Guidebook to trekking the Slovene Mountain Trail or Transverzala, 550km across Slovenia. Beginning at Maribor near the Austrian border to Ankaran on the Adriatic coast, the route is described as a series of 3 to 6-day treks through the region of Pohorje and the limestone mountains of the Karavanke and Kamnik-Savinja and Julian Alps.
SeasonsJune-September; some of the easier treks can be made in May and October, but note that huts will be closed
CentresMaribor, Slovenj Gradec, Solčava, Zgornje Jezersko, Tržič, Dovje/Mojstrana, Vršič, Trenta, Petrovo Brdo, Idrija, Col, Matavun, Ankaran.
Difficultyeach day has a subjective grade of 1-3, but even the easiest days require a good level of walking fitness. The most difficult, grade 3 sections, require mountaineering experience as they are strenuous, often very exposed, and will have sections of fixed protection; helmet and self-belaying equipment are recommended here.
Must Seethe Pohorje uplands; the Kamnik-Savinja Alps; the Julian Alps; including Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia, the Triglav Lakes valley, and the Vršič Pass; the Karst region; the mining town of Idrija; the Škocjan caves; the Adriatic coast.
A guidebook to trekking the Slovene Mountain Trail, crossing Slovenia from Austria to the Adriatic. The 550km route is presented in a series of 12 3 to 6-day treks of all levels of difficulty, all featuring start and finish points that can be accessed by public transport. They can be completed as single sections or linked to create a longer trip. Each day is graded: low-grade walking is mostly on tracks or lanes with no steep ascents, whereas the most difficult stages may involve steep and technical terrain including fixed protection or sections of via ferrata, for which a helmet, self-belaying equipment and the appropriate experience are required.
In addition to clear route description and mapping, the guide provides all the practical information you will need to plan your trip, covering transport, accommodation and safety, as well as background notes on geology, plants and wildlife.
From Maribor, close by the Austrian border in the north-east, to Ankaran on the Adriatic coast in the south-west, the route covers outstanding mountain and upland walking: the vast forested plateau of Pohorje, the sheer limestone peaks of the Julian and Kamnik-Savinja Alps with their via ferrata protected routes, the traditional alpine pastures and flower-strewn ridges of the Karavanke, and the forested hills and olive groves of the limestone karst country that stretch towards the coast.
Landscape and geology
Climate and weather
Wildlife and flowers
When to go
Travelling within Slovenia
Food and drink
Money and shopping
Health and hazards
Using this guidebook
The Slovene Mountain Trail
Stage 1 Maribor to Slovenj Gradec
Stage 2 Slovenj Gradec to Solčava
Stage 3 Solčava to Zgornje Jezersko
Stage 4 Zgornje Jezersko to Tržič
Stage 5 Tržič to Dovje/Mojstrana
Stage 6 Dovje/Mojstrana to Vršič
Stage 7 Vršič to Trenta
Stage 8 Trenta to Petrovo Brdo
Stage 9 Petrovo Brdo to Idrija
Stage 10 Idrija to Col
Stage 11 Col to Matavun
Stage 12 Matavun to Ankaran
Appendix A Bibliography
Appendix B The Slovene language
Appendix C Transport to and facilities at the stage start points
Appendix D Hut telephone numbers
Appendix E Route summary table
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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