts provide blankets and ‘one-time use’ paper bed sheets, which are similar to the sheets on hospital beds. We encourage you to bring your own lightweight cotton/silk sleeping bag (travel sheet). You don’t need a sleeping bag.
The huts have rooms of different sizes. We always book the smallest available room at the time of your booking. The second hut has a dormitory room with 30 beds.
Luggage transfer between the huts is not possible. You will need to carry the things you need for hiking. Your main luggage will be delivered to your hotel in Lake Bohinj (and the fee for this is included in the trip price).
The weather in the mountains can change a lot. On the highest peaks it can snow even in summer (although it is not very common). If the weather is nice it can be very hot (even around 30 degrees). Sunscreen, sun glasses and a hat are a must! If the weather is bad and windy you will need really warm clothes. Be prepared for temperatures as low as 0 degrees Celsius. This does not mean you have to bring a thick down jacket and thermal pants, but just keep in mind that it can get cold and unpleasant. We also recommend having a thin (lightweight) layer to cover your arms, legs and the back of your neck in case of really hot and sunny weather.
On the first 2 days you can’t refill water during the day. Your water bottles should be big enough to last the whole day. We recommend 1.5 to 2L of water. You can refill water at all mountain huts you stay at.
On the first hiking day you should bring lunch items with you. On all other days, there are mountain huts along the way where you can eat. Or you can arrange with the huts to make you a sandwich.
- Sturdy hiking boots (preferably high cut)
- Long hiking pants (preferably fast dry fabric)
- Warm jacket (fleece)
- Another long-sleeve layer
- Rain and wind protection (light weight rain and windproof jacket)
- Gloves and hat to keep you warm
- A hat to protect you from the sun
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Thin long sleeve layer for sun protection
- Cotton or silk sleeping liner (to avoid single-use bed sheets provided by the huts)
- Personal items (personal hygiene, medicine, towel etc.)
- Hiking poles (if you usually use them for hiking)
- A water bottle and/or a water filter
- A backpack to carry your equipment throughout the hiking tour; a 30L backpack will usually do.
- Travel insurance
- Passport or ID
Climbing Mt Triglav is an optional addition to this hiking tour and not included as part of the itinerary. The summit can be very crowded during summer, especially on weekends. The last 300 vertical metres (1.5 hours) of the ascent and descent is a via-ferrata. It is secured with steel hand lines and stemples. Some sections have big drops on both sides and is not for hikers who are afraid of heights.
Even though an experienced mountaineer may not even notice the exposure, the less experienced will definitely feel in need of guidance. The IFMGA licensed mountain guide will take care of your safety and provide all necessary equipment and professional guidance, which is essential when the weather is not perfect. The guide will guide you through the via-ferrata part. Before and after the summit climb you are hiking on your own. Have a look at this video for a better understanding of the terrain. You have to be very fit to climb Mt Triglav because the first two hiking stages do get very long.
IMPORTANT Please understand that this summit climb is not part of RAW Travel’s included itinerary and is an option that you can add on while in the area – therefore this add-on is not covered under our liability insurance.
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