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In this a package itinerary where we focus on experiencing the two biggest mountain ranges in Slovenia by hiking the Julian Alps, and Kamnik Alps. One can find numerous hiking options in Slovenia, but the mountains can get a bit tricky. The terrain is often steep in many sections and many of the routes connections are exposed. However, mixing the hikes with a night at a cozy mountain hut where you are treated with a warm meal and a drink can be a great pleasure.
Starting in Kamnik Alps
The first two days of hiking we will explore the north side of Kamnik Alps. There is one of the most famous but yet not too crowded valley in the Kamnik Alps. The Logarska Valley, which will be the start and the end of our two day hike there. For more authentic experience of the mountains we will spend a night in a mountain hut high above the valley.
Continuing in Julian Alps
For the rest of the trip we will focus on the biggest and the highest Mountain range in Slovenia. In Julian Alps we will afford to have a leisure first day. Visiting the Vrata Valley with its waterfalls and enormous north face of Triglav (the highest Slovenian Mountain) takes only short hikes. But is totally worth it. After we will head to Bohinj Lake from where we will start our 3 days hike exploring the Triglav Lakes Valley. On the last part of the trip we will descend down to the Soča Valley. We shall be awarded by a breath-taking scenery. Down the valley we will have a traditional culinary experience for icing on the cake.
The hike is perfect for active people who enjoys and appreciate the nature. There are no special climbing skills needed here. Anyhow, you need a good hill walking fitness and endurance. You should be comfortable to hike for around 5-7 hours on undulating terrain at a steady pace. This would include ascents and descents of between 500 – 800m vertical. You would also be carrying a backpack with all your kit in it for a day.
Day 0: Arrival day
Travel to our comfortable partner hotel close to the Ljubljana Airport. You should aim to arrive by late afternoon. There will be a welcome meeting, briefing and kit check with our guides at 7pm.
Day 1: Meet the Kamnik Alps
We will pick you up from your base on previously agreed time. Usually it is better to start a little earlier in order to get into elevation before it gets too warm. From your base, we will drive to the famous green Logarska Valley on the north side of the Kamnik Alps. From there we start a stunning hike in the shade of pine tree forest. This is our time to get to know each other and find the right flow for the hike which will then be utilised throughout the next few days. You will stay in a simple but comfortable hut in the mountains, and enjoy warm local meals and drinks of your choice.
Elevation gain: 600 m
Day 2: Experience Logarska Valley
We will wake up on agreed time for breakfast at the hut. After breakfast and a little stretching, you will go out again with your guide with a goal to explore some more gems in mountains above the Logarska Valley. There are a few suitable options and each and one of them has a special composition. We will plan to have lunch at one of the huts above o in the valley, depending on which option should we take. After a fulfilling day out, we will drive to the west and you will relax in a nice hotel at the base of Julian Alps.
Elevation gain: 600 m
Day 3: First taste of Julian Alps
Today we will less active day to gain some strength before the long hike ahead of us. However, we will not seat around playing chess. Probably the most important valley in the Julian Alps is Vrata Valley. It is 15 km long valley which leads to the north face of Triglav. Before a short hike towards the overwhelming view on Triglav we will follow a magnificent trail that is not know to most of people and leads to one of the biggest waterfall in the country.
Day 4: The Julian Alps above Bohinj Lake
The high plateau pastures of ‘Planina Blato’ above the Lake Bohinj will be the best start our day. From there we hike past several traditional shepherd’s huts. On the way, we can stop at one for a quick lunch in the form of a traditional local made dish. We finish with a descent towards the Triglav lakes Valley and settle in the mountain hut ‘Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih’. The hut is located just by the Double Lake and Lake Močivec.
Elevation gain: 700 m
Day 5: Triglav Lakes Valley
A bit shorter, but the most spectacular day is the hike up to the Triglav Lakes Valley. It is one of the most romantic places in the Julian Alps. It is a valley above the famous Lake Bohinj, in the direction of Mt Triglav and Mt Kanjavec. The valley is also called the Seven Lakes Valley (although there are actually ten lakes in total). All the lakes in the valley are connected by underground aquifers. The lakes ultimately drain out as a spectacular waterfall called ‘Slap Savica’ at the end of the Bohinj Valley, which feeds the Bohinj lake itself.
After an hour of pleasant walking, we will reach the biggest lake called the Kidney Lake due to its distinctive shape. From there we continue the hike up to discover the five upper lakes, which are smaller but located in the fantastic ambient of Mt Kanjavec and other mountains. In the early summer season, some of these lakes may be still covered in ice and snow. We finish the day in the mountain hut just above these higher lakes.
Elevation gain: 450 m
Day 6: Soča Valley
From the hut ‘Zasavska koča’ we take scenery descend down to the Soča Valley. There we can visit the magnificent Soča spring and then visit a completely renovated traditional farm ‘Kekčeva domačija’. It is a truly unique place where we can enjoy a unique culinary experience based on local traditional cuisine.
Departure after breakfast.
|Arrival date: Saturday, 17th August 2019
Start date: Sunday, 18th August 2019
Departure date: Saturday, 24th August 2019
|1300 EUR per person
The price includes all guiding fees and expenses, hotel accommodation in the valley (twin-room), mountain hut accommodation, entrance fees and all transfers.
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|We run this hiking tour with no more than 6 people per guide. If the group is larger than 6, there will be a second guide and we will have the ability to split the group if necessary. We run this tour with a minimum of 4 people.|