(Julian Alps Traverse) Looking North from Dom Planika
JULIAN ALPS TRAVERSE (SELF-GUIDED)   5 stages . 6 nights . Slovenia   Booking

Julian Alps Traverse
Self-guided trekking holiday


+ Deep wooded valleys to rugged limestone hills
+ Stay in our family hotels and 3 mountain huts
+ A mission to link these two main outdoor centres


Latest news June 2019
Please ask us about a trip. We still have good availability during our 2019 season. Thank you.

We cross the Julian Alps of Slovenia, linking the two key walker's resorts of Kranjska Gora in the North, with Bohinj in the South. .

Our route starts with a climb to the Vrsic pass, then a descent through the Trenta valley and the famously green Soca river. We enter the high mountains at the Dolicu mountain hut, perched in its col with views to hills beyond. Walking down the Triglav Lakes Valley brings us to the hut at the foot, and a final descent through forests to Lake Bohinj.

This is a self-guided walking holiday, so you are free to complete the walks as you choose: we arrange everything for you, including booking your accommodation and providing you with routecards and maps for the walking. For 2 hut nights we book your places but must leave it to you to pay the wardens - your joining notes tell you how much cash to take with you.

Your accommodation is in our friendly family-run 4-star hotels in Kranjska Gora for the first night and in Bohinj on the last night, plus an auberge in Trenta and 3 characterful huts.


Map


Map showing the route of Alpine Exploratory's Julian Alps Traverse walking holiday

Prices


Alpine Exploratory
JATsg Julian Alps Traverse (Self-guided)
21 July to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
5 stages
1 valley walk
(7 nights)
Please ask us 540
Singles 80
Please ask us
5 stages
(6 nights)

Please ask us 480
Singles 60
Please ask us
Specialised schedules
4 stages
(5 nights)

Please ask us 420
Singles 60
Please ask us

Itinerary

Here is our normal schedule of 5 stages.


Arrival day: Arrival in Kranjska Gora
Evening arrival in Kranjska Gora. The small town is easy to explore, a Slovenian ski centre with hills on three sides and plenty of shops and restaurants.
Hotel in Bohinj

Stage 1: Kranjska Gora to Poštarski dom na Vršicu
Blue3 grade, 10km with 820m ascent, 20m descent
There is time to stock up with supplies in Kranjska Gora before setting off on trek. We start with the long and steady climb to the Vršic pass, also called simply Vršic. Our home for the night is a hut tucked away behind the pass.
Mountain hut

Stage 2: Poštarski dom na Vršicu to Trenta
Blue2 grade, 10km with 110m ascent, 1190m descent
Today we drop South in the woods below the Vršic pass, to the source of the river Trenta. The afternoon sees a gentle riverside walk and the chance to see the Mlinarica gorge. We stay in a sweet hamlet underneath imposing mountainsides that we’ll ascend tomorrow.
Auberge in Trenta

Stage 3: Trenta to Koca na Dolicu
Red3 grade, 11km with 1590m ascent, 40m descent
Into the mountains proper! Today’s is the key stage, linking the Trenta valley with the high mountains. We climb all day to reach the Dolic hut on the edge of its high rocky combe. This is a simple yet accommodating refuge in the Slovenian style.
Mountain hut

Stage 4: Koca na Dolicu to Triglav Lakes hut
Red3 grade, 8.5km with 250m ascent, 710m descent
Today’s objective is the far valley, and first we cross the Hribarice plateau – bare limestone and scree – to reach it. We descend the long Triglav Lakes Valley with limestone mountain walls on both sides. Again our hut is delightful in the Julian Alps style of shingle walls.
Mountain hut

Stage 5: Triglav Lakes hut to Bohinj
Red3 grade, 21km with 190m ascent, 1340m descent
On our last day on trek we first cross the wooden karst terrain to Dom na Komni – a hut with a view! We then drop steeply in zigzags to Lake Bohinj, before completing the Northern shore walk to Bohinj. Traverse complete!
Hotel in Bohinj

Departure day: Departure from Bohinj
Departure from Bohinj after a great breakfast. The bus runs regularly to Ljubljana and, with a change, to Ljubljana airport. Please ask us to advise on your onward Slovenian travel.


Our usual schedule of accommodation might not be available, especially if there is not much time between booking and your trip. We book accommodation as closely as possible to this itinerary and present a schedule for you to check before we proceed.


Baggage transfer

We offer both a direct baggage service from Kranjska Gora to Bohinj, and a partial service along the route. It is partial because 2 of your huts are unreachable by road; for these huts, which are consecutive, you'll need your overnight things while your bag goes ahead to Bohinj. Regardless of the day, there isn't much to carry on our Julian Alps treks.


Hut payments

Uniquely among Alpine Exploratory's routes, at some Julian Alps huts there is no mechanism for us to pay your hut fees. On this Traverse route this applies to 2 of your 3 huts. We make your reservations and leave you to pay the warden directly. Our prices reflect this. In your info pack we advise on how the huts work and on how many Euros to take for each night. To plan in advance, please assume 25 to 40 euros per person per night for these 2 huts including dinner, breakfast and a drink. The amount varies among huts; it is also influenced by the choice of dormitory or private room, and how much you order from the bar!


Alternatives

The Julian Alps Traverse route allows a few variations:

Make it 4 stages
The stages are not overly long, designed to allow side exploration using the Slovenian maps that we supply in your pack. Fast groups might prefer to take 4 days over the trek, and we suggest merging the first 2 stages to achieve this. A bus over the Vrsic pass gives a back-up. Please ask us to advise on stage lengths and amounts of ascent.

Stay in extra huts
Our route skirts the side of Triglav, purposefully to avoid the summit unless parties would like to take a detour under their own steam. This detour requires an extra night at a different hut, so please ask us when booking. Thank you.

Bohinj or Bled
Please ask us to advise on extra nights after your trek, in either Bohinj or the busier resort of Bled. The lakeside setting of Bled is charming, but please ask our candid thoughts on this and other options in Slovenia. (We love Ljubljana!)


The route

Our approach to the Julian Alps Traverse
Set off from Kranjska Gora having stocked up for the trek. Your route climbs to the wooded Vršic pass and descends the far side to the village of Trenta. From Trenta, enter the mountains, arriving at the Dolic hut. Down the Triglav Lakes Valley, we reach our last hut and a final descent to Lake Bohinj.

Terrain
The terrain on our Traverse is a fairly all-round mix of Alpine walking ground, including steep zig-zagging paths, narrow woodland and mountain paths, wide tracks through forests, and the odd country lane.

The route has some sections of steep, rocky and loose mountain paths. We also meet some aids to progress such as chains or pegs/steps. This trip has no via ferrata or climbing sections and is a walking trip throughout.


How to get there

Your holiday starts in the ski resort and village of Kranjska Gora and ends in the collection of villages that is Bohinj. Ljubljana is the most convenient airport with several transfer options available. Other airports in Austria and Italy can work well with longer transfers by train.

Travel to and from the trip is not included in the holiday price. We take care to give the most useful notes possible about all the travel options. We supply these both on booking and in your info pack, and we offer personalised tips at any point. The aim is that our trekkers arrange their travel by the simplest and most scenic means as suits their plan.


Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Julian Alps Traverse
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: JATsg
Route: JAH Julian Alps
(See our background page on the Julian Alps)
(Prefer Guided or our Hut-to-Hut?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 5 days' trekking
Start: Kranjska Gora in Slovenia
End: Bohinj in Slovenia
Typical walk: 12km, 600m ascent
(First trek day has 820m ascent)
Total distance: 60.5km or 38 miles
Highest altitude: 2,358m
Grade: Red3 (Walking grades)



Prices Summer 2019

6 nights, per person:

JATsg Classic
GBP 480 (singles 60)
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Julian Alps Traverse (Self-guided)



Research Summer 2019

Keith Miller at Alpine ExploratoryAlpine Exploratory's 2019 research in the Julian Alps will be led by:
Keith Miller in July

Recces 2019

Trekkers at the Dolic hut - the Trzaska Koca na Dolicu - enjoying a lunchtime break from the trail
A hut lunch (Photo gallery)



Alpine Exploratory's service

Accommodation
6 nights, staying in:
4-star hotel (2)
Auberge (1)
Mountain huts (3)

Included
Accommodation and itinerary
(1 nights' hut fees payable locally)
Breakfasts on 2 mornings
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards JAT1-5 of the Exploratory system
Maps and local information

Season for self-guided treks
21 July to 15 September 2019
19 July to 18 September 2020
Trek on your ideal dates


The statue of Zlatorog, the legendary horned goat, next to Lake Bohinj
Lake Bohinj (Photo gallery)



The Julian Alps in the wider Alps

Map of Bohinj within the Alps

Our city information included in your info pack:
Ljubljana, Venice, Vienna, Graz, Salzburg

City breaks after trekking



Find out more

About our walking holidays Our FAQs page covering equipment, weather, insurance and more about how our trips work

Walking guides Our background page on the
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