Your adventure begins beside the Završnica lake, just above the village of Žirovnica. The path will lead you past the Valvasor mountain hut beneath Mt. Stol before traversing its southern slopes, crossing a mountain pasture, and winding through the woods before emerging on the grassy hillside of the mountain and reaching the Prešeren lodge below the mountain top.
7 km, 1600 vertical meters up, 60 meters down
You will kick the day off with a climb to the top of Mt. Stol, the highest point of the Karawanks. Afterward, you will follow one of the most scenic Slovenian mountain ridges, which borders Austria and offers awe-inducing views of the southern valley and the Julian Alps beyond. Crossing grassy meadows and alpine pastures, you will arrive at the Koča na Golici mountain hut.
14 km, 670 vertical meters up, 1300 meters down
Once again, you will have a mountain top to conquer for a good morning. After that, you will enjoy similarly grand views as the day before while you are making your way toward the Dovška Baba mountain. Can you spot Mt. Triglav?
Upon reaching Dovška Baba, you will descend to the village of Dovje and continue through Mojstrana to the Vrata Valley, entering the Triglav National Park while following the lively Triglavska Bistrica mountain stream. You will spend the night in the Aljaž lodge beneath the massive north face of Mt. Triglav.
24 km, 1100 vertical meters up, 1600 meters down
From Vrata Valley, you will ascend to Luknja, a narrow passage through the mountains to the Trenta Valley. Traversing the slopes beneath Mt. Triglav and its western plateau, you will eventually climb above an altitude of 2000 meters to reach the Dolič hut beneath Mt. Kanjavec.
9 km, 1500 vertical meters up, 400 meters down
Circumventing Mt. Kanjavec on its southern side, you will head toward the north entry point of the Triglav Lakes Valley — Prehodavci. Following that, you will gradually descend along the valley floor and past some of its most picturesque glacial lakes until you reach Double Lake and the mountain hut next to it.
9 km, 350 vertical meters up, 800 meters down
On your last day, you will descend across the charming mountain pastures above Bohinj, including the Dedno Polje and Blato mountain pastures. The journey will wrap up in Stara Fužina, an authentic alpine village on the shore of Lake Bohinj.
13.5 km, 400 vertical meters up, 1550 meters down
Day 0: Draga Valley to Zelenica hut
You can begin your hut-to-hut hike in the Draga Valley, from where you will ascend past the Preval mountain pasture to the top of Mt. Begunjščica to lay your eyes on one of the most striking views in Slovenia. By descending to the other side of the mountain, you will reach the Zelenica hut, a popular ski touring destination in winter.
You will hike to Mt. Stol from here the next day.
Day 7: Bohinj to Pokljuka Plateau
To prolong your hiking adventure in Slovenia, you can ascend the Pokljuka Plateau, marching through its wooded area and crossing the famous Zajamniki mountain pasture dotted with wooden shepherd huts and a mountain vista in the background. You will spend the night in a hotel in Goreljek.
Day 8: Goreljek to Lake Bled
The final stage will take you straight to the shores of the Slovenian crown jewel. You will strike across the Pokljuka Plateau, visit some less-known mountain pastures, and gently descend to Bled. You’ll know you’re at the end when you see the magical Lake Bled with an island in its middle!
The Slovenian Mountain Trail Highlights Hike is the ideal way to immerse yourself in the charm of the Julian Alps and the Karawanks. From the breathtaking views atop Mt. Stol to the scenic Triglav Lakes Valley, this trip offers a truly unique experience.
The route runs along the least technically demanding and picturesque section of the famous Slovenian Mountain Trail, the ultimate hiking challenge in the country. Although the path is adapted to be doable for any regular hiker, it includes some rocky passages and height exposure but requires no scrambling or climbing skills.
Starting in the Karawanks on the Austrian border, the track will lead you along grassy ridges, across meadows and mountain pastures, and through alpine valleys before dropping you off in the heart of the Julian Alps next to Lake Bohinj. But not before introducing you to the towering north face of Mt. Triglav and the Peričnik Waterfall in the Triglav National Park.
Passing kilometers in the stunning mountain landscape of the Alps, you will rest your legs in cozy mountain huts along the way. These lodges offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere with a chance to meet other hikers and learn about the local culture, including trying the authentic local dishes.
We strive to make your experience as comfortable and convenient as possible. That’s why we take care of booking your spots in the mountain huts in advance and provide you with a booklet that includes a detailed itinerary and GPS navigation along the planned route. Our team will offer you support during your hike as well.
The tour is customizable, with options for extra days before the first stage and after the last one. If you share your wishes with us, we can start sorting out the itinerary to suit your needs in no time.
We have rated our tours on a scale from 1 to 5. 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most difficult.
Fitness level difficulty tells you about how fit you need to be for a tour and how much walking there is. Most of our tours are suitable for most people that are regularly active and can walk for around 5-6 hours per day with breaks.
Technical difficulty tells us about the paths we use – Level 1 means that zero hiking experience is required, while 5 is only for experienced hikers used to the exposure and basic climbing techniques.
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.
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.
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.
No, all of the huts provide blankets, bedding and pillows, but you can bring your own silk or cotton sleeping liner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.