Hiking Slowakia Lower Tatras



Four day walks in this mountain area of the Lower Tatras, Slovakia

Getting there: The highways to Vienna (A) and Bratislava , going north to Trenĉin and Ruzomberok. Our destination was  Liptovska Osada, between the higher and lower Tatras, or between Ruzemberok and Banska Bystrica. The Narodny Park Velka Fatra.
Maps: You easy can buy useful walking maps in the cities of Slovakia. Just as in the Czech Republic, the - many - trails are well maintained. We used the “Turisticka Mapa Vel’ka Fatra, nr 121, VKU (Vojensky kartograficky ustav Harmanec. Scale: 1:50.000.
Accommodation: although booked for one night we stayed more days at a pension in Liptovska Osada: a lot of snow. So, we made day walks from this pension (guesthouse).

Easter 1995: 4 day-walks from a private family-pension* in Liptovska Osada. A great base for beautiful hikes across the mountain peaks. To enjoy all those views on the snowy mountain peaks..
Height: 609 m until 1532 m.

12-16 km a day.

Day 1: Liptovska Osada - Malý Zvolen (1372 m) - Zvolen - Donovaly 
Dag 2: Liptovska Osada - Liptovské Revúce climbing the Ploská (1532 m) vv
Dag 3: Liptovska Osada - Ružomberok climbing the Šiprúň  (1461 m) vv
Dag 4: Liptovska Osada - Smrekovica (1530 m) vv

En route: walking through the snow is a special experience. In clear weather, the views are phenomenal. But also 's guessing where exactly the path runs. And.....fresh bear tracks ....ook there would still be lynx living there. There were some hikers near the well-known ski resort of Donavaly. Other than that, we did not encounter anyone.Also no bears.......

From Ružomberok there are also a few marked trails to the Šiprúň. Ask for informations at the Ružomberok tourist office, maps, altitudes, duration, etc. Distance Liptovsk Osada - Ružomberok 15 km.

The Low Tatras is a Unesco-protected area. Partly due to the karst rock, beautiful caves can be found here.

Tucked away in beautiful valleys are some villages, where - around Easter - we were kindly admitted to local festivities and folklore: mostly (folk) music with a lot of booze....

Liptovské Revúce, day 2, is best known for the "cooking national dishes" championships. Unfortunately, we do not know when these take place here....

* 2019: The pension is closed. But there are alternatives.

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Below a photo-video collage of the Big Tatra, in summer!