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Slovenia Alps Hiking with Laurent Langoisseur

Lofty Peaks, Rich Culture & Triglav National Park

 

Slovenia is one of Europe's premier hiking destinations and a nature-lover's dream! On this adventure through the heart of the Julian Alps, you'll enjoy spectacular views from the highest peaks, tread through picturesque alpine valleys, and rest overnight in several of the area's 175 mountain huts. Your "Follow the Leader" guide, Laurent Langoisseur, is a MT Sobek star guide and a favorite of our guests.

  • Spend 3 days hiking in Triglav National Park, Slovenia's largest protected area and only national park

  • Stay in a beautiful 500 years old farm-house with mouthwatering local delicacies prepared for us by the Karnicar family, well-known Slovenian mountaineers

  • Hike along the Soca River, one of the few unspoiled rivers in the entire European Alpine region whose emerald color gives it a special magic

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Arrive:

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Depart:

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Price: from $5,595

Duration:

9 Days

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Group Size:

8-16 Guests

Min Age:

17 yrs

Activity:

Level 4

This is a strenuous hike with an average elevation gain and loss of 2,000 feet per day. You should be an experienced hiker who is comfortable hiking 5-10 miles per day on uneven terrain. Hiking poles are recommended.
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  • Arrive in Ljubljana

    Day 1

    Begin your adventure in one of the hippest cities in Europe - reminiscent of Prague, but without the crowds. Meet your guide at 6pm for a trip overview followed by a tasting dinner of a new progressive Slovenian cuisine.

    Accommodation: Hotel Plesnik-Logarska Valley, Slovenia

    Hotel Plesnik enjoys fairy-tale scenery between the summits of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Its lovely rooms feature balconies with vistas of the gorgeous surroundings, while the restaurant serves tasty meals in the rustic dining room. Enjoy the multitude of outdoor activities in the vicinity or take a dip in the hotel's pool.

    Accommodation: Boutique Hotel Vander

    Hotel Vander is nestled in the historic old town under Castle Hill on the banks of the River Ljubljanica. Completely renovated in 2011, rooms feature en suite bathrooms, free wi-fi, minibar, air conditioning, hairdryer, and in-room safe. Enjoy the pool and views from the rooftop terrace.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Hike Veilka Planina and Enter The Logar Valley

    Day 2

    Head north to the Great Highlands for a hike on gentle terrain through green meadows, with breathtaking views of the limestone peaks of Kamnisko-Savinjske Alps. Enjoy a picnic overlooking the valley accompanied by the sound of cowbells. Drive to the Nature Park of Logar Valley, a secret Alpine pearl situated on the Austrian border where white pointy limestone peaks rise above the lush green valley, home to a charming boutique hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel Plesnik-Logarska Valley, Slovenia

    Hotel Plesnik enjoys fairy-tale scenery between the summits of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Its lovely rooms feature balconies with vistas of the gorgeous surroundings, while the restaurant serves tasty meals in the rustic dining room. Enjoy the multitude of outdoor activities in the vicinity or take a dip in the hotel's pool.

    Activity: 6 hours/5 miles hiking with 1,125' elevation gain & 1,130' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Traverse the Logar Valley to Jezersko

    Day 3

    Hike a trail following a clear stream to the Rinka waterfall. Enter the natural rock amphitheater - virtually untouched - with dramatic views of surrounding peaks. Climb to altitudes above 7,000 feet, then descend to the charming village of Jezersko to be welcomed by a Karnicar family - well-known Slovenian mountaineers. Settle for the night into s beautifully renovated 500-year old farm-house and enjoy homemade local delicacies.

    Accommodation: Senkova Domacija Agriturism

    At this historic renovated farmhouse (est. 1517) run by the Karnicar family, accommodation is in small, private guest rooms with en suite bathrooms. The food served is hearty, traditional, and locally sourced.

    Activity: 6 hours/5.5 miles hiking with 3,258' elevation gain & 3,301' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Begin the Trek in Triglav National Park

    Day 4

    Drive to Lake Bled to enter the Julian Alps mountain range for 3 days of trekking in fascinating Triglav National Park. Begin at Rudno polje, where the Biathlon World Cup takes place every year. Continue on forest trails, passing green meadows with grazing cattle. Walk along the mountain ridges by Mt. Triglav and enjoy some of the most dramatic views in these parts of the Alps. Spend the night in the shadow of the enormous mountains.

    Accommodation: Mountain Hut Vodnikov dom

    One of the more than 170 mountain huts in Slovenia, Vodnikov dom stands on a small terrace above Velo polje, on Tosc western slopes, and offers a roof over your head, a bed, drink and food. The first small hut here was built in 1895. Vodnikov dom offers 8 rooms with 22 beds in all and an additional 31 places to sleep in common rooms.

    Activity: 6 hours/5 miles hiking with 2,043' elevation gain & 451' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Head Into the Heart of the Julian Alps

    Day 5

    Enter into one of the most beautiful high-altitude alpine valleys at the foothills of Mt. Triglav, Slovenia's highest peak. Stop for lunch at a mountain hut along the trail then traverse the Triglav Lakes Valley on mountain trails with 6,600-foot peaks on the left, the vast green mountain plateau of Komna on the right, and the trail snaking past seven small lakes that give the valley its name. Spend a night in the valley nearby one of the lakes.

    Accommodation: Mountain Hut Koca pri Triglavskih jezerih

    Activity: 8 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,978' elevation gain & 2,443' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Immerse Yourself in Alpine Beauty

    Day 6

    Pass through Alpine meadows and pastures where the local community grazes their animals in the summer months. Finish the trek, descending to Lake Bohinj to enjoy a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear water before continuing through traditional Alpine villages with fairytale-like houses Finish the day at picturesque Lake Bled, where a medieval church bell tower rises from a tiny islet in the midst of the lake, guarded by the castle on the cliffs. Spend a night at a small boutique hotel overlooking the lake.

    Accommodation: Hotel Triglav-Bled, Slovenia

    A stroll away from the lake and the town center, the recently renovated Hotel Triglav has well-equipped guest rooms with the full range of amenities and beautiful lake views. Guests enjoy the many on-site facilities, including a piano bar, wine cellar, a fireplace lounge, and a modern spa center.

    Activity: 7 hours/6.5 miles with 726' elevation gain & 2,606' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Sleme and The Soca Valley

    Day 7

    Embark on the route to Vrsic pass (5285') - one of Europe's most scenic mountain roads - built in the early 19th century by Russian soldiers. Follow an old trade route to the top of the pass for some tea and to enjoy the spectacular views. Continue to the Sleme viewpoint to take in some of the best views in Triglav National Park. Through a series of hairpin turns follow the stream of the untamed Soca River through a valley surrounded by exquisite alpine scenery. Finish the day in Bovec, the adventure capital of Slovenia.

    Accommodation: Hotel Sanje ob Soci

    At this modern guesthouse, accommodation is basic and clean in small, private guest rooms with en suite bathrooms. There is also free wi-fi, TV, and air conditioning.

    Activity: 8 hours/10 miles hiking and easy walking with 1,969' elevation gain & 2,061 elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Krn Lake

    Day 8

    Begin the day with a hike to Krn Lake (4600') in the western part of the Julian Alps. Walk along a comfortable trail that was built in the time of the First World War. Enjoy spectacular views of the crystal-clear waters of the lake and the imposing limestone peaks, as well as the delicious taste of the rich local cheeses.

    Accommodation: Hotel Sanje ob Soci

    At this modern guesthouse, accommodation is basic and clean in small, private guest rooms with en suite bathrooms. There is also free wi-fi, TV, and air conditioning.

    Activity: 6.6 miles hiking with 2,726' elevation gain & 2,745' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart Ljubljana

    Day 9

    Transfer from Bovec to Ljubljana for departure.

    Meals: Breakfast

Slovenia Alps Hiking with Laurent Langoisseur

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

This MT Sobek tailored trip pairs hikes through serene countryside, medieval villages, and gorgeous lakes with a stay in Slovenia's vibrant capital, Ljubljana.

Reason #02

25 Year MT Sobek veteran guide, Laurent Langoisseur, teams up with local MT Sobek guides inspire interactions with local farmers, often featuring treats of homemade schnapps, fresh cheese, and other local delicacies.

Reason #03

After strenuous hikes on hard to find paths, spend evenings relaxing at delightful lodgings, taking in enchanting views.

Meet your guides

Laurent Langoisseur

Laurent Langoisseur

Laurent hails from Normandy, France, having grown up in Argentan. In 1991, he obtained his European Mountain Leader certification, and in 1995 he was awarded the coveted patch of the Compagnie des Guides. An avid sports enthusiast and inexhaustible hiker, Laurent has hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc close to 100 times. Laurent has been guiding for MT Sobek since 1995, and is a senior guide on our Tour du Mont Blanc, Mont Blanc Express, and Haute Route trips, as well as any other trip we can get him on! When he isn't guiding for us, he teaches First Aid and Mountain Rescue to mountain and hiking guides; and during the winter, he's a ski patrol monitor in the mountains above Chamonix.

Activities

A short city break in lovely Ljubljana, scenic drives, and demanding hikes through awe-inspiring landscapes of mountains, valleys, lakes, and rivers.

Lodging

A great mix of attractive boutique hotels, agriturism,and mountain huts with cozy comforts and fairy-tale scenery.

Climate

The weather in June and September is usually warm enough to wear short sleeves through the day and some warmer clothes in the evening.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

Upon arrival at the Ljubljana airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to the hotel in Ljubljana.

Can I wear trail shoes/cross training shoes on this trip?

No, we highly recommend hiking boots with ankle support for this trip.

Can I skip any of the hikes if I need a rest day?

It will not be possible to skip days 4 and 5.

Is it worth spending extra time in Ljubljana before or after the trip?

Absolutely. Ljubljana is a safe and fun city. Enjoy the city's many cafes that line the banks of the Ljubljanica River. For some other ideas, see this NYT article

What is the best time to see wildflowers on this trip?

The wildflowers are most prevalent during our June departures.

How does this trip compare to your Tour du Mont Blanc trip?

This trip is comparable our Tour du Mont Blanc trip. This is a great trip for hikers wanting to discover an emerging region of Europe.

2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Jun 19 - 27, 2022
    $5,595 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,100 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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