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Hiking in the High Tatras

Guided tour from 690 EUR for 8 days
Self-guided tour from 555 EUR for 8 days

Hiking in the High Tatras

Highlights

  • The best of the High Tatras – from east to west
  • Highest peak of Poland – Rysy (2499 m)
  • Slovak Paradise - hiking through gorges and waterfalls
  • Easy day – get familiar with local life and rich history below the Tatras

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: Between the High Tatras and White Tatras
“Warm up” hiking to the pass of Kopske sedlo (1.725 m), White and Green glacial lakes

Day 3: 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 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: Slovak Paradise – Sucha Bela gorge
Hiking along mountain streams and waterfalls, trail secured by wooden and iron vertical ladders

Day 7: 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 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 04 - July 11, 2020

760 EUR

690 EUR

90 EUR

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Aug 15 - Aug 22, 2020

760 EUR

690 EUR

90 EUR

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Included in the price

  • Transfer from and to Krakow/Poprad, local transportation during the tour (on occasion by public busses or trains)
  • 7 x accommodation in double rooms, guest house in Smokovec or Poprad
  • 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

730 EUR

555 EUR

90 EUR

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Included in the price

  • Transfer from and to Krakow/Poprad - Day 1 & Day 8
  • Transfer to/from Slovak Paradise - Day 6
  • 7 x accommodation in double rooms, guest house
  • Breakfast
  • Hiking map and description of the hiking tours
  • One day trip to rafting on the river Dunajec with guide, transfer, entrance fees included (Day 5)

 

Trip code: HK01
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: Between the High Tatras and White Tatras
“Warm up” hiking to the pass of Kopske sedlo (1.725 m), White and Green glacial lakes

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. Following descend through a valley 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, ▲ 800 m, ▼ 890 m

Day 3: 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 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)

The High Tatras are of glacial origin and have a total area of 800 km2. 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 with 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.

One of the most beautiful and most popular valleys is on program today: Mala Studena dolina. We use the funicular railway again; it is a very pleasant way how to reach the altitude of 1.285 m. We hike on the red path to the east, pass a waterfall and after one hour we reach Zamkovskeho hut. We can have a small refreshment here, before entering the valley Mala Studena dolina. After 15 minutes we leave the forest and the beauty of the valley lies before us. In the summer months it is quite colourful because of the different alpine flowers growing along the stream. We follow the green path to the high rock terrace. On the top, we can see our today´s goal – the hut Teryho chata. After reaching the hut, one should take the time to look around, because the hut is surrounded by several beautiful mountain lakes. After our refreshment we start our descent, which follows the same route. Before getting on the funicular, we can visit the oldest hut in the High Tatras – Reinerova chata, which is also a small museum dedicated to the hard work of Tatras´s sherpas.

Hrebienok (1.285 m) - mountain hut Teryho chata (2.015 m) - Hrebienok (1.285 m)

6 hours of hiking, highest point 2.015 m, ▲ 870 m, ▼ 870 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 that was among the poorest in Czechoslovakia in the past. This region, known as Zamagurie (land beyond the Magura hills), is situated on the border with Poland. In addition to Slovaks, „Gorals” (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: 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 along a creek with the help of wooden and iron ladders 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, ▲ 560 m, ▼ 560 m.

Day 7: The highest peak of Poland – Rysy
Ascent of Mt. Rysy (2.499 m) – great view of both sides of Tatras (Polish and Slovak one)

The High Tatras are the highest massif in the Carpathian Range. This granite mass spreads out from east to west and among its southern spurs one can find 25 peaks higher than 2.500 meters. Some of the peaks are accessible by marked trails and others are only accessible with a mountain guide.

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

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