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 across 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. Having crossed 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 gorge – 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 gorge to cross the southeast ridge by which we ascend to the top reaching Malý Kriváň peak first, then crossing Daxnerove sedlo saddle until we finally get 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 (2503 m) – 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, the most difficult part of the hike is behind us.
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 across 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 past Popradské pleso tarn to Štrbské Pleaso 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 (2300 m), 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 peak (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 waterfall, then above the Velický waterfall until we reach Kvetnica. 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 across 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 mountain hut (1960 m) – Starý Smokovec (High Tatras)

Trail: Starý Smokovec – Hrebienok – Zbojnícka chata (mountain hut) – 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 Zbojnícka chata mountain hut (1960 m) is a great place for a hike offering some of the best views in the entire Tatras mountain range.
We can start either in Starý Smokovec (1000 m) or Hrebienok (1285 m) and continue to Reinerova chata mountain hut (1300 m). It is one of the oldest huts in the High Tatras and offers great views. From there we hike to the Veľká studená dolina which is a nearly 8 km long valley. On the way you can admire up to 23 mountain lakes. The next part of the hike includes two relatively easy sections with chains. When we finally reach the Zbojnícka chata mountain hut, we get to relax, enjoy the views and try some traditional cabbage soup before we head back.
This hike is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to expore the High Tatras. It is open all year round so you can choose your favourite season and take a trip during a sunny summer day, in colourful autumn or even in the snow.

The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinsky, marcel@kubinsky.sk

Zbojnicka hut in Velka studena dolina

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

Trail: Starý Smokovec – Hrebienok – Zamkovského chata mountain hut – Téryho chata mountain hut - Zamkovského chata mountain hut – 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 mountain hut in the High Tatras – Reinerova chata. After a short break we walk around a big waterfall to Zamkovského chata mountain hut. We zigzag along the stream across 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 Téryho chata mountain hut (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

Malá studená dolina valley – Priečne sedlo saddle – Veľká studená dolina valley (High Tatras)

Trail: Hrebienok –  Zamkovského chata mountain hut – Malá studená dolina valley – Priečne sedlo saddle – Veľká studená dolina valley – Zbojnícka chata mountain hut – Hrebienok 
Estimated hike duration: 9-12 hours 
Height difference: 1200 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 Starý Smokovec, from where 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 peak (2,230 m) (High Tatras)

Trail: Kežmarská Biela voda – Šalviový prameň stream – Mountain hut at Zelené pleso tarn – Jahňací štít peak and back
Estimated hike duration: 4-5 hours ascent, 3-4 hours descent (altogether: 8-9 hours)
Height difference: 1,365 m 
Difficulty: An all day hike for physically fit tourists. The trail includes sections that are secured with chains.
Note: It is also possible to start the hike in Tatranské Matliare or to choose another access path. 
From Kežmarská Biela voda parking we slightly ascend on the forest path in the Biela voda valley. We continue across Šalviový prameň stream and get to the valley of Zelené pleso tarn. Walking along the Zelený potok stream, we get to the mountain hut at Zelené pleso tarn. The Jastrabia veža peak makes the panoramic view there even better. It is possible to get something to eat at the mountain hut before the ascent or on our way back. From the hut we continue to the Červená dolina valley. Passing by Červené pleso and Belasé pleso tarns we ascend to Kolový priechod saddle. This is where we can find the first sections secured with chains. It is not too far from the peak but the terrain gets rougher and more difficult here. The peak offers spectacular views of the nearby Belianske Tatras, the northern High Tatras, Poland, and the prominent Lomnický štít peak.
The trail was prepared by Kračmer Peter, kracmer@skialpkrivan.sk
 

Jahňací štít peak

Jahňací štít peak across Kopské sedlo saddle (High Tatras)

Trail: Tatranská Kotlina village – Plesnivec mountain hut – Veľké Biele pleso tarn – Kopské sedlo saddle – Jahňací štít peak – Mountain hut at 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, 1,320 m descent, altogether 2,790 m 
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 the Plesnivec mountain hut and the mountain hut at 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 the Plesnivec mountain hut (1,290 m) in the Belianske Tatras mountain range along the green-marked trail under the Bujačí vrch hill across Rakúska poľana clearing towards Veľké Biele pleso tarn and then to Kopské sedlo saddle (1,778 m): 2-2.5 hours. From there to the north-east, we follow the unmarked trail of Jahňací hrebeň ridge across the Jahňací hrb peak (1,924 m), afterwards we climb the narrow traverse of the north-west wall to get about 100 m below the peak and join the yellow-marked trail from where we move directly to the top of Jahňací štít peak (2,230 m): 2-2.5 hours.
We descend along the yellow-marked trail across Kolové sedlo saddle to Červená dolinka valley, mountain hut at Zelené pleso tarn and Šalviový prameň stream 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

Zelené, Biele & Trojrohé pleso – tarns (High Tatras)

Trail: Biela voda – Biele pleso tarn – Mountain hut at Zelené pleso tarn – 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: 
Let's explore three tarns in one day (Zelené pleso, Biele pleso and Trojrohé pleso) while enjoying some lovely views, diverse fauna and flora and granite and limestone mountains.
From Biela voda, we hike up to Šalviov prameň stream (1,210 m) and then continue to Biele pleso tarn (1,625 m) beneath the limestone hills of Belianske Tatras. We take the path with a beautiful scenery from Biele pleso tarn to Trojrohé pleso Tarn. The last stop is the mountain hut at Zelené pleso tarn (1,550 m) where we can have something to eat. 
The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinsky, marcel@kubinsky.sk
 

Biele, Zelené & Trojrohé pleso tarns

Via Ferrata of the Mountain Rescue Service (High Tatras)

Trail: Tatranská Kotlina – quarry  
Estimated hike duration: 1-2 hours ascent 
Height difference: approx. 400 m
Difficulty: A moderately difficult via ferrata for fit tourists.
A major part of the trail on our way up is the via ferrata situated on the rocky walls and provided with the technical equipment (steel ropes, iron cramps, climbers). 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: 
This location is also suitable for via ferrata training courses from beginners to advanced.
The Via Ferrata of the Mountain Rescue Service in Tatranská Kotlina is the oldest Slovak Via Ferrata. It was built by the Moutain Rescue Service for trainings. It is mostly natural with only a few artificial elements (two iron cramps and three climbers). At one point, it splits into two parts and we cross both of them one by one. Both variants are about 200 m long and their difficulty is C. We then follow the descent path. 
The via ferrata is also suitable for beginners. A mountain leader can acquaint you with the via ferrata equipment, methods and techniques.
The trail was prepared by Kračmer Peter, kracmer@skialpkrivan.sk
 

Via Ferrata of the Mountain Rescue Service

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 past Kláštorisko tourist area
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
 

Via Ferrata Veľký Kyseľ

Suchá Belá gorge (Slovak Paradise)

Trail: Podlesok tourist area – 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€ entrance fee 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 – Piecky gorge – Hrabušická píla
Estimated hike duration: 2-2.5 hours ascent (altogether 4-5 hours)
Height difference: 460 m
Difficulty: A moderately difficult hike with technical equipment, bridges, iron cramps, chains and ladders in certain passages.
Admission fee: 2 € entrance fee to the national park
Note: It is not very frequently visited gorge in the Slovak Paradise suitable for less experienced tourist as well as for children. A mountain guide always has a rope and can secure you if necessary. The hike starts at the parking lot in Hrabušická píla (590 m) from where we soon enter the gorge. We hike along the stream all the time. The narrow parts are equipped with wooden and steel footbridges and several vertical ladders. You can also look forward to Veľký & Terasový vodopád waterfalls which are most beautiful in spring or after rains. In case of rainy weather, the water level is usually higher and the path is under water, so waterproof hiking shoes and considerable caution are a must.
A number of persons per mountain guide depends on the season. Summer max. 15 people/winter max. 6 people.
The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinský marcel@kubinsky.sk

 

Piecky gorge

Veľký Sokol gorge (Slovak Paradise)

Trail: Sokol river mouth – Malá Poľana meadow and back by different way
Estimated hike duration: 3-3.5 hours ascent (altogether 6-7 hours)
Height difference: 510 m
Difficulty: A moderately difficult ascent including several sections with wooden and steel footbridges and ladders.
Admission fee: 2 € entrance fee to the national park
Note: Veľký Sokol is not very frequently visited gorge in the Slovak Paradise with almost untouched wilderness. During the hike it is often necessary to pass across the river and over fallen trees. We walk on the old, wet logs and one has to be very careful. A mountain guide always has a rope and can secure the others if necessary. It is also possible to go on a hike in winter when the water is frozen and the waterfalls turn into ice sculptures. Accompanied by a mountain guide, your hike will be safe and unforgettable.
In case of rainy weather, the water level is usually higher and the path is under water, so waterproof hiking shoes and considerable caution are a must.
The number of persons per mountain guide depends on the season. Summer max. 15 people/winter max. 6 people.
The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinský marcel@kubinsky.sk
 

Veľký 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 slightly difficult hike suitable for moderately experienced tourists, two parts are secured by chains.
Admission fee: 2 € entrance fee to the national park
Note: It is a pretty frequently visited gorge in the Slovak Paradise. It is the only one with ladders on the southern side and although it is also the shortest one, the nature around is marvelous. From the starting point we follow the path to Mlynky – Biele Vody where the gorge begins. Slightly ascending we get under Nálepkov vodopád waterfall and climb up the ladder. We continue to the meadow of Geravy where we can have a rest and get snacks at the restaurant or the snack bar. We then return to the village of Dediny following a forest path. It is also possible to cross the gorge in winter when the stream is frozen and waterfalls are transformed into ice sculptures. Accompanied by a mountain guide, your hike will be safe and unforgettable. If you have enough time after the hike, you can also visit the nearby Dobšinská ľadová jaskyňa ice cave which is listed in the UNESCO natural heritage.
A number of persons per mountain guide depends on the season. Max. 15 persons in summer, max. 6 people in winter.
The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinský marcel@kubinsky.sk

 

Zejmarská roklina gorge

Prielom Hornádu – river valley trail (Slovak Paradise)

Trail: Podlesok tourist area – Letanovský mlyn – Tomášovský výhľad overlook – Čingov tourist area
Estimated hike duration: 5-6 hours altogether
Height difference: 450 m 
Difficulty: Easy hike for tourists with a little hiking experience but without fear of height on technical parts on the route (chains, metal steps above the river.
Note: It is possible to start the route from the opposite side or to do a circuit hike. 
The hike starts at Podlesok tourist area (550 m) which serves as a northern entrance to the Slovak Paradise. We practically walk along the border of the forest until we get to the place where the Hornád river enters the valley. This is where we start hiking above the river using steel steps and being secured by chains. The first third of the hike is behind us when we get to Kláštorná roklina ravine which continues ascending to Kláštorisko. However, we follow the path to Letanovský mlyn (535 m) and then ascend steeply along the river to Tomášovský výhľad over look (640 m). After beautiful views only the final part of the route to Čingov tourist area (505 m) awaits us.
The trail was prepared by Kubinský Marcel, marcel@kubinsky.sk
 

Prielom Hornádu – river valley trail

Trangoška – Ďumbier peak (2043 m) – Srdiečko centre (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: 1526 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 across 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 across 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 across the valley we get back to the Gader chalet.
The trail was prepared by Trajčík Peter, pampo@centrum.sk
 

Tlsta & Ostra summits

Via Ferrata Dve Veže (Veľká Fatra)

Trail: Nižná Revúca – Via Ferrata 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 hike is via ferrata, which leads across 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: 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 from beginners to advanced. Via ferrata Dve veže is the youngest via ferrata built in Slovakia. It was officially opened on September 14, 2019. In fact, it is a small ferrata park including several via ferratas. It is located near the village of Liptovské Revúce, in the Veľká Fatra national park. You can find it in the area that locals usually call "Zahorovo".
There is a total of 9 short ferratas, whose difficulty according to the Schall scale is C/D (difficult/very difficult). The ferratas are not suitable for children under 10 years of age. In total, the via ferrata park includes 380 m of steel ropes, plenty of steps, and two rope bridges. Every via ferrata has its name and is marked with its difficulty.
From the highest point, you have a beautiful view of the surrounding hills of the Low Tatras (Končitá, Malý Zvolen, Čierna Hora) and the Veľká Fatra mountain (Krížna, Frčkov). The two national parks are separated by the river Revúca.
Brief information about the via ferrata Dve Veže:
- 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 ones, the towers are connected by rope bridges;
- Possibility of descent – there is a descent path leading to the beginning of the via ferrata;
- The difficulty of via ferrata routes – routes are divided into easy and more challenging ones. Difficulty levels are B, C, and C/D;
 The via ferrata also includes an educational trail with information panels full of interesting facts about the local fauna and flora, forestry as well as on the movement on the ferrata.
The information panels are located along the access path leading to the via ferrata. 
Seasonally closed: 1.1. – 30.4. 
The trail was prepared by Kračmer Peter, kracmer@skialpkrivan.sk
 

Via Ferrata Two towers

Main ridge of Malá Fatra mountains (Malá Fatra)

Trail: Vrátna – Veľký Kriváň peak – Chleb peak – Poludňový grúň hill – Stoh hill – Štefanová
Estimated hike duration: 6.5-8 hours or 10 hours (without cable car)
Height difference: 800 m (1590 m without cable car)
Difficulty: A slightly difficult hike suitable for moderately experienced tourists.
Note: Discover the beauties of Malá Fatra ascending to the highest peaks of the main ridge. The start of the route is in Vrátna valley where we can take a cable car and spare us 760 altitude meters of the ascent. From Snilovské sedlo saddle (1530 m) we then ascend to the highest peak of Malá Fatra – Veľký Kriváň (1709 m). Having enjoyed a beautiful panoramic view from the top, we return to Snilovské sedlo saddle and hike to the other peaks of the main ridge: Chleb (1647 m), Steny (1628 m), Poludňový grúň (1460 m). We descend to Stohové sedlo saddle (1225 m) where a slightly difficult ascent to Stoh hill awaits us (1608 m). However, we can enjoy the beautiful view of the eastern part of Malá Fatra from there.  After that we only descend – first to the Medziholie saddle (1175 m) and then to Štefanová (630 m), a picturesque village, where we can get some long-desired snacks and relax.
The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinsky, marcel@kubinsky.sk
 

Main ridge of Malá Fatra

Jánošíkove diery gorges + Veľký & Malý Rozsutec peaks (Malá Fatra)

Trail: Terchová Biely potok bus stop – Nové diery gorge – Podžiar saddle – Horné diery gorge – Medzirozsutce saddle – Veľký & Malý Rozsutec peaks – Medziholie saddle – Štefanová village
Estimated hike duration: 7-8 hours + 1 extra hour for hiking to Malý Rozsutec peak
Height difference: 1200 m + 140 m Malý Rozsutec
Difficulty: A slightly difficult hike suitable for moderately experienced tourists including chains and ladders in certain passages.
Note: Explore the beauty of the Malá Fatra gorges on our way to the peak of Veľký Rozsutec (1610 m). The route begins at the bus stop Biely potok (570 m) near the village of Terchová. From there we can comfortably cross the beautiful gorge "Jánošíkove Diery" named after a Slovak national hero, Jánošík, born in Terchová. We cross the gorges of Dolné, Nové a Horné diery with a stop in the Podžiar saddle (700 m). After a short break, we continue to Horné Diery gorge and then relax for a while in the saddle of Medzirozsutce (1200 m). If you are not too tired, it is also possible to "run" up to Malý Rozsutec (1344 m) and return back to the saddle. We then ascend towards the Veľký Rozsutec peak (1610 m) to the beautiful village of Štefanová (630 m).
The trail was prepared by Marcel Kubinsky, marcel@kubinsky.sk

Jánošíkové diery gorges + Veľký & Malý Rozsutec peaks

Via Ferrata of the Mountain Rescue Service 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 across 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 closed: 15.9. – 31.10. and 15.4. – 31.5.
The trail was prepared by Kračmer Peter, Mgr., kracmer@skialpkrivan.sk

Via ferrata of the Mountain Rescue Service to Martinske hole

Tri Koruny mountain (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  across the Kosarzyska clearing which takes approximately the same time.
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 across a gorge with technical equipment (steel ropes, iron cramps, climbers, and a ladder). Ferrata equipment (seating harness, helmet, energy 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 cross 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 – so far the most difficult via ferrata in Slovakia with difficulty E. This extremely difficult via ferrata with the elevation of 60 m, the length of 70 m and the 4 m overhang 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