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A hike in the Julian Alps

Hi everybody!

The last couple of years we’ve been exploring Eastern Europe more and more. Last year we spend 10 days in Romania and it was such an unexpected surprise. It’s Western Europe 100 years ago in many respects. The countryside life is a travel in time. The Carpathian Mountains are so wild and untouched. A travel treasure! That motivated us to carry on our exploration of this part of Europe. Next year we’re considering a week in Slovenia. Apart from Bled and Ljubljana we want to go for 2 days hiking in the mountains. Any recommendations? We are looking for 7-8 hours of medium level hike per day.

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There are tons of activities you can do in Slovenia and hiking is sure one of the best. If you want to explore the best part, I would recommend going to the Julian Alps. They are the largest and highest range in the country, with all kinds of trails, from easy hikes to very demanding high-alpine routes and via Ferrata.

  • The highest peak Triglav is the most popular and is usually climbed in two days, sleeping in a mountain hut Kredarica or Planika. The upper part is more difficult, and a guide is recommended. There are multiple approaches, the most popular being the ones from Vrata Valley (more adventurous) and from Pokljuka (easier terrain).
  • If you prefer more solitude, numerous options appear just across the valley - the Martuljek range is known for its remoteness and technical terrain, where seeing a chamois is more common than seeing a person. The queen here is Škrlatica, accompanied by some other harder-to-approach peaks like Oltar, Rokavi, Ponca… The wilderness of Martuljek is most enjoyed by an experienced guide, who knows the trails and will take care of your safety in this world.
  • Probably the most beautiful hike in Slovenian Alps remains the Valley of the 7 Lakes. It can be done as one long day hiking or you can split it in two days, staying in one of the lovely huts in the area.

Mountain huts are very common in Slovenian Alps that make hut-to-hut hiking easy and a convenient way to explore the mountains. Most popular options are usually 3-day hut to hut hikes, where you sleep two times in a different hut and you can hike across most of the Julian Alps. Slovenian mountain huts don’t provide much luxury but do guarantee you an authentic experience, with local food and friendly staff.

If you need, I can connect you with a great hiking guide that does hut-to-hut tours, Triglav tour or any other one day hikes really ;)