Triglav National Park, with its area of 880 km2 and numerous national treasures, awaits those who long to go on a hike, excursion- or those who just want to rest. To get to the wonderful lakes and waterfalls you mostly need to hike, therefore the park became famous for the prettiest hiking trails in Slovenia. One of which is the most beautiful hiking path, the Seven Lakes Valley, also known as Triglav Lakes Valley. I admit, this is one of my favorite hikes too, since the beauty of the lakes is mesmerising, and active relaxation is guaranteed.
It’s interesting that the Triglav National Park’s so to speak transformation into a park started with the protection of the Seven Lakes Valley. The proposal for the protection of the valley was put forward by Albin Belar around 1907. Unfortunately the proposal was not accepted, and the national part was only officially established in 1981. However, today we can enjoy the benefits of the untouched area and the nature reserve formed around Mount Triglav.
Despite the name, there are more than seven lakes located in the valley, but the smaller ones dry up multiple times during the year. During hiking it is not unusual to see mountain goats, marmots or eagles.
The valley’s official title in English is Triglav Lakes Valley or Seven Lakes Valley. In Slovenian you will find the valley as Dolina Triglavskih jezer or Dolina sedmerih jezer on the map.
Accommodation in Triglav National Park
The best way to discover Slovenia’s natural treasures is to find an accommodation close by. You couldn’t find a more beautiful region than the Triglav National Park. I copied an interactive booking.com map below for help.
- Area description
- One day trip from Planina Blato
- Climbing Triglav
- Multi-day tour with the presentation of two huts
- Guided tour
- Seven Lakes Valley with kids
- Necessary equipment
Seven Lakes Valley - by car 🚙
The valley can be found in Triglav National Park, in the Julian Alps to be exact. The Seven Lakes Valley is an 8 km long valley located between Bohinj and Trenta, next to Ukanc.
You will find the title and distance below. Distances are given relative to the starting point of the tour.
- Address: Ukanc 149, 4265 Bohinjsko jezero, Slovenia
- Distance from the city of Ljubljana: 1,5 hour / 89 km
- Distance from the city of Bled by car: 40 minutes /34 km
- Distance from the city of Bovec by car : 2 hours / 120 km
Seven Lakes Valley - excursion, hiking
The area filled with small and big lakes is ideal for one day or multi-day so called “Hut to hut” trips. The protected region, contrary to its name, consists of not 7, but 10 lakes. Here you can find the lakes of the valley craved by the glacier:
- Black Lake
- Double Lake (2 lakes)
- Big Lake or Lake Ledvica
- Green Lake
- Brown Lake
- Lake Vrsac
One day tour from Planina Blato
If you are not a fan of multi-day tours with big bags- or you come with children- visit the park and try a moderate tour. You will need some persistence, as your path will ascend. However, in return you will breathe fresh air, count lakes and observe goats and cows.
You can start the tour from two directions:
- From the parking lot at Savica waterfall, Ukanc (more difficult)
- From Planina Blato (easier)
I will present to you the easier trip, starting from Planina Blato.
Attention! ⚠️ It is not recommended to start your trip from the Savica waterfall if it was raining in the previous 1-2 days!
- Starting point: Planina Blato (4265 Bohinjsko jezero, Slovenia - Google térkép)
- Destination: the popular hut (Koca na Planini pri Jezeru)
- Hiking distance: 7,6 km – one way
- Duration: 3-4 hours - one way
- Difficulty: moderate
- Ascending : 704 m – one way
- Descending: 166 m – one way
Planina Blato (1147 m) – Koca na Planini pri Jezeru (1453 m) – Planina Visevnik (1625 m) – Planina Ovcarija (1660 m) – Stapce (1851 m) – Kočca pri Triglavskih jezerih (1685 m)
You can find Planina Blato about 20 minutes from the small Slovenian village, Stara Fuzina. It is recommended to go with a car (20 minutes by car) you will only have to pay a toll of €12-15 to reach Planina.
#1 Planina Blato - Koca na Planini hut (1 hour)
After parking the car, go backwards a little bit where you came from and you will see the signposted path that leads to the hut (Koca na Planini pri Jezeru). After about 1 hour of descending, coming out of the forest you will catch a glimpse of the alpine hut, where you can even have lunch-or continue your trip.
#2 Hut Koca na Planini - Planina Visevnik (30 minutes)
After that your next destination will be Planina Visevnik. On the fabulous alpine pasture you will pass by pleasant-looking wooden houses. You can rest a little and take great pictures here if you’d like. There used to be a cheese factory long ago, but it closed.
#3 Planina Visevnik – Planina Ovcarija – Stapce – Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih (2 hours)
Your journey will continue through another alpine pasture, the Ovcarija, then through the Stapce pass – which is the highest altitude of the hike. Then the trip continues with a steep descending path towards the Seven Lakes Valley to the Double Lake.
At the lakes you will find the hut Koca pri Triglavskih jezerih, which I will write about in detail further in the article.
To ensure safe descending there are ladders and steel cables.
#4 Koca pri Triglavskih jezerih to Jezero v Ledvicah (45 minutes)
You are able to rest, eat, drink in the hut (you can even sleep, if there is enough space, or if you booked earlier). If you’d like you can finish your hike and go back the same path you came from.
Ha viszont még van benned erő, akkor egy 45 perces túrával felmehetsz a Hét tó völgyének legnagyobb tavához is, a Ledvica-tóhoz (Nagy-tó). However, if you still have stamina you can hike 45 minutes to reach the biggest lake of the Seven Lakes Valley, Lake Ledvica (Big Lake).
After admiring the lake you can go back the same path you came from.
From the valley you can see Mount Triglav, in fact you can even climb up to it. Doing so unexperienced we only recommend with a local, state-certified Triglav guide.
Needless to say, climbing Mount Triglav requires previous planning and for you to be in a good shape. It takes 2 days for most people to get to the top. Therefore, if you are hiking in the Seven Lakes Valley, but are not a professional climber and don’t have via ferrata equipment, you have to book a guide at least a couple of weeks in advance – so they will have enough time to book you a room in hut Triglavski dom.
Multi-day hut tour (Hut to hut)
In the span of a few days (ideally 2-3 days) you can visit all the lakes in the area. You will find two mountain huts ideal for sleeping. The two huts are located 2 hours walking distance from one another. During your stay yo
u can even stay in both of them.
- Koca pri Triglavskih jezerih (1685 m)
- Central Sava Lodge at Prehodavci (2071 m)
Hut Koca pri Triglavskih Jezerih (1685 m)
Next to the Double lake you will find the most ideal hut of the tour, the Koca pri Triglavskih jezerih. You can stay the night in the hut located at 1685 m altitude, but if you don’t sleep there you can try the local delicacies at the restaurant. The restaurant with its 4 rooms provides seats for 150 people, while there are 30 rooms upstairs.
Hut – Opening hours, prices, availability
The hut is open from mid-June until the end of September or the beginning of October. Télen is biztosít szállást az úgynevezett téli szobában, ahol 18 személy tud aludni. The hut provides shelter even during the winter, the so called winter room can accommodate 18 people.
Here you can find the room prices in English. Twin rooms are priced between € 28-33 depending on whether you ask for bedding or not. The dormitories are cheaper, their price gets as low as € 22.
Address of hut: Ukanc 149, 4265 Bohinjsko jezero, Slovenia
Central Sava Lodge at Prehodavci (2071 m)
The hut Prehodavci is less known, therefore it is also less crowded. Certainly you can spend the night here or fill your tummy with Slovenian treats.
Hut – Opening hours, availability
The hut Central Sava Lodge at Prehodavci also welcomes visitors between June and end of September. Find the hut's Facebook site here.
Address: Zasavska koča na Prehodavcih, 5232 Soca, Slovenia
Guided tour with tour guide
In case you don’t want to deal with planning and deciding on the route you can always rely on the local tour guides’ help.
The guided tours last between 1 to 3 days. The fewer people are in the group, the higher the travel expenses are per person. You can plan a day with a tour guide for approximately € 250- 190 per person.
Seven Lakes Valley – with kids
We mostly recommend the one day tour for those with kids. With older children you can also try to spend a couple of nights in a mountain hut. However, in this case I don’t recommend “hut to hut” tours, in other words don’t swap accommodation. Sleep at the hut below every night (Koca pri Triglavskih jezerih) and search for shorter, 1-2 hour hikes.
There aren’t many activities, programmes for kids. Thus, it is possible that the little one gets bored by “ only “ hiking.
The Seven Lakes Valley tours are recommended for children from 10 – 12 years old – and it is primarily ideal for kids who are used to hiking.
On the picture above you can see Zgornje Krisko jezero, the highest altitude lake in Slovenia.
Due to the alpine lakes being located at high altitudes they can be frozen for even half the year. This is also true for the Seven Lakes Valley, where you can find the small lakes in their most beautiful, “melted” forms in the summer.
Due to their small size, the lakes are constantly exposed to environmental changes and pollution. Hence, washing or swimming in the lakes is forbidden! The lakes are home to special algae, larvae and microscope-sized crabs. The water of the lakes is not suitable for drinking!
During your journey will not only see huge mountains surrounded by fabulous lakes. If you look down you may also notice the plenty of tiny , field and mountain flowers. Of course, picking them is prohibited.
Furthermore, it is forbidden to camp, litter, picnic and set fire in the park! ⚠️
No matter how many days you are going to hike, closed shoes with proper soles are essential. Since the route is often rocky with debris, make sure that your shoes provide good support for your ankles.
Everyone can benefit from the trekking pole, not only people with bad knee. It comes in handy when descending – and of course sometimes when walking uphill.
Water and food
Make sure to have enough drinking water. In my opinion have at least 2 litres of water per person in the summer. Since there won’t be many shadows, you will drink more than you’d think.. It is worth refilling your flasks at the hut. In addition to water, pack sandwiches, chocolate and energy bars too.
Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
Protection against the sun is essential during the summer. Definitely have a summer hat with you that you can put on – and a pair of sunglasses if it doesn’t bother your eyesight. In addition, pack sunscreen in your bag.
Mosquito and tick spray
If the mosquitos like you at home, they will like you at the Triglav National Park too. 🦟 ❤️ Of course you can prevent this with a proper combined spray. Don’t be shy to use it at least every 2-3 hours during the day
Seven Lakes Valley - Accommodation
You can stay in the previously mentioned huts between mid - June and beginning of October. It is necessary to book in advance, because free beds are quickly booked for the season.
The Seven Lakes Valley is a true gem in the middle of Triglav National Park. When visiting the region, don’t hesitate to hike a ton in the 8 km valley to enrich your holiday with active experiences.