Seven Lakes Valley Hut to Hut Hike

Experience the best of the Julian Alps in three days, visit the mesmerizing Seven Lakes Valley and stay in authentic Triglav National Park mountain lodges.
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Bled, Ljubljana
Duration
3 days
Group size
max 8 people/ guide
Season
Jun - Sep
Fitness Level
Technical Level
One of the most beautiful hikes in Europe
Most popular Triglav lakes valley hike
Experience authentic mountain hut stays
A moderately demanding tour fit for almost anyone
Hiking around the breathtaking Triglav Lakes (Seven Lakes Valley)
Start and finish in Bohinj, the heart of Julian Alps
Highly customizable private tour option
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Included in guided tours

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Included in self-guided tours

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Transfer from Bled
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Professional guide
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Tour design and organization
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Tour design and organization
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Booklet with detailed itinerary and route instructions
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Service and support during your hike
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GPS navigation with an easy-to-use app
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Accommodation in mountain lodges as per itinerary
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Extras in guided tours

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Extras in self-guided tours

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Transfer from Ljubljana
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Overnight stay at Vodnik Lodge and Triglav lakes Lodge
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Food in the huts
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Trekking poles
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Backpack
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Headlamp
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Extras in self-guided tours

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Transfer from your location
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Trekking poles
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Backpack
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What to bring to the tour

Comfortable sports clothes
Insulation jacket
Spare socks, underwear and shirt
Gloves
Toilet paper
Snacks
Headlamp
ID card
Trekking poles if you are used to them
Extra layer
Rain jacket
Headwear
Sports shoes with good grip
Water bottle
Sunscreen
Toothbrush
Sleeping liner (disposable can be bought in the hut)
Backpack 25-30 l
Some cash for food and accommodation
Check out our packing guide for hut to hut tours

Pickup location and time

  • Ljubljana - at approx. 8:00
  • Bled - at approx. 8:30

*Can be changed due to conditions or upon agreement

Day 1: Mountain Pastures above Bohinj

Depending on the specifics of your tour we will pick you up at your location or meet in Bohinj. After parking, we will walk along the incredibly picturesque Voje Valley. We will follow the steep gorge of the pristine river Mostnica, and see its fascinating rock formations. After crossing a beautiful pasture, we will reach the Voje waterfall. 

Soon after, the path will begin to climb upwards across several smaller high mountain pastures, which will lead us to the Vodnik Lodge. Upon arrival, we will enjoy a well-deserved dinner and head to bed.

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Hiking: 11km, 1300m+, 100m-

Day 2: The Seven Lakes Valley

On day two, our path will lead us along the Velska dolina valley under the southern slopes of Triglav up to the Dolič mountain hut, for our first taste of the high mountain range. At Dolič, we will cross the mountain pass and reach an altitude where vegetation no longer grows. If we preserve enough of our strength and enthusiasm, we can extend our route here and climb the peak of Mount Kanjavec

We will descend to the Zasavje Lodge on Prehodavci on the other side of the mountain, and recuperate our strengths with some good food while enjoying the gorgeous view of the Soča Valley. Our last mission for the day is to walk down the famous Seven Lakes Valley and reach the Triglav Lake Lodge where we will spend the night.

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11km, 600m+, 730m-

Day 3: Descend back to Bohinj

If our energy levels allow it, we will start the day by tackling the steep hillside to Mala Tičarica. If we feel like taking it a bit easier, we will just pass it across the slightly up and down terrain to reach the Ovčarija mountain pasture, and then the Dedno polje mountain pasture. Here we will have the option to pay a visit to a local cheese-maker, who still produces cheese the traditional way up on the pasture

Afterward, we can grab a bite to eat at the mountain hut on Planina pri jezeru. We will then head through the woods to the starting point of our hike. Depending on your wishes we can spend a relaxing afternoon in Bohinj, potentially even go for a swim in the lake, before dropping you off at your hotel.

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A three-day hiking tour in the Julian Alps allows you to see the best of this mountain range in a short time. This is the most popular multi day mountain trip in Slovenia, and one of the most mesmerizing hikes in all of Europe. We will hike through an incredibly varied landscape, with new sights to marvel at every day.

The path will take you through the famous Valley of the Triglav Lakes, also known as the Seven Lakes Valley, surrounded by the highest summits of the Julian Alps.

Apart from crystal clear high mountain lakes, we will also come across mountain pastures that provided livelihood to shepherds in these parts for centuries, and still do in some cases, so we’ll see plenty of sheep and cows. With a bit of luck we’ll also spot some wildlife residing in the high mountains like the chamois, ibex, and marmot.

We will find our shelter in mountain huts, which will provide us with authentic Slovenian meals and basic comfort for an overnight stay. The atmosphere in these cabins is truly amazing, which is not surprising, since it is full of people who spent the day in nature, breathing clean mountain air, and getting their dose of hiking endorphins.

A three-day hut to hut is the perfect introduction to this type of mountaineering. On this Triglav Lakes Valley hike we will be able to walk through a good part of the Julian Alps, without excessive physical and technical difficulty. We will mostly walk through high mountain valleys, and enjoy the views of high peaks around us. The 7 Lakes Valley Hut to Hut is, therefore, suitable for anyone who is able to walk for half of the day - with regular breaks to regain our strengths, of course.

The richness of the Julian Alps offers plenty of opportunities for adapting your tour, and you will be able to take full advantage of that with a private tour. We can also include a Triglav summit in your tour if some of you are hungry for an extra challenge.

NOTE: The mountain huts can be busy in the summer. To ensure your spot in the lodges, we recommend booking the tour as soon as possible, especially for the weekends. For last-minute bookings, we cannot guarantee a free spot in the chosen lodge, but we will try our best or find the most suitable alternative for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How difficult is Seven Lakes Hut to Hut Hike?

The tour is suitable for most with basic hiking experience and reasonable fitness level. There are around 5-7 hours of hiking per day with breaks and backpacks not too heavy. The trails are sometimes narrow and uneven with some loose and rocky sections, but without exposure and technical difficulties.

What should I wear?

It is important that your clothes are comfortable. It is recommended that you also have some warmer and windproof clothing with you in the case of temperatures dropping or cold wind. You can always leave excess clothes in the van after consulting with our guide.

How does the combination of Julian Alps Hut to Hut and Triglav climb work?

If only a part of the group plans to climb Triglav, the group starts together on Planina Blato and hikes to the Vodnik Lodge on the first day. The part of the group that is going to Triglav then continues to Planika lodge, where another guide meets them. The first guide then returns to the Vodnik lodge to the first part of the group. On the second day, both parts of the group rejoin at the Dolič hut and continue as one group with the first guide.

Is the activity kid friendly?

Our minimum age for tours is 8 years old. Children should be able to hike for 5-7 hours with stops for breaks and have prior hiking experience. If you are planning to go on a tour with young kids, please let us know in advance and we can adjust the tour if necessary.

Who will be our guide?

Our guided tours are led by UIMLA or IMFGA internationally licensed guides who have completed many years of training to make your hut to hut hike both safe and enjoyable. They are passionate individuals who call the Slovenian mountains their second home and are ready to share this adventure with you.


Can I get a private room?

Different huts have different options and sometimes, private rooms for 2 or 4 persons are available. It is not the rule and they require a very early booking. We will try to get you the best possible accommodation from what is available at the time of your booking. 


How much in advance should I book?

We recommend booking as early as possible. Slovenian mountain huts are very popular and get booked up several weeks in advance, especially on weekends. If your booking is late, we will try our best to find a suitable alternative. Sometimes, last-minute spots open up. However, we cannot guarantee a free spot.


Do I need a sleeping bag?

No, all of the huts provide blankets, bedding and pillows, but you can bring your own silk or cotton sleeping liner.


I have food restrictions

All of the huts offer vegetarian options and usually at least one vegan option. Still, kitchens high up are basic, so don’t expect too many choices. Huts generally serve authentic meals like stews, soups, and sausages. If you have strict dietary restrictions, consider bringing your own food as they can’t make a special meal per request. 


How about water?

Most high-altitude huts in Slovenia don’t have a drinking water source, but you can buy bottled water for around 4,5€ per 1,5l. You can also bring a water purifier and filter rainwater or water from the lakes. There are also some freshwater sources on the way so you never have to carry too much.


How do I pay for the huts?

In our guided tours, we take care of the reservations for you, and you pay for the huts together with food on the spot.  In most huts, you can pay with a credit card, but it is advisable to bring some cash just in case if the internet is down – After all, you're in the mountains. If you are a member of the UIAA Alpine Association, bring your card and you will get a discount.

For our self-guided tours, the accommodation with breakfast is included in the price.


How good is the cell reception in the mountains? Is there wifi available?

Cell reception is on and off in most parts of the Julian Alps. The reception is generally better on the peaks and exposed parts and worse in secluded valleys. Some huts offer paid wifi option, but not all.


Are the tours only possible in summer?

Most of the mountain huts only operate from June to September. Some huts are open sooner and longer, but those times change from season to season according to weather and snow conditions. Read about best seasons for hiking in Slovenia.

If conditions are favourable we can make a custom tour even before June or after September.


What if the weather forecast is bad?

Most of the tours can be done even in light rain, as long as you dress accordingly. It is not unusual in the summer that there are afternoon thunderstorms, so early starts are advisable. If the weather looks really bad, we will try to reschedule or propose an alternative tour.


What to bring for an overnight stay in the mountain hut?

Try to pack light, only take what you really need. You need your passport or ID for check-in, and some cash is advisable if the internet is down. Bring your sleeping liner and earplugs for the night, and toothbrush and body wipes for hygiene. You don’t need slippers, they are in the hut already. 


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    Alberto Dariol
    June 2021
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    We were a big group and it was so much fun hiking in the Alps from hut to hut. The places we have stayed at were superb and very authentic, the food was amazing and the staff very friendly. Our guide was fun and very knowledgeable, she told us so much about the culture and places we have hiked in. You get to see many pastures on the way, each with its own story. The Julian Alps felt so unreal, like straight from a fairytale. The tour was nicely organized and we felt very comfortable at all times. The tour is not too hard but can be made harder if you feel like it, there are so many peaks all around.
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    Zahid Saeed
    August 2021
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    5-stars
    A beautiful hike in a beautiful scenery, you get to see everything - mountains, valleys, lakes, forests. There are not so many views as you walk mostly in the valleys but when there are, they are breathtaking. I want to point out also the communication with the team before the tour, they were really responsive and answered all of our questions. They made sure we had the correct gear and arranged for a transfer from Ljubljana for us. The lodges we stayed at were nice and comfortable and all the bookings were made by the team. We had no problems during the tour and navigation felt easy, the routes are mostly nicely marked but there are some places where you have to be careful.
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    Ivan Mares
    June 2020
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    5-stars
    A fantastic hike in a fantastic company. We were a group of two couples on a hike and got along really well. Our guide Luka was fantastic, he took care of every little detail before and during the tour. He picked us up each at our hotels respectively and we made a short pit stop at a local bakery to get a second breakfast before starting the hike. The tour is extremely scenic, not too hard but far from easy three day hike where you see a great portion of the Alpe Guilia. The first day is quite long and you have a lot of uphill hiking of course but the second seemed like the hardest because of rockier terrain. The views are fantastic on the second day! The last day is a bit easier but we were already quite tired and were already looking forward to the end. I think I can recommend this tour to almost any hiker and even if you are not too experienced or fit the guide will always match your pace and make sure you are comfortable.

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Join a group

For solo hikers or hikers who wish to meet other like-minded souls, don’t want to stress about tour-planning and other annoying details. You will be hiking in a group of maximum 8 people plus our guide, who will make sure the hike is safe and enjoyable. A minimum of 2 people is required for guaranteed tour departures.
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Private guided solo

For solo hikers, who want a hike suitable to their needs and desires and want to also spend some time alone. You will be accompanied by a personal guide, who will take care of your safety and adjust the tour according to your needs and abilities. You don’t need to worry over the route-finding or your next move, and at the same time, you can enjoy the hike at your own pace and take as much time on your own whenever needed.

Private guided group

For a more private experience hiking with your own group and those who want a holiday based on their preferences and needs. You don’t need to worry about route planning or your next move, and at the same time, you can enjoy the holidays at your own pace. The tour is highly customizable and can be also modified during the hike itself.
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Self-guided

For adventurous hikers that want more flexibility and independence to hike at their own pace. We take care of booking your accommodations and provide you with the maps and the itinerary but our guide doesn't accompany you on the hike. You will have the full support of our team for any emergencies or concerns while a certain level of self-responsibility is still needed.

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We are operating since 2014 and always put our clients first

Convenient transfer

We can pick you in Ljubljana or Bled

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