The past few days of walking have been high in the mountains and characterised by a rocky, inhospitable and seemingly-lifeless environment (unless you have been lucky enough to spot chamois, ibex, or any other of Slovenia’s stealthy wildlife). Today that changes as we continue our downward march, dipping below the tree-line and into meadows that burst with wildflowers. It is sure to make for a refreshing contrast.
At these lower altitudes there is a frenzy of activity as a chorus of birds sing, lizards scamper between the rocks, bees bounce between the wildflowers, and giant monolithic ant-hills crawl with life. The footpath twists and turns, not in any hurry to get anywhere, which lends a reflective and meditative quality to the hike. Keep putting one foot before the other and let the rhythms of nature unfurl around you.
Komna Hut, where you will spend the night, may have been built purely to showcase the spectacular view from this vantage point. Poised on the edge of the Komna Plateau, the earth drops away from the terrace to reveal Bohinj Lake sprawling across the valley 900 metres below. A single verdant green valley kisses the shores of the lake, but otherwise it is completely enclosed by an amphitheatre of forested slopes and craggy mountains. It is into this picture-perfect scene you will descend tomorrow.
Some of the path is along rocky steps or short rocky scrambles; be careful as these may be slippery, especially when wet.
There are some exposed edges; be sure to read instructions carefully, stick to the main path, and don’t wander close to the edge. Use handrails where provided.
In early spring/summer there may still be patches of snow. Walk around where it is possible, and otherwise place your feet carefully and use walking poles if you have them.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Bogitanom Hut was constructed in 1915 as a front-line hospital during World War I. It was part of a complex of 20 stone and timber buildings, the ruins of which can still be seen, which formed a military camp for the Austro-Hungarian soldiers. There was a chapel, officer’s dormitory and mess, a bakery, a cableway station and a cemetery. The remains from the cemetery were interred and buried below the nearby pyramid monument.
Mining – The Iron Route
This region has 2,500 years of mining history, as evidenced by Bronze Age posts, pottery shards, arrowheads, and even mining-pits. A trekking trail is in the process of being formed which will connect many of these sites and help preserve this rich past. Part of today’s trail walks alongside the Iron Route.
Food and Drink
The only option to buy food or drink after leaving Triglavskih Jezerih comes at Bogatinom hut, which you will reach after 7 kilometres, and only 15 minutes before finishing the walk in Dom na Komni. Dom na Komni serves a variety of delicious mountain hut food.
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Such is the way of hiking in the mountains that you need to be prepared for all seasons and weathers; sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required, as is plenty of sun-cream and a healthy respect for the sun.
Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these ascents and descents.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
This walk is isolated with few opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.