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.
The Seven Lakes of Triglav Lakes Valley are:
- Jezero pod Vršacem (Lake below Vršac) or Jezero v Podstenju
- Mlaka v Laštah (Pond in Ledges)
- Rjavo jezero (Brown Lake)
- Zeleno jezero (Green Lake)
- Veliko jezero (The Great Lake) or Jezero v Ledvicah (Kidney Lake)
- Dvojno jezero (Double Lake)
- Črno jezero (Black Lake)
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 (20 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
Triglav Lakes Valley Trail Overview
- Trailhead: Planina Blato | Google Maps
- Destination: Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih (Triglav Lakes Hut)
- Distance: 15.2 km out-and-back
- Time Needed: 6 hours
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 1051 meters
- Difficulty: Easy-Moderate marked trail
- Permits/Entrance Fee: None needed
- Route: Planina Blato (1147 m) – Koča na Planini pri Jezeru (1453 m) – Planina Dedno Polje (1560 m) – Planina Ovčarija (1660 m) – Štapce (1851 m) – Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih (1685 m) – Štapce (1851 m) – Planina Ovčarija (1660 m)- Planina Viševnik (1625 m) – Koča na Planini pri Jezeru (1453 m) – Planina Blato (1147 m)
- Where to Stay in Ribčev Laz: Hostel pod Voglom (budget), Apartments and rooms Cerkovnik (midrange), or Hotel Bohinj (luxury)
- Where to Stay in Stara Fužina: Pr `Agotnik apartmaji sobe Bohinj (midrange), Hotel Majerca (midrange-luxury), or Apartmaji Triglav (midrange-luxury)
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Triglav Lakes Valley (Seven Lakes) Hiking Map
Responsible Exploration of Triglav Lakes Valley
The Seven Lakes Valley is located within Triglav National Park, a protected natural environment. During your visit, please adhere to the following rules:
- It is prohibited to bathe or carry out any other recreational activities in the alpine lakes of Triglav Lakes Valley.
- Meadows, pastureland, and forests are owned by local farmers. Respect private property and walk only on marked trails.
- Picking flowers and plants is prohibited.
- Wild camping is prohibited.
- Bonfires are prohibited.
- Leave no trace. Pack out all your garbage.
- Flying drones is prohibited.
How to Get to Planina Blato Trailhead
Drive to Planina Blato
First, drive to Stara Fužina, an alpine village located on the eastern-end of Lake Bohinj. From Stara Fužina, drive 8.2 km (20 minutes) to Planina Blato.
Planina Blato is an alpine pasture and a popular trailhead in Triglav National Park.
To access the road to Blato, you have to pay a 20 EUR toll.
Follow the serpentine road all the way up to the parking area just below the mountain pasture.
Given the popularity of this trailhead, we highly recommend getting an early start.
Note: There’s a driving ban on all camper vans and RVs. If you’re traveling with a van, take the free shuttle up to the trailhead (see below).
Take a Free Bus to the Vogar-Blato Crossroad (high season only)
During the high summer season, a free shuttle connects the villages of Lake Bohinj with Planina Blato.
The shuttle drop-off point is called “Križišće / crossroad Vogar-Blato.” Exact Location: Google Maps.
Križišće is located 640 meters from the Triglav Lakes Valley trailhead. When you get off the shuttle, head towards Blato, not Vogar.
Hike up from Stara Fužina
If you’re visiting off-season without a car, you can still hike to the Seven Lakes Valley. Starting in Stara Fužina, hike to the Seven Lakes 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 arriving at the Planina Blato car park, walk back down the road a few meters, to the signed trailhead (GPS Coordinates: 46.310829, 13.849299). Follow signs to Planina pri Jezeru.
Note: Depending on the time of day and season you’re hiking, you may not be able to park at the car park. If that’s the case, just park on the side of the road, as close to the trailhead as possible.
You’ll steadily ascend along a wide forest road for about an hour to Koča na Planini pri Jezeru, a managed mountain hut located on an alpine pasture above a lake.
This is the only part of the hike that’s a bit monotonous.
Koča na Planini pri Jezeru to Planina Dedno Polje (30 min)
From Koča na Planini pri Jezeru, there are two ways to Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih (Triglav Lakes Mountain Hut).
You can hike to the Triglav Lakes hut via the Planina Dedno Polje mountain pasture or the Planina Viševnik Mountain Pasture.
Ideally, you’ll hike both routes, ascending via Dedno Polje and descending via Planina Viševnik (or vice versa).
The Dedno Polje ascent route is slightly shorter (.2 km) and involves less elevation gain/loss.
At Koča na Planini pri Jezeru, continue straight to Planina Dedno Polje (signed 45 minutes, though it’ll only take about 30 min), Planina Ovčarija (signed 1:45 hrs), and Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih (2:45 hrs).
The gravel track is flat initially, but quickly steepens. After about 10 minutes, you’ll arrive at a trail intersection. Continue straight.
The path progresses through beautiful spruce forest for another 20 minutes to Planina Dedno Polje.
Planina Dedno Polje – Planina Ovčarija (1 hr)
The track wraps around the planina at a slight elevation.
As you walk, a picturesque scene of herdsmen huts huddled together in a sea of green grass, speckled with boulders, unfolds before you. It’s one of the most enchanting places in the Julian Alps.
Follow signs to Planina Ovčarija (1:35 hrs) and Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih (2:15 hrs).
The wide track ends at Dedno Polje. You’ll now follow a narrow hiking path across open larch forests and lush meadows. It’s a very enjoyable trail.
After about 45 minutes, the views open up towards the Southern Julian Alps.
You can see Vrh nad Škrbino, Podrta Gora, Tolminski kuk, Vrh Planje, Mahavšček, and Bogatin.
The trail descends to the large Ovčarija mountain pasture.
Ovčarija – Štapce –Dvojno Jezero (1 hour)
At the signed intersection at Planina Ovčarija, you can choose to hike to Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih via Štapce (“Preko Štapce”) or Prodov (“Preko Prodov”).
The more direct route is via the Štapc saddle. Though it’s 1 km shorter, it’s the more difficult route.
We continued right, opting for the Štapc route. The rolling trail ascends through forest for about 40 minutes (1.4 km) to Štapc.
Štapc is a gap in the ridge, below Mala Tičarica (2071 m).
The initial descent from Štapc is steep, but easily managed, as it’s secured with a fixed cable.
Though the secured passage is short, we recommend putting your hiking poles away, so you can grasp the cables more easily.
At the base of the secured passage, a trail continues diagonally towards Dvojno jezero (Double Lake), which you can already see.
The path crosses the slopes ofMala Tičarica along a loose rocky path, which can be slippery at times.
Take extra care as you make your final zigzag descent to Dvojno jezero (Double Lake).
Dvojno Jezero (Double Lake) to Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih (5 minutes)
When the trail joins the path parallel to Double Lake, head right and walk 5 minutes to Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih (Triglav Lakes Hut).
Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih is an ideal destination for lunch. Order food and drinks inside (cash only).
To the right of the counter, there’s a board with the daily offerings like:
- Jota – thick stew made with sour cabbage (Sauerkraut) and beans
- Ričet – barley stew made with beans
- Gobova Juha – mushroom soup
- Zelenjavna Juha – vegetable soup
- Golaž – goulash
- Kranjska klobasa – Carniolan sausage
- Makaronovo meso – macaroni with minced meat/bolognese sauce
If you need to fill up your water, there’s a water fountain outside the hut.
Optional: Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih to Jezero v Ledvicah (45 minutes one-way)
Most hikers will end their hike at Double Lake, enjoying lunch at Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih.
However, the Double Lake is only one of 7 gorgeous lakes in the 8-km-long Triglav Lakes Valley.
If you have the stamina, we recommend hiking up the valley another 45 minutes (2.5 km, 168 m ascending) 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), where you can stay the night.
If you have a lot of high-alpine hiking experience, we highly recommend the Veliko Špičje Ridge Trail. This exciting route follows the route described in this post and then continues 2:30 hrs to the summit ofVeliko Špičje.
From the peak, you’ll continue along the main crest of Špičje for 2 hours, before descending to the Zasavska koča hut.
The next day, you’ll hike down the gorgeous Seven Lakes Valley, passing Zeleno Jezero (Green Lake) andJezero v Ledvicah (Kidney Lake), before returning to the Triglav Lakes Hut.
Learn More:Veliko Spicje Ridge Trail
Return Journey: Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih – Štapce – Planina Ovčarija – Planina Viševnik – Koča na Planini pri Jezeru – Planina Blato (3:30 hours)
We recommend hiking back to Koča na Planini pri Jezeru via Planina Viševnik.
Ascend to the Štapce pass and hike down the dwarf pine flanked path to Planina Ovčarija.
Alternatively, you can bypassŠtapce pass by taking the easier route toPlanina Ovčarija via Prodov.
From the Ovčarija planina pasture, head right to Planina Viševnik (45 minutes), another scenic mountain pasture peppered with herdsmen huts.
AtPlanina Viševnik, you can grab refreshments at 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.
From PlaninaViševnik, the trail descends for 25 minutes (1.1 km, 179 m descending) to Koča na Planini pri Jezeru.
Once you arrive atKoča na Planini pri Jezeru, follow the familiar wide track back down to Planina Blato.
Where to Stay for the Triglav Lakes Valley Hike
Ribčev Laz is the main hub at Lake Bohinj, with a direct bus connection to Lake Bled and onward to Ljubljana. Here, you’ll find a cluster of eateries, grocery stores, and boat rental shops.
Budget | Hostel pod Voglom is located along the southern shore of Lake Bohinj. This budget-friendly accommodation offers simple twin, single rooms, triple, and quadruple rooms. Bathrooms are either private, or shared.
From the hostel, it’s a 20 minute walk (1.8 km) to Ribčev Laz, the closest village (restaurants, shops, etc…). You can rent kayaks, SUPs, and bicycles on-site.
Midrange | Apartments and rooms Cerkovnik is located in Ribčev Laz, a mere 10-minute walk to the lakeshore (1 km). This sparking clean accommodation offers double and triple rooms as well as well-equipped apartments.
Breakfast is available for an additional fee. On-site parking is free.
Luxury | The newly renovated Hotel Bohinj is located in the center of Ribčev Laz, only a few meters from Lake Bohinj. Designed to impress as much as to pay homage to the region’s cultural heritage, Hotel Bohinj is the most striking hotel in the Bohinj region.
All rooms have air-conditioning. Guests are treated to a healthy and delicious breakfast buffet. You can also enjoy dinner at the hotel and indulge in a wellness package.
If you want to combine this hike with lakeside goodness and afternoon dips in Lake Bohinj, consider staying in Stara Fužina.
Midrange | Ideal for families, the top-rated Pr `Agotnik apartmaji sobe Bohinj offers spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments with fully-equipped kitchens, and washing machines.
Midrange | The recently renovated Residence Novak Bohinj offers stylish one-bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens in an idyllic area of Stara Fužina. Guests love the idyllic surroundings and mountain views, the proximity to Lake Bohinj, and the kind hosts. There’s a minimum stay requirement of 2-3 nights.
Midrange-Luxury | Apartmaji Triglav is a stylish aparthotel in Stara Fužina with an on-site restaurant and bar and spa and wellness center. Rooms are clean, modern, and feature balconies, kitchenettes and seating areas. Guests particularly love the mountain views and the hotel’s proximity to hiking trails and the lake. Breakfast is included.
Luxury | Hotel Majerca is a lovely boutique hotel with an on-site restaurant in Stara Fužina. The restaurant extends onto a grassy lawn, with views of farmland backed by the Julian Alps. It’s wonderful to start and end your day here. The al fresco breakfast is phenomenal.
Read Next: Lake Bohinj Travel Guide + Map
Slovenia Trip Planning Essentials
Use our Slovenia Travel Guide to plan an unforgettable trip.
When to Visit Slovenia
Summer and Fall Seasons. The best time to travel to Slovenia is between May and late October.
The best time to hike in the Slovenian Alps is between June and October. For hut-to-hut hiking, we recommend planning your trek between early July and mid-September.
Winter Season. For skiing and winter activities, the best time to visit Slovenia is between mid/late December and March.
It’s possible to visit Slovenia without a car if you want to concentrate your time in Ljubljana, Lake Bled, and Lake Bohinj.
When we visited without a car, we planned two linear hut to hut hikes.
Unless you’re trekking, we recommend renting a car, because many places are simply not accessible with transit. For example, there are no buses to Logar Valley, Vrata Valley, the Košuta mountain pastures, and the Debela Pec trailhead.
Check out our itineraries for road trip inspiration:
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Tip: If you can only drive automatic transmission cars, as opposed to manual transmission cars (stick shift), book your car rental as early as possible.
Where to Stay
Top Things to Do
- Summit Mount Triglav.
- Eat Štruklji Borovničevi at Kofce Mountain Hut.
- Trek across Triglav National Park along this epic 4-day Triglav National Park Trek.
- Visit an alpine dairy like Koča na planini Dolga njiva.
- Stay in a farm stay like Tourist Farm Šenkova domačija in Zgornje Jezersko.
- Swim in the crystal clear waters of Lake Bohinj.
- Watch the sunrise at Mala Osojnica, overlooking Lake Bled.
- Hike to the Kamnik Saddle.
- Glamp in a treehouse like Ribno Alpine Glamping.
- Uncover hidden gems in Slovenia like Koseč Korita, Solčava Panoramic Road, and Planina Lazu.
Slovenia Packing List
- Day Pack: Osprey Tempest 30 Women’s Backpack / Osprey Talon 33 Men’s Backpack
- Grade B/C high-cut hiking boots: Meindl Schuhe Island Lady (Kati’s Boots), Women’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX (Sabrina’s Boots), Men’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX (men’s equivalent)
- CAT 4 Sunglasses: Julbo Shield Mountain Sunglasses
- Hiking Poles: Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles
- Reusable Water Bottle: Ion Leakproof 32 oz Water Bottle
Outdoor Photography Gear
- Camera Body: Sony Alpha a6400
- Mid-range Zoom Lens: Tamron 17-70mm 2.8 Di III-A VC RXD
- Wide angle Zoom Lens: Sony – E 10-18mm F4 OSS Wide-angle Zoom Lens
- Backpack Camera Clip: Peak Design Camera Clip
Slovenia Hiking Guides
Slovenia is heaven on earth for hikers. We recommend allocating sufficient time to discover both the Julian Alps and the Kamnik Savinja Alps.
In Best Hikes in Slovenia, we’ve summarized the most thrilling day hikes and multi-day hikes across the Slovenian Alps, ranked by difficulty.
More Hiking Trails in the Julian Alps
- Julian Alps Hiking Trails
- Triglav National Park Hut to Hut Hike
- Climbing Mount Triglav
- Mount Vogel
- Debela Pec
- Vintgar Gorge
- Martuljek Waterfalls
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