The highest point in Slovenia is Mt Triglav in the Triglav National Park. The 2864 meters high giant is the country's national symbol, also found in the Slovenian coat of arms and flag. The mountain is also the highest peak in the Julian Alps, which lies on the Slovenian-Italian border.
Triglav National Park is the only national park in the country. It was named after the mountain Janic Berginc first climbed in 1980.
Triglav is attracting more and more climbers every year. Thousands hike at its feet, and hundreds conquer its cloud-clad peaks. Multiple routes lead to the peak, which is harder to climb from the north side.
|Location||Triglav National Park, Julian-Alps, Alps|
|Starting points||Krma valley, Vrata valley, Lake Bohinj, Zadnjica valley|
|How many days do you need?||2 days (+ extra)|
|Duration||12 - 14 hours|
|Is climbing experience needed?||Yes (if you go without a guide)|
|Is permit needed?||No|
|Best months to climb||June - Oct|
Map - Where is Triglav?
Address, map, distance, getting there
Mount Triglav is located in the northwestern part of Slovenia, not far from the Italian - Austrian border. From Ljubljana, you can reach any of the starting points within 1.5 hours (by car).
It's good to know, if you are planning to climb it with tour guides, they often provide transfers from Bled, Bovec, Kranjska Gora, and Ljubljana.
- Distance from Ljubljana: 80 km / 1 hour
- Distance from Kranjska Gora: 25 km / 40 mins
- Distance from Bled: 35 km / 45 minutes
- Distance from Tarvisio (Italy): 45 km / 1 hour
- Distance from Bovec : 70 km / 1.5 hours
- Distance from Vienna: 550 km / 5.5 hours
When can you climb Triglav?
Climbing Triglav is only recommended during the dry season, which runs from June to October. Within this, the ideal period is from late June to early July. This is the least busy period, and this is when the flowers bloom.
You should not go in August and September because the crowd is huge due to the Slovenian holiday season. There can often be 2,000 climbers on the weekends at this time.
Can children climb Mt Triglav?
Yes, kids over 12 can climb the mountain as professional guides take them. Take only experienced kids who already climb mountains with similar heights.
This is also why most climbers come in August when there are school holidays in almost every surrounding country.
What hiking trails can you climb?
To climb Triglav, 4 popular climbing trails are recommended. You can start the ascent from Krma valley, Vrata valley, the Seven lakes valley near Lake Bohinj, or from Zadnjica valley.
Krma and Vrata are quite close to the holiday town Kranjska Gora. Many choose their accommodation nearby.
|Krma valley||Vrata valley||Seven lakes valley||Zadnjica valley|
|Duration||2 days||2 days||3 days||2 days|
|Hiking hours (approx.)||12-14 hours||14-16 hours||17-19 hours||7-10 hours|
|Ideal for||Families with kids. Some hiking experience is needed||Hikers who are looking for a new adventure. Some hiking exp. is needed.||Advanced hikers, climbers who are looking for a great experience. Endurance, hiking experience is needed.||Hikers who love history. Some hiking exp. is needed.|
|More info||Most popular, easiest route, not too technical, 400 m via Ferrata||More advanced, 3 difficult via Ferrata route||The longest route, mixed terrain||Follows the WW1 trail with attractions|
Difficulty - How difficult is it to climb Mt Triglav?
Even the easiest hike is considered to be an intermediate climb, with a starting section of 400 meters via Ferrata route. Although the most popular routes are not technically very difficult, they all contain steep and exposed sections that should not be underestimated.
Regardless of the route you choose, it is very important that you are in good physical condition and do not fear height!
As always, climbing a mountain alone is not recommended here either. Go at least in pairs!
If you do not have the equipment, experience in via Ferrata or alpine hiking, hire a tour guide. During a group tour, there will be a maximum of 4 in the group, so the 'guide: hiker' ratio is 4: 1.
The price of a group tour is between 300 and 400 euros per person.
Tip: However, guided tours are usually available twice a week, and there are several local guides to choose from - we advise you to book your spot 2-3 months in advance as the group sites are small.
Is it possible to climb Triglav in one day?
It is possible, but only for climbers who are very prepared and in good shape to
ascend almost 2000 meters in one day. Climbing the mountain within one day is only possible from the Krma Valley or the Vrata Valley.
Huts and Mountain cottages
Since Triglav climbing takes two days in most cases, you have to stay somewhere. There are 3 mountain huts on the routes. The most popular of these is the Triglavski dom na Kredarici (Triglav hut), located at an altitude of 2,515 meters.
|Triglav hut||Planika hut||Dolic hut|
|Height||2515 m||2401 m||2150 m|
|Capacity||350 people||143 people||80 people|
|Opening hours||All-year-round||June - Sept||June - Sept|
|More info||Weather station as well||1.5 hours to the peak||Stay here coming from Zadnjica valley|
Climbing Mt Triglav, your goal is to get to one of the mountain huts on your first day. The second day may come to the summit.
Of course, it's worth planning to stay for an extra couple of days, if you are going without a guide.
Like all mountains, the weather in Triglav can change hectically. There can also be a temperature difference of 15-20 degrees Celsius between the valley and the peak.