High-level traverse of stunning Julian Alps, including an ascent of Mount Triglav, Slovenia's highest peak
Little known outside Slovenia, the Julian Alps are the unsung mountains of Europe. A small but growing band of enthusiasts is learning about the wonders of trekking in this spectacular range. Our first and last nights are spent in the pretty lakeside town of Bled, but the trek begins at Bohinj, a stunning glacial lake in the heart of the Triglav National Park. As we follow the mountain trails through and above the tree-line, we are amongst steep-sided limestone peaks and spires, the tallest of which we aim to climb. The optional ascent of Triglav involves some easy (but exposed) scrambling, with cables for protection (harnesses and helmets are provided). The rest of the trekking is strenuous, but non-technical. This trip is hut-to-hut, but we will only need to carry our personal gear, as the mountain huts are fully catered.
What makes this trip responsible?
Slovenia is not top of your average traveller's list of places to visit… precisely why it gets our vote. By offering trips in countries that are overlooked by less adventurous travellers, we can give local economies a much needed boost. With small groups participating in low impact activities like kayaking and outsider canoeing, this can be achieved without compromising the environment. Our leaders in Slovenia are also enrolled at local clubs, these clubs help maintain the environment of the region and have strong policies on environmental issues. The Triglav National Park works with the Snowdonian authorities to help protect the park and to learn from each other.
In Triglav National Park all the huts are locally operated and the owners are getting direct fees for our groups. The owners are responsible for cleaning the area around the huts and for maintaining the trails so a portion of the money they receive from us also goes into these projects. By using locally owned and run accommodation on this trip, we can contribute directly to the local communities as staff are employed locally as well as goods produced and sourced locally are predominantly used.
Mount Triglav ascent, Julian Alps, Slovenia