Adventure Hiking in Slovakia

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

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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.

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.

What to Expect

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: 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.

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 onsite and serves a fresh breakfast daily.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Additional Night Payable Before Departure
Additional Night £40.00

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Location

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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.

Start point?
You will be met Thursday at the Krakow airport. The included transfer is for flights arriving by 16:25. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end at Krakow airport on Sunday. You will be dropped off at the airport at 19:30, so schedule your flight home that departs at 21:20 or later. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Krakow Airport (KRK) is served by regular, inexpensive flights, including direct flights from London on Ryanair and easyJet. You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above so you can take advantage of the included transfers. Alternatively, you can also be picked up from the Krakow city centre. Your local host will be in touch with you to finalise your travel plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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)

This trip will run with a minimum of 5 people, and a maximum of 8. Please note, if there are not 5 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

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 8, 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 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!

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)

Start point?
You will be met Thursday at the Krakow airport. The included transfer is for flights arriving by 16:25. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end at Krakow airport on Sunday. You will be dropped off at the airport at 19:30, so schedule your flight home that departs at 21:20 or later. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Krakow Airport (KRK) is served by regular, inexpensive flights, including direct flights from London on Ryanair and easyJet. You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above so you can take advantage of the included transfers. Alternatively, you can also be picked up from the Krakow city centre. Your local host will be in touch with you to finalise your travel plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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