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How to Book Huts in Triglav National Park: A Step-by-Step Guide | Slovenia

Hut to Hut Hiking in Slovenia - Vodnikov Hut

Koča na Doliču, Triglavski dom na Kredarici, and Vodnikov dom na Velem polju are just a few of the names of the mountain huts in Triglav National park. Kind of a mouthful, right? If you don’t have at least a working knowledge of Slovenian (betcha don’t) and a lot of patience for research, booking your Julian Alps hut-to-hut hiking trip can be frustrating. But stick it out! Cozying up in the mountain huts of Triglav National park with a cold beer at the end of a day of hiking is well worth the effort.

Making arrangements to trek in Triglav National Park was tougher than I imagined. There are lots of routes through the park, some extra gear you’ll need to consider, and plus  Triglav National Park prohibits camping and booking your mountain huts needs to be done in advance. If you’re struggling to plan your trip to Triglav, here’s everything you need to know about booking hut-to-hut hiking in Slovenia.

Map + Campsites in Triglav National Park

There are 50+ mountain huts and bivouacs in Triglav National Park where hikers can stay the night. You’ll choose your accommodation based on your route, but there is some variance in seasonal availability, capacity, and overall quality.

Hut to Hut Hiking in Slovenia - Beer at Vodnikov Hut
Hut to Hut Hiking in Slovenia - Dorms at Dolic

While it is sometimes possible to reserve a bed upon arrival, it’s recommended that you book your huts at least two weeks in advance during high season. Most huts have a phone number or email address where you can contact them. The mountain huts in Triglav National Park are run by mountain clubs operating under the Alpine Association of Slovenia (Planinske zveze Slovenije). Below are links to all the huts in the park with links to the Alpine Association website where you can get phone numbers, email addresses, opening months, and other booking information. Huts are open daily unless otherwise specified.

Hut to Hut Hiking Slovenia - Triglav National Park Map

DOWNLOAD A TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK MAP (2018)

 

Hut to Hut Hiking Slovenia - Triglav National Park Huts

DOWNLOAD A TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK HUT MAP (2018)

 

How to Book a Hut-to-Hut Trip in Triglav National Park

Step 1: Choose your Trek

With mountain huts, bivouac shelters, countless trails, 880 km² to roam, there are pretty much endless trekking routes through Triglav National Park. Even if you narrow it down to a trip summiting Mount Triglav, there are tons of routes to consider! Summit treks take 2-3 nights and can have you hiking through the Krna Valley, Vrata Valley, and the Seven Lakes Valley amongst others. But you can easily spend longer trekking in Triglav National Park if you have ambitions of a longer hike. Tip: Not all trails are suitable for all hikers. Be sure to do a bit of research up front to pick the safest and most enjoyable way up!

Step 2: Apply for your Alpine Association Membership (Optional)

If you plan to stay in huts for 2+ days, you might want to apply for the Alpine Association of Slovenia membership. The 50€ membership includes both insurance and a 30-50% discount on mountain huts in Slovenia, plus discounts on 1,250 huts across Europe and Canada.

Step 3: Finalize Your Dates

Most huts in Triglav National Park don’t have a website, so you’ll want to leave your dates and route flexible until you get confirmation. My recommendation is to email your first choice hut with your name, dates, room preference, and the number of people in your party. They were pretty quick to respond, even during high season, so you might want to wait on getting your first confirmation before booking the rest. Tip: During high season, start booking huts a month out to get your first choice.

Step 4: Confirm EVERYTHING!

Most of your reservations will be made over email, so it’s important that you review everything against your trekking plans to ensure you haven’t skipped a night or confirmed the wrong date. The mountain huts are often full, so it’s possible you would get turned away if you booked on a wrong night.

Step 5: Print or Download Confirmation Emails

Before heading out on your trek, be sure to print or save PDFs of your email confirmations. Most of the huts don’t have WiFi, so plan ahead and have these reservations available if you need to prove it.

Where to Stay in Bohinj & Bled

Need a place to stay before your trek? There are loads of hotels in Bohinj and Bled, so you’ll want to pick a spot that gets you close to the trailhead or near a free shuttle to ensure an early start. Here are a couple of good options

Guest House Alenka | Bohinj Bistrica makes an ideal base for hikers starting their trek from Rudno Polije as the free shuttle passes right through it. Guest House Alenka gets solid reviews for being cute and clean and is conveniently located. Double rooms start from €74.

Rooms Pekovec Bohinj | Stara Fuzina is another nice place to stay if you’re starting your hike from one of the park’s south entrances.  Rooms Pekovec Bohinj has local character and is best enjoyed for its views across Lake Bohinj. Double rooms from $47.

Refugio Hoshken | Mojstrana is your best place to stay the night if you’re starting your trek through the Vrata Valley. Hostel Lukna is one of the most charming accommodations in town with wooden furnishings and a little bit of cabin kitsch.  Dorms from $14.

For more information on how to get to Triglav National Park, the best time to visit, and a comparison on the Julian Alps rather than the Graian Alps, read The Other Alps: Hiking the Julian Alps.

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