One long zig-zagging descent brings you back down to civilisation, passing the powerful Savica Waterfall and the enchanting Bohinj Lake along the way.
Wave a final goodbye to the mountains and begin the long descent from Komna Hut down to the valley. The path – a well-made gravel track - enjoys a gentle gradient, full of large, sweeping bends. This is because it was an important supply trail during World War I, with 40 – 50 tonnes of cargo carried to the mountains each day.
Just before you reach Bohinj Lake, a detour to the Savica Waterfall is highly recommended. This waterfall mysteriously appears out of the mountain, plunging 78 metres into an emerald pool. This dramatic spectacle is merely the start of a grand journey for this water which will finish, in around 60 days, in the Black Sea.
Bohinj Lake is the jewel in Triglav National Park, and a swim in its warm, turquoise waters is the perfect medicine after days of traversing the Julian Alps. Upon reaching the lake you have a number of options today. If you decide to walk we recommend choosing the north side of the lake – this quiet stretch is away from the road passing through woodland and a number of secluded beaches. Alternatively, you can arrive in Ribčez Laz in style, aboard the Lake Bohinj Panoramic Boat which travels from Ukanc to Ribčez Laz. Finally, if you haven’t had enough of the mountains, you can take a cable-car from Ukanc to Mt. Vogel and enjoy yet another spectacular panorama. Whatever you decide to do, Bohinj Lake won’t disappoint!
More information about the boat ride here: https://www.bohinj.si/en/experiences/panoramic-boat/
More information about the cable-car here: http://www.vogel.si/cenik-in-info
Grab your swimming gear and dive into Lake Bohinj – the turquoise waters tend to be a perfect temperature throughout summer.
Some of the path is along rocky steps or short rocky scrambles; be careful as these may be slippery, especially when wet.
There are some exposed edges; be sure to read instructions carefully, stick to the main path, and don’t wander close to the edge. Use handrails where provided.
In early spring/summer there may still be patches of snow. Walk around where it is possible, and otherwise place your feet carefully and use walking poles if you have them.
Such is the way of hiking in the mountains that you need to be prepared for all seasons and weathers; sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required, as is plenty of sun-cream and a healthy respect for the sun.
Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these ascents and descents.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
This walk is isolated with few opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.
Points of Interest
The Savica Waterfall is the third-most visited attraction in Slovenia. It emerges from an underground river in the limestone mountains and plunges 78 metres to an emerald pool. For this water, it is the start of a journey that will pass through Lake Bohinj, the River Sava (Slovenia’s longest river), and the River Danube (Europe’s longest river), before finishing in the Black Sea.
More information available here: https://www.bohinj.si/en/attractions/savica-waterfall/
Lake Bohinj is Slovenia’s largest permanent lake. For many years it was a mystery that baffled scientists because considerably more water leaves the lake than enters. This was later explained with the discovery of underground water sources. Lake Bohinj is less developed than Lake Bled and resultantly attracts fewer visitors, which ensures a pleasantly peaceful and natural experience.
Church of Saint John the Baptist
The Church of Saint John the Baptist is thought to date to around 1300 and is embellished with some of the oldest frescoes in Slovenia and a range of architectural styles – from Romantic to Baroque. Furthermore, archaeological finds from the 1st century have proven this to be a rich historical site. Tours of the church and belltower are possible.
Further information available here: https://www.bohinj.si/en/attractions/church-st-john-the-baptist/
Food and Drink
The Savici hut, at the Savica Waterfall detour, makes a nice stop for lunch. If you decide to walk along the northern side of the lake, this will be the last opportunity to buy food or drink before you arrive in Ribčez Laz. On the southern side of the lake, Ukanc has several cafes where you can buy food or drink.