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- Venture off the beaten track and discover the picturesque Malá Fatra Mountains in the heart of Europe
- Explore the scenic network of gorges, canyons, waterfalls and unique rock formations
- Traverse ladders and bridges along the sparkling stream carving through the limestone gorge of Janosikove Diery
- Trek to the summit of Mala Fatra’s highest mountain, Velky Krivan at 1709m
- Breathe in the fresh mountain air amid the vast green landscape of rich forests and meadows alive with wild flowers
- Catch a glimpse of wildlife – golden eagles, red deers, lynx or even bears
- Stay in mountain huts and family owned guesthouses
- Join us in Little Fatra National Park and explore the epic hiking trails, high mountain panoramas and endless adventures.
This action-packed adventure will immerse you in the majestic scenery of the Malá Fatra Mountains in the north-west of Central Slovakia. Trek amid the visually spectacular world of pristine green mountains and ascend the rocky centrepiece, Velky Krivan at 1709m, Malá Fatra’s highest peak. Traversing the main ridgeline to the summit is outstanding offering some epic panoramic views. You’ll explore thick green forests, meadows, plateaus, canyons, caves and waterfalls as you travel through one of Europe’s most beautiful National Parks. Plus experience the joys of adventure hiking with climbing ladders past waterfalls, jumping over streams and making your way through dramatic limestone gorges via the metal platforms.
Supported by friendly local guides who are well versed in accommodating trekkers differing hiking experience and ability. Their vast knowledge and passion for guiding and the local landscapes will shine with plenty of good humour thrown in to make this 4-day adventure one to remember.
Join us for a wonderful combination of wilderness, adventure, thrills and cultural immersion. With its rich history, diverse landscapes and hearty food and drink,Slovakia is a
Flight from UK to Krakow Poland
On signing up for the trip, we will provide you with the recommended flights to book or alternately, we can book the flights for you through our ATOL protected Flight Agent at an additional cost.
Flights are not included in your package to give you the flexibility to travel from your nearest airport, use your frequent flyer points or extend your stay in Slovakia or Poland if you wish. The recommended flights for this will include airport transfers.
Meeting at the airport in Krakow and you will be transferred to your accommodation in the village of Terchova. On arrival you will have time to get to know your fellow team-mates, make final preparations for your trek and explore this mountain village.
Transfer: Private vehicle transfer from Krakow to Terchova
Accommodation: Family owned guesthouse (twin share basis)
Trek the highest peak in Malá Fatra Mountains, Velky Krivan
Following breafkast you’ll head to local ski resort to take the cable car up part of the mountain to absorb the sheer vastness of the Malá Fatra Mountains. From here you will follow a beautful trail uphill through meadows to the highest peak in the area, Velky Krivan at 1709m. The views from the summit are beautful filled with forested green peaks. You will spend the next couple of hours
traversing along the main ridge of the mountains and witnessing the stunning views which are continuously before making your way back down. The descent is quiet steep, however there’s time to enjoy a local drink in a traditional mountain hut along the way.
Distance covered: approx. 13kms
Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Transfer: private vehicle transfer
Accommodation: Family own guesthouse (twin room share)
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Adventure Hike through Janosikove Diery
Following another home cooked breakfast you will leave your guesthouse and start hiking towards one of the most beautful gorges in Slovakia, Janosikove Diery. Experience amazing rock formations, waterfalls, specific fauna and flora. Gorges Janosikove diery or just diery (holes) will see you climbing ladders along small waterfalls, hiking between high cliffs, crossing bridges and using chains to traverse the unique rock formations.
After coming to the end of the gorge, you will enjoy views of Rozsutec Peaks and walk further
through lush forest before descending back down to the village.
Distance covered: approx. 13kms
Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Accommodation: Family own guesthouse (twin room share)
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Adventure Hike through Janosikove Diery and return home
Your final homecooked breakfast in the guesthouse prior to venturing into the lower section of the Janosikove Diery. This part offers a spectacular route winding through the incredible rock formations and waterfalls. A great way to finish your adventure before making the return journey back home filled with wonderful memories and plenty of stories to tell from a lesser visited part of the world.
Distance covered: approx. 5.5kms
Trekking time: approx. 2.5 hours
Transfer: Prviate vehicle transfer to Krakow Airport
Meals: Breakfast only
Please note, if you wish to extend your stay in Slovakia or Poland, we can help you with plenty of recommendations of other adventures, things to do & see and places to stay. Check out some of our top tips of trip extensions or local festivals if you wish to extend your stay and experience more of this fascinating country.
Rafting – Visit the national park of Pieniny and raft on the famous river of Dunajec, which is a border river between Slovakia and Poland. You can do classic rafting, which is bit more adventurous or rafting on traditional wooden rafts
Discovering ancient ruins at Devin Castle – perched on craggy rocks, the medieval castle’s settlements date back to the 5th century BC
Hlavné Námestie in the capital city of Bratislava – the nucleus for Bratislava’s history, festivals and chic cafe culture is Hlavné nám (Main Sq)
Slovenský Raj National Park – rocky plateaus, primeval forests and interlacing streams form some more spectacular hiking terrain
This popular 2-day festival is organised inside the premises of Nová Cvernovka. There is a lot happening here during this time ranging from art displays such as performances and showpieces as well as educational lectures, workshops and discussions. The festival is unique since it provides a platform for NGO’s to come and talk about the work they are doing in the domains of art, culture, ecology and sustainability. One of the aims with which this festival is organised is to increase public awareness of the waste management problem.
Location: Nova Cvernovka, Račianska 1575/78, 831 02 Bratislava, Slovakia
Junifest National Beer Festival
If you have been meaning to attend Munich’s Oktoberfest, then this one will definitely be an interesting idea for you. The constant flow of suds may be a big attraction for many people at this 10-day long Bratislava beer festival, but this is the perfect town gathering complete with concerts, displays of arts and contests such as singing competitions. If you are looking for some draught beer in Bratislava, it does not get better than the Junifest since many local breweries serve their best draughts here.
Location: Incheba exhibition centre, Bratislava, Slovakia
Východná Folklore Festival
Dozens of traditional folk festivals are held in the Slovak Republic each year, but none can rival the size of this lively celebration in the picturesque village of Východná beneath the Krivao Mountains. This festival, held over three days during the first weekend of July every year since 1953, now attracts up to 1,500 performers and 70,000 spectators on an annual basis. Folk dancing, singing, and crafts are the festival’s main attractions. Many Východná residents even welcome festival attendees into their own homes during the festival.
Location: Východná, Slovakia
Slovak Food Festival
If a foodaholic is what you identify yourself as, especially one that loves to eat from all the unique and undiscovered places around; this festival might be the best thing to happen to you. Many refer to the Slovak Food Festival as the largest picnic in the country. There is everything that one needs for a fantastic weekend here, such as sumptuous food and drinks, live performances, competitions. Moreover, it is organised in the stunning Bratislava Castle which lets you appreciate the intricate interiors as well as offers a grand view of the city making it one of the best Bratislava Festivals you could attend.
Location: Bratislava Castle, 811 06 Bratislava, Slovakia
Supporting local tourism and local communities
Since the COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on local communities and livelihoods across the planet, we’re keen to promote adventures in countries that are actively working towards sustainable tourism and conservation projects such as Slovakia.
We’re passionate about exploring off the beaten track routes in order to help communities who are in the shadow of mainstream tourist destinations. We also aim to create an adventure which is about discovery, immersing yourself in fascinating environments, customs and cultures and provides an understanding of the alpine region and people.
If your adventure needs to be cancelled for any reason, like say a global pandemic, you won’t be left stuck and you’ll be offered plenty of alternative options thanks to our financial protection through our insurance company, Towergate. What’s more, in the very unlikely event of Adventurous Ewe going under, you’ll get your money back and be repatriated if you were on a trip at the time.
Secure online payments
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Pay in instalments, interest free
We’re well aware that adventures can be a significant investment so we’ve set out to make it easy to afford. Once you’ve put down your deposit, you can pay the remaining balance off in monthly instalments with no extra charges so you can get out there and live your dream.
Adventure info available through our mobile app 24/7
On booking your adventure, you will receive all the exciting trip info via our mobile travel app. You’ll have access to all your trip info, training guide, countdowns, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24/7 via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper and the need of carrying around documents with you. The app is free to download and all info is customary to your adventure ahead.
On joining us for this trek, you will receive all the exciting trip info via our free mobile travel app. You’ll have access to your itinerary, countdowns, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, know before you go trip info, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24 hours a day via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper and the need of carrying around documents with you. The app is free to download and all info is customary to your adventure ahead. A’ppy days.
With being a small family business we pride ourselves with providing personal, professional and friendly service. We appreciate that everyone has different levels of experience and reasons for wishing to embark on this trip and therefore require varying levels of support and guidance. We’re here to help you every step of the way from the moment you join the flock all the way through to completing the challenge and beyond. Jim and Sue’s knowledge and expertise stems from dozens of years of travelling and exploring the destinations that we visit in order to fully support you in the lead up to your adventure.
On signing up for the trip, we will provide you with the recommended flights to book or alternately, we can book the flights for you through our ATOL & ABTA protected Flight Agent at an additional cost.
Flights are not included in your package to give you the flexibility to travel from your nearest airport, use your frequent flyer points or extend your stay in Slovakia if you wish. The recommended flights for this will include airport transfers in Slovakia. There are direct flights from London and some major airports across the UK.
All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 3 months beyond the intended length of stay. Airlines may not carry passengers holding passports with less than 3 months validity.
British nationals do not require a visa to enter Slovakia for the purpose of tourism.
For the latest entry requirements, please visit the F&CO website.
Plus for further Brexit travel advice please visit https://www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers.
Travel Insurance is an important part of any booking. It is compulsory that everyone who travels with us has taken out adequate travel insurance which includes, among other things, cover for the full value of your trip, medical (emergency, evacuation and repatriation) arrangements, activities undertaken, personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects and COVID-19 travel cover.
For UK residents we have partnered with Campbell & Irvine Direct to provide you with a travel insurance. If you would like to obtain cover for your trip please feel free to contact specialist Insurance Brokers, Campbell Irvine Direct for a quote.
You must send your Travel Insurance Policy to Adventurous Ewe no less than one month prior to departure.
There are currently no mandatory vaccination requirements for Slovakia however we would recommend that your tetanus jabs are up to date.
For the most up to date details on vaccinations, please consult with your GP or travel healthcare practitioner 8 weeks in advance of travel and check the latest health advice for Slovakia from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website.
If you have a severe allergy please inform us at the time of booking. We will do all we can to help, but unfortunately we are unable to guarantee an allergy free environment on this trip. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as ‘adrenaline auto-injectors’ are not carried as standard by AE leaders and crew. Whilst your leader is aware of our trekkers medical history, please also inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.
Adventurous Ewe puts the safety and well-being of you, our leaders & crew and the communities we visit at the centre of all our operations, always. Your safety and well-being is our top priority. The Slovakia Adventure Hike is intentionally challenging and requires individual preparation as the trip is designed to take you out of your every-day comfort zone and achieve something incredible. Rest assured we have a thorough Safety Management System, indepth risk assessments and risk management systems in place.
You will be accompanied by local qualified Mountain Guide/s. Our Guides are First Aid trained and have extensive experience in leading groups in this region. They will be ultimately responsible for your safety on this trip.
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Travel advice website for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers.
We also ask that you please ensure you use your alcohol-based hand sanitiser at all times to minimise the spread of any germs throughout your fellow flock of trekkers!
You will be accompanied by certified Mountain Guide/s throughout this mountain trek. They will be ultimately responsible for your safety on this trip. Our Guides have been carefully selected to ensure you have the best experience with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure.
Your Guide is a key part to this trip. They are all expertly trained and experienced in every field of mountain trek, bilingual (English and Slovakian) and have a huge passion for what they do and have plenty of knowledge ready to share with you. They are responsible for ensuring the complete safety, wellbeing and enjoyment of the team whilst also retaining a flexible and fun attitude. The Guide/s have radio and mobile phone contact with base, the local office and Adventurous Ewe’s HQ.
We pride ourselves in small group travel to minimise the impact on the environment and to make your experience more authentic and safe.
The minimum group size is 4 people and the maximum group size is 8 people.
You are most welcome to join this mountain adventure as a private group or a bunch of family, friends, colleagues, or as a solo traveller. You are also welcome to use this trip as a fundraiser for the charity of your choice.
If you have a group of over 4 people, we would be more than happy to run a private trip for your flock, your charity or your company.
For any further info or to chat about running a bespoke trip, we’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01492 588 069.
Trekking experience and level of difficulty – ‘Tough’
You’ll be covering 11 – 17km each day across uneven terrain, so a moderate level of fitness is needed so you will enjoy the experience. Elevation gains are modest (400 – 700m) and while the trails are complex, you’ll be moving at a walkable pace.
The ladders, catwalks and ledges (some of which are quite narrow) are very sturdy and secure, however, you should be comfortable with heights. Imagine climbing up to the 3rd story of a building on a ladder. If you can do that, you’ll be fine and your guide will never be far away.
As with any trek in mountainous areas, safety is paramount and your Guide will always make decisions to amend the itineraries to ensure the safety of the whole group.
A bespoke training programme will be provided when join the team for this adventure to help you with your preparations. This includes info, videos and an exclusive discount code for a 28 day kettlebell training programme which is ideal for strength and endurance training. This programme is also perfect for people who are tight on time.
The more you are prepared, the more you will enjoy the challenge.
Our motto is: Train hard, smile harder and enjoy the journey!
A full kit list will be provided when you register for this trip. Good kit can make the difference between a fantastic adventure and an uncomfortable one. Well worn in waterproof hiking boots are essential together with a good quality waterproof jacket AND trousers.
An exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code will be provided for the independent outdoor retailers on registering for this mountain adventure.
To help you get the very best from your mountain trek we will provide you with an exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code to use in outdoor retailers both online and in store. They offer a large choice of kit that the staff themselves use while climbing, hiking, mountaineering, running, travelling or enjoying expeditions across the globe and they pride themselves on sharing their experience and knowledge of equipment so you can choose the right gear to suit you and your trip.
The Slovak Paradise National Park in summer is beautiful and relatively warm. From June to August the average daytime temperatures range from 18 – 22°C, but at night it cools down to ~8 °C. In the spring and fall it’s a little chillier, ranging from 10 – 18 °C during the day and 3 – 6 °C at night. Autumn is the driest season and also boasts some beautiful colours.
We recommend that you check the mountain weather forecast in the days leading up to your trek.
3 nights guesthouse accommodation (twin share)
We’ve sourced our accommodation very carefully in Terchova and picked a locally owned lodge in line with the Adventurous Ewe style of travel. You will be staying in a small family owned guesthouse 3* Penzion Sagan, situated in the quite village of Terchova – Stefanova, situated right in between the mountain ranges.
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation in order to keep the cost at a minimum for you. Single rooms may be organised for an additional cost however this is dependent on accommodation availability. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in twin share accommodation. For more info or to request a single room, please get in touch with us at email@example.com.
3 breakfasts and dinners are included. Lunch is not included.
Slovakian food is fresh and hearty and staples include pork, poultry, cheese, pastry, potatoes, onions and garlic. Lentil and vegetable stews are also common, as is wild game, pasta and the Gnocchi dish “Bryndzove Halušky.” You’ll have plenty of time to stock up on local food for lunches while out hiking.
There are also a variety of restaurants in town, including European-American fusion, pizza, pubs and Italian. It’s possible to accommodate Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten free and Dairy free diets on this trip, just let us know at least 2 weeks prior to departure.
It is not recommended to drink untreated water from the taps or streams enroute. You should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles. Bottled water can be purchased throughout the trek from the mountain huts, but we strongly discourage buying these as it contributes to plastic waste. For further info on purchasing an Adventurous Ewe Water-to-Go bottle please click here and help reduce the volume of single use plastic in this pristine alpine environment.
The impact of single use plastic is having on our landscape, wildlife and oceans, it is now more important than ever that we all make changes in order to help our planet. We may not be a huge global company but we’re passionate about playing our part and trying to make a huge difference collectively. Together we can dramatically reduce our consumption of single use plastics and support our responsible travel ethos of ‘Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but boot-prints, keep nothing but memories.’
You can make a difference too with taking part in this trip and purchasing one of these environmentally friendly reusable alternative bottles compared to single-use plastic water bottles. Grab a Water-to-Go bottle through Adventurous Ewe and receive a 15% discount. Even better, Water-to-Go will donate a further 15% to our charity partner, Cool Earth. For more info please visit here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to buy your Water-To-Go bottle.
Deposit of £95 per person is required on booking.
Remaining balance of £495 per person is due for payment no later than 4 weeks prior to the trip start date.
Total cost: £590 per person
You are welcome to fundraise for a charity of your choice if you wish to do so. All sponsorship monies are to be sent directly to your chosen charity.
We are very excited to have teamed up with leading climate change charity Cool Earth, who share our mission to protect the planet’s precious environment in a sustainable manner. The future of rainforest protection is where everyone makes a difference to climate change! We invest a % of our revenue into supporting critical conservation projects around the world through Cool Earth.
You are most welcome to help make a difference too by sparing a few pennies. Please give what you can and help save the world’s rainforests today by clicking here. Just £2.50 will save 10 trees and lock up 10 tonnes of CO2. Together, we can all make a difference in helping preserve this precious and wonderful planet. Thank-ewe.
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- Personalised trip support from your Adventurous Ewe team
- All trip info supplied via our mobile travel app
- Discount on personal kit from outdoor retailers both in shop and online
- Travel protection
- Public liability insurance
- Risk assessment and emergency management planning
- Monthly payment plan available.
On your trip:
- Local Mountain Guides
- All ground crew per your itinerary
- Cable car ticket
- 3 night’s famly own guesthouse accommodation (twin room share basis)
- 3 x breakfast and 3 x dinner
- Vehicle transfers as outlined in your itinerary
- Safety equipment and first aid provisions
What's Not Included?
Currently not included but can be organised at an additional cost
- Return flights from the UK to Krakow Poland. Flights operated by EasyJet, Ryan Air and British Airways
- Any trip extensions or additional night’s accommodation
Items not included
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Any COVID-19 entry/exit requirements per UK and visitng countrys’ Governments
- Clothing and equipment as detailed on the Kit List
- Meals as outlined in your itinerary (namely lunch)
- Single room supplement
- Any personal snacks, electrolytes, water purification tablets and medication
- Personal spending money
- Tips for local crew
- Any expenses incurred with leaving the trip early ie. hotel accommodation or change of flight costs.
MEANINGFUL AND RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
Adventurous Ewe is committed to delivering our trips in a responsible and ethical manner with sustainability at the core. We respect and aim to continuously improve to operate our adventures to benefit local people, their economy and the environment!
Some of the ethical features embedded in our Adventure Hike Slovakia are:
- Using local crew who are qualified Guides, support crew and drivers who are all extremely knowledgeable and experienced
- Staying in smaller-scale locally owned accommodation
- Buying locally produced food and drink, and dining in locally owned restaurants
- Minimising plastic waste wherever possible
- Free Water-to-Go Bottle given to each trekker to help eliminate our plastic footprint
- Careful management of limited energy and water resources
- Offering real life experiences which promote cross-cultural understanding
- Operating with a ‘leave no trace’ ethos – take only memories, leave only footprints
- Adventurous Ewe will make a financial contribution to the environmental charity, Cool Earth, as part of our business partnership.
As Sir David Attenborough said:
“Helping Cool Earth to halt tropical deforestation makes a real difference. Perhaps the biggest difference we will make in our whole lives.”
We will continue to invest a % of our revenue into supporting critical conservation projects around the world through Cool Earth and we invite you, our valuable flock, to do the same. Please give what you can and help save the world’s rainforests today by simply clicking here. Just £2.50 will save 10 trees and lock up 10 tonnes of CO2.
Tips for sustainable travel on this trip
- Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials home with you.
- Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip. Your compliementary Adventurous Ewe Water-to-Go bottle is ideal.
- Your packaging waste: If bringing some snacks or new items/clothing from home, please remove as much packaging as possible and recycle or responsibly disregard this rubbish in your home country.
Together, we can all make a difference in helping preserve this precious and wonderful planet.