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Hiking the Alpe Adria Trail: Triglav and Soca Valley

Alpe Adria Trail | Slovenia, Italy, Austria
Trip Highlights

Top three reasons to hike the Alpe Adria Trail

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    Hike across a trail rich in history and natural treasures

  • Trip Highlight

    Expect luscious greenery, rushing rivers, and traditional cuisine

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    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.

Season

The best time to visit is from April to October

Nearest city

Ljubljana, SLO is just an hour away from the trailhead

Duration

8 days

Skill level

Intermediate to hiking

Itineraries

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8-Day Hike From Triglav to Soca Valley

8 days

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!

Trip Highlights

Itinerary

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.

 

Kranjska Gora, Alpe Adria 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.

DISTANCE20,4 km
ELEVATION+ 990 m; – 1179 m

 

Hiking Alpe Adria Trail

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.

DISTANCE21 km
ELEVATION+ 400 m; – 564 m

 

Hiking across a bridge over Soca, Alpe Adria Trail

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.

DISTANCE22 km
ELEVATION+ 627 m; – 545 m
Hiking Alpe Adria Trail

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.

DISTANCE21,9 km
ELEVATION+ 771 m; – 1123 m
View over Drežnica

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.

DISTANCE18,9 km
ELEVATION+ 1282 m; – 840 m
Kolovrat

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.

DISTANCE23,4 km
ELEVATION+ 536 m; – 1039 m
Cividale del Friuli Alpe Adria Trail

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.

Rock with a colourful symbol on the Alpe Adria Trail
Things to know

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’s included?

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:

    • Transportation
    • Meals not mentioned above (1 breakfast, 7 lunches and 2 dinners)
    • Snacks
    • 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
    • Sunhat
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Sunglasses
    • 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.

Deposits and cancellation policy

Your guide operates in Slovenia, Italy, and Austria, and therefore, all EU rights that concern tour packages shall apply.

Deposits

Upon booking, the traveller is required to pay a non-refundable deposit equal to 30 % of the total price unless otherwise specified in the program of the tour package. The remaining amount is required 90 days before departure unless otherwise specified. If the traveller fails to pay the above-mentioned sum at the agreed dates, they will be considered to have withdrawn from the contract.

Guide’s right to change the price

Your guide reserves the right to change the price as a result of changes in the exchange rate applied to the tour package in question, changes in transportation costs, based on the cost of fuel or other energy sources, and changes to the fees and charges applicable to some types of tourist services included in the package and charged by third parties not directly involved in the execution of the package (such as taxes and fees) that affect the price of the package. Your guide will communicate in writing any variations in price to the travellers, at the latest 20 days before the date of departure. If the price variation exceeds 8% of the original price amount, the traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract.

Cancellations and replacements

The traveler has the right, at any moment, to withdraw in writing from the travel contract. If the traveller withdraws from the contract, the organizer shall refund him within 14 days, reserving the right to withhold the withdrawal expenses/fines indicated below:

● For withdrawals made up to thirty days before the beginning of the trip: 30% of the total amount (non-refundable deposit)

● For withdrawals made between 29 and 15 days before the beginning of the trip: 50% of the total amount

● For withdrawals made between 14 and 7 days before the beginning of the trip: 75% of the total amount

● For withdrawals made between 6 and 1 days before the trip: 100% of the total amount.

If the traveler does not withdraw from the travel contract in writing before the beginning of the trip and does not participate in the trip, they is not entitled to a refund.

In the event that the traveler cannot take part in the trip, they can be replaced by another person, if the latter meets all the conditions of the chosen tour package. The transferor traveler must inform the organizer of this in writing at least 7 days before the beginning of the trip. In this case, the transferor must refund the organizer all the expenses incurred for the substitution. In the event that third parties necessary for the execution of the tour package (e.g., airlines) do not allow a booking replacement, the transferor will not be able to take advantage of the rights described in this paragraph.

Withdrawals during the trip

The traveler may withdraw in writing from the travel contract during the trip itself as well. In this case, the traveler is not entitled to a refund of the sums paid to the organizer, nor of any other expenses incurred. The following are considered a withdrawal from the travel contract: (i) during the trip, the traveler independently, without a valid cause and without the consent of the organizer, interrupts the chosen tour package; (ii) the traveler is not accepted aboard the means of transportation (air, sea, land or others) for security reasons or regulations imputable to the traveller himself; (iii) the traveler independently and with the consent of guides partially modifies the tour package.

The traveler may withdraw from the travel contract because of extraordinary and inevitable circumstances that modify significantly the performance of the tour package and must, in this case, present relevant evidence. In this event, the traveler is entitled to a full refund, from which only the expenses that the organizer incurred for the registration and the eventual participation in the tour package can be withheld. Whenever withdrawal from the travel contract for extraordinary and inevitable circumstances arises during the performance of the tour package, the organizer offers to the traveller the necessary support. In case of withdrawal on the part of the traveler, they do not have the right to a refund of the expenses such as expenses for obtaining visas, obligatory or recommended vaccines, purchase of flight, bus, boat or train tickets.

Organizer’s cancellation rights 

Your guides reserves the right to cancel the travel contract if, because of inevitable and extraordinary circumstances, it cannot perform the tour package pursuant to the provisions of the program of the package itself or the provisions contained in these terms and conditions, or if the number of travellers registered to the tour package is lower than the minimum foreseen in the travel contract. In this case, the organizer will cancel the contract and refund in full the payments made by the traveler for the tour package. The reimbursement does not include any expenses incurred by the traveller due to the cancellation of the tour package. The right to cancel on the part of the organizer may be invoked:

● 20 days before the beginning of the tour package for packages that last longer than 6 days;

● 7 days before the beginning of the tour package for packages that last between 2 to 6 days;

● 48 hours before the beginning of the tour package for packages that last less than 2 days.

In the event of cancellation on the part of the organizer, the traveler is not entitled to be refunded the expenses connected to the tour package that are not included in the price itself (such as expenses to obtain visas, obligatory or recommended vaccines, any insurance policies, or flight, bus, boat and train tickets).

Your guide reserves the right to cancel the travel contract before the beginning of the tour package or during its performance and will be entitled to request a refund for expenses/damages from the traveler, if they directly violates the provisions of the travel contract that they have signed. In particular, if the traveler has voluntarily communicated incorrect information regarding the number and the age of the participants, or if during its performance, they have modified the tour package without informing the guide.

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