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Hike Slovakia’s High Tatras Mountains in a Weekend

3 nights
Moderate

Trek across the scenic peaks and awesome valleys of Slovakia’s highest mountain range – a UNESCO protected reserve

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert, English-speaking local guides

Hotel

3 nights in a family-run hotel

Meals

All your breakfasts and dinners

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Permits

All permits and entry fees

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 8 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.9
| 64 reviews
This was my first group
July 2024
Rachael A.
This was my first group
July 2024
Rachael A.
This was my first group
July 2024
Rachael A.
Magical Mountains
July 2024
Samantha D.
Magical Mountains
July 2024
Samantha D.
Absolutely stunning scenery
July 2024
Eleanor T.
Absolutely stunning scenery
July 2024
Eleanor T.
Absolutely stunning scenery
July 2024
Eleanor T.
Absolutely stunning scenery
July 2024
Eleanor T.
Absolutely stunning scenery
July 2024
Eleanor T.
Absolutely stunning scenery
July 2024
Eleanor T.
Incredible experience
July 2024
Vanessa B.
Great trip, but a big jump from 'easy' to 'moderate'
July 2024
Laura K.
Great trip, but a big jump from 'easy' to 'moderate'
July 2024
Laura K.
Great trip, but a big jump from 'easy' to 'moderate'
July 2024
Laura K.
Great trip, but a big jump from 'easy' to 'moderate'
July 2024
Laura K.
Hiking weekend
July 2024
alison s.
Hiking weekend
July 2024
alison s.
Hiking weekend
July 2024
alison s.
Such a gorgeous weekend!
July 2024
Jane K.
Such a gorgeous weekend!
July 2024
Jane K.
Such a gorgeous weekend!
July 2024
Jane K.
Such a gorgeous weekend!
July 2024
Jane K.
Such a gorgeous weekend!
July 2024
Jane K.
Fabulous experience
July 2024
Caroline H.
Fabulous experience
July 2024
Caroline H.
Fabulous experience
July 2024
Caroline H.
Fabulous experience
July 2024
Caroline H.
Fantastic long weekend in the High Tatras Mountains!
July 2024
Florence B.
Fantastic long weekend in the High Tatras Mountains!
July 2024
Florence B.

Spend three days in the High Tatras – one of the wildest and most beautiful mountain ranges in Europe

Experience a hiker's paradise of forested valleys, hidden waterfalls and alpine lakes all nestled beneath 2500m+ peaks

Follow the epic but little-known route of the Tatranská Magistrala trail – remote, quiet and insanely beautiful

Looking for a longer adventure? See our alternative trip Hike Slovakia's High Peaks and Hidden Trails

Key Information

Day 1

Arrival

Meet your host and take a scenic drive over the border into Slovakia to your friendly family-run hotel in the lovely village of Stary Smokovec. Check-in, unwind and then meet the rest of your group for dinner and a chance to discuss the plan for the days ahead.

Day 2

Green Lake

Hiking

7-8hrs · 18km · 535m up · 1350m down

Catch the cable car part way up Lomnicky Peak, the second-highest mountain in Slovakia. Hike to the summit of this 2000+m peak and then descend through a rugged valley to the serene Green Lake. Enjoy lunch at a lakeside hut and then walk through a dwarf pine forest to White Lake. Spend the evening unwinding in a jacuzzi or sauna and then grab some dinner before a well-deserved night’s sleep.

Day 3

The Velicka Valley

Hiking

5-6hrs · 15km · 850m up · 900m down

Hike to the beautiful Velicka Valley, located at the foot of the highest mountain in Slovakia, Gerlachovsky Peak (2655m). Enjoy the incredible scenery and then trek to a pretty mountain lake for lunch with a waterfall view. Explore the famous Tatranska Magistrala trail as it winds its way through a labyrinth of dwarf pines and spruces and then follow a pristine mountain stream back to your the hotel for your last night in the mountains.

Day 4

Strbske Lake and home

Hiking

4hrs · 10km · 350m up · 350m down

Pack up and head to Strbske Lake, one of the most scenic and photographed in Slovakia. Enjoy a hike through some stunning scenery on the way to Popradske Lake, then grab some lunch and return to Krakow in time for your flight home.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Slovakian food is simple, fresh and hearty with staples that include pork, poultry, cheese, pastry, potatoes, onions and garlic. Lentil and vegetable stews are also common, as is wild game, pasta and the Gnocchi dish "Bryndzove Halušky."

There are a variety of restaurants in town, including European-American fusion, pizza, pubs and Italian. It’s possible to accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free diets, just let your host know before arrival.

What is the accommodation like?

Tatras Mountains

You'll be staying in a friendly, family run Penzion Lomnicky hotel in the village of Stara Lesna. The hotel is beautifully presented with a modern twist on traditional Slovakian style. All rooms are en-suite and come with WiFi, towels and a hairdryer.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

This trip has been rated as Moderate

On a typical day you’ll cover 18km of uneven terrain with as much as 1000m of ascent, so a moderate level of fitness is needed to enjoy it to the full. Some hikes also include short sections of scrambling. Whilst prior experience is recommended it’s not required to enjoy the trip.

The High Tatras in summer are beautiful and relatively warm. From June to August the average daytime temperature is 12 °C, but it can range from 8 – 18 °C. It rains approximately 12 days each month, totalling 80mm monthly.

Spring and autumn temperatures are a little cooler, ranging from 4 – 13 °C, but it is also drier (just 60mm monthly) and the colours are beautiful.

Make sure to pack for occassional rainfall and cooler evenings.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Krakow John Paul II International Airport, Poland

17:00

Ends

Krakow John Paul II International Airport, Poland

17:30

Transfers

You’ll be picked up on arrival and dropped off in time for any departures after 19:30.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Krakow from major airports across the UK and Europe.

Your group arrival and departure transfers are long (150km/approximately 3 hours) and include a border crossing. For this reason, private transfers are not usually offered by your host as the cost is prohibitive and you are encouraged to join the group arrival/departure transfers.

As the first and last day of your adventure are full days and the traffic between Krakow Airport and the city is usually heavy, it is not possible to be picked up or dropped off at a city hotel. However, public transport between the city and the airport is good. There is a train that leaves once or twice per hour, this takes 17minutes and is very economical.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What do I need to bring?

  • Sturdy, broken-in waterproof hiking shoes or boots. Or at least waterproof socks, because you will have to step into water at times.
  • Rain/windproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers/overtrousers
  • Lightweight, breathable hiking shirts, trousers and shorts in summer.
  • Sweater or fleece
  • Hat, gloves, scarf (for September and October departures)
  • Water bottle
  • Small rucksack for carrying personal items
  • Swimsuit
  • Insect repellent
  • All personal toiletries
  • Ear plugs
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Private Room Upgrade

Per Person

Mihir G.(July 2024)
Absolute Pleasure

The most well spent weekend in quite a long time! Too many memories worth cherishing forever. Definitely recommend this trip.

Rachael A.(July 2024)
This was my first group
This was my first group
This was my first group
This was my first group

This was my first group trip and I would absolutely recommend. The group was brilliant, the accommodation was lovely (I even got a mountain view room!), the level of hikes was just what I was hoping for (mostly moderate with a couple of more challenging parts). Tom was a wonderful guide who ensured everyone was comfortable throughout the hikes, and also kept us entertained with fascinating stories about the history of Slovakia and its landscape. Already looking forward to booking my next trip with MBA!

Samantha D.(July 2024)
Magical Mountains
Magical Mountains
Magical Mountains

Such a beautiful adventure through the High Tatrus Mountains with our amazing guide Tom

We were taken away by the beauty of this mountain range and the forest foothills

The routes were well considered, accessible to most with a few challenges to keep it interesting

The mountain ‘huts’ were an experience in themselves. The food was fabulous, hot and hearty, just the order after a morning of hiking.

The accommodation was superb, a traditional style chalet with all the charm. The staff were friendly and the food was fantastic.

Our guide Tom was the star of the show. Knowledgeable, experienced, organised and a real gentleman.

I’d definitely do this trip again if there weren’t so many other MBAdventures tempting me.

A wonderful adventure with wonderful people. I loved every minute.

Eleanor T.(July 2024)
Absolutely stunning scenery
Absolutely stunning scenery
Absolutely stunning scenery
Absolutely stunning scenery
Absolutely stunning scenery
Absolutely stunning scenery
Absolutely stunning scenery

This was my first MBA trip and it didn't disappoint! It's a very well organised trip – a lot is packed into the three days without it feeling like too much. The High Tatras are truly stunning and every hike gave us beautiful views.

The physical demands of the hikes were about what I expected. I think anyone with a good level of fitness would be fine – people who struggle with heights may find parts challenging (though I can get nervous with heights and was fine). I loved how varied the trails were.

I was impressed with the accommodation; the rooms are comfy and the food was much better than I was expecting. I'm vegetarian and they catered for me very well. The portions are generous! The wellness centre with sauna & jacuzzi was a lovely treat after a day's hiking.

Tom, our guide, was fantastic – he was great at making sure everybody was happy and helping the members of our group who found the trails trickier. He was very knowledgeable about the area and Slovakian history, and as a bonus he takes great photos! He really made the trip brilliant.

All in all the trip was everything I wanted and I'm already looking into what I'd like to book next!

Vanessa B.(July 2024)
Incredible experience
Incredible experience

This trip was excellent from start to finish. Our guide Tom was friendly, professional, informative and delivered exceptional guide service. The views on the trip were truly beautiful, and we were able to explore different areas of the Tatras mountains.

Accomodation was comfortable with a great view from the terrace of the mountains. The drinks were also very cheap, which was great for the post-hike refreshments!

Loved the experience with Much Better Adventures and would definitely book again with them.

Laura K.(July 2024)
Great trip, but a big jump from 'easy' to 'moderate'
Great trip, but a big jump from 'easy' to 'moderate'
Great trip, but a big jump from 'easy' to 'moderate'
Great trip, but a big jump from 'easy' to 'moderate'
Great trip, but a big jump from 'easy' to 'moderate'

I had a great time. Slovakia is stunning, and the hikes were varied so we saw the best bits. The hotel was great - they even arranged a room for us to watch the England game. We had an exceptional host (Tom) who worked really hard to make sure everybody got the most from the trip.

My only complaint would be the rating. I've done an MBA trip rated 'Easy' and it didn't feel like hiking (there was a few hours each day of gentle walks, but we spent more time eating). This trip was rated one level higher but it was a huge jump in difficulty. I expected the hikes to be longer and maybe more uneven terrain, but this was verging on mountaineering. There was very uneven rocky ground with sheer drops, and abseiling on a chain.

Tom was aware that I was nervous and checked in regularly that I was ok. Luckily he took us on the medium hike on day 1 to suss out our ability, and spent time advising me what the second hike would be like so I was prepared. In the end I decided to sit out the toughest hike. It wasn't ideal, as I'd booked for 3 hikes and only got 2, but I can't thank Tom enough for making sure I could make the most of the day. He suggested other things to see, arranged a taxi and phoned throughout the day to check there were no issues.

I still had a wonderful time and highly recommend everyone visit Slovakia. But I would suggest that MBA look at their levels - either an extra level is needed in between easy and moderate, or maybe some reflection of 'fear factor', not just physical grading.

alison s.(July 2024)
Hiking weekend
Hiking weekend
Hiking weekend
Hiking weekend

Brilliant weekend away in the mountains the weather was just perfect and our guide Thomas was a super host explaining all about the area.

Alison C.(July 2024)
Fantastic Trip

Just a great trip all round - beautiful scenery, excellent guide Tom and calm, effective decision making when we had a last minute mini crisis getting to the airport. Full marks all round.

Jane K.(July 2024)
Such a gorgeous weekend!
Such a gorgeous weekend!
Such a gorgeous weekend!
Such a gorgeous weekend!
Such a gorgeous weekend!
Such a gorgeous weekend!

The High Tatras mountains were stunningly beautiful, the hikes were different each day, the company was great, and most importantly, our guide, Tom, was fantastic. I can’t recommend this trip enough!!

Caroline H.(July 2024)
Fabulous experience
Fabulous experience
Fabulous experience