Triglav is not a mountain, it’s a realm!
– Dr. Julius Kugy (1858 – 1944; merchant from Trieste and pioneer climber in the Julian Alps)
After our visit to Škocjan and Postojna Caves, we headed to Tolmin, a small town in Slovenia, for the night. We checked out early the next morning to drive to Tolmin Gorges for a morning hike, which is located at the most southern part of the Triglav National Park.
Established in 1981, Triglav National Park is the only national park in Slovenia, though efforts to protect the area started in 1924. Named after the mountain Triglav (the highest mountain in Slovenia at 2,864 metres), the park covers an area of 838 km² along the borders with Italy and Austria, which accounts for 4% of Slovenia’s total area.
The parking for Tolmin Gorges is right at the entrance and is free for all. There is a small wooden hut at the gorge entrance where we paid the entrance fee. Building of the tourist path through the gorge started in 1953 and was completed in 1958 by the Tolmin Tourist Association. The entrance fees go into the maintenance of the trail in Tolmin Gorges. The extremely friendly ranger in the hut gave us a brochure (which included a map and information) and explained to us how to go about doing the hike. We followed her advice and hiked downwards via the hiking trail to see the gorge….