TATRA MOUNTAINS ADVENTURE RETREAT

13th-17th September 2023

Come and explore the valleys of Slovakia's Tatra mountain range by white water rafting, hiking, cycling and by cable car on this unforgettable adventure

Day 1

White water rafting and cycling in Pieniny National Park 

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Touch down at Poprad airport where your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your accommodation. Together we’ll get to know each other over brunch and get ready for our first adventurous activity – rafting in Pieniny National Park! Transfer takes around 1 hour and we’ll spend up to a couple hours on a fun wild ride down a scenic river. We will then hop on a bike for an easy going ride back to where we started. After such an eventful day you will have the opportunity to lay back and relax at the hotel.  

Day 2 

Adventurous hike in Slovak Paradise National Park

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We’ll have a breakfast of champions and get ready for a full day of adventurous hiking in Slovak Paradise National Park. The hiking will involve climbing some ladders and trekking along side waterfalls and chasms. This epic hike will take approx 9 hours, with frequent breaks and lunch.

  No special equipment is needed for this hike, but a good level pf physical fitness is advised, and no fear of heights due to some of the ladders we will scale and platforms we will be walking on.

We will be transferred back to our hotel (around 35 mins drive) and enjoy a restful evening. 

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Day 3

Hiking in the Tatra Mountains – Heading for the summit

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Another hearty breakfast will prepare us for the stunning Tatras National Park – Ostrva Hike. You’ll need a lot of space on your phone for all of the photos you’ll take as this hike delivers jaw-dropping views for the entire duration. We will hike to the summit of one of the highest peaks at 1,966 meters above sea level where we will admire unparalleled views of Popradske lake and a lunch stop in a mountain top chalet.

The rest of the day will be dedicated to relaxation with a visit to an eco water park and spa which features thermal baths and a swim up bar. Who could resist?

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Day 4

Hiking in the Tatra Mountains – Journey to the waterfall

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After breakfast, we will once again head to Tatras National Park. This time for a hike to Waterfall Skok, one of the the most colossal waterfalls in the Tatras.

After the hike we will head to a local restaurant for lunch and take a mountain train to the neighbouring village to hop on a cable car. This is optional, so if you would prefer you can choose to explore the village instead. There is exciting forest tobogganing that you can try!

The cable car will take us to Skalnate Lake, serving up more spectacular views. If you fancy a little bit of adrenaline then you’ll have the option to hire mountain carts to ride all the way from summit to base.

In the evening we can get together for optional farewell drinks, and to reflect on the amazing adventure we experienced together.

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Day 5 

We will have one final breakfast together before saying our emotional goodbyes and jumping in our transfer to Poprad airport 

 
  • Shared accommodation for 4 nights – bed and breakfast in Poprad Town (Only single rooms now available)
  •  Daily breakfast
  • Rafting in Pieniny Park and bike hire
  • Mountain insurance
  • Hikes and treks with local tour guide
  •  Slovakian Paradise national park entry fee
  • All local transfers (2 minibus and 2 train rides)
  • Full day entry to Aquacity Water Park and Spa
  • Poprad airport transfers (other airport transfers possible for extra £)
We will be staying in a charming privately owned B&B in the town of Poprad. The owners are very friendly and welcoming.
 
The rooms are clean and comfortable with two double beds and en-suite bathrooms. If wishing to upgrade to a private room this comes at additional cost, please let us know in the booking form.
 
A hearty breakfast is served daily. 
 
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The most convenient flights are Luton Airport to Poprad town via Wizzair.

There is the option to fly to a different destination, however you will be required to make your own way to Poprad town.

Alternatively, your guide can organise a transfer for you at an extra cost. Other options include – Kosice
(Wizzair), Bratislava (Wizzair, Ryanair), Krakow (Wizzair, Ryanair, Easyjet).

 

  • Daypack
  • Waterproof rucksack cover or dry bags
  • 1 litre water bottle – Slovakia boasts some of the purest tap water!
  • Toiletries
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Snacks
  • Swimwear
  • Trekking poles.
  • No drones please*
  • Cash (Euros)
  • European adaptor
  • Head: warm hat (in case the weather changes drastically) SPF, lip salve, sunglasses
  • Upper body: underlayer, synthetic t-shirt, warm layers, waterproof jacket
  • Lower body: shorts, synthetic hiking trousers, waterproof trousers
  • Feet: Worn in hiking boots (no hiking boots = no hikes), merino trekking socks, evening wear

Who runs this trip?

This trip is being run especially for Adventuress in the Wild by Tatra Escapes. Tatra Escapes is owned and run by Alena, who was born and raised exploring the Tatras. She will be your guide and host throughout the trip. She cannot wait to meet you all.

How do I get the members discount?

You can sign up to our yearly membership to benefit from big discounts here

How fit do I need to be for the hikes?

Good physical fitness is needed for some of the hikes on the this trip. We also recommend that you do not have a fear of heights as you will be scaling some tall ladders during one of the hikes.

Can I get my own room?

 Yes! Private rooms are available for an extra cost. Please enquire via the booking form.

Do I need my own insurance?

This trip includes ‘mountain insurance’ but you will still be required to take out your own personal travel insurance to take part in this trip. We recommend True Traveller insurance.

What is the food like during the trip?

It’s varied. There is Slovak cuisine which is very hearty food and a lot of stews. There are also other options, Western cuisine such as burgers or Italian cuisine in the
restaurants.

Please note that selection of lunches at the mountain chalets will be limited. All supplies are transported to the chalets on the backs of Tatra’s sherpas, and so if you have any specific dietary requirements, please make sure you have some food with you.

How essential are hiking boots?

Due to the nature of the hikes we will be taking part in, Tatra Escapes have a ‘no hiking shoes, no hiking’ policy in place. Gym trainers or sport shoes are not suitable for where we will be going, and we will be obliged to refuse a place on the hike on the grounds of keeping you safe.

What’s the weather like in September?

 It’s very seasonal in Slovakia. In September, you can expect the usual autumn weather, hopefully on the warmer side. Nights can be chilly. For the mountain treks, please bring an extra layer as the temperatures can drop the higher we go.

Can I swim the natural lakes?

Unfortunately, swimming in all mountain lakes is not possible. Please do not attempt this as you can be fined 3000 Euros as there are laws protecting the lakes in Slovakia. Tatra’s lakes, waterfalls and waters are very sensitive ecosystems which can be compromised by human contact. Leakages of substances such as deodorants, sun creams, repellents, even residue of shower gels can kill various species (see endemism).

Can I bring alcohol with me on the hikes?

For your safety, alcoholic beverages are strictly forbidden on the hikes

Will there be a Whatsapp group?

Closer to the departure date there will be a Whatsapp group created for those attending so you can swap gear advice and maybe even have a cheeky meet up prior to the trip. 

13th-17th September 2023

£ 790
  • Members price: £740
  • Only single rooms now available
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Susanne MorganSusanne Morgan
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20:13 11 May 24
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09:44 27 Apr 24
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I have been lucky enough to enjoy 3 activities with AITW, 2 of which have been overseas trips! "Adventures" does not even begin to describe the experiences I had on both of my trips with this group. My first trip with AITW was in October/November 2022, and I still have fond memories and friendships that were formed, sharing laughter, conquering challenges, and taking in the beautiful scenery of South Africa. Hiking, yoga, camping, bouldering, and wine tasting were all part of the itinerary, but what wasn't planned was just the awe and feeling I was left with when the trip was over. I had so much fun that I booked another overseas trip in March 2024 to Lapland. I got to try snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, a traditional Finnish sauna, and ice dipping. We even got to stay in a cozy cabin where we shared delicious meals, took turns sledding, had a private sauna, and even laughed our way into playing in the snow between sauna breaks. We had 2 wonderful Finnish guides leading us into the beautiful Lapland wilderness, and we got to have lunch at our very own woman-made ice table/bar. Our last night was quite magical, as we got to see the Northern lights for the 2nd time on the trip and were mesmorised by its glow. It was an empowering trip, and Kate takes thoughtful consideration in planning and organising events that promote community support. I can't wait to join another adventure!
Maria CorbalanMaria Corbalan
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Thanh TangThanh Tang
18:58 31 Mar 24
Truely, an amazing trip with a bunch of lovely ladies and two aspiring female wilderness guides. A week packed with fun activities, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, hike to the fell for aurora, yoga, sauna/ice dip, laughter, banter, a perfect traditional log cabin in the magical Lapland landscape. My 1st all female group trip and definitely not my last. Experiences are shared, fond memories to look back on and friendships formed. LOVED IT, AITW/Sidetracked thank you!
Amy MaynardAmy Maynard
09:44 31 Mar 24
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Kristen FraleyKristen Fraley
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Still buzzing after a truly wonderful trip to Northern Finland with Kate and Adventuress in the Wild. From start to finish, Kate was really responsive and set the tone for an encouraging and fun space to try new things, take on challenging situations, and have a lot of laughs with a great group of women. Kate provided us with an exceptionally curated week, filled with snow shoe hiking, cross country skiing, ice dipping and even seeing the northern lights in our PJs!Would absolutely recommend AITW to anyone after an adventure!
ClaireClaire
17:14 29 Feb 24
I’ve just come back from an absolutely fantastic winter skills weekend up in the snowy Scottish highlands with Adventuress in the wild.It was a perfect weekend from the outset!Kate, the founder of adventuress in the wild and our mountain leader, Charlie , immediately put you at ease going through the itinerary for the weekend.On the Saturday Charlie introduced us to the lovely Scottish winter and what it had to offer. We learnt how to make wise decisions, use crampons, use ice axes and generally have lots of fun safely in the snow!On the Sunday we put all of the skills we had learnt the day before to good use as we hiked up a snowy mountain…and oh boy…the views were unreal!We were very very lucky with the weather and I felt I was living a dream. The memories I have made from the weekend will last a lifetime. My only regret is that it didn’t last longer as I was definitely not ready to come home!Thank you to Kate, Charlie, Gaby and Jean for making the trip so memorable. It won’t be the last trip I take with Adventuress in the wild!
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10:55 16 Feb 24
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Lucy LLucy L
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NatalieNatalie
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Irina TamIrina Tam
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Best girl gang an adventurer can join, whether you're a beginner or experienced in travelling! I put my trust in Kate for my first ever weekend hike, & I'm so glad I did.
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Anna AlcaideAnna Alcaide
21:49 04 Apr 23
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Michelle VenablesMichelle Venables
21:43 04 Apr 23
Highly Recommend!I wanted to make a positive change and to go out and meet new people with similar interests and to build my confidence and self-esteem. I’d always loved walking and hiking but never felt I knew enough to do it on my own (or even if it was something you could do solo!) Then I came across Adventuress in the Wild. Kate’s Confidence Outdoors course was exactly what I was looking for.The course included subjects like: planning your own hike and creating your own route; keeping safe and how to deal with emergencies; choosing kit and equipment; multi-day camping and backpacking and then the option of going on a hike and meeting all the people on the course in the final week.I was very nervous to go on my own but I didn’t need to be; I was instantly put at ease. Kate is very friendly and welcoming and all the ladies attending were great. It was a really lovely day and Kate was a brilliant guide.I’d put planning solo hikes off, but now armed with my new knowledge and confidence, I’m looking forward getting out there.Kate, thank you. I also can’t wait to go on more of your hikes soon.
Madeleine HammondMadeleine Hammond
20:55 04 Apr 23
Kate is a fantastic guide and leader. I feel inspired and motivated to undertake more treks, which as an inexperienced woman who wants to get more outdoorsy feels so empowering. However, my favourite part is the adventuress community - I have done both the compass navigation and confidence outdoors courses, and the community that Kate has an integral role in developing of Adventuresses feels like a truly welcoming, supportive environment. I’ve already booked onto more adventuress walks - if you’re not sure, just sign up!
Eleonora PasselliEleonora Passelli
08:00 04 Apr 23
I've been thinking about joining this group for so long and I'm so glad I finally did! So nice to get out of London with some likeminded, friendly people. Kate is a great guide, very knowledgeable and always making sure everyone feels welcome. I also like that there are a lot of options, from day hikes to overseas trips to bouldering. Very highly recommended!
Annie SmithAnnie Smith
06:11 04 Apr 23
I’ve had such a brilliant time on my days with the adventuress gang! I did a couple of hikes in January and the confidence outdoors course in March. Kate is very experienced and knowledgeable, and creates a really relaxed and friendly environment. It’s a lovely way to meet like-minded people whilst exploring some beautiful places and building confidence to go it alone at some point. Highly recommend!
Rebecca MacDonaldRebecca MacDonald
13:17 14 Mar 23
Such a great community to be a part of! I'm new to town, so I was nervous to start coming out, but Kate and the girls made me feel welcome right away. I now attend the hikes and bouldering and beer sessions regularly. The group that turns up is always a mix of new and familiar faces, and everyone receives that same warm welcome. Getting outside is medicine for me. Getting outside with other women is even more so. For any women looking to get into nature more and meet other women who like doing the same, I can't recommend this group enough!
Sarah BattenSarah Batten
16:14 12 Mar 23
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Andreea CraciunAndreea Craciun
19:14 13 Feb 23
Kate is a great guide and she's managed to create an amazing community of women around her. The hikes she organizes are not only a way of exploring London and its surroundings, but also to connect to other people. 10/10 would recommend
Miri GlogerMiri Gloger
08:23 19 Jan 23
Such a vibe! I was pretty stoked when I first found Adventuresses and even more so now that I have attended a few events. Kate is a great guide, always full of fun facts about nature and making sure everyone feels safe and welcome. What I love most though is the community, a bunch of cool chicks you get to hike/climb and have a drink with. Thanks for creating this, you'll be seeing my face a lot :)P.S. make sure to join one of the abroad adventures, it was truly an experience of a lifetime 😍
Effie ParaskevopoulouEffie Paraskevopoulou
19:29 02 Jan 23
I've joined several adventures with Adventuress in the Wild, and I can confidently say that they are life changing experiences. As someone who moved to the UK, they gave me the opportunity to explore the outdoors around London and meet new people in a safe, friendly environment.Kate is a very experienced and organised guide, and she has created a platform that empowers women in many ways. I couldn't recommend them more.

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