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   HIKING IN THE HIGH TATRAS
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Itinerary

Day 1
Transfer from Vienna to Mala Fatra in Slovakia by coach. Rest of day free or short walk. Mala Fatra is small national park famous for unusual l Alpine flore, Orchids, birds including Wallcrepers, Eagles, and also home of european Brown Bear. This is limestone are. One of few areas in Slovakia where local people live traditional way of live .

Day 2
A longer day to climb the highest peak of the area - Velky Krivan (1709m), reaching the summit along a fine rising ridge. A good day for plants too and perhaps a sighting of the local eagles. From the summit we descend to Snilovske saddle and down to Stefanova.
Day 3
An ascent of two of the higher peaks in this region. We approach by way of an attractive and interesting gorge before a short ascent with a section of chains to Maly Rozsutec (1343m). Shorter option takes you back to village. We then traverse its big brother Velky Rozsutec (1610m) by a delightful ridge with some easy scrambling. We return to our chalet at Stefanova.

Day 4
We move today to the High Tatras ( 150km) possibly stop and visit the Demaniovska ice cave with beautiful ice decoration in early summer, village of VLKOLINEC (complex of 40 wooden houses where people still live and which is signed in UNESCO directory) and the medieval town of Levoca, one of the best preserved in Slovakia. Before we will finish in our hotel in the centre of the High Tatras we will also stop in a museum of the High Tatras in Tatranska Lomnica.
Accommodation in 4star hotel in small spa town in centre of the High Tatras .

Day 5
Transfer by private car (30 minutes) to Popradske Pleso . We follow a popular route to the summit of Rysy (2499m) one of the jewels of the Tatra and the highest peak in Poland. Its rocky summit gives spectacular views across the nearby peaks and ridges. The ascent takes around 4 hours and the return 3 hours. Popular story said that this summit was climb by communist leader V.I. Lenin in 1912 and his foot-steps are still marked there! In the end of day we will by transferred by private car back to our hotel.

Day 6
We take the funicular from Stary Smokovec to Hrebienok and walk up the Mala Studena valley to Teryho chalet, the oldest in the High Tatras dating from the end of the last century. From here we reach the Priecne saddle (2352m), a fairly tough climb with a section of scrambling. Descending, we follow an undulating path past some small lakes to Zbojnicka chalet before an easy descent down the valley ( 7 - 8 hours). Way down going through Velka Studena Dolina valley. We are also using fenicular on the way down.

Day 7
Today we have an option: those who wish, can climb Gerlachovsky (2655m), the highest peak of the High Tatras ridge. This is one of 12peaks over 2500 m which are accessible only with mountain rescue guide. Full details will be explain people before climb. Slide show from climb can be arrange in advance.
    Option for those not to wish to climb Gerlach:
  • cultural trips around the High Tatras
  • day trip to Kracow
  • day off


Day 8
Tranfer to airport in Poprad or Kosice(eastern Slovakia) for return fly. Other option is 3 hours tranfer to Kracow in Poland.
 

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