Hiking Slovenia, Julian Alps & Soca Valley

If you like nature, mountains, water and being active, you will love this trip!
Slovenia is one of Europe’s jewels. It is a small country in Central Europe. A forgotten gem with underdeveloped tourism and a whole lot to offer. The snow-capped peaks and turquoise-green rivers and lakes make Slovenia a true paradise for hikers, walkers, outdoor and nature lovers.

The Julian Alps

The Julian Alps, renowned for their rugged beauty, form an astonishing backdrop to the pretty villages scattered along vivid green valleys watered by crystal-clear streams and trout-filled rivers such as the Soča. Little known outside Slovenia, the Julian Alps are the unsung mountains of Europe. Giant limestone peaks dramatically twist their way from the lush, verdant meadows of the valleys below, creating a unique landscape that Slovenians are proud to call their own.

Triglav National Park

Triglav National Park is the only National Park in Slovenia and one of Europes oldest parks. Named after its highest mountain “Triglav” (2,864m) it covers 4% of Slovenia’s total land mass and is almost entirely covered by the eastern Julian Alps. Because of its exceptional beauty and pristine nature it has the status of a “special protected area” which is stricter than in other landscape parks in Slovenia. This means very limited scope for building tourist infrastructure, in order for the park to maintain its most unspoilt quality, while at the same time it enables many people to enjoy its beauty.

Soča Valley

A visit to Slovenia would not be complete without seeing the magic that is the Soča Valley. The region of the Soča Valley stretches from Triglav National Park to Nova Gorica. The Soca Valley is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled valleys in Europe. It is a valley of wonderful colours, full of waterfalls, pools, ravines and canyons. Its most dominant feature is the 136km Soča River, which can widen to 500m and narrow to less than a metre but always stays a deep, almost unreal aquamarine colour. Its crystal-clear waters offer ideal conditions for a variety of adventurous activities like white-water rafting, canyoning and kayaking.

Itinerary

Day 1: Thursday 22 June

Flight: Amsterdam (Schiphol) → Ljubljana 6.35 – 8.20
Airport transfer to our guesthouse, lunch in Kobarid, hike to a Kozjak waterfall.
The Kozjak waterfall is perhaps the most photogenic of all waterfalls in the Soča valley. It is located near Kobarid and it’s only a short hike there (we can extend it to a 4-5 hour hike). The trail offers great views of the Soča river.

Days 2,3,4,5: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday

We’ll make 3 day hikes with a certified Slovenian hiking/ mountain guide. During the hikes we’ll eat traditional Slovenian food in one of the mountain huts. One day is reserved for a wateractivity (rafting, kayaking or canyoning) or mountainbiking. In the week before our departure we need to say which activity we’d like to undertake.

Day 6: Tuesday 27 June

Flight: Ljubljana → Amsterdam (Schiphol) 9.25 – 11.15
Right now return flights only costs EUR 70 (with Transavia)

Hiking and other activities

Our hikes will be between 15-20 km long, some a bit longer, some a bit shorter. A walking day is normally five to seven hours and daily ascents will likely be around 500m to 800m, perhaps with the odd day ascending around 900m to 1000m. Suitable hiking footwear is essential due to the rough, uneven and rocky terrain. No prior hiking experience is necessary, but good health and reasonable fitness are important. The climbs are moderately demanding with some long days of sustained walking with a backpack. The effects of altitude will also reduce your level of strength. Therefore, you will enjoy the trip all the more if you are in good physical shape.

During this trip we are based in the Soca Valley the Slovenian ‘Mecca’ for water/ outdoor sports. The trip wouldn’t be complete if we wouldn’t include a day of water activities/ mountainbiking as well. We can choose from Rafting, Canyoning, Kayaking, or Mountainbiking.

FOR THE WATER ACTIVITIES YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO SWIM

Accommodation & food

We will spend each night in a guesthouse with en-suite rooms. The guesthouse just outside the centre of Kobarid, is a small family run guesthouse with 13 rooms equipped with TV, telephone and safe. The guest house also features a small fitness room and games room, internet facilities are available. The guest house’s restaurant offers traditional Slovenian cuisine, which can be enjoyed on the front terrace with lovely views of the village and mountains beyond.

Slovenian cooking borrows a little something from each of its neighbours – Italy, Austria, Hungary and the Balkans – synthesising and reinventing dishes that emerge both familiar and unique. Slovenians have an obsession for using only fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The result is a terrific foodie destination. Slovenian wine is an unheralded strength, and regional whites and reds pair well with local specialties.

What is included?

  • 5 nights accommodation in twin rooms (free WiFi)
  • 5 breakfasts and 5 dinners in the restaurnt of our guesthouse
  • 3 guided hikes by a certified Slovenian guide
  • One day/ half a day of kayaking, rafting, mountain biking or canyoning
  • Airport pick up and drop off (the guesthouse is 2 hours from the airport)
  • Transportation to the hikes

Not included:

  • Flights
  • Drinks
  • Lunches (8-10 Euro a day)
  • Insurance
  • Tourist tax (1,27 per person, per night to be paid in the guesthouse)

Insurance

Everyone in the group has to obtain appropriate travel insurance. It is strongly recommended to have this in place at the time of paying the deposit or the flight. It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary travel documents, including visa. If you book this trip you acknowledge Nature Connects Terms and Conditions. All participants (members and their guests) on any of Nature Connects walks or activities are personally responsible for their own fitness, safety and welfare and must be equipped accordingly.

 



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