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.
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Bled, Ljubljana
Duration
5 days
Group size
max 8 people/ guide
Season
Jun - Sep
Fitness Level
Technical Level
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
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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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Accommodation and food
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Optional shuttle on day 3
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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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Optional shuttle on day 3
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Trekking poles
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Backpack
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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
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

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.

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14km, 1240m+, 100m-

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. 

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Hiking
14km, 360m+, 1450m-

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. 

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16km, 450m+, 360m-

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!

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Hiking
14km, 1280m+, 510m-

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.

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Hiking
15km, 100m+, 1060m-
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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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Frequently Asked Questions

How difficult is The Best Julian Alps and Soča Valley 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. The third day can be shortened significantly with a short shuttle.

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 much water and food should I take with myself?

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.

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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    Leonard Bobecki
    August 2021
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    At first, I was thinking about doing a similar tour by myself but I am so glad I decided to book with Hut to hut Hiking Slovenia! The route was designed superbly and I would have never come up with such a brilliant itinerary. Starting in Bohinj you hike all the way across the Julian Alps to Soča valley and then back again - it feels like you have walked a 100 miles but it was just two days of easy hiking each direction. Soča valley is a different world and it feels so rewarding to dip your feet in the crystal clear river after two days in the mountains. Back over the hills feels almost unnecessary but once you reach the lake it all becomes so worth it again. The last part of the hike feels different than the first and it is almost over too soon.
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    Veronica Dietrich
    August 2021
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    5-stars
    A perfect hike for a family! It is not too easy but quite manageable with all the huts on the way so you really don't have to carry too much with you and on the third day, you can make a great rest by the beautiful river. We had a great guide who showed us around and took care of all the organization around the accommodation and food. The communication with the team before the tour was spot on and we have really enjoyed the hike worry-free. We have seen a great portion of the region and after the tour we simply chilled in Bled.
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    Caroline Knoche
    September 2021
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    I am so happy I did this 5 day tour across the Julian Alps. It is very diverse and you get to see so much beautiful nature, from high alps on the first part to amazing Soca River and Trenta valley where we stayed for two nights. This part of the country is simply breathtaking. Those two parts of Slovenia are really popular so we met quite a lot of people but on the last part we crossed the Komna valley and it was much quieter and completely different from the rest of the mountains. We had a great guide in our group and he told us all the fun stories and was cheering for us when we struggled. The organisation of the tour was perfect and I think I will come again to Slovenia for more hut to hut hiking.

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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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