The stage starts at Lake Bled and continues through Gorje, the Pokljuka Gorge and a few steep ascents over Kranjska planina Pasture and Planina Javornik Pasture in the heart of the Pokljuka Plateau, and ends in Goreljek at the Sport Hotel.
The stage starts at Lake Bled – a glacial lake without its own water springs. Pletna is the name of a traditional wooden boat that carries visitors on the lake to the island. The lake shore is perfect for walking; some areas are also intended for bathing. The lake is also a very well-known rowing course, where the rowing world cup has been held four times. The trail runs by the foothills of Pokljuka near the picturesque, sun-facing village of Gorje, through the Pokljuka Gorge, which is a protected natural monument in Triglav National Park. Two trail sections run through the gorge—one over the galleries below the natural bridge, the other through the "Pokljuška luknja" or cave with three windows, leading to the abandoned Stara Pokljuka settlement. The third part takes us to the forest Pokljuka Plateau on the brinks of Triglav National Park. The trail runs over meadows and pastures of the dense forest landscape. Cottage cheese and cheese are still produced on some pastures. The stage ends in the Goreljek settlement at Sport Hotel, 4 km from the biathlon centre on Rudno polje, Pokljuka, the venue for world cup races.
The stage is long and strenuous, and the difference in altitude is approximately 800 metres. It starts in Bled, runs through Gorje and ends on a forest path steeply ascending to Pokljuka. There are no inns or huts from Gorje, so make sure to take some lunch and water with you.
There are some short sections without phone reception. The route through the Pokljuka Gorge is steep and narrow in some parts, so please be cautious in rainy weather.
Hiking shoes and season-appropriate clothing, spare clothing and hiking poles. Take enough water and lunch with you.
Hint by Triglav National Park: Pokljuka peat bogs
Peat bogs are a special feature of the vast forests that cover the heart of the Pokljuka plateau. They are a unique ecosystem characterised by peat mosses and mysterious carnivorous plants that thrive in the acidic environment of Europe’s southernmost raised bogs.
Most Pokljuka wetlands are not open to visitors due to their exceptional importance that is further emphasised by the amount of water stored in the bogs.
However, hikers are welcome to learn more about this mysterious ecosystem by visiting the short themed trail that has been set up around the easily accessible Goreljek bog. A natural water reservoir, the Pokljuka plateau supplies water to the Radovna Valley, the Bled basin, and further to Bohinj. Have a glass of water, Pokljuka’s precious asset.
Ljubljana – Jesenice – exit Bled,
Jesenice – Ljubljana – exit Bled
Bohinjska Bistrica – Bled
Car parks in Bled.
Car park in front of Sport Hotel in Goreljek.