The oldest of the Slovak protected areas, the National Park of Tatras, was founded in 1949. It is situated in the North of Slovakia, shared partly with Poland. High Tatras (Vysoké Tatry), having 29 peaks over 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) are, with the Southern Carpathians, the only mountains of Alpine type in the whole Carpathian Mountain range and are often called „the smallest alpine mountains in Europe“. The highest peak in the High Tatras is Gerlachovský štít at 2,655 metres (8.710 ft).
The Tatras mountain region is a green natural playground with a charming variety of nature, history and attractions in a small, accessible, safe territory. This outdoor paradise offers pristine natural environment and maximum relaxation in the embrace of the mountains, waterfalls, alpine meadows and more than 100 lakes. The trails that crisscross the High Tatras are all well marked with distances and estimated times, so it is easy to choose route based on everyone´s fitness level and ambition. The High Tatras topped Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe list for 2019, which highlights the most exciting places to visit across the continent.
On the first day we will head straight to the High Tatras mountains where we will arrive in the afternoon. We will take a walk around the lake and take a rest before next day´s hike. Štrbské pleso is a picturesque mountain lake of glacial origin and a top tourist destination in the High Tatras. It is the second-largest glacial lake on the Slovak side of the High Tatras, with maximum depth 20 metres (66 ft).
Kriváň peak at 2.494 metres / 8,184 ft is a Slovak national symbol which has been referenced in a variety of works of art. Easily recognizable with its slightly bent peak, it rises directly on the border of West and High Tatras. The hike offers spectacular views of surrounding nature.
Route and duration: Štrbské Pleso – Jamské pleso – Malý Kriváň – Kriváň and back, approximately 7 hours.
Alternative route and duration: Tri Studničky – Malý Kriváň – Kriváň and back, approximately 8 hours.
Difficulty level: moderate to difficult
This is one of the most beautiful, as well as difficult hikes, experience and good level of physical fitness is required. We will start from Hrebienok, see a huge waterfall, stop at chalet Zamkovského chata. From there we will walk 2 hours, crossing the valley called Malá studená dolina, up to the cottage Téryho chata (2015 meters). After a short break and refreshment we are ready for more difficult crossing through the mountain pass Priečne sedlo (2352 meters). The mountain pass with a rocky peak is an exposed terrain secured with chains. We will then enter the valley Veľká studená dolina, and walk up to the mountain cottage Zbojnícka chata. The trail then descends to Hrebienok and Starý Smokovec.
Along the way, approximately 10 mountain lakes can be seen.
Route: Starý Smokovec – Hrebienok – Zamkovského hut – Téryho hut – Priečne saddle – Zbojnícka hut – Hrebienok – Starý Smokovec
Duration: 8 hours
We start in the canyon of the river Hornád (Prielom Hornadu). The hiking trail takes us to the amazing nature, along the upper part of the river Hornád. The trail is not very difficult, suitable even for less experienced hikers, however in some parts equipped with ladders and chains it requires more courage. From Prielom Hornádu we will move to the Kláštorská roklina gorge. The hiking trail is remarkable due to a high concentration of waterfalls.
Difficulty level: moderate
Duration: 6 hours
Last hike before leaving High Tatras will take us to the waterfall Skok. Walking through the peaceful valley of Mlynická dolina gives us opportunity to admire majestic waterfall Skok with stunning views. We can continue up to the valley terrace and see mountain lake and spectacular scenery.
Route: Štrbské pleso – Skok waterfall and back
Difficulty level: easy
Duration: 3 – 4 hours
Late afternoon we’ll drive back to Bratislava/Vienna.
Adults: 2 travelers: 990,- EUR per person
3-4 travelers: 850,- EUR per person
5-8 travelers: 790,- EUR per person
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