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exploring the julian alps

Updated: Mar 31, 2020

It's hard to believe we are almost in to September.... but what an incredible Summer it has been so far. In recent weeks Bohinj has been a hive of activity with holiday makers descending on the valley to enjoy the sunshine and the endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation. In between the arrival and departure of our guests we have continued our personal exploration of the surrounding mountains and after working our way through the lower Bohinj mountains south of the lake and the Komna Plateau to the west, we have now shifted our focus towards the heart of the Julian Alps and the high mountains south of Triglav.

While it's possible to walk from our front door, lately we've been parking the truck just below Uskovnica, which is a lovely alpine pasture located on the southern edge of the Pokljuka plateau. This short (8km) drive saves us about 90mins of walking in each direction (+500m of ascent) which allows us to venture further into the National Park exploring new areas.

Over the past 4 weeks these outings have included ascents of; Tosc (2273m), Veliki Draški vrh (2240m), Viševnik (2040m) and Jezerski Stog (2040) which all sounds impressive until you look at the map and realize you've barely scratched the surface on this hikers paradise. The good news is, we aren't about to run out of options any time soon... and we still have the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and the Karavanke Mountains that are "as yet" unexplored and all within a short drive of the valley.

In case you were wondering... we are still planning to climb Triglav (2864m) this year and will do this via the Valley of the Triglav Lakes as this route is apparently the most beautiful approach to Slovenia's highest summit, however, we're thinking of tackling it towards the end of the season once the crowds die down. We'll also make it a multi day trip as the guide book says "Triglav is finest of all when traversed in three days" so the plan is to stay overnight in a few mountain huts, soak up the mountain hospitality and really enjoy the experience. Who knows... we may even bag a few of the surrounding peaks if time allows.

In the meantime, we will continue to make the most of this fantastic Summer weather because I suspect the colder temperatures will be here before we know it.... the adventure continues.

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