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Walking in Slovakia – Tatras Mountains
Walking in Slovakia and the Tatras.
June 18th – 23rd 2024
6 Days walking the Slovakian Tatra Mountains.
Cost: €1175 (ensuite private single rooms)
The Tatra Mountains, are part of the Carpathian Mountain chain in eastern Europe. They create a natural border between Slovakia and Poland. Both Slovak and Polish sides are protected as national parkland and are popular destinations for winter and summer sports. The Tatras are home to wildlife including the Tatra chamois, marmot, lynx and bears. Slovakia has the highest mountain in the range: 2,655m Gerlach Peak.
There are numerous trails to enjoy from easy lakeside walks to more demanding peak tracks. The scenery is stunning with lush forestry covered in wild flowers and high mountains peaks stretching towards blue skies.
We will be based in the small resort town of Štrbské Pleso.
Where we are staying: Štrbské Pleso which is a top tourist attraction for outdoor lovers in high Tatras in Slovakia. It sits deep in a valley surrounded by high peaks of the Tatras all around it.
There are many wonderful walks which start straight from this location. It sits on the side of a lake (Pleso) from which it gets its name and there are many other attractions in the area. The area is also a place for wellness and many of the hotels including the one in which we are staying have Saunas, Steam rooms, hot tubs etc. Although Štrbské Pleso may be a small town there are some lovely restaurants, bars and cafes to relax in after your days hike or walk.
There is also a local train small train station that we will use to get to another village close by for one of our walks.
About the Walks: We will be doing a selection of walks throughout the week. From 10Km to more demanding 16Km with some ascents of 850m on one day. The terrain can be varied from forest trails to steeper mountain tracks.
Accommodation: We will be staying in a very comfortable 3-star hotel which has a wellness center attached with choice of saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs to relax in after your days walking. There is also a local supermarket within the hotel and many bars and fine restaurants close by. All rooms are en-suite and the rooms are quite large in size.
Dinner and drinks options:
There are many lovely restaurants to choose from to have our evening meals in and you will be shown many of these on arrival to Štrbské Pleso.
Štrbské Pleso is like a health and wellness centre as is much of this part of Slovakia, so there are wellness centres, spas with treatments and if you are feeling more active you can also rent some bikes.
Cancellation Policy for Walking in Slovakia:
A cancellation fee of 100% applies for cancellations made less than 2 weeks in advance, or in case of no-show.
A cancellation fee of 50% applies for cancellations made less than 4 weeks in advance.
No cancellation fee applies for cancellations made 4 weeks or more in advance.
Itinerary, 6 Days, 5 nights.
Day 1 – Arrival at Krakow Airport, Transfer to Štrbské pleso, time to explore on arrival.
Day 2 – Popradske Lake Hike –10km – (387m ascend) – 3.5 hours. Opportunity to make it slightly harder is to carry on to Velke Pleso 16km (842m ascend) –total 5.5 hours – restaurant available for lunch mid stop.
Day 3 Cable Car (Chata Pod soliskom 1824m) and choice of trail to Predne Soliskmo 2117m 5hrs or / and descend – 460m back to Slepe Pleso or walk 5km – 470m back to Štrbské pleso.
Day 4 Train to Starý Smokovec, rack rail to Hrebienok and walk to Sliezsky Dom Hike –12.6km – (450m ascend) – 6 hours
Day 5 Waterfall Skok Hike and Jamske Lake walk (if people don’t have enough ) –10.6km – 441m ascend) – 3.5hours
Day 6 -departure, transfer back to Krakow.
What to Bring
What to bring for your walking holiday in Slovakia
Hill walking Boots. (Much of the ground you walk on is hard, so hard soul boots would be advisable)
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