Hikes

Tatranská magistrála - Long-distance trail (High Tatras)

Trail: Jalovec - Podbanské - Štrbské pleso tarn - Hrebienok - Zelené pleso tarn - Kopské sedlo saddle - Ždiar
Estimated hike duration: The whole trail is 80 km long and it is possible to complete it in a few days.
Height difference: 3400 m
Difficulty: The hikes includes very easy parts as well as challenging transitions for experts. 
Note: Tatranská magistrála is a red-marked path which starts in the Western Tatras and continues through the High Tatras into the Belianske Tatras. The route runs on the south side of the mountain range parallelly to the main ridge. It is the longest continuous hiking trail in the Tatras. The total length is about 80 kilometers and it is possible to complete the hike in 3-4 days.
Section I: Jalovec - Podbanské: Length 23 km, elevation 700 m, duration 8-9 hours.
The whole route leads below the Western Tatras and it is a simple trail with a beautiful view of the valleys of the Western Tatras (Jalovecká, Žiarska, Jamnická, Račkova, Bystrá and Kamenistá). We also walk below some great peaks: Baranec, Volovec, Bystrá, and Ostredok. This section can be completed in Podbanské, below Kriváň, which is the first peak of the High Tatras.
Section II: Podbanské - Popradské pleso tarn: Length 20 km, elevation 930 m, and duration 7-8 hours.
Starting in Podbanské, passing by Tichá and Kôprová dolina valley and below Kriváň peak, we reach Jamské pleso tarn, then Štrbské pleso tarn, and finally Popradské pleso. You will be able to see the beauty of the western part of the High Tatras with a view of the Furkotská, Mlynická, Mengusovská and Zlomisková valleys, above which some of the most famous peaks of the High Tatras, Rysy and Vysoká, rise.
Section III: Popradské pleso tarn - Hrebienok: Length 15 km, elevation 750 m, and duration 6-7 hours.
This section is quite demanding, especially at the beginning, when it is necessary to ascend from Popradské pleso tarn to the saddle below Ostrva. The altitude difference is approximately 550 m here. Then we are offered a wonderful view of Mengusovská and Zlomisková valleys, Satan, and Vysoká. Continuing bellow the Končistá massif across the Štôlská valley we get to Batizovské pleso tarn, from where there is an indescribable view of the highest peak in Slovakia, Gerlachovský štít. We go past the top of Gerlach and come to Velická valley, where we can have a snack at the Sliezsky dom mountain hotel. From here only the final section of the trail along the foot of Slavkovský štít peak to Hrebienok awaits us.
Section IV: Hrebienok - Ždiar: Length 23 km, elevation 1300 m, and duration 10-11 hours.
This is a beautiful but also long and challenging section of the eastern part of the High Tatras where we will see Veľká and Malá studená dolina valleys. We get to Skalnaté pleso tarn, then ascend to the top of Veľká Svišťovka (2038 m) and descend to the valley of Zelené pleso tarn, where we can have some rest in a beautiful cottage. After that we climb to Kopské sedlo saddle by Biele plesá tarns, from where we can admire the Belianske Tatras. Passing through them crossing Široké sedlo saddle we get the picturesque Goral village of Ždiar.
The trail was prepared by Kubinský Marcel, marcel@kubinsky.sk
 

Tatranská magistrála Long-distance trail

Kriváň peak (2495 m) (High Tatras)

Trail: Bývalá Važecká chata – Tri studničky – Krivánsky žľab – Kriváň peak and back
Estimated hike duration: 4-5 hours ascent, 3-4 hours descent (altogether: 8-9 hours)
Height difference: 1355 m 
Difficulty: Full day hike for physically fit tourists. 
Note: It is possible to do a circle tour from Štrbské pleso tarn or to choose another starting point.
From the parking situated by the burned Važecká chata hut we continue to a place called Tri studničky. Next, we walk up the forest above the Kôprová dolina valley. There is a bunker from the time of the Slovak National Uprising in 1944 by the path, which we can visit. In the area above Grúnik, we leave the forest zone and get into the mountain pine trees zone which opens up to beautiful views. We continue along the rocks to Krivánsky žľab glen to cross the southeast ridge by which we will ascentd to the top. First through Malý Kriváň peak, Daxnerove sedlo saddle to the top of Kriváň, which is considered a symbol of Slovaks. From the top, we get to see the entire High and Western Tatras. In the south, we can see the Low Tatras and, in the west, Malá and Veľká Fatra mountains.
The trail was prepared by Kračmer Peter, kracmer@skialpkrivan.sk
 

Štrbské Pleso – Rysy mountain (2503m) – Štrbské Pleso (High Tatras)

Trail: Štrbské Pleso village - Popradské pleso tarn - Chata pod Rysmi chalet -Rysy mountain - Popradské pleso tarn - Štrbské Pleso village 
Estimated hike duration: 4-5 hours ascent, 4-5 hours descent (altogether: 8-10 hours)
Height difference: 1 290 m 
Difficulty: A difficult climb suitable for moderately experienced hikers, there is a passage with chains and steel climbers on the trail. 
Note: The trail can also start from the Tatra Electric Railway stop – TEŽ Popradské pleso.
The hike begins in Štrbské Pleso village (1355 m) from where we go up a slight hill to Trigant hill. We continue along the contour to Popradské pleso tarn. As we get to the crossroads, we turn towards the Mengusovská dolina valley. We then get to three tarns called Žabie plesá from where we go up the secured passage above the rock sill to Chata pod Rysmi chalet (2250 m). At this point, we are through the most difficult part of the hike on the rock sill.
The first part of the final climb leads to Váha saddle (2340 m) from where we can enjoy of a picturesque view to Bielovodská dolina valley and to Galéria Ganku (2461 m). When in the saddle, we turn to a short climb up the ridge and we get under the peak of the Rysy mountains (2503 m) by a narrow traverse. After about one hour of walking from the chalet we may benefit from a magnificent view of Morské oko tarn, Czarny staw (the tarn at the Polish side) and adjacent peaks from the top of the mountain. It is possible to return the same way.
The trail was prepared by Kubinský Marcel, marcel@kubinsky.sk
 

Hike to Rysy

Rysy mountain from the Polish side (High Tatras)

Trail: Lysá Poľana (PL-SK border) – Morské oko tarn - Rysy mountain (2499 m) and back
Estimated hike duration: 5-6 hours ascent, 4-5 hours descent (altogether: 10-12 hours)
Height difference: 1 650 m 
Difficulty: A difficult climb suitable for moderately experienced hikers, there is a long passage with chains and steel climbers on the trail, it is very difficult to descend with chains. 
Note: Let's get to the highest point of Poland on this one-day hike to Rysy in the High Tatras. Hike through some of the most picturesque mountain sceneries on your way to the summit on the border of Slovakia and Poland. Rysy mountain is located in the main ridge of the High Tatras mountain range, right on the border of Slovakia and Poland. At 2499 meters, Rysy is the tallest peak of Poland, and even has an additional peak on the Slovak side. It is a popular hike for all the adventurers and travelers. During summer, it offers multiple paths to get to the summit that vary in time and difficulty. Being surrounded by the lakes and wildlife as you climb makes this a once-in-a-lifetime experience showing you the beauty of two countries. 
Our trek starts at Palenica Bialczanska (1000 m). We walk to the largest tarn in the High Tatras, Morskie Oko, and then ascend to the second-deepest tarn, Čierne pleso. The scenery around the tarns gives you a chance to explore the remote nature of Poland at first hand. The next part of our ascent is a technically difficult hike which includes a long section with chains. The reward for our hard work is reaching the summit of Rysy and its unique panoramas.
After a short break at the peak, we can choose to return to Palenica Bialczanska the same way we came, with a break at a mountain hut at Morskie Oko or we can also choose to hike down the Slovak path through Popradske Pleso to Strbske Pleso to experience both sides of the mountain.
The trail was prepared by Kubinský Marcel, marcel@kubinsky.sk
 

Rysy from the Polish side

Štrbské Pleso – Furkotský štít peak (2405 m) – Štrbské Pleso (High Tatras)

Trail: Štrbské Pleso – Mlynická dolina valley - Furkotský štít peak - Furkotská dolina valley – Štrbské Pleso
Estimated hike duration: 4-5 hours ascent, 3-4 hours descent (altogether: 7-9 hours)
Height difference: 1 000 m 
Difficulty: An all-day hike suitable for more experienced hikers.
Note: Beginning in Štrbské Pleso we ascend on the path of Mlynická dolina valley. After around one hour, we get to a wonderful waterfall called Skok (Jump). From above the waterfall, we get to see a spectacular panorama. After a short break, we walk through the great meadow of mountain flowers and small rivers. At the end of the valley, the trail leads us to Capie pleso tarn (2225 m). The winding path takes us from the tarn under the saddle called Bystrá lávka, from where we continue to the top of Furkotský štít peak. The spectacular view of Tatras from there is definitely worth visiting. On our way back we can see Wahlenbergher tarns, on the way down we can stop by Chata pod Soliskom, a mountain hut, and from there we get to Štrbské Pleso. This hike is only possible with an international mountain leader as it leads beyond the marked trails of the national park.
The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinský marcel@kubinsky.sk
 

Furkotský štít

Štrbské Pleso - Bystrá lávka saddle - Mlynická & Furkotská valleys (High Tatras)

Trail: Štrbské Pleso – Mlynická valley - Bystrá lávka saddle - Furkotská valley – Štrbské Pleso
Estimated hike duration: 3.5-5 hours ascent, 3-4 hours descent (altogether: 7-9 hours)
Height difference: 930 m 
Difficulty: An all-day hike suitable for more experienced hikers as some sections are secured with chains.
Note: Beginning in Štrbské Pleso, we get to the turn to the Mlynická valley and after one hour to a wonderful waterfall called Skok (Jump). From above the waterfall, there is a spectacular panorama. After a short break, we walk on the great meadow of mountain flowers and small rivers. At the end of the valley, the trail leads us to Capie pleso tarn (2225 m). The winding path takes us from the tarn to the saddle called Bystrá lávka (2300m), secured by chains, from where we continue the descent. We can see Wahlenbergher tarns. On our way back we can stop by Chata pod Soliskom, a mountain hut, and from there we get to Štrbské Pleso by cable car.
The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinský marcel@kubinsky.sk

 

Bystrá lávka saddle

Štrbské Pleso – Kôprovský štít (2363 m) – Štrbské Pleso (High Tatras)

Trail: Štrbské Pleso – Above Popradské pleso tarn - Hincovo pleso tarn - Vyšné Kôprovské sedlo saddle – Kôprovský štít peak
Estimated hike duration: 4-5 hours ascent, 3-4 hours descent (altogether: 7-9 hours)
Height difference: 1 168 m 
Difficulty: An all-day hike suitable for more experienced hikers.
Note: Beginning in Štrbské Pleso we follow the Tatranská magistrála trail. We continue upwards until we get below the Patria massif which offers a spectacular panorama. Soon we get to the turn to the valley called Mengusovská dolina. We can take a break at one of the two chalets by Popradské pleso tarn. The trail in the Mengusovská dolina valley leads us to the Veľké Hincovo pleso – a beautiful tarn that is the biggest and the deepest mountain lake in the Slovak High Tatras. Its surface area is 20 ha and the maximum depth is 53 meters. The winding path takes us from the tarn to the saddle called Vyšné Kôprovského sedlo from where we continue to the top of Kôprovský štít peak. The spectacular view of Tatras from there is definitely worth visiting. On our way back we can take another break at Popradské pleso tarn. The trail can also start from the Tatra Electric Railway stop – TEŽ Popradské pleso.
The trail was prepared by Dušan Burian; Marcel Kubinský: dusanbur@gmail.commarcel@kubinsky.sk
 

Hke to Kôprovsky peak

Východná Vysoká peak (2429 m) (High Tatras)

Trail: Tatranská Polianka – Sliezsky dom – Poľský hrebeň saddle – Východná Vysoká and back
Estimated hike duration: 4-5 hours ascent, 3-4 hours descent (altogether: 8-9 hours)
Height difference: 1 434 m 
Difficulty: A difficult climb for experienced hikers, certain passages are secured by chains.
Note: The hike can also start in Tatranské Zruby, Nový Smokovec or Starý Smokovec.
From the parking in Tatranská Polianka we start hiking along the Velický potok stream to the Sliezsky dom (mountain hotel), where it is possible to have a snack. We continue along the Velické pleso tarn and Večný dážď (Eternal Rain) waterfall, then above the Velický waterfall until we reach Kvetnica (flower meadow). This is where the Velická valley opens up to us. We continue under the massif of the Gerlachovský peak and along Dlhé pleso tarn to Poľský hrebeň saddle. The diffucult section secured by chains starts here under the saddle. The final ascent to the top includes a short section secured by chains. At the top we can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of all the dominant peaks of the High Tatras.
The trail was prepared by Kračmer Peter, kracmer@skialpkrivan.sk
 

Východná Vysoká peak

Slavkovský štít peak (2452 m) (High Tatras)

Trail: Starý Smokovec – Slavkovská vyhliadka (overlook) – Slavkovský nos peak – Slavkovský štít peak and back
Estimated hike duration: 4-5 hours ascent, 3-4 hours descent (altogether: 8-9 hours)
Height difference: 1477 m 
Difficulty: Full day hike for physically fit tourists. 
Note: The hike begins in the center of Starý Smokovec. We start to hike slightly through the forest to the area of five springs (Päť prameňov) and continue in the direction of the overlook called Slavkovská vyhliadka which offers the first views from heights. We continue along a rocky path ascending to Štrbavý hrebeň ridge below which there is a path leading through the Slavkovský nos peak to the top of the Slavkovský štít peak. It is an extensive massif peak between Veľká Studená valley and Starý Smokovec. The top offers views of the entire High Tatras. In the south, we can also see the Low Tatras.
The trail was prepared by Kračmer Peter, kracmer@skialpkrivan.sk
 

Slavkovský štít peak

Starý Smokovec – Zbojnícka chata (1960m) – Starý Smokovec (High Tatras)

Trail: Starý Smokovec – Hrebienok – Zbojnicka chalet - Hrebienok - Starý Smokovec 
Estimated hike duration: 3-4 hours ascent, 2-3 hours descent (altogether: 5-8 hours)
Height difference: 780 m 
Difficulty: A slightly difficult climb suitable for moderately experienced tourists, in two parts secured by chains.
Note: It is possible to take a funicular from Starý Smokovec to Hrebienok or in the opposite direction (the price for the funicular is not included).
Located in one of the most beautiful valleys in the High Tatras of Slovakia, the Zbojnicka mountain hut (1,960m) is a great place to trek. The views you receive during the trek to, and from the hut are some of the best in the entire Tatras mountain range.
Beginning in either Stary Smokovec (1,000m) or Hrebienok (1,285m), we will make our way to the Reiner mountain hut (1,300m). This hut is the oldest one in the High Tatras, and provides some great views. From there, we will trek to the Velka Studena Dolina, which is a nearly 8 kilometre long valley. The valley is gorgeous and filled with no less than 23 mountain lakes, which you will be able to admire. During this portion of the trek there will be two relatively easy technical sections that involve chains. Finally, we will reach Zbojnicka hut. Once there, you will get to relax, soak in the views and even enjoy some traditional cabbage soup, filled with steamed dumplings. Afterwards, we will make our way back down.
This trek to the Zbojnicka hut is a great opportunity for anybody who wants to explore the High Tatras. And because it is open all year round, you can decide which season you wish to take this trip. So you can enjoy it under the sun of summer, in the snows of winter or amidst the colours of autumn.
The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinsky, marcel@kubinsky.sk
 

Zbojnicka hut in Velka studena dolina

Starý Smokovec – Téryho chata (2015m) – Starý Smokovec (High Tatras)

Trail: Starý Smokovec – Hrebienok – Zamkovský chalet – Téry’s chalet - Zamkovský chalet – Hrebienok - Starý Smokovec 
Estimated hike duration: 3-4 hours ascent, 2-3 hours descent (altogether: 5-8 hours)
Height difference: 1 005 m 
Difficulty: A slightly difficult climb suitable for moderately experienced tourists.
Note: It is possible to take a funicular from Starý Smokovec to Hrebienok or in the opposite direction (the price for the funicular is not included).
From Starý Smokovec we go up the trail alongside the funicular or we take it to Hrebienok. Then we go down to the Studenovodské vodopády waterfalls, walk around them and get to the oldest chalet in the High Tatras – Reiner’s chalet. After a short break we walk around a big waterfall to Zamkovský’s chalet. We zigzag along the stream through the valley called Malá Studená dolina. In the middle of the valley we start going up into the Veľký hang, a scree hillside. Below the peak of Žltá stena we get to the Malý hang hillside and soon to Téry’s chalet (2015 m). After a little snack we take a look at the basin called Kotlina Piatich spišských plies (The Basin of Five Spiš tarns) and we go back following the same trail.
The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinsky, marcel@kubinsky.sk
 

Tery hut, Mala studena dolina

Mala studena dolina - Priečne sedlo pass - Velka studena dolina (High Tatras)

Trail: Hrebienok -  Zamkovsky hut - Mala studena valley - Priečne sedlo pass - Velka studena dolina - Zbojnicka hut - Hrebienok 
Estimated hike duration: 9 - 12 hours 
Height difference: 1 200 m 
Difficulty: A difficult climb suitable for moderately experienced hikers, there is a passage with chains and steel climbers on the trail. 
Note: The trail can also start from Stary Smokovec, it is a bit longer.
Throughout this day long hiking tour on the "Eagle path of Slovakia", you will be surrounding by gorgeous landscape. The path is filled with peaks and valleys, alpine lakes and waterfalls. And along the beautiful, but challenging path, the magnificent views will come at the price of physical exertion.
This day trip will last from 9 to 12 hours. As a result, to participate on this trip, you should be in good physical condition. Some prior alpine hiking experience is a plus as well.
Beginning at either Stary Smokovec (1000m) or Hrebienok (1285m), we will make our way to Stara Lesna meadow (1,300m). After that, we will make our way through the Mala studena dolina valley, passing the Zamkovsky hut (1450m) and the Tery hut (2015m). At that point we will take a small break for some rest and refreshments. Afterwards, we will pass the 5 Spis lakes, and the beautiful Blue lake (2250m), which is the highest lake in the Tatras. Finally, we will take on the most challenging part of the trip, and scramble on chains for a few hundred metres to the Priecne Sedlo (2352m) before making our way down to Velka studena dolina valley. After walking down we´ll have oportunity for next refreshment on Zbojnicka hut (1960m). from there just walking down to Hrebienok or Stary Smokovec.
The trail was prepared by Kubinský Marcel, marcel@kubinsky.sk
 

Priečne sedlo

Hrebienok - Prielom & Poľský hrebeň pass (main ridge of High Tatras) - Hrebienok (High Tatras)

Trail: Hrebienok-Zbojnícka hut-Prielom pass- Poľský hrebeň pass-Sliezsky dom mountain hotel-Hrebienok 
Estimated hike duration: altogether: 9-11 hours
Height difference: 1090 m 
Difficulty: A quite difficult hike suitable for fit and moderately experienced tourists, through two mountain saddles secured by chains and metal ladders.
Note: It is possible to take a funicular from Starý Smokovec to Hrebienok or in the opposite direction (the price for the funicular is not included).
From Hrebienok (1255m) we ascend through the Great Cold Valley to Zbojnícka hut (1960 m). After refreshments at or by the mountain hut, we will hike to the end of the valley and ascend to the Prielom saddle (2288m) in the main ridge of the High Tatras. After a more difficult descent through the chains to the Frozen valley, we ascend to the Main Ridge again, to the Polish Ridge saddle (2200m). After a short rest, we will descend through the Velická valley around Long and Velicke lake to the Mountain Hotel Sliezsky dom (1670m). After a generous rest, we will only return to Hrebienok by the "Tatranska magistrala" long-distance trail. Note: The route is secured in more demanding sections by chains. The route can also be made in the opposite direction.
The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinsky, marcel@kubinsky.sk
 

Prielom pass, Poľský hrebeň pass

Skalnate pleso - Velka Svistovka - Green lake (High Tatras)

Trail: Tatranska Lomnica (Skalnate pleso) – Velka Svistovka peak – Green lake chalet – and back to Tatranska Lomnica
Estimated hike duration: 6-8 hours 
Height difference: (1260m) 370 m up, 1260 m down 
Difficulty: A slightly difficult climb suitable for moderately experienced tourists.
Note: With such an abundance of great places to explore in the High Tatras, it is hard to decide where to go. So on this day long hike, I would like to guide you to the top of the Velka Svistovka peak (2,038m). And afterward, on the way down, I would like to take you to the beautiful Green lake valley. The trip will begin at Tatranska Lomnica (850m). From there, we will hike to Skalnate pleso (1750m). We can use for transfer in this part of trip also the cable car. After some rest, we will trek to the summit of the Velka Svistovka. While this peak is not the highest in the Tatras the panoramic views it offers are some of the best in the range. After you’ve enjoyed the summit of the Velka Svistovka (2038m), we will make our way down to the Green lake valley. During the descent, you will encounter approximately 50 metres of technically easy chains. When we reach the Green lake valley, we will stop at a hut. There, we will enjoy lunch and more great views before going to Tatranska Lomnica or to the Biela voda bus stop. We will then take a public bus back to Tatranska Lomnica.
The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinsky, marcel@kubinsky.sk

 

Skalnate pleso - Velka Svistovka - Green lake

Jahňací štít Lamb peak (2230 m) (High Tatras)

Trail: Kežmarská Biela Voda – Šalviový prameň – Hut by Green lake – Lamb Peak and back
Estimated hike duration: 4-5 hours ascent, 3-4 hours descent (altogether: 8-9 hours)
Height difference: 1365 m 
Difficulty: Full day hike for physically fit tourists. On the route, the sections are secured with chains, where it is necessary to use your hands.s
Note: It is also possible to start the tour in Tatranské Matliare, or on another place.
From the car parking on entry to Kežmarok's White Water Valley we will slowly begin to hike by the forest road to the White Water Valley. We will continue through the Šalvia spring to the valley of Green lake. Next to Green brook, we get to the mountain hut, which lies in the end of the beautiful Green lake. The beautiful panorama view is completed by the Howk tower. At the hut we can refresh ourselves at the ascent and descent. From the hut we will continue to the Red Valley and next to the Red and Blue lakes we will ascend to the pass. Here are the first more demanding sections secured by chains. It is not far to the top, but the terrain is more rugged and challenging. In several places, the output is secured by chains. The peak offers us beautiful views of the nearby Belianske Tatras, the northern side of the High Tatras, Poland, and also to the dominant Lomnický peak.
The trail was prepared by Kračmer Peter, kracmer@skialpkrivan.sk
 

Lamb peak

Jahňací štít through Kopské sedlo (High Tatras)

Trail: Tatranská Kotlina village – Plesnivec chalet - Veľké Biele pleso tarn - Kopské sedlo saddle - Jahňací štít peak - Chalet near Zelené pleso tarn - Biela voda
Estimated hike duration: 5-7 hours ascent, 5-6 hours descent (altogether: 10-13 hours)
Height difference: 1 470 m ascent, 1320m descent, altogether 2790m 
Difficulty: A difficult climb for experienced hikers, certain passages comply with the 1st degree of “Scale of Difficulty” – international mountain climbing scale of UIAA (International Union of Alpine Associations).
Note: It is possible to divide the climb into two days. The first day would comprise ascending to Plesnivec chalet, Chalet near Zelené pleso tarn. The second day we would climb to the peak and then descend.
The hike begins in Tatranská Kotlina village and continues to Plesnivec chalet (1290 m) in the Belianske Tatras mountain range along the green-marked trail under the Bujačí vrch hill through Rakúska poľana clearing towards Veľké Biele pleso tarn and then to Kopské sedlo saddle (1778 m): 2-2.5 hours. From there to the north-east, we follow the unmarked trail of Jahňací hrebeň ridge through the Jahňací hrb peak (1924 m), afterwards we climb the narrow traverse of the north-west wall to get about 100 m under the peak and join the yellow-marked trail from where we move directly to the top of Jahňací štít peak (2230 m):2-2.5 hours.
We descend along the yellow-marked trail through Kolové sedlo saddle to Červená dolinka valley, Chalet near Zelené pleso tarn and Šalviový prameň crossroads. After that we follow the blue-marked trail to get to the Biela voda bus stop.
The trail was prepared by Hric Roman, hric.roman40@gmail.com
 

Jahňací štít

Green, White and Triangle lakes (High Tatras)

Trail: Biela Voda – White lake – Green lake chalet – and back to Biela voda
Estimated hike duration: 3-4 hours ascent, 2,5-3 hours descent (altogether: 5-7 hours)
Height difference: 730 m 
Difficulty: A slightly difficult climb suitable for moderately experienced tourists.
Note: We’ll explore the Green, White and Triangle Lakes and enjoy the varied landscapes and vegetation of two different mountains. Join me for an amazing hiking day.
From Biela voda, we’ll hike to Šalviov prameň (at 1,210 meters). Then, we will continue on to the White Lake (at 1,625 meters), under the limestone hill of the White Tatras. We’ll enjoy the scenery and rest for a bit before continuing to the Triangle lake. Finally, our last stop will be the mountain hut by Green lake (1,550 meters) where we can stop for a traditional refreshment.
During the day, we’ll get to enjoy the incredible Tatras landscape. We’ll get to see granite and limestone walls, an enormous variety of flowers and an impressive amphitheater by the Green lake.
The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinsky, marcel@kubinsky.sk
 

Green and White lake

Via Ferrata of Mountain Rescue (High Tatras)

Trail: Tatranská Kotlina - quarry  
Estimated hike duration: 1-2 hours ascent 
Height difference: approx. 400 m
Difficulty: Moderately demanding via Ferrata suitable for tourists with an adequate physical condition. The greater part of the route at the hike is via Ferrata, which leads through a gorge with technical equipment (steel ropes, shingles, steps, ladders, rope bridges). Ferrata equipment (seat harness, helmet, shock absorber, gloves) is required, which can be borrowed by mountain leader. Via Ferrata is suitable for children from 10 years.
Note: Let´s take a look at the oldest Via Ferrata of Slovakia with us and experience something new!
This location is also suitable for Via Ferrata training courses for beginners and advanced.
Via Ferrata of Mountain Rescue in Tatranská Kotlina is the oldest Slovak Via Ferrata. It was built in 2004 by the Mountain Rescue Service for training purposes. The Via Ferrata itself is almost purely rocky with a minimum of artificial elements. There are only two and three steps on the whole route. The trail splits over the ascending crossbeam. We complete both variants with difficulty C. In total, both variants have about 200 m. We will use the descent path to come under a rock. Via Ferrata is suitable for teaching how to use Via Ferrata for beginners. Under the supervision of a mountain leader, you will learn methodology, using equipment, and hike on Via Ferrata.
The trail was prepared by Kračmer Peter, kracmer@skialpkrivan.sk
 

Via Ferrata of Mountain Rescue

Via Ferrata Veľký Kyseľ – Slovenský raj (Slovak Paradise)

Trail: Čingov tourist area (or Letanovský Mlyn) – Veľký Kyseľ (gorge), return to the starting point of the hike through Kláštorisko tourist center
Estimated hike duration: 2.5-4 hours ascent (altogether 6-8 hours)
Height difference: 600 m
Difficulty: A moderately difficult climb, the track is secured with the technical equipment (ropes – via ferrata), bridges, chains and ladders.
Admission fee: 5€/person – paid to the administration of the National Park for the usage of the via ferrata
Note: A mountain leader can belay you in case you feel insecure crossing the gorge (Via Ferrata). Belaying makes the crossing much safer especially for the less experienced hikers and for children. Via Ferrata Veľký Kyseľ is closed every year from November 1 to June 14.
The trail starts either in the Čingov tourist area or in Letanovský Mlyn (talk to the mountain leader to choose from where to start) and we soon get into the gorge. The whole trail runs along the stream and sometimes above it. The most beautiful and frequently visited parts of the trail are secured with the ropes (that’s why you’ll need a via ferrata kit). The trail includes waterfalls, crossings over the river and some fallen trees. Rainfalls can cause the stream to rise and the water level on the path can also be higher in certain places so be sure to wear a good pair of shoes. The rocks can be slippery and poor-quality shoes can make the hike very uncomfortable for you.
Persons per a mountain leader: 6 at maximum.
The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinský, marcel@kubinsky.sk
 

Velky Kysel Via ferrata

Suchá Belá gorge (Slovak Paradise)

Trail: Podlesok – Suchá Belá (gorge)
Estimated hike duration: 2-2.5 hours ascent (altogether 4-5 hours)
Height difference: 510 m
Difficulty: A moderately difficult climb with technical equipment, bridges, iron cramps, chains and ladders in certain passages.
Admission fee: 2€ to the National Park
Note: Since a mountain leader has a rope at his disposal when passing through the gorge, he can belay you in case you feel insecure crossing the gorge. Belaying makes the crossing much safer especially for the less experienced hikers and for children. There is also an option to cross the gorge during winter in agreement with the mountain leader who will suggest any necessary equipment.
The hike begins in Podlesok, there is an entry to the gorge after a few meters. The hiking trail leads along the stream the whole time. There are wooden bridges and later on even ladders in the bottlenecks. You can look forward to Misové vodopády waterfalls, Korytový vodopád waterfall and Okienkový vodopád waterfall. The stream level is elevated after the rainfalls, the track is full of muddy passages and the rocks may be slippery – that is why it is necessary to have a pair of higher trekking waterproof shoes with Vibram soles. The number of persons per a mountain leader depends on a season: summer – 15 persons at maximum, winter – 6 persons at maximum. 
The trail was prepared by Svätojánsky Peter, Marcel Kubinský, svatojan@gmail.commarcel@kubinsky.sk
 

Sucha Belá

Piecky gorge (Slovak Paradise)

Trail: Hrabušická píla – Gorge Piecky - Hrabušická píla
Estimated hike duration: 2-2.5 hours ascent (altogether 4-5 hours)
Height difference: 460 m
Difficulty: A moderately difficult climb with technical equipment, bridges, iron cramps, chains and ladders in certain passages.
Admission fee: 2€ to the National Park
Note: It is a relatively less visited gorge in the Slovak Paradise, which can be hiked even by tourists with less experience or children. The mountain guide has a rope with him when crossing the gorge and, in case of client uncertainty, secures it with a rope. The start of the hike is in the place called Hrabušická píla (590m), where after a short part we´ll enter the gorge. All the time there is a hiking trail along the stream. In narrow places there are wooden and steel footbridges and in several vertical ladders. You can look forward to the Great and Terrace Waterfalls, which are most beautiful in rainy weather or in spring. In the rainy season, the level of the stream is higher, it is necessary to cross the sidewalk on the water, which requires a considerable amount of caution and waterproof hiking boots.
A number of persons per mountain guide depending on the season. In the summer max. 15 persons, in the winter max. 6 people.
The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinský marcel@kubinsky.sk

 

Gorge Piecky

Veľký Sokol - gorge (Slovak Paradise)

Trail: Sokol (entrance to the gorge) - Mala poľana meadow and back by different trail
Estimated hike duration: 3-3,5 hours ascent (altogether 6-7 hours)
Height difference: 510 m
Difficulty: Medium and difficult ascent by a gorge with several sections of technical parts as wooden and steel footbridges and ladders.
Admission fee: 2€ to the National Park
Note: It is a less-visited gorge in the Slovak Paradise, where the wilderness is almost untouched. During the passage through the gorge, it is often necessary to cross the stream and the fallen trees, the old wet logs lie in the stream, which is walked on, which is difficult and one must be very careful. The mountain guide has a rope with him when crossing the gorge and, in case of client needs, secures them by a rope. It is possible to cross the gorge even in winter when the stream is frozen and the waterfalls are transformed into ice sculptures. Accompanied by a mountain guide, your hike will be safe and much more valuable.
It is possible to cross the gorge even in rainy weather, but the level of the stream is usually higher, it is necessary to cross the sidewalk often along the water, which requires a considerable amount of caution and waterproof hiking boots.
The number of persons per mountain guide depending on the season. Summer max. 15 persons, winter max. 6 people.
The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinský marcel@kubinsky.sk
 

Veľky Sokol Gorge

Zejmarská roklina gorge (Slovak Paradise)

Trail: Dedinky – Zejmarská roklina gorge – Geravy - Dedinky
Estimated hike duration: 3-4 hours altogether 
Height difference: 340 m
Difficulty: A from easy to slightly difficult climb suitable for moderately experienced tourists, in two parts secured by chains.
Admission fee: 2€ to the National Park
Note: It is a relatively frequently visited gorge in the Slovak Paradise, the only gorge with ladders on the south side, which is the shortest, but in beautiful nature. From the starting point, we have to on tourist path to place  Mlynky - Biele vody, where the gorge begins. By a slight ascent, we will get under Nálepkov waterfall, around which we will walk up the ladder, and gradually we will get to the Geravy meadow, where is the possibility of refreshments in a buffet or restaurant. After a rest, we return to the village Dedinky by a forest path. It is possible to cross the gorge even in winter when the stream is frozen and the waterfalls are transformed into ice sculptures. Accompanied by a mountain guide, your hike will be safe and valuable. If you still have enough time, it is possible to combine the trip with a visit to the Dobšinská Ice Cave, which is on the UNESCO list of natural heritage.
A number of persons per mountain guide depending on the season. Summer max. 15 persons, winter max. 6 people.
The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinský marcel@kubinsky.sk

 

Zejmarksa gorge

Prielom Hornádu - hike on river canyon (Slovak Paradise)

Trail: Podlesok - Letanovský mlyn - Tomášovský výhľad - Čingov
Estimated hike duration: 5-6 hours altogether
Height difference: 450 m 
Difficulty: Easy hike for tourists with less hiking experience, but without fear of height on technical parts on the route (chains, metal steps above the river.
Note: Possibility to start the route from the opposite side, or create a loop
The hike will starts from the entrance gate to the Slovak Paradise from the north side Podlesok(550m). We will walk practically along the edge of the forest to the entrance of the Hornád river into the gorge (Hornád throat), from there is a trail around the river in the forest and sometimes on scary metal steps secured by chains to the first third of the route where the Monastery gorge begins which climbs to the Monastery meadow. But we´ll continue along with the river to Letanovský mill (535m) and from there along the river below Tomašovský view (640m), where we´ll ascent up to Tomašovský výhľad viewpoint (640m), from where is a beautiful view of the whole Slovak paradise. Only the final part of the route to Čingov (505m) awaits us.
The trail was prepared by Kubinský Marcel, marcel@kubinsky.sk

 

River Hornad Canyon hike

Trangoška - Ďumbier (2043 m) - Srdiečko (1210 m) (Low Tatras)

Trail: Trangoška mountain holiday resort (1100 m) – Ďumbier peak (2043 m) – Chopok peak - Krížske sedlo saddle - sedlo Príslop saddleback – Srdiečko centre (1210 m)
Estimated hike duration: 8.5 hours
Height difference: 1 526 m
Difficulty: A technically simple climb suitable for moderately experienced hikers.
Note: The hike begins at the Trangoška parking lot (1100 m). We are to follow the green-marked trail. After 45 minutes we walk around a turn heading to Jaskyňa mŕtvych netopierov (Dead bats Cave). After a while we can see Halašova Jama submersion and after another hour of walking we get to M. R. Štefánik chalet (1746 m) under Ďumbier. After another hour we continue through Krúpovo sedlo saddle to Ďumbier – the highest peak of the Low Tatras. Here starts the most spectacular part of the hike– the Low Tatras ridge: the right-hand side offers a view of the Western Tatras and the High Tatras while the left-hand side provides us with great views of the Veľký and Malý Gápeľ peaks which are closest to us and Poľana hill and Veporské vrchy hills which are visible in the distance. We then go over to the Chopok peak on the alpine trail paved with large stones. There is a possibility to buy a snack in Kamenná chata chalet. This is also the easiest way to escape from the ridge to the valley in case of adverse weather conditions. We continue by following the red-marked trail through the Poľana saddle to Krížske sedlo saddle from where we begin to descend to Príslop saddle with mountain pines and bilberry cover all around us. Here we can see a side ridge made up of the Mesiačik, Baba and Pálenica peaks in front of us. The ridge belongs to the Príslop saddle which is exactly where we are heading. What follows is a narrow traverse to Kosodrevina chalet (1500 m) and a short descent to Srdiečko center.
The trail was prepared by Trajčík Peter, pampo@centrum.sk
 

Ďumbier

Chata Gader– Tlstá – Ostrá – Chata Gader (Veľká Fatra)

Trail: Chata Gader chalet (515) – Tlstá hill (1373) – Ostrá massif (1247) – Muráň massif – Chata Gader chalet
Estimated hike duration: 6 hours
Height difference: 1 085 m
Difficulty: A technically simple hike suitable for moderately experienced tourists.
Note: The trail is one of the most beautiful one-day trips in Slovakia. The moderately difficult hike begins above the village of Blatnica at Konský dol (515 m). Following the path through the beech forest (the blue mark) we get to the peak of Tlstá hill. A rocky path on the ridge made of limestone and dolomite rocks leads us to the hills Ľubená, Zadná Ostrá and finally to Ostrá. The trail is bordered by steep slopes. The upper part of the trail offers spectacular views of the Turčianska kotlina valley and the Malá Fatra mountain range which are bordered by the rocks of the Muráň and Ostrá massifs. Following the yellow mark we go down to Muráň and through the valley we get back to the Gader chalet.
The trail was prepared by Trajčík Peter, pampo@centrum.sk
 

Tlsta & Ostra summits

Via Ferrata Two towers (Veľká Fatra)

Trail: Nižná Revúca – Dve veže (Two towers)  
Estimated hike duration: 3-4 hours ascent 
Height difference: approx. 400 m
Difficulty: Moderately demanding via Ferrata suitable for tourists with an adequate physical condition. The greater part of the route at the hike is via Ferrata, which leads through a gorge with technical equipment (steel ropes, shingles, steps, ladders, rope bridges). Ferrata equipment (seat harness, helmet, shock absorber, gloves) is required, which can be borrowed by mountain leader. Via Ferrata is suitable for children from 10 years.
Note: Let´s take a look at the youngest Via Ferrata of Slovakia with us and experience something new!
This location is also suitable for Via Ferrata training courses for beginners and advanced. Via Ferrata Two towers is the youngest Ferrata built in Slovakia. It was officially opened on September 14, 2019. It is not just one Ferrata trail but a small Ferrata park with several shorter, sporty Ferratas. It is located by the village of Liptovské Revúce on the right side in the Veľká Fatra National Park. You can find it in the area that locals usually call "Zahorovo".
There are a total of 9 shorter ferrates on the Two Towers, which according to the Schal scale achieve the most difficult C / D difficulty - medium-difficult. These Ferratas are not suitable for children under 10 years. There are a total of 380 meters of steel ropes on the Ferrata, a number of risers, and two rope bridges. Individual variants of Via Ferrata routes are marked with name and difficulty.
From the highest point of Towers, you have a beautiful view of the surrounding hills of the Low Tatras (Končitá, Malý Zvolen, ... Veľká Fatra (Krížna, Frčkov) and also the National Parks Veľká Fatra and Nízke Tatry, which is separated by the river Revúca.
Brief information about Ferrate Two Towers:
- Altitude - about 800 m above sea level
- Elevation of individual roads - from 20 m to 70 m
- Origin - the rock is of limestone origin
- Layout - the Ferrata consists of 3 rock towers - one smaller and 2 dominant, the towers are connected by rope bridges (rope horses)
- Possibility of descent - from two towers a descent path leads to the beginning of the ferrate
- The difficulty of Ferrata routes - routes are divided into easier and more challenging, according to levels B, C, and C / D
 The Ferrata also includes an educational trail with information panels, full of interesting facts about the local fauna and flora, forestry, as well as movement on the Ferrata.
An access walkway leads to the Ferrata, on which information panels are also located.
Seasonally close: 1.1. – 30.4. 
The trail was prepared by Kračmer Peter, kracmer@skialpkrivan.sk
 

Via Ferrata Two towers

Main ridge of Mala Fatra mountains (Malá Fatra)

Trail: Vrátna - Veľký Kriváň peak - Chleb peak - Poludňový hill - Stoh hill - Štefanová
Estimated hike duration: 6,5-8 hours - 10 hours (without cable car)
Height difference: 800 m (1590m without cable car)
Difficulty: A technically simple hike suitable for moderately experienced tourists.
Note: We will discover the beauties of Mala Fatra with an ascent to the highest peaks of the main ridge. The start of the route is in Vrátna valley with the use of a cable car, where we can save 760 altitude meters of ascent. From Snilovské saddle (1530m) we ascend to the highest peak of Mala Fatra - Veľký Kriváň (1709m). After a beautiful panoramic view from the top, we return to Snilovské saddle and hike to the other peaks of the main ridge: Chleb (1647m), Steny (1628m), Poludňový grúň (1460m) and after the descent to Stohový saddle (1225m) and in front of us is just a bit difficult ascent to Stoh hill (1608m), from which there is a beautiful view of the eastern part of Mala Fatra. From there, just descend to the Medziholie saddle (1175m) and descent to Štefanová (630m), a picturesque village, where the coveted refreshment awaits us.
The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinsky, marcel@kubinsky.sk
 

Main ridge of Mala Fatra

Janošik holes Gorge + Velky & Maly Rozsutec peak (Mala Fatra)

Trail: Terchová Biely potok bus stop - Nové diery Gorge - Podžiar sadle - Horné diery gorge - sadle Medzirozsutce - Veľký & Malý Rozsutec peak - sadle Medziholie - Štefanová village
Estimated hike duration: 7 - 8 hours + 1 extra hour for hiking to Maly Rozsutec peak
Height difference: 1200m + 140m Malý Rozsutec
Difficulty: A technically easier hike suitable for moderately experienced tourists with technical security parts on way up and down.
Note: We will get to know the beauties of the gorges of Mala Fatra with an ascent to the most beautiful peak there - Veľký Rozsutec (1610m). The beginning of the route is in the bus stop Biely potok (570m) near village Terchová, from there we can comfortably cross the beautiful gorge "Diery" in Mala Fatra named by a national hero  Slovakia, Jánošík, born in Terchová. We will gradually cross the Lower, New and Upper Janosik´s Holes, with a stop in the Podžiar saddle (700 m). After refreshments, we go to the Upper Holes and relax in the saddle of Medzirozsutce (1200m). If you have a lot of strength, it is possible to "run" up and down back to Malý Rozsutec (1344m) and after returning to the saddle we will set out on an ascending path towards Veľký Rozsutec (1610m) to the beautiful village of Štefanová (630m), where there will get definitely be some final refreshments.
The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinsky, marcel@kubinsky.sk
 

Janošik holes Gorge + Velky & Maly Rozsutec peak

Via Ferrata of Mountain Rescue to Martinské hole (Malá Fatra)

Trail: Martin Stráne - Ferrata HZS (Ferrata of the Mountain Rescue Service) - Martinské hole tourist center - Martin Stráne 
Estimated hike duration: 3 hours ascent, 2 hours descent (altogether: 5-6 hours)
Height difference: 785 m 
Difficulty: A moderately difficult hike suitable for physically fit hikers. A major part of the trail on our way up is via ferrata which leads through a gorge provided with the technical equipment (steel ropes, iron cramps, climbers, and a ladder). It is necessary to have a via ferrata kit (seating harness, helmet, energy absorber, gloves) – it is possible to borrow it on the spot. The trail is also suitable for children over 10.
Note: Crossing the first Slovak ferrata with us will surely be an unforgettable experience.
The trail starts in Martin at the public transport terminus called Stráne (500 m) from where we follow the paved road (the red mark) to the bed of the Mlynský potok stream. Here we get to the lower part of the two-way ascent which ends at the fourth information board. You can find three information boards, four rest places and seven bridges over the stream on our way through this part of the trail. We put our gear on and continue through the upper part – the Ferrata, which is only used for the ascent. We go up along the stream to the waterfalls where the trail splits. The option B right in front of us is easier than the option C on our right. Both of them meet at the cross where you can write you name in the visitors’ book. We continue to the Bazová hill (1245 m) and then through the forest to Martinské hole. On the upper part of the trail you can find two information boards, four rest places and three bridges over the stream. In total the ferrata includes 428 m of steel ropes, 170 anchors, 90 foot pegs and a ladder.
We can take a break at Martinské hole where both Pirmanka chalet and Stará chata chalet offer some snacks. We then continue following the yellow mark which leads back to where we started.
It is also possible to complete the tour in the winter, but according to current conditions, we will add crampons and ice axes to the equipment. Seasonally close: 15.9. - 31.10. and 15.4. - 31.5.
The trail was prepared by Kračmer Peter, Mgr., kracmer@skialpkrivan.sk

Via ferrata HZS Martinske hole

Tri Koruny (982 m) (Pieniny National Park)

Trail: Červený Kláštor, Sromowce Nižne – Tri Koruny mountain
Estimated hike duration: 2-2.5 hours ascent (altogether 4-5 hours)
Height difference: 500 m
Difficulty: A moderately difficult hike, quite steep in certain passages.
Note: The track to the mountain top leads through an observation platform. Entry to the observation platform is subject to a charge.
The hike begins in Červený Kláštor village where the only bridge for tourists to get from Slovakia to Poland is located. By crossing the bridge, we get to a neighboring village called Sromowce Nižne. As we walk to the end of this distinctive Goral settlement, we get to the educational house of Pieniny National Park. This is where the hiking part starts. It leads around herdsman’s huts where it is possible to taste the local products offered directly by the shepherds. The steep passage starts after approximately 30 minutes of walk and ends in the Przelecz Szopka pass located in the main ridge of the Pieniny mountains. The hike continues along the ridgeline to the peak of Okrúhlice hill – Tri koruny mountain. It is possible to return the same way or roughly the same way through the Kosarzyska clearing.
The trail was prepared by Svätojánsky Peter, svatojan@gmail.com

Tri koruny

Via Ferratas Skalka (Kremnické vrchy)

Trail: Skalka parking – Skalka overlook – Via Ferratas Skalka  
Estimated hike duration: 3-4 hours
Height difference: 400 m
Difficulty: A moderately difficult via ferrata suitable for tourists with an adequate physical condition. The greater part of the hike is the via ferrata, which leads through a gorge with technical equipment (steel ropes, shingles, steps, ladders, rope bridges). Ferrata equipment (seat harness, helmet, shock absorber, gloves) is required and you can borrow it from mountain leader. Via ferrata is suitable for children from 10 years.
Note: This location is also suitable for via ferrata training courses from beginners to advanced. Together with a mountain leader, you can go through the following via ferratas and new adrenaline attractions:
• You will cross the longest cable bridge in Central Europe, which is 80 meters long and hangs between the rocks up to 45 meters above the ground.
• Via ferrata Jánošíkova diera - difficulty according to the Schall via ferrata scale is A/B, the length is 30 m and elevation is 5 m. It is an ideal via ferrata for children or to try the equipment.
Zostupovka (descent) - difficulty A/B, elevation 70 m, length 150 m. It is used to descend below the via ferratas and it also includes the cable bridge.
• Via ferrata Trubačova veža - difficulty B. The beginning is the same as for the Komín via ferrata. The route then leads to the right to a tower with a cross. Rope bridge is located at the end. 
Komín - difficulty C. It offers several variants such as 8 m long branch called Kominárska. The total elevation is 85 m and the length is 110 m.
• The advanced hikers can also get through the cable climbing net, which is located at the end of the bridge. It is vertical and falls to a depth of 37 meters. It is also the only one of its kind in Slovakia. Its difficulty is D.
Výzva ("Challenge") - so far the most difficult via ferrata in Slovakia with difficulty E. Extremely difficult Via Ferrata with the elevation of 60 m, the length of 70 m and the 4 m overhang. It is suitable only for experienced climbers.
Seasonal closure: 1 January - 31 May 
The trail was prepared by Kračmer Peter, kracmer@skialpkrivan.sk
 

Via Ferrata Skalka