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JULIANA TRAIL – overall tour

· 10 reviews · Long-Distance Hiking · Julian Alps
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JULIANA TRAIL is a 267-km-long trail around the Julian Alps. The trail leads through valleys, over mountain passes, forests, through urban and rural areas and along the Soča and Sava rivers.
difficult
Distance 268.6 km
83:35 h
7,323 m
7,323 m
1,326 m
154 m
The circular long-distance JULIANA TRAIL leads around the Julian Alps mountain ridge, through urban valleys and secluded plateaus, over mountain passes, along hidden paths of rural areas, through bigger touristic centres on the edge of the mountains, along the Soča, Sava, Bača and Tolminka rivers and partly across the Italian border-line area with few inhabitants. From nearly all stages and all directions the trail offers views of the Slovenian highest mountain Triglav. On our hike we will meet the ironworks history in Slovenia, see the hometowns of great Slovenian writers and poets, get to know the significance of beekeeping once and today and the significance of preservation of quality forests. On the way, we will drink the crystal-clear spring water, feel the throb of bigger tourist destinations, meet simple people, living on solitary farms and cheese-makers, producing amazing cheese, and we will explore the places that were strongly affected by the First World War – but above everything, we will always feel and admire the life and meaning of Triglav National Park.

Author’s recommendation

The trail runs through the valleys and over mountain passes and is generally not technically demanding. The trail is possible to walk from March to November.
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Julijske Alpe
Update: May 11, 2022
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,326 m
Lowest point
154 m
Best time of year
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Track types

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Rest stops

Alpine Village
The Slovenian Alpine Museum
Trg Toneta Čufarja
Finžgar’s birth house
The Avsenik Museum
Radovljica Tourist Information Centre
Museum of Apiculture
Infocenter Triglavska roža Bled
Lake Bled
Lake Bohinj
Tourist Information Centre - Ribčev Laz
Zois Manor with Clock Tower
MARKET IN BOHINJSKA BISTRICA
TIC Podbrdo
Jakovka\'s house
Lake at Most na Soči
Kobarid Museum
TIC Kobarid
TIC Bovec
Centre of Adventures under Mangart
Infopoint Tarvisiano

Safety information

The trail is long but on each stage there is enough water and food supplies. Almost everywhere is telephone signal. Parts of the trail on two staged are secured also with wire rope.

Tips and hints

www.julian-alps.com

www.slovenia-outdoor.com

www.slovenia.info 

Start

Kranjska Gora (812 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.484190, 13.784699
DMS
46°29'03.1"N 13°47'04.9"E
UTM
33T 406720 5148564
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Destination

Kranjska Gora

Turn-by-turn directions

Stage 1: Kranjska Gora–Mojstrana

Stage 2: Mojstrana–Jesenice

Stage 3: Jesenice–Begunje

Stage 4: Begunje–Bled

Stage 5: Bled–Goreljek na Pokljuki

Stage 6: Goreljek na Pokljuki–Stara Fužina

Stage 7: Stara Fužina–Bohinjska Bistrica

Stage 8: Bohinjska Bistrica–Podbrdo

Stage 9: Podbrdo–Grahovo ob Bači

Stage 10: Grahovo ob Bači–Most na Soči

Stage 11: Most na Soči–Tolmin

Stage 12: Tolmin–Kobarid

Stage 13: Kobarid–Bovec

Stage 14: Bovec–Log pod Mangartom

Stage 15: Log pod Mangartom–Trbiž/Tarvisio

Stage 16: Trbiž/Tarvisio–Kranjska Gora

The length of the trail is 267 km, divided into 16 daily stages of 18-25 km. The overall altitude difference is 7163 m of ascents and 7173 m of descents.

Note

Wildlife refuge Goreljek: Access prohibited throughout the year
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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Coordinates

DD
46.484190, 13.784699
DMS
46°29'03.1"N 13°47'04.9"E
UTM
33T 406720 5148564
w3w 
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Equipment

Recommended good hiking shoes and clothes, with hiking poles, drinks and food in backpack.

Questions and answers

Question from Annie Thomson · June 19, 2022 · Community
Hi. Did anyone store bags at the start in Kranjska?
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Answered by Miriam Morgenstern · June 19, 2022 · Community
Hi Annie, we‘ve left our Van and Bikes at the Camp Spik close to Kranjska Gora. Maybe they can help you.
Question from Beatrice Weigert · January 12, 2022 · Community
Cell phone reception Hi I want to hike the trail in May. Is there any cell phone reception, just wondering if I need a spot device.. And how is the snow situation on the trail in May?
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Question from Eugenia Elzer · September 07, 2021 · Community
Are you going to replace the missing stamp at the Border between Italia and slovenia?
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Answered by Janja Žnidaršič · September 07, 2021 · Community
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Rating

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Rok T.
October 28, 2022 · Community
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Sunni D.
October 20, 2022 · Community
Juliana Trail is a very misleading name - the 5 stages from Jesenice are mostly road walks - at least half of the distance is paved road, the rest are agricultural or forest roads. Did anyone of the planners ever do this walking? It might be ok for cyclists. We were very unhappy with the provided tracks. We planned every day ourselves and ended up walking wild trails through a very nice landscape not so far away from Juliana trail roadwalk! The marketing strategists of Slovenian tourism obviously do not like walking and did the planning by car or bike. I do not recommend Juliana trail - better go somewhere else.
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Gabor L
August 18, 2022 · Community
I stayed in Bohinjska Bistrica for a week, and when I discovered the signs Juliana Trail. I rode my mountain bike on various parts of the Trail, especially stages 6-7-8. Some parts are clearly not suitable for riding, especially uphill - simply too steep and/or rocky but I didn't count that in the score either. I admit this page is about hiking, but I had no time for that for now, but I was able to explore much more trails (I guess maybe 100k, not only on Juliana Trail) on the bike and get an overall picture of them. I can second the opinion of others in terms of surface, much asphalt around settlements, but on the other hand it would have been difficult to find different usable routes, and these villages are quite scenic. I'd especially emphasize that you need to plan for water supply as well which is scarce or nonexistent, especially far from villages. The part between Stara Fuzina and Goreljek leads a lot on shadowless, exposed paths and streets or meadows, which can be tiresome in the summertime. Up in the hills, you get to walk a lot on wide gravel roads, which are okay, but there's little intimacy of nature on those ones. Except that nobody was out there now in August. Bring a digital map - I can recommend any OpenStreetMap viewer app and the Mapy.cz layer which also has this trail. You can then rely on the standard OpenStreetMap Mapnik layer when looking for water sources. I combined Juliana Trail with unmarked trails and it worked well. There was only one case when I had trouble finding the route. There are alert dogs near some houses up the hill, but those didn't come out. All the cattle I encountered was behind electric fence.
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
268.6 km
Duration
83:35 h
Ascent
7,323 m
Descent
7,323 m
Highest point
1,326 m
Lowest point
154 m
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  • 16 Stages
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1
Distance 16.6 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 233 m
Descent 403 m

The stage 1 leads you along the Sava Dolinka Valley and partially on the edges of the Karavanke mountain range, and connects the winter and summer ...

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from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
Hiking route · Upper Carniola
JULIANA TRAIL: stage 2 Mojstrana - Jesenice
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 2
Distance 20.5 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 691 m
Descent 782 m

The stage 2 runs from Mojstrana through Dovje and the foothills of the Karavanke to the ironworks city of Jesenice. In the last section, the trail ...

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from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
Hiking route · Upper Carniola
JULIANA TRAIL: stage 3 Jesenice - Begunje
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 3
Distance 16.6 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 442 m
Descent 438 m

Stage 3 starts in the ironworks city of Jesenice, over Dobraško polje and over the Sava Dolinka River to the villages beneath Stol, where the ...

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from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
Hiking route · Upper Carniola
JULIANA TRAIL: stage 4 Begunje - Bled
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 4
Distance 15.1 km
Duration 3:40 h
Ascent 95 m
Descent 159 m

Stage 4 is a flat stage that connects Begunje, a village below the Karavanke mountains, Radovljica, the cultural capital of the Julian Alps, and ...

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from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 5
Distance 21.4 km
Duration 6:40 h
Ascent 867 m
Descent 102 m

The stage starts at Lake Bled and continues through Gorje, the Pokljuka Gorge and a few steep ascents over Kranjska planina Pasture and Planina ...

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from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 6
Distance 21.7 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 323 m
Descent 1,048 m

The stage runs through the forests and pastures of Pokljuka, and descends to Gorjuše, Koprivnik and Jereka in the Upper Bohinj Valley.

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from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 7
Distance 11.2 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 105 m
Descent 149 m

A short stage of the trail runs from Stara Fužina, Ribčev Laz near Lake Bohinj on unpaved roads and paths across the panoramic Dobrava meadows to ...

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from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 8
Distance 12.9 km
Duration 4:50 h
Ascent 770 m
Descent 763 m

Centuries before the construction of roads and railways connected Bohinj and the Primorska region, this trail was one of a few options for people ...

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from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 9
Distance 17.5 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 1,008 m
Descent 1,226 m

The stage takes us through the sunny and magical alpine villages high above Baška grapa, hidden to the majority of visitors travelling along the ...

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from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 10
Distance 16.7 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 776 m
Descent 919 m

This stage takes us above and through the lower part of Baška grapa across the panoramic Senica to the Soča Valley, and ends in the picturesque ...

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from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 11
Distance 7.9 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 201 m
Descent 177 m

The stage between Most na Soči and Tolmin is a short and panoramic walk along the green accumulation lake.

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from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 12
Distance 16.8 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 130 m
Descent 77 m

The stage from Tolmin to Kobarid is quite flat and runs in the valley. The entire stage is hiked – as local people say – along the sunny side of ...

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from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 13
Distance 21.3 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 412 m
Descent 196 m

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.

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from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 14
Distance 11 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 334 m
Descent 150 m

This is a picturesque trail stage that runs past the remains of WWI to Log pod Mangartom, one of the most beautiful villages of the Juliana Hiking ...

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from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 15
Distance 20.6 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 767 m
Descent 659 m

This is the highest ascent on the Primorska side of Juliana – from Log pod Mangartom we make approximately 600 metres in altitude to Predil Pass ...

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from Julijske Alpe,   The Julian Alps
recommended route Difficulty Stage 16
Distance 20 km
Duration 5:35 h
Ascent 201 m
Descent 134 m

This stage runs from Tarvisio, following the cycling-hiking route to Slovenian-Italian border at Rateče, from where the local side road takes you ...

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