This national park is the first and oldest NP found in Slovakia in 1949. It is situated in North of Slovakia and is shared with Poland. Many people call these Carpathian Mountains as “smallest alpine mountains in Europe”. The highest peak of Slovakia is Gerlachovský štít (2655MASL).
The High Tatras are truly unique as one can enjoy magical silence in the valleys as well as maximum relaxation between waterfalls, alpine meadows and more than 100 lakes.
First day in the morning, we’ll head straight into the High Tatras mountains. This oldest national park in Slovakia has been named as the best place to visit in Europe in 2019. There you can spot the brown bear – a rare creature indeed in Europe. But not only. Many chamois you can see often on your trek.
Departure from Vienna or from Bratislava. Three-hour journey takes us to the North-Eastern part of Slovakia, passing Low Tatras National Park. En route we will also spot some of Slovak cultural and natural landmarks – castles, mountains and beautiful landscapes.
In the afternoon we will do our first hike, easy and relaxing one. Starting in the village Štrbské Pleso, 2-hour comfortable walk will take us to the Skok waterfall. It is about 30 metres high and falls from a rock threshold at altitude of 1,789 metres (5,869 ft). You can climb to the top of the waterfall over slippery terrain, which is secured by chains. The walk rewards you with gorgeous mountain and river views.
Route and duration: Štrbské pleso – Skok waterfall and back, approximately 3,5 hours.
We will start the moderate hike to the mountain lake Zelené pleso (Green lake) from Biela voda, then crossing the valley Dolina Zeleného plesa. It is a fabulous hike through pine forests and alpine meadows with stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Zelené pleso (Green Lake) itself is of beautiful emerald colour created by small underwater springs. You will be amazed by the 900 m high northern face of Maly Kezmarsky peak, Jastrabia Veza and other peaks in the scenic valley.
For experienced hikers: from the chalet we can continue to the Jahnaci peak (2220 metres / 7312 ft). The terrain and trail to the peak is difficult, secured with chains. From the top you will enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain environment.
Duration: day-long hike, 8-9 hours
Route: Tatranská Lomnica/Biela voda – the valley Dolina Bielych plies – the chalet Chata pri Zelenom plese and back
Difficulty: moderate to difficult
We will start in the mountain village Štrbské Pleso and continue further up for approximately 3 hours to the largest (200 800 m2) and deepest (53,7m) mountain lake in the Slovak part of the High Tatras, Veľké Hincovo pleso. From there we ascend to Vyšné Kôprovské sedlo, and to the Kôprovský peak. At 2367 meters (7765 ft), Kôprovský peak offers spectacular views over the High Tatra ridges and valleys. It is one of the easiest to access among the High Tatra peaks, and the trail leads through one of the most beautiful valleys in the whole mountain range.
Duration: approximately 6-8 hours
Route: Štrbské Pleso – Popradské pleso – Veľké Hincovo pleso – Kôprovský peak and back
The national park has 300 km of walking trails. One of the loveliest routes is the ascent up the dramatic, ladder- and technical-assist Suchá Belá Gorge. The hiking trail starts in small village Podlesok and takes us through some of the most beautiful parts of the national park full of greenery. Wooden and iron ladders, chains, steps and footbridges, requiring an extra caution, secure exposed stretches in the gorge. The whole trail leads through the stream Suchá Belá. Depending on the season, the level of water in streams can be higher and rocks can be slippery; therefore it is necessary to wear high ankle, waterproof and anti-slip trekking boots.
You will enjoy spectacular landscapes and rock formations giving you an amazing experience.
Duration: approximately 4-5 hours
Difficulty level: moderately difficult
We will also visit Spiš Castle, UNESCO heritage site, one of the largest and oldest castles in Central Europe, built in the 12th century and became the political, administrative, economic and cultural center of Szepes County of the Kingdom of Hungary.
The last day of our Slovak hiking tour with transfer back to Bratislava or Vienna.
For the travelers wishing to learn more from the Slovak history and culture, we can include some stops in interesting places on our way back.
The hikes in High Tatras are moderate to challenging, so make sure you are wearing proper footwear (ankle supporting hiking boots) as some sections of the trails are covered with rock debris or slippery gravel. The hiking paths are not very exposed, but their higher sections are usually more strenuous. All routes require hillwalking experience and you should be well prepared with appropriate outdoor clothing for unpredictable weather conditions.
Adults: 2 travelers: 790,- EUR per person
3-4 travelers: 690,- EUR per person
5-8 travelers: 590,- EUR per person
Youth (12-17): 1-8 travelers: 330,- EUR per person
Child (6-11): 1-8 travelers: 250,- EUR per person
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