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

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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

Kraków Airport, 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

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

What's it like?

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    Poppy, March 2022

    An amazing hike through the snow. Lunches in the mountain huts were incredible and a great break from the cold. An awesome experience - particularly the hotels surprise spa!

    Jo, March 2022

    Thoroughly enjoyed the trip, the hikes were of a very good level and scenery was amazing. A great mix of fun hikes and then relaxing in the thermal baths. Lucky to have a brilliant group to share the experience with. Our local guide Patrik was very friendly and knowledgable about the local area. Thank you Patrik. We look forward to booking another MBA trip in the near future! 😊

    Tamara, March 2022

    A great weekend- trails & hiking matched to the experience of the group. The host, Andy, was engaging and had a fab personality, mixing local knowledge with history & fun tales.

    Shaun, March 2022

    Great trip with different hikes offering different views of the Tatras. Good balance between relaxing and hiking

    Emily, March 2022

    Fantastic weekend trip exploring the mountains. Unbelievable views and a great guide. A perfect four days!

    Ganna, January 2022

    The mountains and the nature on the trip are stunning if you get lucky enough to have at least one clear and sunny day to be able to see them. The trip itself is a summer trekking trip bring run in winter with minimal adjustments. 3 days straight of exact same gruesome grinding up the mountains in super deep snow. Really would have appreciated some variety in snow activities that the locals were enjoying all around us. 1 evening visit to the thermal pools was nice: 3 large outdoor pools of varying temperatures and snow dips for contrast were great for achy muscles.

    Sandeep, March 2022

    Good

    Annie, February 2022

    Fantastic trip in a stunning location. Each day was different with very enjoyable hikes. The hikes were accessible to anyone with a basic level of fitness. The guide and business owner was brilliant, very accommodating, and took care of everyone's comfort and safety. A great introduction to Slovakia, that left me wanting to come back for more :-)

    Timothy, February 2022

    Great weekend, thoroughly recommend it to anyone who as looking at do it.

    Stephanie, February 2022

    Fantastic! Such a great experience with a different awe inspiring view every day. Very do able with time to relax. Met the loveliest people and Martin the local guide was brilliant.

    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

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    Logistics

    Starts

    Kraków Airport, Poland

    Arrive by 16:30 on Day 1

    Ends

    Kraków Airport, 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.

    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 Penzion Lomnicky hotel in the village of Stara Lesna. 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

    Today you'll be hiking into the winter wonderland that is the High Tatras Mountains. 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.

    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 and Runner's Need.

    What do I need to bring?

    • Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots with ankle support
    • Hiking jacket: short, thin, breathable and waterproof.
    • Lots of layers: e.g.base layer, long sleeve shirt, fleece, downjacket/warm sweater.
    • Snow/Mud gaiters
    • Backpack for carrying personal items
    • Swimsuit for thermal baths
    • Gloves, hat, scarf
    • Sun glasses or even ski goggles.
    • Trekking poles (optional)
    • Ear plugs (to sleep tight)
    • Personal Toiletries (shower gel, shampoo)

    Private Room Upgrade

    Payable Before Departure

    Private Room Upgrade

    Per Person

    We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

    What's the number?
    It works out on average at 122kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

    The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

    But what does the number mean?
    Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

    • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
    • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
    • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

    What are we doing about it?
    Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

    Want to know more?
    Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

    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.

    Absolutely. You can leave anything you don't need in your hotel room throughout the trip and just hike with small rucksack for personal items each day.

    Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

    Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

    Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

    We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

    We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

    If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

    All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

    You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

    Want to book a private trip? Just tap ‘Private Group’ in the dates and prices tab.

    Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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