Triglav Lakes Valley is an alpine glacial valley in Triglav National Park in the Slovenian Julian Alps. The valley takes its name from Slovenia’s highest peak, Mount Triglav, the most beloved mountain in Slovenia. Famed for its string of seven lakes, this pristine valley is also called the Seven Lakes Valley.
You can hike to the Seven Lakes Valley as part of a multi-day hike (read: Triglav National Park trek), or as a day hike.
For day hiking, there are two notable approaches. The easiest approach is from Planina Blato, accessible by a toll road (12 EUR) from Stara Fužina. The more difficult approach is from Koča pri Savici, accessible from Ukanc, on the other side of Lake Bohinj.
The tourist board at Ribčev Laz cautions people against hiking to Seven Lakes from Koča pri Savici after rain, and are emphatic about not descending that route.
In this post, we’re going to outline the easiest approach to the Triglav Lakes Valley, starting at Planina Blato. It’s also the most romantic, as you’ll amble across several alpine pastures dotted with wooden herdsmen huts. We sorely loved this route and we hope you will too.
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Planina Blato to Triglav Lakes Valley Hike
- Trailhead: Planina Blato
- Destination: Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih (Triglav Lakes Hut)
- Type of Hike: Out-and-back
- Route: Planina Blato (1147 m) – Koča na Planini pri Jezeru (1453 m) – Planina Viševnik (1625 m) – Planina Ovčarija (1660 m) – Štapce (1851 m) – Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih (1685 m)
- Distance: 7.6 km one-way
- Elevation: 704 m ascending, 166 m descending one-way
- Difficulty: Easy – Moderate marked trail
- Time Needed: 3:30 hours one-way (7 hours return)
This hike is plotted on an interactive map at the bottom of this post.
Responsible Exploration of Triglav Lakes Valley
As the Seven Lakes Valley is located in Triglav National Park, please note the following:
- It is prohibited to bathe or carry out any other recreational activities in the lakes.
- Picking flowers and plants is prohibited.
- Wild camping is prohibited.
- Bonfires are prohibited.
- Leave no trace. Pack out all your garbage.
How to Get to Planina Blato
Drive to Planina Blato
From Stara Fužina, a village along Lake Bohinj, drive 8.2 km (20 minutes) to Planina Blato, a high alpine pasture above Lake Bohinj.
To access the road to Blato, you have to pay a toll (12 EUR, cash only).
Follow the serpentine road all the way to the parking area just below the planina.
If you don’t have a car
There’s no public transit to Planina Blato. If you don’t have a car, you can also hike directly from Stara Fužina to the Seven Lakes Valley via Planina Vogar.
The route is essentially the same, however, you would have to hike up an additional 600 meters. In total, your hike to the Seven Lakes would be 12-km one-way (5 – 6 hours one-way), involving a 1500 meter ascent.
If you’re determined to do that, you might consider breaking up the journey, by overnighting in Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih (Triglav Lakes Hut), or Koča na Planini pri Jezeru.
Triglav Lakes Valley Hike: Route Description
Planina Blato to Koča na Planini pri Jezeru (1 hour)
After parking your car at Planina Blato, walk back down the road a few meters, to the signed trailhead. Follow signs to Planina pri Jezeru.
You’ll gently ascend along a wide forest track to Koča na Planini pri Jezeru, a mountain hut located on an alpine pasture above a lake. This is one of the most enchanting places in the Slovenian Alps. You can eat at the hut, or continue on.
Koča na Planini pri Jezeru to Planina Viševnik (30 minutes)
From the hut, the trail divides. We took the trail to Planina Viševnik, though you could also hike to the Seven Lakes via Dedno polje.
When you reach the Viševnik alpine pasture, there are some mountain shelters and huts, including Bregarjevo zavetišče na planini Viševnik (Bregarjevo Shelter on Plateau Viševnik). Bregarjevo used to be a cheese factory. In 1981, the old farm was transformed into the shelter which offers overnight stays. It’s open from early June until the end of September.
Planina Viševnik – Planina Ovčarija – Štapce – Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih (2 hours)
The trail continues to another alpine pasture, Ovčarija, before climbing up to Štapce saddle. This is the highest point of the trail. From the ridge, you’ll descend towards Dvojni jezero (Double Lake) and the Triglav Lakes Valley.
The initial descent is steep. Part of the trail is secured with a steel cable and with a ladder. When you get to the lake, turn right, following the path to the mountain hut.
Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih to Jezero v Ledvicah (45 minutes)
Most hikers will end their hike at Double Lake, enjoying lunch at Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih. Triglav Lakes Valleys is 8-km long, so if you have the stamina, we recommend hiking up the valley another 45 minutes (2.6 km) to Veliko Jezero (also called Jezero v Ledvicah which means Kidney Lake), the largest lake in Triglav Lakes Valley.
How to Extend your Seven Lakes Valley Hike
It’s easy to make this a 2-day hike. If you want to see more highlights of the Triglav Lakes Valley, continue hiking up the valley to the mountain hut Zasavska koča na Prehodavcih (2071 m). Stay the night here, and then descend either the same way or via Veliko Špičje (more difficult).
Where to Stay for the Triglav Lakes Valley Hike
Hotel Majerca in Stara Fužina
We stayed at Majerca Hotel and Restaurant, a lovely, new boutique hotel in Stara Fužina. This is a real gem. The restaurant extends into a grassy lawn, with views of farmland and the Julian Alps. It’s wonderful to start and end your day here. Breakfast is phenomenal.
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