After a short section through woodland you’ll ascend through a rocky valley which feels as though you are climbing into the jaws of nature! You are now fully engulfed by Triglav National Park with views to mountains in every direction, though it is the spectacle straight ahead that is most captivating – Triglav. It is believed every Slovene should stand atop Triglav in their lifetime and thus this walk adopts all the significance of a pilgrimage.
From Vodnikov Dom - perfectly situated for a lunch stop - you will see the figure of Planika Mountain Hut, high above you yet still cowering in the shadow of Triglav’s rocky peak. It is the only man-made addition to the landscape which makes it seem out of place. Nonetheless, you’ll be glad to reach this welcoming hut which will provide your overnight accommodation, and evening and breakfast meals.
Some of the path is along rocky steps; 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.
This route is above 2,400 metres so bear in mind you may feel a shortness of breath and additional muscle fatigue associated with the altitude.
This route involves sections with metal footplates and steep steps carved into the cliff-wall. Take extra care in these areas, hold the handrail provided, and bear in mind it may be slippery when wet.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Mount Triglav is of central importance to Slovenia. It is the namesake of the country’s only national park. It is the highest mountain in the country (and was also the highest mountain in the former Yugoslavia). It even appears on the Slovenian flag! It is a rite of passage, and every true Slovene should stand on the top once in their lifetime (and endure the bizarre tradition of being ‘spanked on the bottom with a rope’ on their first time ascent.
On this hike you will have a great view of Triglav, and meet many climbers heading to the top! You will sleep in Planika Hut, only 400 metres from the top!
Vodnikov Mountain Hut
Vodnikov Hut is dedicated to Valentin Vodnik, a Slovene priest, journalist and poet, who was born in 1758 and died in 1819. As a poet he found much of his inspiration in the mountains, making regular trips into the alpine regions. He is regarded as Slovenia’s first poet and journalist, and his works reflect a proud sense of Slovene identity.
Planika Mountain Hut
Planika Hut is only 400 metres from the summit of Mount Triglav and is therefore one of the ‘base camps’ for those wishing to reach the lofty peak! The first hut on this site, the Triglav Temple, was built in 1871, but collapsed only 4 years later. The current hut was formally opened in 1992. Boasting a fantastic view, be sure to peek out at sunrise and sunset!
Food and Drink
The only opportunity to buy food or drink comes after 8.5km in the form of Vodnikov mountain hut, so be sure to come prepared with sufficient provisions.
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.