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Walking and Hiking Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

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If walking is your thing then a wonderful alpine world packed with walking and hiking trails awaits you, the country has more than 7000 km of marked paths with Kranjska Gora located between the Triglav National Park and the Karavanke Mountains being an ideal base for hikers.

Slovenians are very keen hikers so the network of trails is extensive, well marked and maintained. From easy valley floor and lakeside / riverside walks to longer hikes up beautiful valleys and towering peaks. There are a huge range of walks in the Kranjska Gora area with trails to suit hikers of all ages and abilities including the possibility of superb walking directly from the front door of many of our Retreats, offering the perfect opportunity to explore this spectacular alpine landscape.

THE KRANJSKA GORA REGION TOP 5 WALKS AND HIKES
1 Tromeja Tri-border Walk up Peč to the triple border of Slovenia, Austria and Italy and soak up the magnificent views of the Julian Alps
2 Triglav The Vrata Valley & the jaw-dropping north face of Mount Triglav close to Mojstrana. The start of several routes up Triglav for the energetic.
3 Lake Jasna A walk around stunning Lake Jasna, a couple of minutes' drive from Kranjska Gora in a magical position under the Julian Alps.
4 Vršič The Vršič Pass - Slovenia's most beautiful drive and starting point for a variety of wonderful walks, running from Kranjska Gora to Bovec.
5 Mangart The third highest peak in Slovenia Mangart offers stunning panoramic views whilst with Slovenia's highest road, over 2000m, even those not up for hiking can get a taste of the high Alps.

 

Tromeja

From the village of Rateče it’s a pleasant 2hr walk up Mt Peč (1,510m) to the triple border of Austria, Italy and Slovenia, where German, Slavonic and Romance cultures meet. It's a popular destination for locals and tourists alike with a mountain lodge set just below the summit serving drinks and hearty meals. The summit also plays host to an annual tri nation gathering put on by local tourist offices of the three nations.

Triglav

Slovenia's highest mountain, Mt. Triglav - an impressive 2,864m three headed monster - stands proud as the centrepiece of the Triglav National Park, dominating the Julian Alps. Featured on the Slovenian flag, the might peak is a bedrock of national pride and identity, with it said that to be a true Slovenian you need to reach the summit at least once. First scaled in 1778 there are now four regular routes to ascend the giant with most hikers taking two days to tackle the peak. There are several mountain huts and lodges in the national park which cater to hikers. During the summer months it can become quite crowded. However, come the colder months when the pegs and wires are covered in snow, hikers / climbers give way to mountaineers.

Vrata

The Kranjska Gora area and specifically the Vrata, Kot and Krma valleys which extend from Mojstrana into the heart of the national park offer some of the best routes for attacking Triglav. The beautiful Vrata Valley presents the most direct route to Triglav also taking in the impressive Peričnik Waterfall, which cascade more than 60m. The glacial valley extends all the way to Triglav's daunting north face from where a challenging rocky trail leads to the summit via the Triglavski Dom Kredarica (Mountain lodge). Even if you don't go on to the Triglav summit, the valleys themselves particularly Vrata are wonderfully settings for a range of excellent walks suitable for walkers of all ability.

Lake Jasna

Just out of Kranjska Gora in the direction of the Vršič pass, is the beautiful alpine Lake Jasna with the stunning peaks of the Julian Alps rising above it. It’s an easy walk to the lake from Kranjska Gora on a footpath alongside the road that leads to Vršič. Once at the lake you can traverse a little bridge, take a photo with the statue of the mythical golden horned chamois and there’s a path leading most of the way around the lake.  Pension Milka on the side of the lake is a great place to have a rest or grab a bite to eat.  

 

Vršič

The Vršič pass straddling the Mojstrovka and Prisank Massif joins the townships of Trenta and Kranjska Gora. A truly spectacular mountain pass, with some 50 curves in the road with stunning views all around including glimpses of the naturally hewn Prisojnik Window in the high rugged peaks, whilst there are numerous walking trails begin their journey from this point, taking you to the surrounding mountains and on to even more breathtaking views.

Prisank or Prisojnik is a mighty mountain dominating the skyline as seen from Kranjska Gora. It lies to the east of the Vršič pass and offers a challenging climb - but with fantastic rewards in terms of magnificent views through the window in the mountain and a fabulous panorama at the finish.

Heading west from Vršič is a one of the most popular walks in the Julian Alps to Slemenova Špica which offers stunning panoramic views, looking over Planica and with a direct line of sight to Jalovec, for many the most spectacular peak in the Julian Alps.

 

Mangart

Towering above the Slovenia - Italy border on the western edge of the Julian Alps, Mangart is the third highest peak in Slovenia. A one-time Italian military road climbs from the Predel Pass up to the Mangrtsko sedlo at just over 2000m, which makes this route the highest road in Slovenia and gives direct access to breath-taking high altitude mountain scenery. Well worth seeing even if you're not going on to the summit. The route on to the summit is relatively short, though very challenging, snow and ice is not uncommon even in summer, whilst certain routes to the summit require via ferrata.

Austria - Carinthia
Dobratsch Nature Park Austria

Grand hotel Union, Ljubljana, SloveniaLocated to the west of Villach is the mighty Dobratsch (or 'Dobrač' in Slovene) mountain range, in the protected Dobratsch Nature Park. The highest peak in the range rises to 2,166 metres with a cross marking the summit, and only a few meters below that sits a Slovenian church, the highest church in Europe. When not blancketed in snow there are several excellent walks for hikers of all ability in the Dobratsch Nature Park.

For more details about the Dobratsch Nature Park follow this link

Italy
Tarvisio IT

Grand hotel Union, Ljubljana, SloveniaSet above Tarvisio on the peak of Mount Lussari is the Sanctuary dei Tre Popoli (or ‘of the three populations’) with its tiny hamlet perched high on the mountain. Legend has it that the Madonna appeared where the sanctuary is built, making it a popular destination for pilgrims. Pilgrim or not, it is a lovely walk along the Path of the Pilgrim through the alpine forests to the summit which offers magnificent views of the Julian Alps.

   
Italy

Grand hotel Union, Ljubljana, SloveniaJust across the border in Italy are two beautiful alpine lakes, Belopeški jezeri in Slovene or Laghi di Fusine in Italian, there is an upper and a lower lake with striking green and blue waters fed by the melting snow off the high mountain peaks which rise above it. There is a pleasant bike path which runs along an old railway line, with Kranjska Gora an easy 15km ride away. Walking wise there are not really any designated walks with the road leading basically to the water's edge though it's nice to stroll around the grassy banks of the beautiful lakes and take in the stunning mountain views.

The tourism board in the neighbouring Friuli Venezia Giulia region of Italy have put together this excellent brochure with maps and information about walks and hikes on the Italian side of the three border region.
Useful info and links

In each area the local tourist office has detailed information and literature on local trails and we are able to put you in touch with partners who can put together guided walks and tours for our guests. In Winter months a lot of trails are still accessible using snowshoes and accompanied by guides, which is a very special and exhilarating experience.

Many of the trails in the Kranjska Gora area fall within the Triglav National Park which is one of Slovenia’s great treasures - a pristine mountain wilderness centred around Slovenia’s national symbol and highest mountain called Triglav or Three heads. More info about hiking in the Triglav National Park can be found here.

We would recommend Hribi.net (Hribi means hills in Slovenian) as an excellent source of info on walking in Slovenia as well as in neighbouring Austria and Italy with routes, info on mountains and lots of photos - also available in English.

We would also recommend the Cicerone Guide to the Julian Alps of Slovenia as possibly the best guidebook in English about walking in Slovenia, with a large section dedicated to the Kranjska gora region where our Retreats are located.

We hope that the above information is of use in planning your holiday in Slovenia and invite you to contact us if you need further assistance.

 
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