Bled is a popular town on the shore of a beautiful glacial lake with a combination of natural wonders and unique culture and history. Take a stroll around the lake and visit its unique island church and medieval castle perched high upon a towering precipice.
Day 2. Bled – Pokljuka high plateau (11 km, 620 m ascent, six hours walking) (*** hotel).
A short car transfer brings you to the verdant woodlands of the Pokljuka high plateau (1280 m). Today's warm-up walk leads you over fertile mountain pastures, through dense fir forests up to Lipanska Hut for a typical hikers' lunch. Then it's onwards through the sweeping vistas of the Karawanke range, Pokljuka plateau, Krma valley and Bohinj Mountains to the Pokljuka Biathlon Centre.
Day 3. Pokljuka – Planika Hut (10.5 km, 1100 m ascent, seven hours walking) (mountain hut accommodation).
Today it's into the heart of the Triglav National Park and Julian Alps. The trail slowly ascends to Vodnikov Dom hut, where you can have lunch amid the glorious views of Mt. Triglav, Slovenia's highest mountain (2864 m), and its neighbouring peaks. You will spend the night at Planika hut, right underneath Triglav. Additional nights can be booked here, should you want to climb Mt Triglav (the climb is partly a “via ferrata”, some alpine experience and a helmet are recommended). (Today your main luggage gets collected at Pokljuka hotel and is safely stored in Helia’s head office in Bled until you reach Bohinj at the end of the walk).
Day 4. Planika Hut – Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih (11 km, 700 m descent, six hours walking) (mountain hut accommodation).
You start today with a walk across the Hribarice pass (2358 m) in the direction of the Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih hut. Stop and admire the beauty of one of the Park’s seven lakes, Zeleno Jezero (Green Lake), before continuing on to enjoy a beautiful view into the rest of the Valley of the Triglav Lakes. A further three-hour hike brings you to the Koča pri Savici mountain hut on the shore of Double Lake.
Day 5. Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih – Komna Hut (8,5 km, 340 m ascent, 500 m descent, five to six hours walking) (mountain hut accommodation).
Walking in western direction you will reach Black Lake - the lowest-lying lake in the Triglav Lakes Valley. It is names for its location in a basin in the middle of the forrest, which stretches right to the edge of the Komarča rock face. It is the warmest of the Triglav Lakes. Ending your day at Komna hut you will also enjoy great view of Bohinj Lake.
Day 6. Komna Hut - Ribčev Laz / Bohinj Valley (18 km, 1200 m descent, five to six hours walking) (**** family hotel).
After breakfast, a relaxing descent down an old military road brings you to Savica Waterfall, which is one of the most famous and popular waterfalls in Slovenia. An alpine Karst spring flows to the top of the waterfall and then cascades 78 metres and subsequently feeds the mighty Lake Bohinj. Walk along the northern shore of Bohinj lake will bring you to Ribčev Laz village where you can warm your blood with delicious home-made brandy and schnapps in the local bars. In summer months one can enjoy a swimm in crystal clear water of Bohinj lake. Alternatively, one can ascent Mt. Vogel (1532 m) with a cabin cable car. From top you'll be able to enjoy a perfect panoramic view of Julian Alps and area you walked previous days.
Day 7. Ribčev Laz / Bohinj Valley – Lake Bled (**** family hotel).
After the breakfast you will be transferred to Lake Bled, a place that attracts visitors with its combination of natural wonders and unique culture and history. The surrounding region offers plenty of excellent hiking opportunities, including a walk to the stunning Vintgar Gorge. There is a 1600-metre long walk on a wooden walkway, which leads through the scenic gorge along the Radovna River to the Šum waterfall. Heading east, following well-marked signs for Bled, you have about 1 km to the Church of St. Catherine. From here it's about 4 km back to Bled lake. If you prefer a nice leisurely stroll on your final day, a hike around the lake takes about 1 hour. You can reach the famous island church on the lake by a special boat called “Pletna”, or visit Bled castle and its museum inside. The museum hosts and interesting exhibition on the history of the castle. Your final night will be spent in a nice hotel overlooking the lake.
Day 8. Departure from Bled. The tour ends with a hearty breakfast, after which you are free to do as you please. Note that tour programme might be changed in case of bad weather.
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