from flowers to snow in six mountain climbing journeys – Exploring Slovenia

There’s that particular second within the yr after we get to see two seasons overlap. Energetic birds singing, timber blossoming and the primary flowers asserting the arrival of hotter spring days down within the valleys. Nonetheless, larger up within the mountains the robust north winds and freezing temperatures nonetheless maintain a agency maintain over the white mountaintops. One of the best of spring and winter within the nice outdoor is correct right here, it’s only a matter of us greedy it or not. 

To that extent I’ve been lucky to stroll countless greening meadows speckled with wild marsh tulips, hike alongside rolling hills carpeted with purple crocuses, and see the timber coming into leaf alongside a vibrant small gorge. Over a thousand meters larger, alternatively, I loved snowshoeing in half a meter of contemporary snow as much as unbelievable mountain peaks, whereas additionally climbing safely to a white peak with views of each Slovenia and Austria. 

Listed here are 5 memorable spring hikes within the Slovenian Alps and the hillside near Ljubljana that I’ve performed; some you are able to do simply with your loved ones and associates, and a few are ideally reserved for the extra skilled hikers or in firm of a licensed information. Both method, benefit from the photos and the beautiful first days of spring and the final of winter!

Crocuses bloom each spring on Martinj Vrh


Surrounded by forests, about sixty huts lie stretched throughout this high-altitude pasture with a backdrop of mountain peaks of the Julian Alps to the west and the attractive Bohinj mountains to the south. The Zajamniki Pasture is a part of southwestern Pokljuka, a excessive karst plateau within the Julian Alps with 6,300 ha of principally fir forests, inhabited by a wide range of wild animals like deer, rabbits and foxes, in addition to wolves, bears and lynxes. 

Quite a few Alpine pastures in Pokljuka like Zajamniki with previous picket huts appear misplaced in time. They’re a part of the Triglav Nationwide Park, which requires the pastures to proceed the Slovenian Alpine structure traditions. You gained’t see any new buildings and, above all, no indicators of modernity; solely maybe a small photo voltaic panel right here and there.

Spring has crept into Zajamniki as properly…

Learn: Mountaineering amongst Alpine Pastures of Pokljuka
Guided tour: Alpine pastures of Pokljuka

Ljubljansko barje (Eng. Ljubljana Marsh)

Tucked away on the southern finish of Ljubljana and increasing to the primary foothills of the mountains within the south, the Ljubljana Marsh covers 163 sq. kilometers or about one % of the nation and as such qualifies as Slovenia’s largest wetland. Its marshy flats are interwoven with an countless labyrinth of meadows, fields, ditches, and paths, whereas being additionally well-known for his or her booming wildlife and numerous crops. Amongst others, they home 89 species of butterflies, 48 species of dragonflies, and over 100 species of birds, a few of them thought of endangered worldwide, whereas as a lot as half of Slovenian hen inhabitants picks this place to hatch.

Someday between the top of winter and starting of spring the traditional hay meadows of the wetlands are additionally the spot to see blooming leper lilies, stunning bell-shaped flowers of a considerably reddish-purple colour. In reality, leper lilies are the primary to adorn the nonetheless colorless meadows.

As I explored the fantastic Ljubljana Marsh I discovered meadows crammed with leper lilies, the deer peacefully grazing and the paths completely empty. What an unbelievable place simply outdoors Ljubljana!

Iški Vintgar (Eng. Iška Gorge)

The place the Ljubljana Marsh ends, the Iška Gorge begins. It cuts round seven kilometers into the Krim Hills, of which 1,5 km are a simple stroll alongside the Iška Stream with a couple of open spots for a picnic by the water. Dramatic look of the gorge is barely deepened by the timber with roots clinging to the gorge’s steep partitions which proceed into tall and steep forested hills and rock formations above. 

After I visited it only a few days in the past, the leaves on the timber simply began to bud out and the distinction between the fragile awakening forests within the valley and the tough partitions above was simply gorgeous. 

Martinj Vrh

“Vrh” that means “a peak” in Slovenian, one would naturally assume a hilltop to say the least when speaking about Martinj Vrh. Although you might be greeted by a hilly panorama driving to it, the title really stands for a village stretched alongside the hillside that goes as excessive as 1,000 meters. Attributable to its distant location, this village would in any other case by no means catch anybody’s consideration if it wasn’t for the purple carpets of crocuses that cowl its open meadows early in spring.

Interwoven with many trails and quiet roads, one can do something from straightforward loops across the village and within the close by forest, a wonderful 3-hour and 9-km loop hike round Koprivnik, a 1,393-meter hill above Martinj Vrh, or a 4-hour and 11-km hike to Blegoš, a scenic 1,562-meter hill with many stays of the interval earlier than WWII.

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Disclaimer for the clever: circumstances within the mountains can change in a short time, due to this fact plan your hike accordingly; learn concerning the deliberate route, verify the avalanche reports, the quantity of snow in the mountains, and reviews concerning the temperature and wind changes, seek the advice of with mountain guides and native hikers,… We strongly advise you to go to excessive mountains with a licensed information!

Mrežce, 1,965 m

Virtually 2,000 meters excessive, simply on the other facet of Mt. Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain, throughout the slim and greater than a 1000-meter deep glacial Krma Valley, stands a formidable mountain with awe-inspiring vistas. Totally enjoyable and, most of the time, fully forgotten by the lots on a standard weekday, Mrežce is the sort of peak that can come as a shock. After a great uphill on a forested slope, you enter a stunning open prime with views to die for.

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Mountaineering up twice proper after a great snowfall, when the entire Alpine world was a beautiful winter wonderland, we completely had to make use of snowshoes to achieve the highest

Begunjščica, 2,060 m

Saving the perfect for final, Begunjščica is the sort of mountain that gives a bit for anybody who is aware of how one can use crampons, an ice axe and avalanche security gear. Accessible from many sides and routes, you select the route relying on the kind of journey you might be searching for; up varied couloirs for climbs of various levels of problem, or up from both the Roblek or Prevala Huts for simpler however nonetheless uncovered hikes. 

The nice and cozy sunshine and good snow circumstances simply known as to strive it from the Prevala Hut and the day turned out fairly rattling superior! Simply the way in which we prefer it. 

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