Walking & Trekking

Hut-to-Hut Trekking in the High Tatras - Self-Guided

Spectacular trekking in the Slovakian High Tatras.
Holiday code: THT
Countries: Slovakia
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Min. age: 14
From 539 € excl. flights
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Get into the heart of the Tatra Mountains on a hut-to-hut trek in two of Eastern Europe’s most adventurous and beautiful walking destinations, Slovakia and Poland. Staying in remote mountain huts provides the perfect opportunity to appreciate the tranquillity of the landscape right in the shadow of the Tatra Mountains’ mighty peaks. Diverse walking routes take you across the Tatras from east to west via mountain lakes, wildlife-rich valleys, cascading waterfalls and two summits – including the highest point in Poland, Rysy.

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

  • 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.
  • Staying in mountain huts allows you to get away from it all – soak-up the fresh mountain air and fragrant pine trees, while enjoying traditional cuisine, and the warmth and hospitality of the Slovak people.
  • Summit Poland’s highest mountain, Rysy (2,503m). It’s a steep and challenging climb, but ultimately rewarding for the achievement of bagging it and far-reaching panorama from the top.
  • You’ll be immersed in the natural beauty of the High Tatras: deep valleys, glacial lakes, gushing waterfalls and pretty flowers are all par for the course as you navigate your way through the mountains. 

Map & itinerary

The Tatra Mountains are an extremely popular place for trekking, and it’s not hard to see why. Covering 785 sq km (300 sq miles), they form the natural border between Slovakia and Poland and are the highest mountains in the Carpathian range. 

The landscape, three-quarters of which is in Slovakia, is crammed with rocky peaks, deep glacial valleys, mountain lakes, waterfalls, pine forests and crystal-clear streams. This also makes it a haven for flower-filled meadows and wildlife such as Tatra chamois, brown bears, lynx, wolves, marmots, deer and many bird species. Protected by UNESCO, the mountains are formed of three parts: the High Tatras, the Belianske Tatras and the Western Tatras. On this trip, you’ll get to step foot into the first two, and have far-reaching views of the third.

Upon arrival 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
No meals included on this day.

Hotel/Pension – Tatranska Lomnica

After breakfast, you transfer by public bus to Tatranska Kotlina, the official start of today’s route across the Valley of the Seven Springs. This easternmost valley on the southern side of the Tatras is considered the gateway to the Belianske Tatras. 

Your route begins in dense forest near to the famous Belianska Cave. The cave is 3,829m long and is a theatre of fascinating rock formations, chambers, halls and waterfalls. You may be able to visit today, or later on in your trip, if you wish. Continuing to Plesnivec Hut, you can take a rest, re-fuel and enjoy the forested surrounds, before arriving at Zelene Pleso, a glacial lake overlooking the majestic peaks of the Belianske Tatras.

Mountain huts are a great way to experience the majesty, solitude and might of the mountains. The huts are located in the middle of nowhere so you can soak up the views from dusk to dawn. They are also steeped in history and tradition, and usually have a story to tell. Locally-run, you’ll be assured of a warm and hospitable stay. 

Tonight’s hut dates back to 1876. A traditional wooden cottage, it’s wedged right next to a crystal-clear glacial lake and nestled in the shadow of 2,500m peaks. You’ll be accommodated in multi-share rooms with bathrooms on each floor. There is a small restaurant and bar.

Total walking
Five hours, 10km/six miles. Ascent, 858m. Descent, 62m. 

Meals included
Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Mountain hut – Zelene Pleso 

Leaving the beautiful hut of Zelene Pleso behind, it’s time for a summit challenge. Following the famous Tatranska Magistrala path, you head to Velka Svistovka peak (2,037m).  

The first part of the climb is on an easy, stony trail, past streams and waterfalls. As you head higher, the route turns rocky and you’ll need to clamber over boulders and along little ridges. The more difficult sections are secured by chains. The route evens out as you get near to the top, where you’ll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the Belianske and High Tatras with Zelene Pleso Lake (your starting point) below you. 

The area around Velka Svistovka is also well-known for its high concentration of the Tatra chamois. Continue to Skalnate Pleso Mountain Lake (1,751m), home to an observatory and weather station. There may be time to look around it, before the gentle descent down to Zamkovskeho Chata Hut at the bottom of the Studena Dolina (Cold) Valley.

Zamkovskeho Chata Hut is located in the shadow of Lomnicky Peak, which, at 2,634m, is the second highest mountain in Slovakia. The hut was built in 1943 to house partisans and their families. It provides basic and clean multi-share accommodation and has a restaurant.

Total walking Five hours, 7.5km/four miles. Ascent, 472m. Descent, 548m.

Meals included Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Accommodation  Mountain hut – Zamkovskeho Chata

Continue along the Tatranska Magistrala Trail, rewarded with stunning views all day long. Today’s hike showcases the Tatras’ best bits – waterfalls, glacial lakes, mighty mountains and wildlife. 

Your first stop is Studeny Potok (Cold Stream) Waterfall. We think they are one of the High Tatras’ top ten attractions, because the cascading waters are beautiful as they tumble down the mountain into crystal-clear pools below. As this trip is self-guided, you can stay at the waterfalls for as long as you wish, maybe dabbling your feet into the refreshing water!

You continue on to Rainerova Chata, the oldest hut in the Tatras. Built in 1863, it’s a traditional stone hut serving drinks and snacks. Heading into the Velicka Valley, you’ll pass-by the Velicky Waterfall, which is home to Tatra marmots, an endemic subspecies of the alpine marmot. They’re often spotted playing on the rocks by the falls. The final section of today´s long trek is a descent from Ostrva saddle (1,966m) down to Popradske Pleso Hut (1,500m), your final destination for the day and home for the next three nights.

Your accommodation tonight is at Popradske Pleso hut, which is more chalet-like in its style. The hut is located on Popradske Pleso Lake at an altitude of 1,494m, and once again circled by lofty peaks and pine forests. Accommodation is still multi-share, but facilities include a restaurant, bar, sauna, shop and games. There’s also an al fresco terrace for you to sit on and soak up the views with a well-earned beer or wine!

Total walking
Seven hours, 15km/nine miles. Ascent, 681m. Descent, 466m.

Meals included
Breakfast, packed lunch

Mountain hut – Popradske Pleso 

Today, you’ll attempt to summit Poland’s highest mountain, Rysy (2,053m). It’s a popular route because it’s perfectly achievable without any technical expertise and has beautiful views into Slovakia and Poland from the top – the mountain forms the natural border between the two countries.

Starting out from Popradske Pleso, you follow easier trails next to forested hills and lakes, before heading up onto more difficult terrain with boulders to negotiate. As you get higher, the route turns into a very steep climb with numerous sections secured by chains.

You’ll head to the highest of the three summits, the middle summit, which is renowned for offering one of the widest panoramas in the Tatras. If the weather’s kind, you’ll be able to see the highest peak in Slovakia, Gerlachovský Štít (1,654m), the Western Tatras and, on the Polish side, the biggest glacial lake in the range, Morske Oko (Sea Eye). 

You’ll return to your mountain hotel via the same route.

Total walking
Seven hours, 8.5km/five miles. Ascent, 1000m. Descent, 1000m.

Meals included
Breakfast, packed lunch

Mountain hut – Popradske Pleso

From Popradske Pleso, follow an easy route to Strbske Pleso (1,347m), the highest village in the Tatras with a glacial lake that’s surrounded by forested hills and tall peaks. 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. 

The rest of the day is free for you to explore the village. You could enjoy coffee and cake at one of the traditional restaurants, or if you’re still feeling energetic, head-out on one of the marked walking routes. If you want to make the day more challenging, there’s a trek to Hincovo Pleso (1,946m) glacial lake, which takes around five and a half hours to cover 17km.

In the early evening, take the mountain tram back to Tatranska Lomnica (your starting hotel) to check-in for the next two nights.

Total walking
Seven hours, 8.5km/five miles. Ascent, 1000m. Descent, 1000m.

Meals included

Mountain hut – Popradske Pleso 

Today is free to explore the region as you wish, and there’s lots you can do! If we’ve not tired you out enough you can head back out into the Tatras to walk on one of the myriad mountain trails, or maybe head a little further afield to Slovak Paradise National Park. The park is full of ladders and bridges, which provide the perfect setting for adventurous walks into deep gorges and chasms to cascading waterfalls. 

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. Cultural trips are also nearby. You can step foot into Poland and visit the resort town of Zakopane, famous for its Goral culture and wooden chalets. Or visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Spissky Castle and medieval Levoca. 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. 

If you fancy something a little more relaxing, we can help you to arrange a visit to hot springs in the foothills of the Tatras, perfect to revitalise aching limbs and tired feet! Whatever you fancy doing, we’re sure we can find something to suit!

Meals included

Hotel/Pension – Tatranska Lomnica 

Your adventure comes to an end today. Straight after breakfast or later in the day (as you wish) transfer to airport for your flight home.

Let us know if you want to explore Krakow, Vienna, Bratislava or Budapest – they are all within easy reach, and we can help you extend your trip.

Meals included

Dates & Prices

This trip operates daily, so you can pick a date that suits you. Choose a day between 14 Jun and 25 October 2019, and we’ll make all the arrangements for you. Just let us know when you want to travel.

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Fri 14 Jun 19 - Fri 25 Oct 19 Available 539 € -
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Holiday information

This holiday is for those who love trekking and great scenery. Some of the walks follow trails and don’t have too much ascent and descent, whilst the two summits are, by their very nature, more difficult. Both of them have exposed sections secured by chains (so you need a head for heights) and involve some scrambling over rocks. 

  • Seven nights’ accommodation – three nights in a hotel on a twin-share basis and four nights in a mountain hut on a multi-share basis
  • Seven breakfasts, four packed lunches and two dinners.
  • Maps and detailed route descriptions.
  • 24/7 local support.
  • International flights.
  • Arrival and departure transfer.
  • Day two: Public bus to Tatranska Kotlina (approx. EUR 2 pp) and day seven: mountain tram to Tatranska Lomnica on (approx. EUR 7 pp).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary.

Single room: 90 EUR
Traveling with others but wanting a single room in the start and end hotel. 

Solo traveller: 106 EUR
If you are a solo traveller using a single room in the start and end hotel.

During this trip you’ll stay in a comfortable three-star hotel at the start and end of the trip, and mountain huts for the rest. 

The mountain huts are basic, but clean. Accommodation is on a multi-share basis, usually with two to eight beds in a room. All bedding is provided so you won’t need a sleeping bag. 

For an extra charge we offer the option to book a single room in the start and end hotel only. Additional hotel nights before and after the tour are also available.

List of hotels:
Tatranska Lomnica – Hotel Slalom (or similar)

Mountain huts: 
Zelene Pleso 
Zamkovskeho Chata 
Popradske Pleso (option to book a private room for extra charge)

Please note that the above hotel(s) is a general list, and might be different from departure to departure (subject to availability). We aim to use comfortable hotels or guest houses of the same or better quality. The up to date list of hotels will be confirmed in your joining instructions four weeks prior to travel. 

Hot and cold buffet breakfast at the hotels.  A breakfast usually consisting of cereal and toast at the mountain huts.

Packed lunches have a sandwich or baguette, fruit, and biscuits. Please bring your own water bottle for your drinking water as our aim is to eliminate single use plastic bottles on all of our trips. 

Dinners are soup and a main meal.

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.

Min one, max 16 

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

Tatranska Lomnica.

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.

We recommend booking your flight with WizzAir from London Luton to Poprad with only 20 minutes transfer to your starting hotel. You would be literally landing in the Tatra Mountains.

Neighbouring Krakow offers the widest selection of international flights in the region with only 2,5hrs transfer to Tatranska Lomnica. It is also possible to reach the Tatras by flying in to Kosice, Bratislava and Vienna.

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
Poprad – 1-3 pax 39 EUR, 4-8 pax 46 EUR, 9-16 pax 86 EUR 
Krakow – 1-3 pax 138 EUR, 4-8 pax 149 EUR, 9-16 pax 297 EUR 
Kosice – 1-3 pax 158 EUR, 4-8 pax 169 EUR, 9-16 pax 317 EUR  

If you prefer travelling by public transport let us know which airport you are flying into and we will find the best option for you if you don’t find this information on our website.

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

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.

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 months 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.

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.

We recommend you pack as light as possible. Below you will find a recommended packing list. There is no specialist walking or climbing equipment, such as harnesses etc., needed for this trip. 

What you decide to do about luggage transfers (see below) will dictate the size of backpack/s you take for the trip and each day’s trekking. What you will need is a secure bag to leave at the starting hotel. If you’re in any doubt about what to pack, or the size of bag to take, please don’t hesitate to get in-touch with us and our specialist walking team will be happy to advise.

• 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

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 3.30 EUR
Dinner (three-course) - 5–10 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

  1. Check availability online or contact us by email or phone. 
  2. Secure your place/s online by clicking the BOOK NOW button and following the three easy steps or contact us by email/phone. Your place is secured with a 99 EUR deposit per person, and can pay by debit or credit card (no fees apply) or by bank transfer (fees apply).
  3. A confirmation email will be sent to your email automatically.

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!

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Mountain huts Zelene Pleso and Zamkovskeho Chata used on days 2 and 3 are located in remote areas with no access roads, meaning luggage transport to those huts and on those days is not technically possible. The only mountain hut that is connected by a road is the Popradske Pleso hut that we use on days 4 and 5. Should you require access to your main luggage during this time, we are able to organize luggage transport from your starting hotel to Popradske Pleso on any of those days for a fee of € 50 per vehicle. As the hut is located in a highly protected area of the Tatras, any transfers to and from Popradske Pleso must be approved by the local authorities and reserved at the time of booking. Don’t worry, we take care of this! 

There are three options for the transport of luggage:

A. I don’t need any luggage transported as I will carry everything I need on all my trekking days, while my main luggage will be kept at the starting hotel.

B. I want to book luggage transport on day 4 only. This allows you, for example, to change clothes. Your main luggage will be transported back to your starting hotel on the same day. Price € 50 per vehicle.

C. I want to book luggage transport from my starting hotel to Popradske Pleso on day 4.  I want to keep all my luggage in Popradske Pleso on day 5 too and then in the morning on day 6, I want my luggage to be transported from Popradske Pleso back to the starting hotel.  Price € 100.

Let us know please, what your preferred option is at the time of booking.

During trekking from hut to hut we will use three different mountain huts providing basic, but clean accommodation.

Day 2. Zelene Pleso Hut 
Day 3. Zamkovskeho Chata 
Days 4,5 Popradske Pleso Hut

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This holiday is operated by our expert, in-country team at Slovakia Explorer. By booking with us, you’ll benefit from our unrivalled local knowledge, and have 24/7 support during your trip. 

Our holidays offer unique experiences, which give you an unparalleled insight into Slovakia. During the planning and booking process, we pay attention to every detail of your holiday to ensure your trip is perfect. 

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