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High Tatras hut to hut hiking tour

Guided tour from 730 EUR for 8 days
Self-guided tour from 620 EUR for 8 days

High Tatras hut to hut hiking tour

Highlights

  • Seven huts, five mountain passes, three summits
  • Most scenic sections of the Grand Traverse (Magistrala) in the High Tatras
  • Hiking under the highest peaks of the High Tatras – Lomnicky peak & Gerlach
  • Combination of mountain accommodation – mountain huts, mountain hotels and pensions
  • Hiking without sleeping bag or cooking utensils

Day by day:

Day 1: Arrival to the High Tatras
Meeting in Krakow (or Poprad), arrival to the Tatras through the picturesque Polish highlands – “Podhale”

Day 2: The most picturesque mountain hut in the Tatras
“Warm up” hiking to the pass of Kopske sedlo (1.725 m), White lake and mountain hut by the Green lake

Day 3: Around the second highest peak of the High Tatras
Morning climb of Marmot peak (2.037 m) – great view of the White Tatras, hiking below Lomnicky peak (2.633 m)

Day 4: Hiking to Tery hut – a traditional mountain hut in the High Tatras
Ascent of the valley Mala Studena dolina to the Tery hut (2.015 m)

Day 5: Easy day - Dunajec river raft trip
Rafting tour through the Dunajec river gorge on wooden rafts

Day 6: Scenic Grand Traverse hike
Comfortable hiking above the timberline, fabulous views of the highest peaks (Mt. Gerlach, 2.656 m) and several glacial lakes

Day 7: Rysy – V.I.P Peak
The highest peak of Poland visited by Madame Curie, comrade Lenin and Pope John Paul II.

Day 8: Departure for Krakow/Poprad
En route to Krakow review your hiking tour on panoramic drive around the Tatras

Guided tour:

DatesPrice from/to
Krakow
Price from/to
Poprad
Single
supplement
 

July 18 - July 25, 2020

795 EUR

730 EUR

110 EUR

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Aug 22 - Aug 29, 2020

795 EUR

730 EUR

110 EUR

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Included in the price

  • Transfer from and to Krakow/Poprad by minivan, local transportation during the tour (on occasion by public busses or trains)
  • 7 x accommodation in mountain huts, mountain hotels and guest houses
  • Halfboard
  • Entrance fees and tickets for funiculars according to the program
  • Service of the tour guide

Self-guided tour:

DatesPrice from/to
Krakow
Price from/to
Poprad
Single
supplement
 

On request: June – October

795 EUR

620 EUR

110 EUR

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Included in the price

  • Transfer on the first and the last day (Poprad – guest house)
  • 7 x accommodation in mountain huts, mountain hotels and guest houses
  • Breakfast
  • Hiking information (hiking map, description of the hiking tours, railway schedule for the Tatra tram)
  • One day trip to rafting on the river Dunajec with guide, transfer, entrance fees included (Day 5)

 

Trip code: HK02
Trip length: 8 Days
Difficulty: Moderate – Challenging
Trip starts in: Krakow/Poprad
Trip ends in: Krakow/Poprad
Minimum group size:

6 - guided / 2 - self-guided

Maximum group size: 14

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to the High Tatras
Meeting in Krakow (or Poprad), arrival to the High Tatras – Stary Smokovec village.
The journey from Krakow takes app. 3 hrs.

Day 2: The most picturesque mountain hut in the Tatras
“Warm up” hiking to the pass of Kopske sedlo (1.725 m), White lake and mountain hut by the Green lake

The White Tatras are part of the High Tatras range and are made up of a connecting limestone ridge. Scenic and expressively carved peaks reaching heights of over 2100 meters form the western part of this ridge. The eastern part is slightly undulating. These mountains are characterised by alpine meadows and clearings covered from spring to fall with bright carpets of flowers.

Our first hiking tour starts in the village of Tatranska Javorina (1.000 m), a typical Tatra settlement founded in the 19th century. A unique wooden church and a hunting hut of count Hohenlohe decorate the surrounding. The first part is an ascent through the wild forests of the valley Zadne Medodoly to the mountain pass Kopske sedlo (1.750 m). We have a unique opportunity to see the most beautiful peaks and the longest valleys of the mountains. We descent through a valley which actually divides the Tatra mountains into the limestone part behind us and the granite part in front of us. Finally we reach the hut at the Green mountain lake – Zelene pleso (1.551 m) - a pretty location in this charming valley.
If you feel like conquering a summit right on the first day, there is an option to ascend the peak Jahnaci stit (2.230 m) - most eastern peak of the High Tatras.

Tatranska Javorina (1.000 m) - pass Kopske sedlo (1.750 m) - lake Zelene pleso (1.551 m)
5 hours of hiking, highest point 1.750 m, ▲ 780 m, ▼ 235 m

Day 3: Around the second highest peak of the High Tatras
Morning climb of Marmot peak (2.037 m) – great view of the White Tatras, hiking below Lomnicky peak (2.633 m)

The High Tatras are of glacial origin and have a total area of 800 km2. In this area there are 25 peaks higher than 2500 m. In contrast to the hard-edged qualities of the mountain massifs are the picturesque lakes. It is interesting that almost each valley in the Tatras is decorated one or more lakes. In total there are about 120 alpine lakes, called "pleso". The symbols of the High Tatras are the chamois and the edelweiss flower.

We start at the mountain lake Zelene pleso (1.551 m). Below a panorama of vertical rocky peaks we will hike up the Marmot peak - Svistovka (1.826 m) and then hike down the rocky mountain path, pass the observatory and arrive to the lake Skalnate pleso (1.751 m). Skalnate pleso is a popular place in the summer. The reason for this is the cableway to the second highest peak of the High Tatras – Lomnicky stit (2.633 m).The silhouette of the peak dominates the whole valley and together with the cableway it is a well known symbol of the High Tatras.
The goal of our today's hiking trip, the mountain hut Zamkovského chata (1.426 m), is hidden in the forests of the lower part of the valley Mala Studena dolina. It takes one hour to get there from Skalnate Pleso.

Lake Zelene pleso (1.551 m) - pass Svistovka (1.826 m) - lake Skalnate pleso (1.751 m) - mountain hut Zamkovského chata (1.426 m)
4 hours of hiking, highest point 1.826 m, ▲ 595 m, ▼ 685 m

Day 4: Hiking to Tery hut – a traditional mountain hut in the High Tatras
Ascent of the valley Mala Studena dolina to the Tery hut

The High Tatras are the highest massif in the Carpathian Range. Today we hike through one of the most beautiful valleys in these mountains: Mala Studena dolina, known among the hikers also because of the popular Tery hut, which was built in 1899 by the doctor and mountaineer Ödön Tery in 1899.

From the mountain hut Zamkovskeho chata (1.475 m) we take the green path through the valley of Mala Studena dolina. After 10 minute we get out of the woods and enter the beautiful valley which is surrounded by high rock formations. In the middle of the valley, we can already recognize our goal – the Tery hut. It was built on a high rock terrace in the altitude of 2.015 m. The hut is surrounded by five pretty tarns, so take your time to look around and enjoy the views. The descent follows the same path and at the end of today´s tour we reach the oldest mountain hut in the High Tatras: Reinerova chata (1.285 m). We get to the village Stary Smokovec by a funicular railway.

Mountain hut Zamkovskeho chata (1.475 m) - mountain hut Teryho chata (2.015 m) - Hrebienok (1.285 m)
5 hours of hiking, highest point 2.015 m, ▲ 640 m, ▼ 825 m

Day 5: Easy day - Dunajec river raft trip
Rafting tour through the Dunajec river gorge on wooden rafts

Today we will discover the beauties of the smallest national park in Slovakia – Pieniny. We will drive over the ridge of the Magura Mountains to an area was among the poorest in Czechoslovakia that in the past. This region, known as Zamagurie (land beyond the Magura), is situated on the border with Poland. In addition to Slovaks, „Gorals or people who live in the mountains„ populate the area. The Goral dialect is close to Polish and Goral folklore is very rich and dynamic. We visit the ancient and charming Red Monastery and get acquainted with Cyprian, the flying monk, and the history of this Carthusian (and later Camaldolite) monastery. We will float down the Dunajec River on wooden rafts. Our return trip will take us through a mountain valley surrounded by narrow little fields.

Day 6: Scenic Grand Traverse hike
Comfortable hiking above the timberline, fabulous views of the highest peaks (Mt. Gerlach, 2.656 m) and several glacial lakes

The central part of the High Tatras, which consist of granite, is characterised by narrow steep valleys and inaccessible peaks and ridges. The "Tatras", as we call them, differ from other high mountain ranges, such as the Alps, in a special way. Due to the mountain's geographical location a mainly rocky character, in comparison to the Alps their height seems 1.000 m higher than it really is. To experience the magic of alpine flora and fauna we do not necessarily have to hike to the highest peaks. Mountain valleys with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks can provide us with the same experience

We will start in the village of Tatranska Polianka (990 m) and head for the mountain lake Batizovske Pleso (1.884 m). After 2,5 hours we reach the lake situated at the foot of the mighty Gerlach peak. The next part of the trip is an ascent along the rocky Grand Traverse trail called Magistrala (the longest hiking trail in the High Tatras connecting all southern valleys). The highest point of this day hike is right before we reach the mountain pass of Osterva (1.966 m). The peak Osterva dominates the whole valley with the glacial lake Popradske pleso (1.500 m). In the saddle of Osterva we start our descent to this lake and after one hour we are at the mountain hotel situated on the banks of the emerald lake.

Tatranska Polianka (990 m) - lake Batizovske pleso (1.884 m) - pass of Osterva (1.966 m) - lake Popradske pleso (1.500 m)
6 hours of hiking, highest point 1.966 m, ▲ 1.236 m, ▼ 721 m

Day 7: Rysy – V.I.P Peak
The highest peak of Poland visited by Madame Curie, comrade Lenin and Pope John Paul II.

The last hiking day we start right from Popradske pleso mountain lake (1.500 m). In the wide opened Mengusovska valley begins the switchback trail to Zabie plesa (1.919 m) – Froggy lakes. Above the lakes the trail leads over the steep rocky terrace secured by chains. Leaving this challenging section behind, we approach the highest located mountain hut in the High Tatras – Chata pod Rysmi (2.250 m). The final part to Rysy peak takes about one hour. Standing on the top of the peak Rysy (2.499 m), you have Slovakia and Poland at your feet. The descent to Popradske pleso copies the same route. Cup of coffee or glass of beer on the bank of the lake is a reward after this great day.

Lake Popradske pleso (1.500 m) – mountain hut Chata pod Rysmi (2.250 m) – Rysy peak (2.499 m) - lake Popradske pleso (1.500 m)
6 hours of hiking, highest point 2.499 m, ▲ 999 m, ▼ 999 m

Day 8: Departure for Krakow/Poprad
En route to Krakow review your hiking tour on panoramic drive around the Tatras

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