There are numerous ways to explore and experience a destination but none as intimate and personal as taking the time to enjoy your vacation destination on foot. Slovenia makes for an ideal hiking country, as it offers breathtaking alpine scenery and a huge variety of hiking options.
We’ve gathered some useful information about hiking in this area, weather, top trails in Julian Alps and other useful tips to help you plan your hike!
While on a road trip through Slovenia, you’ll see a lot of hit-the-brakes scenery and hit the break is exactly what you should do. Stop, take photos, inhale fresh mountain air, exhale happiness and stretch your legs with a nice hike!
There are well-marked routes that cover everything from gentle lakeside strolls to demanding but breathtaking high-mountain challenges. You can wander along alpine valleys, visit one of many waterfalls, walk across pastures to the sound of cowbells and birdsong, climb the highest Slovenian mountain Mt. Triglav, or take a zig-zag path down through mountainside wildflowers.
Slovenia is a hiking paradise - this small country has over 9,000 km of marked mountain trails and more than 180 mountain huts, shelters and bivouacs that are open for hikers. Here it’s everything an adventurer with an outdoors soul could wish for! Mountains spread from the Adriatic sea, through endless vineyards and green forests to the vertical white walls of Slovenia's highest peaks. Mountain huts offer traditional Slovenian food so that hikers can also discover the culinary world of Slovenia, which is absolutely delicious!
Food in mountain huts is a-m-a-z-i-n-g!
When is the best time to hike in Slovenia
The optimal hiking season runs from June till October when the majority of huts, shelters and bivouacs are open for hikers. In the high mountains the huts are generally open between the 15th of June and the 30th of September, and at lower altitude some are open all year round. Most of the huts also have a winter room which is always open even when the hut is unattended and officially closed.
Mountain weather is extremely hard to predict, so be prepared for any eventuality. Lightning strike is real hazard and at the first sight of an approaching thunderstorm try to descend from summits and exposed ridges. Storms can occur at anytime, but more especially in July and August, developing very quickly and leaving little time to reach safer ground. As storms usually build in the afternoon and evening it is perhaps wise to start early and be descending before or soon after lunch.
Weather forecasts are available from Tourist Information Offices, campsites and hotel receptions. A good site for a detailed, reliable forecast can be found here (with an English translation).
Slovenia has excellent maps for walking/hiking, with the Julian Alps/Triglav National Park and all other mountain areas being particularly well covered at the 1:50 000 scale, published by Alpine Association of Slovenia. There are some 1:30 000 and 1:25 000 sheets available too for the Bohinj, Bled, Triglav, Kranjska Gora and Bovec areas.
Maps are easily purchased in Slovenia from tourist shops, some campsites, the local Tourist Information Offices or online.
For many of the hikes, you don’t really need to purchase a map and here at Nest Campers a group of hiking enthusiasts is always happy to help you plan your hike!
Equipment and clothing
Choosing the right equipment will make your hike more enjoyable and also safe. Before filling up your backpack, think carefully which route you are hiking. We’ve gathered a more detailed blog post about clothing and walking equipment, so you will know what to pack!
Top 10 hiking trails in Julian Alps
These 10 walks in Triglav National Park have it all: from short, scenic hikes, to long all-day trails that take you into the heart of the Julian Alps. The variety of landscapes, and the breath-taking views of Slovenia’s unspoiled natural environment, will win you over. Don’t forget to take a break in one of the numerous mountain huts and try out some delicious local dishes.
Top 10 hiking trails were selected, photographed and documented by Peter Markič and a detailed description in English can be found here.
See you soon!