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Walking & Trekking

Walking in the High Tatras - Short Break

Self-guided walking break in the High Tatras.
Holiday code: TTS
Countries: Slovakia
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Activity level
Self-Guided
Min. age: 12
5days
From 475 € excl. flights
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If you’re looking for a self-guided walking trip that takes you deep into the heart of the Tatra Mountains, this short break is for you. It ticks off some of the most incredible on-foot experiences this Slovakian mountain range has to offer – all in the space of just five days.

By choosing a self-guided holiday, you can walk at whatever speed suits you, knowing the Slovakia Explorer team is on-hand to help if you need it, but taking pride in the fact you’re very much in charge.

On the way, you’ll see glacial lakes, step inside history-steeped mountain huts and watch waterfalls plummet before your eyes. Plus, you’ll hike to the summit of Velka Svistovka (2,038m) and be rewarded with incredible views. As this is a centre-based walking trip, you’ll come back to a warm and welcoming hotel at the end of each day.

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

  • Centre-based holidays are a great option if you want a comfortable base to return to each night. We’ve hand-picked a lovely three-star hotel, which is perfectly located for heading out on each day’s hike and close to local restaurants in the evening.
  • Self-guided holidays give you the freedom to walk at your own pace. You can stop when you want, take little detours to something that catches your eye off-track and be proud of the fact you navigated your own route.
  • This tour showcases 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.
  • You’ll stop at mountain huts, which all have a story to tell. Some were once used in the gold rush era, and others were home to partisans during the war. Either way, they make a perfect pit-stop and a provide a chance to rest and re-fuel.

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 (2,038m) 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

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 14 Jun and 26 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
Sat 18 Apr 20 - Mon 26 Oct 20 Available 475 € -
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Holiday information

Meals
Four breakfasts

Accommodation
Four 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: 60 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 starts 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.

Min one, max 16

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

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 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.

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  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.

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

Customers reviews

Nicky Webber (United Kingdom) July 2019

We really enjoyed our walking weekend break. Airport was really convenient and pick ups were all on time. The Hotel was great location and lovely and clean. We found the breakfast was adequate for a days walking but it would of been nice to have tea/coffee facilities in the room. I would recommend this trip to walkers but make sure they are fit because its not that easy. We really enjoyed the huts and great value. The amazing scenery was out best highlight.Thank you Petr for organising the trip and we would recommend people to use your company if travelling to Slovakia.

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