In a country as small as Slovenia it comes as a surprise to learn there are nearly 10,000 kilometres of waymarked walking routes that criss-cross the country, concentrated in the spectacular northerly and western alpine regions. With such a huge array of hiking in Slovenia available for all abilities, this page does not attempt to be a comprehensive guide, but to give you some useful background information and resources and a flavour of some of the spectacular hiking available in Slovenia with our selection of two classic walks in each of the main alpine centres in the country.
The majority of hiking trails in Slovenia require only basic hiking equipment, as listed below.
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A comfortable pair of walking boots with good grip and ankle support.
For easy walks in the valleys a pair of sturdy walking shoes suffice.
A waterproof and windproof jacket and leggings.
Enough layers to keep warm when you stop for a break and in the worst weather that you might expect. Look for items that wick. Do not wear jeans!
A warm hat. Also consider a sunhat.
Gloves. If you are walking high-level routes with cable protection, consider a pair of gloves with some kind of grip across the palms.
A comfortable rucksac.
Map and compass and know how to use them! GPS systems are becoming increasingly popular, but a map and compass should still be carried.
Walking sticks (walking poles, trekking poles) – do your knees a favour, buy a pair and use them!
Water bottle – water sources are scarce in the limestone mountains.
Suncream / lip balm & Sunglasses – in the mountains the glare off the limestone rock is considerable.
A torch and spare batteries - essential emergency kit in the mountains.
For emergencies: Whistle, First-aid kit, Penknife, A pencil and paper (for writing emergency messages).
Mobile phone – emergency number is 112. Fully charge your phone’s battery before you go and keep your phone switched off until you need it to preserve the charge.
Self-belaying equipment for use on protected routes.
Ice-axe – consider taking one as snow can lie until late spring / early summer.
Bivy bag or emergency shelter.
Passport for ID in the huts.
A set of spare clothing for the evenings in the huts.