Triglav National Park is located in the northwestern part of the country and is Slovenia’s only national park. It covers an area of 340 square miles (880 sq km).
Mount Triglav is located toward the center of the park and is the highest summit in the park as well as the collective Julian Alps. Mount Triglav reaches a peak of 9,395.2 feet (2,863.6 m) and it serves as one of the symbols of the country.
The Soca and Sava rivers are fed from glacial runoff from the mountain and surrounding peaks that feed into the valleys that come off of Mount Triglav. The valley and park is home to 59 ethnobotanical plants species with 37 of them have specific medicinal qualities.
The two river sources, Sava and Soca, combined with the elevation changes create a number of different waterfalls for visitors to experience. The tallest waterfall is Boka Falls which reaches a height of 348 feet (106 m) and stretches across 59 feet (18 m). A second drop for the falls is 108 feet (33 m) working together to create a pretty spectacular waterfall.
The melting glaciers and snow create a series of glacial lakes throughout the park. Lakes include Triglav Lake, Lake Krn, Lower and Upper Kriz Lake, and the largest which is Lake Bohinj. There are numerous marked trails that allow travelers to explore the falls, valleys, rivers, and gorges.
Wildlife of the park adds to the natural visit and includes brown bear, lynx, red deer, ibex, and the chamois. The golden eagle is the pinnacle sighting of the 84 species of birds found within the park boundaries.
Triglav National Park is a destination where visitors engage ravines, river gorges, lakes, waterfalls, canyons, caves, meadows, and of course Mount Triglav. Mount Triglav is the pinnacle facet of the national park, however, there is an abundance of unaltered wilderness.
The park provides an abundance of natural beauty waiting for the explorer to discover. Apart from Mount Triglav, visitors should look to explore Lake Krn, Savica, and Pericnik waterfalls, Tolmin and Vintgar gorges. Additionally, the glacial melt-off and subsequent colored water, create beautifully blue-green rivers that flow through the valleys.
The national park is named after Mount Triglav which is the tallest peak in the Julian Alps and tallest summit in the country. Mount Triglav features a summit of 9,395.2 feet (2,863.6 m). It one of the most appreciated peaks in the country.
The ascent up the mountain is rated as an intermediate level climb. Don't let this ranting fool you, because it is a challenging ascent with the last section being quite steep and even requiring the use of a rope.
If you make the ascent up the mountain you will be rewarded with striking panoramic views of the valley below and surrounding mountains.
Trails in Triglav National Park
Hiking or trekking through the wilderness trails is the predominant thing to do in Triglav National Park. This is the best way to experience the highlights referenced above as well.
Lake Krn trail: A 2.5-hour trail that leads you to the largest Alpine lake in the park.
Mount Triglav: A more vigorous trail that takes people to the summit of the mountain. Plan the day making your way up and enjoying the various views. Mountaineers tackle this adventure during the winter months as well.
Savica Waterfall Trail: Shortest hike is 15 minutes from the Savica Hut, whereas a more enjoyable experience of the area is about an hour walk from Lake Bohinj.
Seven Lakes Trail: This valley that extends 4.9 miles (8 km) is an amazing outdoor experience. It takes several hours to hike through the valley and experience the various lakes.
Trent Valley: This 12.4 mile (20 km) trail takes you through the valley and along the emerald green Soca River. This is a long hike and endurance is essential, however, the endeavor is worth the adventure for those that embark on this hike.
Vintgar Gorge Trail: This is a 5,249 foot (1,600 m) boardwalk trail that takes you along the Vintgar Gorge up to the Sum waterfall which falls 85 feet (26 m).
Vrata Valley / Pericnik Waterfall Trail: A trail that features views of Mount Triglav and the amazing Pericnik Waterfall which reaches a height of 196.8 feet(60 m). This trail is also used by bikers and leads to various climbs as well.
Activities: Kayaking, hiking, biking,
- Mount Triglav
- Pristine rocky mountain landscapes
- Vintgar and Tolmin Gorge
- Savica and Pericnik waterfalls
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