Hike the Tatra Mountains

Explore breath-taking scenery, world-class trails and the country’s tallest peaks in Slovakia’s answer to the Alps.

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With soaring peaks, glistening lakes and a host of endemic species to discover, it’s no wonder the Tatra Mountains are the most visited mountain chain in Slovakia.

This majestic range in the north of the country forms part of the Carpathian Mountains and reaches the border of Poland. Journey here and discover over 100 alpine lakes, rolling mountains and countless cascading waterfalls as you traverse famous walking trails throughout Slovakia’s very own UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Immerse yourself in the surrounding nature by staying in mountain huts in the High Tatras or Low Tatras to truly enhance your hiking experience; spotting alpine marmots and the highly threatened Tatra chamois as you go.

The beautiful summer months showcase the area at its best, with temperatures ranging from 8-18°C, but a risk of rain. Spring and autumn are drier but cooler, around 4-13°C. The best way to reach the Tatra Mountains is to fly to Krakow in Poland and travel across from there.

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High Tatras

Spend a long weekend exploring Slovakia’s highest mountain range, which doubles as a prized UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Boasting 26 peaks reaching over 2,500m, the High Tatras are often likened to a less expansive Alps, offering just as much beauty and splendour across a smaller space. Traverse rugged valleys, cross pine forests, circumnavigate alpine lakes and scramble lofty peaks on an unforgettably personal hiking experience.

Fly to Krakow before travelling to Zdiar, where your adventure begins. Climb the imposing Gerlachovsky Peak (2,655m) and Lomnicky Peak (2,654m), visit thermal pools, discover the famous Tatranska Magistrala trail and capture your own memory at the scenic and most-photographed Strbske Lake. Summer is a beautiful and warm time to visit, with spring and autumn having cooler temperatures but less rain. You’ll need a moderate level of fitness; hiking up to 18km of uneven terrain each day, with elevations of 1,000m.

Low Tatras

The peaks of the Low Tatras mountains are smaller in size than the High Tatras, but they’re arguably just as popular. Climb 2,043m to the summit of its highest mountain, Dumbier, and take in the sights of Hungary and Slovakia from the top. Alternatively, ascending the 2,024m up the second highest mountain, Chopok, is a must for many people hiking in Slovakia, as it rewards you with such incredible views of the High Tatras across the valley.

The Low Tatras are home to luxurious hotels, picturesque villages, charming chalets, bustling campsites and busy ski parks, but if you want to escape the crowds and be at one with nature, then take on the main ridge, stretching 80km from start to finish. It takes five days to trek from Donovaly to Certovica, or vice versa, and you’ll sleep in mountain huts along the way. Short on time? There are many dawn ‘til dusk hikes to experience across the Low Tatras’ 840km of marked hiking trails, plus fifteen nature trails too. Head there in summer for the warmest weather, or autumn for the driest.