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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

Annual Leave

2 days off work

Location

Slovakia

Difficulty

Moderate

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

Why it's Much Better

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

Discover the vivid turquoise waters of the magical ‘Green Lake’ - one of the Tatras' most stunning alpine pools

Pass the dramatic rock faces of the Mengusovska Valley and try to persuade yourself that you're still in Europe

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

Unwind in the hotel’s in-house spa, with it’s jacuzzi, herbal sauna and hydro-massage bath

What's 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

Happiness Guaranteed

We're so confident that your holiday will be your best yet, we actually guarantee it

Feel Good Vibes

We mitigate 4x the carbon emitted by all our travellers and support important conservation projects

Itinerary

Day 1

The High Tatras

Activity

Easy day

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Meals

Dinner

Travel into the High Tatras Mountains that separate Slovakia and Poland. 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.

Then, 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

On your Feet

Approx. 6 hours of hiking

Distance

16km

Elevation

700m up / 700m down

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Meals

Breakfast and dinner

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 the 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

On your Feet

Approx. 6 hours of hiking

Distance

13km

Elevation

500m up / 500m down

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Meals

Breakfast and dinner

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

On your Feet

Approx. 4 hours of hiking

Distance

10km

Elevation

300m up / 300m down

Meals

Breakfast

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.

Accommodation

High Tatras Mountains

Accommodation

Hotel

Rooms

Twin or triple share

Meals

Breakfast and dinner

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.

Private room upgrade

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

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Lunches
  • Massage treatments
  • Any additional activities e.g skiing
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

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.

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 14.

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

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.

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.

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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!

Our group adventures are adult only however if you would like to bring children along this can be arranged by requesting a private trip with the host. This trip is suitable for children from age 16 only.

Meeting Point

Start

Where

John Paul II International Airport Kraków, Poland

When

16:30

Please schedule your flight to arrive more than 30 minutes before this time, your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area.

End

Where

John Paul II International Airport, Kraków, Poland

When

18:00

Your driver will return you to the airport at the end. You’re free to book any flight that departs after 19:40.

Kitlist

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

Meet Your Host

Martin and the team

After deciding that he wanted to do something meaningful and environmentally friendly with his life, your host, Martin began guiding groups into remote and untouched areas of the country. Since then he's formed a team of friendly, local guides who use their vast knowledge of the region to introduce people to the wild beauty of Slovakia.

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Dates & Prices

Bespoke trips only

There are currently no planned group departures. Please contact this host to request a quote for a custom trip.

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