From Krakow, in Poland, we travel to the soaring heights of the High Tatra Mountains, for our hut to hut trek through the wilderness of Slovakia’s highest peaks, culminating in a summit of Mount Rysy.
Day 1 Arrive in Krakow transfer to Poprad
We fly to Krakow, the second largest andone of the oldest citiesinPoland; from here we board our private transfer and cross the border into Slovakia. We are greeted at our hotel in the picturesque historic city of Poprad, known as the gateway to High Tatras. We spend our first night at the foot of these impressive peaks.
Day 2 High Tatra Trek - Tatranska Kotlina
This morning we depart for our drive in to the eastern part of the High Tatra mountains. These mountains are beautifully outlined by alpine meadows scattered with a tapestry of bright flowers. The first part of our ascent will be through wild forests and rugged paths of Tatranska Kotlina. We pass traditional wooden huts tucked into the sweeping landscape. Our trek will take us passed the Velke Biele Pleso (The Great White Lake), an area of outstanding beauty; with views of the undulating High Tatras as a backdrop, it makes for a perfect opportunity for some spectacular photographs.
As we ascend to heights of 1,554m, we are welcomed by our charming traditional wooden hut set in a stunning location next to the Green Lake, known as one of the most beautiful valleys in the High Tatra. In the evening we relax after a challenging trek, taking in the striking panorama of the valleys and peaks of Maly Kezmarsky and the Hawk Tower.
Day 3 Trekking towards Zamkovskeho Hut
After a traditional breakfast prepared for us in our cosy hut, we begin our trek climbing to around 2,037m over the north eastern ridge of the Kezmarsky peak, known as the Velka Svistovka. Here we can enjoy a well-earned rest with our packed lunch, spoilt by magnificent views of the valleys below.
This afternoon we descend to the majestic dark turquoise mountain Lake Skalnate Pleso, translated as Rocky Lake; another opportunity for some incredible photos with the imposing Lomnicky Mountain behind us. We take in the views before we retreat to our next hut for the night.
Day 4 Trek Zbojnicka Hut
Today we leave behind the enchanting forest that surrounds our hut and we begin with another ascent. We cross the Priecne Sedlo and with an altitude of 2,352m, it offers spectacular scenery of undulating peaks reaching into the sky. We navigate along narrow paths to reach our next hut nestled into the mountain rocks.
Days 5 Trek Poprad Lake
This morning our route takes us to the top of the Prielom Mountain Saddle, where we will be able to experience unrivalled views of the peaks and troughs of the beautiful High Tatras.
We trek on to Polsy Hreben: from here we will reach the main mountain of the High Tatras - the Vychodna Vysoka, known as the ‘Eastern High’ with an altitude of 2,429m. We have a well-earned break before continuing to another of Slovakia’s great lakes the Batizovske Pleso. From here we can enjoy the view of the Gerlachovsky the highest peak of the High Tatras in Slovakia.
Today we aim to reach Chata na Popradskom Plese a hut situated next to Poprad Lake, where we will stay for the next few days.
Day 6 Summit of Mt. Rysy
Today we begin our trek in the direction of Chata pod Rysmi. At 2,250m, this is the highest mountain hut in the High Tatras. Passing the hut, we continue on our approach to the summit of Mt. Rysy. Lying on the boarder of Slovakia and Poland, this is one of the most famous peaks in the region. After several hours of trekking, we stand on the north western peak and at 2,499m, we are at the highest point in Poland. We are able to take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding panorama before beginning our descent back to our hut where we can celebrate our achievement.
Day 7 Trek Poprad Lake- Strbske Lake
After our challenge yesterday, this morning we begin with a more leisurley visit to the picturesque Strbskee Mountain Lake, where we may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the the High Tatras' own endemic species, the Tatra Chamois. We will enjoy a walk to the Skok Waterfall before we continue over the Bystre Saddle to Furkotska Valley, ending our journey with a scenic tram ride though the countryside to our hotel in Poprad.
Today we say goodbye to the mountains and Slovakia, as we return to Poland to catch our flight back to the UK. Depending on flight times, we may have the opportunity to explore the historic city of Krakow before travelling to the airport.
With its majestic peaks, enchanting forests and turquoise mountain lakes, Slovakia is an ideal short-haul destination for some adventurous trekking. Visitors are spoilt by endless panoramic views when navigating rugged paths through meadows scattered with a tapestry of bright flowers, and on into the mountains with their deep passes and breath-taking outlooks. The High Tatras Mountains are home to a plethora of flora and fauna and if you are lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a chamois or a family of marmots! This unspoilt region is a picture-perfect destination for any keen trekkers and those after a true adventure in the mountains.
Our Slovakian itineraries offer some challenging trekking in the highest mountains in the Carpathian range. You will explore the wilderness of the High Tatras, trekking from one mountain hut to the next in the shadow of the towering peaks above. Having encountered beautiful lakes and yet more mountain views, your adventure culminates in a summit of Mount Rysy, the highest peak in the High Tatras which straddles Poland and Slovakia. Here, trekkers are rewarded with outstanding views across both countries- a magnificent way to end an adventure in the mountains.
Day 1 Fly to Krakow Overnight Poprad
Days 2-5 Trek Hut to Hut
Day 6 Summit Mount Rysy
Day 7 Descend High Tatra Overnight Poprad
Day 8 Transfer to Krakow Return to London
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Written on Monday, 13 February 2017
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