European Summit Challenge
Slovenia - Triglav 2864m

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

Ryanair flys London Stansted to Klagengfurt (Austria) and London Stansted to Triest (Italy), both of which have traditionally been cheaper than flying to Slovinia direct. Most car hire companies will alow you to take a car from these airports into Slovenia, alternatively take a coach or train to the nearest town to the trail head.

As of April 28th 2004, Easyjet fly to Brnik, 28km north-west of Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital city. The from the airport hire a car or if using public transport take a bus to Kranj (15mins) and change there to take another bus or train on towards the Julian Alps. If a bus to Kranj is not available, it may be quicker to travel by bus to Ljubljana (45 mins) which is the main transport hub. From the city, it should easy to double back on oneself to Bled or else where in the Julian Alps.

ROUTES

See route description in summit account.

Alternatively, there are many other routes to the summit of Triglav, including those with significantly less height climb. These involve passing through the town of Mojstrana (to the north-east) using a hire car or taxi to reach the Aljazev Dom or Krma Valley.

ACOMMODATION

There is a good range of accommodation in and around the Triglav National Park.

Camping - There are campsites in Bled and at the western end of Lake Bohinj. Camping outside of official campsites is not permitted in the National Park.
Mountain Huts - There are over 35 huts (Planinska Koca, or Dom) within the National Park spaced at about 3 to 5 hour walking distance apart. Refreshments can be purchased and overnight accommodation and basic meal provided. Show proof of membership to an UIAA affiliated mountaineering organisation such at the BMC (British Mountaineering Council) and you will be given a discount on accommodation.
Youth Hostel - There is an IYHF affiliated hostel in Bled. Visit www.gaudeamus.si/hostelling/bled1.htm for further information.
Hotels and Rooms in Private Houses - These are plentiful. Visit www.itisnet.com/english/e-ce/e-slovenia/e-bled/e-bled.htm for further information.

MAPS AND BOOKS
Trglav National Park Waliking in the Julian Alps Lonely Planet, Slovenia

The Geodestski Zavod Slovenjie publish a good 1:50,000 map of the Trglav National Park with a legend in English. Visit www.gzs-dd.si for further information of their range (Currently in Slovenian only).

Cicerone Press' "Walking in The Julian Alps" by Simon Brown (ISBN 1852841257) covers many treks in the Triglav area. It is a little out of date.

Lonely Planet's "Slovenia" (ISBN 186450160X) is a great book with plenty of background information on the country and features on trekking in the Triglav National Park.

Buy from Stanfords, London, UK.

USEFUL LINKS

The Slovenian Tourist Website has useful fact about travelling to Slovenia.

Visit www.burger.si/TriglavNationalPark/TriglavskiNarodniPark.htm for an interactive map of the Triglav National Park including QTVR panoramas.

QTVR Panorama of the Julian Alps

Click on the image above to view an interactive QTRV panorama.