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Walking & Trekking

Classic High Tatras Walking Holiday

Centre-based walking in the High Tatras, Slovakia.
Holiday code: TVT
Countries: Slovakia
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Activity level
Self-Guided
Min. age: 12
8days
From 549 € excl. flights
Dates & Prices
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On this walking holiday you’ll discover the best of the High Tatras – the biggest mountains of Slovakia and a paradise for trekkers and nature lovers. Plus, Slovakia Explorer gives you the option to book this walking tour either as a guided or self-guided holiday, so you can take your pick.

Over eight days you´ll experience:

  • Walking – on perfectly marked tourist trails.
  • Tatra villages – Smokovec, Tatranska Lomnica and Strbske Pleso, the most popular spa villages in the High Tatras.
  • Soaring peaks – climb to stunning viewpoints, such as Velka Svistovka (2,038m) or legendary Lomnicky Peak (2,634m).
  • Deep valleys – discover hidden fauna and flora.
  • Traditional mountain huts – offering delicious Tatra teas and home-made dishes.
  • Cable car ride – to Skalnate Pleso, one of the area’s most popular mountain lakes at the foothills of the Lomnicky Peak (2,634m).
  • Mountain lakes and waterfalls – with crystal clean water.
  • Strbske Pleso – the highest village in Slovakia.

Map & itinerary

Welcome to Smokovec, the heart of the High Tatras. Located in the shadow of Gerlachovsky Peak (2,655m) – the highest peak in Slovakia – Smokovec is considered the centre of the High Tatras. Close to the popular tourist crossroads of Hrebienok, this village is one of the most popular starting points for hiking in the High Tatras.

When you get to the hotel you will be briefed about the week´s program and, depending on the time of your arrival, there might be time for a walk in Stary Smokovec – the oldest village in the Tatras.

Dinner on the day of arrival is included in the price of the holiday and will be served in the hotel´s restaurant with a choice of three dishes.

Meals included
Dinner

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

After a good breakfast, you’ll take a mountain tram to Tatranska Lomnica, followed by a cable car ride to the mountain lake of Skalnate Pleso (1,751m). This crystal-clear lake is surrounded by forested hills and towering granite peaks, and there’s an astronomical and meteorological observatory near the top, which you’ll have time to look around.

Velka Svistovka (2,037m) is next on your route, and it’s well-known for its high concentration of Tatra chamois. Endemic to the High and Low Tatras, Tatra chamois are a rare subspecies of the chamois. It’s thought that there are only about 600 left. They often wander around in this alpine terrain, close to where you will be walking.

The trail is secured by chains on a few of the more difficult sections, but the mountain provides an accessible and gratifying climb. From the summit of Velka Svistovka, make your descent to the Zelene Pleso Hut. Located at the glacier lake of the same name this is an absolutely beautiful spot for lunch.

From Zelene Pleso you continue to Biela Voda from where you take a public bus back to Tatranska Lomnica, which is only about 10 minutes away.

Total walking
Distance: 13 km
Total ascent: 486 m
Total descent: 1140 m
Max elevation: 2003 m
Min elevation: 924 m

Note: according to the national park´s regulations a part of this route is closed until 15 Jun 2020. If you’ll be visiting before 15 Jun, this route will be tailored accordingly.

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

Today you’ll hike through the Studena Dolina Valley. From its narrow beginnings, the valley gradually gets wider, and terraces harbouring mountain lakes tower above. Pause and enjoy the sight of colourful flowers, the scent of pine trees and the sound of rare birds singing in the mountains as you traverse the valley.

The valley leads you up to Zbojnicka, or ‘Robbers’, Hut, where you can enjoy a traditional lunch of soup and dumplings. Zbonicka Hut is one of the highest at an altitude of 1,960m and still a popular base for trekkers. Its name harks back to the days when it was a hunters’ hut, and poachers used to stalk the valley.

Your hike ends where it started, at Hrebienok. From here, you’ll take a funicular and tram back to your hotel and enjoy a well-earned dinner!

Total walking
Distance: 12 km
Total ascent: 979 m
Total descent: 979 m
Max elevation: 1960 m
Min elevation: 1265 m

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

Today, your starting point is once again Hrebienok, from where you’ll trek to three of the Tatras’ mountain huts. Mountain huts have been part of the fabric of the Tatras for years. They’re traditional, welcoming and often have a story to tell. They provide lovely lunches for you to re-fuel, too!

Your hike will take you via Rainerova, the oldest hut in the mountains. It dates back to 1863 and today is a small stone building serving drinks and snacks. Teryho Hut is one of the highest in the High Tatras, and Zamkovskeho is a quaint wooden chalet offering the perfect, shady resting spot.

Your route will also take you via Cold Creek Waterfalls. These waterfalls start where the Great Cold Creek meets the Small Cold Creek and tumble their way over rocks and boulders, and through pine forests. Walking trails will take you alongside the fizzy cascades.

From Hrebienok, you’ll descend back to Smokovec by funicular cable.

Total walking
Distance: 9 km
Ascent: 540 m
Descent: 730 m.

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

After three days of walking, this day is left free to relax. You can visit one of the water parks in the foothills of the Tatras offering indoor and outdoor thermal pools and wellness centres.

If you fancy a different adventure, try rafting in Pieniny National Park. A classic or traditional rafting trip through the Dunajec Gorge is a great way to soak up the views from a different perspective.

Hiring an E-bike is also an option if you want to explore the surroundings on a bike. If you’re a cave lover, then Belianska Cave should be on your list, too.

Cultural trips are also nearby. Spissky Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dates back to the 12th century. Located on a hilltop above the town of Spisske Podhradie and Zehra village, it was built as the political, administrative, economic and cultural centre of the region.

Levoca is renowned for its authentic and well-preserved architectural profiles of the old medieval town. Explore the historic centre, including the museum and St. James’ church, with the highest wooden altar in the world.

We have some great trips to choose from and can certainly help you to plan and book them.

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

After a day of relaxation you have a long but amazing day ahead trekking through the Mlynicka and Furkotska Valleys.

Today’s trek starts with a tram journey through the Tatras’ most famous settlements to Strbske Pleso (1,347m), Slovakia´s highest village and home to a beautiful glacial lake. The village is one of the most popular destinations in Slovakia as it provides many kilometres of hiking routes and the chance to admire the lake itself.

From here, you’ll follow a trail to Skok waterfall. The hiking trail is waymarked and leads you along a road to the peace and tranquillity of the pine-forested Mlynicka Valley. From here, a stony path squeezes you through hairpin turns to the foot of the waterfall, which drops 25m from the rocky ledge above. It’s easy to see why these are one of the High Tatras’ top ten attractions – the cascading waters are beautiful as they tumble down the mountain into the pools below. You can make a stop here, maybe dipping your feet into the refreshing water while enjoying a picnic!

Continuing through the valleys, and passing a number of smaller glacial lakes, you’ll reach Pod Soliskom Hut, one of the newer mountain chalets in the region. From here you can enjoy far-reaching views of the Low Tatras.

Descend to Strbske Pleso by cable car, and then by tram to your hotel at Smokovec.

Bear in mind that today’s route also involves trekking through sections that are secured with chains, and you’ll need a head for heights.

Total walking
Distance: 12 km
Total ascent: 1108 m
Total descent: 609 m
Max elevation: 2295 m
Min elevation: 1322 m

Note: according to the national park´s regulations a part of this route is closed until 15 Jun 2020. If you’ll be visiting before 15 Jun, this route will be tailored accordingly.

Meals included
Breakfast, packed lunch

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

Once again today’s trek starts with a tram journey to Strbske Pleso. From here, follow a trail to the crystal-clear mountain lake of Popradske Pleso, one of the biggest in the Tatra range. Enjoy lunch on the terrace of the mountain hotel, and visit the symbolic cemetery which is dedicated to the victims of the Tatra mountains. In the afternoon, descend back to Strbske Pleso and return to Tatranska Lomnica.

Total walking
Distance 11 km
Ascent/Descent 150 m.

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

Your tour ends after breakfast. We wish you a pleasant journey home and we look forward to meeting you again on some of our other family holidays.

Meals included
Breakfast

Dates & Prices

Self-guided
For the self-guided option this trip operates daily, so you can pick a date that suits you. Choose a day between May and October, and we’ll make all the arrangements for you. Just let us know when you want to travel.

Guided
Below are our scheduled dates for this trip. Booking your place on one of these dates means you'll most likely be in a group with other people.

If the dates below don´t suit you and you need to travel on a different date, or you'd like to experience this holiday as a private trip with just your family or friends, please get in touch and we'll do the rest.

Please also note that in order to guarantee our brochure price for the guided option, the minimum group size for this trip is usually 6. Smaller groups are welcome, but the price may be amended accordingly.

Dates Status Adult price Child price
Sat 01 May 21 - Sun 31 Oct 21 Available 549 € -
Sat 29 May 21 - Sat 05 Jun 21 Available 759 € -
Sat 12 Jun 21 - Sat 19 Jun 21 Available 759 € -
Sat 26 Jun 21 - Sat 03 Jul 21 Available 759 € -
Sat 10 Jul 21 - Sat 17 Jul 21 Available 759 € -
Sat 21 Aug 21 - Sat 28 Aug 21 Available 759 € -
Sat 04 Sep 21 - Sat 11 Sep 21 Available 759 € -
Sat 18 Sep 21 - Sat 25 Sep 21 Available 759 € -
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Holiday information

This is a walking holiday for those who enjoy being outdoors and have a love of the mountains. The stones on some of the paths can be slippery when it has rained, and on certain days there are sections secured by chains. The climbs are not physically demanding, but you must have a head for heights.

Self-Guided

  • Seven nights in a three-star hotel
  • Seven breakfasts, one packed lunch, one dinner
  • Mountain trams
  • Maps and detailed route descriptions, routes for GPS devices
  • 24/7 local support

Guided Groups

  • Seven nights in a three-star hotel
  • Seven breakfasts, one packed lunch, one dinner
  • Mountain trams
  • Private transfer on day 2
  • Cable cars
  • English speaking tour leader

Self-Guided

  • Cable cars (approx.. 60 EUR per person)
  • Flights
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Travel insurance

Guided Groups

  • Flights
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Travel insurance

Single room supplement – 90 EUR

Self-Guided

Min 1, max (no limits)

Guided Groups

Min 6, max 14

Please contact us if you’d like to arrange a private group for just you and your friends.

This tour starts in Smokovec.

This tour ends in Smokovec.

To enhance flexibility our holidays do not include flights. This gives you the freedom to choose a local airport that works for you and shop for the best deal.

List of airports with distances to the first hotel in Smokovec:

  • Poprad Airport – 17 km / 20 min
  • Kosice Airport – 134 km / 1h:30min
  • Krakow Airport – 144 km / 2h:30min
  • Bratislava Airport – 329 km / 3h:40min
  • Vienna Airport – 394 km / 4h:20min
  • Budapest Airport – 328 km / 4h:30min

Once you have decided which airport works for you best you will need to choose the way how to get to the starting hotel / joining point. There are two options:

Public transport

You can reach Smokovec by public transport (bus, train). Using the public transport is another way of experiencing your destination, which puts you right in the centre of the action. If you prefer to travel by public transport we can help you find the best option.

Private transfers (door to door service)

Book your private airport transfers directly with us. Our fast, reliable and affordable private transfers are the best way to reach your starting hotel quickly and comfortably. For up-to-date prices of Airport private transfers click here.

During this tour you will use: cable cards, mountain trams, bus.

During this tour you´ll stay in a comfortable three-star, family-run hotel in a quiet part of Novy Smokovec within walking distance to restaurants.

If you need to arrive or leave on a different date, please contact us and we’d be more than happy to arrange extra pre or post tour accommodation for you in many popular destinations including Krakow, Bratislava, Kosice, and Vienna.

We recommend you pack as light as possible, with a backpack for your main luggage and daypack for each day’s trekking. Below you will find a recommended packing list. It is by no means exhaustive, so if you’re in any doubt, please contact us. There is no specialist walking or climbing equipment, such as harnesses etc., needed for this trip.

  • Walking boots
  • Trainers
  • Shorts and t-shirts
  • Walking trousers and tops
  • Fleece or warm jumper
  • Waterproofs
  • Water bottle
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Sun cream, sunglasses and sunhat

Trips are accompanied by one of our local group leaders. All the organisation, including transfers and activities, is managed by your leader. Our experienced guides are some of the best in the country; they will be there to assist you with anything you might need, giving you advice and organising your activities on a daily basis so you can fully focus on one thing – enjoying the beauty of the High Tatras.

When a trip is classified as self-guided, the course of the trip is determined by your own pace. Of course, we’ll still take care of all the activities and services that are included in the price of the holiday.

Our professionally prepared detailed routes will guide you safely each day and your printed copy will be also be full of photos and useful information. If you’d like us to, we can also provide you with GPS routes for your own GPS device.

You can read more about our self-guided walking tours with a printed guide here.

Please note, we want to run this trip following the day-to-day itinerary on the trip notes. However, sometimes operational circumstances may sometimes prevent us from doing this. Your tour leader will keep you fully informed of any alternative plans that are necessary on-the-ground. Also, based on feedbacks from past travellers, occasionally our itineraries are amended. Final version of your trip notes will be emailed to you prior to travel.

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  2. Secure your place/s online by clicking the BOOK NOW button or contact us by email/phone.Your place is secured with a 99 EUR deposit per person and can pay by bank transfer.
  3. Once the deposit is received a confirmation email will be sent to your email automatically, and your place/s will be officially confirmed.

Have a look at our detailed trip notes or please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all. Trip Notes provide detailed information including visa info, how to get to your hotel, what to pack, money matters, climate – pretty much everything you need to know about this tour and more.

Our knowledgeable and helpful team is here to help, and we look forward to welcoming you to our spectacular country soon!

Customers reviews

Jenny Lunn (United Kingdom) July 2019

GENERAL FEEDBACK - YOUR OVERALL EXPERIENCE
This was a very well organised holiday with five days of varied and rewarding walks through beautiful and different scenery.

WHAT WERE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR TRIP?
I really enjoyed the first walk which was a good introduction to the often rugged scenery and paths. I found the walk on the last day challenging in terms of the length and the ascent but also found it very rewarding in terms of the wild scenery and sense of achievement. The third walk climbing up to the origin of the waterfalls was also spectacular.

ACCOMMODATION
The room was spacious and comfortable. The breakfast was very good and varied

TRANSPORT
I found it very easy to get around by public transport, and the trains easy to use. I got the train from Poprad Station to Tatranska Lomnica. On my last morning I was able to visit the very attractive small town of Kezmarok with its castle which was only a short 20 minute train ride away, before going on to Poprad and the airport for an afternoon flight.

MEALS
I only had breakfast at my hotel which was very good. The food at the mountain huts was very reasonably priced, good quality and varied. I preferred to eat traditional Slovakian food rather then pizza

WERE YOU DISAPPOINTED WITH ANY PART OF YOUR TRIP?
No

WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER TRAVELLERS BOOKING THIS HOLIDAY?
The walk on the last day is long and I would advise getting an early train to Strbske Pleso. It would be useful to know the time that the chairlift at the end of the walk closed for the day. The walking can involve a lot of rough scrambling and the use of chains in several sections and you need to be happy and confident with this.

I had a very good holiday with rewarding walks and beautiful scenery and would recommend your company. I look forward to returning to Slovakia!

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why book with slovakia explorer?

On this walking holiday you’ll experience the best of the High Tatras. Our carefully selected tourist trails will lead you to the most beautiful parts of the Tatras, returning to the same hotel each day. Whether you choose a guided tour or set off without a guide, we will take care of everything and guide you safely with no worries.

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