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THE JULIAN ALPS PEAKS WALK: 

an exciting walking holiday

 

Slovenia is a hospitable country, which surprises its visitors with its natural beauty. The mighty and impressive Julian Alps are easily accessible. You will cross through the Triglav National Park, which is one of the largest natural parks in Europe well-known for its beautiful landscape and its rich flora and fauna: chamois, wild roosters, eagles and marmots. It includes high mountains such as Mount Triglav (2864m a.s.l) and deep river gorges, highland karsts potholes and friendly highlands. You will stay mountain huts with amazing views over the surrounding mountains, in the Bohinj valley, a paradise for lovers of water sports and mountain hiking, and in Bled with its enchanting lake with tiny island with a church and the medieval castle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Programme

 

Day 1

 

 

Arrival in Bled

This tour starts in the idyllic village of Bled, a place that attracts visitors from all over the world with its combination of natural wonders, unique culture and history. The surrounding region offers plenty of excellent hiking opportunities, including a walk to the stunning Vintgar Gorge. There you can make a 1600-metre long walk on a wooden walkway, which leads through the scenic gorge along the Radovna River to the Sum Waterfall. Heading east, following well-marked signs for Bled, you have about 1 km to the pilgrim's church of St. Catherine (beginning 15th century). From here it’s about 4kms back to Bled Lake. If you prefer a nice leisurely stroll on your final day, a walk around the lake takes about 1 hour. You can reach the famous island church on the lake by special boat called “Pletna”, or visit Bled Castle and its museum inside. The museum hosts an interesting exhibition on the history of the castle. 

Overnight stay in **** hotel

 

Day 2 

From BLED to POKLJUKA HIGH PLATEAU 

A short morning transfer by vehicle brings you to your starting point of this walking tour, on top of Pokljuka high plateau (1280 m) – starting point of many hiking trails in Julian Alps. This warming-up hike will lead you over mountain pastures and through dense fir forests to up to Lipanska Hut. A typical hikers' lunch can be taken in this mountain hut. The afternoon walk will bring you along a panoramic route (excellent views of Karawanke range, Pokljuka plateau, Krma valley and Bohinj Mountains) to the biathlon centre of Pokljuka where you will stay for the night 

Walking time 6 hrs; Distance 11 km; Ascend 620m; Accommodation  *** hotel.

 

Day 3 

 

POKLJUKA – PLANIKA HUT 

After breakfast off it goes to the heart of Triglav National Park and Julian Alps. The trail slowly ascends to Vodnikov Dom hut, where you can have a lunch and a deserved rest. Today's destination is the Planika mountain hut, right at the foot of Mt. Triglav, the highest Slovene mountain (2864 m). According to an ancient Slavic legend, Mount Triglav is the three-headed god who watches over the earth, sky and underworld. Its triple peak is also the symbol of the Slovenian national pride and independence. Planika hut is an ideal starting point for a climb on Mt. Triglav. If you would like to make this extra climb we can book you an extra night in the mountain hut. Watch out this walk is partly along a “via ferrata”, and some alpine experience is needed and a helmet is recommended.

Today your main luggage gets collected at Pokljuka hotel and is safely stored in Helia’s head office in Bled until you reach Bohinj at the end of the walk. You will not have access to it until then so make sure you have everything you need in your backpack.

Walking time 7 hrs; Distance 10,5 km; Ascend 1100m; Accommodation Mountain hut accommodation.

 

Day 4 

 

From the PLANIKA mountain hut to KOČA PRI TRIGLAVSKIH JEZERIH - Koča pri Savici hut

After breakfast you will start your walk across the Hribarice pass (2358m.) in the direction of the Koča pri Triglavskih Jezerih hut. On your way to the hut you can stop and admire the beauty of one of the Triglav Park’s seven lakes, Zeleno Jezero (Green Lake), whose name is derived from the high algae content which colours the lake in a gorgeous green lush. As you continue on you will enjoy the beautiful view of the rest of the Dolina Triglavskih Jezer (The Valley of the Triglav Lakes). From the Koča pri Triglavski Jezerih hut it’s about a 3 hour hike to the mountain hut where you will spend the night.

Walking time 6 hrs; Distance 11 km; Descend 700m; Accommodation Mountain hut accommodation.

 

Day 5 

 

 

From KOČA PRI TRIGLAVSKIH JEZERIH to the KOMNA Mountain Hut .

Today you will reach the Black lake located in the middle of a forest. It is the warmest and lowest lake of the Triglav Lake Valley. With up- and downhill walking you reach the Komna mountain hut from where you will enjoy also a great view of the Bohinj lake. You wil stay her for your overnight.   

Walking time 5-6 hrs; Distance 10 km; Ascent: 340m  Descend 500m; Accommodation mountain hut 

 

Day 6 

 

From KOMNA mountain hut- RIBČEV LAZ / BOHINJ VALLEY.

A walk along an old military road will take you to the Savica waterfall, which is one of the most famous and popular waterfalls in Slovenia. An alpine karst spring flows to the top of the waterfall, then cascades 78 metres and subsequently feeds the mighty Lake Bohinj. From the waterfall you will follow the river Savica till the lake and you could make an easy stroll around the lake shore (5 km). In the summer months you can swim in its crystal clear water. You will spend the night on the eastern shore of the lake in the lovely lakeside village of Ribcev Laz where you can warm your blood with delicious homemade honey brandy and schnapps in the local bars. Alternatively, you could go on Mt. Vogel with a cabin cable car. From the Ski Hotel on Vogel Mountain (1540m)you'll enjoy a perfect panoramic view of Julian Alps, across Lake Bohinj into the Bohinj Valley and the area you walked in the previous days

Walking time 5-6 hrs; Distance 18 km; Ascend - 1200m; Accommodation **** stars hotel 

 

Day 7  

From RIBČEV LAZ / BOHINJ VALLEY to lake BLED.

After breakfast you will be transferred to Lake Bled, a place that attracts many visitors with its perfect combination of natural wonders, unique culture and history. The surrounding area offers plenty of excellent hiking opportunities, including a walk to the stunning Vintgar Gorge. There is a 1600-metre long walk on a wooden walkway, which leads through the scenic gorge along the Radovna River to the Sum Waterfall. Heading east, following well-marked signs for Bled, you have about 1 km to the Church of St. Catherine. From here it’s about 4 kms back to Bled Lake. If you prefer a nice leisurely stroll on your final day, a hike around the lake takes about 1 hour. You can reach the famous island church on the lake by a special boat called “Pletna”, or visit Bled Castle and its museum inside. The museum hosts an interesting exhibition on the history of the castle. Your final night will be spent in a nice hotel overlooking the lake Your final night will be spent in a nice hotel overlooking the lake.

walking time: 4-5 hours; small family **** star hotel

 

Day 8

Departure after breakfast

 

 

 

 

The package include:

  • 4 nights' accommodation in *** or **** hotel  and 3 nights in mountain huts (shared rooms; bed linen and breakfast included)

  • tour information package 

  • luggage transportation (except for three nights in mountain hut. During this walks on high altitude you have to carry your own clothing and personal items)

  • route instructions in form of a picture book (in English) with corresponding maps (one per room). 

  • back up service hotline during the walks

  • welcome meeting upon arrival

  • transfers by vehicle on day 2 and 7

 

 

Period

Daily from 8 July till 16 September

Level 4

The tour is only suitable for fit and trained walkers. It requires basic experience in walking in high mountains terrain with narrow trails, more differences in altitude and a short section of a sort of ferrate  track. Daily distances between 8,5 and 18 km.  Not suitable for children under 13

Price p.p. 2017

Sharing a double room with breakfast € 650,00

Supplement single room (only available in hotels and not in mountain huts)     € 80,00

Half Board supplement (only in hotels  - 4 dinners)   € 70,00

Extra night in Planika Hut  (double room, bed linen)  € 35,00

transfer Ljubljana airport to Bled  € 30,00 p.p. (min. two persons); Ljubljana city to Bled € 35,00 p.p.

Participants

Minimum of two people