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The Best Julian Alps and Soča Valley Hike

Explore the Julian Alps, and the Soča Valley in this incredibly diverse 5-day hut to hut hike, and get a taste of the Triglav Lakes Valley and the Alpe-Adria Trail.
Starting point
Bled, Ljubljana
Duration
5 days
Group size
max 8 people/ guide
Technical level
Fitness level
Season
Jun - Sep
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Easy hikes with amazing views
Authentic mountain hut stays
The beautiful Soča river
Most scenic part of the Alpe-Adria trail
Pristine glacial Triglav lakes
One of the most diverse hut to hut tours
Prehodavci mountain hut and bivouac
Valley of the seven lakes
planina krstenica
Pastures above Lake Bohinj
Bohinj Lake
Bohinj Lake
Kidney lake 1
One of the seven lakes near Prehodavci
Trenta valley 2
Great Soča gorge
Great Soča gorge
Towards Krn Lake
Komna Plateau
Komna Plateau
Savica Waterfall
Savica Waterfall
Prehodavci mountain hut and bivouac
Valley of the seven lakes
planina krstenica
Bohinj Lake
Kidney lake 1
One of the seven lakes near Prehodavci
Trenta valley 2
Great Soča gorge
Towards Krn Lake
Komna Plateau
Savica Waterfall

Itinerary

Day 1: Mountain Pastures above Bohinj

We will start the day by picking you up, and driving to Bohinj where we’ll start our hike. The first day of hiking will see us ascend the most so we can reach the mountains. As an easier option, we offer a shuttle to a higher starting point at Planina Blato. We will walk through high mountain pastures, and see the shepherds’ cottages where they have been producing cheese for centuries, with some still continuing this tradition. We will hike up to the Triglav lakes mountain hut by the beautiful Double lake, eat an authentic Slovenian dinner, and get some rest.

Hiking

14 km (8,7 mi), 1250 vertical meters up (4100 feet), 100 meters down (330 feet)

Dedno Polje pasture
Dedno Polje pasture
Valley of the seven lakes
Triglav lakes lodge in autumn
Triglav lakes lodge in autumn
Dedno Polje pasture
Triglav lakes lodge in autumn
Day 2: The Seven Lakes Valley

On the second day, we will head along the amazing Triglav Lakes Valley, and see its mesmerizing glacial lakes. Even though we’ll spend the day walking through the valley, the views of surrounding high peaks will still give us an amazing Alpine experience. We will stop at the Zasavska Lodge at Prehodavci to get something to eat and regain our strength. Then we will descend further down, into the Trenta valley and spend the night there. 

Hiking

14 km (8,7 mi), 350 vertical meters up (1150 feet), 1450 meters down (4800 feet)

Kidney lake 1
Prehodavci lodge and bivouac
Prehodavci lodge and the bivouac
Descending to Trenta from Prehodavci
Descending to Trenta from Prehodavci
Prehodavci lodge and the bivouac
Descending to Trenta from Prehodavci
Day 3: Alpe Adria Trail

We will hike along the most beautiful European river, and the jewel of Slovenia – the Soča river. Apart from the emerald green depths of the Soča and its thrilling river rapids, we will also be able to admire the traditional architecture of the Trenta Valley. We will cross footbridges above Soča’s troughs and gorges. Those brave enough can even jump in the freezing cold water. This is an easy day of hiking, as we will mostly tackle flat terrain. Depending on our agreement, we can even reduce the amount of walking, and have a shuttle ride take us to Lepena, where we will spend the night. 

Hiking

16 km (10 mi), 450 vertical meters up (1500 feet), 350 meters down (1150 feet)

Trenta valley 2
Great Soča gorge
Great Soča gorge
Lepena
Lepena valley and the Soča Gorge
Great Soča gorge
Lepena valley and the Soča Gorge
Day 4: Hike to Komna Plateau

With our batteries recharged, we will tackle steeper terrain once more. We will hike up to the crystal clear Lake Krn, and stop at the mountain hut there, to get something to eat. Our trail will lead us into the heart of the Komna Plateau, an area full of WWI remnants. This is also where the coldest ever temperature in Slovenia was recorded!

Hiking

14 km (8,7 mi), 1300 vertical meters up (4300 feet), 500 meters down (1650 feet)

Krn Lake
ruins on komna
Komna Plateau pasture
Koča pod Bogatinom on Komna Plateau
Koča pod Bogatinom on Komna Plateau
Day 5: Descend back to Bohinj

We will end our tour by descending to Lake Bohinj. On the way, we will see the famous Savica waterfall, which is also the spring of the Sava Bohinjka River. We will continue our hike with a walk along the north shores of Lake Bohinj, which will give us a great opportunity to jump in and go for a rejuvenating swim.

Hiking

15 km (9,3 mi), 100 vertical meters up (330 feet), 1000 meters down (3300 feet)

Komna Plateau
Komna Plateau
Savica Waterfall
Savica Waterfall
Bohinj Lake
Bohinj Lake
Komna Plateau
Savica Waterfall
Bohinj Lake
Extra days

Not enough? Why not spend a few more days here! Extend your holidays with a pre- or post-holiday extension. Accommodation, sightseeing, and activities can be arranged. Add as many extra days to your holiday as you wish.

Included in price

Guided

Transfer from Bled
Professional guide
Tour design and organization

Self guided

Tour design and organization
Booklet with detailed itinerary and route instructions
Service and support during your hike
GPS navigation with an easy-to-use app
Accommodation in mountain lodges as per itinerary

Optional extras

Guided

Transfer from Ljubljana
Accommodation and food
Optional shuttle on day 3
Trekking poles
Backpack
Headlamp

Self guided

Transfer from your location
Optional shuttle on day 3
Trekking poles
Backpack
Headlamp

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

Pickup location and time

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

*Can be changed due to conditions or upon agreement

This five-day tour will not only give you a proper introduction to the Julian Alps but also let you explore the Soča Valley and marvel at the beauty of its emerald green river Soča.

This is a relatively easy hiking tour that will let you enjoy the amazing sights surrounding you without excessive physical strain. Our time in the high mountain range of the Julian Alps will mostly be spent in the valleys that are nestled between high peaks. We will cross mountain pastures full of authentic shepherd’s cottages, and also hike through the breathtaking Triglav Lakes Valley. Our daily hearty meal and night’s rest will be provided by mountain huts, the core of Slovenia’s hiking culture that will make our hiking tour that much more authentic.

After two days of hiking around the high mountains and a night spent in a mountain hut, we will descend in the Trenta Valley. This will give us the opportunity to have a well-needed shower, and restore our supplies. After a day in the Soča Valley, we return to the higher altitudes of Komna and then head to Bohinj. 

Carved by the River Soča, the Soča Valley is one of the most beautiful parts of Slovenia. We will dedicate a whole day to hiking the scenic Alpe-Adria trail that follows the river, marveling at the rapids and gorges of the jewel-like waters of the Soča. We might even go for a swim, or just tip our toes in the freezing cold water. Our exploration of the Soča Valley will also lead us to stunning waterfalls in Šumnikov gaj, the idyllic natural beauty of the Lepena Valley.

The day in the valley gives you the opportunity to take a break and rest your legs for the final two days, so you can also spend the day relaxing and taking in the sights, substituting most of the walking with a shuttle ride.

This tour mostly sees us walking along valleys, and gives us the option of being in the heart of the mountains with constant incredible views, without having to climb the high peaks. However, if you decide to go on a private tour, the itinerary can be customized to include some harder climbs and more impressive summits.

This is a circular tour, as it starts and ends in Bohinj, which gives you a great opportunity to spend some time in this beautiful town by Lake Bohinj. 

NOTE: Due to high demand and limited availability of accommodations in Soča Valley, this tour requires a very early booking, 6-9 months in advance. For later bookings, the price can vary.

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Things to know

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.

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. The third day can be shortened significantly with a short shuttle.

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.

You should take at least 2 liters of water for the first day, depending on how hot the weather will be. Later there will be huts on the way, where you’ll be able to buy bottled water and other drinks. You should also have a few snacks and energy bars that will hold you up each day between the huts.

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