In this blog I’d like to show you some of the highlights of Triglav National Park, including some of my personal favourite parts, which will hopefully provide some ideas and inspiration for those interested in exploring this wonderful part of Slovenia.
Triglav National Park is Slovenia’s only national park and is the heart of the Julian Alps. The park is located in the north-western part of Slovenia and is named after the country’s highest mountain, Mt. Triglav (2,864m). It covers an area of over 83,000 hectares.
On my blog I have always strived to ensure I give readers a personal account of my adventures and experiences in Slovenia, rather than just regurgitating information which is already readily available. Therefore, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve never actually been to the top of Triglav, though I’ve been close!
Unlike in some national parks, there are no official entry and exit points to the park, and no entrance fees to be paid. However, there are some rules by which visitors must abide to protect the flora and fauna of this jewel of nature. For example, wild flowers are not to be picked, no fires may be lit, and camping anywhere within the park, other than in designated campsites, is strictly forbidden.
One among my many favourite parts of Triglav National Park is Krn Lake (1391m) – as seen below, with Mt. Krn (2244m) in the background.
For this trip I started from the car park at the Savica waterfall in Bohinj and walked up to Komna (1520m), onwards past the Koča pod Bogatinom hut to the Vratca saddle then descended to the Dom pri Krnskih jezerih hut (1385m) where I stayed overnight. The next morning I got up (very!) early to hike up Mt. Krn, then returned the same way back to Savica. It makes a long 2nd day but the scenery is so wonderful, and other than the climb up to Krn, its reasonably easy going. If you don’t need to return back to Savica, then you can instead take the path down to the Dom dr. Klemena Juga hut (700m) in the Lepena valley from where you can explore the beautiful Soča valley.
The picture-postcard pretty Planina pri Jezeru highland is another of my favourites and the options for reaching it are numerous. I like to start from Stara Fužina and walk first to Vogar, from where there are magnificent views over Bohinj lake and the surrounding mountains, then past the Kosijev dom na Vogarju hut (1054m).
On this hike I continued first towards the Planina pri Jezeru hut (1453m) but then branched off towards Planina Blato (1147m) then to Planina Laz (1560m) – the oldest highland in Slovenia. From Planina Laz a very pleasant almost level route leads to Planina pri Jezeru from where, after a break for some sustenance, I returned to the Vogar highland and back to Stara Fužina. There are, however, also several other alternative routes that I have also taken, such as via Planina Viševnik and onwards to Pršivec (1761m).
Planina Laz is on part of the Tourist Cheese Route (Turistična sirarna pot). The route leads across the many highlands in the Bohinj area where cheese and other dairy products can be sampled and bought. The route, which is marked with yellow signs, also leads past numerous natural features of interest such as gorges, waterfalls, museums, churches, and archeological sites. The path covers a very wide area so its not possible to walk it in its entirety (at least not in a day), so it’s best to just choose part of it and visit one or two of the highlands and dairies.
One of the most popular destinations for hiking in Triglav National Park is the Seven Triglav Lakes Valley. It is doable in a day trip, particularly if you drive up the toll road, saving yourself approx. 1.5 hours of hiking, to begin at Planina Blato. However, to have time to fully experience and appreciate the entire length of the valley, it is best to stay at least one night in a mountain hut, such as the Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih (1685m), where you also get a chance to soak up the atmosphere of the surroundings, enjoy some hearty homemade food, and chat to some fellow hikers.
As you can see, there’s no shortage of routes to choose!
Wherever you see signs such as this one, you can buy home-produced cheese, sour milk, and other highland treats!
And you can certainly see exactly where it comes from. There are no food miles here!
Provided you have a map of the Julian Alps it is very easy to put together an itinerary for day, or multi-day, hikes. Routes are generally well-marked and there are plenty of mountain huts where you can overnight, though in the summer months I’d recommend booking ahead for the most popular huts – you wouldn’t want to hike all that way to find yourself without a bed for the night!
Triglav National Park awaits – time to get exploring!
© AdeleinSlovenia 2016
13 thoughts on “Highlights of Triglav National Park!”
Looks great and am counting the days to see it for myself!
Thanks for the information.
Adele, it was great finding your blog and communicating with you. Following your advise and suggestions, we had an absolutely amazing 5 day experience in the Julian Alps in early July. The views were astounding, and the trails you suggested were both wonderful and uncrowded. When we got to the huts, we found the staff extremely welcoming and the food delicious. What a delightful experience. To you and the Slovenian people, a beautiful thank you. Hvala lepa.
Adele, what luck finding your blog and communicating with you. Following your advise, two friends and I spent 5 amazing days in the Julian Alps. The trails and huts you suggested were perfect. The trails were wonderfully diverse, allowed incredible views, and were uncrowded. When we reached the huts, we found the staff extremely welcoming, the food (and wine) delicious. What an amazing holiday. To you and the Slovenian people, a beautiful thank you. Hvala lepa.
Hi Larry, thanks for the feedback. Great to hear everything worked out for you and you had an amazing holiday in the Slovenian Alps. Hope to see you here again sometime! Best regards, Adele
Adele, thanks so much for the great help creating a most wonderful trip in the mountains around lake Bohinj. We took the cable ride up to Vogel, and after that walked through the gorgeous landscape and stayed in three wonderful huts up in the mountains. It was an unforgettable experience for all of us. See you again in beautiful Slovenia! Boudewijn
Hi Boudewijn, It was lovely to meet you and your family and I’m so glad the hike all worked out as planned, even the weather behaved itself too! Look forward to seeing you in Slovenia again some time! Best wishes, Adele
We are now back from our wonderful time in Slovenia and so glad that we stumbled across your blog when researching our trip, Adele. Your posts are great glimpses of what to expect and show your love for the country, which is infectious.
Without your help in arranging bookings with the huts in the Triglav mountains, our 5-day hiking trip this summer would never have been as smooth, thank you! The language can be a mental barrier for us tourists in negotiating complicated arrangements (although everybody we met spoke fluent English) and your mastery of the language, local knowledge in suggesting routes and enthusiasm for the outdoors where a wonderful resource for first-time visitors like us.
It was great to meet you in Radovljica – what a beautiful place. Later, we also had wonderful stays in the picturesque Bled and in Ljubliana, much busier places, of course, but each with their own charme. We have taken home beautiful memories from all those places. Best wishes, Jan and Oliver.
Hi Jan and Oliver,
It was lovely to meet you both and I’m so glad I was able to contribute to your great holiday in Slovenia, in particular your enjoyment of our wonderful mountains and of my adopted home town of Radovljica!
I hope to see you again one day in Slovenia, until then, enjoy the memories.
Hello Adele! I found this blog when my husband and are are looking for information about our hike to Slovenia! I know there are sooo many options to go, we plan to go for 1-2 day hike, hoping to see different kind of landscape. We will start from the capital and thinking to stay around Bohinjska Bistrica as the accommodation there seems more reasonable. Without a car, is it hard to travel around the Alps area? Or you think taking train that will help us to see more than where we can go by foot?
I read from other just now about the cable car too, that sounds an easier option to include in a hike! Sorry I have so many questions as the options are just so many! Thank you!
Hi Judy, since you also sent me an email with the same message, I have now replied to your email. Regards, Adele
Hi Adele… wondering which guide book you might recommend…
thank you so much !
Jody in Oregon
Hi Jody, do you want just a general guide to Slovenia or for hiking?
Hi Adele … looking for info on Triglav actually 🙂 thank you