Escape to Bohinj

Triglav Lakes Valley

The Triglav Lakes valley is one of the hiking highlights of the Julian Alps. Away from the relative busyness of the Bohinj valley, the spectacular scenery feels otherworldly. Some parts feel desolate and barren, yet you turn a corner and find yourself in flower meadows or forest. And then there are some lakes – of course!

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It is possible to visit the valley in a long day hike, and such a route is what is described here. It is a long day though, so if you have time, stay in one of the mountain huts to really soak in the atmosphere of this special place. If you would like a suggested two-day itinerary (or an even longer one-day hike) please email us at hikes@escapetobohinj.com.

Hike Name - Details & Map

Difficulty – strenuous – a very full day with lots of up and down

Start point – Slap Savica (waterfall) car park

End point – Escape to Bohinj, Stara Fužina

Highest point – 1,840m

Total climb – 1,310m up & 1,420m down

Total distance – 26km

Walking time – 10-12 hours

Path type – steep, rocky mountain paths, exposed in places

Refreshments – available at Slap Savica (start), Stara Fužina (end) and in peak months at the Koča pri Triglavskih Jezerih, Planina pri Jezeru and Kosijev Dom na Vogarju mountain huts

This interactive map allows you to view the route, and should show your location if you have GPS enabled. Click here to download a .gpx file for use with GPS-enabled devices.

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Directions for Triglav Lakes Valley

The route described here starts from the Slap Savica (waterfall) car park and returns you to the village of Stara Fužina. If you wish to end where you start, you could simply return by the path that you ascend. You could also take a detour from the Koča pri Triglavskih Jezerih mountain hut via a path to Dom na Komni and meet up with the Komna hike described here.

If you are planning the route as described, you can get to the Slap Savica car park by bus in the summer (bus website is here). We have sometimes driven, parked the car (for a small fee) and returned the day afterwards on foot to collect it. There is a café and restaurant here and, of course, the trail to Slap Savica (waterfall).

Heading north from the car park, cross the bridge over the Savica river. The path initially heads down the valley towards the lake, but after a few hundred metres, and signpost guides you left towards Črno Jezero. Looking up at the face of Komarča in front of you between the trees, it is hard to believe that a path finds it way through. You start to rise, quickly gaining height through the forest and then zig-zagging up the cliff face. There are some metal holds and ropes to guide you – this is not a path for the faint-hearted.

You are rewarded with fantastic views down over the lake and up to the mountains of the Lower Bohinj Ridge. At the top of the steep climb, the path heads away from the cliff that you have just scaled, and you soon come across Črno Jezero, black lake, the first of the seven lakes in the valley. This is a good spot for a sit down and a snack. Note that swimming is not permitted in this lake, nor any other high-altitude lakes in the Triglav National Park.

The path passes to the right (north) of the lake. Fork to the right – the path to the left goes to Dom na Komni and is described in the Komna hike. After the steep climb up Komarča, the ascent feels gentle for a couple of kilometres, until you reach Bela Skala (white cliffs), where zig-zags take you up quite sharply. 

Shortly after the steep climb, you reach the second lake, Dvojno Jezero, the Double Lake. Unless the water levels are very low, it will be obvious why it is so called!

A little further up the path, you reach Koča pri Triglavskih Jezerih, literally the “Triglav Lakes Mountain Hut”. In summer, they serve meals and drinks on big picnic tables outside, or inside if it’s cold or wet, or you feel like some shade. It is a lovely place to stay the night if you have time to do so. At all times of year there is an emergency room here for people who get caught out in bad weather.

Two smaller lakes lie just beyond the hut, and there is then a longer, gently rising section as you gain an additional 150m of height over a few kilometres. The flowers are often lovely through this section, and contrast with the rough rocky cliffs up to your right. You can sometimes see chamois or ibex elegantly making their way along the impossibly steep-looking terrain. 

You soon reach the highest, and perhaps most impressive of the lakes that you will visit on this hike. Jezero v Ledvicah translates as “Kidney Lake”, but it is more often referred to simply as Veliko Jezero – “Big Lake”. The green hue of the water is startling, an oasis amongst the rocks.

Return to Koča pri Triglavskih Jezerih on the path that you walked up. From here, you have three choices: you can turn right, head to Dom na Komni and then back down to the car park at Slap Savica; you can go back the way you came to the car park at Slap Savica; or you can turn left a few hundred metres after the hut towards Ovčarija, Dedno Polje, Pri Jezeru and eventually Stara Fužina. This final option is described here. 

300m after the Triglav Lakes hut, the path towards Črno Jezero starts to descend a little more quickly. Take the path which forks to the left and continue to lose height, gently winding through forest. The path levels out in a clearing and then starts to rise once more as you bear left. A kilometre further on, you reach Planina Ovčarija (Shepherds’ Alp), a large, flat clearing where Shepherds’ huts remain.

The next 2-3km are largely through forest, descending gently on quiet paths punctuated by two small settlements. The first is Dedno Polje, a very picturesque high-mountain hamlet which is still inhabited during the summer months. Livestock graze up here on the fresh grass, before overwintering back down in the valleys. 

The second settlement is Planina pri Jezeru – “Alp by the Lake”. A large mountain hut dwarves the tiny wooden houses. It serves food and drink and offers cosy accommodation. The setting of Pri Jezeru is lovely, nestled in a bowl in the mountains which surround it on all sides. A lake in the bottom of the dip has no surface outflow of water – instead, like with Črno Jezero the water seeps down through the rocks. That option is not available to you, so whichever way you leave, you walk up.

From Planina pri Jezeru, follow the signs to Blato and Vogar, now on a wider forest track suitable for 4x4s. The track drops steeply in places, eventually reaching a tarmac road. In summer it is possible to catch a free bus down to the valley from the crossroads (Križišče) – the timetables are here, and lines 4 & 5 both take you to Stara Fužina. To get to the bus stop, turn off the path and head to the exclamation mark on the map above.

If the buses aren’t running, or you fancy finishing on foot, turn right when you reach the road. After about 1km, the road bears sharply right but a path keeps going straight – take this, signed to Vogar. You soon find yourself at the Kosijev Dom na Vogarju mountain hut, one final chance to get refreshments.

After leaving the hut, pass through Planina Spodnji Vogar (Lower Vogar Alp) to the paragliding take off point described for the Vogar hike. The final descent from here is steep and uneven, but fairly rapid, and you will reach Stara Fužina within the hour.