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Exploring Slovenia's Julian Alps and Beyond (#2211)

Date and Time

Saturday, July 9, 2022 - Saturday, July 23, 2022

Location

Slovenia,
International,
Sovenia

Registration

Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).

Overview

Join us for a wonderful sixteen-day trip to the undiscovered hiking and scenic paradise of Slovenia. We will pass medieval castles, churches, and traditional mountain villages as we walk through valleys, across pastures, and traverse mountain ridges with towering peaks all around us. This trip combines two rugged short treks (one carrying all our gear and staying in mountain huts, and the other staying in hotels with luggage transport), an exciting ascent to Slovenia's highest peak, and visits to the most scenic and interesting regions of this small, but incredibly beautiful country. Beginning in the Prague-like capital of Ljubljana, we will take a day trip to visit a stunning cave with an underground waterfall, and a castle built into a cliff. We will then travel to the town of Bled with its picturesque island church and cliffside castle and walk through a gorge with emerald cascades. The next five days we will trek in the heart of the Julian Alps and stay in traditional mountain huts. We will then embark on a second five day trek staying in hotels along a south to north route ending at Kranjska Gora on Slovenia's northern border with Austria. This route will take us through a region that had intense fighting during World War I and we will pass open air museums and monuments. Our traveling arrangements will facilitate a unique exposure to this remarkable area: Extensive exploration on foot to fully explore and immerse ourselves in the region's splendor. We will be walking/hiking 6 to 14 miles each day at a moderate pace. Daily elevation gains go from about 1,200' to ~4,000'. Small group travel - this allows us to fully experience the landscape and its treasures, enjoy hassle-free travel arrangements, stay in small, local hotels and dine in intimate village restaurants. A highlight of this trip is an exciting climb to the summit of Slovenia's highest peak, Mt. Triglav. Motivated by national pride, every Slovene desires to climb this mountain at least once in their lifetime. We will climb Triglav with the help of via ferrata, literally "iron way" in Italian. These are cableways permanently bolted to the mountain to provide protection along sections of a climbing route with steep drop offs. Rather than being required to carry ropes and carabiners and be skilled in their use, hikers wear a harness that allows them to clip onto the via ferrata for protection. Licensed guides will provide the equipment, instruction and guidance in their use on this one day optional adventure.

AMC Trip Policy

Cost*

Adult: $4,075 member / $4,175 non-member
*Trip price includes all local transportation, lodging, breakfasts, and most dinners included. Some luggage transfer.

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2211 Prospectus

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Slovenia

Activities

Backpacking
Hiking
Cultural

Status

Wait Listed

Difficulty

Hiking 5 Vigorous

Audience

Adults (18+)


Leader




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Steve Cohen has been an active AMC adventure travel leader since 2012. He has led 19 hiking/ trekking-oriented Adventure Travel trips to such destinations the Haute Route (from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland), the Alta Via II through the Italian Dolomites, the tour of the Jungfrau region (Switzerland), Patagonia, the high mountains huts of Austria, etc. He lived in Europe for four years and is fluent in both French and German. Steve is chair of Adventure Travel.

Leader



Dan is a 3-season leader with the Hiking Committee of the AMC Boston Chapter. He has completed the 48 NH 4,000 footers in winter, the New England 100 highest peaks and hiked the Appalachian Trail mostly as a series of day hikes. He has traveled extensively, having visited 49 states and over 60 countries. He has a passion for photography which he loves to share with Adventure Travel participants. He has led or co-led Adventure Travel trips to Colorado, the Alsace, Yosemite, and Albania.