Adventures / Wild Hikes

Adventure Hiking in Slovakia

Explore the perfectly named Slovak Paradise National Park via a network of trails, ladders, bridges and catwalks

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Adventures / Wild Hikes

Adventure Hiking in Slovakia

Explore the perfectly named Slovak Paradise National Park via a network of trails, ladders, bridges and catwalks

DURATION

3 nights

LOCATION

Slovakia

ANNUAL LEAVE

1 ½ days off work

SEASON

May—Oct

GROUP SIZE

Up to 16 people

MEETING POINT

Kraków Airport, Poland

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

You'll be covering 11 - 17km each day, so a moderate level of fitness is needed along with a head for heights.

Explore forests, meadows, plateaus, canyons, caves and waterfalls as you travel through one of Europe’s most beautiful National Parks

Cross canyons and ascend gorges using network of ladders, catwalks and bridges

Spend time in Levoca, a charming and little-visited medieval town that's surrounded by natural splendour

What's it like?

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    Ellie, June 2022

    I couldn't rate this trip more highly! Firstly, the hikes are beautiful and so much fun with the ladders and platforms (although slightly scary at first, make sure you're ok with heights!). They're the perfect level of challenging whilst still being really enjoyable. The accommodation was great, very clean and comfy with a good breakfast, as was the town, Levoca, we stayed in, which has a few great restaurants and a lovely bar. Everything was perfectly planned and executed down to the small details. Our guides, Patrick and Jan, were incredible - friendly, supportive, welcoming, informative and really great fun. As a young solo female traveller I felt so secure and welcomed into the group. Would 10/10 recommend if you want a fun weekend with a lovely group of people and fantastic guides in a beautiful part of the world!

    Jennifer, June 2022

    We really loved our first MBA experience in Slovakia. Such a beautiful country. The walks were absolutely stunning-pushed you out of your comfort zone at times but always felt safe and well supported by Patrik and Jan. Daily walks a maximum of17km, via ferrata style platforms and ladders across gorges. Patrik and Jan were super great guides, making sure we had lots of fun but safe at all times. Booking and communication with MBA was excellent. Airport pick up and drop off was well coordinated. An all round fantastic trip!!!!!!!

    Clare Louise, June 2022

    This trip was fantastic. Patrik was a wonderful guide who looked after each and every person. The park was beautiful and the climbs were good fun. Some of the heights got your heart going, but everyone helped each other and was safe. Nice accommodation, and no problem getting vegetarian food wherever we went. It was a really special trip somewhere that not many people know about, with a lovely group. Highly recommend.

    Abby-Lee, June 2022

    Was such a great trip and Patrik was the best host! Our flight was delayed but our transfer was all sorted without stress. Communication was on point the whole time. The hikes were beautiful with different ladders and platforms etc along the way. It was planned well with the longer hike on Day 1 then getting shorter each day. We definitely slept well each night and enjoyed a beer at the end of each walk with the group. Would highly recommend this trip!

    Hayley, June 2022

    Adventure hiking in Slovakia was fantastic. One highlight for me was conquering my fear of heights & edges! The trip was operated sustainably and the kit was well thought out. There was plenty of communication in the lead-up & throughout the trip - the guide even messaged the group in the days before to advise of some weather changes, allowing us time to grab any extras we might need. I highly recommend this trip and hope to do it again one day. Huge thanks to our guide Patrik for being so amazing :)

    Fionnuala, June 2022

    Outstanding trip! Patrik is a fantastic guide: inclusive and funny, he made sure everyone was safe and happy throughout. You do need a head for heights with the ladders and platforms, but they soon become second nature. Early June seemed an ideal time to go: good temperatures for hiking, the water levels not too high, and our group often seemed to have the forest to ourselves, which felt amazing.

    Marcus, June 2022

    Fun trip (I literally tripped over). Fun host. Good balance of hiking and free time.

    Kate, June 2022

    Fantastic time in Slovakia! Perfect weather, amazing hikes and great swims in very cold lakes and very hot spas. Patrik and Jan did their upmost to make sure we all had an amazing time.

    Jessica, June 2022

    Must-see sights and adventure! We had a wonderful time with Patrik and Jan who couldn't be more helpful, funny and engaging. This was our first holiday away from the standard city break and it blew all our expectations away. From climbing steep ladders to wooden steps, Paradise National Park brought everything we wanted and more. The break was made even better by our fellow hikers, who we got to know over the trip and enjoyed all of the perilous moments (and drinks!) with. We highly recommend taking a step out of the usual holiday comfort zone for something like this and would love to do something like this again!

    Kevin, May 2022

    Patrik was an exemplary guide - always taking care that the members of the group were looked after and safe. The hikes were definitely challenging, but were well paced. Slovakia is an unknown gem of a destination and is made even better by a well organised and professional team. Many thanks!

    Included

    Guides

    Expert, English-speaking local guides

    Accommodation

    3 nights in a hotel in Levoča

    Meals

    3 tasty breakfasts

    Transfers

    To and from the airport and everything in-between

    Permits

    All park permits and entry fees

    Not Included

    Flights to and from the meeting point

    Some meals as described

    Travel insurance

    Personal expenses

    The Area

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    Logistics

    Starts

    Krakow Airport, Poland

    17:00

    Ends

    Krakow Airport, Poland

    19:30

    Transfers

    Your adventure begins at Krakow Airport (KRK) with your airport transfer at 17:00. Please schedule your flight to arrive more than 30 minutes before this time, your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area.

    At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Krakow Airport (KRK) at 19:30. You’re free to book any flight that departs after 21:20.

    Travel options

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

    Day 1

    Hotel · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 2

    Hotel · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 3

    Hotel · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 4

    Departure day

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    What is the food like?

    Slovakian food is fresh and hearty and staples 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." You'll have plenty of time to stock up on local food for lunches while out hiking.

    There are also 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 on this trip, just let your host know before arrival.

    What is the accommodation like?

    Levoča

    You'll stay at the Hotel U Leva, a family-run, 3-star hotel in a restored Medieval building right in the heart of town. Rooms are en-suite and include Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and a minibar. The guesthouse also has a cafe that serves a fresh breakfast each day.

    Upgrades

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

    Day 1

    Arrival

    Meet your host in Krakow and take a scenic drive over the border into Slovakia and on to your guesthouse in the UNESCO protected town of Levoča. Check-in, unwind and then meet up with the rest of your group for dinner and a chance to review the plan for the days ahead.

    Day 2

    One day, two canyons

    Hiking

    6-7hrs · 17km · 520m up

    Head into the Slovak Paradise National Park and see for yourself why it lives up to its name. Hike along the bottom of Sucha Bela Gorge, one of the longest and most popular canyons in the park, trek through water, climb over fallen trees and ascend ladders - you'll even pass through a window-like hole in the rock. Emerge from the canyon and have lunch at a mountain hut before continuing through Prielom Hornadu gorge, famous for the series of ledges and catwalks that rise above the Hornad River. Return to Levoča in time for dinner and a good nights sleep.

    Day 3

    Fireplace Gorge

    Hiking

    6hrs · 350m up

    Head back into the park and explore Piecky (Fireplace) Gorge, which gets its name from the amazing rock formations that span the canyon. More ladders await as you climb beside multi-story waterfalls, including some horizontal ones that take you over green and blue pools of water. After hiking we head back to the town, have an early dinner before heading out to relax at the thermal pools when it's quiet and cool.

    Day 4

    One last hike

    Hiking

    4hrs

    Check out and venture into the National Park one last time on a hike to a stunning, 200m high rock shelf with excellent views over the entire area you’ve been exploring. Hike back down and return to Krakow in time for your flight home with new stories and photos to share with your friends.

    15% Off Outdoor Gear

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    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 every now and then.
    • Rain/windproof jacket
    • Lightweight, breathable hiking shirts, trousers and shorts in summer.
    • Sweater or fleece
    • Water bottle
    • Small rucksack for carrying personal items
    • Swimsuit
    • Insect repellent
    • Gloves for ladders and chains (optional)
    • Ear plugs - recommended

    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 124kg 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.

    You'll be covering 11 - 17km each day across uneven terrain, so a moderate level of fitness is needed to enjoy it to the full, however, elevation gains are modest (400 - 700m) and while the trails are complex, you'll be moving at a slow pace.

    The ladders, catwalks and ledges (some of which are quite narrow) are very sturdy and secure, however, you should be comfortable with heights. Imagine climbing up to the 3rd story of a building on a ladder. If you can do that, you'll be fine and your guide will never be far away.

    Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

    The Slovak Paradise National Park in summer is beautiful and relatively warm. From June to August the average daytime temperatures range from 18 - 22°C, but at night it cools down to ~8 °C. In the spring and fall it's a little chillier, ranging from 10 - 18 °C during the day and 3 - 6 °C at night. Autumn is the driest season and also boasts some beautiful colours.

    You'll need to bring all your luggage with you, however on each day of hiking your main luggage can be left in the accommodation, or left with the transfer vehicle and driver depending on the day of the trip. You will only need to have a daypack for each day of hiking.

    For current advice about travelling in Slovakia, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

    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.

    If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

    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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