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Walking & Trekking

Classic High Tatras Walk

Self-guided walking in the High Tatras.
Holiday code: TCT
Countries: Slovakia
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Activity level
Self-Guided
Min. age: 12
8days
From 625 € excl. flights
Dates & Prices
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The Tatra Mountains are the perfect location for a centre-based walking trip surrounded by beautiful scenery. You can expect to see majestic peaks, glacial lakes, scenic valleys and plummeting waterfalls – all in the space of eight days.

A self-guided holiday means you can hike at your own pace, with full back-up, pausing to take photos whenever you want to. On your journey, you’ll experience the soul of the Tatra mountains by stopping at traditional mountain huts, heading into deep valleys encased in the region’s rugged peaks, and hiking to the summit of Velka Svistovka (2,038m) - a non-demanding trek with stunning summit views. This is a varied trip through some of Europe’s best mountains.

Why we think this trip is fantastic, and you’ll love it!

  • This is your chance to explore the natural beauty of the Tatra Mountains and its wildlife. The mountains are home to lakes, waterfalls, flowers, valleys, craggy peaks, ridges, and so much more. All of this is the perfect habitat for mammals and birds, and you’ll observe rare Tatra chamois up-close.
  • Centre-based holidays are fantastic if you want a comfortable base to return to each night. We’ve chosen a nice, three-star hotel, which is perfectly located for heading out on each day’s hike and enjoying traditional, tasty food at local restaurants in the evening.
  • Self-guided holidays give you the freedom to be your own boss. You can walk at your own pace, take little detours to something that catches your eye off-track and take satisfaction from the fact that you navigated your own route.
  • Mountain huts all have a story to tell, whether they were once used in the gold rush era, or home to partisans during the war. Today, they provide a welcome (and welcoming) break for a drink and snack with a view.

Is this trip right for you?

  • 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.
  • On certain days there are sections secured by chains. The climbs are not physically demanding, but you must have a head for heights.

Map & itinerary

Welcome to Tatranska Lomnica, located in the shadow of the beautiful High Tatra Mountains. The town is a popular centre for hiking in the summer, and skiing in the winter. Its claim to fame is the very long cable car, which transports you to the top of Lomnický štít (2,634m), Slovakia’s second highest mountain.

Tatranska Lomnica will be your base for the next seven nights.

When you arrive, you’ll receive a comprehensive ‘self-guided pack’, which contains detailed descriptions and maps of each day’s walking, as well as information on the local area.

Depending on your arrival time, the rest of the day is free to explore.

Meals included
None

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

After a good breakfast, you’ll take 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.

Activities included
Walking

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

After breakfast you´ll take a mountain tram to Stary ‘old’ Smokovec, the oldest village in the Tatras, followed by a funicular to Hrebienok (1,285m) the starting point of our walk.

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

Activities included
Local tram

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

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 to Smokovec by funicular cable car and take the mountain tram back to Tatranska Lomnica.

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

Activities included
Return mountain tram to Smokovec

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

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 – your guide will be there to help.

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

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 – your guide will be there to help.

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

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.

Activities included
Return tram to Strbske Pleso

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

Your adventure comes to an end today. After breakfast, or later in the day if you prefer, you’ll transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

Meals included
Breakfast

Dates & Prices

This trip operates daily, so you can pick a date that suits you. Choose a day between April and October, and we’ll make all the arrangements for you. Just let us know when you want to travel.

Dates Status Adult price Child price
Sun 14 Jun 20 - Sun 25 Oct 20 Available 625 € -
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Holiday information

Meals
Seven breakfasts, one packed lunch

Accommodation
Seven nights in a comfortable mountain hotel

Activities included
All activities as per itinerary
Maps and detailed route descriptions
24/7 local support

Transport
Mountain trams in the Tatras

International flights
Arrival and departure airport transfers
Cable cars (approx. 59 EUR per person)
Travel insurance
Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary

Single room supplement – 105 EUR

Min 1, max 16

This tour starts in Tatranska Lomnica.

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.

Krakow

We recommend booking your flight to Krakow as this airport offers the widest selection of international flights in the region with a 2.5-hour transfer time to Tatranska Lomnica.

Poprad

If flying from London Luton is convenient for you, we recommend booking your flight to Poprad with www.wizzair.com. You will be literately landing in the Tatra Mountains with only a 20-minute transfer to your hotel!

Alternative airports include Kosice, Bratislava, or Vienna.

Distances from international airports to Tatranska Lomnica:

Poprad - 17 km
Krakow - 143 km
Košice - 134 km
Bratislava Airport - 329 km
Vienna Airport - 397 km

You can reach Tatranska Lomnica by public transport or 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.

Prices of Airport Transfers

KRAKOW
1-3 pax: 127 EUR
4-7 pax: 219 EUR

POPRAD
1-3 pax: 41 EUR
4-7 pax: 48 EUR

* Prices per vehicle / one way.

During this tour you will use: tram, bus, cable cars.

During this trip you´ll stay in a comfortable mountain hotel.

The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to restaurants. All rooms are comfortably furnished with private facilities and free Wi-Fi access.

This tour ends in Tatranska Lomnica.

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.

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

This trip is self-guided, which means we provide all of the written information you need to follow the walking routes yourself.

But we’re always there to help – Slovakia Explorer provides 24/7 support in case you have any questions during your holiday.

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.

Slovakia: EUR

In comparison with other mountainous, European countries such as Switzerland and Austria, your money goes much further in Slovakia. Prices of services and goods may vary depending on the type of establishment, but as a guide this is what you can expect to pay during your stay:

Mineral Water, 1.5 litre - from 0.45 EUR
Beer - from 0.65 EUR
Wine - from 2.30 EUR
Lunch (soup + main dish) - from 4 EUR
Dinner (three-course) - 10 EUR

Tipping in Slovakia is an accepted part of the service and tourism industries. We thought it would be helpful to provide a guide on what to tip the different people who will make your trip an excellent one. Of course, this is just to give you an idea – it’s entirely optional, and you can choose to tip as much or as little as you wish.

Tour leader – 2-4 EUR per day
Guides/activity instructors – 2-3 EUR per day
Drivers – 1-2 EUR per day
Restaurants – round up to the nearest EUR

During the summer season from June to September, the most popular months for walking, the weather in the High Tatras is typically variable. Temperatures can vary greatly, according to whether you are located on the sunny side of the slopes or in deep valleys, or canyons. In the early summer even the higher parts of the mountains are green, with the slopes providing plenty of food for the grazing chamois, bears and other wildlife that the Slovakian mountains are well known for. July and August are the warmest months, with temperatures at times reaching 30 °C, but with more frequent storms. September is the driest month with the most stable weather of the year. The temperature falls but it is still possible to experience some hotter daytime temperatures, similar to those in August.

It is a condition of travelling with us that you have holiday insurance. Please make sure you arrange this prior to travel.

An entry visa is not usually required by citizens of EU, USA, CAN, AUS and NZ. Citizens from other countries should confirm all visa-related issues with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.

You need to be in good physical health to participate in this trip. Please read the itinerary carefully and, if you’re in any doubt, contact one of our team for guidance. We recommend you carry a first-aid kit with you, and contact your doctor for up-to-date vaccination advice.

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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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