What can hikers do in winter?
Hiking is one of the activities that you can easily do all year long. Of course it depends on the area where you do your hikes, but most places offer trails that can be hiked in all four seasons. If you live in the mountains like we do, then winter months are the time when snow covers the surface and also in a way limits the access to the summer hiking trails. Luckily people in the past already discovered great ways how to “travel” on snow. One of the inventions that we find really great are snowshoes that allow us to hike even if the snow is deep and fresh. In fact, it gets even better. Because of the snowshoe design we are not limited to the trails and can hike wherever we want as long as the terrain and snow conditions are good enough to safely move around and enjoy winter.
Julian Alps in winter
Julian Alps are a part of the Alps mountain range. The highest peak is mt. Triglav (2864m), that is very popular, although not easy climb in the summer. In the winter climb to Triglav is reserved for alpinists and IFMGA guides. In our opinion you need a lot of winter climbing experiences and a very good fitness level in order to safely enjoy the climb. The same goes for most of the high peaks of the Julian Alps in winter months.
Nevertheless winter hikers and snowshoeing fans can enjoy the Julian Alps as well by hiking in the valleys and choosing the tours and trails that are suitable and safe. All the top areas, Bled, Bohinj valley, Kranjska Gora and the Upper Sava valley and Soca valley in good snow conditions offer amazing snowshoeing experience. You can hike through the beautiful forests of the Pokljuka plateau, explore alpine pasture and meadows in Bohinj valley, hike under the steep mountain peaks in the Upper Sava valley and explore the tranquility and colours of the Soca river in the Soca valley.
What equipment do I need for snowshoeing?
Besides snowshoes a good pair of hiking shoes and suitable winter hiking clothes are a must. We also recommend to use hiking poles for more stability, a pack with extra clothes, snacks and warm drink. We also strongly advise to have with you on a tour also first aid kit, map of the area and compass. Before the tour you should always make a plan of your hiking tour and check the weather and snow forecast.
Guided snowshoeing tours
There is always a chance to hire a guide and enjoy the unknown terrains even more. Licensed IFMGA and mountain guides are fully trained and experienced leaders that will choose the best route for you and make sure that your snowshoeing experience in the Julian Alps will be and unforgettable experience.
Bohinj valley snowshoe hike – https://www.hikeandbike.si/portfolio/bohinj-valley-snowshoe-hike/