Swim and Summit Slovenia
Friday 31st August - Monday 3rd September 2018
Due to late cancellations we have TWO places available on this adventure!
See the best of Slovenia as you swim in Bled Lake, climb Triglav mountain and explore old Ljubliana city - in only four action-packed days!
Pictures © slotrips.si and Aleksander Gospic
Slovenia is often called the 'undiscovered gem' of Europe - and you'll be able to experience all of the best bits handpicked by us on this special trip!
On this 4-day weekend you'll visit the picturesque resort town of Bled and swim in its emerald-green lake surrounded by the stunning foothills of the Julian Alps and the Karavanke mountain range - see a medieval castle high up on a rocky cliff and release your inner child on the summer toboggan... then feel an adrenaline rush as you climb rocky ledges and vertical paths before you summit Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia... and get your culture and history fix exploring the capital city of Ljubljana before heading home. Make the most of the last of summer on this unique European adventure!
Friday 31st August: You'll meet your host and guide Dave at Ljubljana airport for 5pm, when you'll be transferred to your hotel around half an hour away in the beautiful town of Bled. After you arrive and have had a chance to unpack and refresh, you'll be taken to a beautiful wild swimming spot on the shore of Lake Bled where you can swim all the way out to the island, which has a church and cafe. Then you'll have the rest of the afternoon to explore Bled town or head to Straža and take a ride on the summer toboggan (check out the video on the left!).
In the evening you'll either eat out in Bled town or come back to your hotel for dinner. You'll get a group briefing about the following day's hike and check all your kit and equipment to make sure you've got everything you need for the hike and overnight stay in the mountain hut.
Saturday 1st September: In the morning after breakfast you'll get a group transfer to the base of Mount Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia at 2,864 metres. You'll spend the day hiking up the Tominsek route - at the beginning you'll see the huge North face of Triglav in front of you and then further up the path turns into a ledge hugging the edge of the mountain - look out for the remains of the Triglav glacier as you get some jaw-dropping views of the Vrata Valley below.
You'll get a chance to do some awesome vertical climbs using metal ladders embedded into the rock (Via Ferrata) as you make your way on to Kredarica hut at 2,515m. You'll have a hot dinner together and enjoy some amazing mountain views as you settle into the hut for the night.
Sunday 2nd September: It is only around two hours hike to Triglav's summit from the hut, so in the morning you'll go straight up to the top. You'll have time to stop and admire the fantastic panoramic views before you head back down the mountain a different way via the Prag route. In the afternoon you'll pick up your bags and get a transfer to your hotel in the historical city of Ljubljana. After you've dropped off your bags you'll head out for a well-earned celebratory group meal, and then the city is yours to explore or you can just come back to the hotel and put your feet up!
Monday 3rd September: Depending on the time of your flight back to the UK you'll hop on the transfer back to the airport or you might want to take some time to explore Ljubljana! You can visit the castle and the botanical gardens, walk over the dragon bridge, take a boat cruise on Ljubljanica river or stroll down the pretty Jakopič promenade. The choice is yours!
The hike up Triglav is steep in places and the routes you are taking have some narrow sections which hug the mountain edge. There are sudden drop-offs and you'll climb up vertically on some sections using Via Ferratas, which are steel ladders embedded into the mountain rock, but these are not technically challenging and you will be strapped into harnesses and attached to wires where needed. The route is suitable for beginners with a good level of fitness but due to the nature of the terrain the hike is not suitable for people who suffer from vertigo or fear of heights.
EC adventures are informal, friendly and great fun! They're made up of singles, couples and small sets of friends with ages typically ranging from mid 20s to mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old and young at heart is welcome. Whether it's your first time exploring the outdoors or you're an adventure professional, EC adventures are a great way to meet like-minded people in a safe, welcoming and fun environment.
- All in-country transport (including two group transfers to and from Ljubljana airport)
- Two nights in 3 star hotel accommodation in beautiful locations (one in Bled, one in Ljubljana)
- Two breakfasts at the 3 star hotels
- Supervision and leadership from Dave, a qualified and experienced UK Mountain Guide with years of experience taking groups to summit Triglav
- Qualified and experienced assistant Mountain Guide
- Two days' fully guided Triglav trek in a small group of 12
- One night in Krederica mountain hut
- All safety equipment required on the mountain for the trek and Via Ferrata (helmet, harness, extra ropes)
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- International return flights to Ljubljana
- Personal travel insurance
- Lunches / dinners / drinks / breakfast at the mountain hut
- Ride on the summer toboggan in Straža (€9 per ride)
You can download our recommended kit list for this trip HERE. Please make sure you read this carefully to ensure you've got the right equipment!
- Price for EC CLUB Members - £549
- Price for non EC CLUB Members - £599
If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.