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Hiking in Slovakia - the best of the Slovak mountains

Guided tour from 1.090 EUR for 11 days

Hiking in Slovakia - the best of the Slovak mountains

Highlights

  • Grand tour of Slovak mountains – intense hiking experience
  • Slovakia’s top 5 national parks – High Tatras, Low Tatras, Slovak Paradise, Pieniny and Mala Fatra
  • 5 panoramic peaks
  • A great diversity in a small area – narrow gorges, grassy highlands, rocky peaks
  • Explore the mountains with the full support

Day by day:

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

Day 2: Hiking in the Low Tatras
Second highest peak of the Low Tatras – Chopok (2.024 m), comfortable hiking along the wide grassy ridge

Day 3: Between the High Tatras and White Tatras
Hiking to the pass of Kopske sedlo (1.725 m), wild forests and green meadows below the steep dolomite cliffs of the White Tatras

Day 4: In the shade of the highest peak of the Carpathians
Ascent of Vychodna Vysoka peak (2.429 m) - great viewpoint - neighbor of Gerlach peak (2.655 m)

Day 5: Pieniny – the smallest national park in Slovakia
Easy day – on wooden rafts through the Dunajec river gorge along the ancient amber road

Day 6: The highest peak of Poland – Rysy
Ascent of Mt. Rysy (2.499 m) – great view of both sides of Tatras (Polish and Slovak one)

Day 7: Slovak Paradise – Sucha Bela gorge
Hiking along mountain streams and waterfalls, trail secured by wooden and iron vertical ladders

Day 8: Hiking in the Western Tatras – second highest range in the Carpathians
Crossing the Western Tatras from south to north, ascent of Placlive peak (2.125 m)

Day 9: Easy day - Orava castle and transfer to Mala Fatra mountains
Drive through picturesque Orava region with the traditional wooden architecture, stop at the mighty Orava castle

Day 10: Main ridge of Mala Fatra
Hiking through flowering alpine meadows of Mala Fatra, ascent of Velky Rozsutec (1.610 m) – dominant peak of this range, views of Western, Low and High Tatras

Day 11: Departure for Krakow
After breakfast departure for Krakow

Guided tour:

DatesPrice from/to
Krakow
Single
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June 20 - June 30, 2020

1.090 EUR

120 EUR

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Sept 12 - Sept 22, 2020

1.090 EUR

120 EUR

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Included in the price

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

 

Trip code: HK03
Trip length: 11 days
Difficulty: Moderate – Challenging
Trip starts in: Krakow
Trip ends in: Krakow
Minimum group size:

6

Maximum group size: 14

 

Itinerary

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

Day 2: Hiking in the Low Tatras
Second highest peak of the Low Tatras – Chopok (2.024 m), comfortable hiking along the wide grassy ridge

The Low Tatras is the largest national park in Slovakia. The main ridge is 80 km long and 30 km wide. Forests of pine, which cover two thirds of the entire area, change into thick zones of dwarfed pine and expanses of alpine meadows at higher elevations. Mainly granite ridges are covered by grass. Right on the first day, views from the massive backbone of the Low Tatras allow us to get acquainted with the High Tatras, the Western Tatras, the Mala Fatra and Velka Fatra Mountains. We will have a birds-eye view of Jasna, the most renowned Slovak ski resort, deep-forested valleys, and grassy hillsides revelling in all possible shades of green.

We transfer to the Low Tatras in the morning. Cableway takes us to elevation of 1.670 m. In less than one hour we will reach the second highest mountain of the Low Tatras, Chopok (2.024 m). From Chopok we continue along the wide grassy ridge to the mountain pass Sedlo Polany (1.840 m). This part of hiking is very comfortable. The descent into the valley follows. After 1,5 hours we reach the tourist resort of Jasna. Our hike will be followed by an hour-long transfer to the High Tatras.

Lukova (1.670 m) – Chopok peak (2.024 m) – pass Sedlo Polany (1.840 m) – Jasna (1.120 m)
4 hours hiking, highest point 2.024 m, ▲ 425 m, ▼ 965 m

Day 3: Between the High Tatras and White Tatras
Hiking to the pass of Kopske sedlo (1.725 m), wild forests and green meadows below the steep dolomite cliffs of the White Tatras

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 today´s 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. The last part of the descent leads through the scenic valley of Kezmarska Biela voda.

Tatranska Javorina (1.000 m) – pass Kopske sedlo (1.750 m) - lake Zelene pleso (1.551 m) - Kezmarska Biela voda parking place (910 m)
6,5 hours of hiking, highest point 1.750 m, ▲ 750 m, ▼ 840 m

Day 4: In the shade of the highest peak of the Carpathians
Ascent of Vychodna Vysoka peak (2.429 m) - great viewpoint - neighbor of Gerlach peak (2.655 m)

The High Tatras are the highest range of the Carpathians. 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 and mainly rocky character, in comparison to the Alps their height seems 1000 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.

In spite of the fact that our destination, the peak of Vychodna Vysoka, isn’t higher than the magical altitude of 2500 m, it is one of the most favourite peaks in the High Tatras. It is the dominant of the Velicka valley that is famous for its flourishing part called Kvetnica.

We start our hike after a short drive with a funicular railway at the small resort called Hrebienok (1.285 m). The arterial path of the Tatras called Magistrala leads us to the mountain hotel Sliezsky dom (1.670 m). Then we pass the lake Velicke pleso and hike up to the mountain pass Polsky hreben (2.200 m - some places are secured by iron chains). After half an hour we reach the peak of Vychodna Vysoka (2.429 m). For the descent, we choose the shorter alternative to the village Tatranska Polianka (995 m).

Hrebienok (1.285 m) - mountain hotel Sliezsky dom (1.670 m) - pass Polsky hreben (2.200 m) - peak of Vychodna Vysoka (2.429 m) - Sliezsky dom (1.670 m) - Tatranska Polianka (995 m)

7 hours of hiking, highest point 2.429 m, ▲ 1.329 m, ▼ 1.609 m

Day 5: Pieniny – the smallest national park in Slovakia

Easy day – on wooden rafts through the Dunajec river gorge along the ancient amber road

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 that in the past was among the poorest in Czechoslovakia. This region, known as Zamagurie (land beyond the Magura), is on the border with Poland. In addition to Slovaks, „Gorali 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: The highest peak of Poland – Rysy
Ascent of Mt. Rysy (2.499 m) – great view of both sides of Tatras (Polish and Slovak one)

We spend another day in the High Tatras, and we symbolically visit Poland. The peak of Rysy, which is in the western part of the High Tatras, is situated directly on the Slovak-Polish border. The hut under Mt. Rysy (2.250 m) has the highest elevation among all the huts in the High Tatras. It is opened only during the summer season (from May till October) and its location is on a frequently used path leading to the Rysy peak. Already since the end of the 19-th century there were discussions about the necessity of a hut in this area. Because of the financial and technical troubles, the plan was realised only in 1932.

Last hiking trip in the High Tatras we start on a comfortable road to 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.

Popradske Pleso, tram stop (1.250 m) – lake Popradske Pleso (1.500 m) – mountain hut Chata pod Rysmi (2.250 m) – Rysy peak (2.499 m) - Popradske Pleso, tram stop (1.250 m)
8 hours of hiking, highest point 2.499 m, ▲ 1.249 m, ▼ 1.249 m.

Day 7: Slovak Paradise – Sucha Bela gorge
Hiking along mountain streams and waterfalls, trail secured by wooden and iron vertical ladders

The limestone dolomite plateau of Slovak Paradise was cut by mountain rivers into several sections, which are separated by narrow gullies. Some of them are only passable by iron or wooden vertical ladders. Slovak Paradise is really a paradise, not only for hikers, but also for wildflower enthusiasts. Shadows, mountain streams, waterfalls, and fallen trees covered by lichens create the impression that wood fairies and dwarves live here.

Through the Sucha Bela ravine we ascend to Klastorisko. This place hiding a monastery ruin is situated in the deep forests and local population found shelter here during the murderous Tartar invasions of the 13th century. A Carthusian monastery was built here afterwards. Through the forest we will descend to the Hornad River that we cross by horizontal ladders.

Podlesok parking place (545 m) – ruins of Klastorisko (770 m) – Hornad river (525 m) - Podlesok parking place (545 m)
6 hours hiking, highest point 955 m, ▲ 540 m, ▼ 540 m.

Day 8: Hiking in the Western Tatras – second highest range in the Carpathians
Crossing the Western Tatras from south to north, ascent of Placlive peak (2.125 m)

Today we transfer west from the High Tatras to the Western Tatras, which are the second highest range in the Carpathians. Steep blue-grey walls surround circular rocky cauldrons and create incredibly beautiful backdrops. Hikes in the Western Tatras are among the great experiences of alpine hiking.

We hike out of the forests of the valley Ziarska dolina (900 m). On the way to the mountain hut Ziarska chata (1.300 m) the visitors can observe nature recovering from the damage caused by a giant avalanche in 2009. We continue above the tree line and along a rocky path until we reach the pass Ziarske sedlo (1.917 m). Short ascent of the peak Placlive (2.125 m) follows. The view of the entire Liptov region opens up to the south and Orava region to the north. The narrow ridge trail leads to the pass Smutne sedlo (1.965 m). Descending from Smutne sedlo we leave the main ridge behind. Northern cliffs of the peak Placlive create dramatic scenery that surrounds us on way to the hut Tatliakova chata (1.385 m). After another half an hour we arrive to the parking place (1.190 m).

Valley Ziarska dolina (900 m) - mountain hut Ziarska chata (1.300 m) - pass Ziarske sedlo (1.917 m) - peak Placlive (2.125 m) - pass Smutne sedlo (1.965 m) – hut Tatliakova chata (1.385 m) - parking place (1.190 m)
7 hours hiking, highest point 2.125 m, ▲1.262 m, ▼977 m.

Day 9: Easy day - Orava castle and transfer to Mala Fatra
Drive through the picturesque Orava region with the traditional wooden architecture, stop at the mighty Orava castle.

After the arrival to Mala Fatra we still might have a time for a short walk in the ravine called “Jánošikové diery”. 

Biely Potok (565 m) – Podžiar (710 m) – Vrchpodžiar (750 m) – Štefanová (630 m)
1,5 hours hiking, ▲200 m, ▼135 m, highest point 750 m.

 

Day 10: Main ridge of Mala Fatra

Hiking through flowering alpine meadows of Mala Fatra, ascent of Velky Rozsutec (1.610 m) – dominant peak of this range, views of Western, Low and High Tatras

After 3 days of hiking we have an easy and relaxing day. The region between Western Tatras and Mala Fatra mountains is one of the most rural regions in Slovakia. We have an option to visit an open-air museum below the Western Tatras with well-preserved original wooden “highlander” houses. On the way to Mala Fatra mountains we will make a stop at the Orava castle – mighty castle on a high rock, a preferred photo motif, with countless stairs it puts the visitors to the test, but the view from the top is worth it.

We ride to an elevation of 1.524 m by chair lift and after a pleasant walk along rocky and grassy trails we ascend the dominant peak of this range, Velky Rozsutec (1.610 m). From a completely different angle we will see the peaks of the West, High and Low Tatras, on which we stood the previous days. Through a narrow valley, on a trail that is at times secured by chains, we descend along a stream to the village of Stefanova, nestled below the mountains at 625 m.

Pass Snilovske sedlo (1.524 m) – peak Velky Rozsutec (1.610 m) – Stefanova (625 m)
8 hours hiking, highest point 1.610 m, ▲ 860 m, ▼ 1.325 m.

 

Day 11: Departure for Krakow
Our tour ends by breakfast and departure for Krakow. Dovidenia - Goodbye!

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RAJEC TRAVEL is a Slovak tour company based in Poprad - High Tatras providing hiking tours in Slovak mountains (High Tatras, Low Tatras, Western Tatras, Slovak Paradise), ski touring, walking tours in Slovakia, culture and history tours (castles, wooden churches, UNESCO sights, technical monuments, Tokaj wine region, historical towns - Bratislava, Banska Stiavnica, Levoca, Kezmarok, Kosice, Bardejov), custom and private tours, tracing ancestors in Slovakia, private tour guides and one day tours.

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