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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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3
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.

Map & itinerary

Welcome to Smokovec, 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.

Smokovec 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 Villa Siesta (or similar)

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.

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

After breakfast you´ll take 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

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 – your guide will be there to help.

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 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 Smokovec.

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.

Distances from international airports to Smokovec:

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

You can reach Smokovec by public transport or book your private airport transfers directly with us.

Contact us for details.

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 Smokovec.

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.

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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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