Slovenia is a country with many faces. She has sun-drenched beaches along the Adriatic. Her interior beckons with castles, waterfalls and alluring villages. Her countryside warms the heart with gnome-filled forests, friendly inn keepers and rolling meadows. But Slovenia also has a wild side—she has a rugged side, with protected wilderness areas, vertiginous cliffs, and lots of mountains.
In the above photo, our Triglav Circuit hiking group follows an airy trail along the flanks of Triglav (2,864 meters), the highest mountain in Slovenia. The trail is an old World War I road that connects the village of Trenta with our home for the night, the Zasavska Koca na Prehodavcih, a dramatically situated hut with incredible views.
The Triglav summit stands less than a mile from the Zasavska hut, as the crow flies, but to climb the summit requires another five hours of hiking along the easiest route. Our group won’t head to the summit on this day. Rather, they’ll continue to the Dom na Komni hut, another dramatically perched refuge in the heart of Triglav National Park.