May 27th - June 3rd 2017.
Kendal Mountaineering Services are pleased to offer a weeks walking holiday in the beautiful Soca Valley, the heart of Slovenia's Julian Alps.
The area is truly an undiscovered, outdoor enthusiasts paradise where you will be surrounded by some of the most beautiful and unspoilt landscape that Europe has to offer; bright white, snow capped limestone summits and beautiful, crystal clear streams tumbling through lush forests and flower filled meadows. This stunning and seemingly untouched landscape though belies a tormented past. The Bovec basin was the site of some of World War 1's fiercest fighting between the Italians and the Austro-Hungarian forces on what was the old Isonzo front. Almost all of the remnants of this past are still there but now overgrown and hidden, just a handful of forts, fortifications, tunnels and trenches remain accessible.
Your walking guide will be Iain Gallagher, who is a highly qualified mountaineering Instructor. He has years of professional experience and a lifetime of hill going under his belt and is passionate about the outdoors and The Julian Alps. He will safely lead you on the walks, and will provide information regarding what is around and about and details of the local natural history too.
Our alpine style chalet base in the village of Kal Koritnica is nestled in a wide basin that sits at the confluence of two beautiful emerald rivers, the Soca and Koritnica.
The chalet, which is spacious, modern & comfortable has a large lounge, dining area and separate reading corner. There is a well-equipped kitchen and a sunny outdoor seating area ideal for enjoying your breakfast from or BBQ-ing in the evening. The chalet owner Matt has lived on and off in the area for the past fifteen years and will be on hand throughout the week to answer any questions or queries and point you in the right direction for local specialities.
You will arrive at Venice, Marco Polo Airport on Saturday and then be transported to the chalet. The afternoon will comprise of a late lunch of local speciality meats and cheeses, freshly baked bread and a salad of locally grown produce, then a short walk as an introduction to the valley, ending in Bovec where we will have an evening meal.
An example of some of the walks are as follows:
Setting off from the chalet, walk up the Koritnica valley talking in the forts &
fortifications at Kluze & Herman before skirting around the slopes of Rombon, above the town of Bovec. Descending down to the village of Pluzna, exploring the waterfalls at Gljun, and Boka and perhaps entering the cave at Mala Boka.
“A moderate day taking in both some of the history of the valley and some truly stunning
waterfalls and scenery.”
Setting off from the chalet, walking up the Koritnica vallley and heading towards the small hamlet of Bavsica before heading over the pass and back toward Log Pod Mangartom. Traversing beneath the 100m high Wall of Log and back along the valley nicknamed locally as the valley of 100 waterfalls.
“Another moderate walking day with a good amount of ascent and descent but with some sections that offer a little exposure and the opportunity to be introduced to a small & easy via ferrata"
Setting off from the village of Zaga, walk up to the long open ridge of Stoll. Following
this scenic path down to the neighboring town of Korarid.
“Splendid views back down into the Soca valley or over across into Italy, the high meadow
(which is really a gentle sloping shoulder) is usually awash with colour and a myriad of
mountain flowers. The small town of Kobarid offers its own attractions such
as the Isonzo museum, the old Napoleonic bridge over the Soca and the field
hospital that is mentioned in Ernest Hemmingway's A farewell to arms.”
A day off is scheduled mid week; take the opportunity to join one of the local sports agencies in one of their activities - rafting, paragliding, canyoning, climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, monster rollers, glider trip, fly fishing or simply have a day relaxing in the house; perhaps take a leisurely amble into Bovec and soak up some of the small towns European café culture.
Over the course of the week, we would aim to cover five full days, exploring the areas surrounding the local peaks and flower filled meadows of the Soca Valley. There are a number of different walks we can undertake each day, either starting straight out of the chalet's back door or being dropped off a little distance away in the valley. Dependent upon the weather and the groups' ability we would aim to be out for between five and eight hours each day. We would aim to take in both the natural wonders and spectacular views of the valley along with a couple of visits to some of the haunting and historical sites that the area has to offer.
The cost is just £600 per person and includes;
Full accommodation, airport transfers to/from Venice, Marco Polo Airport, 5 days guided walking, a freshly prepared breakfast (daily) and lunch for each walking day, shuttle runs for the walks that do not start from the back door of the chalet and pick ups at the end of the walks. Shuttle runs into Bovec for evening meals.
What’s not included
Flights, travel insurance, evening meals*, costs of extra activities.
*Guests are welcome to use the chalet kitchen should they choose not to eat out. However, we do recommend enjoying evening meals in Bovec where good food at very reasonable prices can be found (under 30 euros for a 2 course meal with drinks).
Please contact us to make an enquiry and to ask any questions. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Iain on 07761 483364.
New for 2016 - Slovenia walking holiday
We are offering the chance to have a weeks holiday exploring the stunning Julian Alps of Slovenia. Accommodated in an Alpine style chalet in Bovec, you will have an adventurous week exploring the beautiful unspoilt scenery of this magnificent area. You will be surrounded by snow capped peaks, crystal clear rivers and lush green meadows. click here to have a look at the details.
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Wishing you many happy Winter adventures!