Grand Bohinj Horseshoe

  • Lower Bohinj Ridge, sharp ridge south from Vogel - © William Mackesy
  • Down onto Lake Bohinj - © William Mackesy
  • Along Lower Bohij Ridge from Sija - © William Mackesy
  • Virgin forest above Lake Bohinj - © William Mackesy
  • Lower Bohij Ridge toward Vogel - © William Mackesy
  • Lower Bohinj Ridge, below Vogel - © William Mackesy
  • Lower Bohinj Ridge near Vogel - © William Mackesy
  • Lower Bohinj Ridge, sharp spine below Vogel - © William Mackesy
  • Lower Bohinj Ridge, sharp ridge south from Vogel - © William Mackesy
  • Forest near Razor hut - © William Mackesy
  • Above Razor hut - © William Mackesy
  • Up to Vrh Planje fortifications - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • Triglav from Vrh Planje - © William Mackesy
  • Triglav from Vrh Planje - © William Mackesy
  • Lower Bohinj Ridge, Vrh Planje flank - © William Mackesy
  • Down onto Lake Bohinj - © William Mackesy
  • Larch growing out of ground-hugging pine - © William Mackesy
  • Lonely WW1 Austro base below Vrh ridge - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • Komna Refuge - © William Mackesy
  • Above Triglav Lakes valley - © William Mackesy
  • Gutted that we only got glimpses of this remarkable trail... - © William Mackesy
  • Triglav massif from Lower Bohinj Ridge - © William Mackesy
  • Down onto Lake Bohinj - © William Mackesy
  • Down onto Lake Bohinj - © William Mackesy
  • Views from Triglav Summit - © Flickr user: Tomazlasic
  • Julian Alps - Mount Triglav - © Flickr User Nick
  • Top of Triglav - © Flickr user: Risbom

Key information: Grand Bohinj Horseshoe

    • The name Grand Bohinj Horseshoe is our own invention and offers a splendid 5 day trail over high country, giving beautiful and varied scenery and views while walking from refuge to refuge before tackling Mount Triglav, at 2,864m the highest in Slovenia.
    • The Triglav National Park both protects alpine wildlife and contains perfect mountain villages and remote farmsteads, offering an insight into traditional ways of life.
    • This can be tough walking in high, remote mountains with unpredictable weather.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating91
  • Beauty34
  • Natural interest17
  • Human interest8
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating91

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Your choice
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,864m
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable
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Triglav from Vrh Planje - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

The relatively undiscovered Julian Alps (think Dolomites without the crowds) fills north-west Solvenia offering superb Alpine walking, with outstanding natural beauty and spectacular views. The area's favourable climate and plentiful rainfall support a wide variety of flora and fauna.

The name Grand Bohinj Horseshoe is our invention. We designed what seemed to be the best possible 5 day walk (all the time we had), giving beautiful and varied scenery and views, walking from refuge to refuge on the high ground before tackling Triglav.

Walkopedia walked the first half of this in September 2015, from the top of the Vogel cable car, west and then north along the Lower Bohinj Ridge to the Razov and Komna huts, then up the gorgeous Triglav Lakes Valley up to the Prehodavcih hut with its outstanding views across the drama of the high range. We were then going to cross the Hribarice high land below Triglav to the Planika hut, climb Triglav and head back down. 5 magical and very varied days. (We had to abandon our final days because of terrible weather and early snow - we'll be back!)

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WILLIAM MACKESY'S ACCOUNT
of this walk

Day 1 – Bohinj to Razor hut

We’re off from our hotel near the base of the Bohinj lake at 8:40am – only 10 minutes late. It is a crystalline early autumn day, but for a layer of fog over the lake which is vanishing around the edges as we watch. Our destination, the mountains at the end of the lake, soar temptingly far above the cloud.

We walk through the woods on the north bank, the sun slanting through the beech woods, gaining regular glimpses across the still lake. Trout lie lazily in the clear shallows. A charming, 5km leg–loosener.

By the incoming stream at the.....

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Lower Bohinj Ridge, Vrh Planje flank - © William Mackesy

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Down onto Lake Bohinj - © William Mackesy...
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