We carried a Garmin GPS unit with us on the part of the Via Alpina which we did actually walk, and recorded our track. Although we did get lost several times, those diversions have been edited out of the tracks you see here. (Except for those times where we were lost enough that we didn’t find the official route.) Below there are links to interactive Google Maps for each of the three days, Google Earth download files for the three days (if you have Google Earth installed), and GPX tracks which you can load into your GPS unit.
First stage (Muggia to Rifugio Premuda)
This track is pretty much the result of following the Via Alpina waymarks, with the possible exception of the path up to Caresana. However the path we did take was perfectly good and it might actually be the official path with waymarks missing. We didn’t see any waymarks in Caresana which would have helped hikers coming in the opposite direction to find the trail, so it remains a mystery to us.
Second stage (Pesek to Matavun)
This was pretty straightforward, with the exception that the description on the Via Alpina web site leads you down to the border station and then along a road which is permanently closed. Don’t go that way, go directly down the back of Kokoš towards Lipica instead of following the path near the international border. (Be warned, the tracks here show where we went, not where we should have gone.) Note also that we missed a turn on the way to Lokev, but we ended up back on the trail anyway.
Third stage (Matavun to Razdrto)
This was a very straightforward day and we had little trouble following the waymarks. Not “no” trouble, but “little” trouble!