Climb the Pohorje

An exhilarating 6 day walking tour.

Climb the Pohorje starts in medieval Maribor and finishes in the thermal wonderland of Topolšica. It’s an exhilarating walking tour into spectacular mountain scenery and historic villages experiencing the cuisine, wines and history of provincial Slovenia. Rolling hills, baroque churches, gourmet food and local spas.

We start in Maribor, the capital of north-east Slovenia. A train takes us up the Drava valley to Ozbalt from where we follow our escape route through the rolling Pohorje Hills, then descend into thermal spa country, swift rivers, hot springs and lush green countryside until we reach the spa town of Topolšica that’s been the centre of this region for centuries.

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Stages in this tour

Stage 1: Ožbalt – Lovrenc na Pohorju to Stage 4: Mislinja – Topolšica

Stage 1

Ožbalt - Lovrenc na Pohorju

Stage 2

Lovrenc na Pohorju - Rogla

Stage 3

Rogla - Mislinja

Stage 4

Mislinja - Topolšica

Stage 1 - Ožbalt - Lovrenc na Pohorju

Stage Distance

9.0 km

Stage Duration

5 hrs

Asphalt Roads

1.0 km

Forest Roads

7.0 km

Paths

1.0 km

Today we head to the heart of the Pohorje’s, an area famous for its rugged beauty. Streams, dense forests, the Drava river and an organic farm are all part of today’s adventure. Starting at Ožbalt train station, we make our way to Stalag XVIIID, before our walk truly commences. Then it’s straight into dense forests, located close to the Drava river. While it is steep to begin with, you are quickly immersed in the beauty of the forest and can leave your cares behind.

Today’s lunch comes from Sadonik Organic Farm, a 400-year-old Slovenian farm in the centre of Lovrenc na Pohorju serving homemade dishes with generous hospitality, making you feel extremely welcome.

Our accommodation is simpler tonight, as is dinner. Both are a great example of the simplicity of some of the areas we will be travelling through. Wines in this region are still light, fresh and young.

Elevations

Elevation Start

300 m

Elevation Finish

440 m

Ascend

430 m

Descend

290 m

Highest Point

630 m

Lowest Point

300 m
Stage 2 - Lovrenc na Pohorju - Rogla

Stage Distance

15.0 km

Stage Duration

7 hrs

Asphalt Roads

0.5 km

Forest Roads

5.0 km

Paths

9.5 km

Be inspired by breathtaking views, gorgeous wetlands, an incredible 360-degree view from a tall tower and authentic Slovenian hospitality. Today we have a beautiful serene walk through the forests, although it is slightly harder than yesterday. Throughout the wetlands you’ll see pools of water perfectly reflecting the sky, the vegetation changes then we come to forests full of tall trees you can lose yourself in.

Tonight we stay in a world-famous ski resort and wellness centre where you’ll have access to spa, pools and can book in a massage if you would like. At dinner, you will have a delightful selection of traditional Slovenian meals to choose from. As for wine, the Pohorje’s are famous for a variety of flavoured liqueurs, especially herb and fruit flavours such a plum, pear and blueberry. There is also a selection of distilleries and wineries around Rogla, so you have more options but the focus is still white wines in this region.

Elevations

Elevation Start

440 m

Elevation Finish

1500 m

Ascend

1300 m

Descend

240 m

Highest Point

1537 m

Lowest Point

400 m
Stage 3 - Rogla - Mislinja

Stage Distance

22.0 km

Stage Duration

9 hrs

Asphalt Roads

2.0 km

Forest Roads

5.0 km

Paths

15.0 km

Today we will explore the Loverenška lakes, cross meadows to Ribniška cottage, drink from “Lover’s Spring” if you wish, then walk through to Mislinja. This path is full of breathtaking scenery and unique views, especially around the lakes.

It’s believed you will fall in love with the first person you see after drinking from “Lover’s Spring”, which you can try for yourself before we reach Ribniška cottage for lunch. Ribniška cottage is a popular ski resort and during summer frequented for it’s great views and delicious, authentic Slovenian meals with generous servings.

Tonight, we stay in a nice hotel with various meal options. Out the front, you’ll find a bar with a great selection of drinks, an ice-cream bar, pizzeria and down the street a cute bar on the corner. Locals frequent this hotel, always friendly and welcoming to tourists.

Wines for the area still lean to the crisp whites for now but as we head further along, you’ll notice a shift in options.

Elevations

Elevation Start

1500 m

Elevation Finish

582 m

Ascend

482 m

Descend

1400 m

Highest Point

1530 m

Lowest Point

527 m
Stage 4 - Mislinja - Topolšica

Stage Distance

22.0 km

Stage Duration

9 hrs

Asphalt Roads

7.0 km

Forest Roads

5.0 km

Paths

10.0 km

Gorgeous forests, a musical guest house, quaint farms, colourful beehives, friendly Slovenians and a famous spa resort are all packed into today. As we continue our walk today, if farmers are home, they often come to greet us, share schnapps, produce and stories. The hospitality and genuine enthusiasm for life is amazing throughout Slovenia. Slovenians want you to feel at home in their beautiful country and today will truly show you that.

Our accommodation tonight is a gorgeous spa resort located in a lush forest. With a variety of wellness options available, numerous pools, spas and treatments, you’ll see why people travel from everywhere to spend time rejuvenating here.

Wines in this region are young, fresh and crisp, whether white or red. Deep red wines aren’t as common until we get further south but the whites have a few deeper options.

Elevations

Elevation Start

527 m

Elevation Finish

760 m

Ascend

1200 m

Descend

970 m

Highest Point

912 m

Lowest Point

527 m

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