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Hiking route recommended route Stage 13

JULIANA TRAIL: stage 13 Kobarid - Bovec

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The stage runs through the gorge of Kobarid and Trnovo, along the Soča River, i.e. in the part where the river is most picturesque and wild.
Distance 21.3 km
6:00 h
412 m
196 m
464 m
215 m

The stage between Kobarid and Bovec takes us from the soft and gentle atmosphere of the Primorska side back to the harsh conditions of the mountainous world. The valley changes dramatically right after Kobarid, the wide riverbed and riverside planes merge together below the steep slopes of Polovnik on one side and Stol on the other side. Soča, softly running across gravel pits in its lower part, foams in wild rapids and deep pools. We can follow its wild stream whole day long, and hike through the areas that have carried the name and the glory of the river among the wild water buffs all over the world. The section between Kobarid and Trnovo is intended only for kayakers. The area of Trnovo is used for world competitions in kayaking. The upper part between Trnovo and the Boka Waterfall, is intended for rafting, which can be experienced also by complete beginners who can also in this way enjoy in paddling through the wild rapids.

Above Boka, the valley extends to a wide basin and we can enjoy in the views of the mighty peaks: Kanin, Rombon, Loške stene, Svinjak and Triglav at the end of the valley. The side road takes us through the Čezsoča village to Bovec. Bovec is the tourist heart of the valley and the strongest Slovenian centre of all possible outdoor activities in nature.

Author’s recommendation

This is one of the longest stages, therefore, we have to plan ahead and take quite a lot of time to make the entire experience complete. If we want to shorten the stage, then we can search for accommodation at the Boka Hotel below the Boka Waterfall.
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Update: February 24, 2023
Highest point
464 m
Lowest point
215 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 31.20%Dirt road 3.56%Path 48.71%Unknown 16.52%
6.7 km
Dirt road
0.8 km
10.4 km
3.5 km
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Rest stops

STAMP - Most Prosja, 280 m

Safety information

Individual sections are quite exposed in the first part and require caution.

If there is no snow in the valley, the path is also passable in winter, but additional caution due to potential icy spots is required.

Tips and hints

Hint by Triglavski Narodni Park: Soča River

Soča River is one of Europe’s most beautiful rivers. It is admired for its colour and its many interesting geomorphological forms. Its emerald-green water changes its colour through seasons. In spring, the melting of snow turns the water milky blue, and after heavy rains, the river is brownish and muddy since most of its tributaries are fed by torrents.

Another typical feature of the river is the endemic Soča trout (Salmo trutta marmoratus). Several entry-exit points have been set up along the river. A visit to the bank is a memorable experience which requires an attentive, respectful visitor who brings nothing to the environment and takes nothing away, except the memories stored in the heart or on a memory card.


The centre of Kobarid. (240 m)
46.247716, 13.578737
46°14'51.8"N 13°34'43.5"E
33T 390440 5122552


The centre of Bovec.

Turn-by-turn directions

We remain on the left side of the Soča River and continue to Trnovo village along the new picturesque path, above the Soča River the path extends to a cart road, which we follow to Log Čezsoški and further to a nice side road that brings us through Čezsoča to Bovec.

We descend to Soča from Kobarid, cross it or cross the Napoleon Bridge or over the next hanging bridge behind the Lazar Campsite. We follow the marks for Kozjak Waterfall and on the other side reach Kozjak brook and the gorge that runs upwards to the waterfall (10 minutes, visit recommended). We descend to the outflow of the brook in the Soča River and come to the only path that takes us uphill through the natural passages that are close to the river.

Soon after the only place that is protected with a steel rope (and is also a manger and spring of water) our path connects with the forest road. The road takes us left to a path running to a large open meadow at a higher spot above the Soča River. We have two options:


we can continue along a longer section on the other side of the meadow at the lower edge, where there is a path on which we descend to the picturesque hanging bridge Prosja, and cross it to the other side and further to Trnovo. There is a road on the other side leading to the exit point for rafters and kayakers and to the upper bridge that takes us back to the left bank of the Soča River.

Or we can continue along a slightly less picturesque but shorter section on the other side of the meadow, where there is a forest road that takes us to the upper Trnovo bridge.


Continue along the cart road to the Trnovo bridge, across the meadows and through the forest, above the Soča River and below the steep slopes of Polovnik to the village Log Čezsoški. Along the left bank, we continue along the road and past the bridge above the entry point for Soča – behind it, we can enjoy in a beautiful view of the mighty Boka Waterfall high on the slopes of Kanin on the other side and across the open flat land to the village of Čezsoča and the town of Bovec.


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Public transport



Nova Gorica – Kobarid – Bovec

Ljubljana – Kranjska Gora – Vršič – Bovec

Ljubljana – Idrija – Tolmin – Kobarid – Bovec

Getting there

Regional road:

Tarvisio (Italy) – Bovec – Kobarid

Kranjska Gora – Vršič – Bovec – Kobarid

Nova Gorica – Tolmin – Kobarid – Bovec

Ljubljana – Idrija – Tolmin – Bovec


Car parks in Kobarid.

Car parks in Bovec.


46.247716, 13.578737
46°14'51.8"N 13°34'43.5"E
33T 390440 5122552
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Hiking equipment suitable for the season.

Questions and answers

Question from T VWG · September 10, 2022 · Community
Hi, I’m planning to walk this stage on Wed 14/9. What time do the buses run from Bovec back to Kobarid please?
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Answered by Bazni tabor / Base Camp · September 10, 2022 · Community
Hi, here's the site of the bus company: Under "Od" type Bovec, under "Do" type Kobarid and then tick your date and you'll get some four or five buses that commute between the two towns on your date. Hope this helps, kind regards
Question from Barbara Barlow · September 06, 2022 · Community
We have read that there is a path that avoids walking on the main road into Bovec on stage 13. Can someone give a more exact location of the gravel path that avoids that and saves two miles.
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Answered by Bazni tabor / Base Camp · September 06, 2022 · Community
Hi Barbara, probably this could be one of the alternatives: Narnia Hiking trail Kind regards, BOštjan
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Question from Joy division · May 04, 2021 · Community
We're planning to do the route on this sunday so I would like to know where to find the bus schedule back from bovec to kobarid?
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Tina M
October 30, 2022 · Community
Scenery was spectacular! It was great to be able to see and hear the river for most of the trail. The trail was definitely a challenge in some parts. Lots of ups and downs along the river and very cool to be able to see kayakers in the water. We decided to cut the trail short around the 2nd suspension bridge and walked to Trvorno, where we caught the bus to Bovec.
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When did you do this route? October 06, 2022
Bazni tabor / Base Camp
September 06, 2022 · Community
Hi Barbara, probably this could be one of the alternatives: Narnia Hiking trail Kind regards, BOštjan
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Franzi K
July 31, 2022 · Community
We splitted this route, because it was a really long one. But except the length it was an incredible experience. The most beautiful part was between Kobarid and Trnovo ob Soci. The way followed along the river up and down and you have impressing views. Some parts you need to climb a little and good shoes are really necessary. We would recommend to add the waterfalls Slap Boka and Slap Virje. When you choose this way you will leave the original Juliana Trail at the bridge before the first waterfall is coming and follow the signs of the Alpe Adria Trail. In our opinion the route of the Alpe Adria Trail was nicer (more nature and less traffic). For the visit of the waterfalls an early hour might be recommendable to enjoy the place without many other day visitors.
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21.3 km
6:00 h
412 m
196 m
Highest point
464 m
Lowest point
215 m
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