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Slovenia: Triglav National Park

9th Jun 2023 - 13th Jun 2023

5 days/Slovenia /Challenging

Overview

Spend a long weekend exploring the stunning Triglav National Park. You will begin your hike in the serene alpine pastures before you head up to steeper trails of Mt. Triglav. Discover the Valley of the Seven Lakes, picnic on the shores of the turquoise Lake Bohinj and enjoy a dip in the cooling waters of Lake Bled.

This trek is graded moderately challenging. You will be hiking 6-7 hours and overcome approx. 15 km (10 miles) and 800 meters (2500 feet) of altitude difference on the hardest day of the hike. You need to be in good health and of good fitness with bucket-loads of determination. If you are the sort of person who can dig deep and just doesn’t give up then this is for you.

You will be accompanied by local guides who have an excellent knowledge of culture and hiking in the region. The guides are first aid trained and will support you throughout your journey. You will also be accompanied by a Different Travel Company UK tour manager.

Temperatures in Slovenia can peak to around 9°C during the day and drop to around 1°C at night however you must be prepared for variations to this which are out of our control. Weather during the trek will be dry with light winds. Rain is possible. Please note: the temperatures and conditions above are historically accurate but climate change can impact the seasons so you may experience uncharacteristic conditions during the trip which are out of our control. The guides will assess the situation and make decisions to ensure the best enjoyment and safety of the group.

You will enjoy hearty, basic, delicious meals that will keep your energy levels high for each day’s trek. Please inform us in advance if you have any dietary requirements or preferences.

 

 

You will stay in a hotel with en-suite facilities while in Ljubljana and stay in mountain huts during the trek. You will stay in hotel rooms on a twin or triple-share basis (a single-occupancy hotel room may be possible subject to availability and payment of a single supplement).
The mountain huts are extremely basic. You will stay in shared dorms with shared facilities. The huts have beds with blankets and “single use” paper bed sheets so it is recommended to bring a sleeping bag liner for your own comfort.

The hotels have en-suite facilities with flushing toilets and hot showers. Toilet paper should always be placed in the bin, not flushed.
If you need to use the toilet during the trek day you must find a private area off the trail. You must never leave used toilet paper on the ground; this must be packed up into a nappy bag or sanitary disposal bag, pop it in your daypack and dispose of it properly at your overnight accommodation (please bring your own nappy sacks with you). You should bring one to two rolls of toilet paper for your own use.

The minimum age is 18. It may be possible to participate if you are 16 or 17 years old but you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no upper age limit. The ideal candidate would be fit, healthy and determined, open to adventure and adaptable to unexpected changes.

You need to be in good health and of good fitness with bucket-loads of determination. If you are the sort of person who can dig deep and just doesn’t give up then this is for you.

This trek is graded moderately challenging for someone of good fitness. You will be hiking 6-7 hours over consecutive days with little time for recovery. You will overcome approx. 15 km (10 miles) and 800 meters (2500 feet) of altitude difference on the hardest day of the hike.

This trek does not take place in an area of high altitude.

We require a medical form to be completed by everyone upon registering, and any pre-existing conditions, medications used and other medical issues must be specified. All your medical details are treated in the strictest confidence.

The information will be securely screened by a qualified medical professional, and details provided to your tour manager and local guides so our staff are adequately informed and prepared to support you during the trip. By completing our booking form you are giving consent for us to contact you confidentially with any follow up questions regarding your health.

If you declare any medical conditions you may be asked to provide more information, or we may request to contact your GP.

In the event that your medical issues at the time of booking represent a concern for your safety and wellbeing, or the safety and wellbeing of others in the group, you may be recommended not to take part. If this happens your booking will not be confirmed and the deposit will be refunded.

We must be informed if any conditions or medication change, or if new conditions develop. If necessary confirmation of fitness to travel from your GP or specialist may be required.

Please note that we will never unreasonably deny participation on a trip nor contravene the Equality Act 2010.

Essentials

E-tickets + pre-departure info
Passport & copy
Insurance policy details
Pen for immigration forms
Cash (£) + Credit/ATM card(s)
LED head torch + spare batteries
Adaptor (multi prong option)
Sunglasses (preferably polarized)
Portable battery pack / power bank
Mobile phone + charger
Camera + spare batteries

Clothing & Footwear

Hiking boots*
Casual shoes for sightseeing
Trainers for use around camp (optional)
Flip flops (e.g. for use at hot springs)
Trek socks (e.g. Bridgedale or Smartwool)
Underwear
Trek trousers
Thermal base layer trousers & top
Non-cotton t-shirt
Non-cotton long sleeved layer (e.g. shirt)
Warm fleece
Warm jacket (e.g. down or Primaloft)
Waterproof jacket + trousers
Light poncho (can be bought locally)
Warm hat and a sun hat
Buff or bandana
Warm gloves or mittens and liner gloves
Swimwear
Casual clothes for travel/free days

Hygiene

Shampoo + conditioner*
Toothbrush + toothpaste*
Antiperspirant/deodorant*
Shower gel/ shave kit / loofah*
Wet wipes*
Toilet paper* x2 rolls
Sun cream (SPF 30+)*
Hand sanitizer
Non cotton travel towel
Feminine hygiene products*
Nappy sacks* (for used toilet paper)

First Aid Kit

Prescription medicine
50% DEET insect repellent
Ibuprofen and Paracetamol
Plasters/blister plasters
Imodium (Loperamide)
Rehydration (e.g. Dioralyte)
Muscle rub (tiger balm/Deep Heat)
Anti-histamine tablets/cream
Antiseptic cream (e.g. Savlon)
Indigestion remedy (e.g. Gaviscon)
Lip balm with SPF protection
Scissors/tweezers
Zinc oxide tape (optional)
Spare glasses/contact lenses

Optional

Video Camera + charger
iPod/MP3 player
Walking pole(s) with rubber tips
Luggage organisers/packing cubes
Books/playing cards

Luggage

Suitcase/luggage for plane
Kit bag (carried by mules on trek)
Daypack (25-35 litres)
2 x combination padlocks
Dry bags (optional)

Eating and Drinking

Energy snacks
2-litre hydration system (e.g. CamelBak) +
1-litre water bottle (e.g. Sigg or Nalgene) OR
3×1-litre bottles (e.g. Sigg or Nalgene)
Water purification (e.g. Biox Aqua)
Electrolyte tablets (e.g. NUUN)

Sleeping

Ear plugs (essential)
Sleeping bag liner
Pyjamas (use your thermals on trek)

Please note: This list is not exhaustive and does not account for your personal taste or preference. It should be used as a guideline only. If you have any questions or queries regarding this list which are not answered in the sections above please contact info@different-travel.com.

*Please ensure you pack your boots in your hand baggage in the unlikely event your luggage is delayed or goes missing.

*Please consider eco-friendly or biodegradable options.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Friday 9 June 2023):

London – Ljubljana – Bled
Depart the UK on a flight to Ljubljana, then transfer to a hotel in Bled for our first night.   This evening we meet the trekking team and receive a briefing on the days to come, before a welcome dinner.
Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 (Saturday 20 June 2023):

Bled – Triglav National Park
After breakfast we set off towards Lake Bohinj and the stunning Triglav National Park. Our trek starts through serene alpine pastures before continuing on a steeper trail to reach our first mountain hut, situated below Mt Triglav.
Trekking: 9.5 km, 5 hrs, elevation +340m, -1095m
Overnight: Mountain hut
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 (Sunday 21 June 2023):

Triglav National Park
Today is our hardest day of trekking.  Departing the hut, the path leads through stunning alpine scenery, with some spectacular views, before descending down into the Valley of the Seven Lakes and our overnight base in another mountain hut.
Overnight: Mountain hut
Trekking: 12km, 7 hrs, elevation +900m, -750m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 4 (Monday 22 June 2023):

Triglav National Park – Bohini – Ljubjana
On our final day of trekking, we leave the high alpine peaks behind and descend back into the land of alpine pastures.  After our picnic lunch, we reach the shores of turquoise Lake Bohinj where there is time to enjoy a refreshing dip before we transfer to our final night’s accommodation at Lake Bled.  Celebrate your achievements with a celebratory farewell dinner this evening!
Overnight: Hotel
Trekking: 14km, 6 hrs, elevation +450m, -1,600m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 5 (Tuesday 23 June 2023):

Ljubljana to London
Depending on flight times, enjoy some free time by the lake before we depart for the airport for London
Meals: Breakfast

N.B. This itinerary may change due to weather, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the itinerary but we cannot be held responsible for changes outside of our control. In all circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest health and safety.  

 

 

 

 

Costs & How to pay

Registration fee: £325
and then either…

Self-funded: £1250

or

Sponsorship: £2500

or 

Flexi: £1250 trip costs and £1250 sponsorship for a charity of your choice

SELF-FUNDED

This option is for those who choose to pay the trip costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) themselves. There is no sponsorship required although if you wish to raise sponsorship for a charity you are welcome to do so.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • Trip cost balance is payable to Different Travel 10 weeks prior to departure.
  • You are welcome to fundraise separately for any charity of your choice but this is not mandatory. Any fundraising undertaken cannot be used for your trip costs.

SPONSORSHIP

This option is for those who wish to raise sponsorship to cover both the costs of the trip (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) and a donation to their chosen charity. There is a minimum sponsorship amount for each trip that you are required to raise in order to participate.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • The minimum sponsorship must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • The amount the charity receives is at least 50% of the minimum sponsorship total.

FLEXI

This option is for those who choose to pay the trip costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) themselves while still raising some funds for the charity.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • Trip cost balance is payable to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • Any fundraising undertaken cannot be used for your trip costs.

What's included

  • Return flights from London (inc. current taxes and fuel surcharges),
  • Transfers and transport in Slovenia
  • Accommodation in hotels (2 nights)
  • Accommodation in mountain huts (2 nights)
  • All meals as specified
  • Local guides
  • Different Travel UK tour manager

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (£25-30pp)
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, souvenirs etc.)
  • Vaccinations

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