Top three reasons to hike the Alpe Adria Trail
Hike across a trail rich in history and natural treasures
Expect luscious greenery, rushing rivers, and traditional cuisine
Enjoy the majestic nature and the panoramic views of the Soca valley
Hiking through Italy and Slovenia is a truly heavenly experience featuring stunning mirrorlike lakes, snowy peaks, verdant forests, and fast-flowing winding rivers. Alpe Adria is a great way to experience the region’s diversity while still staying on a single 750 km (466 miles) long trail traversing through Slovenia, Italy and Austria. There are 43 sections, and a day of hiking takes roughly 6 hours to complete, meaning the entirety of the Alpe Adria Trail would require a month and a half of hiking! The trail takes you through numerous villages and mountain passes, and it’s a great way to really get the best of both natural beauty and local tradition. Try out the local cuisine, explore the beauty of Triglav National Park and Soca valley, and cross the border to discover a historical city Cividale del Friuli boasting a UNESCO World Heritage status. Find out more about the ultimate pleasure hiker’s delight — Alpe Adria Trail — from Martina Kosmina, a Slovenian local hiker and co-founder of Maroways.
The best time to visit is from April to October
Ljubljana, SLO is just an hour away from the trailhead
Intermediate to hiking
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8-Day Hike From Triglav to Soca Valley
Explore 128km (80 miles) of the trail in 6 stages with a professional local guide and follow an unforgettable route through Slovenia and Italy! This unique adventure takes you on a borderless journey across the heart of Europe. Journey from the high peaks of Triglav National Park to the valley of the Soča river, the most beautiful river in Europe. To finish off your trip, visit the historic city of Cividale del Friuli — a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Let your guide take you to the hidden gems of the area!
Day 1: Arrival in Kranjska Gora
Begin your adventure in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia — a world-famous skiing resort located right in the heart of the Julian Alps, where Slovenia meets Austria and Italy. Kranjska Gora is an attractive mountain town full of life, with many options for outdoor enthusiasts. Relax and recharge your batteries in this charming town before setting out on the trail.
Day 2: Kranjska Gora – Trenta
The first day will take you from Kranjska Gora to the Jasna Lakes: two mirror-like lakes of crystal-clear water nestled in a breathtaking mountain pass. As you walk through Alpine pastures and forests, you’ll reach two of the route’s most magical attractions: the small Russian Chapel at Vrsic – a famous work of art constructed out of wood in 1917 by Russian prisoners of war – and a famous viewpoint from which you can see the legendary “face of the Heathen Maiden” in the mountains. Enjoy spectacular views over the northern faces of the highest peaks from the highest mountain pass and reach the source of the Soca river. You’ll spend the night in the small village of Trenta.
Day 3: Trenta – Bovec
Today’s stage takes you to the exciting Soca Trail and the most secret hidden corners of the Trenta Valley. Enjoy the walk through one of the most beautiful places in the whole of Triglav National Park! Cross a number of adrenaline-inducing hanging bridges, waterfalls, cascades, rapids and narrow rocky gorges. You’ll reach the spectacular 750m long Great Soca Gorge filled with deep emerald-green pools. The path will take you into Bovec, a small town surrounded by the peaks of the Julian Alps where you’ll spend the night.
Day 4: Bovec – Dreznica
Continue your hike along the Soca river and pass by the romantic Virje waterfall and the magical Bovec valley — the setting for part of Disney’s “The Chronicles of Narnia”! Further along the path, you’ll reach the imposing vertical rock walls of the Boka waterfall, the most breathtaking waterfall in Slovenia and among the most majestic in Europe. You’ll spend your evening in the delightful mountain village of Dreznica, the endpoint of today’s walk.
Day 5: Dreznica – Tolmino
You’ll spend your fifth day in an area rich with history, encompassing memories of the First World War as well as the traditional way of life in this region. You can spot interesting traces of traditional life in the valley, particularly in the quiet Alpine villages of Krn and Vrsno. Along the trail, you will pass by grassy hillsides scattered with huts, which are a good place for you to take a break. The trail for the day finishes in Tolmin, the largest population centre in the Soca Valley.
Day 6: Tolmino – Tribil di Sopra
As you leave the Soca Valley behind, you’ll come out on top of Mt Kolovrat, before descending towards the hills of the Natisone Valleys. Ascend Mt Kolovorat, which was the scene of bloody battles during the First World War, and today marks the border between Italy and Slovenia. The view from the top is widely regarded as the most beautiful view of the whole Alpe Adria Trail overlooking the Julian Alps and Friulian plain all the way to the Adriatic Sea. Once you enter Italian territory, begin to descend into the Natisone Valleys. As you walk through sleepy rural villages, you will reach the town of Tribil di Sopra, the finishing point for today.
Day 7: Tribil di Sopra – Cividale del Friuli
The final day of the hike winds its way through the meadows and chestnut forests of the spectacular Natisone Valleys and the Judrio Valleys. Reach the historic Marian Sanctuary of Castelmonte that was fortified and extended over the course of the centuries. This small village remains a pilgrimage destination for many to this day. The final stage of your walk is the spectacular city of Cividale del Friuli, regarded as one of the most beautiful places in all of Friuli.
Day 8: Goodbye Alpe Adria Trail
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and, before heading home, explore the historic centre of Cividale. The city’s historical treasures received UNESCO World Heritage status in 2011. As you enjoy the atmosphere of the charming city, take a few last photos, and get ready to say goodbye to this beautiful area.
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Things to know
Covid measures on the Alpe Adria Trail
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Slovenia, please refer to the Government of Slovenia website. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Italy, please refer to the Government of Italy website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- 8 days of hiking
- 6 accommodations in double room
- 1 accommodation in apartment
- Scheduled meals (6 breakfasts and 5 dinners)
What’s not included:
- Meals not mentioned above (1 breakfast, 7 lunches and 2 dinners)
- Supplement for luggage transfer
How fit do I need to be?
The Alpe Adria Trail is not technically difficult (no mountaineering skills necessary) but it does require a good fitness level. There are at least six hours of hiking each day, so your endurance should be up to this standard. To prepare, we recommend doing cardio, such as slower, long-distance runs, and going on shorter hikes with your backpack and hiking boots on. To fully enjoy the trip, you should be able to hike between five to eight hours, with your pack, without much huffing and puffing.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
- Hiking poles — optional
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
- Spare clothes for layering
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For this group adventure, the usual client to guide ratio is 6:1.
- It takes a minimum of 2 people for a tour to operate.
- All cost is per person. The cost decreases as the group grows, making this the perfect opportunity to hike with your friends and family!
Hiking can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Kranjska Gora, most people fly into either of the two Venice airports (Venice Treviso (TSF) or Venice (VCE)), both of which are about 3 hours away. The nearest airport is in Klagenfurt (KLU) in Austria, just an hour away. If you wish to land in Slovenia, you can take a flight to Ljubljana (LJU), about an hour away (however, there’s a chance of a traffic jam at the border crossing).
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.