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Hike Slovakia's High Tatras Mountains and Relax in a Thermal Bath

Alpine lakes, jagged cliffs, snow-capped peaks and remote valleys - a proper winter hiking adventure

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Adventures / Sub Zero

Hike Slovakia's High Tatras Mountains and Relax in a Thermal Bath

Alpine lakes, jagged cliffs, snow-capped peaks and remote valleys - a proper winter hiking adventure

DURATION
3 nights
LOCATION
Slovakia
ANNUAL LEAVE
2 days off work
SEASON
Jan - Mar
GROUP SIZE
Up to 8 people
MEETING POINT
John Paul II International Airport, Kraków, Poland
ACCOMMODATION
Hotel
DIFFICULTY
Moderate

This one combines wintery conditions and uneven terrain, so you should be reasonably fit and ready to face some steep uphill sections.

Trek your way through the spellbinding High Tatras in winter - 78 km of unspoilt mountains with the views to match

Don your snowshoes and traverse untracked powder and the verdant pine forests of Slovakia’s remote backcountry

Soak your aches away in the revitalising, steamy waters of one of the regions natural thermal springs

Included

Guides

Experienced, friendly, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

3 nights in a family run hotel in Stary Smokovec

Meals

Expect continental breakfasts and traditional dinners

Transfers

Transfers to and from the airport and everything in between

Equipment

All your winter walking equipment will be taken care of

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Some meals as described

Personal expenses

The Area

Logistics

Starts

John Paul II International Airport Kraków, Poland

Arrive by 16:30 on Day 1

Ends

John Paul II International Airport Kraków, Poland

18:00 on Day 4

Transfers

Your host will pick you up at the airport at 16:30 on Day 1. You'll arrive back at the airport around 18:00 on Day 4, so if departing that evening, book any flight that leaves after 19:30.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Kraków 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 or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Hotel · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

For breakfast, expect a continental buffet with a little bit of everything. For lunch, you will stop in mountain huts and small hotels. Expect hearty meals of sauerkraut, tomato, bean or lentil soups, schnitzels or goulash. One of the soups is always vegetarian, however, a vegan diet is difficult to cater to, so we recommend you bring a packed lunch or ingredients from a local shop, just in case. For dinner, expect a 3 course meal of soup, a main meal and dessert.

What is the accommodation like?

High Tatras Mountains

You'll be staying in a friendly, family run, three-star hotel in the village of Stary Smokovec with an en-suite bathroom. 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.

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

The High Tatras

Travel into the High Tatras Mountains that separate Slovakia and Poland and head for the lovely alpine village of Stary Smokovec, where you’ll get a warm reception at the friendly, family-run hotel you’ll be staying in. After settling into your room, head down to meet your travelling companions over dinner and relax into the holiday rhythm.

Day 2

Hike to the Green Lake

Hiking

6hrs · 16km · 700m up · 700m down

Climb to the remote, vivid turquoise waters of the aptly named Green Lake, 1545 metres above sea level - a particularly magical location in winter. After exploring the shoreline and grabbing some hard to believe photos, relax in a landscape of snow-capped peaks, wildflower meadows and rolling green pine forest. As this trip strikes that all-important balance between adventure and relaxation, balance out your day with some serious sauna and jacuzzi time back in the village.

Day 3

Snowshoes on

Hiking

6hrs · 13km · 500m up · 500m down

If conditions allow, take a guided snowshoe walk into the winter wonderland that is the High Tatras Mountains. If there isn’t sufficient snow cover, you’ll instead hike to an unspoilt, scenic valley to enjoy the serenity. Relaxation earned, soak in a natural thermal pool and let your worries (and muscle knots) fade away.

Day 4

A last hike before home

Hiking

4hrs · 10km · 300m up · 300m down

Starting at lovely Lake Strbske Pleso, you’ll hike through the ridiculously picturesque Mengusovska Valley - a lost world of jagged peaks, dramatic rock faces and verdant forest, ending at the glistening alpine waters of Lake Popradske. Then, after four days of adventure and relaxation, it’s time to head home refreshed and revitalised.

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.

15% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock, Runner's Need, and Cycle Surgery.

What do I need to bring?

  • Warm winter clothing (it can get down to -15 degrees Celsius)
  • Thermals
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Swimsuit
  • Camera

To enjoy this trek you need to be reasonably fit, but if you hike, bike or run every now and then, you'll manage it without any major problems. Previous mountaineering experience isn’t required as you are not going to walk in difficult and exposed places, however, you will be walking with crampons and shown how to use these effectively.

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

On any winter hike in a high mountain environment, you will potentially encounter high winds, rain, snow, ice and steep slopes. The Tatras Mountains are no different and you should be prepared to face these conditions. Temperatures can get as low as -20°C so multiple warm layers are definitely recommended.

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!

All of our group adventures are designed especially 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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