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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 / Epic Treks

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.

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

Cross canyons and descend gorges using a via ferrata network of ladders, catwalks and bridges

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

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

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.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

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 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."

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 and tent 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)

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

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

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. In the afternoon, head to a thermal pool for some well-earned relaxation before returning to Levoča for a final night.

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.

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.

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What do I need to bring?

Bags

  • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack
  • Daypack (35+ litres)
  • Waterproof liner for kitbag or rucksack / drybags

Clothes

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Breathable wicking layers
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Buff or neckscarf
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts /skirts
  • T-shirts, underwear & socks
  • Swimwear
  • Sunhat
  • Something to sleep in
  • Hiking boots (worn-in)
  • Sandals

Other

  • Sunglasses
  • Padlock for left luggage
  • Universal travel adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Spare camera batteries
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel Insurance documents
  • Earplugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (including blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Headtorch or torch
  • Reusable water bottle x1 ltr (2 of these if you have room)
  • Energy bars and snacks

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.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

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

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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