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Walking & Trekking

The High Tatras -Short Break

Self-guided walking break in the High Tatras.
Holiday code: TTS
Countries: Slovakia
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Min. age: 12
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.

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.

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

Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

After a good breakfast, you’ll take a mountain tram to Tatranska Lomnica, followed by 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.

Meals included

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

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 to Smokovec by funicular cable car and walk back to your hotel.

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

Meals included

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

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

Four breakfasts

Four nights in a comfortable mountain hotel

Activities included
All activities as per itinerary
Maps and detailed route descriptions
24/7 local support
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 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 Airport - 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
Shorts and t-shirts
Walking trousers and tops
Fleece or warm jumper
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

  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.

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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