The Via Alpina hike (Violet Route) is classic walk through Slovenian alpine valleys. This Slovenia hiking tour in the Alps follows mountain ridges and lush valleys.
This Slovenia hiking tour in the Alps is a collection of different grade walks. However – none of them have a climber’s rating. You will be walking along mountain ridges, meadows and valley floors, slowly descending from east to west. It is a picturesque alpine trail with stunning views at every turn, and is suitable for experienced walkers with appropriate equipment. This walk generally follows the international Via Alpina track – the Violet Route section – from East to West.
Via Alpina hike (Violet Route) highlights:
• stay in a tranquil mountain village
• walk through ancient feudal tunnels
• discover hidden mountain valleys
• visit Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj
• wander over mountain pastures
Day to day plan for Slovenia hiking tour in the Alps
DAY 1. ARRIVAL IN JEZERSKO.
With its idyllic location in a basin between the towering Kamnik-Savinja Alps and Karawanke Mountains, on the border with Austria, the small romantic village of Jezersko will be the starting point for your hike. You will spend the next two nights here (guesthouse 2*).
DAY 2. JEZERSKO – ČEŠKA KOČA round-walk 7 km / 5 hours / 640 m ascent. A warm-up hike to Češka koča mountain hut.
This short walk leads up to just above the tree line to one of the oldest alpine huts in Slovenia (100 years old), where you will be blessed with an outstanding view into the two parallel valleys. Your return route takes you past Shepherds Lake and back to Jezersko (guesthouse 2*)
DAY 3. JEZERSKO - GOLI VRH 14 km / five to six hours walking / ascent and descent 700 m.
Today you hike up the northern side of the Kamnik Alps' - Goli Vrh. A meadow and forest walk brings you to to an amazing viewpoint above Jezersko valley. With one foot in Slovenia and the other in Austria you'll enjoy splendid view of Grintovec range arena. After returning back to hotel you will be transferred by car to little town of Preddvor. (3* guesthouse).
DAY 4. PREDDVOR – JACOBS CHURCH – HUDI BORST - PREDDVOR short version 3 hrs / ascent 450m; longer version 6 hrs* / ascent 850 m.
Slightly more demanding yet wonderful, full of splendid vistas full hike. It begins with ascent up to St. Jacobs church, which in days of Turkish raids served as refugee fortress and shelter. Walk continues through deep fir / spruce forest and across steep, with alpine flowers covered hillsides to Hudicev borst, where at hut a picnic can be enjoyed. After a full days walk you can refresh in Crnjava lake just before returning back to your hotel. (3* guesthouse).
DAY 5. (car transfer) PREDDVOR - LJUBELJ - BEGUNJE 12.5 km / 4 hrs* / descent 700 m, ascent 250m.
You will be taken by car to the starting point at Ljubelj, on the Austrian border. From here the trail leads through a short underground tunnel originally dug by merchants in order to reduce the travelling time between Carniola and Carinthia. As you emerge at the other side the trail then follows the old shepherd’s route before entering the peaceful Draga Valley, which takes you on your final leg into the historic village of Begunje. Begunje is also the home town of the famous Slavko Avsenik / Oberkrainer band. 2 kms down the road are the ruins of Kamen Castle. (3* hotel).
DAY 6: RADOVNA VALLEY – VINTGAR GORGE - LAKE BLED 11 kms / 5 hrs / ascent 200m. Valley & meadow walk (hotel 4*).
You will begin your walk after a car transfer through the Radovna Valley, an untouched wilderness between the Pokljuka and Mežakla plateaus. You will be dropped off at the start of the stunning 1.6km Vintgar Gorge, carved 150m deep into the mountains by the Radovna River. The trail leads along a wooden walkway through the gorge and onwards to the world-famous Bled Lake, via the lovely Katarina Church viewpoint. Your hotel is on the western side of the town, overlooking the lake .
DAY 7: (car transfer) POKLJUKA – USKOVNICA SADLE – LAKE BOHINJ 12 km / 5 hrs / ascent 200m. Mountain meadows & tree line walk.
Today you will be driven by car up to the Pokljuka Plateau from which you will begin your hike across mountain pastures and old farmhouses where you will come to a viewing point providing outstanding views into the Bohinj Valley. As you descend you can stop at the little historic village of Studor where you can visit the museum and see how people lived 150 years ago. Your final destination is Lake Bohinj, the jewel in the heart of the Triglav National Park, and the small settlement of Ribčev Laz (Fisherman’s Pass). (hotel 3*).
DAY 8. End of Slovenia hiking tour in the Alps or extension of stay in Bohinj.
Daily departures of Via Alpina hike (Violet Route) between 15.5. - 2.10.2021
Price: 670 EUR per person based on two people sharing.