The Best Julian Alps and Soča Valley Hut to Hut

Hike through the best of Triglav National Park with its Seven Lakes Valley, and get a taste of the Alpe Adria Trail by walking along the emerald river of the Soča Valley.

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5 days
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Difficulty
Moderate
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Discover the most beautiful spots of the Julian Alps and the Soča Valley
Explore a paradise for photography, the Seven Lakes Valley
Relax on the banks of the emerald green Soča River
Most scenic part of the Alpe-Adria trail
Sleep in authentic mountain huts
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Included in guided tours

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Included in self-guided tours

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Transfer from Bled
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Professional guide
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Tour design and organization
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Included in self-guided tours

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Tour design and organization
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Booklet with detailed itinerary and route instructions
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Service and support during your hike
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GPS navigation with an easy-to-use app
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Accommodation in mountain lodges as per itinerary
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Extras in guided tours

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Extras in self-guided tours

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Transfer from Ljubljana
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Accommodation and food
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Optional shuttle on day 3
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Trekking poles
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Backpack
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Extras in self-guided tours

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Transfer from your location
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Optional shuttle on day 3
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Day 1: Mountain Pastures above Bohinj

We will start the day by picking you up, and driving to Bohinj where we’ll start our hike. To warm us up, the hiking will be easy-going on the first day. We will walk through high mountain pastures, and see the shepherds’ cottages where they have been producing cheese for centuries, with some still continuing this tradition. We will hike up to the Triglav lakes mountain hut by the beautiful Double lake, eat an authentic Slovenian dinner, and get some rest.

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14km, 1240m+, 100m-

Day 2: The Seven Lakes Valley

On the second day, we will head along the amazing Triglav Lakes Valley, and see its mesmerizing glacial lakes. Even though we’ll spend the day walking through the valley, the views of the surrounding high peaks will still give us an amazing Alpine experience. We will stop at the Zasavska Lodge at Prehodavci to get something to eat and regain our strength. Then we will descend further down, into the Trenta valley and spend the night there. 

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Hiking
14km, 360m+, 1450m-

Day 3: Alpe Adria Trail

We will hike along the most beautiful European river, and the jewel of Slovenia - the Soča river. Apart from the emerald green depths of the Soča and its thrilling river rapids, we will also be able to admire the traditional architecture of the Trenta Valley. We will cross footbridges above Soča’s troughs and gorges. Those brave enough can even jump in the freezing cold water. This is an easy day of hiking, as we will mostly tackle flat terrain. Depending on our agreement, we can even reduce the amount of walking, and have a shuttle ride take us to Lepena, where we will spend the night. 

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Hiking
16km, 450m+, 360m-

Day 4: Hike to Komna Plateau

With our batteries recharged, we will tackle steeper terrain once more. We will hike up to the crystal clear Lake Krn, and stop at the mountain hut there, to get something to eat. Our trail will lead us into the heart of the Komna Plateau, an area full of WWI remnants. This is also where the coldest ever temperature in Slovenia was recorded!

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Hiking
14km, 1280m+, 510m-

Day 5: Descend back to Bohinj

We will end our tour by descending to Lake Bohinj. On the way, we will see the famous Savica waterfall, which is also the spring of the Sava Bohinjka River. We will continue our hike with a walk along the north shores of Lake Bohinj, which will give us a great opportunity to jump in and go for a rejuvenating swim.

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15km, 100m+, 1060m-

This hut to hut walking holiday is perfect for those who would like to see the best of the Julian Alps and the Soča Valley. Hike the Triglav National Park and discover the most picturesque part of the Julian Alps, the Seven Lakes Valley.

The tour is designed in a way that makes every day a diverse experience. You will spend two days in the Julian Alps, then a day walking through the Soča Valley, and another two days back in the high mountains. The highlight of the first part is hiking the pristine Seven Lakes Valley, nestled in the heart of the Triglav National Park. Also called the Triglav Lakes Valley, it was the first area protected by the only national park in Slovenia and one of the oldest in Europe.

On the third day, you will descend to the Soča Valley with our most iconic Soča River. It will be a day spent walking past beautiful gorges full of emerald green pools and wooden bridges. For a more relaxing third day, you can also use the help of a shuttle and make it a rest day spent chilling beside the jewels of the emerald Soča River. The last two days take you back to the Julian Alps. The two-day hike across the high-altitude karst plateau of Komna will take you back where you began, to Lake Bohinj. You can therefore extend your holiday by a vacation at our largest lake, either before or after the tour.

Each stage has around 5 to 6 hours of walking, with plenty of time left for taking photos and taking in the beautiful landscapes. Those who have a little extra stamina can also take some detours to peaks close to the planned route with an outstanding panoramic view. This is a hut to hut tour, which means that at the end of each day, you will arrive at an authentic mountain hut, where you will spend the night. Slovenia’s mountains are full of these cosy lodges, making this kind of tour an optimal way of exploring our mountains.

The tour can be guided or self-guided, and in both methods, some basic level of hiking knowledge is needed. The walking is a little more demanding than in other walking tours since most of it is on non-flat terrain of high mountains. The paths are often rocky or full of loose stones, so it’s good to have a basic sense of where to put your foot down to not slip. Also, don’t forget about proper footwear and clothing. If you need any help when packing, our guides are here to help.

NOTE: Due to high demand and limited availability of accommodations in Soča Valley, this tour requires a very early booking, 6-9 months in advance. For later bookings, the price can vary.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How difficult is The Best Julian Alps and Soča Valley Hike?

The tour is suitable for most with basic hiking experience and reasonable fitness level. There are around 5-7 hours of hiking per day with breaks and backpacks not too heavy. The trails are sometimes narrow and uneven with some loose and rocky sections, but without exposure and technical difficulties. The third day can be shortened significantly with a short shuttle.

What should I wear?

It is important that your clothes are comfortable. It is recommended that you also have some warmer and windproof clothing with you in the case of temperatures dropping or cold wind. You can always leave excess clothes in the van after consulting with our guide.

Who will be our guide?

Our guided walking tours are led by UIMLA or IMFGA internationally licensed guides who have completed many years of training to make your walking holidays both safe and enjoyable. They are enthusiastic individuals who are ready to share their passion for Slovenia and its rich culture and nature with you, and make your walking holiday one to remember.


Why is the accommodation not specified?

We are always looking for the perfect fit for you. We use a few different accommodation providers that fit our standards but they are subjected to availability, especially in the high season. We can also adjust the holiday, keeping in mind your preferences and budget and can always find a more suitable solution for your taste.

How much in advance should I book?

We recommend booking as early as possible. Slovenian mountain huts are very popular and get booked up several weeks in advance, especially on weekends. If your booking is late, we will try our best to find a suitable alternative. Sometimes, last-minute spots open up. However, we cannot guarantee a free spot.


I have food restrictions

All of the huts offer vegetarian options and usually at least one vegan option. Still, kitchens high up are basic, so don’t expect too many choices. Huts generally serve authentic meals like stews, soups, and sausages. If you have strict dietary restrictions, consider bringing your own food as they can’t make a special meal per request. 


Will I have some time to myself?

If you want to, sure! We are well aware that some people love to stay in groups while others prefer some more alone time on their trip. We wanted to give you the opportunity to do things your way. It is your holiday, after all! As long as you respect the group timings and locations designated by your guide, please feel free to customize your itinerary and create your own adventure!

What is the best season for walking in Slovenia?

Depending on the tour, some of our tours go through high mountains and there is still snow in spring (sometimes as late as early June) and autumn (sometimes as early as October). Other tours don't go as high and are suitable for spring and autumn as well as summer. Read more about hiking seasons in Slovenia.


What if the weather forecast is bad?

Most of the tours can be done even in light rain, as long as you dress accordingly. It is not unusual in the summer that there are afternoon thunderstorms, so early starts are advisable. If the weather looks really bad, we will try to reschedule or propose an alternative tour.


What to bring for an overnight stay in the mountain hut?

Some of our tours are hut-to-hut tours, with overnights in authentic mountain huts. Try to pack light, only take what you really need. You need your passport or ID for check-in, and some cash is advisable if the internet is down. Bring your sleeping liner and earplugs for the night, and toothbrush and body wipes for hygiene. You don’t need slippers, they are in the hut already. 


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    Leonard Bobecki
    August 2021
    At first, I was thinking about doing a similar tour by myself but I am so glad I decided to book with Hut to hut Hiking Slovenia! The route was designed superbly and I would have never come up with such a brilliant itinerary. Starting in Bohinj you hike all the way across the Julian Alps to Soča valley and then back again - it feels like you have walked a 100 miles but it was just two days of easy hiking each direction. Soča valley is a different world and it feels so rewarding to dip your feet in the crystal clear river after two days in the mountains. Back over the hills feels almost unnecessary but once you reach the lake it all becomes so worth it again. The last part of the hike feels different than the first and it is almost over too soon.
    Piotr Kowalcyzk
    August 2021
    A perfect hike for a family! It is not too easy but quite manageable with all the huts on the way so you really don't have to carry too much with you and on the third day, you can make a great rest by the beautiful river. We had a great guide who showed us around and took care of all the organization around the accommodation and food. The communication with the team before the tour was spot on and we have really enjoyed the hike worry-free. We have seen a great portion of the region and after the tour we simply chilled in Bled.
    Caroline Knoche
    September 2021
    I am so happy I did this 5 day tour across the Julian Alps. It is very diverse and you get to see so much beautiful nature, from high alps on the first part to amazing Soca River and Trenta valley where we stayed for two nights. This part of the country is simply breathtaking. Those two parts of Slovenia are really popular so we met quite a lot of people but on the last part we crossed the Komna valley and it was much quieter and completely different from the rest of the mountains. We had a great guide in our group and he told us all the fun stories and was cheering for us when we struggled. The organisation of the tour was perfect and I think I will come again to Slovenia for more hut to hut hiking.

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Join a group

For solo hikers or hikers who wish to meet other like-minded souls, don’t want to stress about tour-planning and other annoying details. You will be hiking in a group of maximum 8 people plus our guide, who will make sure the hike is safe and enjoyable. A minimum of 2 people is required for guaranteed tour departures.
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Private guided solo

For solo hikers, who want a hike suitable to their needs and desires and want to also spend some time alone. You will be accompanied by a personal guide, who will take care of your safety and adjust the tour according to your needs and abilities. You don’t need to worry over the route-finding or your next move, and at the same time, you can enjoy the hike at your own pace and take as much time on your own whenever needed.

Private guided group

For a more private experience hiking with your own group and those who want a holiday based on their preferences and needs. You don’t need to worry about route planning or your next move, and at the same time, you can enjoy the holidays at your own pace. The tour is highly customizable and can be also modified during the hike itself.
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Self-guided

For adventurous hikers that want more flexibility and independence to hike at their own pace. We take care of booking your accommodations and provide you with the maps and the itinerary but our guide doesn't accompany you on the hike. You will have the full support of our team for any emergencies or concerns while a certain level of self-responsibility is still needed.

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We have expert local guides who not only know the best places, but are great to be around and will go the extra mile for you.

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We are operating since 2014 and always put our clients first

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We handle route planning, transportation, accommodation and anything else you prefer not to deal with and offer 24 hour support.

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Do you want more? Do you want less? Let us know and we will make it happen.

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