|Via Alpina – Red Trail|
Starting point: Trieste, Monaco
Length: 220 km
Hiking time: 10 days
Difficulty: less difficult to difficult
The Red Trail of Via Alpina enters Slovenia at the previous border crossing Pesek and continues across the Karst plateau past Lipica, the caves Škocjanske jame, the Nanos to Predjama, over the Javornik into the hills of Idrija, passing the lake Divje jezero to enter the old mining town Idrija and continues further on to the Ermanovec.
On its way across the Škofja Loka hills the trail comes closer to the Julian Alps, leads past the partisan military hospital Franja and the Porezen. In the Lower Bohinj mountain range it finally reaches the Julian Alps. It crosses the Komna and enters the valley of the Triglav lakes and then passes the Dolič to ascend into the Trenta valley.
After visiting the Information Centre of the Triglav National Park it stops at the botanical garden Alpinum Juliana and passes the spring of the Soča to climb up the Vršič pass. Crossing the Sleme it enters the valley Tamar and visits the ski-jumping centre in Planica. Its farewell to Slovenia takes place on the mountain pass Korensko sedlo (Wurzenpass in German).
Via Alpina – Red Trail
More than 5000 km of marked footpaths divided into 341 stages, one day each, will take you on an experience of the wonderful alpine world through eight alpine countries. They will take you through a unique natural world, through unique fauna and flora, through the cradle of mountaineering, through the territory of more than 13 million inhabitants, from the sea surface to the peaks, which reach even above 3000 m high.
By the trail you will be able to get acquainted with exquisite natural and cultural heritage, experience the highland world, far from civilisation, or make friends with the people who live in these oftentimes remote places. The marked footpaths you will travel along, accompanied by the Via Alpina logo, will take you to overnight accommodations and refreshments after your pleasant walk.
Are you worried about the level of difficulty?
You shouldn’t be!
The paths lead over trails that are not demanding, without any difficult sections, and are accessible to all hikers from the youngest to the oldest, from individuals to families. Meanwhile, those more demanding will be invited to more difficult ascents, which require only a short deviation from our trail.
14 stages of the Red Trail and 10 stages of the Violet Trail will lead you across all three Slovene mountain massifs: the Julian Alps, the Karavanke and the Kamnik Alps. Beside these pearls, you will also visit the unique Karst plateau. In Slovenia you will be able to visit some of the main tourist pearls – the stud farm Lipica, the caves Škocjanske jame, the medieval castle in Predjama, the partisan hospital Franja, the lake Bohinjsko jezero, Triglav National Park, the Information Centre of the Triglav National Park in Trenta, the emerald river Soča, the botanical garden Alpinum Juliana, the ski jumping hills in Planica, the mountaineering museum in Mojstrana, the Golica – full of daffodils in May, etc.
Tourist information office TIC Idrija
Phone: +386 5 37 43 916