Seven lush, inexperienced and aromatic mountain hikes in Slovenia

Because the season turns round and we’re abruptly confronted with excessive temperatures and plenty of sizzling solar, it’s good to look again and daydream concerning the superior mountain adventures you’ve achieved previously months. On account of a colder begin of the spring, the character remained in its snooze mode for a few weeks longer this yr, however as soon as it lastly did get up, it was freaking insane! I’d by no means seen so many daffodils within the mountains earlier than, nor had the mid-elevation peaks appeared so lush and verdant in early June.

Let’s undergo probably the most memorable mountain hikes in Slovenia (and one superior climb!) that we explored collectively this spring.

Golica, 1,835 m, the Karavanke Alps

Golica is commonly referred to as the “mountain of daffodils”, and for an excellent purpose; in late spring, the lengthy scenic slopes get lined with wild blooming narcissi! The land erupts in carpets of untamed flowers which flip the entire space right into a uncommon spectacle of nature. The sweetest fragrances of the fragile white flowers fill the air, birds sing their loveliest songs and numerous bees and little bugs fortunately transfer round from flower to flower including to the spring tunes of Golica. It’s really wonderful.

From fifteenth Could to fifteenth June we took six teams of avid hikers to Golica and noticed a panoramic transformation from the brownish slopes, sporadically adorned with flowering heather and remaining patches of snow, to wealthy inexperienced blooming fields bursting with life.

Exploring Slovenia’s finest spring hikes:
Flower hike on Golica
Velika Planina and crocuses
Goli Vrh above Jezersko

Golica again in Could

Roblek, 1,657 m, the Karavanke Alps

Wanting again, it’s laborious to consider that simply two months in the past in mid April we have been nonetheless climbing in full winter with deep snow! The tour was truly scheduled for Mrežce, one of the scenic peaks above Pokljuka, however after just a few days of intense snowfall – altogether between 80 – 120 cm of contemporary snow within the Julian Alps! – we opted for the a lot safer and lovely Roblek Hut within the Karavanke as an alternative. 

With virtually a thousand-meter ascent and the path winding up within the forest, Roblek is all the time a terrific alternative and is taken into account a protected one within the harshest winter circumstances as properly. The hut is located at 1,657 m about an hour to the highest of two,060-m Mt. Begunjščica, one of the distinguished peaks within the Karavanke mountain vary (and superbly seen from Bled!), whereas overlooking Mt. Stol, the very best peak of the Karavanke.

Exploring Slovenia’s finest lakeview mountain hikes:
Dreamy lakeview Jerebica
Krn Lakes above Soča Valley
Triglav Lakes – Double Lake
7 Triglav Lakes Trek

Mostnica Gorge and Waterfall

Following weeks of ample rainfall it was a real pleasure to take a gaggle from the Emirates climbing alongside the Mostnica, an Alpine river that comes bustling down the Bohinj mountains, making a show of smaller waterfalls, swimming pools of crystal-clear water and rapids. The path follows the river first via a forest, the place we dipped our toes into the chilly water and tried to identify giant rock formations curiously formed by the rapids. Afterward, the path turns into a wonderful open hike throughout open fields, surrounded by steep partitions and unbelievable vistas. The path within the Voje Valley ends with the twenty-meter Mostnica waterfall, a robust water-rich creation hugged by rocks and the forest.

Velika Planina, the Kamnik-Savinja Alps

It’s straightforward to overlook about time if you stroll via these open meadows, wild flowers shimmering within the morning breeze and conventional wood huts scattered alongside the path. Velika Planina, a excessive Alpine plateau on the Kamnik-Savinja Alps’ southern rim simply 30 kilometers from Ljubljana, is thought not just for its distinctive shepherds’ settlement, arguably the oldest in Europe that is still energetic so far, but in addition for simple trails with attractive views of the craggy Alpine peaks.

Each summer season cows from the neighboring villages down within the valley come as much as Velika Planina to graze in its highland pastures, whereas the shepherds produce scrumptious natural dairy goodies to be provided to informal hikers. Sadly, initially of June once we visited it, the cows weren’t up but, nonetheless, Velika Planina had turned superbly inexperienced and vibrant after an extended winter, and we managed to get pleasure from an enormous plate of cottage cheese štruklji. Yum!

Goli Vrh, 1,787 m, and Jezersko, the Kamnik-Savinja Alps

Lower than an hour away from Ljubljana, lies Jezersko, a mesmerizing place hidden on the foothills of excessive mountains. You see it as soon as and you might be in love. With actions like biking, climbing, climbing, Nordic strolling, cross-country snowboarding and sledding, Jezersko is good not just for sports activities lovers but in addition younger households and other people with a heartthrob for a pristine panorama and virgin nature. Hit a path there and it’ll take you to some unbelievably lovely locations that may fairly actually make your jaw drop.

Exploring Slovenia’s finest mid mountain hikes:
Goli Vrh above Jezersko
Fairytale hike in Karavanke
Krn Lakes above Soča Valley
Beautiful Julian Alps

At first of June I paid my annual go to to a candy couple on the tourist farm Ancel in Jezersko, and seeing how great the rugged mountains hovering above the idyllic valley appeared, I couldn’t assist however go for a hike. I chosen Goli Vrh, simply one other jaw-dropping peak within the space. It was an excellent sweat to achieve the highest however, oh, so value it.

Black Lake (Triglav Lakes), the Julian Alps

The seventh of the Triglav Lakes, the 150 m lengthy, 80 m large and 6 m deep Črno jezero (Eng. Black Lake) is definitely the primary lake you’ll see arising from Bohinj Valley and coming into the Triglav Lakes Valley. Arguably probably the most lovely Alpine valley in Slovenia, the Triglav Lakes Valley extends about eight kilometers from Black Lake at 1,294 m to Jezero pod Vršacem at 1,933 m. 

Our group hiked to the Black Lake, loved a picnic on the shore of the lake, after which looped again down passing lovely view factors of the Bohinj mountains, Lake Bohinj and the Komna Hut.

Triglav, 2,864 m, the Julian Alps

To first-time hikers, contemporary onlookers, the impression of Triglav is commonly theatrical: isolation awash with expansive panoramas, vertical partitions, and infinite routes. The additional up you go, the larger and fewer tamable it appears. At first of June, a good snow cap nonetheless topped the height, whereas many routes appeared higher to be averted as a result of unpredictable late spring snow.

For the ascent of an superior adventurous household from Croatia, the mountain guides determined it was finest to take the well-trodden basic route from Krma Valley with an evening over within the Kredarica Hut, the very best hut in Slovenia at 2,515 m. The subsequent morning they wakened early and did the ultimate ascent to the highest of Triglav catching a wonderful dawn. 

Right here’s how the final ascent of Triglav appeared like – many because of the superb information Marko Prezelj for utilizing his images.

Exploring Slovenia’s finest excessive mountain hikes:
Dreamy lakeview Jerebica
Triglav viewpoint hike
Beautiful Julian Alps hike
Triglav – conquer the very best mountain of Slovenia!

Photograph by: Marko Prezelj
Photograph by: Marko Prezelj

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Photograph by: Marko Prezelj

All I can say is: spring was pleasant, now, deliver on summer season!

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