FAQ

Our mission is to take the stress out of planning your upcoming adventure holiday. So, put your mind at ease with answers to our most frequently asked questions or contact us if you can’t find your question answered below.

What should I pack?

Prior to departure we will provide a complete packing list outlining needed clothing and equipment that you will have to bring.

How many people can join a tour?

While it depends on the type of adventure you are joining, we generally like to travel in small groups. With a minimum of six to a maximum of twelve participants on our multi-day treks, a minimum of six to a maximum of twenty participants on our day hikes, and a limited number of participants in respect to the preset guest-to-climber ratio for each of our climbing tours. However, upon request we can accommodate both larger and smaller groups.

Am I suited to small group travel?

We think small is good. You’ll find that with a small group you will be traveling with like-minded companions who, like you, aspire to similar things, are keen to share the experience and forge lifelong friendships. Besides, our tours provide both structure and flexibility, allowing you plenty of freedom within the framework of the itinerary.

Do you offer private departures for small groups?

Yes. We offer private departures for all kinds of groups, including couples, families with children, and groups of friends. Just email us at info@exploringslovenia.com for any further details and requests.

Do I need to pay a surcharge if I’m a single traveler?

Our tours are primarily on a twin-share basis in the valley and two- or four-bedded rooms in the mountains, so if you are joining the group as a solo traveler, we will try to match you with someone of your own gender. The choice is yours, however; if you prefer not to share, we offer single supplements that will guarantee you a single room. For a single room in mountain huts, we advise you to book at least three months in advance.

Will I have to share my accommodation?

Unless you book the “Single Room” option, yes, you’ll be bunking with someone else. Space in the mountains is at a premium, so be prepared to share your accommodation with others. Mountain accommodations usually feature shared washing facilities and sometimes shared toilets.

What level of comfort can I expect during my adventure?

While accommodations and meals vary by adventure type and whether we are in the valley or in the mountains, we always try to provide you with a high level of comfort. The character-filled accommodation we choose allows you to explore by day and relax comfortably by night.

What kind of accommodations will I be staying in?

If you don’t enjoy genuine mountain life in simple but charming huts, we strive to handpick quality accommodation based on location and local charm that captures the essence of the destinations. Accommodation in the valley is typically on a twin-share basis and in two- or four-bedded rooms in the mountains; however, single supplements are available at an additional price.

Who are your guides?

Exploring Slovenia finds knowledgeable local experts to lead our trips. All climbing tours are guided by UIAGM/IFMGA professional local mountain guides – the highest climbing, mountaineering, and ski-mountaineering qualification in the world. Our treks and day hikes are typically guided by experienced local mountain guides.

How do I know what each trip is like?

This website provides an overview of each trip. If you still have questions, please e-mail us at info@exploringslovenia.com

How fit do I have to be?

Fitness is an important aspect of our trips. Therefore, each itinerary is carefully graded for ease of selecting the adventure that best suits you and your fellow adventurers. We offer tours that require extreme fitness to tours for the normally fit including families. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the physical requirements of your trip and speak to us if you have any questions. View our trip grading system for more detail as to how we grade the activity levels on our adventures and the suggested physical preparation.

How much free time do I get on tour?

While day climbs are usually packed with activity, our day hikes and multi-day treks tend to be a little less intense. However, we strive to implement an element of free time on each trip, allowing you to relax during and after a long day.

What’s the food like?

We love our food and therefore try our best to find the most typical and delicious local cuisine in the valley, while enjoying typical mountain dishes when on the trail.

What if someone has dietary needs?

We try to accommodate all types of special dietary needs. There are some limits when in the mountains as the choice of dishes is limited, but we are sure we can work on it together. Therefore, if you have any particular dietary request, all you have to do is let us know and we will gladly accommodate it or make a precise plan on what to bring along extra if the required food is not available on the trail.

Insurance

To be adequately protected by travel insurance, you will need a special policy that caters for the possibly hazardous activities you will undertake on your trip with Exploring Slovenia, particularly for those joining us on our climbing tours. It is a requirement of our booking conditions that you have such a policy for all our climbing tours and that you provide us with a copy before you travel. The policy must include suitable coverage for rescue and repatriation and emergency medical expenses.

We offer a Coris Insurance program policy through our website for those who do not have travel protection and want to be assured that they will be covered throughout their trip. Please let us know at info@exploringslovenia.com if you need the insurance.

Grading system

We have active trips for every skill and fitness level, ranging from relaxed to strenuous. These guidelines will help you select the level of adventure that’s right for you.

FITNESS LEVEL

  • (1) Relaxed: Adventure travel at its most relaxed pace; 1-3 hours of activity per day
  • (2) Easy Active: Great for outdoor novices to active hikers; 3-6 hours of activity per day
  • (3) Moderate: For moderately fit outdoor enthusiasts and the above; 5-7 hours most days
  • (4) Vigorous: Recommended for fit travelers; 7-9 hours most days
  • (5) Strenuous: Designed for very fit travelers; 10+ hours per day

TECHNICAL LEVEL

  • T1: No previous hiking or climbing experience is necessary
    Surfaces: rolling or mountainous terrain with typically easily ascending trails, some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
  • T2: For active hillwalkers who don’t mind exposure
    Surfaces: mountainous terrain with typically sections of steep ascents/descents and uneven trails, some exposure
  • T3: For mountain enthusiasts with basic climbing experience
    Surfaces: mountainous terrain with steep ascents/descents, uneven trails, sections of exposed and secured climbing
  • T4: Recommended for climbers with Alpine climbing experience
    Surfaces: mountainous terrain with demanding and extremely exposed walls, I, II, III climbing and short sections of IV climbing with no safety cables
  • T5: Designed for climbers with good Alpine climbing experience
    Surfaces: the most demanding and extremely exposed walls, IV and above climbing with no safety cables
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