Hike Slovakia’s High Tatras Mountains in a Weekend
Trek across the scenic peaks and awesome valleys of Slovakia’s highest mountain range – now a UNESCO protected reserve
1 ½ days off work
Up to 8 people
Kraków Airport, Poland
You’ll cover 18km of uneven terrain each day with as much as 850m of ascent and 1350m of descent, so a good level of fitness is essential.
Spend 3 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 trekking route of the Tatranská Magistrala trail - remote, quiet and insanely beautiful
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All our reviews are verified
— Gemma, September 2020
Really recommend this trip - the scenery was beautiful and Martin was a great guide.
— Richard, September 2020
Excellent trip, well managed by Martin our local guide who was very knowledgeable and always on hand to assist and extend/shorten walks as required. The first day's trek was the best part of climbing to the top of the mountain and receiving some incredible views.
— Hermione, September 2020
Great trip, stunning views, beautiful weather, lovely group & host - couldn’t ask for anything more! Highly recommend.
— Ciddy, October 2019
Martin was so helpful and knowledgeable, nothing was too much trouble - he even rescued my bottle lid when it dropped off a bridge! The hotel was great, the walks were stunning. An amazing way to spend a weekend.
— Iain, October 2019
Guide Martin was great.
— Vicky, September 2019
Well organised and fantastic guide - lots of information and amazing scenery.
— Jen, July 2019
Martin was a fantastic, knowledgeable guide.
— Ed, July 2019
Martin is a great guide, and the areas we visited are stunning.
— Elizabeth, June 2019
The group and Tom, our guide were great.
— Iliana, June 2019
An absolutely amazing trip! The Tatra mountains are beautiful, our guide Tom and all fellow travelers were lovely.
Expert, English-speaking local guides
3 nights in a family-run hotel
All your breakfasts and dinners
To and from the airport and everything in-between
All permits and entry fees
Flights to and from the meeting point
Some meals as described
Krakow Airport, Poland
Krakow Airport, Poland
You’ll be picked up on arrival and dropped off in time for any departures after 21:00.
There are regular flights to Krakow from major airports across the UK and Europe.
Hotel · Twin share
Day 2 – Day 3
Hotel · Twin share
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?
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.
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).
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.
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 thermal pool and then grab some dinner before a well-deserved night’s sleep.
The Velicka Valley
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.
Strbske Lake and home
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.
15% Off Outdoor Gear
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
- 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
- Insect repellent
- All personal toiletries
- Ear plugs
Private Room Upgrade
Payable Before Departure
Private Room Upgrade
… Per Person
We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.
What's the number?
It works out on average at 122kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.
The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.
But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:
- Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
- A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
- 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.
What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.
Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.
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.
Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.
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.
You'll need to bring all your luggage with you, however on each day of hiking your main luggage can be left in the hotel in Novy Smokovec. You will only need to have a daypack for each day of hiking.
Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.
Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.
Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.
We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!
We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.
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All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.
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