Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Check this list of frequently asked questions and answers.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Where can I spend the night?

Accommodation facilities are available in the mountain huts belonging to the Triglav National Park Public Institution, in the Trenta Lodge and alpine huts and bivouacs. The list of mountain huts in Triglav National Park, as well as their opening times and telephone numbers, can be found at the website of the Alpine Association of Slovenia (AAS): http://en.pzs.si/koce.php?reg=3The AAS recommends visitors to bring their own bed linen. 

Accommodation is also available in some camping sites, hotels, guest houses, private rooms and holiday flats.

The list of tourist offices:
http://www.bled.si
http://www.bohinj.si
http://www.bovec.si
http://www.kranjska-gora.si
http://www.lto-sotocje.si

How can i get to the park using public transport?

For more information on bus and train routes go to Traffic and Public Transport.

Where can i get more information about mountain huts?

The list of mountain huts in the Triglav National Park, their opening times and telephone numbers, can be found on the website of the Alpine Association of Slovenia (AAS). The AAS recommends guests to bring their own bed linen. The list of overnight accommodation changes and meal prices is available at Recommended prices at mountain huts.

Is camping in the park allowed?

Camping outside specially designated areas is not allowed. 

How to plan a safe mountain tour?

The number of mountaineers has been increasing, partly due to the fact that the hiking season now lasts almost all the year. 
The following instructions are intended for visitors who do not know the Julian Alps well, and to those who have little or no mountaineering experience. 
The Triglav National Park covers almost entire area of the Julian Alps within the borders of Slovenia. This world of high mountains is governed by conditions which differ (sometimes greatly) from the conditions in the valley. Conquering high mountains requires good physical conditions and, above all, skill, neither of which can be acquired overnight.
The mountains are also full of life forms adapted to the harsh conditions of the mountain world. As life in the mountains is often on the verge of existence, each visitor should try to minimize his/her impact on this sensitive environment.
We wish you many exciting mountain tours and a wealth of unforgettable memories.

Selecting a mountain tour with regard to the time of year:
Summer – long, warm and even hot days with sudden weather changes. Sudden cold fronts bring storms (wind, rain, lightning, considerable temperature drops). In high mountains, snow patches that a mountaineer needs to know how to overcome stay far into summer, the risk of falling stones is high, caused by visitors, wind, or animals.
Autumn – days are getting shorter and colder, but the thunderstorm risk is lower. Sudden chills are common, causing weather to change into winter conditions in a very short time. Ground is wet in shadowy locations. You can slip easily even wearing top quality mountaineering boots.
Winter – very short days. Nights are freezing cold. Snow cover increases the risk of avalanches and slips, snow and fog impair visibility and cause orientation problems.
Spring – mountains are under a thick snow cover changing its characteristics during the day: the snow is frozen and hard in the morning (slips) and heavy and wet in the afternoon (avalanches). Despite occasional summer temperatures, winter weather conditions with snow and fog are not uncommon.
The complexity and diversity of weather means that mountaineering in the Julian Alps (TNP) is exceptionally beautiful but also dangerous. Every tour is a special experience, but only if the mountaineer managed to avoid the dangers through prudent action and good equipment. 

Planning a tour:
adapt the length and difficulty of the to your state of fitness, health status, experience, knowledge of the mountains, available equipment, and the weather forecast (easier tours first) 
weather forecast for the mountains is available on the Internet, radio, TV 
when you are not familiar with the area of the planned tour, consult an expert or hire a mountain guide
prior to departure, leave a note in a visible place stating your destination, anticipated time of return, and the names of all the people venturing on the tour 

Equipment:
proper footwear (high mountaineering boots with sharp rubber soles)
warm clothing (jumper, cap, gloves, spare underwear)
wind and rain protection (rainproof anorak or windjacket, windproof trousers, bivouac bag, emergency foil blanket)
sun protection (sun glasses, a hat or cap)
a first-aid kit (band-aids, gauze, bandages)
orientation equipment and the skill to use it (map, altitude meter, compass)
suitable food and drinks supply
and for winter tours: ice-axe, crampons, avalanche rescue beacon, snow shovel, avalanche probe.
for easier and safer walking (folding) poles and an ice-axe are recommended at all times when snow and ice can be expected.

Can the “P” marked car parks in tnp be used for caravanning, and is overnight parking allowed?

The Triglav National Park Act prohibits the parking of motor vehicles, campers, and caravans outside the designated areas (Article 13, point 42, of the TNP Act - Official Gazette of RS, št. 52/10).

In the area of the Park there are no car parks which would also be intended for camper parking, overnight parking or supply. Only camping sites currently serve as regulated areas within the Park that can be used by campers.

However, the Municipality of Bovec has recently adopted a Decree on the traffic regime for campers and the parking regime applicable to camper parking sites.

Is bathing in alpine lakes allowed?

Bathing and swimming, as well as all other recreational activities, are banned at alpine lakes which fall under the first protective regime (Article 15, point 17, of the TNP Act, Official Gazette of RS, no. 52/10).

Who are park rangers?

Park rangers are an essential link of the management organisation. They monitor all natural processes and all activities related to visitors and inhabitants of the park. They are responsible for the enforcement of the TNP Act; they inform and warn visitors and have the right to collect penalties for certain infringements. The work of a park ranger is increasingly centred around cooperation, communication and awareness-raising of the local inhabitants and park visitors. TNP rangers are actively involved in a variety of professional, educational and research tasks conducted by the park, maintenance of infrastructure (putting-up information signs, path and trail maintenance, maintenance of rest areas), preservation of cultural landscape through mowing and supply and maintenance of the TNP mountain huts. Two thirds of park rangers also perform the tasks of hunting guards. 

What are the most important rules to be followed by mushroomers?

With an exception of the areas of the first protective regime and core protected areas in which any recreational or commercial mushroom foraging is banned, the TNP act allows mushroom picking under certain conditions which are laid down in the Decree on the protection of wild fungi and in various rules and regulations concerning forestry and forest protection, in particular in the rules on the protection of forests.
Mushroom picking is subject to several rules, prohibitions and restrictions which are to be closely followed. The bag limit set at 2kg per person per day is defined in the decree on the protection of wild fungi and the rules on the protection of forests. All mushrooms must be basically cleaned at the site where they were picked and no implements that could potentially harm the site or the mycelium must be used. Forest visitors should be aware that their presence in the forest disturbs the wildlife, and should therefore cause no unnecessary noise or other disturbing activities.
In the mushroom season, TNP rangers and forest inspectors will exercise strict control over compliance with the law.

What’s the weather forecast?

Link to the Slovenian Environmental Agency: http://www.arso.gov.si/

Are we allowed to pick herbs in the park?

The TNP Act does not prohibit the picking of herbs and mushrooms in the area of the Park, as long as it does not exceed one’s personal needs. If you plan to pick herbs or mushrooms for commercial purposes, however, you will need the consent of the TNP managing authority.

Does triglav national park also organize guided tours of the park?

Guided tours are listed in the annual calendar of events and published on the website of the Park. TNP-guided tours, which vary from easy valley walks to more demanding high-altitude tours, are also available on request.
Information: triglavski-narodni-park@tnp.gov.si

Is canyoning in the park allowed?

Canyoning is allowed at below specified times and watercourses subject to the prior acquisition of a consent issued by the Triglav National Park Public Institute.

Fratarica
Access is along the existing marked path to the Parabola Waterfall and then further down an unmarked path to the Fratarica riverbed. The entry point is at approx. 820 m a.s.l. The exit point is at the confluence of the Fratarica and Koritnica rivers. Night canyoning is prohibited. Canyoning is allowed from 15 March to 31 October.

Predelica
Access is along the existing marked path that forks off the Predel – Bovec road at the bridge over the Mangartski potok brook to the Predelica river bed. One entry point is at the river pool called the Emerald Eye (“Smaragdno oko”), at an altitude of approx. 1050m, and the other (entry-exit point) is located at the confluence with the Mangartski potok at about 900m a.s.l. The exit point is located at the bridge over the Predelica at Log pod Mangartom.

Night canyoning is prohibited.

Activities in the upper Predelica are allowed from 15 March to 31 October, while the following regime applies to the lower Predelica:

1 April - 31 May, until 5 p.m.
1 June - 31 August, until 6 p.m.
1 September - 15 October, until 5 p.m.

Jerečica

Access is along the dirt road from the chapel at Podjelje to the river bed, or along a forest road to the sand pit at Jereka. One entry point is at an altitude of approx. 870m. The other entry-exit point at approx. 715m a.s.l, where the dirt road crosses the watercourse, and the final exit point at the sand pit at Jereka at an altitude of approx. 660m are both located outside the TNP area. Night canyoning is prohibited. Canyoning activities may be carried out from 15 March to 31 October. 

Upon being issued a canyoning permit, the canyoning provider (guide) will recieve, to the e-mail address stated in the application, the user name and password to access the online application through which it can notify the Triglav National Park Institute of the time and place of canyoning, and the number of participants.   

Where and when can i go scuba diving in the triglav national park?

Scuba diving is subject to a consent issued by the Triglav National Park. The list of dive sites includes:

SOČA

The pools at Kršovec below the Golobar cableway, over a length of about 130m. To access the dive site, use the existing paths and roads to the Zmuklica entry-exit point, which is suitable for boating activities. Diving is allowed from 15 March to 31 October, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last exit) 

LAKE BOHINJ

For diving in Lake Bohinj, no consent issued by the Triglav National Park Public Institute is required.

What water bodies in the triglav national park, and when, can be used for boating activities (kayaking, canoeing, rafting, etc.)?

In order to carry our boating activities in the national park, you will need a consent from the Triglav National Park Institute. The competent freshwater fishing authorities will also be invited to give their expert opinion on the issue. Boating is permitted within specified time limits and provided there is sufficient water flow (which ensures that boating activities do not have a negative effect on the hydrological conditions of the watercourse and, consequently, on the status of plant and animal species).

JEZERNICA, SAVA BOHINJKA

In the section downstream from the river's outlet from Lake Bohinj to the border of the Triglav National Park. The entry point is on the shore of Lake Bohinj. Provided the river flow is stable, activities are allowed:

1 April – 31 May, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1 June – 31 August, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

1 September – 31 October, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

SOČA

Boating on the Soča and Koritnica rivers is regulated with a municipal ordinance.

Downstream from the pool at the end of the 'big troughs' (Velika korita) to the border of the Triglav National Park. When boating, please use the entry point Velika korita and th exit points Bunkerji or Kršovec.Activities are allowed from 15 March to 31 October, with entry into the riverfrom 9 a.m. and exit by 6 p.m.  

Boating on the Koritnica is allowed downstream from the end of the Kluška korita gorge at the Kluže fortress to the border of the Triglav National Park. When boating, please use the entry point Kluže.Activities are allowed from 15 March to 31 October, with entry into the river from 9 a.m. and exit by 6 p.m. 

 

LAKE BOHINJ

No consent of the Triglav National Park Public Institute is needed. Boating is allowed in the entire Lake Bohinj throughout the year.