From: June 24 to July 3, 2017

Destination: Lubljana, Slovenia

  • Hiking Slovenia and the Julian Alps - FULL

    Slovenia’s dramatic mountain landscape is a hiker's paradise. Known for magnificent snow-capped peaks, deep gorges, and impressive limestone towers, the Julian Alps are less trammeled but no less beautiful than other European Alps. Tucked between Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia, Slovenia is also known for traditional alpine villages, complete with gothic castles, karst limestone, and a culture and cuisine that is fascinating. We'll spend time hiking in the little known Logarska Valley, Lake Bohinj and the Julian Alps, and the Soca Valley, and have time to learn about cultural traditions and sample local cuisine. Long hidden behind the iron curtain and then one of the first provinces of the former Yugoslavia to declare independence, Slovenia is only now gaining the world's attention. The combination of a well-developed tourist infrastructure and unspoiled charm make this the perfect time to explore Slovenia. Maximum group size: 13

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  • Our proposed itinerary follows. As is true on any adventure trip, it may be modified based on weather, group wishes, or new opportunities.  [Note: Hiking times listed are approximate and do not include rest breaks, lunch, etc. "Time on trail" will be typically be 1-2 hours more than the indicated hiking time. Sometimes we have lunch at a mountain hut, which takes longer than having a picnic lunch. 

    Friday, June 23: Consider coming a day early to have time to explore the charming city of Ljubljana with its medieval bridges and quaint, narrow streets along the Ljubljana River. Lively with bars, cafes, and art galleries, the green city of Ljubljana is a welcome contrast to big and crowded European capitals. It is reminiscent of Prague — without the crowds — and is easy to navigate on foot. Many people speak English. In any case, if you're coming from North America, this is the day you will need to leave home. 

    Saturday, June 24: Arrive Ljubljana
    After an overnight flight, you arrive today in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. If you would like to take advantage of the planned group transfer from the airport to the trip hotel, please plan your flight to arrive by 12 noon in order to make the group transfer time of 1:00pm. Our first group meeting is at 4 pm at our hotel. Your guides will give an overview of the trip and provide details about the first hike and what to bring in your daypack. Then we'll go out for the first of many delicious dinners! Overnight Ljublana at B & B Slamic or similar.   

    Sunday, June 25: Ljubljana - Velika Planina - Logarska Valley
    We'll leave Ljubljana after breakfast and drive for about an hour north to the Velika Planina. Literally meaning "big pasture", it is a high mountain plateau located in the foothills of the Kamnisko-Savinjska Alps, the southeastern outpost of the Alpine range that stretches across central Europe. Here the best preserved herdsmen settlement in Europe is located. In addition to rich alpine flora, grassy slopes, karst sinkholes, and larches and pine trees, the distinctive conical shape of the buildings are unique to this area. We'll hike up through the forest to reach expansive green meadows, with the limestone peaks of the Kamnisko-Savinjska Alps seeming almost within reach. We'll eat a delicious picnic lunch with the music of cowbells playing in the background as we look over the valley below. We might get the chance to supplement our lunch with a bit of fresh local cheese and the sour-milk that is made in the area. After our hike it's about an hour's 1.5 drive to the Nature Park Logarska Valley, a remote and little visited gem situated right on the Austrian border where we'll spend 3 nights. Overnight Logrska Valley.  Hiking: 7 miles, 1500' elevation gain/loss, about 4 hours

    Monday, June 26: Logarska Valley
    The Logarska Valley is little known outside Slovenia and thus retains its original quiet and charm. Its a place of striking contrasts where pointy white limestone peaks loom over the soft green glacier valley.  Known for its clean mountain air and fertile soil, Slovenians looking to escape the bustle of city life have moved here and organic farming has become extremely popular. The area is also known for a special breed of indigenous sheep, called Jezersko-Solcava and weaving is popular among women. Today we hike right from the hotel to the Rinka Waterfall, the highest of the 20 waterfalls in the valley, following a fairy-tale like trail along a clear stream. For those who are interested in additional hiking we can climb up to Okreselj, a glacial amphitheatre beneath the soaring walls of surrounding mountains. This area was a favorite of noble families of the Austrian empire and may become one of yours too. Overnight Logrska Valley.  Hiking: 3-6 hours, 1110'-2300' ft elevation gain/loss, 6 - 8 miles

    Tuesday, June 27: Mt Raduha  
    Our final hike in this area is a climb of Mt Raduha, which is separated from the rest of the Alps Massif by the River Savinja. Situated right on the border with Austria, this Eastern part of Kamnisko-Savinjske Alps offers untouched nature. Our loop hike begins in the forest and then climbs up to a grassy ridge that leads to the limestone peak. The views in all directions from the summit are amazing! We may have the company of sheep at lunchtime. Tonight we'll have dinner at an agriturismo where we'll replenish our energy with mouth-watering home-made delicacies. Overnight Logrska Valley. Hiking: 5 miles, 2000' gain/loss, about 4 hrs.

    Wednesday, June 28: Logarska Valley - Vintgar Gorge - Bohinj Lake
    Today we bid a fond farewell to the Logarska Valley and continue to the jewel of the Julian Alps, Lake Bohinj. Our road today is spectacular, offering great views of the Kaminske Alps and even a (very) short visit into Austria before crossing back into Slovenia over the Jezersko Pass. It's about a 2.5 hour drive to Vintgar Gorge on the Radovna River, a popular scenic attraction for local and international tourists. The gorge cuts through limestone walls and the path follows a series of wooden bridges and walkways and ends at the Sum waterfall. Leaving the river gorge (and becoming far less crowded), the trail ascends through open forest to the chapel of St Catherine and a view over the entire area of Bled. We'll have lunch at a cafe here before finishing our loop hike and making the short drive to Lake Bled, known for a medieval church located on a tiny island in the middle of the lake, silhouetted against the high peaks of the Julian Alps. We'll take a walk along the lakeshore before a further 30 minute drive brings us to Lake Bohinj, the largest lake in Slovenia and one of the most beautiful.

    Located in the center of Triglav National Park and ringed by the Julian Alps, Bohinj is the alpine center of the country and our base for the next three nights. It is also a great place to take a day off from our planned itinerary if you choose. With its relaxing alpine environment it offers a wide range of activities such as swimming, kayaking, biking, or taking the cable car up Vogel. Overnight Bohinj. Hiking: 4 miles, 1100' gain/loss, plus about a mile at Lake Bled (flat), about 3 hrs total.

    Thursday, June 29: Seven Triglav Lakes
    Today we hike to the Seven Triglav lakes area, a land known for its spectacular beauty. This is the most challenging hike we'll do, and the unsurpassed beauty of the area make it well worth it. After a short drive to the trailhead, we start our hike on a wide but steep trail through pine forests, eventually reaching shepherds' cottages and green meadows, and then continue into rocky terrain above treeline until we reach the Valley of Seven Triglav Lakes, also known as the Kingdom of Goldenhorn. We'll have lunch at a mountain hut before retracing our steps (greeting the cows grazing in the high pastures). This may be the perfect night to taste some traditional specialties, such as home-made cheese and a glass of Slovenian Brandy at a local restaurant. Overnight Bohinj. Hiking: 10 miles, 2500 ft elevation gain/loss, about 6.5 hours

    Friday, June 30: Bohinj - Voje Valley 
    This morning we set out on foot from our hotel and follow the Mostnica River up the Voje Valley gorge. The trail is rocky and rooty, but not steep, and there are plenty of photo opportunities along the way. After stopping for coffee or tea and strudel at a mountain hut at the end of the gorge, we return to Lake Bohinj and you have the option of walking around the lake or spending the rest of the afternoon on your own, perhaps swimming or kayaking. The northern side of the lake is the quietest as it is furthest from the road and the trail follows the shoreline closely, leading us to secluded bays. If you choose to opt out of the last 3 miles (which is mostly along a quiet road), you can take an electric boat back across the lake. Overnight Bohinj.  Mostnica Gorge hike (from hotel): 5 miles RT, 700' gain/loss, about 3hrs. Hike around Lake Bohinj (essentially flat): north side=3 miles (~1.5hrs) or entire lake=6 miles (~2.5hrs).
     
    Saturday, July 1: Bohinj - Kranjska Gora - Krnica Valley
    Leaving Bohinj this morning, we drive around the east side of the Julian Alps to Kranjska Gora. First we'll take a side trip to the end of the Vrata Valley to do a loop hike directly under the North face of Mt. Triglav, the highest peak in Slovenia. We may spot rock climbers scaling the sheer cliffs or hikers returning from the summit (a summit hike takes 2-3 days). We'll have lunch about halfway through our hike near an unstaffed mountain shelter (a "bivouac"). A section of the trail after lunch involves making our way across a small boulder field. Our hike finishes alongside the Bistrica River, and we may want to dip our feet in the rushing glacial waters. On our way out of the valley to the main road, we'll stop to see the Pericnik waterfall. From there it's less than an hour's drive to Kranjska Gora. Although particularly known for winter sports, Kranjska Gora is also an active town in summer, with outdoor cafés and many hiking options nearby (including one right from town you can do after dinner or before breakfast). 4.6 miles, 1900 elevation gain/loss, about 4 hours. Overnight Kranjska Gora.  Hiking: 4.6 miles, 1900 feet elevation gain/loss, about 4 hours

    Sunday, July 2: Kranjska Gora - Slemenova Spica - Soca Valley
    We start our day by driving the winding road to the historic Vrsic Pass (about a 30 mn drive). The pass used to be the border between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the road was built by Russian prisoners of war during World War I. We'll enjoy breathtaking views before starting our hike to the high pastures of Sleme. Along the way we'll see different kinds of alpine flowers, including delicate white Edelweiss. We'll enjoy a typically delicious lunch near the Sleme overlook before retracing our steps. Next we'll descend the pass (by vehicle) to the Soca Valley and hike a section of a nature trail that begins at the source of the Soca river and connects old footpaths and secluded spots. We'll end our day back in Kranskja Gora where we'll  share a final farewell dinner, lifting our glass of Slovenian wine in a toast to the people we've met and everything we've done. Overnight Guest House Martin. 3.5 miles, 1300' gain/loss, about 3 hrs. Additional hiking along the Soca River as time allows.

    Monday, July 3: Kranjska Gora - Ljublana Airport
    Our adventure ends this morning as we depart for the Ljubljana airport after breakfast.  The airport is about an hour's drive from Kranjska Gora. We'll arrive by 10am and you can plan flights out after 12pm. If you want to spend extra time in Ljubljana, our guides are happy to drop you off in the city afterwards.
  • Trip price: $2795 (see this page for discounts). $400 deposit. Single supplement (only necessary if you want to be assured of a room to yourself) is $600. You can read our cancellation policies here.

    Trip Includes

    • One (or two) Slovenian English-speaking mountain guide and an Adventures in Good Company Group Leader
    • Nine nights lodging in twin/double rooms with private toilet and shower
    • All meals from dinner on June 24 through breakfast on July 3
    • All transport during the trip in 9-person vans
    • Group airport transfer at 1pm on June 24

    Not included: International airfare to Ljubljana, optional activities at Lake Bohinj, drinks and snacks, guide gratuities, trip insurance

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Trip highlights

  • Hiking along high mountain streams and through peaceful alpine valleys, surrounded by jagged limestone peaks
  • Sampling local cheese, wine, and fish
  • Spending time in the Logarska Valley, a quiet less-touristed part of Slovenia
  • Marveling at the amazing views that are everywhere

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