With its challenging hikes and breathtaking views, the High Tatras National Park rivals any mountain range in the world.
The High Tatra National Park is the largest and most important Natural Reserve in Slovakia. With its challenging hikes and breathtaking views, it rivals any mountain range in the world. Though compact, the peaks and landscapes are monumental – with 35 valleys, over 90 lakes and crashing waterfalls into impressive gorges. One hundred and fifteen species of birds, 42 mammals, 8 reptiles, and 3 amphibians – among them Branchinecta paludosa, the Three-toed Woodpecker, the Ring Ouzel, Spotted Nutcracker, and others. Mammals are represented by, for example, the European Brown Bear, Alpine Marmot, and the Tatra chamois. Unique High Tatra flora – almost half of the park is covered with forests, mainly spruce and fir and about 1,300 species of vascular plants, of which 37 are endemic to the Tatras, 41 are endemic to the Western Carpathians. The trip is situated in the central part of the High Tatras Mountains on the Hrebienok plateau at an altitude of 1200 metres, which is the best starting point for mountain walks. You will have great views around the mountains and enjoy nights in the shadow of Mt. Slavkovsky, the highest accessible peak in the High Tatras.
Price: £545.00 per person Single Supplement: £109.00 Minimum number of people: 2 Extra night (dinner, bed and breakfast) £60.00 pp
Not Included:Transport to and from home. Transfers from other airports or stations (private transfers available at extra cost). Anything not specifically mentioned in programme.
Departure Dates: Because of the nature of the terrain, this holiday will operate from 15 June to 31 October
Day 1: Arrive Tatranska Lomnica
From Poprad airport, transfer to the town of Tatranska Lomnica at the foot of the High Tatras. Here, you have time to take a stroll in town, visit the museum of the High Tatra National Park or the Botanical Garden or take a cable-car to the peak of Lomnicky Stit at 2633 meters. Overnight 4* hotel in Tatranska Lomnica
Day 2: The hut by the Green Tarn
After breakfast, you start out for your first ascent into the High Tatras. You will need to carry rucksacks for tonight (your main luggage remaining at the hotel to which you will return on Day 3). Ascend along a forest road by a creek watered by picturesque waterfalls, with the Kezmarska peak high above you. Continue to the Zelenom pleso (‘green tarn’) nestling between steep mountainsides at the end of the valley. Overnight: mountain refuge by Green lake
Day 3: The Svistovka saddle, Lomnicky Stit
Leaving the valley, follow a path up along a creek to a small lake, then head for the saddle 500 meters above you. The saddle is at 2023 meters, from where you may look down into the lush green, untouched valley on the other side. The descent brings you to Skalnaté Pleso, another tarn, and the starting point of the cable-car to the top of 2633 meters high Lomnicky Stit. Passing Zamkovskeho hut and Rainerova hut you will reach Hrebienok where you mountain hotel is situated. Overnight: mountain hotel Hrebienok
Day 4: The Zbojnicka Chata
Starting from the hotel, you head for the mountain through lush forest filled with squirrels and birds. Arrive in the Studena Valley, deep among the peaks of the High Tatras. As you leave the forest, the view is dominated by the steep mountainsides plunging to the ever-narrowing valley. Criss-cross brooks beside plummeting waterfalls, soon walking among large rocks, surrounded by peaks all above 2000 meters. At 1960 meters, you reach the Zbojnicka hut. Hiking back to Hrebienok. Overnight: mountain hotel Hrebienok
Day 5: Tataranska magistrala
After breakfast, you will continue walking along a main track in High Tatras called “Tatranska magistrala” under peaks above 2500 meters, passing a Velicke tarn and Batizovske tarn. You will also pass the Gerlachovsky Stit, the highest peak in the High Tatras. You will have stunning views of whole valley under High Tatras and you will see Low Tatras too. From the last saddle under Ostrva you will descend down to Popradske tarn where you next hut for overnight is waiting for you. Overnight: Mountain refuge by Popradske lake
Day 6: Rysy or Koprovsky peak
After breakfast, you will follow a creek in the shadow of the mighty Satan peak at 2421 meters in Mengusovska valley. At the end of the valley, you mount the ridge leading to Koprovsky Stit at 2363 meters. After a rocky climb, you have a magnificent view in every direction: North to the Polish plain and South to the Low Tatras and beyond. Other possibility is to hike up to peak of Rysy which is also border with Poland. From here you can see the biggest mountain lake in whole High Tatras called “Morskie Oko”. You will descend back the same way to Popradske lake for overnight. Overnight: Mountain refuge by Popradske lake
Day 7: Departure to PopradAfter breakfast, you will return back to Poprad airport