Guidebook describing 58 walks in the Julian Alps of Slovenia. The walks are organized around five bases - Kranjska Gora, Bovec, Kobarid, Bled and Bohinj. The routes in the Julian Alps range from easy valley walks and rougher forest trails to high-mountain protected routes, including Triglav at 2864m, and multi-day treks.
SeasonsEarly summer to autumn - late May/June to the end of September and early October in good years.
CentresThe routes are described from five bases, all of which have tourist infrastructure: Kranjska Gora, Bohinj, Bovec, Bled and Kobarid.
DifficultySome routes are valley walks, which almost anyone can do, while others are high mountain routes requiring mountaineering experience and a head for heights. Peaks are snow-free by early July in normal summers so ice-axe and crampons are not usually needed, and difficult sections are mostly covered by via ferrata style protection. Self-belaying (via ferrata) kit and a helmet are recommended. The book has a grading system from 1 (easy) to 4 (serious).
Must SeeThe Julian Alps - Triglav, Jalovec, Mangrt, the Triglav lakes, the lower Bohinj mountains, Špik, Škrlatica, Krn; Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj and their surroundings; World War I mountain battlefields of the Soča front; the Vršič pass; limestone formations, alpine flowers.
This guidebook contains over 60 walks which explores the best of the Julian Alps of Slovenia. The walks and treks in this guidebook are organised around five bases in the Julian Alps - Kranjska Gora, Bovec, Kobarid, Bled and Bohinj - all of which have a range of accommodation and public transport facilities.
There is something here for everyone - from easy valley walks and rougher forest trails to high-mountain protected routes, some of which require Alpine mountaineering experience. Several possibilities for multi-day walks are included.
The Julian Alps are situated in the small independent republic of Slovenia, at the south-eastern end of the Alpine chain. Their highest peak, Triglav, at 2864m, may be smaller than some of the better-known western giants, but what the mountains lack in stature they make up for in interest and accessibility. The dramatic limestone peaks drop steeply through forests to flower meadows, and will give you a feast for the eyes no matter which direction you turn.
Geology and landscape
The Triglav National Park
What the walking’s like
Climate and weather
Wildlife and flowers
When to go
Areas and bases
Food and drink
Money and shopping
Health and hazards
Waymarking and navigation
What to take
Using this guide
1 Kranjska Gora
Walk 1 Zelenci
Walk 2 Peč (Tromeja)
Walk 3 Srednji Vrh
Walk 4 Slap Martuljek (Martuljek waterfall)
Walk 5 Vršič pass
Walk 6 Visoki Mavrinc
Walk 7 Vitranc/Ciprnik
Walk 8 Sleme
Walk 9 Tamar and Planica
Walk 10 Mala and Velika Mojstrovka
Walk 11 Mala Mojstrovka via the Hanzova pot
Walk 12 The Vrata valley
Walk 13 Jerebikovec
Walk 14 Prisank
Walk 15 Jalovec
Walk 16 Špik
Walk 17 Škrlatica
Walk 18 Triglav by the Tominškova pot and the Prag Route
Walk 19 Triglav by the Plemenice (or Bamberg) Route
Walk 20 Kanjavec
Walk 21 The Tour of Lake Bohinj
Walk 22 Slap Savica (Savica waterfall)
Walk 23 Rudnica
Walk 24 Korita Mostnice
Walk 25 Pršivec
Walk 26 Vogel
Walk 27 Črna prst
Walk 28 Spodnje Bohinjske gore (the Lower Bohinj mountains)
Walk 29 Bogatin and Mahavšček
Walk 30 Triglav Lakes valley and Veliko špičje
Walk 31 Triglav – the southern approach
Walk 32 The Bovec Basin
Walk 33 Kluže
Walk 34 Svinjak
Walk 35 Čelo
Walk 36 Izvir Glijuna and Slap Virje
Walk 37 Visoki Kanin and Prestreljenik
Walk 38 Rombon
Walk 39 The Soča Trail
Walk 40 Pogačnikov dom and Kriški podi
Walk 41 Planja and Razor
Walk 42 Križ, Stenar and Bovški Gamsovec
Walk 43 Krn
Walk 44 Mangart
Walk 45 The Tour of Lake Bled
Walk 46 Osojnica
South of Bled
Walk 47 Bohinjska Bela and Kupljenik
Walk 48 Ribenska Gora
Walk 49 Talež
Walk 50 Vintgar gorge
Walk 51 Galetovec
Walk 52 Debela peč, Brda and Lipanski vrh
Walk 53 Viševnik
Walk 54 The Historical Walk
Walk 55 Drežniški kot
Walk 56 Krasji vrh
Walk 57 Stol
Walk 58 Matajur
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Useful contacts
Appendix C Language notes
Appendix D Bibliography
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For anyone planning a trip to Slovenia’s Julian Alps, I’d say that this book is required reading. For everyone else it’s a great inspiration to go and visit the Julian Alps.
Photos are a big part of this book, and inspiring they are. Almost every double page has a photo or two, and the two authors certainly did a fabulous job at capturing great scenes and panoramas which wet the appetite of the reader. It makes you dream, and shows beautiful highlights of the walks described in the book.
All in all a fabulous book which is very inspiring and will have you want to go to the Julian Alps. It has all necessary information with good details [or Insider Information], very detailed route descriptions, and great photos to get you motivated for your trip. I still am going through the book, looking at new routes and how to combine some of them int multi day hikes - because the Julian Alps are a fabulous destination for hikers & backpackers!
Hendrik Morkel - Hiking in Finland blog
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Justi Carey and Roy Clark started visiting the British mountains in their teens, a discovery which has shaped their whole lives. Their passion for the outdoors has since led to travels across the world and a deep commitment to the environment, while their continuing interest in being 'out there' has resulted in an enthusiasm for skiing, canoeing, cycle touring, horse riding and even rollerblading! Since moving to Slovenia in 2002, Justi has worked as an English teacher, while Roy has developed his skills in landscape photography. They now run a Bed and Breakfast in the mountainous north-west corner of Slovenia.View Articles and Books by Justi Carey
Justi Carey and Roy Clark started visiting the British mountains in their teens, a discovery that has shaped their whole lives. Their passion for the outdoors has since led to travels across the world and a deep commitment to the environment, while their continuing interest in being 'out there' has resulted in an enthusiasm for skiing, canoeing, cycle touring, horse riding and even rollerblading! Since moving to Slovenia in 2002, Justi has worked as an English teacher, while Roy has developed his skills in landscape photography. They now run a Bed and Breakfast in the mountainous north-west corner of Slovenia.View Articles and Books by Roy Clark