September 23, 2018

Best Autumn Hikes in Bohinj

To the south of Lake Bohinj, the Lower Bohinj mountain range offers wonderful hikes to suit all; shorter linear walks, longer circular walks or hut-to-hut hikes.

I love walking along the ridge, or part of it, that runs between Črna Prst, above Bohinjska Bistrica, to Rodica and onwards to the peak of Šija and down the ski slopes to the Vogel ski resort.

In autumn the hugely popular 7 Triglav Lakes Valley is far less crowded so you can enjoy the best of the valley whilst, at times, even feeling like you have it all to yourself!

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September 13, 2018

Hop-On Hop-Off in Triglav National Park

Whilst many visitors to Slovenia, particularly those who visit to hike in the Julian Alps, are familiar with areas such as the ever-popular 7 Triglav Lakes Valley, and Slovenia’s highest mountain, Triglav, another area that is well worth a visit is the outstandingly beautiful Pokljuka Plateau, which during summer you can visit for FREE courtesy of the Hop-On Hop-Off Bohinj to Pokljuka bus.

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Since Pokljuka is also a popular destination for cyclists – road cyclists enjoy the challenge of the long road that winds its way up to the plateau from either Bled or Bohinj, whilst mountain bike enthusiasts enjoy the gravel roads that criss-cross the plateau, the buses are also equipped with bike brackets and each bus can accommodate up to six bikes.

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En-route to the pasture you reach an ‘energy field‘, which attracts people from far and wide who come to sit on the various energy points that are believed to be beneficial for various ailments.

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August 27, 2018

Hills in the wonderfull palette of Autumn colours

Every mountain buff can say that autumn is the most beautiful time to visit the mountains. In autumn, the mountains attract us due to their peacefulness and autumnal colours of the nature that create a completely different image. If you are invited in summer by the warm weather and colourful alpine flowers, the shades of forests and the retreat to the peaceful environment of less visited trails are the things that invite us in autumn.

Stable weather provides for a pleasant hike, since there are fewer storms and dangers. The clearer atmosphere that offers more beautiful views of the mountain peaks is absolutely stunning. Janez Rozman, the president of the Bohinj Mountain Rescue Service, agrees and also adds that there are fewer accidents in the mountains in autumn. The number of interventions decreases, mostly due to the lower number of visitors to the mountains. Most interventions are connected with injuries, a lack of knowledge about the terrain, and due to the shorter days when hikers are surprised by nightfall.

Problems occur due to closed alpine huts, because hikers often think that they will be able to spend the night there. There are also call-outs due to mushroom pickers who get lost in the forest. Although statistical data say that there are fewer accidents in autumn, this season is the one that demands more attention to prepare for any hiking or mountaineering venture.

DAYS ARE SHORTER

We must select shorter tours in autumn, because the days are shorter and our tours have to be planned so that we are not surprised by nightfall in the mountains and on unknown trails. Our mandatory equipment includes a torch, and if we opt for longer tours, we should start them earlier in the morning.

WINTER COMES EARLIER IN THE MOUNTAINS THAN IN THE VALLEY

When planning your hiking tour, you must always follow the weather forecast. This can be the decisive factor for whether we can go on a hiking tour or it’s better to stay at home. It is not unusual to encounter snow, especially in the shady corners in late autumn, and on the rocks, we can be surprised by a quite troubling icy cover. The morning frost and fog can often cause us to make an inappropriate step and slip on a root or smooth rock. If the ground is covered with fallen leaves, we must be extra cautious.

Warm clothes are also an important part of our equipment. Autumn mornings are cold, especially in the shady areas and at night. You must not forget to take spare clothes, cardigans, wind jackets, gloves, hats, scarves and glasses.

ALPINE HUTS CLOSE THEIR DOORS

Before going on a tour, check the opening hours of alpine huts on your way. Most huts close their doors in autumn, especially during the week. This means that we have to pack our backpack wisely, including a lunch and enough drinks. It can also happen that we can only rely on the lunch that we bring with us on the way.

THERE ARE FEWER PEOPLE IN THE MOUNTAINS IN AUTUMN

This is probably one of the reasons that autumn is the most popular season among hikers. You will not constantly meet large groups of people and you will be able to enjoy the mountain peace and air. Therefore, some trails can be completely unvisited, meaning that it is good not to hike alone and to have all the equipment that will help us from not getting lost. A map, compass and telephone with a full battery.

ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Plan a tour adapted to your abilities.
  • Check the weather forecast.
  • Be careful, because the high mountains snow can cause you to slip and fall.
  • Consider that the day is shorter and take appropriate equipment.
  • Consult experienced guides if you are planning a more demanding tour.
  • You can also hike with guides.
  • Check the opening hours of alpine huts – PZS (Slovenian Mountaineering Association) website.
  • If you encounter problems, do not hesitate and call 112 (emergency).

THE BOHINJ MOUNTAIN RESCUE SERVICE ALSO GIVES A TIP FOR AN AUTUMN HIKE:

Every October, the Bohinj Mountain Rescue Service organises a memorial hike. The tours are planned in the area of ironworks pastures and their peaks. Every year we choose a tour where we discover lesser-known areas of ironworks pastures. Autumn time can be magical in this part of Gorenjska and in nice weather.

You are kindly invited to join us every second Sunday in October. Hikers meet at 7:00 at the Blato pasture. The guides choose the final destination of the tour.

January 15, 2018

The Heart is Both a Contender and a Winner

In the year of 2018, Bohinj will commemorate a rather special anniversary of the ascent to Triglav – an act people of Bohinj are very proud of.

In 1777, one year prior to the first ascenders, Balthasar Hacquet, a renowned scientist vigorously examining minerals and botany but also a determined mountaineer, attempted to reach the first recorded ascent. He ascended Mali Triglav via mountain pastures Konjščica and Velo polje. This route is since known as the Bohinj ascent.

Next year 4 brave men from Bohinj were the first to climb Triglav. These were the surgeon Lovrenz Willomitzer from Stara Fužina, the miner Luka Korošec from Gorjuše, the chamois hunter Matevž Kos from Jereka and, last but not least, Štefan Rožič from Savica.

The ascent took three days and on 26 August 1778, the four brave men reached its peak via Zeleni plaz. Upon descending, they were setting up stone marks and thus recorded the path leading to Triglav.

Slovenes were then formally recognized as one of the Alpine nations, mountaineers and enthusiasts, who have with scientific expeditions and caution, planning and enthusiasm reached about everything that was reachable with the then equipment. Amongst the biggest mythological peaks in the Alps, Triglav was ascended 8 years before Mont Blanc, 22 before Grossglockner and 87 before Matterhorn. Other peaks may be higher than Triglav and the difference in years obscures the real achievement of getting to the top, but nevertheless, Slovenes have climbed all that we could – amongst the first. Our determination to reach the peaks, as the 4 brave men carry the mountain tradition in all of us, was long ago proven by generations of our mountaineers and climbers on all world continents, as we were the first to climb new routes and ascend to the top of the then unreachable peaks.

Slovenes can be categorized as one of the biggest Alpine nations and both our place and home is here – in the Julian Alps, the Karavanke, the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, on the Pohorje, Gorjanci, Nanos, Slavnik and Snežnik mountains. This is a well-known fact embodied in every single Slovene wanting to reach one’s peak. However, Bohinj represents the cradle of Slovene mountaineering.

 

 

September 12, 2017

New marked hiking trails in Bohinj

This year hiking trails in Bohinj will be marked with new guide boards, which faithfully follow Bohinj’s iron and wood traditions. More detailed information and technical characteristics of the route will be presented in the new hiking map. Part of the new urban equipment that honours the above mentioned traditions can already be seen on the educational trail through the remains of the iron making plant in Stara Fužina (near Mostnica Gorge and Devil’s Bridge).

RIBNICA WATERFALLS AND AJDOVSKI GRADEC

New orientation boards will lead you to new corners along the mentioned hiking trails. Along the archaeological trail from Bohinjska Bistrica to Ajdovski gradec, you will explore finds from the Iron Age and reminiscent of the poem Baptism at the Savica, written by the greatest Slovenian poet, France Prešeren. The trail leading from Srednja vas to the waterfalls of Ribnica will charm you with natural beauty spots created by water and stone.

September 12, 2017

40 years of the Bohinj Alpine Trail

This year, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Bohinj Trail that offers 36 alpine points and comprises 8 mountains higher than 2000 metres. Every year, all persistent mountaineers who have collected stamps from all the described peaks are awarded.

HIKING IN BOHINJ

Bohinj has always been the best starting point for exploring the world below Mt Triglav, hence the mountain itself was first climbed by four men from Bohinj, who were brave enough to reach its peak.

And it could not be any different. The pastures in Bohinj are connected by various trails (more than 300 km of marked trails). In summer, farmers drive animals to the pastures where the farmers make cheese. In the past, people used to search and dig for iron ore on various pastures. The trails and paths are well spread also due to grazing and iron ore.

Many of them can be walked when motivated by good will and appropriate shoes, others however, present a special challenge. Not everyone has to climb Mt Triglav, since a walk along the lake can be a true experience of colours and light, magnificent views and idyllic corners in an oasis of unspoiled nature.

RESPECT THE MOUNTAINS

Dear hikers, do approach the mountains with respect and get well prepared – PLEASE do get enough information about the routes – elevation, distances, shelter options, also consider the weather and prepare accordingly – if not self-confident in your trekking experiences, get a professional guide. Do not underestimate the mountains and do not leave the marked trails – it can backfire in so many ways.

We hope we do not have to stress specifically, that alcohol and drugs do not belong on the hiking trails and that you should not destroy mountain flora and other vegetation or disturb the animals and other hikers. And please, take your litter back to the valley.

September 11, 2017

100 years of Battle of Kobarid

The traces of WWI are still visible in Bohinj. After Italy entered the war, Bohinj became an important supply hinterland for the northern part of the Isonzo Front. It was connected with the railway and extended outside the battlefield hinterland so that it was out of reach of canons.

Today, the Bohinj theme trail is a part of the Peace Trail along the remains of the Isonzo Front. Hikers can spend a few days walking the entire trail, which starts in Bohinjska Bistrica, continues to Ukanc, the Krn mountain range and the Tolminka valley.

The trail is not only surrounded by the magnificent beauty of nature, the Julian Alps and the Triglav National Park, it also entails exceptional stories about human ingenuity, persistence and the personal destinies of soldiers, captives and locals.

EXHIBITIONS IN TOMAŽ GODEC MUSEUM

Location: Bohinjska Bistrica

  • Bohinj in Bohinjci (1914-1918) – more than 500 authentic museum items of Isonzo front and supply hinterland are displayed at the exhibition
  • The heroes from Gorenjska and their medals received for their actions during WWI

September 10, 2017

70 years of Bohinj Mountain Rescue

Mountain rescuers from Bohinj celebrate 70 years of work. In this period, they have performed more than 1300 rescue actions. They work on a voluntary basis while risking their own lives.

The most dangerous area in Bohinj are the Komarča rock wall during summer and Mt Vogel during winter. Mountain rescuers also focus on raising the awareness of mountaineers, hikers, climbers and skiers of the dangers in the mountains, the importance of appropriate equipment and knowing one’s own abilities.

January 6, 2017

History of Bohinj: Mountaineering

Mountaineering in Slovenia has a very interesting and rich history. It begins its classical era of mountaineering, which is marked by the conquering of the most important peaks of Europe, with Mt. Triglav, more specifically with the Bohinj side of Mt. Triglav.

THE FIRST ASCENT TO MT. TRIGLAV – AN ORIGINAL, INDEPENDENT, AND PIONEERING EXPLORATION

Mt. Triglav is an important mountain both for Europe and the whole world. It is a mighty landmark on the South-Eastern part of the Alps, extraordinary both in form and in its cultural and historical meaning.

Its peak was conquered for the first time on August 26, 1778, which is 8 years before Mont Blanc, 22 years before Mt. Grossglockner, 87 years before Mt. Matterhorn, 79 years before the formation of the first mountaineering organisation in the world (England), and 94 years before the formation of the first mountaineering association in Slovenia, the Triglav Friends in Bohinj. This means that the first ascent was not in imitation or competition with others. It was an original, independent and pioneering exploration.

The honour to be the first conquerors of Mt. Triglav goes to the Bohinj men (Luka Korošec, a farmer and miner from Koprivnik, Matevž Kos, a miner from Jereka, Štefan Rožič, a hunter from Savica, and Lovrenc Willomitzer, a healer from Stara Fužina).

FIRST TRAILS THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS AND THE ZOIS’ CIRCLE

After Jože Škantar – Šest built the cabin on Prodi, he also set up the first trail to Triglav, which was secured in 1895, when the Triglav priest Aljaž had the Aljaž Tower built on top of Mt. Triglav. That was when the trail from Kredarica to Triglav got a form, which was very similar to the one of today. 34 iron wedges were placed, along with 130 metres of steel cable.

The first trails through the mountains had an economic purpose (mining, farming, hunting), and were used solely by the locals. Only the enlightenment, along with Baron Žiga Zois and the naturalist Baltazar Hacquet, both of which hold credit for pioneering exploration of the Slovenian Alps, meant the start of mountaineering. Baron Zois paid for the expenses of creation of the first highland trails above Velo Polje and the Triglav Lakes Valley. The Zois’ Circle, the predecessor of Slovenian mountaineering associations, gave these trails their first markings.

FRIENDS OF TRIGLAV SOCIETY

In 1872, there was an attempt in Bohinj to form the Friends of Triglav Society, the first mountaineering organisation in Slovenia. They had everything a mountaineering society requires: a name, a president – Ivan Žan, its own (also the first) mountain cabin under Triglav (“Triglavski Tempelj”) which was built in 1872 by Jože Škantar – Šest from Srednja Vas) and their own trail to Triglav. But because they did not get the approval for the society’s regulations (the politically most powerful nation of the multi-national Austrian state had nothing to gain from it), the formation failed. Only in 1931, the Bohinj branch of the Slovenian Mountaineering Association was formed with its headquarters in Srednja Vas.

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