The biggest advantage of the Via Alpina trail is the Alps and their natural and cultural heritage.
Two of the five trails connecting the eight Alpine countries pass through Slovenia, and are marked in red and purple.
The red trail begins in Trieste and then crosses the Karst and the karst plateaus before making its way through the pre-Alpine foothills into the heart of the Julian Alps and the surrounding mountains of Mt. Triglav. From there, it descends into the Trenta Valley and once again makes its way up, this time to Slovenia’s highest mountain pass, Vršič, and continues towards the Tamar Valley, dominated by the crystal Mt. Jalovec. Leaving the Tamar Valley, it briefly enters the Karavanke Alps and then finally leaves the embrace of the Slovenian Alps.
The purple trail allows you to explore eastern limestone Alps in Slovenia, Austria, and Germany. Along this trail, you will be able to discover the highest mountain ranges in Slovenia: the Julian Alps, the Kamnik and Savinja Alps, and the Karavanke Alps. The trail begins at the foot of Mt. Triglav, under Dolič Pass, and descends into the Vrata Valley past the magnificent North Face of Mt. Triglav, from where it ascends to the Karavanke Ridge and then continues into Austria across Zgornje Jezersko, with the beautiful north faces of Mt. Grintovec, Mt. Kočna, and Mt. Skuta as the backdrop.