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  • Hiking on the Slovenia mountain trail
    Hiking on the Slovenia mountain trail
    Photo: Peter Lenarcic, Slovenia Outdoor
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This is the longest and by far the most popular long-distance trail in Slovenia. It is also the oldest connecting trail in the world, created in 1953.

About the region

This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information

closed
difficult
Distance 605.6 km
225:05 h
47,000 m
45,000 m
2,864 m
12 m

It begins in Maribor and crosses the plateaus of the Pohorje Hills, from where you already have a glimpse of the tallest Alpine summits in the distance. The trail first enters the Alps in the Kamnik and Savinja Alpine range, as it runs across its highest peaks, and then the trail continues along the long Karavanke range, which separates Slovenia from Austria. From there, it again descends into the valley and soon rises into the heart of the Julian Alps, to Mount Triglav and the steepest peaks, with breathtaking views following one after another as the trail approaches the Adriatic sea.

The Slovenian Mountain Trail ends at Debeli Rtič on the Adriatic coast and connects 49 mountain huts, 23 peaks, and 5 towns. It is well marked with Knafelc blazes and the number 1. THow much time will you need to walk this trail? It can be walked in 28 days, and some of the best mountain runners even run along it. The record is seven days, eight hours, and ten minutes.

 

 

Author’s recommendation

Its founder, Ivan Šumljak, advised hikers: “Walk slowly, my friend. In that way, you will experience much, much more.” You can make it week by week.

 

 

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Author
Peter Lenarcic 
Update: September 08, 2022
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,864 m
Lowest point
12 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Track types

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Rest stops

Ajdovščina Youth Hostel
Hotel Ribno
Hotel Rogla***Superior
Hotel Cerkno
Avtokamp Ajdovščina
Camping Bled
Camp Šmica
Hotel Malovec
Lukov dom na Kopah
Penzion Lajnar
Šenk's homestead
Hotel Center
Hostel Pekarna

Safety information

You will encounter different weather patterns, which means you will have to keep a close eye to the weather forecasts, especially in high mountains. The trail is on some parts technically and orientation wise demanding.

 

Tips and hints

Check when huts are open, most of them are closed during the winter. In the months June , July and August, reservation in advance is highly recomended. Most of the huts do NOT allow pets in the living quarters.

You can get maps and hiking guides at Slovenian Alpine Association.

Start

Spodnje Radvanje, Maribor (279 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.533216, 15.628621
DMS
46°31'59.6"N 15°37'43.0"E
UTM
33T 548205 5153486
w3w 
///marginal.throw.climate
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Destination

Debeli Rtič

Turn-by-turn directions

On the Slovenian Mountain Trail – in brief (adapted by Borut Peršolja as recorded by Janez Černilec)

The Slovenian Mountain Trail begins in Radvanje near Maribor (270 m) where it ascends to Pohorje, a 60-kilometre mountain chain with the highest point at Črni vrh (1,543 m), and numerous mountain huts and ski tows. In the west, the trail descends to Slovenj Gradec (420 m) and then ascends to Carinthian monadnock, Uršlja gora (1,699 m). From here, the trail continues over Smrekovec (1,577 m) and Komen (1,684 m) to Raduha (2,062 m) and past Bukovnik (1,327 m), the highest farm in Slovenia, then descends to Solčava (642 m) in the Upper Savinja Valley. Through the picturesque Robanov Kot Landscape Park, the trail approaches the foothills of high mountains for the first time. From Molička planina (1,780 m), with the second oldest Slovenian mountain hut, now renovated, named after Fran Kocbek, the trail ascends via Korošica (1,808 m) to Ojstrica (2,350 m), our second most beautiful mountain. The trail continues to Planjava (2,394 m) and from Kamniško sedlo (1,864 m) to Brana (2,252 m), Turska gora (2,251 m), Skuta (2,532 m) and past Kokrško sedlo (1,793 m) to Grintovec (2,558 m), the highest peak in the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Via Kočna (2,540 m) and Češka koča mountain hut at Spodnje Ravne (1,542 m), the trail descends to Zgornje Jezersko (880 m), which used to be known as a health resort.

The trail continues to Storžič (2,132 m) with magnificent views and descends via Tolsti vrh (1,715 m) and Kriška gora (1,471 m) to Tržič (515 m), which was once an important industrial town. It then ascends to Dobrča (1,634 m) and past Roblekov dom mountain hut (1,657 m) to Begunjščica (2,060 m) and Stol (2,236 m), the highest peak in the Karavanke, which bears an inscription in Slovenian and German: ‘The mountains of friendship’. The trail continues below the ridge along high mountains to Golica (1,835 m) below which lie extensive meadows famed for their daffodils.

After descending into the valley, the trail leads to Dovje (704 m), where the priest Jakob Aljaž, author of the mountaineering anthem ‘Oj, Triglav, moj dom’ (Oh, Triglav, My Home), worked for many years. From Mojstrana (641 m), home of the Slovenian Alpine Museum, the trail continues through the valley of Vrata past Peričnik waterfall to Aljažev dom mountain hut (1,015 m). A steep trail goes via the remarkable Triglav north wall to Kredarica (2,515 m) with the highest mountain hut in Slovenia and on to Triglav (2,864 m), the highest peak and a symbol of Slovenia, where Aljaž Tower is situated. Via Kriški podi (2,050 m) with high mountain lakes, Razor (2,601 m) and Prisank (2,547 m), the trail continues to Vršič (1,611 m), a mountain pass between the Gorenjska region and Trenta with five mountain huts. The trail to Jalovec (2,645 m), according to many the most beautiful Slovenian mountain, whose image is also in the coat-of-arms of the Alpine Association of Slovenia, is easy at first, but extremely challenging in the final section.

The trail then descends into the valley of Trenta with the spring of the Soča River, Slovenia’s most beautiful river. Through Zadnjica, the trail again ascends to Prehodavce (2,071 m) and into the Triglav Lakes Valley or the Valley of the Seven Lakes (1,685 m). The present Triglav National Park has its origins here. From Komna (1,520 m) and along the Krn Lakes (1,385 m), the trail ascends to Krn (2,244 m) which offers beautiful views. The trail continues along the northern slope of the Lower Bohinj Mountains from Vogel (1,922 m) to Črna prst (1,844 m), below which a new mountain hut was built recently at the site of the former oldest Slovenian mountain hut, the Orožen hut. The trail continues to the Cerkljansko and Idrijsko Hills to Idrija (325 m), which once boasted the second largest mercury mine in the world.

From Trnovski gozd and Javornik (1,240 m) further to Nanos (1,313 m) and via Vremščica (1,027 m) to Slavnik (1,028 m), the last 1,000-metre mountain on the trail. It is not far now to the Adriatic Sea, where the Slovenian Mountain Trail ends in Ankaran (8 m).

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Maribor city bus, line 6 will take you to Pohorje, to the official starting point. There is also a bus connection to the finishing point at Debeli Rtič. There is also railway connection of this two points with Ljubljana.  Visitor has also a chance to stop or start the trail on several points during the trail, where it comes to the villages or cities, that have public transport connections.

Getting there

By car, by bus, by train or by plane (Ljubljana, Maribor, Celovec/Klagenfurt). From Ljubljana there is 1h15 to both Maribor and Ankaran. Both starting points are also close to the airports (Venice, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Trieste)

Parking

Parking at Pohorje cable car or at Tuš supermarket. Payable parking at Debeli Rtič. Numerous parking possibilities along the trail.

Coordinates

DD
46.533216, 15.628621
DMS
46°31'59.6"N 15°37'43.0"E
UTM
33T 548205 5153486
w3w 
///marginal.throw.climate
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

-  Slovenia Mountain Trail Hiking Guide

- TREKKING  IN  SLOVENIA »The Slovene high level  route«

Author’s map recommendations

Bohinj – 1 : 25.000

Jalovec in Mangart 1 : 25 000

Julijske Alpe: Skupini Mangarta in JalovcaKamniško-Savinjske Alpe - 1 : 50.000, plastificiran zemljevid

Kamniško-Savinjske Alpe 1 : 50.000

Karavanke - osrednji del – 1 : 50.000

Karavanke - osrednji del – 1 : 50.000, plastificiran zemljevid

Polhograjsko hribovje 1 : 25 000

Stol - 1 : 25 000

Storžič - Košuta 1 : 25 000

Triglavski narodni park - 1:50 000, plastificiran zemljevid

Triglavski narodni park - 1 : 50 000

Triglav - 1 : 25 000

Krnsko pogorje - 1 : 25 000

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Equipment

Pair of quality hiking boost, rain jacket, map of the trail and of course, a trail dairy in which you will collect the stamps of completed stages. When finnishing you will recieve an honorary badge.

Sleeping bag is advised, for overnights in huts. Gps and a map of the area.

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Questions and answers

Question from Freddy Dorling · April 12, 2022 · Community
Hello, I am interested in walking the section of this trail that runs through the Julian Alps, I was just wondering what kit you need, I know that many of the popular peaks have via ferrata on them, so I guess via ferrata kit would be a good idea (or can you get it in huts)? Is it advisable to carry a lightweight rope and some climbing gear? How much food any water should one carry and is it easy to get, or do you need to stock up for the whole trick at the beginning? I apologise for the onslaught of questions, but I would be very grateful if you could answer them based on your experience on this amazing looking route. Many thanks Freddy
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Answered by Kevin L · May 11, 2022 · Community
Hey Freddy, i hiked a few sections in the Julian Alps in 2019, when i hiked from Salzburg to Trieste. I also did Triglav without any fia ferrata kit. A helmet counld be taken, but in my opinion both is not nessesary. It depends on your own need and how confident you are. I was in a perfect shape in this period, an you will need some basic mountain hiking and climbing skills. Take a filter with you, you will find enough water along the Julian Alps. Take a look at the maps, there you can see streams and laks! I always had around 1-4 liters with me. For food it depends on your own needs. You can resupply in the towns and maybe the smaller villages. Mountain huts are also an option, but its much more money there. I made the desicion: 1x per day a meal at the hut. Lunch or dinner. I had a gas stove with me and always some snacks. Greetings from Lake Constance, maybe see you in August. I will be there again ;)

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Status
closed
Difficulty
difficult
Distance
605.6 km
Duration
225:05 h
Ascent
47,000 m
Descent
45,000 m
Highest point
2,864 m
Lowest point
12 m
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