This is the longest and by far the most popular long-distance trail in Slovenia. It is also the oldest connecting trail in the world, created in 1953.
It begins in Maribor and crosses the plateaus of the Pohorje Hills, from where you already have a glimpse of the tallest Alpine summits in the distance. The trail first enters the Alps in the Kamnik and Savinja Alpine range, as it runs across its highest peaks, and then the trail continues along the long Karavanke range, which separates Slovenia from Austria. From there, it again descends into the valley and soon rises into the heart of the Julian Alps, to Mount Triglav and the steepest peaks, with breathtaking views following one after another as the trail approaches the Adriatic sea.
The Slovenian Mountain Trail ends at Debeli Rtič on the Adriatic coast and connects 49 mountain huts, 23 peaks, and 5 towns. It is well marked with Knafelc blazes and the number 1. THow much time will you need to walk this trail? It can be walked in 28 days, and some of the best mountain runners even run along it. The record is seven days, eight hours, and ten minutes.
Its founder, Ivan Šumljak, advised hikers: “Walk slowly, my friend. In that way, you will experience much, much more.” You can make it week by week.
You will encounter different weather patterns, which means you will have to keep a close eye to the weather forecasts, especially in high mountains. The trail is on some parts technically and orientation wise demanding.
Pair of quality hiking boost, rain jacket, map of the trail and of course, a trail dairy in which you will collect the stamps of completed stages. When finnishing you will recieve an honorary badge.
Sleeping bag is advised, for overnights in huts. Gps and a map of the area.
Check when huts are open, most of them are closed during the winter. In the months June , July and August, reservation in advance is highly recomended. Most of the huts do NOT allow pets in the living quarters.
You can get maps and hiking guides at Slovenian Alpine Association.
By car, by bus, by train or by plane (Ljubljana, Maribor, Celovec/Klagenfurt). From Ljubljana there is 1h15 to both Maribor and Ankaran. Both starting points are also close to the airports (Venice, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Trieste)
Parking at Pohorje cable car or at Tuš supermarket. Payable parking at Debeli Rtič. Numerous parking possibilities along the trail.