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Hiking in Slovakia

Hiking TrailSlovakia offers rich opportunities for touring – from challenging hiking in the High Tatras mountains to a simple walk in the beautiful forest. You can choose from a wide range of options – High Tatras, Low Tatras, Roháče, Greater and Lesser Fatra, Slovak Paradise, Pieniny, etc.

Slovakia’s highest peak is the majestic Gerlachovský Peak (2655 m) in the High Tatras. Other attractive peaks in the High Tatras are the national symbol of Slovakia Kriváň or Lomnický peak. In the Low Tatras, hikers should not miss Ďumbier and Chopok peaks. In Lesser Fatra Rozsutce, in Greater Fatra Borišov, Ostredok or Krížna and so on.

Slovakia is a mountainous country and the hikers really have many opportunities to satisfy their needs. Practically, through the whole territory of Slovakia there is a trail called Cesta hrdinov SNP (The trail of the Slovak National Uprising heroes), which begins in the Dukla Pass, and leads to Bratislava. The most remarkable is probably the ridge from the Kráľova Hoľa in the Low Tatras through Čertovica, Ďumbier and Chopok, to Donovaly and then into the Great Fatra mountains to Krížna, Ostredok and then into Malá Fatra.

Hiking Opportunities

  • Easy 1 day trips – Less demanding hikes in the forest and alpine terrain require athletic shoes and clothing, jacket, raincoat, backpack, food and drink.
  • Moderate 1 day hikes – Such tours require footwear with vibram soles, backpack, sweater, jacket, raincoat, food and drink.
  • Difficult 1 day tours – Demanding hikes in the mountain terrain (Gerlachovský Peak, Lomnický Peak, Vysoká, Ice Peak) require hiking boots with vibram soles, spare clothes, sweater, jacket, hat, long pants, food and drink.
  • Multi-day alpine crossing – Transitions through valleys, saddles and ridges of Slovak mountains with the possibility of overnight stays in mountain chalets. Such tours require a tent, sleeping bag, mattress, gas cooker, cooking vessels, food and drink, rain coats, vibram boots.


High Tatras

Here is a map of the hiking trails and mountain huts in High Tatras. Save the image on your computer (click the right mouse and choose “Save as”) and you can enlarge it and see the details.

Map of Hiking Trails in High Tatras

The following are the most hiked hiking trails in High Tatras

Mlynická & Furkotská Valley

Facts about the hike:

  • Duration of the tour: 6-8 hours
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Open: from 15th of June till 31st October, the trail from Hotel FIS till the waterfall is open whole year
  • Colour of the trail marks: yellow, red (blue)
  • Why is it so nice: Mlynická Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Western High Tatras.

How the hike goes:

  • Starting point: Štrbské Pleso (1355 m), north end of the Hotel FIS complex (behind the swimming pool), follow the yellow marked trail to terraces of Mlynická Valley
  • After 1:30 hour: waterfall Skok and the lake (1700 m)
  • After 3:30 hours: end of the valley, Štrbský peak and the highest point Bystré sedlo pass (2314 m)
  • After 6 hours: Furkotská Valley, at this point hikers can go on red marked trail passing Wahlenberg lake back to Štrbské Pleso (1355 m) or by turning left to the blue marked trail reach Solisko (1950 m) in 20-30 min.
  • After 6:30 hours: Solisko chalet (1950 m), chair-lift down to Štrbské Pleso (1355 m) or up to the Predné Solisko Peak (2093 m)
  • After 6-8 hours: back in Štrbské Pleso (1355 m)

Mengusovská Valley

Facts about the hike:

  • Duration of the tour: 6-7 hours
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Open: from 1st of July till 31st October, the trails between Štrbské Pleso and Popradské Pleso are open whole year
  • Colour of the trail marks: red, blue, yellow
  • Why is it so nice: The lake Veľké Hincovo pleso, under the Mengusovské peaks and Čubrina peak, is the largest and deepest lake (54 m) in the Slovak part of the High Tatras.

How the hike goes:

  • Starting point: Štrbské Pleso (1355 m), near the Helios sanatorium, follow the red marked trail
  • After 1 hour: Popradské Pleso (1500 m), follow the blue marked trail passing by the Hincova kotlina Valley (1946 m)
  • After 3 hours: end of the valley, in the vicinity of Veľké Hincovo pleso (Big Hincovo lake)
  • After 3:50 hours: via Koprovké pass the highest point of the trail – Koprovský Peak (2363 m), hikers should visit the Symbolic Cemetery of Tatras (memorial of the fallen victims of the Tatras)
  • After 4:00 hours: after a short hike along the yellow marked route and then 10 minutes along the blue route which leads to the red marked route
  • After 6-7 hours: back in Štrbské Pleso (1355 m)

Kriváň Peak and Važecká Valley

Facts about the hike:

  • Duration of the tour: 6-8 hours
  • Difficulty: hard
  • Open: from 1st of July till 31st October
  • Colour of the trail marks: red, blue, (green)
  • Why is it so nice: The ascent to the summit of Kriváň is one of the most attractive hikes in High Tatras and the peak is the national symbol of Slovakia. From the top of Kriváň there are some breathtaking views of the western Slovak and Polish Tatras and of the Liptovská kotlina Valley.

How the hike goes:

  • Starting point: Štrbské Pleso (1355 m), parking lot under the south end of Štrbské Pleso lake or alternatively from behind the sanatorium Solisko, follow the red marked trail
  • After 50 minutes: through Furkotská Valley to Jámske Pleso lake, in front of the lake turn to the blue trail
  • After 2:30 hours: passing the Važecká Valley, southest ridge of Kriváň massif – Predný Handel, Daxnerove sedlo (Daxner’s saddle) under the summit of Little Kriváň
  • After 3:00 hours: reaching the summit of Kriváň (2495 m), here the hikers can take the blue marked trail back to Štrbské Pleso or the green marked trail through Vyšná Priehyba and Grúnik to the bus stop Tri Studničky (Three small wells) and then to Štrbské Pleso by bus
  • After 6-8 hours: back in Štrbské Pleso (1355 m)

Štrbské Pleso – Tatranská Polianka

Facts about the hike:

  • Duration of the tour: 6-7 hours
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Open: whole year, but in winter the section Popradské Pleso – Pod Ostrvou might by icy and may be temporarily closed
  • Colour of the trail marks: red, green
  • Why is it so nice: The majority of this hike is along the red marked trail of Tatra Artery which is the longest Tatra hike, crossing the High Tatras in an east-west direction.

How the hike goes:

  • Starting point: Mlynická Valley (1355 m) near the Helios sanatorium, follow the red marked trail
  • After 1 hour: Popradské Pleso (1500 m)
  • After 2 hours: difficult ascent to the Pod Ostrvou pass (1966 m)
  • After 3:30 hours: Batizovské Pleso lake (1884 m), trail goes downwards
  • After 4:30 hours: Sliezsky Dom pri Velickom plese (Sliezsky House next to the Velické Pleso) and Velické Pleso lake (1665 m), leave the red and follow the green marked trail
  • After 5:50 hours: Tatranská Polianka (1005 m)
  • After 6-7 hours: by train back in Štrbské Pleso (1355 m)

Veľká and Malá studená dolina (Big and Small Cold Valley)

Facts about the hike:

  • Duration of the tour: 6-8 hours
  • Difficulty: heavy
  • Open: from 1st of July till 31st of October, two sections (from Hrebienok to Téry chalet and from Hrebienok to Zbojnícka chalet) are open whole year
  • Colour of the trail marks: red, green, yellow, blue
  • Why is it so nice: This is one of the most beautiful mountain hikes in the central High Tatras.

How the hike goes:

  • Starting point: railway from Starý Smokovec to Hrebienok (1285 m) near the wooden information pillar close to Hotel Hrebienok, follow the red marked trail
  • After 1 hour: crossing the waterfall at Studená creek and then Zámkovský chalet (1475 m), follow the green marked trail
  • After 3 hours: Malá studená valley and then Téry chalet (2015 m)
  • After 4 hours: after a difficult hike to Priečne sedlo Pass (2352 m), after it the yellow marked trail goes downwards
  • After 5:30 hours: Veľká studená Valley and Zbojnícka chalet (1960 m), follow the blue and red marked trails
  • After 7-8 hours: back in Hrebienok (1285 m)

Velická & Veľká studená dolina (Velická & Big Cold Valley)

Facts about the hike:

  • Duration of the tour: 7-8 hours
  • Difficulty: heavy
  • Open: from 1st of July till 31st of October, two sections (from Starý Smokovec to Zbojnícka chalet and from Hrebienok to Zbojnícka chalet) are open whole year
  • Colour of the trail marks: yellow, green, blue, red
  • Why is it so nice: Ideal for extreme hikers.

How the hike goes:

  • Starting point: Starý Smokovec (1000 m) near the Hotel Bystrina, follow the yellow marked trail
  • After 1:30 hour: crossing the forest and creek area, Velické lake, follow the green marked trail
  • After 3 hours: Sliezsky dom mountain hotel, up to the Velický waterfall, Kvetnica meadow and Dlhé pleso lake, reaching the ridge Poľský hrebeň (2199 m), follow the blue marked trail
  • After 4:20 hours: the most demanding part of the hike (ice and snow occurs even during the summer) – descending to Zamrznuté pleso (Freezed lake) and then ascending to the Prielom pass (2288 m)
  • After 5:30 hours: Zbojnícka chalet (1960 m)
  • After 7 hours: downwards around Vareškove pleso lake and the Veľká studená dolina (Big Cold Valley) to Hrebienok (1285 m), follow the green marked trail
  • After 7-8 hours: back in Starý Smokovec (1000 m)

Hrebienok – Slavkovský Peak

Facts about the hike:

  • Duration of the tour: 5-7 hours
  • Difficulty: medium heavy
  • Open: whole year
  • Colour of the trail marks: blue (green)
  • Why is it so nice: An all-day circular trail leading to the easiest and most accessible Tatra summit in the Smokovec area.

How the hike goes:

  • Starting point: near the funicular base station at Starý Smokovec (1000 m) and Hrebienok (1285 m), follow the blue marked trail
  • After 1 hour: Päť prameňov (Five springs), tourist junction on Tatra magistrale (1356 m) and Slavkovská výhliadka (Slavkovská View at 1531 m)
  • After 4-5 hours: Slavkovský nos (Slavkovský Nose at 2273 m) and the summit of the Slavkovský peak (2452 m)
  • After 5-6 hours: downwards to Hrebienok (1285 m), follow the green marked trail
  • After 5-7 hours: back in Starý Smokovec (1000 m)

Veľká studená & Bielovodská dolina (Big Cold & Bielovodská Valley)

Facts about the hike:

  • Duration of the tour: 8-9 hours
  • Difficulty: medium heavy
  • Open: from 1st of June till 31st October, but the section Hrebienok – Zbojnícka chalet is open whole year
  • Colour of the trail marks: red, blue
  • Why is it so nice: The most photogenic valley of all the Tatras, especially in the autumn season.

How the hike goes:

  • Starting point: near the funicular top station at Hrebienok (1285 m), follow the red marked trail
  • After half an hour: Tourist Junction near Studený potok (Cold creek), follow the blue marked trail
  • After 2:30 hours: Veľká studená Valley (Big Cold Valley) and Zbojnická chalet (1960 m)
  • After 4 hours: Prielom pass (2228 m), the highest point
  • After 5 hours: Zamrznuté pleso (Freezed Lake), Litvorova kotlina Valley (1580 m), upper end of of Bielovodská Valley
  • After 7-8 hours: Lysá Poľana (966 m)
  • After 8-9 hours: by bus, back in Starý Smokovec (1000 m)

Dolina Kežmarskej bielej vody (Valley of the Kežmarok White Water)

Facts about the hike:

  • Duration of the tour: 6-8 hours
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Open: whole year except of the section between Zelené pleso and Skalnaté pleso lakes, this section is open only from 16th of June till 31st October
  • Colour of the trail marks: green, yellow, red, blue, green
  • Why is it so nice: The most beautiful hike in the area of the Lomnický peak.

How the hike goes:

  • Starting point: railway station in Tatranská Lomnica (850 m), follow the green marked trail through the central park, to the base station of the gondola near the Grand Hotel Praha, change to the yellow marked trail
  • After half an hour: Tatranské Matliare village, follow the blue marked trail
  • After 3 hours: climb up by way of Salviový spring back onto the yellow marked trail and reach the mountain chalet at Zelené pleso (Green Lake at 1500 m), follow the red marked serpentines
  • After 4:30 hours: Veľká Svišťovka pass (2037 m) and Skalnaté pleso (Rocky Lake at 1751 m), follow the blue marked trail
  • After 5:30 hours: Malá Svišťovka (1558 m) and the middle funicular station
  • After 6-8 hours: back in Tatranská Lomnica (850 m)

Tatranská Lomnica – Skalnaté pleso

Facts about the hike:

  • Duration of the tour: 4-6 hours
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Open: whole year, but in the case of avalanche danger, the section Zamkovského chalet to Skalnaté pleso (Rocky Lake) may be closed.
  • Colour of the trail marks: blue, red, green
  • Why is it so nice: An easy hike suitable for elderly persons and those with families including small children.

How the hike goes:

  • Starting point: to the right of the gondola base station in Tatranská Lomnica (850 m), follow the blue marked trail
  • After 1:30 hour: through the foothills of Skalnatá Valley you get to main atttraction of this hike – the waterfalls at Studený creek, cross it and follow the red trail marker
  • After 3 hours: Kamzík Meadow (1285 m), Reinerova chalet (the oldest mountain shelter in Tatras) and Obrovský vodopád (Giant waterfall) and then onwards until the Zamkovského chalet (1475 m)
  • After 4:30 hours: Skalnaté pleso (1751), follow the green marked trail
  • After 4-6 hours: back in Tatranská Lomnica (850 m)

Tatranská Lomnica – Javorová Valley

Cable Car
Facts about the hike:

  • Duration of the tour: 6-8 hours
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Open: whole year, but in the case of avalanche danger, the section Zamkovského chalet to Skalnaté pleso (Rocky Lake) may be closed.
  • Colour of the trail marks: red, blue
  • Why is it so nice: Combination of hiking and travelling by mountain transport.

How the hike goes:

  • Starting point: from Tatranská Lomnica (850 m) use the funicular to Skalnaté pleso (Rocky Lake at 1751 m), follow the red marked trail – the Tatra Magistrale
  • After 2 hours: Veľká Svišťovka (2038) and Zelené pleso (Green Lake at 1500 m)
  • After 3 hours: Biele pleso (White Lake), cross the Kežmarská biela voda (creek of the Kežmarok White Watter) and follow the blue marked trail untill Kopské sedlo (1750 m)
  • After 4:30 hours: Zadné Meďodoly Valley and Javorová Valley (1000 m)
  • After 6-8 hours: by bus, back in Starý Smokovec (1000 m)

Dolina 7 prameňov and Bielej vody (Valley of the 7 Springs & Valley of the White Water)

Facts about the hike:

  • Duration of the tour: 5-6 hours
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Open: whole year
  • Colour of the trail marks: green, red, yellow
  • Why is it so nice: In summer time this is one of the most beautiful hikes in the border between High Tatras and Belianske Tatras.

How the hike goes:

  • Starting point: Tatranská Kotlina village (760 m) at the bus stop opposite the Čarda wooden cottage, follow the green marked trail
  • After 2 hours: Plesnivec chalet (1250 m)
  • After 2:30 hours: Skalné vráta (Rocky doors) and Bujačí mountain ridge, cross the little pass and leave Dolina siedmych prameňov (Valley of the Seven Springs)
  • After 4 hours: Valley of Predné Meďodoly and Veľké Biele pleso (Big White Lake), change to the red marked trail
  • After 4:30 hours: Zelené pleso mountain chalet (1551 m), follow the yellow marked trail
  • After 6 hours: Zelené pleso mountain chalet (1551 m)
  • After 6 hours: Biela voda (White water) crrek, Salviový spring, Biela voda bus stop located close to the main Tatranská Lomnica – Tatranská Kotlina road
  • After 6 hours: 10 minutes by bus, back in Tatranská Kotlina (760 m)


Low Tatras

Demänovská Valley

The route is based on the location and continues Luková dog Vrbické saddle to Demänovská Cave. Luková chairlift station is a major crossroads of hiking trails. It’s a very busy place, thanks to cable car, which is located here. Total length is 10 km and is one of those really easy hikes. Walking time is 3 hours. The trail begins at a place called Luková and continues along the red tourist mark in the Tri water, and the yellow balls and the Vrbické Demänovská Cave.

Terminus cable cabins Sure.

Clear tourist center is located on the northern and southern slopes Chopok National Park Low Tatras.

Vrbické lake is situated in a beautiful valley and Demänovská among the most busy place in the Low Tatras. It is the only ball in the Slovak mountains. In its pure water, we see reflections of the biggest signs of this beautiful mountain massif. Vrbické Pleso worth a visit because of cultural monuments. We can find a synagogue, a literary-historical museum of J. King Church. Nicholas. For the tour is definitely a museum in the nearby village, and Meander all-wood church in the Holy Cross.

At the top is a memorial Ostredka J. Švermy in the vicinity of a symbolic cemetery for victims of the High Tatras.

Demänovská Cave is a karst cave of freedom in Demänovská Valley. Was discovered in 1921 and opened in 1924. Cave is a popular tourist destination accessible cave in the Slovak Republic, which boasts the richest stalactite formations. The total length of 8897 m (with Barren Cave) is made available to the public around 1600 m.

7 Responses to Hiking

  1. Zarzilla August 7, 2010 at 9:41 pm #

    howdy! great site, love your direct approach! was wondering if you could post something about climbing or via ferrata on the site. Surely there’re a lot of marked & unmarked sites!

    Thanks and keep up the great work!
    cheers

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Dear Zarzilla, thanks for the tip, we’ll definitely do that, but cannot say when.

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  2. Julie October 29, 2010 at 10:48 am #

    Hello!
    Thanks for this nice website!
    My friend and I plan to visit the High Tatras in late May. Will most of the tracks really be closed? It would be such a shame…
    Can they be opened if the conditions are good?
    Thank you!
    Julie (France)

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    If the article says the track is closed, it is closed because the conditions are very dangerous during the whole particular period of the year. Please, do not underestimate these rules, every year we have a lot of victims who ignored the “close rule”. There are other tracks which can be done in winter as well.

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    Julie replies:

    Ok thank you for your answer!
    We will ask the competent authority when we are there, which tracks we can do.

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  3. Krists March 29, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    Hello.

    I would like to visit Slovakia in a middle of June, for hiking, for 3-4 days.

    I can’t find trails, or what is with the mountain chalets, they must be booked?

    Can you help me with more information?

    Kind regards,
    Krists Ozols

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    The trails above are the most known one day trips. You don’t need mountain chalet to book, you can start trails where even classic hotels are.

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