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Adventure Hiking in Slovakia

Experience the gorges of Slovak Paradise National Park by trails, ladders, bridges and catwalks. 1 ½ days off work.

Location

Slovakia

Fly To

John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice Airport

Difficulty

Moderate

Slovak Paradise National Park is accurately named. With a wealth of forests, meadows, plateaus, canyons and caves, the park's landscape is a playground ready for you to explore. You'll spend three days exploring these unique ecosystems, including hikes that follow a system of ladders, catwalks and bridges past waterfalls and lush vegetation in the park's remarkable gorges. Your nights will be spent in Spišská Nová Ves, a charming Medieval town in a beautiful natural setting. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 3 days of adventure hiking in Slovak Paradise National Park
  • 3 nights in a guesthouse in Spišská Nová Ves
  • Professional, English-speaking, local guide
  • 3 breakfasts
  • Airport transfers
  • Activity transfers
  • Entry to a thermal pool
  • National Park entry fees

**Perfect for: **
This is an amazing opportunity for fun and adventure in a beautiful destination. This trip doesn't require a high level of fitness, but you do need a head for heights to be comfortable on the ladders and catwalks in the gorges.

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What's Included

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Airport Transfers

Guide

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Meals as described

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Itinerary

Thursday: Arrival

Your host will meet you at Krakow Airport in the afternoon and drive you 2.5 hours away to your guesthouse in the Medieval town of Levoča.

Check in, unwind, then regroup for dinner and to review the weekend’s plan.

Friday: Hike Sucha Bela and Prielom Hornadu Gorges

After breakfast you'll venture into Slovak Paradise for your first taste of the park's gorges.

The first hike will take you along the bottom of Sucha Bela Gorge, one of the longest and most popular gorges in the park.

You'll walk through water, climb over fallen trees, ascend ladders, and even pass through a window-like hole in the rock. Along the way you'll pass waterfalls, rock formations, pools and more.

Emerge from the gorge for lunch at a mountain hut, then continue your hike through Prielom Hornadu Gorge.

This hike is famous for its series of ledges and catwalks above the Hornad River.

Return to Levoča in the evening for dinner and a well-earned night of sleep.

700m ascent, 17km distance, 6 - 7 hours of walking

Saturday: Hike "Fireplace" Gorge

Head back into the park to explore Piecky Gorge. The name means "fireplace" and refers to the amazing rock formations in the canyon.

More ladders await you, including some horizontal ones that take you over green and blue pools of water, and others that climb alongside multi-story waterfalls.

In the afternoon you'll head to a thermal pool for several hours of relaxation before returning to Levoča for your last night.

500m ascent, 13km distance, 6 hours of walking

Sunday: Viewpoint hike and departure

After breakfast you'll pack up and check out of your guesthouse.

Venture into Slovak Paradise National Park one last time for an easier hike to a stunning viewpoint.

You'll hike through meadows and forests, gently climbing until you arrive at Tomasovsky Vyhlad, a rock shelf with excellent views.

The viewpoint is 200m above the rest of the park. On a clear day you can even see the High Tatras mountains in the distance.

Hike back to the car for your transfer to Krakow Airport, arriving around 19:30. Return home with stories and photos to share with your friends.

400m ascent, 11km distance, 4 hours of walking

**Note that for the Bank Holiday departures on 24th May and 23 August we have shifted the itinerary to arrive on Friday and depart on Monday to maximise your time off work. For all other dates - you arrive on Thursday and depart on Sunday.

For the purpose of booking flights however - arrival and departure times remain the same.**

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

You'll stay at Hotel U Leva, a family-run, 3-star hotel. The hotel is located in a restored Medieval building right in the heart of Levoča, which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage. Rooms are ensuite and include wifi, satellite TV, and a minibar. The guesthouse has a cafe on site and serves a fresh breakfast daily.

Please note that the twin rooms are on a 2-people sharing basis. Please ensure your guide know if you are travelling with someone and wish to have your own room together.

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for €15 per person, per night (subject to availability). Please request this at the time of booking.

Location

Slovak Paradise National Park is composed of several smaller nature reserves, the first of which was established in 1890. The park protects a wide range of natural features, including forests, meadows, plateaus, gorges, caves (more than 350 of them!) and waterfalls. With over 300km of trails, including some that delve into the park's gorges, Slovak Paradise is a wonderful place to explore.

The park is also home to a wealth of animals. There are 40 species of mammals in the park--including bear, lynx, red deer and wild boar--and 65 endangered species, like the Saker Falcon and European Otter. Plant life also abounds, and even the gorges are full of lush mosses and shrubs.

Levoča a Medieval town located just 5 minutes from the National Park. Its name refers to the needle-like shape of its 1km-long main square. The town is full of beautiful Gothic and Classical architecture, as well as many restaurants serving a range of Slovakian, European, American and Italian food.

Meeting Point

Start Point

Krakow Airport - 17:00
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.

Finish Point

Krakow Airport - 19:30
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.

**Note that for the Bank Holiday departures on 24th May and 23 August we have shifted the itinerary to arrive on Friday and depart on Monday to maximise your time off work. For all other dates - you arrive on Thursday and depart on Sunday.

For the purpose of booking flights however - arrival and departure times remain the same.**

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Slovakia
  • Lunches and dinners (4-8€ for a main course)
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a group no bigger than 16, consisting of a mix of solo travellers and very small groups of 2 or 3, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

There are a variety of affordable restaurants in town, including European-American fusion, pizza, pubs, Italian, and, of course, traditional Slovakian cuisine such as the Gnocchi dish "Bryndzove Halušky". A main dish costs between 4-8€.

Slovakian food is simple, fresh and hearty. Staples include pork, poultry, cheese, pastry, potatoes, onions and garlic. Lentil and vegetable stews are common, as well as wild game, pasta dishes and stone fruits.

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

A moderate level of fitness needed to enjoy these hikes. You'll cover 11 - 17km of uneven terrain in a day, but elevation gains are modest, just 400 - 700m. Because the trails are complex, you'll be moving at a slow pace.

What's more important is being comfortable with heights. The ladders, ledges (some quite narrow) and catwalks are very sturdy and secure, but they'll take you quite far above the ground. Imagine climbing to the 3rd story of a building on a ladder. If you can do that, you'll be fine on these hikes! Your guide will never be far away to help you get through it.

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 bit chillier, ranging from 10 - 18 °C during the day and 3 - 6 °C at night.

Autumn is the driest season of the year and boasts beautiful autumn colours.

Your host will send you a full list after you book. The basics are:

  • Sturdy, broken-in, waterproof hiking shoes or boots
  • Rainproof jacket and trousers
  • Lightweight, breathable hiking shirts and trousers
  • Warm jacket or sweater
  • Water bottle
  • Small rucksack for carrying personal items
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses and sunblock)

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