We include Rysy (2499 m) on the Polish Slovak border, famed locally as the peak climbed by Lenin in 1913 and the dramatic Jahnaci Stit (2229 m) first climbed by British traveler Robert Townson in 1793. There is also an opportunity to climb Gerlachovsky (2655 m), the highest peak in the Carpathians, an airy roped scramble, using local guides.
Day 1: Our trip begins in one of small mountain spa town of the High Tatras - Tatranska Lomnica. Accommodation in nice mountain hotel run by mountainer.
Day 2: We start our walk from Tatranska Javorina (after 40 minutes transfer by bus) following the forest road along the Javorinka river valley. Soon the great isolated slab of Muran (1890 m), wester most of the White Tatras peaks towers ahead like a mini Matterhorn. Rising through alpine meadows, often displaying Eidelweiss and Gentian, before the path rises more steeply passing through the forest to offer splendid views of the White Tatras. This area was closed to public until 1992 and recently just 2 trails are opened. Belianske Tatras are famous for high density of Alpine flowers with number of endemics.
Continuing along the ridge, we reach Kopske Saddle before the path winds down through dwarf pines, past the picturesque Velke Biele Lake to Chalet Pri Zelenom Plese (chalet at the Green Lake - 1545 m). Built in 1924 it is one of the most spectacularly situated chalets in the High Tatras. Following in the footsteps of British traveler Robert Townson, who made the first ascent in 1793, we today climb Jahnaci Peak (2229m). Overnight in Chalet Pri Zelenom Plesi (rooms without facilities).
Day 3: Leaving the chalet, we climb steeply among dwarf pines before passing several small lakes along the Cervina Dolina (Red Valley). After some short but exposed scrambling protected by fixed chains we follow the ridge to the saddle, before crossing a series of ribs and gullies to reach the summit (2 hours). We return to the chalet for a welcome drink and then continue through open rocky terrain, exposed in places, before dropping steeply to the Skalnate Pleso cable car station. We take the narrow path through the forest to our overnight stop at Bilikova Chalet.
Day 4: Today’s route is justifiably one of the most popular hikes in High Tatras. Leaving the chalet, we follow the picturesque Mala Studena Valley up through forest then dwarf pine to reach Teryho Hut, situated above the tree line. Built in the last century, this lakeside hut at 2015m is a favorite base for climbers, surrounded as it is by rocky peaks and many possible routes. From Teryho Hut, our path rises steeply towards Priecne Saddle (2352 m), the final demanding section consisting of three long stretches of fixed chain.
This requires a head for heights, but is nowhere difficult. After resting on the saddle a while to enjoy the splendid panorama, we descend with the help of fixed chains to reach an easier section of the trail. Passing icy tarns, we climb briefly then cross a few lingering snowfields to reach Zbojnicka Chalet. Final walk down to Bilikova Chalet takes approximately 2,5 hours.
Day 5: 3 hours walk to Sliezsky Dom Hotel for next 2 nights. Later in day, we can take in another summit Vychodnya Vysoka (Eastern Great One - 2428 meters), the fourth highest summit on the waymarked route network in Slovakia, again with outstanding views. Onwards you go to a quietly situated tarn, lying at the foot of Gerlachovsky Stit, where lies a spacious mountain hotel in the most beautiful of surroundings. Accommodation in Sliezsky Dom hotel.
Day 6: Today, for many the highlight of the week, is the opportunity to climb Gerlachovsky (2655 m). Gear will be left at the hotel while, accompanied by a local UIAGM guide we tackle the roped ascent of the Carpathians’ highest peak (6 hours). You can find out more about the ascent from your leader when you are in Slovakia. For those not wanting to climb "Gerlach" an alternative will be arranged - there are plenty of easier walking opportunities around. After climbing Gerlach, there will be time to relax and recover and spend pleasant time with others in Sliezsky Dom.
Day 7: 3 hours walk to our next base at Popradske Pleso, a tarn set in beautiful surroundings beneath the towering summit of Ostrva. Optional climb to Koprovsky peak (2363 m) in 4 hours. Accommodation in mountain hotel - Popradske pleso hotel.
Day 8: An early start for our climb of Rysy (2499 m), to enjoy this summit without the crowds. Always a popular peak with both Slovak and Polish people, following an alleged ascent by Lenin in 1913, it is one of the few mountains in the High Tatras where it is possible to reach the summit from both countries. The route, mainly a series of steep zigzag paths through rocky terrain, is strenuous and includes a short fixed chain section but is not difficult (6 hours).
After successful climb of Rysy, we can stop and feel great atmosphere of Rysy Rut (2250), the highest situated hut in Tatras where draft beer is served. Walk back to Popradske pleso hotel and transfer to hotel in Tatranska Lomnica (1st day). Farewell dinner in traditional restaurant.
Day 9: Transfer to airport (Poprad, Kosice, Kracow or Vienna, etc.) or extension in destination on request.
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