Cycling Slovenian mountain bike trails
Number of people
Lenght and Elevation
385 km, 12.700m +/-
From 1.099 €
Gathering MTB stamps on Slovenian bike trails.
Slovenian mountain bike trail is placed on attractive but yet unbeaten trails all around Slovenia.
Our tour will lead you from Slovenian alpine pearl Kranjska Gora towards Soča Valley all the way down to wine growing land of Vipava Valley and authetical Karst.
After continental Slovenia, romantic coast with medditerain sea will await you at the end of the tour.
You can choose between a self-guided as well fully guided tour.
We provide e-bikes, e-bike charger on every planned stage stop. We provide full logistic (bike shuttle, 24/7 technical support, arrange all sleeping in mountain huts).
We provide a full detailed map of the exact track (with GPX), including all attractions to see, different sleeping options, recommended restaurants and activities along the way. A dictionary with the most common and important words, especially those that are not pure grammatical, but useful on your tour
We follow blue marks on our bike tour, which will lead us and show us the way..
Note that this is the original trail and it is quite demanding.
If we manage to make it all, we will gather 38 SMBT stamps and get a medal of honour.
We have many alternatives prepared to make it easier and accessible to a wider range of bikers.
- Top Alpine panoramas
- Accommodation in mountain huts and hotels
- Local made food
- Experienced MTB guide
- Baggage transfer
- 24h support
Welcome in Kranjska Gora
Meeting - Instruction
We will meet in a pleasant sport hotel in Kranjska Gora. After accommodation, a briefing meeting with all instructions for the upcoming week will follow.
Day 2 – Kranjska Gora – Vršič – Trenta
Distance: 48 km
Elevation: 1500 m +/-
Moderate – Hard
Top alpine panorama
- Slovenian alpine museum
- Jasna lake
- Russian Chapel
- 6 SMBT stamps
Morning start from the center of Kranjska Gora to the main road, we will heading towards Vršiška cesta. We soon reach Lake Jasna, and our path continues along the main road ahead. We pass Mala Pišnica river, Mali Tamar valley, and have a beautiful view on the mountains of Krnica. Our path from Mali Tamar continues to the right, where we drive on and rejoin Vršiška cesta. A few meters lower along the road we can see the famous Russian Cross. We continue the ascent and soon reach our first checkpoint – Mihov dom.
From here we drive again to the bank where after a few bends we reach the famous Russian chapel. A few more turns up the hill and we are already at the next checkpoint – Koča na Gozdu
If we continue along the marked path, we drive from Tonka’s hut along the old Vršiška road. It is a beautiful serpentine path that leads us practically to the top of Vršič. On this route there are some sections with beautiful views of the Julian Alps. In late autumn, when there is no snow yet, care must be taken, as the path freezes in some sections at night and sometimes remains slightly slippery even during the day. Shortly after that we arrive at the next checkpoint – Poštarski dom na Vršiču.
At this stage, we will descend to the Soča, on the sunny side of the alpine chain. From here and a good part of our route, rivers, and streams, unlike before, will flow towards the Adriatic Sea.
From “Poštarca” we descend to the asphalt and leave the highest pass in the Eastern Julian Alps along the famous road. Below, when the hardest descent from Vršič is almost over, we are greeted by one of the biggest lovers of the beauties of the remote Trenta valley – dr. Julius Kugy. Immediately after that, our path will turn right to Hut at the source of the Soča (Koča pri izviru Soče), where we will see where the famous river comes from.
We will return to Vršiška cesta, continue towards Trenta and soon stop in front of the Information and Education Center of the Triglav National Park – Dom Trenta. From here the main road will take us towards Bovec and soon we will be at Mala korita, another natural attraction under which the “daughter of the mountains” is signed.
Here we will turn left over the bridge and soon cross the lively Vrsnik – the left tributary of the Soča, which does not lack waterfalls and gorges upstream. Only two shorter slopes and three kilometers separate us from the Great Gorges – a natural delicacy for body and soul, where the colorful river shows its true character and shines in all its beauty. To the House of Dr. Klement Jug in Lepena, we have to climb another 250 meters, and we will be accompanied by the cold Lepenca, which hides Šunikov vodni gaj in the middle of the valley in its left tributary. Whoever will park a bike here for half an hour and peek into it, will never forget it.
Day 3 – Lepena – Kuhinja
Distance: 41 km
Elevation: 1460 m +/-
– Soča Valley
– 3 SMBT stamps
In this stage, we will connect the two main accesses to Krn by bike. At the confluence of Lepence and Soča, drive to the left bank of the Soča all the way to the footbridge over the Soča under the bunkers, where you drive for a short time on the main road. At Krševac in front of Mali Koriti of the Soča river, drive over the bridge to the left bank, where we have a macadam connection to the hamlet of Jablenc in front of Čezsoča. Through Čezsoča and Log Čezsoški we drive along an asphalt on non-traffic local road, and then we drive on a macadam connection on the left bank past Srpenica and Trnovo all the way to Magozd pod Krnom. To Koseč again on the asphalt road. Followed by an ascent along a steep cart track (marked by the Alpe Adria Route and the Path of Peace), driven to a height of 1000 meters. Continuing in the direction of Bes Chapel is too steep to ride, the bike needs to be pushed. Then the slope drops, and due to the eroded path in some places, caution is required. Soon we join the road leading from mount pasture Kuhinja to mount pasture Zaslap.
Day 4 – Hut Kuhinja – Most na Soči
Distance: 30 km
Elevation: 1000 m +/-
- 2 SMBT stamps:
- Church Sv. Duha in Javorca
- Mount pasture Srednjica in Polog (bunker, damn, cheese dairy)
- Tolmin Gorges
- Austrian cemetery at Loče pri Tolminu
- Tolmin museum
The path leads us from under the mighty and famous mountain Krn over the Zatolmin mountains to the Tolminka valley, which flows into the Soča river. From the hut on the Kuhinja mountain, which is a gathering place and starting point for a large number of visitors to the Krn Mountains, and recently also an increasingly popular stop for cyclists, we descend to the village of Krn where we turn left up in the direction of Mrzli vrh. The narrow asphalt road soon turns into macadam, and then into a steep stone path, the last section to the hunting lodge at the Pretovč mountain is demanding, in some places it is also necessary to push the bike.
The descent over the Zatolminske planine is technically quite demanding. First over the Medrje mountain, then the Laška seč and Črča mountains, we arrive at the most beautiful monument from WW1 on the territory of the Republic of Slovenia, to the church of Sv. Duha in Javorca.
In Polog, turn onto the beautiful macadam road to Zatolmin, where already at the church of St. Peter we branch off to the mule track directly at the entrance to the Tolmin Gorge. We head to Tolmin along a macadam path under the Korita snack bar across the hamlet of Loče past the Austrian cemetery. We ascend to the center of Tolmin, where we leave the city past the hotel and TIC in the direction of the confluence of the Soča and Tolminka, the site of many festivals in summer. Right next to the water of the accumulation lake, a beautiful cycle path leads us to the settlement of Modrej. We continue through Most na Soči and along the left bank of the Idrijca to the checkpoint at the Zlata ribica hotel.
Day 5 – Idrija pri Bači – Cerkno
Distance: 32 km
Elevation: 1.400 m +/-
Cerkno forest area
- Archaeological museum
- Šentviška plateau
- 3 SMBT stamps
At Most na Soči we leave the valley of the river Soča. From the city center, follow the road to Tolminski Lom, cross the river Idrijca and leave it on the first serpentine of the steep slope. Turn left and follow the almost flat macadam road on the left bank of the Idrijca. In front of the railway station, take the asphalt road and turn right under the railway line in the direction of the village of Čepovan. After less than a kilometer, don’t miss the turnoff to the left, which takes us to Idrija near Bača. This turn-off is near an interesting railway bridge over the river Idrijca. In the summer, Idrijca is suitable for swimming, and under the railway bridge in the afternoon it is usually full of bathers. Just in front of the turnoff for Idrija pri Bači stands the Zlata ribica hotel (stamp in the reception) with the possibility of spending the night and refreshments.
A turn to the left leads us to the village, over the bridge, over the river Idrijca. When we cycle to the main road, we turn left again, back towards Most na Soči and after 5oo meters, in a separate hamlet, we catch a slope to the right, which leads to the Šentviška plateau. Here the flat part ends and a continuous 5-kilometer ascent awaits us. It starts with asphalt, which after one km turns into a macadam road and brings us to a plateau through a pleasant beech forest. When you come across an asphalt road, turn right and follow it to Ponikve. Above the village is a hill with Plečnik’s church, where we can refill the water and take a break after the ascent. Continue to the end of the village and at the crossroads turn left towards Črvov vrh. To the highest point of our tour, the path continues to climb. The road to the last homesteads is asphalted and then we are on macadam again. After arriving on the macadam, near a small hamlet, follow the turnoff to the left towards Gorski and Črvov vrh.
After a kilometer of slope, we reach a pasture, where we follow the cart track to the left over pastures. Let’s not forget to close the door behind us. The cart track leads us to the macadam road just below the top and along with it we ascend to Črvov vrh (stamp in the box next to the house), our highest point. We have the Julian Alps in the palm of our hand. From the top there is a decent, first on macadam, then we follow the asphalt road towards Baška grapa. After 4 km of steep and fast descent, we start climbing again and soon reach the road where we turn right in the direction of Bukovo. Soon we come across a new turn where we turn left towards the village of Zakojca. A slightly undulating asphalt road leads us to Zakojca. In Zakojca, you can see Bevko’s homestead and support it in the agritourism Pri Flandru (stamp in the box next to the inn), where it is also possible to spend the night. In Zakojca, a short steep slope awaits us with a turn to the right towards Jesenica. When the slope drops through a beautiful forest, we lead to the saddle between Kojca and Porezno. We are at the crossroads of five roads and follow the second left turn, a beautiful road that crosses the southwest slope of Ritovščica above the village of Jesenica. When you reach the asphalt road, turn left into the last slope in front of Cerkno, past the homesteads to the saddle. We cross the saddle and descend on macadam to the village of Gorje. Immediately at the beginning of the hamlet, we descend steeply to the right and cross the Cerkno Zakriž road, where we catch a cart track that leads us to the asphalt road in front of the village of Trebenče. We leave this very quickly (after 200 m) and turn right onto the cart track, which brings us to Cerkno. Both cart tracks are part of walking and horse trails and therefore require a very calm and careful cycling descent. A stamp is waiting for us at the reception of the Cerkno Hotel.
Day 6 – Cerkno – Hleviška Planina
Distance: 41 km
Elevation: 1.900 m +/-
Idrija - UNESCO heritage
- Žlikrofi (local food)
- Idrijska čipka (Idrija lace)
- Anthony’s Shaft Mining Museum
- 3 SMBT stamps
With the Cerkno Idrija route, we are finally leaving the Julian Alps. Jet there will be no shortage of slopes. After cycling through the varied and colorful hills, we will meet the river Idrijca again. At the end of the day, we will climb to the hut on Hleviška Planina. This tour has a lot of asphalt, but it offers us beautiful views of homesteads and hamlets scattered everywhere.
The day begins with a slope, a short warm-up before a serious start to the ascent is recommended. We leave Cerkno along the main road that climbs towards Kladje. At the first 180-degree serpentine, leave the main road and follow the beautiful macadam forest road to the right. After less than two kilometers at the crossroads, turn left and later encounter the main road again, along which you cycle to the village of Kladje at the pass. We continue to the right, along the road that ascends past Cerkljanski vrh, below the southern slopes of Bevkov vrh. Here we reach the highest point of the tour. We follow the connections that descend and at the same time cross the slopes to the lookout point above the village of Jazne. We are careful not to be misled by the branches that lead to the valley. Above the village we turn left to the east and soon after the Lanišar farm we come across the road Sovodenj – Mrzli vrh, Sivka. Here we turn right and along the Javorščica stream, we bite again into the first folded slope, which, however, constantly escalates and does not stop until we reach the hut on Mrzlek (stamp in the box). If not before, here or a little further somewhere between Sivka and Mrzli vrh is a suitable place for rest and relaxation. When we drive past Sivka back to the southern coastal slopes, a descent to Spodnja Idrija awaits us. We drive to the turnoff for Žiri along the main road, and only here the bridge helps us jump to the right bank of the Idrijca. The shares of lace and donuts are no longer far from Idrija, an ancient mining town and the center. In the city, before the final ascent of the tour, we can try local specialties and cool off and rest in the mine shafts. In Idrija, we find a road for the Army. Only this one climbs first along the right bank of the stream. When the road crosses the stream, we soon turn left onto the cart track, after which we ascend to the hut on Hleviška Planina (stamp in the box).
Day 7 – Hleviška planina – Mt. Golak
Distance: 37 km
Elevation: 1780 m +/-
Freshness of Trnovo forest
- Krajinski park
- Divje jezero
- Trnovski gozd
- Paradana Strasse
- 1 SMBT stamp
This time we will wander around the Zgornja Idrijca Landscape Park. We will drive mostly on macadam roads, follow watercourses and wander through forests. This is a tour of the jungles, and on the next, we will “roll over” over the ridge to the real coastal side, where with a little imagination we will be able to breathe the sea.
From the hut we descend towards the Idrija – Čekovnik road. Here we turn right and follow it to the hamlet of Blašk. The road is winding, not only left to right but also steep up and down winding. At Blaško, turn left and then immediately right onto the macadam into the Idrijca valley. In front of us is a beautiful macadam descent through a beautiful forest. When we reach the river Idrijca, follow its flow to Idrijska Bela. Here we turn right into the Belca valley. We follow the watercourse and later the Belce canyon past Belčni and Putrih’s klavže towards endless forests. At first it’s like in a fairy tale, but later the 12 km moderate ascent to Mrzla Rupa reminds us that we also cycle. There are several turns on the way, but if we follow the direction straight, we will not miss the destination. On the opposite bank through Belca, we have a view of the previously cycled slopes below Čekovnik. When we reach Cold Hole, three-quarters of the tour is behind us. This is where the Gorenje Trebuša valley begins. We turn southeast along the road towards Hude polje, where we turn right and continue the ascent to Bukov vrh. We are in the area of domestic “rainforests”, freezers and also bear, wolf and lynx. To Iztok’s hut (stamp in the box) we are still waiting for a leisurely bike ride past Smrekova draga, a hunting lodge and the Great Ice Cave around the western edge of Golaki. The tour can be enriched with a walk to Mali Golak, which is surprisingly higher than Veliki Golak 🙂
Day 8 – Mt. Golak – Trstelj
Distance: 49 km
Elevation: 1460 m +/-
- Source of river Hubelj
- Roman fortress “Ad fluvium frigidum”, Ajdovščina
- Štanjel: castle, church sv. Danijela, Karsic house, Ferrari garden
- Golec nad Lukovcem: outstanding viewing point over Vipava Valley
- SMBT 4 stamps
This part of our bike tour takes us through three, very different landscapes. From the plateau of Trnovski gozd we will descend into the sunny Vipava Valley and ascend to the rocky Karst, where on our way it will already smell like the sea. While cycling through this area, everyone will find something for themselves; be it the shady shade of the vast Dinaric forests on Gora, the vineyards in the hills above the wind-blown Vipava Valley, or the scenic peaks of the northern edge of the Karst with the picturesque Štanjel, which is the most beautiful introduction to the secrets of the homeland of prosciutto and Teran.
From Iztok’s hut in the southern direction along the forest road, we descend to the Edmund Čibej Hut in Tiha dolina (stamp) on the edge of Trnovski gozd. Here, on the Gora plateau, there is a beautiful lookout point on Predmeja, which opens up a view of the central part of the Vipava Valley, the Vipava Hills, and the Karst. The whole continuation of the stage is like in the palm of your hand. To feel it from the bike, we descend along the legendary Ressl trail in the direction of Ajdovščina. Before entering the city, which still has the preserved old Roman core “by the cold river” (Ad Fluvium Frigidum), we see its source – the river, which today we call Hubelj, namely comes to light through the caves at the foot of the mountain. When the capital of the bora is behind us, the path along Hubelj leads us to the northern edge of the Vipava hills – a hilly land at the transition from the Vipava valley to the Karst. Here we are immediately surrounded by vineyards and orchards. The contrast to the cold embrace of the forests we have witnessed recently is remarkable. We ascend through Planina, where, as in the neighboring Gaberje, we can enjoy a precious drop – do not miss the tasting of Pinela, a local white-wine specialty. The descent to the river Branica surprises us again with the change of landscape, as the vineyards are replaced by a karst pine forest, through which, in a gentle ascent, we soon reach Štanjel. The most picturesque village in the Karst always surprises with its stone works of art. We definitely drive to the Ferrari Garden, the Karst House with its ethnographic collection, the Church of St. Daniel and the castle, and a minute-long stop reveals many more things hidden in the village gases and cruises.
We continue through the hilly northern edge of the Karst. We descend past the villages of Lukovec and Grižnik to the asphalt road Komen – Branik. In the second part, we will cross the peaks of Šumka. This area was severely affected by a large forest fire in 2006, which practically destroyed the old pine forests, and today we have open views of the Vipava Valley and the Alps on one side and the Adriatic Sea on the other. When we reach the Iron Gate pass, we are already very close to the stage goal in Trstelj. On it and to Stjenkova koča just below the top, we ascend along a picturesque path over the northern slopes.
Day 9 – Trstelj – Kokoš
Distance: 47 km
Elevation: 960 m +/-
- 3 SMBT stamps
- Military railway: the route of the former Austro-Hungarian military railway between Temnica and Sveto
- Sveto: the octagonal church of St. Tilen, old linden tree, the military cemetery, karst architecture, osmica
- Volčji Grad: prehistoric hillfort Debela griža
- Pliskovica: Latnik of European Friendship, Pliska’s Path, stonemason’s workshop
- Sežana: botanical garden, memorial room of Srečko Kosovel, Living Museum of the Karst
- Lipica Stud Farm
Limestone landscape, red earth, the stone architecture of villages, Teran, prosciutto, Srečko Kosovel, Lipizzaners,… all this and much more is the Karst. A beautiful landscape that has lent its name to all areas of this world where we can admire underground caves and other phenomena that were first explored and described right here, in the hinterland of Trieste.
We start the descent from Trstelj to the village of Temnica. The fact that we are again in the area where the World War raged a century ago, we get to know by cycling along the route of the former military railway to Sveto, one of the most beautiful villages around, which we must see in more detail (octagonal church, five hundred years linden, military cemetery,… If you are here around the first of May, don’t miss the excellent Osmica. Shortly we are already in Komna, which is the center of this part of the plateau and also the starting point for several beautiful circular cycling tours. Through the villages of Volčji Grad, Nadrožica, Škofi, and Kregolišče we continue to the lively Pliskovica, where diligent locals take care of various cultural, culinary and hiking events all year round, and we can also spend the night in the local youth hotel. Sežana is driven through one of the rare oak forests in the Karst, just below the Žekenc hills on the state border. A paradise where we can take time to visit the beautifully landscaped botanical garden and Kosovel’s room in the old school, and then nearby Lipica awaits us. We achieve it through the latest acquisition – the Living Museum of the Karst, where we get to know the typical landscape phenomena and the ways in which the locals once cultivated the then hostile land (shepherd’s huts, ponds,…). There is no need to present the world-famous homeland of white horses, but we can say that Lipica enchants us even more if we get there by bike.
Day 10 – Kokoš – Piran
Distance: 47 km
Elevation: 960 m +/-
Road to the Adriatic sea
- 4 SMBT stamps
- Socerb Castel
- Parenzana road
We continue from Kokoš in a south-easterly direction and descend along the forest road towards the ruins of the church of Sv. Tomaž above Vrhpolje. The second part of the descent to Krvavi Potok leads us along a macadam path through picturesque pastures overgrown with rye. We cross the main road Trieste-Rijeka and through the village of Michele join the route of the former railway line, which connected Trieste through the Glinščica valley with Kozina. In a slight ascent, follow it all the way to the main asphalt road just below Kozina, which you immediately leave and head down to Klanac. Through the picturesque village of Ocizlo, we continue along the forest path to the deep with marked karst caves, which are worth a closer look. The last part of this section takes us through the vast groves to Socerb Castle.
From the viewing platform at Socerb Castle we descend through the footpath (SPP – Slovenian Walking Path) through the village to the asphalt road. Follow it to the right and 50 m to the left down to the Slovenian-Italian border on the edge of the village of Prebeneg. Continues the descent in the direction into the village, and then in an arc to the left past the church on a cart track that descends into the valley of the Osapska river. Following a poor forest road through a pine forest, it descends to a stream and then reaches the village of Osp almost horizontally. Under a mighty wall, the mecca of sports climbers, it descends past the firehouse to the asphalt. We turn left towards Gabrovica and after 400 m we turn left again past the landslide and the Mišja peč climbing area and reach the village of Gabrovica in a moderate ascent. Below the viaduct, our tour rises to the access road to the Črni Kal motorway junction, crosses it, then turns right and climbs moderately along the cart track along with it to the turn-off for Stepane. Here it clings to the asphalt of the service road, crosses the motorway, and then climbs a little steeper along the cart track to the lookout point Tinjan. A checkpoint stamp is available here. Follow the descent in the direction of Škofije and a sharp turn left to the hamlet of Kolombar, from where our path descends along the cart track to Dekane. Then cross the regional road and railway and at the end of the overpass turn right through the hamlet of Mihati to the recreational trail “Health and Friendship-Parenzana” (sign D8). When we reach the river Rižana, on the other side of the bridge we will find a pleasant place to relax or refresh in a restaurant. Then through Bertoki and along the edge of Škocjan Bay to the bus and train station in Koper.
Continue along the cycle path to the left into the motorway underpass and over the roundabout to the traffic lights at Šmarska cesta. Here we turn left past the shopping center to the OMW petrol station, then right and immediately left across the road and past the orange block opposite the parking garage quite steeply uphill. Passing the blocks of flats and residential houses, we ascend to the lookout ridge to the village of Gažon, where we meet the red-yellow markings of the E6 trail, which will accompany us to Jagodje above Izola. Considerable effort is rewarded with an extensive view on all sides, all the way to the Dolomites, Julian and Carnic Alps. This is followed by a pleasant and scenic drive west over Semedela to the Segadici plateau, where a magnificent view of Izola and the entire Slovenian coast opens up. Along its edge, the cart track takes us again on the asphalt strip to Baredo. When the road turns down towards Izola, we turn left onto a horizontal macadam road, which leads us to the foot of Šared on the edge of extensive vineyards and olive groves. At the junction with the asphalt, turn right down onto the Izola-Korte regional road. After 50 m of ascent, a narrow asphalt path branches off to the right, which descends along the Mali hill towards Jagodje. After two sharp bends, the steep descent ends at the junction with an asphalt path that ascends from the valley to a roundabout on the regional road above Jagodje. We turn right along it and after 70 m turn left again down to the Parenzana recreational cycling trail. Before the vehicle lock, leave it and turn right onto the cart track, which climbs steeply to a narrow asphalt path. This brings us to a wider road, we turn right past the church to the intersection with the regional road. Cross it straight in the direction of Izola, but when the road turns right downhill after 100 m, turn left towards the Belvedere hotel complex. We are entering the Strunjan Landscape Park, please observe the nature protection restrictions. Continue to the edge of the Ronek cape plateau and then turn left down into Strunjan. We drive past the Laguna Hotel to the Krka thermal complex (stamp).
The path then leads through the parking lot past the Lambada inn to the bridge at the port and the Saltworks Museum where a display of the traditional way of extracting salt is available. Attention, from now on cycling is not allowed, the next 300 meters along the embankment of the Strunjan salt pans we have to walk along the bike! On the other side of the bay, we climb the winding road above the Salinera hotel complex. When the view opens towards Piran, turn right down over Pacug and steeply down into Fijesa along the granite blocks. On the left we are greeted by an interesting freshwater lake, which is separated from the sea only by a narrow embankment. Our path rises slightly under a steep cliff right by the sea and with exceptional views of the Gulf of Trieste and the mountains in the distance reaches Piran. Under the famous church of St. Jurij, we descend to Tartini Square and jump for the checkpoint stamp at the Piran Hotel.
Overnight stay in Piran
From Piran we arrange transport back to your hotel or take you back to the airport.
PRICE / PERSON
Price per person (2): 1200 €
Price per person (4): 1100 €
Price per person (8): 999 €
- Top Alpine panoramas (Kranjska Gora, Vršič, Soča Valley)
- 10 accommodation in mountain huts and hotels
- 10 dinners and breakfasts from local made food
- Experienced MTB guide
- Baggage transfer between tour stages
- Tour guide book (gpx pack, itinerary, etc)
- 24h support
- Other meals and beverages (optional)
- Bike&gear rent (optional)
- Travel insurance
- Any other items not mentioned as included.
Self - Guided
- Price per pax (8): 150 €
- Booklet – detailed itinerary
- Tour guide
- Depending on your wishes, we prepare a custom made tour (elavation, distance, things to do, things to see)