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Lakes and Valeys of Slovakian Alps 9

Lakes and valleys of the Slovakian Alps


This easy to moderate self-guided walking holiday lets you explore at a leisurely pace the lakes and valleys of Slovakia’s highest mountain range, in the country’s Tatras National Park. You may be lucky enough to encounter chamois along the way, the symbol of the High Tatras. Finish your trip at Spisska Nova Ves, gateway town to Slovak Paradise National Park.


  • High Tatras
  • Poprad
  • Skalnate Pleso Lake
  • Popradske Pleso Lake
  • Jamske Pleso Lake
  • Strbske Pleso Lake

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Day 1: Poprad/Tatranská Lomnica

Arrive at Poprad airport and meet with our representative at the airport. Poprad is considered to be the primary entrance gate to the High Tatras. Our rep will transfer to your hotel in Tatranská Lomnica. On the way, you will enjoy a short sightseeing tour in the town centre of Poprad and explore the unique historical sights of medieval Spisska Sobota, which is the historic part of Poprad. Tatranska Lomnica is one of the mountain hiking centres of the High Tatras. It is located under Lomnicky Peak, which can be easily reached by cable car.

Day 2: Skalnate Pleso

Take the cable car to Skalnate lake, which offers beautiful panoramic views. Walk around the lake. You can optionally get to Lomnicke saddle using the chairlift, from where starts Slovakia’s highest and steepest ski piste at an elevation of 2190 m. On the way back, walk to Tatranska Lomnica with a stop for a tea and snack in a typical mountain hut – Skalnata hut.

Day 3: Stary Smokovec

Start your day by walking to Rainer mountain hut. On the way, you can enjoy the impressive scenery of the Waterfalls of Cold Creek valley. Continue to Hrebienok for a simple but tasty lunch in a self-service restaurant or continue to Billik hut. Cog railway from Hrebienok will bring you to Stary Smokovec, where you will spend the next two nights in a charming hotel.

  • Walking for the day: 9 km, 3 hours ↑570m ↓140m (3 hours extra walk possible)
  • Accommodation: Villa Siesta or similar (optional upgrade: Grand Hotel Starý Smokovec)
  • Optional additional walk: From Rainer hut continue on the red marked trail to Zamkovsky hut, where you can have lunch. On the way to Zamkovsky hut, you will pass by the Huge Waterfall (20 m). From Zamkovský hut take the red marked trail to Hrebienok.

Day 4: Tatranska Kotlina

Take the bus from Starý Smokovec bus stop to Tatranska Kotlina to visit the only show cave in the High Tatras – Belianska cave. On the 1,370 m long show path with 860 steps, you can admire flowstone waterfalls, Music Hall, Palm Hall, stalagmites and beautiful forms of cave decoration. After been impressed by the natural beauties of the underground world, you can take the bus (or a walk along the road on the cycle lane) to Bachledova valley to visit the Treetop walking path. Enjoying the panoramic views from the 32 m high tower, you will feel the majesty and uniqueness of the Tatra mountains. Taking the bus back to Starý Smokovec, you will finish a day full of impressions.

Day 5: The Glacial Lakes

Take the cog railway to Popradske Pleso station. Continue to Popradske Pleso, where you can enjoy the panoramic views and have lunch. Then walk along a scenic hiking trail to reach the highlight of the trip – Strbske Pleso Lake (1,352 m). Just the perfect place to stay for your last two nights, Strbske Pleso is the highest settlement of the High Tatras (1,350 m).

  • Walking for the day: 9 km, 3 hours ↑380m ↓300m
  • Accommodation: Vila Polar or similar (optional upgrade: Hotel Solisko)

Day 6: Skok Waterfall or Jamske Pleso

Option 1: Walk through Mlynicka valley to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the High Tatras. You will see the 25 m high waterfall Skok in Mlynicka valley, which is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the High Tatras. Walk back to your hotel.

Option 2: Hike along the Tatranska Magistrala (Tatra artery) to Jamske Pleso through a pine forest. Enjoy the serenity of Jamske Pleso Lake and return to your hotel.

  • Walking for the day: 10 km, 3 hours ↑435m ↓435m (Option 1) or 10 km, 3 hours ↑370m ↓370m (Option 2)
  • Accommodation: Vila Polar or similar (optional upgrade: Hotel Solisko)

Day 7: Slovak Paradise/Spisska Nova/Poprad

Today you will visit the Spisska Nova Ves and the Slovak Paradise National Park. Departing from Strbske Pleso by cog railway to Strba, change to a fast train to Spisska Nova Ves (public transport tickets for today’s transfers are not included as the walks are optional). Take a bus to Hrabusice and than walk to Podlesok, from there starts the hiking trail through the gorge Sucha Bela. From Spisska Nova Ves take a fast train to Poprad. Slovak Paradise offers a totally different way of hiking compared to the High Tatras. Forget the massive peaks and lakes; all this is compensated by gorges full of greenery, climbing ladders and bridges. All this offers a unique experience, which you will keep in memory.

Spend the afternoon in Aquacity Poprad – one of the biggest Aqua parks in the region using the water of a geothermal spring with curative effects contains more than 20 minerals. Thanks to using no aggressive chemicals for the disinfection and exploiting the heat of the water for heating in the hotel area, it is one of the most eco-friendly resorts in Europe. Just the perfect place to relax on your last day.

  • Walking for the day: 12 km, 4 hours ↑475m ↓475m
  • Accommodation: Satel Hotel or similar in Poprad (optional upgrade: Aquacity Resort)

Day 8: Departure or onward travel

Return home or individual stay extension. Complimentary transfer to Poprad Airport is included.


Accommodation is in private en-suite rooms in a mix of comfortable country inns and 3-star hotels.

Optional “In Style” upgrade: Seven nights in 4-star hotels. Two of the hotels were built at the beginning of the 20th century and have unique architectural features. Although they have been modernised to the highest standards, you can still admire their Golden Age beauty and atmosphere. The two nights at Strbske Pleso are spent in a luxury 4 or 5-star hotel on the shore of the lake (lake view rooms subject to availability). The last night is in Aquacity spa resort. All hotels provide superior accommodation in well designed double/twin en-suite rooms. There are wellness centres in all hotels. Hotel Grand Praha and Aquacity have pools with thermal water.

*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.


Breakfast is included. 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. 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!


Recommended arrival and departure airport: Poprad Tatry


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

Complimentary transfers from/to Poprad Tatry airport 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. Airport transfers from Bratislava and Krakow can be arranged at an additional cost.

Public transfer options from Krakow

Public transfer options from Bratislava

Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfer is included on all walking days and will be arranged by your current hotel to your next hotel. After check out, you will leave baggage at the hotel reception, and you can start hiking. When you arrive at your next hotel, your luggage will be at the hotel reception.

Travel Insurance

A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with World Nomads Logo to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.

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

Trip Info

Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate

Easy to moderate level, good fitness is required. While the walks are generally easy, not long and there are no exposed sections, some of the stretches are on stone paths which can become slippery in rain or fog. Average walking time is 2-4 hours per day (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

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 organised between the middle of June and the end of October. The itinerary contains routes which are closed to the public during winter and spring 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.


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 is 15 °C.

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 comfortable rucksack. Bringing good hiking shoes and a 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 (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).


  • Pre-departure holiday information pack, incl. paper map of High Tatras
  • 2 x accommodation incl. breakfast in pension Paula 3* Tatranska Lomnica, or similar
  • 2 x accommodation incl. breakfast in Vila Siesta 3* in Stary Smokovec, or similar
  • 2 x accommodation incl. breakfast in Vila Polar 3* in Strbske Pleso, or similar
  • 1 x accommodation incl. breakfast in hotel Satel 3* in Poprad
  • 1 x cable car to Sklanate Pleso on Day 2
  • 1 x cog railway – funicular from Hrebienok down to Stary Smokovec on Day 3
  • 1 x Treetop walk in Bachledka on Day 4
  • All luggage transfers when changing hotels (3x transfers)
  • 2 x complimentary transfers from/to airport Poprad
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local representative


  • Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost

Options and Extras

  • Private airport transfers to/from airports other than Poprad
  • Hotel upgrade


  • Flights and connecting land transfers from/to airports other than Poprad
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Entrance fees (incl entrance fee to the aqua park on Day 7)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not explicitly mentioned in the programme


  • Extra nights in Strbske Pleso or Poprad



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