The Julian Alps strike an impressive majesty as the steep Slovenian forests meet the rugged limestone peaks which rise almost vertically towards the sky.
Ryder-Walker’s Slovenian Hikes explore the heart of the Julian Alps, visiting the more accessible summits and most undisturbed reaches of the massive Triglav National Park. Beloved by the Slovenian people and tourists alike, the dramatic Julian Alps offer a five-star hiking experience that is just off the beaten path. Triglav itself is the centerpiece of the trek, the highest peak in Slovenia, and a hulking mass of limestone cliffs that rises thousands of feet above the valley floor. Below Triglav run a series of densely forested valleys such as the waterfall valley of Ukanc, which sits below the sacred Valley of Five Lakes. The trip itself begins in a town that can only be described as the Chamonix of Eastern Europe, Kranjska Gora. Kranjska Gora is an often-overlooked village that would feel at home in France or Switzerland, sitting directly underneath the most impressive ridge of the aptly named Razor Mountain. Kranjska Gora also supports a lively cafe culture that overflows onto the streets of the mountain climber and skier populated village.
Ryder-Walker travels across the awe-inspiring Julian Alps via three distinct routes. For self guided clients we offer our Julian Alps Triglav Circuit, which is a committed hike that takes you high into the most wild reaches of Slovenia, including hut stays just off the flank of the mighty Triglav. Our Slovenia Waterfalls and Gorges Trek is an easier going hike which focuses on less strenuous hikes around the villages of Kranjska Gora and Ukanc. The guided tour, Slovenia: Julian Alps Summit Series, follows a similar route to the Triglav Circuit while also setting its sights on some of Slovenia’s dramatic summits.
Slovenian culture involves a deep respect for the natural world. Much of the Triglav National Park remains undisturbed nature – especially compared to the relative resortification of other European Alpine regions. In the center of the park, we even stay in a historic hunting lodge – one of the only buildings in the entire valley. Food in Slovenia revolves around Eastern European staples. The Klobása is highly recommended for those that are looking for the best sausage of their life. Our Julian Alps Summit Series Trek is a particularly interesting route in relation to Slovenian culture because we spend so much time in the shadow of Triglav itself. Climbing Triglav is considered a Slovenian rite of passage.
Slovenia is a hugely welcoming country, filled with people that want to share the country’s often forgotten majesty. Despite remaining a bit of an industry secret, Slovenia boasts some of the most impressive looking peaks in all of Europe combined with some of the most remote and best-preserved wilderness on the continent. The hiking in Slovenia is perfect for those who are looking for a challenge, often rugged and rocky, with a handful of hut overnights. Ryder-Walker’s Slovenian tours truly put you in the heart of one of the most enigmatic mountain ranges in the world.
Enchanting, or perhaps intoxicating, might be the best word to appropriately characterize the Julian alps of Slovenia. Ryder-Walker’s route through this unique landscape begins in the picturesque village of Kranjska Gora. This gorgeous little village is only four miles from the Italian border and two from Austria. It sits on the northern border of Triglav National Park, Slovenia’s only land...View trip details
Enchanting, or perhaps intoxicating, might be the best words to characterize the Julian Alps of Slovenia. Tom Longstaff, a renowned climber and president of the Alpine Club in London once wrote, “(The Julian Alps) have become for me, after forty years’ devotion to mountain scenery, the most desirable of all mountains…Triglav reigns over a dreamworld, sundered from time, full of...View trip details
This Going Easy Slovenia hiking tour is a gentler version of our 8 day Slovenia Triglav Circuit and features three nights in the village of Ukanc and two nights each in the villages of Bled and Kranjska Gora. The hiking schedule is more relaxed with extra time for sightseeing and general enjoyment of Slovenia's infinite treasures. You'll also have luggage access...View trip details