Best hikes in Triglav National Park, Slovenia

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Triglav National Park is located in the North-Western part of Slovenia where the Julian Alps are. The park spreads from Kranjska Gora, along the Italian border, down to Tolmin on the south and reaches out almost to Bled Lake on the East for a total of 840 square kilometres. Triglav National Park adds up to 4% of the territory of Slovenia … no wonder there are no other national parks in Slovenia, there simply isn’t enough space!

Triglav National Park is home to some of the most amazing mountains in Slovenia and offers an array of walks, hikes and all sorts of tracks and trails for you to choose from, probably more than you could do in a lifetime. Here you’ll be able to do short walks as well as multi-day hikes.

The Triglav National park (TNP) trails will take you over pastures, through gorges, over rivers, through forests, to waterfalls and to summits, always boosting some breathtaking views.

 

Best hikes in Triglav National Park

Slovenia is a fabulous country for hiking and offers over 10.000 kilometres of marked trails. While we’ve done plenty of walking in Slovenia, we’re not gonna lie, we haven’t done every Triglav National Park hike. But we have done enough research and climbed up enough mountains to say with confidence that the below hikes qualify as the best Triglav National Park hikes!

The list below starts with 10 short and easy walks followed by 6 moderate hikes and ends with 3 challenging hikes, some of which may take multiple days to finish.

1. Vintgar gorge and Šum waterfall

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1.5 km one way
Duration: 30 min one way
Elevation on path: The trail through the gorge is mostly flat with few stairs

Vintgar gorge is one of the most popular and rewarding short walks in Triglav National park and an absolute must when at Lake Bled. You’ll walk on wooden galleries and bridges while the emerald blue Radovna river whirls and splashes over rapids under you. The gorge is set in a beautiful natural environment and it is perfect to cool off in summer. At the end of the gorge you’ll e greeted by Sum waterfall.

Important note: Since Covid the path is open in one direction only. You can return via St Catherine or via Blejska Dobrava. There is also a shuttle service available from Natour Bar at additional cost. Considering the cost of parking and shuttle it might be best to opt for an organised transfer from Lake Bled.

Starting point: Gorje Entrance (580m)

Facilities: There are toilets and a bar also serving snacks at either end of the walk

Fees: For opening hours and tickets visit www.vintgar.si
Parking: 5€ per car
Adult ticket: 10 €
Return shuttle: 15 €

Best time to visit: Early morning before the crowds hit. The trail is closed in winter.

Where to stay: Lake Bled
Bled is the closest town to Vintgar Gorge and the most convenient (as well as scenic) place to stay. You can chose from several great accommodation options in Bled (we give you an overview of our favourites here), but for hikers we definitely recommend staying at Hotel Park or Vila Alpina above all. They both cater to outdoorsy guests really well.

 

2. Mostnica gorge and Voje waterfall

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 6 km
Elevation on path: 188m
Duration:
45min to Voje hut (end of the gorge),
1h 20min to the waterfall one way

Mostnica gorge is a stunning and less crowded alternative to Vintgar gorge. The path will take you over Devils bridge and alongside Mostnica river to the Voje Plateau and Voje hut. You will be crossing the river several times and there is a path on both riverbanks. Stick to the right side if you’d like to access the elephant rock formation. From Voje hut you can continue over the pastures all the way to Voje waterfall, also called Mostnica waterfall.

Starting point:
Stara Fuzina (600m)

Facilities:
There are toilets and a restaurant at Voje hut as well as at the hut by the waterfall.

Fees:
Parking: 1.5 € per hour (park before the ramp!)
Adult ticket: 3 €

Best time to visit: Spring to Autumn

Where to stay: Bohinj
The Mostnica gorge track starts from Stara Fuzina which is part of Bohinj so if you stay here you will be able to easily do the hike from your front door and there’s just so much beauty and awesome hiking trails in Bohinj! We highly recommend staying at Hotel Majerca (it’s the ultimate alpine dream!) or renting the magical Hike & Bike Chalet.

3. Savica Waterfall

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 800m
Elevation on path: 141m, 553 stairs
Duration: 20 min

Savica waterfal is the third most visited waterfall in Slovenia and holds deep cultural meaning. Prešeren, the biggest Slovene poet took inspiration from this waterfall for one of his well known poems. This waterfall is especially beautiful in the morning sun when a rainbow is visible over the water.

The official start of the walk is from the Savica hut but you can start walking from Ukanc adding another 3km (127m elevation) and 35 minutes to the walk. This part of the hike is first through the village and then through forest over an old gravel service road with a gradual incline.

Starting point: Savica hut (653m)

Fees:
Parking: 4 € for 3h or 8 € for the day
Adult ticket: 3 €

Facilities:
There are toilets and a restaurant at the Savica hut

Best time to visit:
Spring when the snow starts to melt and there’s plenty of water

Where to stay: Bohinj
There’s just so much beauty and awesome hiking trails in Bohinj! We highly recommend staying at Hotel Majerca (it’s the ultimate alpine dream!) or renting the magical Hike & Bike Chalet.

4. Zajamniki

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: about 6km one way
Duration: 1h 20min from Rudno Polje or 1h 30min from Uskovnica
Elevation on path: 50m or 270 m

Zajamniki is a beautiful alpine pasture on Pokljuka plateau with breathtaking views over Triglav National Park. They are famous for the long row of wooden shepherd huts that make this pasture even more picturesque. Zajamniki are accessible year round but are at their most beautiful when covered in winter snow or spring blossoms. In winter you can also access them on cross country skis and when the snow melts they make for a great mountain biking adventure.

There are several clearly signposted ways of getting to Zajamniki with Rudno Polje and Uskovnica being among the more popular starting points. You can also turn this hike into a loop that takes about 4h.

Starting point: Rudno Polje (1347m) or Uskovnica (1090 m) on Pokljuka

Facilities: Toilet and restaurant at Uskovnica hut

Fees:
Parking: 5 € for the day
Adult ticket: free

Best time to visit: Winter & spring

Where to stay: Lake Bled or Bohinj
Pokljuka (where Zajamniki are) is about half way between Bled and Bohinj. You can chose from several great accommodation options in Bled (we give you an overview of our favourites here), but for hikers we definitely recommend staying at Hotel Park or Vila Alpina above all. However, if you wish to do more hiking and immerse yourself into nature, Bohinj is the better option for you. We highly recommend staying at Hotel Majerca (it’s the ultimate alpine dream!) or renting the magical Hike & Bike Chalet.

5. Tamar Valley

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 4km one way
Duration: 45 min
Elevation on path: 190 m

Tamar valley offers beautiful views over Mangart and Jalovec, as well as other surrounding mountains. This enclosed valley is a real treat to walk through any time of the year but it’s even more magical when covered in snow.

In winter the walking path gets turned into a cross country skiing path and foot access is possible over the road which is closed for cars. Walking and sledging down this road is a winter favourite for many!

Starting point: Planica Nordic Centre (931 m)

Facilities: There are toilets at the Nordic Centre and a restaurant at the Tamar hut

Fees:
Parking: 2.5 €
Adult ticket: free

Best time to visit: winter

Where to stay: Kranjska Gora
Kranjska Gora is a lovely alpine village, however our favourite accommodation options are just outside of town. Jasna Chalet Resort sits on the shores of the breathtaking lake Jasna and Mountain view Glamping … well that’s an experience in itself!

 

6. Pericnik Waterfall

Difficulty: Easy to the lower falls, moderate to the upper falls
Distance: 500 m
Duration: 15 min
Elevation on path: 100 m

Pericnik Waterfal is one of the most gorgeous waterfalls in Slovenia with and breathtaking views over the valley. A loop hike to the falls starts from the hut and takes you to the 52m lower falls and then steeply up to the 16m upper falls. There is a massive cave behind the lower falls and you can walk under the waterfall.

Pericnik waterfall is at it’s most beautiful in winter when the water freezes and the whole wall turns into an incredible display of ice and icicles. A true winter wonderland! but be careful as the path can freeze and walking under the waterfall becomes dangerous due to ice falling down. Also keep in mind that the road to Pericnik hut is closed in winter and you need to walk an additional 2.5km from Pri Rosu in Mojstrana.

Starting point: Pericnik Hut

Facilities: There are toilets and a restaurant at the hut

Fees:
Parking: 2 € per hour

Best time to visit: Winter & Spring

Where to stay: Kranjska Gora
Kranjska Gora is a lovely alpine village, however our favourite accommodation options are just outside of town. Jasna Chalet Resort sits on the shores of the breathtaking lake Jasna and Mountain view Glamping … well that’s an experience in itself!

 

7. Triglavska Bistrica trail and Vrata Valley

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 10 km one way
Duration: 3h
Elevation on path: 500m

From the carpark cross the bridge over Triglavska Bistrica to get onto the trail that winds along the stream for 10 km until it reaches the springs in Vrata Valley. The path will take you over bridges and through forests boosting fantastic views of Triglav’s Northern wall in the distance. On the way you will pass the Pericnik hut, Aljazev dom hut and a memorial for all victims of the mountains. You can also take a short detour to Pericnik waterfall.

This walk is beautiful also in winter. The trail is closed due to snow and ice but access is possible over the road which is closed for cars in winter.

If you wish you can also drive to Vrata Valley. From the large carpark at the end of the road it is only a short walk to the springs and the most impressive view of Triglav. This road is also perfect for mountainbiking.

Starting point: Pri Rosu in Mojstrana

Facilities: Aljaz hut and Pericnik hut

Fees: Free

Best time to visit: Spring

Where to stay: Kranjska Gora
Kranjska Gora is a lovely alpine village, however our favourite accommodation options are just outside of town. Jasna Chalet Resort sits on the shores of the breathtaking lake Jasna and Mountain view Glamping … well that’s an experience in itself!

8. Martuljek Waterfalls

Difficulty: Easy, with a challenging climb to the pools
Distance: 4km one way
Duration: 1h 45min
Elevation on path: 500 m

The Martuljek Waterfalls are a wonderul trip in the hart of the Martuljek Forest. Just under Špik you’ll find two waterfalls cascading over steep rocky walls.

From the carpark follow the signs to Martuljški slapovi or Brunarica Pri Ingotu.

Access to the lower waterfall is easy over a cycling trail, through the forest and on a gravel path. The gravel path finally splits into a narrow footpath that takes you to the lower falls. Return to the gravel path and continue towards the upper falls.

A well traced path will take you to the viewpoint from where you can admire the 100m falls dropping down steep walls in several stages. From here you can continue over a difficult climb with steel cables and stemples that leads to the plunge pool. Do this at your own risk.

On the way between the lower and upper falls you can take a short detour to Brunarica Pri Ingotu and the chappel on Jasenje alpine meadow.

Starting point: Gozd Martuljek

Facilities: You can take a short detour to a hut with food and toilets on the way

Fees: free

Best time to visit: Late spring & early summer

Where to stay: Kranjska Gora
Kranjska Gora is a lovely alpine village, however our favourite accommodation options are just outside of town. Jasna Chalet Resort sits on the shores of the breathtaking lake Jasna and Mountain view Glamping … well that’s an experience in itself!

 

10. Tolmin gorge

Difficulty: Easy loop track
Distance: 2 km loop
Duration: 1h 30 min
Elevation on path: 90m

Tolmin gorge is the lowest and Southern-most entrace into Triglav National Park and here you get two for one as you’ll be able to explore both, Tolminka and Zadlascica gorges.

The path takes you alongside the gorge walls and at some points through the tunnels all the way to the Devil’s bridge which sits 60m above Tolminka river. On the way you can also visit a cave and you’ll pass a thermal spring and the confluence of the two rivers.

Starting point: Zatolmin

Facilities: There is a restaurant and toilets at the beginning of the track

Fees:
Parking: 3 € per hour or free 2km down the road
Adult ticket: 5 – 8 € depending on season, book your ticket in advance

Best time to visit: Year round

Where to stay: Tolmin or Kobarid
While Tolmin is definitely the closest option, we would recommend staying in Kobarid instead as it offers a lot more to do, see and some of the best restaurants in Slovenia. If you want to wake up in heaven then you must stay at Nebesa Chalets, they’re so worth the splurge! Apartments Pri nas are stunning too, incredibly well furnished and the views are to die for!

9. Mangart Saddle Hut

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Distance: 4.5 km one way
Duration: 2h 20 min
Elevation on path: 812 m

The Mangart saddle hike is a dynamic hike that starts at the bottom of the road to Mangart saddle and takes you through forests, over meadows, through tunnels and over streams. The views are beautiful in all directions, especially as you reach the Mangart Plateau with steep mountains as a backdrop.

The hike is quite steep at parts and if it sounds like too much for you, you can access the saddle by car. It is only a 30min walk from the carpark to the hut, but you will be missing out on some of the views. Or you can make it more challenging for you and continue all the way to the Mangart Summit which is an additional 2h.

Starting point: Pri Mlinču (1094 m)

Facilities: The mountain hut has toilets and serves food

Fees: free

Best time to visit: Late spring to autumn, in winter you can go ski touring here

Where to stay: Bovec
Bovec is adventure central of Slovenia and you could easily spend a week there hiking, biking, rafting and more! We loved our stay at Hotel Soca but if you prefer an apartment then Apartments Wallas are perfect for you.

 

11. Mangart Summit

Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2h
Elevation on path: 624 m

Mangart is one of the highest peaks in Slovenia but there’s a road leading to the saddle that makes the hike substantially easier and shorter. If you wish to hike from the bottom to the saddle before continuing to the summit that adds another 2h 20 to your ascent.

The summit is located at the border of Slovenia and Italy and you can access it via Italy or via Slovenia. The Italian route is mostly easy with some challenging parts and it’s the route we recommend. The the Slovene route is a via ferrata only suitable for skilled mountaineers with appropriate gear or you can book a guide for the Slovenian route.

Starting point: Mangart Saddle

Fees: 5 € road tool

Best time to visit: Late spring to Autumn

Where to stay: Bovec
Bovec is adventure central of Slovenia and you could easily spend a week there hiking, biking, rafting and more! We loved our stay at Hotel Soca but if you prefer an apartment then Apartments Wallas are perfect for you.

 

12. Slemenova Špica

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Duration: 1h 15 min
Elevation on path: 350 m

From the carpark on Vrsic pass follow the signs towards Sleme. There are many hiking paths intersecting in these mountains so be mindful of directions. The hike offers fantastic views over the surrounding Mt. Prisojnik, Mt. Škrlatica and Jalovec.

Slemenova Špica can also be accessed from Tamar Valley hut (2h) and Erjavec hut on Vrsic (1h 25min)

Starting point: Vršič Pass

Fees: free

Best time to visit: Late spring to Autumn

Where to stay: Bovec or Kranjska Gora

Vrsic pass (where the hike starts from) is acessible from Kranjska Gora or Bovec. Kranjska Gora is a lovely alpine village, however our favourite accommodation options are just outside of town. Jasna Chalet Resort sits on the shores of the breathtaking lake Jasna and Mountain view Glamping … well that’s an experience in itself! Bovec is adventure central of Slovenia and you could easily spend a week there hiking, biking, rafting and more! We loved our stay at Hotel Soca but if you prefer an apartment then Apartments Wallas are perfect for you.

 

13. Vogar

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Duration: 1h 15 min
Elevation on path: 454 m

Vogar is a stretched out alpine meadow boosting some of the best views over Bohinj Lake. The hike is steep at parts and mostly through forests making it perfect for hot summer days.

The Vogar meadows are a popular jumping spot for paragliders and if you wish you can book your tandem jump here. It’s a pretty scenic shortcut back into the valley 😉

Starting point: Stara Fuzina

Fees: Parking: 1.5 € per hour (park before the ramp!)

Best time to visit: Late spring to Autumn

Where to stay: Bohinj
There’s just so much beauty and awesome hiking trails in Bohinj! We highly recommend staying at Hotel Majerca (it’s the ultimate alpine dream!) or renting the magical Hike & Bike Chalet.

 

14. Vogel

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Duration: 2 h 30 min
Elevation on path: 550 m

From Ukanc take the gondola up to Ski hotel Vogel. Already from the gondola you’ll enjoy fantastic views over the lake. Follow the signs for Vogel over the ski fields, a small saddle following a gravel path that is easy at first and starts climbing up over a slope covered with scree, getting quite steep in parts. As you climb up you’ll get views all the way to the sea on one side and over Bohinj on the other. You can prolong the hike and detour past Konjsko Sedlo or opt to turn around at Šija summit instead of continuing up to Vogel summit.

Starting point: Ski hotel Vogel

Fees:

Best time to visit: Late spring to Autumn

Where to stay: Bohinj
There’s just so much beauty and awesome hiking trails in Bohinj! We highly recommend staying at Hotel Majerca (it’s the ultimate alpine dream!) or renting the magical Hike & Bike Chalet.

 

 

15. Viševnik

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Duration: 2h
Elevation on path: 703 m

Visevnik is one of the more popular 2000m peaks due to easy access and high starting point. From the carpark the path goes up the ski slopes. Keep left and follow the signs to Visevnik to a small saddle with open views where you finally turn right. The path is mostly over pastures and then over a ridge before it steeply turns up to the summit.

This hike is prone to avalanche and not recommended in winter.

Starting point: Rudno Polje

Fees: Parking: 5 € for the day

Best time to visit: Late spring to Autumn

Where to stay: Lake Bled or Bohinj
Pokljuka (where Visevnik starting point is) is about half way between Bled and Bohinj. You can chose from several great accommodation options in Bled (we give you an overview of our favourites here), but for hikers we definitely recommend staying at Hotel Park or Vila Alpina above all. However, if you wish to do more hiking and immerse yourself into nature, Bohinj is the better option for you. We highly recommend staying at Hotel Majerca (it’s the ultimate alpine dream!) or renting the magical Hike & Bike Chalet.

 

16. Triglav Lakes

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Duration: 4 h 15 min
Elevation on path: 1000 m

Triglav Lakes or the 7 Lakes are quite possibly the most breathtaking hike on this list. And not just because of the elevation you have to walk! There are 7 lakes scattered across the valley with mountain peaks and forests as the backdrop.

While there are some tricky parts, this hike isn’t that hard and it is extremely rewarding. You can make the hike 1h shorter by stopping at the Triglav Lakes hut rather than continuing towards the 7th lake.

Starting point: Planina Blato

Fees: free

Best time to visit: Late spring to Autumn

Where to stay: Bohinj
There’s just so much beauty and awesome hiking trails in Bohinj! We highly recommend staying at Hotel Majerca (it’s the ultimate alpine dream!) or renting the magical Hike & Bike Chalet.

16. Špik

Difficulty: Challenging
Duration: 4 h 45 min
Elevation on path: 1602 m

Spik sits proudly over Gozd Martuljek and is impossible to miss with its almost perfect pyramid peak. While almost 400m lower, this hike is much much harder than Triglav. Big parts of it are exposed and over crumbly rocks. The landscape at the top is rocky and otherworldly, and the views are to die for.

Starting point: Pišnica

Fees: free

Best time to visit: Late spring to Autumn

Where to stay: Kranjska Gora
Kranjska Gora is a lovely alpine village, however our favourite accommodation options are just outside of town. Jasna Chalet Resort sits on the shores of the breathtaking lake Jasna and Mountain view Glamping … well that’s an experience in itself!

 

17. Škrlatica

Difficulty: Challenging
Duration: 6h
Elevation on path: 703 m

If Triglav is king then Skrlatica is the queen. At 2740 m this is the second highest mountain in Slovenia, just across from Triglavs North Face. While lower, the hike might actually be harder than the hike up Triglav with exposed sections and steel cables.

There are no huts on Skrlatica but you can spend the night in Bivak IV na Rušju.

Starting point: Aljaž hut in Vrata Valley

Fees: Free

Best time to visit: Late spring to Autumn

Where to stay: Kranjska Gora
Kranjska Gora is a lovely alpine village, however our favourite accommodation options are just outside of town. Jasna Chalet Resort sits on the shores of the breathtaking lake Jasna and Mountain view Glamping … well that’s an experience in itself!

 

 

19. Mt. Triglav summit

Difficulty: Moderate-Challenging
Duration: 6h 30min
Elevation on path: 1900 m

Triglav is the highest peak in Slovenia and it is said that climbing mount Triglav makes you a true Slovene.

Sitting at 2864 m, Triglav mountain is no small feat and staying the night in the hut on Kredarica is recommended. There are many trails that lead up to Triglav but the one from Rudno Polje via Kredarica is said to be the easiest. While steep and physically demanding, the majority of the way is technically easy, but the last part has been turned into a via ferrata and will require safety gear. That said, Zi did this climb when she was only 10 so it’s not as scary or hard as some might have you believe.

If you’re up for a serious alpinist adventure, you can book a guided ascent up the North Face climbing wall or do the hike in Winter. And these two options are as hard as they sound so make sure you’re well prepared.

Read next: Hiking Mt. Triglav

Starting point: Rudno Polje

Fees: Parking: 5 € for the day

Best time to visit: Summer and Early Autumn

Where to stay: Lake Bled or Bohinj
Pokljuka (where Visevnik starting point is) is about half way between Bled and Bohinj. You can chose from several great accommodation options in Bled (we give you an overview of our favourites here), but for hikers we definitely recommend staying at Hotel Park or Vila Alpina above all. However, if you wish to do more hiking and immerse yourself into nature, Bohinj is the better option for you. We highly recommend staying at Hotel Majerca (it’s the ultimate alpine dream!) or renting the magical Hike & Bike Chalet.

Triglav National Park Code of Conduct

Triglav National Park is a protected area and hiking (or visiting!) here comes with its own code of conduct to protect the nature and aid the conservation efforts;

  • Only park in designated areas
  • Dogs on leash at all times
  • Wild camping is not allowed
  • Stay on the trail
  • Do not disturb the animals
  • Do not pick or damage flowers and plants, but picking mushrooms and herbs is allowed for personal use
  • Leave no trace
  • Bathing and swimming are banned at alpine lakes (but not Bohinj Lake)  
Best hikes in Triglav National Park

Hiking in Triglav National Park

Hiking in Slovenia and in Triglav National Park comes with all the usual safety recommendations. So check the conditions at one of the info points before you go, let someone know about your hiking plans, use appropriate gear and pack accordingly.

The hiking trails in Triglav national park are generally well maintained and clearly signposted with the Knafelc Waymark (red circle with white dot).

Always carry some cash with you when hiking in the Slovenian Alps. Some tracks require a small contribution and there are many huts where you can buy food and drinks that generally don’t accept cards.

Be aware of summer storms that are common in August and check the risk of avalanche if hiking Triglav national Park in winter.

In case of emergency cal 112.

Mountain Huts and Camping in Triglav National Park

Freedom or wild camping is not allowed in Slovenia and due to conservation efforts it is strictly prohibited in Triglav national Park. Accommodation facilities are available throughout the park and you can spend the night at official campsites, in the mountain huts or in the bivouacs. Here you can find a list of Mountain huts and bivouacs available. It is recommended to phone in and make a reservation.

Learn more about camping in Triglav National Park and our favourite huts and campsites here.

 


 

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