Although the Slovenian Alps are visited all year round, the majority of visitors come during warm summer months. That’s the time of the year with the least precipitation and the most stable weather conditions. Hiking is possible all year round, but the winter period requires a skilled mountaineer when several meters of snow and temperatures falling way below zero degrees represent both challenging and dangerous conditions.
Each year is different, so do not rely only on our writing, but check the weather conditions before you go on a hike. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
Weather by each month
January – The coldest month of the year, snow starts to accumulate even more. Ice climbing is usually possible.
February – Snow cover becomes much thicker. A combination of snow and low temperatures makes February arguably the most desirable month for winter hiking and ice climbing.
March – Temperatures vary a lot, so can be cold and perfect for a winter climb, or warm and dangerous (warning: avalanches!).
April – Peaks above 2000m are usually fully covered in snow and there is a high risk of wet avalanches, especially in the afternoon. Be wise in planning your route.
May – Snow melts fast, but most peaks above 2000m are still covered in snow. Crampons and an ice axe are still a must.
June – Most mountain huts open in the middle of June, which means it’s the start of a summer season. Winter equipment (crampons and an ice axe) is often still needed on higher peaks and north-facing slopes.
July – Crowds are beginning to gather; popular mountain huts have to be booked in advance. Expect heat, so start your hike early in the morning and bring plenty of water.
August – The most crowded month of the year, when on sunny weekends up to 1000 people per day visit Triglav. Mountain huts are occupied, book them in advance. If possible, plan your hike on weekdays.
September – Much fewer crowds and lower heat makes September a very popular month for hiking (and our personal choice!). At the end of the month, leaves start to fall and the marvellous colours of autumn light up the Alps.
October – Although the beginning of the month can be great for hiking, it’s usually the start of the first snowfall.
November – One of the least desirable months for hiking. Most likely snow on higher peaks, but the temperatures are too high for a decent winter hike.
December – Plenty of snow can usually be expected, so it’s obligatory to have previous experience of winter hikes.