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Country
Slovakia
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
7 days & 6 nights
Difficulty
Strenuous
Accomodation
Various
Availability
June - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Poprad
Day 2: Zelene Pleso
Day 3: Zamka hut
Day 4: Popradske Pleso
Day 5: Rysy Peak
Day 6: Strbske Pleso
Day 7: Departure

Overview for Slovakian Alps Hut to Hut Trek

Enjoy the breathtaking scenery on this classic hut to hut trek in the High Tatras in Slovakia. Experience exhilarating walking in the spectacular national park, with striking landscapes of dramatic mountains, snow-capped peaks and green alpine pastures. On your route, you may encounter chamois, the symbol of the High Tatras. The High Tatras are the only mountain range in Europe which has four main predators still living in its area, namely bear, eagle, wolf and lynx.

The first night is spent at a stylish local guesthouse in Poprad town. Two nights in the mountains are spent in mountain huts with a unique atmosphere (shared facilities). The night at Popradske pleso is spent at a local two-star hotel, and on the fifth and sixth night, accommodation is provided in a three-star hotel at Strbske Pleso.

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Itinerary for Slovakian Alps Hut to Hut Trek

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Day 1: Poprad

Arrive at Poprad airport and meet with our representative at the airport. Car transfer to the guest-house.

Poprad is considered to be the primary entrance gate to the High Tatras. Next to interesting historical sites and famous medieval Spisska Sobota town, the modern and eco-friendly tourist resort Aquacity Poprad is a big attraction.

Accommodation: Atrium Guesthouse

Day 2: Biela Voda – Velke Biele pleso –  Zelene pleso

By local bus transport, you reach the starting point of the trek, Biela Voda. Following a 1.6 km yellow marked trail you reach point Nad Matliarmi where you change the route on a blue-marked trail which leads you to Velke Biele pleso lake. After short rest, you continue via red marked path to the goal of the day – Zelene pleso lake where the first mountain hut is located.

Optional: If you feel fit, you can take a trek to Jahnaci peak. It is 3.5 km route with 740 m elevation gain. Back via the same path.

Accommodation: Zelene pleso mountain hut

Day 3: Zelene Pleso – Velka Svistovka – Skalnate pleso – Zamka hut

Following a red-marked route, you pass through Velka Svistovka peak, Skalnate pleso and after 8.6 km you reach Zamka hut where you will spend the night. Skalnate pleso is the station for the cable car to Lomnicky peak. There is a restaurant where you can purchase lunch or snack and take a short break.

Optional: If you feel good and the weather is fine you can take a 4 km green marked route from Zamka hut to Teryho hut (2,015 m). For this tour, you need additional 3 hours.

Accommodation: Zamka hut

Day 4: Zamka hut – Popradske pleso

Via Tatranska Magistrala, the red-marked longest route in the High Tatras you get to Popradske pleso where the 2* Popradske Pleso hotel is located. This day is quite demanding regarding both length (20 km) and elevation gain (1,163m) but offers beautiful views over Tatra valleys, and there are many small and large glacial lakes so typical for the High Tatras. You can take a break at the mountain hotel Sliezsky Dom and have lunch in the hotel restaurant.

Accommodation: Popradske Pleso hotel

Day 5: Popradske Pleso – Rysy Peak (2,499 m) – Popradske Pleso – Strbske Pleso

Another hiking day which is demanding regarding elevation gain (1,295 m). Rysy is one of the most visited peaks in the High Tatras. It offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding panorama. Under Rysy Peak you find another cosy mountain hut where you can have a rest and purchase some refreshments. Back via the same trail. From Popradske Pleso you walk to Strbske Pleso lake where you spend your last night in the mountains in a 3* hand-picked hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Fis

Day 6: Strbske Pleso – Skok waterfall – Bystra Lavka – Pod Furkotkou – Strbske Pleso 

Your last hiking day in the High Tatras takes you to the 30 m high waterfall Skok (1,760) in Mlynicka valley which is considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the High Tatras. Following yellow marked 5.3 km long trail you reach this waterfalls in 1.40 hrs, it is an easy route. From Waterfalls Skok you will continue via a 3.1 km long yellow marked trail to Bystra Lavka (2,314 m) and from there another 5.1 km yellow marked route to Pod Furkotou (1,450 m) where you join the red marked route leading 2.4 km back to Strbske Pleso lake. The path between the waterfall and Bystra Lavka and Pod Furkotkou is equipped with ladders and chains. After descending to Strbske Pleso you take a local tram to Poprad town.

Accommodation: Hotel Fis

Day 7: Departure or Onward Travel

Return home or individual stay extension.

Hotels for Slovakian Alps Hut to Hut Trek

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Accommodation is provided in two mountain huts with long and interesting history, one 2* mountain hotel at Popradske Pleso, a stylish guesthouse in the historical part of Poprad and a 3* hotel located near the picturesque Strbske Pleso lake.

Zelene Pleso hut has been operational since the beginning of the 20th century. Zamka hut is a very nice chalet situated in the lower part of the Malá Studená Dolina (the Small Cold Valley). The chalet was built in 1943 by Štefan Zamkovský (1908 – 1961), a famous mountain-guide and a climber, and his wife Ludmila. During the Second World War persecuted political prisoners, Slovak guerrillas and Jewish families used the chalet to hide from the Nazis.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Sample hotels: Hotel Fis, Popradske Pleso hotel, Zelene Pleso mountain hut

Meals

Breakfast is included. Half board option is possible to order. Each hotel has its own restaurant where you can taste international or Slovak meals or you can also try Slovak cuisine in local restaurants called Salash or Koliba. Each hiking day passes by several mountain huts with restaurant facilities where you can get water and lunch. We recommend you to try the lentil or goulash soup. From the soft drinks, we recommend kofola which is similar to Coca-Cola and is a traditional drink. You should also try traditional local spirits called Horec or Tatra Tea. These are the typical spirits for the High Tatras and are made of herbs. Be careful – they are quite strong.

On the trails, you can meet men with huge loads on their backs who supply huts with goods. It is another attraction in the High Tatras.

Travel for Slovakian Alps Hut to Hut Trek

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Recommended arrival and departure airport: Poprad Tatry

Flights from London Luton to Poprad Tatry are available 4 times per week with Wizz Air.

Please note that only one airport transfer is included, though additional transfers can be arranged. It is advisable therefore that all party members arrive on the same flight or at least at a similar time.

Flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Alternative airports: Bratislava or Krakow

You can check Bratislava or Krakow airports too, with more frequent flights from different UK airports operated mostly by Ryanair.


Transfers to/from Airports

Transfers from Poprad Tatry airport to the hotel and back are included. The driver will wait for you at the arrival hall holding up a board with your name. Pick up time from the hotel on departure day will be specified on the spot. You will be provided with the contact info of the driver.

Please note that only one airport transfer per party is included, though additional transfers can be arranged. It is advisable therefore that all party members arrive on the same flight or at least at a similar time. Night transfer extra charges may be applicable to private transfers in case of late night arrivals.

Airport transfers from Bratislava and Krakow can be arranged at an additional cost.

Private Transfers

Transfers from the Poprad Tatry airport to the guesthouse and from the guesthouse to the Poprad Tatry airport are included. Cable cars and cog railway are included. You will get a GoPass card which serves as a ticket for all rides purchased according to the itinerary. Local transports are excluded.

Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfer is NOT included as the huts are not accessible by car. If you have an extra baggage with you, you can leave it in the Atrium guesthouse while hiking in the mountains.

Country Info

Timezone: GMT + 1
Language: Slovak. In hotels and huts, staff speaks English. Most of the young people are used to foreign travellers and speak English.
Population: 5 mln.
Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs
Phone code: +421
Currency: EUR
Sample costs:

  • soup: 2 EUR;
  • soft drinks: 1-2 EUR;
  • coffee: 1-2 EUR;
  • main dish: 6-15 EUR;
  • 3 courses menu: 12-20 EUR.

Up-to-date travel advice on Slovakia is available here.

Trip Info for Slovakian Alps Hut to Hut Trek

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Difficulty Grade: Strenuous

Strenuous level, suitable for fit and experienced hikers only. The terrain is mostly rocky. Hiking is not appropriate for beginners and casual hikers but for fit hikers that are used to hike in high altitudes and walk longer distances. Average walking distance is 14 km while total elevation gain exceeds 4,700 m and average daily elevation gain is 950 m (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

You will walk on hiking trails only where the terrain is mostly rocky. It is forbidden to leave marked hiking trail. It is strongly suggested to follow only marked trails. Never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. All trails are very well marked.

We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

Tour can be organized between June 15 and October 31 only. Itinerary contains routes which are closed to the public during winter and spring. It is due to protection of nature. Best months for hiking in the High Tatras are September and October.

The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season – so please indicate desired starting date when booking.

Weather

Climate is mostly of a mountain and alpine character, cold and moist influenced by high altitudes. Snow cover in valleys and peaks persists from 180 to 250 days of a year. Windy weather is typical, and during summer afternoon storms are usual. Average year temperature in 1000 m above sea level is 5°C, in July it is 15 °C. Last years hot and dry weather waves affected mountains. In such weather, hiking is very demanding.

What to Bring

Main luggage is limited to airline policy only. On walking days your main luggage is transported to the next accommodation. For your daily essentials, you should bring a comfortable rucksack. Bringing good hiking shoes and waterproof jacket is essential. In May and October, light gloves can also be useful.

Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots;
  • Hiking socks;
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying);
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood;
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece;
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation;
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve;
  • Hat/Baseball cap;
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies).

Included for Slovakian Alps Hut to Hut Trek

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  • Detailed holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions and road notes; maps with daily routes and optional hikes marked
  • Accommodation for 6 nights as listed in itinerary (4 nights in hotels, 2 nights in mountain cabins)
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers Poprad
  • Arrival meeting with our representative
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office in Poprad

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Single room supplement: possible only on 4 nights (the two nights in mountain huts are in dormitories)
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers, please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the cost for your desired date

Options and Extras

  • Private airport transfers to/from airports other than Poprad
  • Optional: “In Style” upgrade – if you prefer to stay on last 2 nights at the luxury 4-star Hotel Solisko on the Strbske pleso lakeshore, rather than 3-star Hotel Fis in the village, you can choose this option when completing the online booking form.

Excluded

  • Flights and connecting land transfers to first / from last accommodation from/to airports other than Poprad
  • Luggage transfers
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not explicitly mentioned in the program

Extensions

  • one extra night in hotel Sliezsky Dom and climbing to Gerlach peak 2,655 m with a licensed mountain guide

Spend one extra night during your holiday and climb Gerlach, the highest peak of the High Tatras.

  • one extra night at Solisko Hotel on the shore of Strbske Pleso lake.

Treat yourself after the holiday with one day of relaxation in this beautiful hotel.

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