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1-Day Hike to Mala Studena in the High Tatras of Slovakia

Come with UIMLA-certified mountain leader Marcel on an amazing day-hike packed with huts, waterfalls, and lakes in the High Tatras of Slovakia.

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1 Day

All year




Come with me on a day-hike through Slovakia that has EVERYTHING! If you have ever wanted to visit historic mountain huts while strolling past numerous waterfalls and pristine mountain lakes in one day, then this is the perfect nature trek for you!

The High Tatras of Slovakia encapsulate the intrigue of the region´s diversity – wildflowers and forests are as eclectic as the wildlife. Each level of terrain, from valley to meadow to mountain, offers its own piece of beauty, adding to the overall experience of Slovakia nature.

This program gives you the opportunity to see the oldest mountain hut in the High Tatras – Rainerova Chata – as well as the ever-popular Tery Hut. You will also get a chance to see the Zamkovsky Hut and take a short rest on your way to the valley.

The hike to Mala Studena Valley is filled with stunning waterfalls. This sightseeing trek puts you front and center of Obrovsky Waterfall and the various waterfalls of Studena Voda.

The back of the valley is home to the five mountain lakes of the Spis region.

You will start your trek from Hrebienok and visit Rainerova Chata (1,200m) as you climb the landscape to the waterfalls. We can rest at Zamkovsky Hut (1,450m) before heading into the valley.

A steep hike will take us to Tery Hut (2,010m) to look out across the Tatras. Our path back down will take us to the back of the valley to observe the five Spis lakes, and then ultimately return us to our starting point in Hrebienok.

This is an intermediate hike with a steep section, and it should take us about 5 – 7 hours to complete. You should be in reasonably good physical condition for this program.

Book this trip immediately and see the unrelenting beauty of waterfalls, valleys, and lakes – all in ONE hut-to-hut hike!

I can take you on an amazing day-hike to Krivan if you wanted a different adventure! And there is also a scrambling loop trek through the Velicka, Kacacia, and Velka Studena Valleys!

Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 180 Each

Group of 2

EUR 90 Each

Group of 3

EUR 60 Each

Group of 4

EUR 45 Each

Group of 5

EUR 40 Each

Group of 6

EUR 30 Each

Group of 7

EUR 25 Each

Group of 8

EUR 25 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

The price does NOT include transportation to/from the start of the hike, nor does it include the required mountain insurance.


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About the guide

I'm a UIMLA mountain leader and national tourist guide (for cultural and historical heritage trips).

I was born in Poprad in 1969. From my early childhood, I often looked out my bedroom window into the distance of the picturesque High Tatras, which fascinated me even then. In high school I started going with my friends to a small climbing "expedition" on the surrounding rocks, and later to the High Tatras. Mostly I went with a friend whose father was a member of the Mountain Rescue Service. During my studies at Comenius University in Bratislava, I loved coming back to the mountains.
In 1999 I started actively volunteering paramedic of the Tatra Mountain Rescue Service, and then I was hired there.
Precisely because of my relationship with the mountains I began working as a tourist guide with a focus on mountain areas.
Since 1998 I accompany tourists from around the world to the mountains and surrounding towns.
In 2011 I got certified as mountain leader.
Besides, I have been working as a member of the Council of the Slovak Association of mountain Leaders since it was established in 2011.


Slovak | Polish | English




Poprad, Slovakia

What people are saying about Marcel Kubinsky

Victoria Bryant


November, 2022

Marcel has a professional but friendly approach to hiking. His love of hiking, climbing, Slovakia, history, and of course the mountains is obvious and contagious. I would recommend him to anyone from beginner or advanced outdoor person.

Marylise Sacco


October, 2022

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Erica Jacoby


August, 2022

Marcel wasn't able to complete this trip with us, but he provided another certified guide named Veronika who provided an excellent trip! The area was beautiful and the Via Ferrata was a lot of fun. We recommend being prepared for a long (but beautiful) hike before reaching the Via Ferrata and having your own snacks. Luckily Veronika had some delicious food to share with us :)

Richard Scrivener


July, 2022

Hello! I have been thoroughly impressed by the service and assistance that explore-share have provided the past couple years in helping to plan my trip to the High Tatras in Poland. I really appreciated the flexibility that they provided in allowing me to rearrange my trip twice owing to covid. They were responsive and communicative throughout. This trip was part of my Stag weekend celebrations and explore-share connected me with an outstanding guide in the form of Marcel - he was an excellent recommendation and we really enjoyed our guided hike in the High Tatras with him. Marcel was an outstanding professional, placed a high focus on preparing well and staying safe, and was also a great guy! Highly recommend. Many thanks and best wishes - Richard

Reza Mahmoudi


June, 2022

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Lisa F.


October, 2021

If you find yourself in Slovakia do not miss an opportunity for a hike with Marcel in Paradise National Park. He is an amazing guide, and my hike with him was a definite highlight of my almost two week vacation in three countries. He is very experienced and knowledgeable, watched over me, and kept us moving at a comfortable pace with opportunities for breaks in between. He also speaks excellent English, and always responded promptly and was in touch frequently before the trip which gave me peace of mind. He also took wonderful pictures of me and surroundings during the hike which are such fun memories to have to look back on. Again, DO NOT MISS an opportunity for a hike in Slovakia with Marcel!!

Pieter Franck


August, 2021

Super guide, excellent knowledge of area, history and nature. Great with the kids. Gives a lot of confidence with to the point technical explanations on kids (8 and 10yo) level. Can make himself understandable to kids although they do not speak English. Would not hesitate to go again on a trip with him.

Andrius Ganusauskas


August, 2021

Marcel was an excellent guide for our trip. Not only did he speak fluent English (few people do in Slovakia), guided and helped us, but also was a dedicated photographer of the adventure. Highest recommendations.

Daniele Bonetti


May, 2021

Marcel is a great guide. We had a great day with him - both for the places but especially for his company. You can definitely see he loves his job, the places and showing them to people. Aside from being an expert of his own field, he has also been a great travel companion and he had many historical/anecdotical stories to share. Definitely recommended!

Alicja Robson


October, 2020

Great service and very knowledgable; also an excellent motivator!

Madhura Sawant


September, 2020

The hike was much more difficult than I was prepared for but it was worth every view! Marcel is a very experienced guide and very patient, and has a lot of knowledge about the Tatras mountains and surrounding regions. I would recommend Marcel to anyone who is looking for a guided trek or tour in the Tatras / Carpathian ranges, either in Poland or Slovakia :) P.S. Hiking poles are good to have while descending from Rysy peak. Thank you very much!

Franck Poncin


September, 2020

Very good trip, a mountain range offering a lot of opportunities, big diversity in small distance. Marcel, the guide of this trip was really a good promoter of his region : the high Tatras, very professional with high human values. In one word : great.

Adam Millward


August, 2020

Given its lofty name, Paradise National Park could have been setting itself up to be underwhelming, but it didn't disappoint! It truly is a paradise if you, like me, can't get enough of primeval woodland, stunning waterfalls and a bit of adventure along the way! Marcel was the perfect guide, and his years in the business of guiding and also mountain rescue really shone through. As well as answering all my questions about the park from a nature point of view, he also gave me a fascinating overview of Slovakia's cultural/political history. This was my first-ever attempt at via ferrata and he gave me a great crash course on the equipment and safety procedures so I felt fully prepared. I am now a fully committed fan and will definitely be signing up to more via ferrata trips! Thanks for a fantastic day, Marcel.

Lonneke Frie


August, 2020

Marcel is a great guide. He showed us the beauty of slovak paradise, told great stories about the Slovakian history and nature, made fun, and supported us well during the via ferrata trail. We would highly recommend this trip with Marcel as a guide.

Janice Yeong


December, 2019

Marcel is a very experienced and knowledgable guide who shared with us a lot of interesting facts of the region. He also took his time to explain a lot of details to us and helped us to take wonderful photos during the hike. Being a 1st timer to hiking, he has exceeded our expectation and is a highly recommended guide to engage.



November, 2019

A truly great guide Marcel Kubinsky, helpful and patient, he was prepared for different situations throughout the climb. Nice interlocutor, we spent the whole time talking about mountains, life at the mountains, mountaineering etc. We are happy about this climb.

Claire Hammontree


October, 2019

Marcel was an awesome guide! The hike was the highlight of my trip to Poland

jenna poole


October, 2019

Absolutely brilliant day! Marcel is a great guide, knowledgeable and very safe as well as being really funny and a genuinely lovely guy. The via ferrata route was really interesting, different to Italy as it follows along the river and waterfalls. Beautiful. Marcel recommended other walks for us to do and how to get there via public transport. He was a real help. He picked us up from our accommodation and provided our equipment.

Kristen Vinik


July, 2019

We had a wonderful trip with Michal. He met with us the evening before to go over the plan for the via Ferrata and answered all our questions. He took some wonderful photos of the trip and was so patient with our children. We felt completely safe the whole time and highly recommend the trip!

Viviane Fonseca


July, 2019

The guide Jakub was the best!  He is an excellent guide and a great person, always with a smile on his face, even when I was slow ... He told me about the local nature and history. Very smart guide and good person, I felt very safe with him.

Nora Nagybarany


June, 2019

I had a wonderful day and hike in the Tatras. I recommend this tour to anyone who would like to practice climbing safely and/or wishes to learn more about the surroundings.


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