The best hike around Lake Bohinj, Slovenia – photo essay and hiking information

The best hike around Lake Bohinj

Despite a steep climb from Stara Fužina over the Vogar meadows, the hike up to Mt. Pršivec (1761 m) is surprisingly forgiving and offers sparkling views across the surrounding Alpine mountains. From the summit, the landscape is simply divine with panoramic views of the broad forests & highest peaks of the Julian Alps to the north, the rolling Koma plateau to the west and over the Bohinj valley to the east. Shimmering below is the biggest permanent lake in Slovenia, Lake Bohinj (Bohinjsko jezero) with its crystal blue waters only adding to the beauty.

The best hike around Lake Bohinj, Slovenia - photo eassay and hiking information

Starting point: Stara Fužina (651 m)

The best hike around Lake Bohinj, Slovenia - photo eassay and hiking information.
In the town of Ribčev Laz next to Lake Bohinj turn right over the bridge in the direction of Stara Fužina village. In Stara Fužina follow the signposts, which lead you left (direction: Voje, Vogar) before crossing a bridge over  the Mostnica stream. Continue past the houses (the last house number you will see it’s no. 87 to your left) until you come to a largish carpark, with an information hut. The path starts from a bit up the hill from the carpark through the metal gate.

Check out that map of Stara Fužina below and simply follow the red line. The numbers represent the numbers of the houses.

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The best hike around Lake Bohinj, Slovenia - photo eassay and hiking information

source: Tourist Information office in Ribčev Laz/Bohinj

Firstly, head up on the path on the left via a rough, stone road that turns back on itself three times and climbs steeply to the Vogar alpine meadows, 1054 m. Soon after reaching the first mountain hut (Kosijev Dom na Vogarju), where you can buy food, drinks and have a little rest, you will have the choice to go left (steeper up, more relaxed down) or right (visa-versa). It simply depends if you feel more comfortable going up or coming down the very steep hill at the end.

The best hike around Lake Bohinj, Slovenia - photo eassay and hiking information

The beginning of the hike, just before you start going up

The right path leads first to the Pri Jezeru alp trail, through thick woods ascending the ascend the Viševnik alp. The next mountain hut (Kosijev Dom Pl. Jezery: 1500m) lies in the Viševnik alpine meadow and offers splendid views over a glacial lake. Just one more stretch to go and you will be up the top!

The best hike around Lake Bohinj, Slovenia - photo eassay and hiking information

Then the final climb to the peak of Mt. Pršivec. From here you have a fabulous view over Bohinj Lake as well as Triglav, the highest peak of the Julian Alps.

The best hike around Lake Bohinj, Slovenia - photo eassay and hiking information

If you have decided to take the right path after Kosijev Dom na Vogarju, like us, looking for the path down the peak can be a little tricky. It is marked in red on a small rock, but hard to spot. If you turn your back to the lake and look in that direction, it should help a little. The descend is very steep, though, and for a while we couldn’t believe that this was the way to go, but it was! Just be very careful and make sure you’re not at the top after dark!

The best hike around Lake Bohinj, Slovenia - photo eassay and hiking information

The way down Mount Pršivec

Useful Information

The best hike around Lake Bohinj, Slovenia - photo eassay and hiking information

The best hike around Lake Bohinj, Slovenia - photo eassay and hiking information 

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sourceslovenia.info

Duration of hike: 6–7 hours
Length: 15 km
Difficulty: moderately difficult
Transport:
If you’re staying near Bled, you can take a bus to Bohinj Jezero. The journey takes 40 min and you can catch a bus every 1-2h. The last bus departs from Bohinj at 19:50, but don’t worry if you miss it like we did – you can always hitchhike back and it’s pretty easy. Check the timetable here.

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written by: Jon

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    • Thanks, Charli! Glad you like it! Slovenia is truly amazing: high picturesque mountains, Adriatic beaches and charming medieval towns… and it’s all accessible within a half an hour drive from each other! Highly recommended! :)

  1. It looks like such a pure and non-crowded environment! Bohinj doesn´t have the fame of Bled, does it? But I guess it also means it doesn´t have the same number of tourists.. The views and colors are beyond beautiful!

    • You are completely right, Elli. Bohinj is not as famous as Bled, but it’s rather its advantage than a disadvantage. And it offers far more stunning and challenging hikes than Bled does.

  2. Thanks for your description, I did the walk 2 weeks ago following your instructions and had an amazing time. I run ultra marathons but I found this to be quite a decent challenge at times! Good ground to practice resilience, totally worth it though- highly recommendable :)
    Thanks,

    Lucas

  3. Hi! We are headed to Bled/Bohinj in a few weeks. I found another hike to the Mostnica Gorge that looks like it has the same starting point as the hike you describe in this post. Does the trail you took take you near the Gorge at all or is that in a completely separate direction?

    • Although we are not 100% certain, we believe that the hike to Mostnica doesn’t follow the hike to Mt. Pršivec. At the very beginning of the hike (from the car park), the hike to Mostnica Gorge veers right whilst the other left. Hope that helps!

  4. Hello- during which month did you complete this hike? I am seeking hiking opportunities for this area in April 2017.

    Thanks so much!
    Danielle