8 days
Duration
Aug-Oct
Dates
Slovenia, Julian Alps
Location

During the Julian Alps hiking holiday you will discover Slovenian Alps in 8-days hike around some of the most magnificent mountains in this alpine destination!

What will we hike?

The Julian Alps in Slovenia are simply one of a kind! Known to be similar to their French and Austrian cousins, but a little less crowded. Pristine nature and quiet solitude are likely to be found on every corner!

We will explore the area of the Triglav National Park, where we will find impressive mountains, intact nature, deep blue alpine lakes, and cozy mountain huts. A stop by Lake Bled will add to the experience and satisfy all those looking for that perfect picture! We will continue to hike around Soča valley with its emerald Soča river. During the trip, we will also stay in a traditional Slovenian mountain hut near Triglav mountain. A truly special experience! We promise you have not seen soo many stars in your life yet!:) We will finish our tour in the coastal town of Piran and spend the last few days relaxing on the beach.

All along our trip, you will be accompanied by professional guides and expert hikers. Therefore, every step and every path will be chosen very carefully, depending on various conditions. Just relax and let us take you off the beaten path to explore the wilderness!

NOTE

This trip Hiking Julian Alps is rated moderate plus. While most days are moderate hiking days, there are two long days (6+ hours) with elevation gains of more than 3,000’. This trip is for active people with experience in mountain hiking and are capable of trekking up to 12 miles on uneven, steep terrain. Regular conditioning prior to the trip is essential so that you can fully enjoy both the beauty and ruggedness of this country.

Also, we do our very best to stick to the schedule, however, its itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Ljubljana airport Slovenia (also Trieste, Venice or Zagreb airports at additional charge)
GROUP SIZE 4-15 people
INCLUDED
6 nights double occupancy accommodation at hotels
dormitory-style bunks in a mountain hut with shared facilities for 1 night (electricity and water provided)
bilingual guide(s)
return airport transfers
private transports throughout the whole tour
meals as noted in the daily itinerary
NOT INCLUDED
airfare
hiking equipment
travel and activity insurance
tips are optional and not included in price
1

Day 1 - Arrival to Ljubljana and drive towards the Alpine region

  • Arrival in Ljubljana, Slovenia by 12 am. Pickups: at 1 pm from the hotel or at 2 pm at the airport.
  • Short transfer to picturesque Lake Bledwith the famous island and medieval castle on the side. Time for sightseeing and the cake!
  • Another short transfer to Lake Bohinj, the largest lake in Slovenia located in a pristine natural environment.
  • Stop for the night.

Transfers: 2+ hours

Walking/sightseeing: 1.5 hours

Terrain: paved pathways and lakeside road

Meal: dinner included

2

Day 2 - Hike up the river gorge or the highest summit on the south side of Lake Bohinj

  • Depending on the weather conditions, two hikes will be possible this day.
  • Hike 1: the narrow canyon of picturesque Mostnica Gorge with waterfalls, pools and other natural creatures, such as the “Little Elephant”. If there is time after the hike, we will go to visit the traditional villages of Studor (famous hay racks), Srednja Vas (known for making some of the best Slovene cheese) and Stara Fuzina at the southern end of the lake.
  • Hike 2: the ridgeline toward Mt. Rodica (more rigorous but offers one of the most spectacular views over the whole Bohinj area and the Julian Alps!). We will start with the ride on the gondola-cable car, another ride on a ski-lift to the Mt. Vogel ski area and then join an uphill trail with huge views of mountains in all directions.
  • Return to Bohinj in the evening.

Transfers: 20-50 minutes depending on selected hike

Hiking: 6-10 miles, 4-6 hours

Elevation gain: up to 2,000′

Meal: all meals included

3

Day 3 - Trek to mountain on the west side of Lake Bohinj

  • Early morning breakfast and backpack ready for 2-days hike!
  • Much of our trail will take us along the exposed and rocky terrain, and our hike is dependent on favorable weather conditions. We will start at the end of Bohinj Lake, and hike west toward the mountain Bogatin. This area was made famous by Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms”. A series of switchbacks take us up out of a box canyon and into the alpine country.
  • Hike to the top of the plateau with a picnic lunch stop.
  • Hike towards the cozy Dom na Komni hut, where we will stay for the night.

Transfers: 20 minutes

Hiking: 11 miles, 5-6 hours

Elevation gain: 3,000′

Terrain: forested pathways, open meadows, and rocky trails

Meal: all meals included

4

Day 4 - Summit the highest mountain in Krn mountain chain

  • Early morning departure to the mountain Krn (7,365’). This is a steep, strenuous and open hike on a rocky trail, filled with memories and artifacts of WWI battles. From the top of the mountain, if the weather will permit, we will enjoy a stunning view of the Adriatic sea to the southwest, the Dolomites in Italy and all the way to the Austrian Alps!
  • Lunch in a mountain hut 10 min short of the peak.
  • Hike back down, where a pickup vehicle will await us.
  • Drive to the historical town of Kobarid, where we will stay 2 nights!

Transfers: 45 minutes

Hiking: 9 miles, 7-9 hours

Elevation gain: 3,100’/ loss 4,000′ (Hiking poles needed!)

Terrain: Dirt and rocky trails

Meal: all meals included

5

Day 5 - Soča rafting or Kanin hike

  • After breakfast, we will take a short transfer to the town of Bovec, also known as “the adrenaline mecca”.
  • There are two options for that day. Either you opt for an adventurous rafting tour in the emerald Soča river, or you decide to do one more hike on the mountain Kanin. Kanin is also the highest ski resort in Slovenia with the altitude of 8,471′.
  • After both activities, there will be some free time to relax in Bovec and the surrounding area. On the way back to Kobarid, we will also stop by the road to admire the highest waterfall in Slovenia, Boka Waterfall.

Transfers: 45 minutes

Activity level: based on various options

Optional rafting: class III-IV, 2.5 hours

Meal: breakfast and lunch included

6

Day 6 - Hike the mountain on the border with Italy and have a relaxed evening by the seaside

  • A short transfer from Kobarid to Livek.
  • Today’s hike will be through flower-filled meadows to mountain Matajur. Mountain Matajur is located on the border with Italy, between the Soča Valley and the Italian mountainous region known as Venetian Slovenia. The mountain is well known for MTB gurus as well and offers incredible views over Slovenia as well as the plains of Friuli and the Gulf of Trieste in Italy.
  • After the hike, we will have a transfer to the coastal town of Piran, one of the most beautiful towns on the peninsula of Slovenian Adriatic Coast. We will spend 2 nights here.

Transfers: 3 hours

Hiking: 7 miles, 4 hours

Elevation gain: 2,600’/loss 2,600′

Terrain: meadows, dirt and rocky paths

Meal: all meals included

7

Day 7 - Beach walks and an Istrian picnic on a boat

  • Today, we will not hike but rather stroll around the coastal towns, from Piran to Portorož. We will also see the Sečovlje salt-pans. Their natural elements – salt, brine, Fango mud – are prized for their healing properties.
  • Around midday, we will depart on a traditional fishing boat and spend the afternoon sailing the Slovene coastline. We will take time to swim and enjoy an authentic Istrian “fish picnic” on the boat!
  • We will meet again in the evening for a farewell drink and cheer to this awesome hiking week!

Transfers: 15 minutes

Walking: 4 miles, 2 hours

Terrain: Seaside promenade with a mix of paved, sandy and pebbled sections

Meal: breakfast and lunch included

8

Day 8 - Transfer to Ljubljana and departure home

  • Morning transfer from Piran to Ljubljana in time to meet the return flights.

Transfers: 1.5-2 hours

Meal: breakfast included

Want to extend your stay?

Contact us, and we will organize it with you!

We are passionate adventure travelers ourselves. We have spent our lives in search for the ultimate outdoor experiences. You will gain skills in outdoor activities and meet like-minded individuals to share wonderful adventures. Passion and full dedication to details for each itinerary as well as an excellent relationship with our suppliers in Slovenia have built up the Bikehiketours brand.
Your adventure guides are local and experienced professionals who have a real passion for outdoor activities and for the culture and landscape.
Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the tour. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip. We choose our guides for their expertise in outdoor activities. They are experts in their fields.
We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible and not get lost in the crowd. There will generally be between seven and 14 people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run our tours is four.
Our tour caters for a wide age range, typically between 30 and 60 years old, but age is simply a state of mind, as they say, and we welcome anyone over the age of 18! 
Tours are designed at your own pace and you will enjoy no matter what your age.

Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s activities and give you an idea of the sorts of trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.
We recommend following a general training in the weeks leading up to your trip.
Your guide will be very happy to give you some bike skills training during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your bike adventure. 

As fellow sports enthusiasts, we understand the comfort you may find in riding with your own gear. Due to things can get a bit challenging when it comes to traveling please consult our booking manager prior to departure.

Q. Will I have to carry my own luggage?
You will never have to worry about your bags on tour. You only need to carry a daypack with you whilst riding. We have a support vehicle and driver who will transfer your luggage to your next accommodation each day, and have it ready and waiting for your arrival.
On your holiday you will be staying in a range of comfortable, welcoming local accommodations, including traditional guest houses, small hotels, and a boutique hotel. For details please consult with your booking manager.
Traveling light is the key. Although the daytime and nighttime temperatures can vary in the mountains, so you must make sure that you have plenty of layers of breathable clothing to ensure that you are always warm enough and can remove a layer if you get too hot. 
You should also bring cycling shorts/trousers, gloves, padded undershorts, waterproof jacket, flip-flops, specific shoes for cycling.
Where the meals are included in Bikehiketours itineraries they are in a group setting. 
Your Bikehiketours guide will also be with you during these scheduled meals. 
During the meals that are not included in the itinerary, you are free to choose where you would like to dine. Your guide will advise you the best places to dine for these meals. You can choose to join with others and decide to dine together somewhere or, if you desire some independent time, you are also always welcome to do your own thing.
Medical insurance is mandatory on all of our holidays. We also recommend trip cancellation insurance. Contact your booking manager and we will help you choose the right plan for your holiday.
Many of our travelers join as singles. We charge single supplement fee to solo travelers for single room use. But don’t worry, we can pair you with another traveler of the same gender if you like.


A single supplement is an additional charge for a private room for guests traveling alone.
The cost of our holidays does not include international airfare. However, we are happy to assist you in booking flights to join with each tour. The prices vary depending on the season and the point of departure.
We can arrange early arrivals and extended visits. We will be happy to provide suggestions and ideas.
The more in advance you book, the greater availability of dates you’ll find.

Attention to the smallest details, expertise, and great local guides are the key to a successful adventure.

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary.

Required:

  • Day Pack (21L-35L)
  • Fleece/Wool Jacket or Sweater
  • Headlamp with Fresh Batteries
  • Hiking Pants (Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight)
  • Hiking Socks (Synthetic or Wool)
  • Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)
  • Rain Jacket (Hooded, Lightweight, Waterproof, Breathable)
  • Tee Shirts (Synthetic)
  • Water Bottles (Two 1-Quart) or Hydration System
  • Waterproof Hiking Boots

Recommended:

  • Bandana
  • Base Layer Tops and Bottoms (Lightweight, Synthetic)
  • Camp Towel
  • Casual Clothing for Travel and Town Wear (Lightweight, Easily Washable)
  • Casual Shoes for Travel and Free Time
  • Fleece Pants
  • Fleece/Wool Gloves
  • Fleece/Wool Hat
  • Hiking Shorts (Quick-Dry, Lightweight)
  • Liner Socks (Synthetic)
  • Luggage (1 Piece)
  • Luggage Tags and Locks
  • Pack Rain Cover
  • Passport/Money Belt or Pouch
  • Personal Bathroom Kit: Toilet Paper, Ziplock Bags, Personal Wipes, Hand Cleaner
  • Personal First Aid Kit/Medications (Lightweight)
  • Rain Pants (Lightweight, Waterproof, Breathable)
  • Sun Block and Lip Balm
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunglasses and Accessories
  • Toiletries
  • Trekking Poles

Optional:

  • Camera and Accessories
  • Ear Plugs
  • Electrical Adapter Plug and Converter
  • Insect Repellant
  • Reading and Writing Materials
  • Sleep Sheet/Sleeping Bag Liner
  • Swimwear
  • Water Shoes (No Flip-Flops)
women's mountain bike tour
women's mountain bike tour
women's mountain bike tour