Triglav Ski Touring Traverse

Experience ski touring Slovenia to the fullest on this diverse journey through the winter fairytale of the Julian Alps.
STARTING POINT
Bled, Ljubljana
Duration
3 - 4 days
Group size
max 4 people /guide
Season
Dec - Apr
Fitness Level
Technical Level
Ski through the heart of the Julian Alps
Away from the summer crowds
The ultimate ski tour Slovenia
Slovenian version of the renowned Haute Route
Spend and authentic night in a bivouac
Optional ascent to Triglav
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Included in guided tours

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Professional local guide
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Route planning and organisation
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Transfer from Bled
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Extras in guided tours

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Ski touring equipment rental
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Avalanche safety gear
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Dinner and breakfast in the hut
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Overnight in Komna mountain hut
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Transfer from Ljubljana
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Additional day - summiting Mt. Triglav

What to bring to the tour

Comfortable sports clothes
Insulation jacket
Extra layer
Extra ski socks
Windproof jacket
Ski touring boots, skis, skins and poles
Crampons and ice axe
Helmet
2 pairs of waterproof gloves
Ski goggles and/or sunglasses
Hat
Sun protection
ID Card
Enough food
Sleeping bag
Avalanche safety gear - shovel, beacon and probe
Backpack 35-45l
Cash for accommodation and food
Check out our packing guide for hut to hut tours

Pickup location and time

To be set upon reservation

Day 1: From Vogel to Komna

The first day will start at the magnificent Lake Bohinj, where the cablecar will lift us to the Vogel Ski Resort and save us a big first-day climb. After that, we’ll put on our skis and hike to Šija, the highest point of the only ski resort in the Triglav National Park. Some excellent skiing follows, which takes us to Zadnji Vogel, from where there’ll be plenty of options that will depend on the conditions. We’ll continue our journey on the up and down route to Komna, the mountain karst plateau, where the Komna hut, our resting place for the night, awaits us.

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Hiking
17km, +600m, -950m

Day 2: Through the Seven Lakes Valley

On the second day, you will slowly continue your way across the Komna plateau to the Double lake and the Triglav Lakes Hut. There, one of the more picturesque parts of the tour follows, the ascent through the stunning Triglav Lakes Valley besides the frozen lakes and the magnificent peaks towering over them. The day will end at Prehodavci, where the panoramic view to the western part of the Julian Alps will open up. Because the hut there is closed, we will have to get more adventurous and sleep in the authentic bivouac. It is well isolated, but not heated, which means we’ll have to use our sleeping bags.

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Hiking
21km, +1000m, -700m

Day 3: From Prehodavci to Krma

Next morning we will ascend to the Hribarice saddle, where there will be an option to also reach the peak of Kanjavec, with stunning views all around, especially on Triglav. After that, it’s all downhill on the excellent skiing terrain down to Velska Dolina. A few hundred metres of ascent from Velo Polje to the Bohinjska Vratca pass, and we’ll be skiing down to our end destination of the glacial Krma Valley.

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Hiking
26km, +750m, -1900m

(Optional) Day 4: Triglav climb

As a perfect last day, the Triglav ski traverse can extend by one day with a climb to the top of Triglav. It is meant for the more experienced hikers, as it is done on foot. When we arrive at Bohinjska Vratca on the third day, we continue to Triglavski hut on Kredarica, the hut with the highest elevation in Slovenia. After a night there, you have two options – Get your crampons and ice-axes ready to climb to the top of Triglav on foot, or skip that, and enjoy a long ski down past Stanič hut and valley Za Cmirom to the Vrata valley, or from Kredarica straight to the valley of Krma.

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Hiking
26km, +1400m, -2200m
Tour-map

The Triglav ski touring traverse is the ultimate way of experiencing the winter in the Slovenian Alps. Also called the Triglav “Magistrala”, it is the only true multi-day ski tour in Slovenia and a must-do for every ski tourer who finds himself in the Triglav National Park.

In three days, it takes you from Vogel ski resort to Komna plateau, through the Triglav Lakes Valley, across Hribarice mountain pass and down to Velska dolina and the Krma valley. Optionally, the tour can be extended by one day with a demanding climb of Triglav, the highest summit in the Julian Alps. It is a Slovenian mini version of the famous Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt, much more peaceful, and just as beautiful.

It is a terrain full of ups and downs, none too steep, so a perfect way of enjoying the amazing scenery, while also putting your skiing skills to the test - it is a tour suitable for most ski tourers, that are confident in skiing independently and are in solid fitness condition - the backpack on the tour is a bit on the heavy side, because of the adventurous nature and remoteness of the tour. The tour takes you into the winter paradise of the Julian Alps, across plateaus, valleys and snowy peaks. The terrain snow made almost unreachable by foot, suddenly becomes your ski playground.

We will spend our first night in a well-stacked mountain hut on the Komna Plateau, while our second night is spent in an authentic mountain bivouac, where we will rely on our own supplies.

Spending three days in the majestic scenery of snowy mountains that few people ever see in their entire lives will be an unforgettable and beautiful journey. Enjoy the wilderness of the Julian Alps with our most experienced guides and see what ski touring in Slovenia has to offer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How good of a skier do I need to be?

Most terrains are not demanding and suitable for most skiers who are confident to ski on their own and have basic experience and skills. The tour is not suitable for beginner skiers and first-time tour skiers.

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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    Jamie Mayer
    5-stars
    A ski touring trip that well exceeded my expectations. The scenery of winter julian alps is jaw-dropping, as we cut our tracks into the untouched whiteness each day and the new valleys just keep opening up as we go further. The tour is diverse and never boring, even if we had walked and skied for a bigger portion of the day and have been coming to our accommodations quite tired. The first stop was mountain hut whereas the second was just bivouac and, so don't expect any luxury there! But it is cosy and with a decent sleeping bag, it is warm enough. Triglavtours made the whole trip organisation easy and I have enjoyed every single moment of it!
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    Tania Smetzky
    5-stars
    The Triglav ski touring traverse is quite a complex tour and arguably one of the best ski touring tours that I have done so far. With the excellent guidance of our guide Bine and prompt communication with Klemen prior the tour, it was easy and pleasurable all along. The tour itself is far from easy - about 8 hours of activity per day and with quite a heavy backpack, meaning that solid fitness is required. The skiing itself is not too demanding, but I guess it depends on conditions quite a bit, we were lucky to have mostly nice spring snow, with only a few icy sections here and there. Our guide Bine was great and very knowledgeable, matching the group's pace perfectly and providing us priceless useful tips, and making sure we were safe and enjoying every second of the tour. I would thoroughly recommend Triglav ski touring traverse to most ski touring enthusiasts!
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    Greg Fielding
    5-stars
    What a fantastic voyage! I have been privileged to experience the winter fairytale in the Slovenian alps on this incredible journey through the snowy valleys and mountain passes, enjoyed great skiing, and the nice company of our group. And most importantly, our guide was fantastic, a local man born there, with a lifetime knowledge of the area. If I was alone, I wouldn't have skied nearly as great terrains as I was because of his great guidance. I am hoping to do another tour with them somewhere in near future.

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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.

Experienced guides

We are local professionals

Equipment rental

We provide all the gear you need

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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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