Accommodation

People say spending a night high in the mountains is truly an amazing and relaxing experience… So go for it! Altogether there are 101 mountain huts, shelters and bivouacs in Slovenian Alps. (50 in Julian Alps, 37 in Kamnik-Savinja Alps and 14 in Karavanks). Shelters and bivouacs are there for emergencies only and not for a planned sleepover. Locals are often unsatisfied when they see foreigners occupying bivouacs, so mountain huts are your only solution for spending a night in the mountains.

Will you sleep in the valley or in the mountains?

There’s plenty of choice in the valley or in towns nearby. But if you’re planning on doing a multiday hike, sleeping in a mountain hut is a much better option. It’s also the most authentic experience if you wish to truly experience our Alps. In general, huts are 2-3 hours of walk away from each other, but this varies depending on accessibility and frequency of hiking paths. Huts are also your only option for spending a night in the mountains, because pitching a tent anywhere in Triglav Nation Park is strictly forbidden and it results in a hefty fine. If you put some time into researching beforehand, you can find a perfect combination of huts for your desirable daily goal. If you can’t decide which combination of huts is most suitable for your hike, just let us know your requirements and we will try to help.

So what to expect from mountain huts?

First of all, they’re not hotels. Mountain huts are divided into three categories – I., II. and III. Category, which applies on their altitude/accessibility. I. and II. Category huts are mostly located on a higher altitude, therefore more difficult to supply and slightly more expensive. They offer basic accommodation either in a dormitory (cheap and popular with locals) with bunk beds/simple, mattresses (where you basically sleep next to each other) or in simple (2-8 bed) rooms. Bear in mind that in a case when the number of hikers in your group is lower than the number of beds in a room, other hikers can join you. Amenities are basic, which means toilets are available, but usually no shower. III. Category huts sometimes also offer shower and other amenities. All huts also offer food and beverages for a reasonable price, considering their accessibility.

 

Slovenian mountain hut accomodation

Do you have to book them in advance?

It depends when your hike will take place and which huts you are planning to visit. The popular huts are often fully booked on sunny weekends in July, August and September, so reservation is highly recommended. The most crowded mountain hut is certainly Kredarica Hut, where is wise to have a reservation on the weekends in July, August and first couple of weeks in September. If you’re unfortunate where the hut you’re planning to spend a night in is full, you can either choose another hut nearby (in the case of Kredarica you can take a 1 hour walk to Planika Hut or Stanič Hut) or sleep on the floor/on benches in a dining room. Staff can usually provide you a blanket.

To book a hut, the best way is to give them a call. Alternatively, you can send them an email, but don’t always expect a reply.

If you have a reservation and you know you won’t be able to make it to the hut, please cancel your reservation in order to free up room for other hikers.

What about the prices?

One of the advantages of hiking in the Slovenian Alps is the affordability, especially in comparison with the Swiss, French and Italian Alps. You can either do it on a budget or spend a few euros more on some extra comfort. If you own one of the discount cards, half board costs less than 30€/day.

Accommodation prices (2017)

Table of accomodation prices

I. Category Huts II. Category Huts
Overnight stay
(max prices)

Non-members
Price (€)

Members discount (%)

Members
Price (€)

Non-members
Price (€)

Members discount (%)

Members
Price (€)

Twin room

27,00 €

30

18,90 €

22,00 €

50

11,00 €

Room
3-6 beds

25,50 €

30

17,85 €

20,00 €

50

10,00 €

Dormitory
7–12 beds

23,00 €

50

11,50 €

18,00 €

50

9,00 €

Dormitory
12+ beds

21,00 €

50

10,50 €

16,00 €

50

8,00 €

Bedding is not included in the price (usually 2,5 ) – tip: bring your own bedding and avoid this cost
Non-members have to pay a tourist tax (1,26 /day)

 

III. Category huts are not obligated to follow the prices set by Alpine Association of Slovenia.

What does it mean to be a member? To enjoy these discounts, you have to be a member of Alpine Association of Slovenia OR its partner organizations. Some of them include:

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  • Alpenverein
  • Alpine club
  • American Alpine Club
  • Alpenverein
  • Alpine club
  • American Alpine Club
  • AVS – Alpenverein Südtirol
  • BAC – Belgische Alpen Club
  • British Mountaineering Council
  • CAB – Club Alpin Belge
  • CAI – Club Alpino Italiano
  • Club Alpin Monégasque
  • Dansk Bjergklub
  • DAV – Deutscher Alpenverein
  • FAT – Federazione Alpinistica Ticinese
  • Federacio Andorrana de Muntanyisme
  • Fédération française montagne-escalades
  • FEDME – Federacion Espańola de Deportes de Montańa
  • FFCAM – Federation des clubs alpins de montagne
  • Finnish Climbing Association.
  • GAL – Groupe Alpin Luxembourgeois
  • HPS – Hrvatski planinarski savez
  • LAV – Liechtensteiner Alpenverein
  • Mountaineering Council of Ireland
  • New Zealand Alpine Club
  • NKBV – Niederlandse Klim-en Bergsport Vereniging
  • OeAV – Österreichister
  • SAC – Swiss Alpine Club
  • VAACS – Vereinigung der akademischen Alpenclubs der Schweiz

Food & beverage costs (2017)

Mountain huts not only offer accommodation, but a wide choice of refreshments & food as well. The Alpine Association of Slovenia has set maximum prices for some products, as follows:

 

Product (max prices) I. Category Huts II. Category Huts
Stew with meat

6,5 €

5,0 €

Tea 0,25L

1,8 €

1,5 €

Water 1,5L

4,4 €

2,5 €

 

The prices for other products are set by the huts themselves and are fairly similar to each other. The huts with no cable car access are often pricier, as goods are delivered by helicopter. Here is the list of the most common items (2016):

 

Product (max prices) I. Category Huts II. Category Huts
BEVERAGES
Tea

1,8€

1,5€

Coffee with milk

2,3€

1,8€

Water 0,5L

2,2€

1,8€

Ice tea 0,5L

3€

2,2€

Beer 0,5L

4€

2,5€

Wine 1L

14€

12€

Spirits 0,05L

3€

2,5€

FOOD
Beef soup

3,5€

3€

Goulash

8€

7€

Sausage with sauerkraut

9€

8€

Pasta with meat

7,5€

6,5€

Fried egg (one piece)

1,5€

1,2€

Sandwich

4,5€

3,5€

Pancake (1 piece)

2€

1,6€

Apple strudel

3€

4€

 

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