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 wild winter
Slovenia

a STUNNING WINTER adventure in the julian alps

 

17th-24th January 2025!

Slow down and let the magic of Slovenia’s lesser-known wild landscapes reveal themselves on our unique winter experience. Led by inspiring International Mountain Leader and Slovenia resident - Mikaela Toczek of More to Explore, this journey on foot and by snowshoe offers the perfect way to explore Slovenia's pristine backcountry environments, immersing ourselves in nature, identifying tracks and traces, and understanding the places that are home to some of Europes most diverse ecosystems.

 

Throughout our journey we will reset, learn, engage our senses, make connections and experience the powerful wellbeing benefits of snow in wild places.  After mastering the basics of snowshoeing, we invite you to embark on a multi-day winter journey, exploring the vast Pokljuka plateau, weaving in and out of alpine pastures, forests and visiting incredible viewpoints, all on the edge of the Triglav National Park in the Julian Alps.

Uniquely brought to you in collaboration with More to Explore 

"One of the best weeks and experiences ever! The perfect mixture of adventure, activity, community and relaxation. I’d strongly recommend this to anyone and everyone!"

(Emma, guest, Wild Winter Slovenia 2024)

"Wild winter Slovenia is a staged, curated & holistic journey, combining mindful adventure in wild snowy mountains and forests, with a healthy dose of great hotels, local cuisine, saunas, rest and rejuvenation..."

part one: land and learn

 

Day 1: Arriving at Ljubljana airport, pre-arranged transport will transfer the group to the beautifully luxurious Hotel Elegans, named after the beautiful blue-tailed damselfly found on the Brdo estate, where we will enjoy the sauna, ice room and wellness facilities, a delicious dinner and spend the night together before continuing our journey on day 2.

 

Day 2: After a leisurely, locally sourced breakfast together, we'll continue to the beautiful Pokljuka Plateau stopping at a traditional bakery for lunch on the way to Hotel Jelka where we will be staying for two nights.  Once we are all settled we'll start gently, introduce the equipment we’ll be using and have a very short afternoon walk to enjoy the surroundings and get your first taste of winter journeying. In the evening there will be time to enjoy Hotel Jelka’s wellbeing facilities including a beautiful Finnish Sauna. 

 

Day 3: After a hotel breakfast we will set out on our journey. Depending on the conditions this may be by foot, or with our new found friends - snowshoes! We'll make our way to one of the nearby alpine pastures, immersing ourselves in the winter environment and gaining confidence in our movement. We'll return mid-afternoon and pack our bags ready for the multi-day journey ahead.  After enjoying an evening meal together we will share, reflect and look forward to our upcoming journey. 

Part Two: EXPLORe

Day 4:(Approx 7km, Ascent 417M, Descent 62M): After a good breakfast in Hotel Jelka, we'll check out of our rooms and begin the journey up to Blejska Koča, nestled higher on the stunning Planina Lipanca, with views out across the forests of Pokjluka and hints of the larger mountains behind. Along the way we will take time to find and follow animal tracks and reflect on winter adaptations in nature. We'll stay at Blejska Koča - A simple welcoming mountain cottage, nestled into Lipanca Planina, one of the area's upland plateaus, surrounded by mountains, with views out over the winter forests of Pokjljuka.  Facilities are basic but the warmth of the fire and home-made mountain food welcome us from our journey. Depending on conditons and our arrival time, there may be an option for an afternoon walk up to a nearby peak for breathtaking views of the Julian Alps.

 

Day 5 (Approx 10km, Ascent 274M, Descent 734M): Descending into the forests from Blejska Koča, we will weave our way back down to Pokljuka, briefly passing through one of the region’s main cross-country skiing areas, popular with Biathlon athletes. This is followed by a gradual ascent to Pokljuka's most beautiful alpine pastures, with shepherds huts surrounded by striking mountains, pausing for tea and rejuvenation before descending down a sheltered forest valley and finishing our day at the newly renovated Uskovnica koča.

 

Day 6 (Approx 10km, Ascent 313M, Descent 106M): Today we will begin our forest journey back to Hotel Jelka, visiting Planina Zajamniki along the way.  Here we will be able to look back towards the Julian Alps, over this unique alpine pasture, with a perfect line of shepherds huts guiding our gaze towards Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain. On our return to Hotel Jelka our transport will meet us and transfer us to our special final hotel on the edge of lake Bohinj, where you will be welcomed to relax in and reflect on our journey together. 

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Part THREE: REST & rejuvenate

Day 7: After our amazing journey, now it’s time for some comfort and reflection.  For those interested in cold water immersion, there will be an opportunity today to dip in the crystal clear waters of Bohinj lake, with some hot čaj (tea) waiting for you as you emerge. Or you may just choose to find one of the many quiet spots around the lake to pause and soak in the beauty of this special place. We will round off our last night in Slovenia at Hotel Bohinj. Finishing our journey with a little luxury, Hotel Bohinj is set back from Bohinj Lake, with beautiful views and attention to detail.  Local materials are found both outside and in, with cuisine using local produce and inspired by tradition.  With a rich selection of Wellness facilities including Finnish and Turkish Sauna’s an artisanal salt room and outdoor heated whirlpool, this will be the perfect celebration to complete Wild Winter Slovenia and come together before our journeys home begin tomorrow.  

 

Day 8: After breakfast and one last look at the view it will be time to board our transport and start the journey back to Ljubljana airport.  We will have time along the way to visit lake Bled and its iconic island church, as well as tasting some more local specialties before continuing on our journey's home. 

 INCLUSIONS

  • Inspiring Leader: International Mountain Leader and Slovenia resident - Mikaela Toczek of More to Explore

  • In depth local knowledge of & passion for the area

  • All in-country transport, including transfers to and from the airport (provided you are able to take the suggested flight - detailed below)

  • All accommodation as described above (based on twin/triple sharing)

  • All meals starting from and including dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on day 8

  • One session using the Wellness Facilities at each of our wonderful hotels (Hotel Elegans, Hotel Jelka and Hotel Bohinj) including Finnish and Turkish Saunas, Ice Fountain and Massage Pool

  • Equipment rental (snowshoes and snow safety equipment)

  • Your own personal journal + pencil to record your adventure

  • Healthy snacks 

  • Water purification stuff so we can collect water on the go

  • Required group safety kit

  • The Living Project public liability insurance 

EXclusions

  • Flights to and from Slovenia (please see below for recommended flights)

  • Additional use of Wellness facilities at Hotels above (15-30E)

  • Additional food/snacks not mentioned above

  • Personal travel insurance (required)

  • Personal kit (full kit list will be provided on booking)

  • Alcoholic drinks

  • Any other food or drinks not mentioned in inclusions

  • Personal spending money

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30% deposit payable on booking, with the rest due 8 weeks before the start of the adventure.

  • 17th - 24th January 2025 30% deposit payable on booking

    1,695 British pounds

why slovenia?

Slovenia is a small country rich in nature, with a deeply ingrained mountain culture.  68% is covered in forest and there are 3 Alpine ranges, each with their own distinctive characters.  The Julian Alps, The Karavanke Alps and the Kamnik Alps. Hiking is widely considered the most popular activity, and in winter, downhill, alpine and cross-country skiing prevail, alongside snowboarding and mountaineering, with ski jumping attracting tens of thousands of spectators. However, unlike other European countries, there are currently no dedicated trails marked for snowshoeing in Slovenia, making it a true adventure, and with comparably few ski lifts and gondolas, the winter mountains are pristine.  

 

We will base our tour on the Pokljuka plateau, shaped by glaciers in the last ice age and forming the largest rounded forest area in Slovenia. The environment is a balance of Spruce, Pine, Beech and Larch forests with Europe’s highest most southernly peat bogs, characteristic sinkholes and alpine pastures.  Pokljuka is also one of the gateways to the higher mountains of the Julian Alps and on each day we will be treated to incredible mountain views.

how do i get there from the uk?

As soon as flights are launched we will notify you of the flight we recommend, It is likely we will advise flying with British Airways from Heathrow on the 17th and returning on the 24th, and our pick-up/drop-off will coincide with this flight.  

 

Once you arrive in Slovenia, all the transport for the trip is looked after by us, leaving you time to sit back and enjoy the journey.