Date: 24–29 Aug 2020
Cost: £95 - plus all expenses (accommodation, transport, meals.)
Details: Starts 19:00 on August 24 finishes 10:00 on August 29
Location: Triglav national park, Slovenia
Run by: David Burbidge
Contact details: 07531206081
We will have our first night in a country farm house near Bled – comfortable rooms and good food and singing. Then we will walk up from Bohinj up Triglav – stopping in two mountain lodges on the way up, and one on the way down. Most of it is a lovely walk through the wild alpine flowers – the very last part is a scramble made safe by the metal railing you will be clipped onto (a via ferrata.) Our songs will be about mountains and walking and will include the Slovenian anthem Triglav moj dom, and the mountain song Planinska (“Come brothers and sisters, let’s go to the mountains where we can be without worries.”) Our last night will be in the country farm house where we first stayed.
Flights with Easyjet via Gatwick and Ljubljana (or Easyjet from Stanstead, Wizzair from Luton, to Ljubljana – or train via Eurostar, and then via Munich and Saltzburg to Ljubljana. Or – Ryanair to Trieste or Venice and then train.
Meals in the mountain lodges and in cafes. Transport by bus.
Cost: £95 (my fee) plus all expenses (c.£300.)
Requirements – must be fit, have good boots, no fear of heights, love singing, ready to put disciplined practice in at home or join us in Kendal for practice, good health (no heart complaints), hillwaking experience etc.
We start on August 7 evening with a meal and some singing practice. August 8 bus to Bohinj then walk up the mountain to first hostel. August 9 more uphill on good paths to Kredarica hostel. August 10 early morning start to the summit – and down to a lower hostel for the night. August 11 back down to Bohinj and bus back to the country farm house where we first stayed. August 12 finish 5pm (in time to catch bus to airport for evening flight with Easyjet back to Gatwick – or stay on and enjoy some touring.)
Songs sent in advance with words and recordings – as well as invitations to join Slovenian song learning workshops in Cumbria. Lift shares and travel information can be provided (eg trains via London, Paris, Stuttgart and Ljubljana.) Limited numbers so book soon if you can to avoid being disappointed.
Group will be led by David Burbidge who as well as completing mountain leader and via ferrata training, has been a member of the Natural Voice Network for over 25 years – a founder member. HIs long term relationship with Slovenia has been accompanied by his work with the town twinning between Sedbergh (in Cumbria where he lives) and Zrece (in Slovenia near Celje.) He has organised over 50 exchanges of choirs between the two countries and speaks passable Slovenian.