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Hiking route recommended route Stage 8

JULIANA TRAIL: stage 8 Bohinj Bistrica - Podbrdo

· 10 reviews · Hiking route · Upper Carniola
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Centuries before the construction of roads and railways connected Bohinj and the Primorska region, this trail was one of a few options for people to pass from one region to another.
Distance 12.9 km
4:50 h
770 m
763 m
1,287 m
518 m

Follow the directions for Nemški Rovt to a forest road that takes us to the abandoned Kobla ski centre. The alpine trail leads us through the last forest below the ridge and to the Vrh Bače saddle.

The latter is a perfect viewpoint of Baška grapa, Porezen and other surrounding mountains. We can rest at the saddle near a beautiful hunters lodge, and on both sides we can see bunkers and the remains of military taverns, typical examples of almost 2000 km long Vallo Alpino system which defended the Italian border between both world wars.

From the saddle, the trail descends to Bača and further to Podbrdo, the largest village in Baška grapa.

Author’s recommendation

Due to a high difference in altitude, this stage is quite demanding. In bad weather we recommend you to take the train through the Bohinj tunnel (10 minutes).
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Update: February 23, 2023
Highest point
1,287 m
Lowest point
518 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 14.96%Dirt road 5.64%Path 62.88%Unknown 16.50%
1.9 km
Dirt road
0.7 km
8.1 km
2.1 km
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Rest stops

STAMP - Vrh Bače, 1273 m

Safety information

The trail is steep and has no phone reception in some sections. Due to a high mountain pass (1,273 m), the stage is almost impassable in winter without proper mountaineering equipment, therefore, it is recommended, from the end of November until mid-April and in bad weather conditions, to take the train from Bohinjska Bistrica to the Primorska side.

Tips and hints

Hint by Triglav National Park: The south-facing and north-facing sides of the Julian Alps 

The Peči ridge, which separates the Bohinj area from the Tolmin basin, marks the hydrological divide between the Soča and its tributaries that flow southwards into the Adriatic Sea, and the Sava, which drains into the Black Sea.

The watershed acts as a barrier between the mild Mediterranean climate and the cold alpine, or continental, Slovenia. Explore the differences between both sides of the ridge in terms of geomorphology, vegetation, and architecture, and marvel at the diversity of two different worlds.


Railway station in Bohinjska Bistrica. (519 m)
46.271759, 13.957810
46°16'18.3"N 13°57'28.1"E
33T 419696 5124770



Turn-by-turn directions

The trail runs from Nemški Rovt along the Bohinj Hiking Trail and the marked alpine trail to Strme, forest roads and forest path to the Vrh Bače saddle.

The stage starts at the railway station in Bohinjska Bistrica. We initially turn towards the village and keep left, continue along the Belca brook to the main road. We continue up the main road and at the road turn we turn right in the forest. We continue along the forest path and then turn right to an unpaved road. Then we slowly ascend to the village of Nemški Rovt. In the middle of the village (in front of the wayside shrine) we turn right downhill to a small pond, where we can rest. Then we continue left, along the alpine trail and partially along the tree removal train upwards. We soon arrive to a panoramic clear spot and go off the tree removal trail, seek for a poorly visible path that ascends to the left. We soon come to the tree removal trail, turn left and keep to the right, ascend until reaching the viewpoint on the edge of the Strme pasture. There is a tree in the middle of the pasture, and we turn right there and seek for a path on the forest edge. We arrive to a small meadow and cross it (poorly visible path). Then we come to a large meadow with a house where there is a cart road behind it, turn left and continue to an unpaved road, turn right and continue along the forest road. There is a turning for Soriška planina here and we continue straight on along the road, turn right at the first turning and follow the forest road to the crossroad and continue straight on. The road crosses a few meadows and soon comes to the hunters lodge Za Malim vrhom. Turn upwards at the lodge and continue left to the forest. We continue straight on along the forest road and arrive to Vrh Bače, where there is a hunters lodge on the Bača side. We descend on the steep slopes down to Bača village, search for the church and the path to continue to Podbrdo.


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Public transport



Ljubljana – Bled – Bohinjska Bistrica or

Jesenice – Bled – Bohinjska Bistrica



Ljubljana – Bohinjska Bistrica

Salzburg – Jesenice – Bled –Bohinjska Bistrica

Nova Gorica – Podbrdo –Bohinjska Bistrica

Getting there


Ljubljana – Jesenice – exit Bled, Bohinj

Salzburg – Jesenice – Ljubljana – exit Bled, Bohinj


Regional road:

Bled – Bohinjska Bistrica

Ljubljana – Škofja Loka – Soriška planina – Bohinjska Bistrica

Petrovo Brdo – Podbrdo


Car parks in Bohinjska Bistrica.

Car par at the railway station in Podbrdo.


46.271759, 13.957810
46°16'18.3"N 13°57'28.1"E
33T 419696 5124770
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August 15, 2022 · Community
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When did you do this route? August 13, 2022
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Clare Gill
June 14, 2022 · Community
We combined this stage with stage 7, which made for a very long and tiring day. We would not recommend that, but rather spend more time in lake Bohinj and doing the waterfall and doing this stage alone, or skipping stage 7 and taking a bus instead. From Bohinjska Bistrica, the stage goes on pavement past a church, we took the path that was marked on the map (red circles) instead. The first bit of uphill is very steep, and then once you are on the gravel path it is less steep but with amazing views. After the first bit of uphill you cross beautiful alpine meadows (long pants recommended) and then begin climbing again. on a (relatively) clear day, this stage has the best view of Triglav that we know of. At the top of the ridge there is a hut with a picnic table that you can eat lunch at. The first bit of descent is very very steep, but after about 500ft is less steep, though occasional sections are steep. We took the train from Podbrdo to Hudajuzna, but if you stay in Podbrdo be aware that the Mercator closes at 3pm. The bar next door is popular among locals, and has cold beer. We stayed at Bar Zver in Hudajuzna and Renata was a fabulous host that we would highly recommend.
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When did you do this route? June 11, 2022
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12.9 km
4:50 h
770 m
763 m
Highest point
1,287 m
Lowest point
518 m
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