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Walking & Trekking

Walking in the High Tatras from Krakow - Short Break

A walking break in the Tatras from Krakow.
Holiday code: TKS
Countries: Slovakia, Poland
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Activity level
Guided Groups
Min. age: 12
5days
From 635 € excl. flights
Dates & Prices
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If you’re short on time but keen to see the very best of the High Tatra mountains, this five-day walking tour will be perfect for you. It starts and ends in Poland’s former capital, Krakow, so you can tag more time on at either end if you want to see more of the city under your own steam. The itinerary in the Tatras packs in three days of walking adventures before you make your way back to where you began.

During the tour, you’ll hike to the summit of Velka Svistovka (2,038m) for panoramic views, stop for a taste of hearty Slovakian food on a day’s hiking between traditional mountain huts, and soak up the tranquillity of crystal-clear lakes and forested valleys on mountain walks.

Along the way, you can stop and photograph the incredible scenery, pausing for a coffee and a snack at one of the mountain huts along the way. Your guide will be on-hand to help throughout, and you’ll head back to a comfortable hotel in the mountain village of Tatranska Lomnica at the end of each action-packed day.

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

  • The Tatras are an outdoor enthusiast’s dream – the mountains are home to lakes, waterfalls, flowers, and valleys that make the perfect habitat for mammals and birds. Plus, you can observe rare Tatra chamois up-close.
  • Centre-based holidays give you a homely base to return to each night. We’ve hand-picked a nice hotel, which is well positioned for heading out on hikes each day and is close to local restaurants for meals in the evenings.
  • This is a great choice for explorers who prefer to follow an itinerary where the organisation – including transfers and activities – is managed by your guide.
  • Mountain huts are steeped in Tatras’ history, whether they were once used in the gold rush era, or home to partisans during the war. Today, they provide a great spot 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

Fly to Krakow and meet your guide, then enjoy a private transfer for the 2.5-hour journey to the majestic High Tatras.

Our base for the week will be Tatranska Lomnica, one of the most popular villages in the Tatras, and the perfect starting point for many popular walking trails.

In the afternoon you’ll be taken on an introductory walk in the village to get to know your surroundings.

Activities included
Airport transfer
Transfer to Tatranska Lomnica

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 (2,038m) is next on our route, 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 secured by chains. Located at the glacier lake of the same name, this is an absolutely beautiful spot for lunch.

From Zelene Pleso you’ll continue to Biela Voda, then 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

Activities included
Cable car to Skalnate Pleso
Bus from Biela Voda back to Tatranska Lomnica

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; terraces harbouring mountain lakes tower above. Pause and enjoy the sight of colourful flowers, scent of pine trees and 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 (‘robbers’) 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 take a funicular and tram back to your hotel and 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
Funicular

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
Funicular to/from Hrebienok
Return mountain tram to Smokovec

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

This morning you’ll take a private transfer back to Krakow for your flight back home. Our estimated arrival time at the airport is between 11am and noon, so please arrange your flights accordingly.

Activities included
Private vehicle to Krakow airport

Meals included
Breakfast

Dates & Prices

Dates Status Adult price Child price
Sun 21 Jun 20 - Thu 25 Jun 20 Available 635 € -
Sun 19 Jul 20 - Thu 23 Jul 20 Available 635 € -
Sun 16 Aug 20 - Thu 20 Aug 20 Available 635 € -
Sun 06 Sep 20 - Thu 10 Sep 20 Guaranteed 635 € -
Sun 20 Sep 20 - Thu 24 Sep 20 Available 635 € -
Sun 04 Oct 20 - Thu 08 Oct 20 Available 635 € -
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Holiday information

Meals
Four breakfasts

Accommodation
Four nights in a comfortable mountain hotel

Activities included
All activities as per itinerary

Transport
Airport transfers
Transfer to/from Tatras
Mountain trams in the Tatras
Cable cars
Private vehicle in the Tatras

Staff
English speaking tour leader

International flights
Travel insurance
Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary

Single room supplement: 80 EUR

Normally min. five, max 16.

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

This tour starts in Krakow.

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 to Krakow as this is the official starting point of this tour.

Free transfers with Slovakia Explorer

Arrival and departure group transfer from Krakow will be provided free of charge.

During this tour you will use: private vehicle and cable cars.

During this tour you will stay in a comfortable hotel in the Tatra mountains.

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

This tour ends in Krakow.

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 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 Slovakia´s spectacular mountain scenery!

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

Poland: Polish zloty

In comparison with other mountainous, European countries such as Switzerland and Austria, your money goes much further in Poland and 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 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.

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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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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