August 29 –September 7, 2019

Status FULL
Cost $918
Travel Dates August 29 –September 7, 2019
Description Slovenia has some of the best and most beautiful parts of the Alps.  We will do a stage of its famous Transvezala, or high route. During six days of hiking in about 60 km with a lot of up and down, we will traverse ridges, mountain tops and valleys of the southern Julian Alps. We will pass through the enchanting and mysterious rift valley of the Triglav lakes, stay in Slovenian Alpine Club huts and enjoy three days in Ljubljana (pop. 265,000), the capital of Slovenia and one of the most attractive cities for visitors in Europe.  
  • Four hotel nights,
  • Three in the Emonec Hotel with breakfasts
  • One night in the Trenta hotel, no breakfast
  • Five nights in refuges
Not Included
  • Transportation to and from Ljubljana
  • Pre- and post- trip accommodations.
  • All meals and beverages with exception of three breakfasts at the Emonec Hotel
  • Travel costs such as bus, train or taxi during the trip.
  • Extra cost of showers in huts

Estimated cost of meals during trip, 30 euros a day.
Estimated cost of train: Ljubljana to Petrovo Brdo, and the return bus, Trenta to Ljubljana,   20 euros.

Payment Policy $500 dollars deposit is due on registration with the Application forms to register for the trip.
The trip must have at least 8 persons registered by March 1, 2019 for the trip to go.
Final balance payment of $418 is due no later than March 1, 2019
Cancellation Policy If you withdraw from the trip before March 1, 2019, you will be refunded all payments received by ADK minus $100 that is $400.   After March 1, 2019, your payment is not refundable unless it is possible to fill your place with another participant. You would then receive all but $100.  If the trip does not take place, or the leader decides the trip is not for you, full refund will be given including the $100.
Getting To Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia is served by many major airlines. From the airport you would take a shuttle to the city center and our meeting place at the Emonec hotel. Venice is near-by and is served by frequent bus connections.

Do not make your flight arrangements until I tell you that this trip has the minimum participants for the trip to go.

Trip Insurance It is very strongly recommended that all participants have trip or travel insurance that will cover trip cancellation by the participant, travel delays, medical expenses and medical evacuation. ADK does not provide this insurance and does not cover medical expenses or evacuation in the event you are injured or become ill during the trip. Note that if you have to cancel after the date indicated above, and cannot be replaced from the leader’s waiting list, if any, you could be out the entire amount you paid for the trip.



Daily Itinerary Day 1: Thursday August 29, 2019

Arrive at the Emonec Hotel in downtown Ljubljana, Ulica Wolfova 12.  It is a ten minute walk from the train station where the airport shuttle let you off. Taxis are abundant too. We will meet at 6 PM and go out for dinner in the old town. (Dinner not included. Breakfast the next morning  is included.)

Day 2: Friday, August 30, 2019

 Free day in Ljubljana. When you step out of the hotel you will be in one of the liveliest and most attractive capital cities in Europe.  It seems they all speak English, some better than we do.  There is a full cultural calendar every day of concerts, exhibitions and events in the streets.  A major attraction is the ancient castle now fitted out with several museums and exhibits and the beautiful city center with bridges crossing the river every few hundred yards. You can easily hire bicycles or even do a kayak tour on the river .Ljubljana has been named the Green Capital of Europe and the city center is car free. There is a New York Times article of October 15, 2017,”36 Hours in Ljubljana” that is worth looking at, both Rough Guide and Lonely Planet have guides to Slovenia with  extensive sections on the city.

We spend a second night in the Emonec hotel.
Breakfast is included the next morning

Day 3: Saturday August 31, 2019

That morning, we will take a two hour train to Petrovo Brdo (535m). We will arrive around nine and walk down into the village for a snack and coffee. There will also be a chance to do some last minute grocery shopping. They have pretty much the same range of foods as an American grocery store. When I was there, I bought a sandwich for the trail. Then we will set off on our hike, a short but stiff rise on good trails through pastures and forests and high alpine meadows to the top of Crna Prst and its hut, Dom Zorka Jelencica na Crni  Prst.(1835m),Crni Prst for short. We will have climbed 1500 meters to the top of the long ridge that we will follow for the next two days. (Rainwater only)

Ascent: 1500 meters
Distance; 4 kilometers
Time: 3:30h

Day 4: Sunday, September 1, 2019

(We will be following a trail marked 1 all the way to the end of our hike in Trenta).

We spend the entire day on the Bohinj ridge passing some summits along the way. We contour around the tops of  Cetrl, Veliki Raskovec, Suha Rodica and  on to Rodica at 1966 meters, We descend to  a col, Cez Suho (1773m and then on to the summits of Sija (1800m) and  Vogel at 1922m.  From the top of Vogel, we have a steep descent down to the Koca na Planini Razor        (1315m). The” Koca” which is the Slovenian word for refuge, is beautifully situated in forest and pasture lands and has abundant water.

Ascent: 510 meters
Descent: 1030 meters
Distance: 8km
Time: 8h

Day 5: Monday, September 2, 2019

It is another spectacular day along the Bohinj ridge. We start out in forest below the ridge and then continue on old military tracks to Planina na Kalu, an abandoned farm hamlet at 1490 m. We then traverse under the steep slopes of Tominski Kuk and rocky Mahvescek to the Prehodci col (1639m).  We have terrific views of mountains on all sides, including Triglav to the north as we reach another ridge and traverse along it to our refuge near the top of Krn mountain at 2182m. Our refuge for the night is the Gomciskovo Zavetisce na Krn. It is classified as” a shelter of the second class,” (In contrast kocas and doms are first class.) and has rainwater only.  There are two dormitories for 20 and 12 persons. When I arrived there the first time, a troop of 25 Italian boy and girl scouts was just coming in for the night. I thought , oh, no, there goes a good night’s sleep but   that evening they sang beautifully and they were so tired by the days’ hike , they and everyone else slept well that night. The staff at this hut is especially friendly. When I asked the hut manager, Tina, if there was any water to wash up with, she apologetically and as a special favor, gave me a cup of water. I really appreciated it.

Ascent: 1110m
Descent: 240m
Distance: 16km
Time:  9h

Day 6: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Go back down the rocky trail to a col, Krnska Skrbina( 2058m) and start a long descent down a valley to  the first of the Triglav lakes , Krnsko Jezero (1385m)  After traversing the dry karst  landscape for three days  it is wonderful to see. A bit further on is a refuge.  Planinski dom pri Krnskih Jezerih. We are now on on beautifully graded military roads as we climb up to a saddle at Vratca (1803m) and then descend overlooking a tree filled valley with tremendous views on all sides to the Koca pod Bogatinom (1513m) where we will spend two nights. (Hot showers)

Ascent: 480m
Descent: 1150m
Distance: 11km
Time: 5h30

Day 7: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

We will have now hiked for four demanding days. You will have the option of a rest day or taking one of two hikes from the refuge. The first would visit two lakes in about 8 km and a modest ascent and descent with two “koca” along the way. On the second option we would climb to the top of Bogatin (1977) and Mahavscek (2005) and return (4h30)

Day 8: Thursday, September 5, 2019

This day equals any other on our hike as we hike up the valley of the seven Triglav Lakes. We start with a hike up to a low col and traverse into the rift valley which when it was discovered in the 19th century seemed like something enchanted, straight  out of Brigadoon or Shangri-la.The Slovenes have a legend for this place, of Zlatorg, the Golden Horn  who guards a  great treasure  buried  under the valleys . The lakes have no running streams and are fed by water sources underneath in the karst limestone.  On our gradual ascent past the lakes, we will pass the refuge, Koca pri Triglavskikh Jezerikh (1685m), possibility of a gelato. Then we go by three more lakes and up to the saddle overlooking the Trenta valley and the central mountain group of Triglav.  These are the last steps up on our journey. We will stop for refreshments at the Zasavska Koca na Prihodavcih (2071m) and admire the inspiring views.  Then on excellent graded paths, we descend 1450 meters to Trenta and our night’s lodging. (You will be impressed by the substantial  descent and probably would not want to repeat it soon. I felt that way, but in Trenta, I met a man who until the sixties accompanied his father as they would leave every day at four in the morning with three mules and horses loaded with water and provisions for the Zasavska Koca, 1450 meters up and down.).

We stay in the hamlet of Trenta at the Dom Trenta, double occupancy, with hot showers and abundant drinkable water. Breakfast is not included here and we catch the bus back to Ljubljana before we can get breakfast. There is a grocery store and one or two cafes in Trenta. I look forward to the pizzeria.

Ascent: 617m
Descent: 1450m
Distance: 20km
Time 10h

Day 9: Friday September 6, 2019

Take the morning bus back to Ljubljana and the Emonec Hotel arriving around mid-day.  Farewell dinner that evening.

Day 10: Saturday, September 7, 2019

Breakfast in the hotel, this is the end of our trip.

(Planned activities are subject to change due to weather, trail conditions or other unforeseen circumstances subject to the sole discretion of the  leader.)



Trip Leader Roman Laba
22 Front Street, Schenectady, NY