Adventures / Sub Zero

Hike Slovakia's High Tatras Mountains and Relax in Thermal Baths

A winter hiking adventure with a laid back character taking in thermal baths and alpine lakes. 4 days.

Sub Zero
3 Nights

On this Slovakian adventure, you’ll hike and snowshoe through the dramatic alpine scenery of the High Tatra Mountains. Then, kick back, relax and unwind in the hotel’s in-house spa facilities and on a visit to the local thermal springs.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 3 days guided hiking/snowshoeing
  • 3 night’s accommodation
  • Experienced guide
  • Entry into thermal pools
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • Hotel spa facilities
  • Winter walking equipment

Perfect for

This Slovakian trip is for anyone looking for a winter adventure in an unexplored mountain range. No previous experience is required.

Need To Know

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)

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.

For breakfast, you can expect a continental buffet, so there is little bit of everything.

For lunch, you will stop in mountain huts and small hotels. You can 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, you can expect a 3 course meal of soup, a main meal and dessert.

For this weekend you need to be reasonably fit to enjoy the hikes. If you hike, bike or run every now and then, you will manage the hikes without any major problems. Previous mountaineering experience isn’t required, because 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! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Your host recommends to pack:

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

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.

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

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This adventure takes place in the High Tatra Mountains. This beautiful chain of mountains extends over 78 kilometres along the border between Slovakia and Poland. The mountains of the Tatras are not giants by global standards, the highest peak, Gerlachovsky Stit, reaches a respectable 2,655 metres, yet they effuse the ethereal feel of far grander mountain chains.

The scenery of the High Tatra’s is dramatic and quintessentially alpine. Jagged cliffs break through snow-capped peaks whilst below, rolling green canopies of forthright pines sit against the shimmering turquoise waters of glacial mountain lakes. The High Tatras are particularly spellbinding in winter and what better way to explore than through guided winter hikes and snowshoeing.

Start point

Krakow Airport - 16:30
Your adventure begins at Krakow Airport (KRK) with your airport transfer at 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.

Finish point

Krakow Airport - 18:00
At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Krakow Airport (KRK) at 18:00. You’re free to book any flight that departs after 19:40.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival

When you touch down at Krakow Airport your local hosts will be there, ready and waiting to meet you. From the airport, it’s a two and half hour transfer into the peace of the High Tatras mountain range.

You’ll get a warm reception in the friendly family-run village hotel where you will be staying during the trip. Settle into your room, then head down to dinner to meet your fellow travelling companions and relax into the holiday rhythm.

  • Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Winter Hiking

Settle into some breakfast in the tranquillity of the Tatras Mountains. Then it’s time for the first hike of the trip. You will be walking to the stunning alpine lake, aptly named the ‘Green Lake’ for its vivid turquoise waters – it is a magical location to experience in winter.

You will have some time to explore around the lake before heading back to the hotel by late afternoon. This trip strikes that all-important balance between adventure and relaxation and there is plenty of time to sample your hotel’s saunas and jacuzzi.

  • On your feet: 6 hours
  • Distance: 16 km
  • Elevation: 700m Up, 700m Down
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3: Snowshoeing

If conditions allow, you’ll explore the winter wonderland of the Tatras mountains on a guided snowshoe walk.

If there is not sufficient snow cover, there will be another great winter walk exploring one of the regions many scenic valleys. In the afternoon there is a revitalising visit to one of the regions natural thermal pools.

  • On your feet: 5 hours
  • Distance: 13km
  • Elevation: 500m Up, 500m Down
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4: Hiking and Departure

For your last day, there is a really spectacular hike in store. Starting from the picturesque Lake Strbske Pleso, you will hike past the dramatic rock faces of the Mengusovska Valley up to Lake Popradske.

This hike captures the beauty of the remote yet accessible Tatras landscape filled with jagged peaks above verdant forests set against glistening alpine lakes. After four days of adventuring and relaxation, it’s time to head home refreshed and revitalised.

On your feet: 4 hours Distance: 10km Elevation: 300m Up, 300m Down Meals:* Breakfast

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


During the trip, you will be staying in a friendly family run three-star hotel in the village of Stary Smokovec. The hotel is beautifully presented with a modern twist on traditional Slovakian style. Accommodation is based on shared twin rooms (same gender) that are stylishly furnished and comfortable. All rooms are en-suite and come with WiFi, towels and a hairdryer. You can of course request a room with other people you are travelling with.

The hotel has its own wellness centre and restaurant. The wellness centre includes a dry sauna, herbal sauna, infra sauna, relaxation room, hydro massage bath and massage therapists. The use of the facilities is included in your adventure, massages can be arranged at extra cost.

Private Room Upgrade:
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.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

Accommodation · Airport Transfers · Equipment · Guide · Local Transport · Meals As Described · Happiness Guaranteed · 100% Financial Protection

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

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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.

Private Room Upgrade Payable Before Departure
Optional Private Room Upgrade · · · Per Person, Per Night