Arrival to Kosice airport and transfer by minibus to the centre of the High Tatras. Accommodation and welcome dinner in local restaurant.
We start our walk from Tatranska Javorina following the forest road along the Javorinka river valley.Soon the great isolated slab of Muran (1890m), westermost 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 untill 1992 and recentlly 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 -1545m). Built in 1924 it is one of the most spectacularly situated chalets in the High Tatras. Following in the footsteps of British traveller Robert Townson, who made the first ascent in 1793, we today climb Jahnaci Peak (2229m).
Overnight in Chalet Pri Zelenom Plesi(rooms without facilities).
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 Zamkovskeho Hut.
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 favourite base for climbers, surrounded as it is by rocky peaks and many possible routes.
From Teryho Hut, our path rises steeply towards Priecne Saddle (2352m), 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 Sliezsky Dom hotel.
Today, for many the highlight of the week, is the opportunity to climb Gerlachovsky (2655m). 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.
Morning trek to another summit Vychodnya Vysoka (Eastern Great One - 2428 metres), 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. Walking back to Sliezsky Dom and following Tatranska Magistrala to Popradske Pleso.
Accommodation in Popradske Pleso hotel.
An early start for our climb of Rysy (2499m), 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 Strbske Pleso and transfer to hotel in Smokovec.
After breakfast we return to Kosice for the flight home, or you may prefer to continue with your own arrangements. Prague hotel and extension may be arrange on request.